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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

April 29, 2014

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.


Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1445 GMT:

-- SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA (sent; developing)


-- FEDEX SHOOTING (sent; developing)



-- CLIPPERS- STERLING (sent; developing)

-- THE LIME SHORTAGE (upcoming)


VIDEO: SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing); ROSIE’S_LAST_STAND (SENT; with text and photos)

Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today and notable pieces that we sent in the past 10 hours (all times EDT):


SEVERE WEATHER - At least 30 are dead; today we may see tornadoes hit more populated areas but for now the epicenter appears to be in Louisville, Miss. Ongoing coverage in text, photos and video. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

- SEVERE WEATHER-PHOTO GALLERY - AP PHOTOS: Recovery underway from tornadoes as more strong storms move into South. SENT: 150 words, photos.

FEDEX SHOOTING - A witness says a gunman who opened fire at a FedEx center outside Atlanta was armed with an assault rifle, a knife and had bullets strapped across his chest “like Rambo.” SENT: 240 words, video. UPCOMING: Developing; photos staffing.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES - Laws in New York and Chicago making electronic cigarettes subject to the same regulations as tobacco are taking effect Tuesday, and their sellers and users are steadfast in their opposition. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.


SYRIA - A car bomb exploded in a pro-government neighborhood in the central Syrian city of Homs Tuesday, killing at least 36 people just hours after one of the deadliest mortar attacks in the heart of the capital, Damascus, killed 14 people, officials and state media said. SENT: 880 words, photos.

UKRAINE-INSURGENT LEADER - The military leader of Ukraine’s pro-Russian insurgency has broken his silence, deepening suspicions of Russia’s hand by portraying a force that includes fighters from outside the country. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

UKRAINE — Demonstrators seeking more power for Ukraine’s regions stormed the government building in Luhansk with baseball bats Tuesday, seizing control of a key site in one of the largest cities in Ukraine’s troubled east. SENT: 310 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BRITAIN-UKRAINE ASSETS - Britain and the United States co-hosted a two-day “asset recovery forum” Tuesday designed to help find and recover assets believed to have been stolen by the regime of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. SENT: 170 words.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - Malaysia’s defense minister says Flight 370 investigators are working to assess the credibility of a survey company’s claim to have found possible plane wreckage in the Bay of Bengal. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: May develop.

SEYCHELLES-AMERICANS DEAD - Seychelles police say a mixture of heroin and alcohol caused the deaths of two former U.S. Navy SEALs. SENT: 130 words.

ITALY-KNOX TRIAL - We are expecting documents Tuesday from the Italian court explaining the reasoning behind the guilty verdict. Timing uncertain. UPCOMING.

EUROPE-RUSSIA SANCTIONS - The European Union on Tuesday releases the names of 15 new targets of sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis. SENT: 300 words, photo.

SKOREA-SHIP SINKING - South Korea’s president apologized for the government’s inept initial response to a deadly ferry sinking. SENT: 710 words. photos.

KOREAS-TENSIONS - North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills near the countries’ disputed western sea boundary, South Korean military officials said. SENT: 420 words, photos.

MEXICO-BORDER VIOLENCE - A spasm of violence throughout the state of Tamaulipas has many worried about a return to the open warfare of 2010. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.

IRAN-CROCODILE - Crocodile farming isn’t the most obvious business opportunity in Iran. That hasn’t stopped one enterprising woman from sinking her teeth into it. SENT: 600 words, photo.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR NO RETURN - Whenever Kazuhiro Onuki goes home, he dons protective gear from head to toe and throws away the clothes he wears under it to avoid bringing back radiation to his family. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-DIVIDED FAMILY - The six children of Ahmed and Rokaya Khatib shuttle between two parental homes: The Khatibs are being kept apart by Israeli restrictions on Palestinian movement in traditionally Arab east Jerusalem, including a towering cement barrier that cuts through families and neighborhoods. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IRAQ - On eve of Iraq parliament elections, bombings at outdoor market kill at least 11. SENT: 400 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-MISSING GERMANS - Three German nationals, including two 19-year-old tourists, are missing off the coast of New Zealand after their sailboat vanished. SENT: 180 words.


SUPREME COURT-CELLPHONE SEARCHES - The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether police may search cellphones found on people they arrest without first getting a warrant. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: Developing from mid-morning arguments. 750 words by 2:30 p.m., photo.

SUPREME COURT - Opinions being issued today; details uncertain.

KERRY-ISRAEL - He says he chose the wrong word in describing Israel’s potential future after coming under withering criticism for saying the Jewish state could become an “apartheid state” if it doesn’t reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. SENT: 750 words, photos.

OBAMA - He ends four-country swing through Asia and heads home, still confronting the challenge of how to deal with Russia’s threatening moves toward Ukraine. SENT: 490 words, photos, video.

—OBAMA BY THE NUMBERS: A look, by the numbers, at Obama’s weeklong trip across Asia. SENT: 200 words, photos.


CLIPPERS-STERLING - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon to discuss the league’s investigation of racist comments purportedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. SENT: 920 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. news conference and reporting on a number of fronts.


MOTHER’S DAY-THE OTHER SIDE - Beyond bouquets and brunches: Mother’s Day can bring sorrow, remembrance for survivors of loss. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

THE LIME SHORTAGE - Limes have skyrocketed in price in recent weeks, quadrupling or, in some areas, going even higher. Which might not seem like that big of a deal until one realizes that it’s lime juice that’s squeezed into every margarita, mojito, martini or mai tai that a bartender mixes up. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


APPLE-SAMSUNG TRIAL — The Silicon Valley court battle between Apple and Samsung is entering its final phase. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after closing arguments scheduled to begin at 1400 GMT.


ECONOMY-GDP - Expect a dreary report Wednesday when the government issues its first estimate of how fast the U.S. economy grew in the January-March quarter. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1900 GMT.

FINLAND-NOKIA - Nokia Corp. reports another drop in sales in the troubled devices unit it sold to Microsoft, but its shares rallied as it named a new CEO, promised a special dividend, and prepared to focus on its remaining businesses. SENT: 620 words, photos.

AP ECONOMY SURVEY-ENERGY EXPORTS - Whether to allow more exports of U.S. oil and natural gas has become a matter of political debate in Washington. But to economists, the answer is clear: The nation would benefit. SENT: 770 words, photos.


TV-COLUMBUS SHORT - Columbus Short is facing the plight of other troubled performers: Out of a plum job as he confronts alleged misbehavior that has overshadowed his success. SENT: 930 words, photos.

TONY NOMINATIONS - The musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” a musical romp in which a poor man comically eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, has nabbed a leading 10 Tony Award nominations. SENT: 230 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

TV-CRAIG FERGUSON — A few weeks after David Letterman announced he’d be retiring from the CBS late-night television lineup, Craig Ferguson did the same. SENT: 430 words, photos.

BOOKS-OCTAVIA BUTLER - A pair of recently discovered early stories by prize-winning science fiction author Octavia Butler will be coming out as an e-book in June. SENT: 280 words.

WILLIE NELSON-BLACK BELT - Country music icon Willie Nelson, who turns 81 this week, received his fifth-degree black belt in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul on Monday night. SENT: 380 words, photos.

CHINA-AI WEIWEI — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei says he was misled in lending his name and image to an independent science-fiction film that sought to raise funds on the Kickstarter website. SENT: 550 words.

CHINESE ARTS IN VEGAS - A growing, confident China wants respect, not just for its military or economic prowess, but also for its arts and culture. SENT: 750 words, photos.


SEVERE WEATHER-PHOTO GALLERY - AP PHOTOS: Recovery underway from tornadoes as more strong storms move into South. SENT: 150 words, photos.

DUBAI BEACH-PHOTO GALLERY - The ribbon of beach nestled along the towering skyscrapers rising from Dubai’s man-made marina district is a rare spot in the Middle East, bringing together the conservatively dressed and the bikini-clad in a multiethnic mix of those with means and those still striving for a more comfortable life. SENT: 210 words, photos.

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