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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

November 13, 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:

-- COMET LANDING (sent; developing)




-- EBOLA-LIBERIA (sent; developing)

-- BORDER DRONES (sent; developing)



-- COMET LANDING (sent; developing)


-- BORDER DRONESs (sent; developing)

-- FACEBOOK PRIVACY POLICY (sent; developing)

-- FRANCE-TIGER ON THE LOOSE (sent; developing)



-- CHAINSAW IN PANTS (sent; note video)

PHOTOS: COMET LANDING (sent; developing); PURSUING photos of TIGER ON THE LOOSE but prospects unknown.

VIDEO: BORDER-DRONES (sent; with text and photos); CAT_CAFE (sent; with text and photos); CHAINSAW_PANTS (sent; with text)

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 GMT):


COMET-LANDING - Europe’s comet lander Philae has come to rest in the shadow of a cliff, posing a potential problem for its solar panels, scientists from the European Space Agency said as they published its first image from the surface of a comet. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

COMET LANDING-THE PHOTOS — The black-and-white images of a rocky surface, sent back from the surface of a comet hundreds of millions of miles away are the product of an astonishing feat of science and some sophisticated imaging technology. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1700 GMT, photos.


ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Jordan’s king and Israel’s prime minister are planning to meet Thursday to discuss how to ease tensions in Jerusalem. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

IRAQ-CHRISTIAN MILITIA - Iraqi Christian militia patrols village retaken from Islamic State group, vows to hold ground. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CHINA-CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES - China must transform its coal-based economy to meet climate change targets. SENT: 800 words by 1400 GMT, photos, interactive.

- CLIMATE CHANGE-CALIFORNIA - California provides example on climate change programs, cost of reducing global warming. SENT: 800 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Ukraine warned Thursday that the security situation in rebel-held areas in the east has steadily worsened as separatist fighters move closer to demarcation lines separating them from government forces. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

INDIA-STERILIZATION DEATHS - Indian doctor arrested, blames tainted medicine for deaths of 13 women after sterilization. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

TURKEY-SYRIA-WATCHING THE BORDER - Informal border patrols on Turkish-Syrian border highlight complex Turkish stance on Islamic State, Kurds. SENT: 980 words, photos.

OBAMA-MYANMAR - When Obama meets with Myanmar’s opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi Friday, he will encounter a figure in the midst of a shift he may find familiar: the transition from history-making trailblazer to establishment politician. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 3 p.m.

- ASIA SUMMIT - Obama and other leaders wrap up Asia summit in Myanmar with no firm conclusions expected. SENT: 460 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani this week will make his first state visit to neighboring Pakistan, long blamed by his predecessor for harboring militants, in hopes of finding a way to revive peace talks with the Taliban. SENT: 460 words, photos.

EBOLA-LIBERIA - Liberia’s president is lifting a state of emergency imposed to control an Ebola outbreak that has ravaged the country and two other West African nations. SENT: 130 words.

LIBYA - Car bombs went off outside the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates embassies in the Libyan capital on Thursday, causing some damage to the long-shuttered buildings but no casualties, officials said. SENT: 430 words.

GERMANY-BONO-PLANE SCARE - U2 frontman Bono’s plane loses hatch before landing in Berlin. SENT: 120 photo, photo.

MALALA-CURRICULUM - Malala spreads memoir to college, high school classrooms with free online, curriculum guide. SENT: 370 words, photo.

MYANMAR-ILLUSION OF DIVERSITY - Despite Myanmar’s steps toward democratization, ethnic minorities are kept in the shadows. SENT: 440 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-WAR CRIMES — A special Bangladesh tribunal sentences an opposition politician to death for his role in the deaths of people and other crimes during the nation’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan. SENT: 270 words.

THAILAND-KING - Thailand’s royal palace says the 86-year-old king remains hospitalized and is suffering from an infected colon. SENT: 410 words.

THAILAND-CENSORSHIP - Thai police ban imports of a book they viewed as insulting the country’s monarchy, as a crackdown against anti-royalist campaigns intensifies after a coup earlier this year. SENT: 270 words.

NEW ZEALAND-BRAZIL-FUGITIVE - A convicted pedophile and murderer from New Zealand managed to earn money while in prison, book his escape under his birth name, and flee to Brazil while on temporary release before authorities finally caught up with him. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FRANCE-TIGER ON THE LOOSE - Town warns tiger on loose near Disneyland Paris, residents of 3 towns urged to remain indoors. SENT: 190 words. UPCOMING: Developing; seeking photos but prospects uncertain.

BRITAIN-TRAFFICKING RING - British police have arrested 13 people in an investigation of an alleged trafficking ring which tricked women into visiting Britain, then sold them into forced marriages. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY-TERRORISM TRIAL - Four men have been convicted in Germany of being part of an al-Qaida terrorist cell that planned to carry out a bombing attack. SENT: 130 words.


CONGRESS-KEYSTONE— A political gambit by an endangered Senate Democrat broke loose long-stalled legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline as the lame-duck Congress returned to a Capitol where results of last week’s GOP blowout are still sinking in. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

CONGRESS-LEADERS —. Lawmakers already in leadership positions seem certain of re-election for the next Congress when the Democratic and Republican caucuses hold meetings Thursday at the start of a lame duck session. SENT. 300 words. UPCOMING: Senate Republicans meet at 9:30 a.m.; 500 words by 1700 GMT.

UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, pitch Obama’s request to return as many as 1,500 more troops to Iraq as advisers and trainers in the fight against Islamic State militant s, as well as more than $5 billion to help pay for it. UPCOMING: 250 words by 11:30 a.m.

WAR CRIMINALS-SOCIAL SECURITY —A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced legislation to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their Social Security benefits. UPCOMING: Developing.

POT-CONGRESS — Members of Congress from states with legal pot are banding together to tell their colleagues on Capitol Hill not to interfere with state drug laws. SENT: 140 words.


AP EXCLUSIVE: BORDER DRONES - The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

WORLD TRADE CENTER-SCAFFOLDING - Investigators are looking into the collapse of a World Trade Center scaffold that left two window washers dangling from the nation’s tallest skyscraper - 1 World Trade Center, which opened earlier this monthBy Jake Pearson. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

CAKE BOSS - DWI ARREST - New York City police say “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro has been arrested on a drunken-driving charge. SENT: 130 words, photo.

FLORIDA EXECUTION — Florida is scheduled to execute a man on Thursday for the 1992 murder of his wife and stepdaughter near Tallahassee. It would be the state’s eighth execution of the year, and the 18th under Gov. Rick Scott. UPCOMING: 500 words after 2300 GMT execution.

CHAINSAW IN PANTS - Police say a Florida man stole a chain saw by sticking it down his pants. SENT: 130 words, video.


FACEBOOK PRIVACY POLICY - One more time, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy and explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.


CHINA STOCK CONTROVERSY - U.S. banking giant Morgan Stanley helped a Chinese company, Tianhe Chemicals, sell $654 million in stock in a June public offering. But The Associated Press identified significant discrepancies in publicly accessible financial records and statements Tianhe made to investors. SENT: 800 words, photos. An expanded version of 3,800 words has also been sent. UPCOMING: Developing.

- CHINA STOCK CONTROVERSY-MARKETS - Hong Kong stock market struggles to spot fraud in matchmaking for U.S. investors, Chinese firms. SENT: 800 words.

G-20-HOST CITY - The annual G-20 summit is descending on the capital of Australia’s sunshine state with a promise to anoint it as a truly global city. But some inhabitants of Brisbane, once pilloried by Australians as a faintly seedy oversized country town, would prefer if world leaders had continued to pass them by. SENT: 850 words, photos.

- G20 BRIEFING-TAXING MULTINATIONALS - Make ’em pay: G-20 to take on big companies that use tax havens. But will anything change? SENT: 370 words, photos. This will be a daily fixture during the G-20.

- G20 - As G-20 host, Australia wants to stick to economy agenda, keep climate change to sidelines. SENT: 520 words.

INDIA-US-TRADE - The United States and India say they have resolved a dispute over stockpiling of food by governments, clearing a major stumbling block to a deal to boost world trade. SENT: 500 words.

HONDA-AIR BAG DEATH — Honda expands its recalls related to defective air bags, saying a driver in Malaysia died in an air bag-linked accident earlier this year. SENT: 200 words, photos.

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY-DURACELL - Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion. SENT: 280 words.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS — More people seek U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the increase isn’t sharp enough to disrupt the job market’s positive momentum. SENT: 310 words, photo.

FED-YELLEN — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gives welcoming gives welcoming remarks to a research conference focused on international economic issues. UPCOMING: 130 words at 1 p.m., 350 words by 1:45 p.m.


BOOKS-EBOLA MEMOIR - The fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has a book deal. SENT: 130 words.

FILM-FELICITY JONES - Twice in two years, Felicity Jones has played women who refuse to be relegated to mere supporting roles in the biopics of great men. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1 p.m., photos.

TV-ADAM WEST-BATMAN — Adam West looks back at his tenure as TV’s Batman in the 1960s series that’s out this week on DVD. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-SAM SMITH - If you go to a Sam Smith concert, you’ll probably hear his stories of unrequited love. But Smith says he’s not lonely anymore, mainly because of his addictive fans who have helped him top the charts, push millions of singles and sell out stadiums like New York’s Madison Square Garden. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon, photos.

MUSIC-PINK FLOYD - It’s no secret that Pink Floyd won’t tour to support their latest — and final album. But drummer Nick Mason wouldn’t rule out a special performance with surviving members, including former band mate Roger Waters. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 a.m., photos.

THEATER-SIDE SHOW - A big Broadway stage can leave even the most confident performer feeling a bit lonely, but not Emily Padgett or Erin Davie. SENT: 710 words, photo.


FIFA - WCUP BIDS INVESTIGATION - Open warfare at FIFA over investigation into World Cup bids won by Russia and Qatar. SENT: 540 words, photos.


ARGENTINA-FOLK SAINTS-PHOTO GALLERY - There’s no sanction from the church, yet folk saints are flourishing in Argentina, the homeland of Pope Francis. SENT: photos, 580 words.

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