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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

April 4, 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:



--ECONOMY (sent, developing)

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent; developing)



--KERRY-MIDEAST (sent, developing).


--BUSH THE PAINTER (sent, developing)



VIDEO: FT_HOOD_WRAP (sent; with photos and text FORT HOOD); NY_WORLD’S_FAIR (sent; with photos and text WORLD’S FAIR RELICS); SOLOMON_RAW.MOV (sent); OJ_TRUCK_ACCIDENT (sent)

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:


AFGHANISTAN-PHOTOGRAPHER KILLED - A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

OBIT-NIEDRINGHAUS — Shot to death by an Afghan policeman Friday, Anja Niedringhaus leaves behind a body of work that won awards and broke hearts. SENT: 420 words, photos.


MALAYSIA-PLANE - Two ships with sophisticated equipment for searching underwater zeroed in Friday on a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean in a desperate hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet’s black boxes, whose batteries will soon run out. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-CHINA’S TOMB DAY - With no bodies, no sign of plane, Chinese families in limbo on holiday to mourn dead relatives. SENT: 920 words, photos.

KERRY-MIDDLE EAST - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. will evaluate its role in the Mideast peace process after negative Israeli and Palestinian moves. SENT: 370 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

CRIMEA-ADDICTS’ PLIGHT - Crimean side-effect: Heroin addicts deprived of methadone because Russia bans it. SENT: 790 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says all the Ukrainian servicemen stationed in Crimea were allowed to leave for mainland Ukraine but 8,000 military men stayed and applied for permission to serve in the Russian army. SENT: 250 words.

EU-FOREIGN MINISTERS - British foreign secretary says tougher sanctions for Russia must be prepared. SENT: 280 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-MINE LIFE - On miners who work 12-hour shifts — four days on, four days off — at South Deep mine, near Johannesburg. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

KOREAS-SAILORS MISSING — Rescuers recovered the bodies of two North Korean sailors, pulled three survivors and were searching for 11 others missing after their cargo ship sank off South Korea’s coast early Friday, the coast guard said. SENT: 280 words, photos.

KOSOVO TRYING REBELS — The European Union plans to set up an international tribunal focusing exclusively on crimes allegedly committed by Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian rebels during their war with Serbia, The Associated Press has learned. SENT: 780 words, photos.

INDIA-ELECTIONS-POWERFUL YOUTH - As India begins its weekslong election process Monday, the enormous population of ambitious, tech-savvy and politically engaged youths has great potential to sway the outcome. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

FRANCE-NEW GOVERNMENT - Is this a Cabinet meeting, or a family reunion? The new French government’s first meeting includes a man and woman who had four children together, split up in the public eye and are now back together in the political spotlight. SENT: 620 words, photos.

INDIA-GANG RAPE - One man was sentenced to life and 23 others to varying prison terms on Friday for raping a teenager who was kidnapped and held for several weeks in southern India 18 years ago, a prosecutor said. SENT: 360 words.

TURKEY-TWITTER - Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that he had to comply with the Turkish high court ruling this week to unblock Twitter, but he doesn’t respect it. SENT: 260 words.

ITALY-OBIT-PEPPER-Bill Pepper, former Newsweek Rome bureau chief and Italy-based author, dies at 96. SENT: 130 words.


NUCLEAR MISSTEPS — A retired general chosen by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to explore flaws in U.S. nuclear forces signed off one year ago on a study describing the nuclear Air Force as “thoroughly professional, disciplined” — a judgment contradicting the picture of a corps suffering from discipline and training breakdowns that has emerged since. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 2030 GMT.

SECRET CUBAN TWITTER — The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a “Cuban Twitter” communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba is expected to testify next week before a senator who thinks the whole idea was “dumb, dumb, dumb.” SENT: 1,240 words, photos, video.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-MARKETS CLOSED - Here’s more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore. SENT: 830 words, photo.

POLLARD-SPY RELEASE — The arrest of Jonathan Pollard nearly 30 years ago set off an emotional legal saga that has confronted American presidents and Israeli prime ministers, wound through the courts and divided those who say the convicted spy has paid his debt to society and those who contend the damage he caused was incalculable. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 2100 GMT.

FRENETIC DIPLOMACY - More than a week into what was supposed to be only a five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat in a Paris hotel suite contemplating his next moves on multiple crisis fronts. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-TUNISIA— Obama meets at the White House with Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia. UPCOMING, 150 words by 2100 GMT. Photos.

UNITED STATES-MYANMAR - Two years after the United States announced the normalization of diplomatic relations with Myanmar, optimism in Washington over the nation’s embrace of democracy is waning and concern over the plight of minority Muslims is growing. SENT: 900 words, photo.


FORT HOOD - Unstable mental health may be the “fundamental, underlying cause” of a soldier’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left four people dead, though an argument with another service member likely preceded the attack, according to investigators. SENT 880 words, photos, video.

FORT HOOD-GUNS GALORE - As a second mass shooting at Fort Hood is linked to guns bought at the squat brick store that promises “3,000 Guns In Stock,” the message Guns Galore clerks are emphasizing now is don’t blame them. SENT: 740 words, photo.

STATES-PAINKILLERS - More than half of state attorneys general have already called on the FDA to rethink its approval of a powerful new painkiller they say will result in more prescription drug abuse, and now governors in two Northeast states with serious heroin problems are taking matters into their own hands. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BREAST FEEDING DEATH - A South Carolina woman faces 20 years to life in baby’s death from morphine overdose in breast milk. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1330 GMT. sentencing.

LEGALIZING MARIJUANA-THE BLACK MARKET - Violent crime and drug busts in recent weeks are reminders in Colorado that the black market for marijuana is alive and well, three months after pot was legalized in the state. SENT: 960 words.

ANADARKO SETTLEMENT - The legacy and pain of uranium mining pollution has been felt on the Navajo Nation for decades. The tribe will now become one of the largest recipients of a record $5 billion settlement that the federal government reached with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. SENT: 770 words, photo.

WORLD’S FAIR RELICS - As the fair’s 50th anniversary approaches, the remains of the New York State Pavilion are getting renewed attention, from preservationists who believe they should be restored, and from critics who see them as hulking eyesores that should be torn down. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.

DYING PIGS - A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photo.

PUTIN-BANNED IN BUFFALO — A Buffalo-based chain of Mexican fast food restaurants has banned Russian President Vladimir Putin from all of the company’s 23 locations in western New York. SENT: 130 words.

BUSH THE PAINTER — Former President George W. Bush has found painting as his new passion to fill the void in his life after he left the White House. SENT: 130 words, photos, developing.


EUROPE-SPACE LAUNCH - The European Space Agency says it has successfully launched the first in a series of satellites that will form the nucleus of its new Copernicus monitoring system aimed at providing better and quicker information about natural disasters and other catastrophes. SENT: 130 words, photo.


DIGITAL LIFE-GETTING GLASS-FICKLE APPS - I’ve tried out some of the free apps and functions on Google Glass. It was, at times, a frustrating experience, with an occasional glimpse into what may be possible down the line for Google’s Web-connected eyewear. By Barbara Ortutay. UPCOMING 700 words by 1600 GMT, photos.


GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL -A federal judge is expected to rule on a motion to get GM to tell all owners of small cars with a faulty ignition switch to park them until repairs are made. UPCOMING: Hearing starts at 2:30 p.m. 300 words by 2200 GMT.

ECONOMY — U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter. SENT: 740 words, photo; developing.

BRINGING PABST HOME - A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive some of the city’s proud history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand to its birthplace, possibly as a city-owned brewery. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.


MICHAEL SCHUMACHER - His manager says the retired Formula One star now “shows moments of consciousness and awakening,” more than three months after suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident. SENT.


PEOPLE-PAULA DEEN-RESTAURANT - A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed. SENT: 400 words, photo.


TV-LETTERMAN-WHAT’S NEXT - Jimmy Fallon’s fast start replacing Jay Leno on the “Tonight” show the past two months had a secondary effect: David Letterman suddenly seemed old. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FILM-Q&A-STEVE COOGAN - Steve Coogan has been playing Alan Partridge, his vain, tasteless British radio host, for more than 20 years. In the new film “Alan Partridge,” Coogan finally brings his unparalleled comic creation the big screen. Upcoming: 850 words by 2 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-HOLOGRAMS-MIA-JANELLE MONAE - Singers M.I.A. and Janelle Monae shared the stage during separate concerts on opposite coasts through the magic of holograms. SENT: 520 words, photos.

MUSIC-ACM AWARDS - The new artist of the year category at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards is a primer in Modern Country 101 with three nominees who perfectly capture the genre’s 21st-century sound. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

THEATER’S POWER COUPLE - Talk about drama in a relationship: Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner are celebrating their 19-year marriage this year, he winking on the outside of conventional theater, and she fighting for change from within. UPCOMING: 920 words by noon, photos.

PEOPLE-DREW BARRYMORE - Drew Barrymore, who is expecting her second daughter with husband Will Kopelman, is joining other famous families at Safe Kids Day, an educational playdate to raise awareness about preventable childhood injuries.

POPLE-LUPITA NYONG’O- The fashion and beauty industry’s love affair with Lupita Nyong’o continues: The Oscar winner has been named the new face for Lancome. SENT: 130 words, photos.

THEATER-CAROLE KING - Carole King surprises the cast of the Broadway musical about her life, walking out onstage at the Stephen Sondheim Theater during the curtain call of “Beautiful.” SENT: xxx words.

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