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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1545

December 19, 2013

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

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1545 GMT:

-- TARGET-DATA BREACH (sent, developing)

-- NSA SURVEILLANCE (upcoming)

-- RUSSIA-PUTIN (sent, developing)

-- SYRIA (sent, developing)

-- EGYPT-MUSLIM SISTERHOOD (sent)

-- BERNANKE FINAL PERFORMANCE (sent)

-- CHINA-MICROFILMS (sent)

--FAKE GIFTS (upcoming)

PHOTOS: GREECE-OLIVE OIL-PHOTO ESSAY (sent); INDIA-WIDOWS-PHOTO ESSAY (sent)

VIDEO: NKOREA-RODMAN (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:

TOP STORIES:

SYRIA - A U.N. panel probing war crimes in Syria says people around the country are systematically vanishing without a trace as part of a widespread campaign of terror against civilians. SENT: 750 words, photo.

EGYPT-MUSLIM SISTERHOOD - Women supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have stepped into the front line of Islamist protests, one of the few branches of the organization not crushed by a heavy crackdown since Morsi’s removal in a July coup. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-SUPPLY LINES - U.S. officials, frustrated that military shipments out of Afghanistan are being stopped on the land route through Pakistan because of anti-American protests, face the possibility of flying out equipment at an additional cost of $1 billion. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

EGYPT - An Egyptian court has acquitted former leader Mubarak’s two sons and his last prime minister of corruption charges. SENT: 900 words, photos.

RUSSIA-PUTIN - In a surprise decision, Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky after more than a decade in prison. SENT: 950 words, photos.

INDIA-US-DIPLOMAT ARREST - India’s foreign minister demands the U.S. drop the case against a diplomat who was arrested and strip searched in New York City, saying she was the victim of a blackmail attempt by her housekeeper. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Ukraine’s president suggests Western governments should not interfere in the country’s internal affairs, as he appeared to tilt further toward Russia after it offered his economically struggling country a $15-billion bailout. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BRITAIN-SOLDIER KILLED - A jury has convicted two British men who considered themselves “soldiers of Allah” of murdering a serviceman who was run down with a car and stabbed to death in a frenzied attack on a London street. SENT: 690 words, photos.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-US - The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. has arrived in the Central African Republic in the highest profile American effort to quell the cycle of violence in this impoverished country that has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced 10 percent of the population. SENT: 530 words, photos.

INDIA-WIDOWS-PHOTO ESSAY - The Himalayan hamlet known as the Village of Widows waits for aid 6 months after massive floods in India pilgrimage area. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CHINA-MICROFILMS - Microfilms in China are providing a new creative outlet, as well as a low-budget way to make money. SENT: 920 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video.

JORDAN-ANIMAL ABUSE - Animal abuse remains widespread in Jordan, as puppy mills rampant and stolen pets freely sold. SENT: 650 words, photos.

GREECE-OLIVE OIL-PHOTO ESSAY - Greece’s olive oil industry could be the latest victim of the country’s grueling financial crisis. SENT: 170 words, photos.

RODMAN-NKOREA - Rodman is flying to North Korea to help train the national team and renew his friendship with the North’s young leader Kim Jong Un, a visit unaffected by the recent execution of Kim’s uncle in a dramatic political purge. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

VATICAN-SELF-IMMOLATION - A man has doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. SENT: 140 words.

INDIA-CHRISTIE’S - Christie’s is holding its first art auction in India, aiming to tap into a budding market for prestige purchasing among the country’s fast-growing ranks of millionaires despite an economic slowdown. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CHINA-FOREIGN REPORTERS - Beijing has issued press credentials to financial news agency Bloomberg’s China-based reporters after a tense delay seen as retaliation for the company’s hard-hitting reports on the country’s leaders. SENT: 280 words.

CHINA-VIOLENT CARTOON - A Chinese court has ruled that the producer of a hit kids cartoon was partly to blame for the injuries suffered by two children when their friend tried to imitate a scene from the show, state media reported. SENT: 460 words.

TURKEY-CORRUPTION PROBE - Istanbul’s most senior police official has been dismissed, days after police launched raids that detained dozens of people. SENT: 320 words, photo.

SOUTH SUDAN-VIOLENCE - Amid defections from South Sudan’s military along tribal lines, officials said the government no longer controls the capital of an oil-producing state. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BRITAIN-ASTRAZENECA - Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC will buy out Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s stake in their partnership to develop and sell diabetes drugs in a deal worth $4.1 billion. SENT: 400 words.

PARALYMPICS-MILLS - The former wife of Beatles star Paul McCartney has been accused of lunging at a Paralympic official in a fit of rage and screaming insults after being forced to abandon her attempt to qualify for the British skiing team for next year’s games. SENT: 640 words, photo.

NSA SURVEILLANCE — Obama faces increased political pressure to scale back the nation’s surveillance now that a panel he appointed has recommended sweeping changes. But he’s under no obligation to accept the recommendations. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2230 GMT.

BAUCUS-SENATE CONTROL — The expected departure of Democratic Sen. Baucus,, who is likely to be nominated as ambassador to China, could give his party an edge in holding onto the seat, a key battleground in the struggle for control of the Senate. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2300 GMT.

OBAMA-NSA SURVEILLANCE - If Obama follows even half the recommendations urged by his advisory panel, the National Security Agency would significantly change the way it does business. SENT: 881 words, photo.

— OBAMA-NSA SURVEILLANCE-RECOMMENDATIONS - Five major NSA spying task force recommendations. SENT: 180 words.

POLL-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON - With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, Hispanics and Asian-Americans say getting relief from deportations is more important for many of the 11 million immigrants here illegally than creating a pathway to U.S. citizenship, a study finds. SENT: 710 words, photo.

TARGET-DATA BREACH - Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear. SENT: 670 words.

OBIT-GOLDSTEIN - Al Goldstein, the publisher of Screw magazine who helped break down legal barriers against pornography and raged against politicians, organized religion and anything that even suggested good taste. SENT: 840 words, photos.

THE LAST WOLVES - As wolves die out on remote national park in Michigan, a debate is brewing over whether to intervene. Upcoming: 700 words, photos.

BLIND MAN-SUBWAY FALL - Officials say enough donations have been raised to allow a blind man to keep the aging guide dog that jumped onto New York City subway tracks after the man lost consciousness and fell from a station platform. SENT: 430 words, photos, video, audio.

OBIT-PATTY HEARST’S HUSBAND - Bernard L. Shaw, who was Patty Hearst Shaw’s husband and Hearst Corp.’s vice president for corporate security, has died. SENT: 150 words.

DIGITS - With legal sales of marijuana in Colorado just two weeks away, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds public opposition to legalization declining. SENT: 640 words, photo.

EXECUTIONS DECLINE - Thirty-nine people executed this year in the US, a 10 percent drop from 2012. SENT: 450 words, interactive.

POLL-IMMIGRATION - Poll finds relief from deportations more important to Hispanics, Asian-Americans than citizenship. SENT: 720 words.

GAY MARRIAGE-METHODISTS - Church officials have defrocked a United Methodist pastor from who officiated his son’s gay wedding in Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1900 GMT news conference, then 400 words by 2030 GMT.

SCIENCE

EUROPE-STAR SURVEY - The European Space Agency has launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space, hoping to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way and to better understand the evolution of our galaxy. SENT: 670 words, photos.

TECH

DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-STREAMING VIDEO GIFT GUIDE - Streaming video devices such as Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast project video from Netflix and other services onto the big-screen TV, making the computer seems inadequate. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 1700 GMT.

BUSINESS

FAKE GIFTS - Not long ago, finding a knockoff of an item you really wanted under the tree was a big disappointment. This year, it’s all the rage. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1700 GMT.

BERNANKE FINAL PERFORMANCE - In his final performance, Bernanke showed something he’d learned from leading the Fed and addressing the public for eight years: Bad news goes down best when stirred with good news. By Josh Boak. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 379,000, the highest since March. SENT: 350 words, photo.

HOME SALES -The number of people who bought existing U.S. homes in November declined for the third straight month. SENT: 130 words.

LEADING INDICATORS- The private Conference Board issues its November index of leading indicators. SENT: 89 words.

ENTERTAINMENT

WALKING DEAD-LAWSUIT - The creator of “The Walking Dead” is suing AMC over what he claims is an effort to deny him tens of millions of dollars in profit from the hit drama. SENT: 360 words, photos.

DUCK DYNASTY - “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson is off the hit A&E reality series indefinitely after disparaging gays as sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers, the network says. SENT: 510 words, photo.

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