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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

October 27, 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:

-- EBOLA-US (sent; developing)

-- POLAND-MILITARY (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent; developing)



-- GAY MARRIAGE-METHODISTS (sent; developing)

-- FEDERAL RESERVE (upcoming)

--NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS (sent; developing)


-- CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR (sent; developing)

-- SOUTH AFRICA - MEYIWA KILLED (sent; developing)

-- HELLO KITTY CON (sent; developing)

-- SUVs GO GLOBAL (sent)

-- TV-NEW YEAR’S- SWIFT (sent)

-- TREE TRANSIT (sent; developing)


VIDEO: EBOLA coverage (sent; developing)

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):


EBOLA-US - The governor of New York strikes a more conciliatory tone regarding health care workers returning from treating Ebola patients, but his state, Illinois and New Jersey stick to plans to quarantine doctors and nurses for 21 days. This comes despite White House and scientists’ arguments that confining medical professionals could dissuade them from traveling to West Africa to help stem the spread of the virus that has killed thousands. SENT: 1,210 words, photos, videos, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing.

EBOLA-NURSE QUARANTINED - New Jersey officials say a nurse who was quarantined after working in West Africa with Ebola patients is being released. SENT: 130 words.

EBOLA-WEST AFRICA - The United States will help fight Ebola over “the long haul,” the American ambassador to the United Nations says on a trip to the West African countries hit by the outbreak. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: developing with Power’s visit to Sierra Leone; photos planned.

EBOLA-WEST AFRICA-FOREIGN AID - International community ramps ups efforts to contain Ebola crisis in West Africa. SENT: 760 words, photos.

EBOLA-DUNCAN QUESTIONS - Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, poor and uninsured, did not get all the help his family members wanted, and they now question why his care was different in some ways than that of Americans infected with the deadly virus who survived. Of the nine people who have been treated for Ebola in the U.S., only Duncan has died. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

- EBOLA-DUNCAN QUESTIONS-Q&A - Questions and answers about Duncan’s medical care. SENT: 500 words, photos.


POLAND-MILITARY - APNewsBreak: Poland to move 1,000s of troops east in historic shift due to Ukraine conflict. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR - A moderate conservative is favored to win Toronto’s mayoral election Monday, with many residents eager to close out the Rob Ford era. SENT: 490 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS - Escaping residents report dozens more girls and young women have been abducted by Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria, raising doubts about an announced cease-fire and hopes for the release of 219 schoolgirls held captive since April. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SOUTH AFRICA - MEYIWA KILLED - The captain of the South African national soccer team was fatally shot at his girlfriend’s house during an attempted robbery Sunday night as he tried to apprehend the intruders, police and an eyewitness said. SENT: 710 words, photos.

PISTORIUS TRIAL - A spokesman for South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority says prosecutors will appeal the verdict and sentencing of Oscar Pistorius, who was handed a 5-year prison term after being convicted of culpable homicide. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

UKRAINE - Two pro-European parties in Ukraine that ran on a platform to enact tough reforms shared the lead after a parliamentary election, according to partial results released Monday. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

IRAQ - A suicide car bomber driving a military Humvee struck a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops and pro-government Shiite militiamen south of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 24 people, officials said. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SYRIA - Members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and other Syrian rebel factions launched simultaneous attacks on army checkpoints and the governor’s office in northwestern Syria on Monday, triggering hours-long clashes that left 19 troops and rebels dead. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ISLAMIC STATE-MEDIA WAR - The retired American general in charge of coordinating the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against Islamic State militants on Monday urged Arab nations and other allies to do more to combat the group’s extremist ideology. SENT: 300 words, photo.

SKOREA-SHIP SINKS - South Korean prosecutors demand the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people. SENT: 590 words, photos.

EGYPT - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Monday ordered the military to join police forces in guarding vital state facilities against terror attacks, a move that would expand the military’s already dominant public presence since it toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi 15 months ago. SENT: 840 words, photos.

GLOBAL GAY MARRIAGE - A look at some countries that have made same-sex marriage common practice. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-CHINA - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai travels to China this week, signaling the pivotal role he hopes Beijing will play in Afghanistan’s future. SENT: 910 words, photos.

NKOREA-JAPAN - A high-ranking Japanese delegation is to assess the progress of a North Korean investigation into the fates of Japanese who were abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and ’80s. SENT: 360 words, photos.

JAPAN-ABE’S ANGUISH - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s honeymoon with Japan’s voters is fading as scandals and a slowing economic recovery take a toll on his popularity and hinder progress on his policy agenda. SENT: 940 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-FACE VEILS - Three men who attempted to enter Australia’s Parliament House wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood, a niqab and a motorcycle helmet say they were unfairly treated under new regulations targeting Muslim face veils. SENT: 460 words, photos.

VIETNAM-CHINA - China’s top diplomat is greeted warmly as he arrives in Vietnam to repair ties ruptured by disputes over the South China Sea. SENT: 580 words, photos.

HAITI-FORMER PRESIDENT - The walled compound where former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide lives in seclusion under police guard has become a rallying point for hundreds of people. SENT: 960 words, photos.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE-FAMILIES - Sleep, peace elusive as wait drags on in Mexico for families of missing students. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER - Tropical Storm Hanna has formed off the coast of Nicaragua and is forecast to move inland, producing heavy rainfall. SENT: 130 words.

TUNISIA-ELECTIONS - Tunisia awaits election results as main anti-Islamist party claims big win. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: developing.

BRAZIL ELECTION-HOUSE DIVIDED - Whoever is chosen to next lead Brazil, their first task will be uniting a house divided after the most acrimonious and tight election since the nation’s return to democracy. 700 words, photos.

POLAND-JEWISH MUSEUM - 1,000 years of Polish Jewish life the subject of modern new narrative museum in Warsaw. SENT: 1060 words, photos.


NSA SURVEILLANCE-LEGAL LANDSCAPE - Faced with congressional inaction to curtail the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, civil liberties groups are looking to cases already in the courts as a quicker way to clarify just what surveillance powers the government should have. UPCOMING: 850 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

ARMY INTELLIGENCE-REVOLVING DOOR - An Army program intended to make intelligence data seamlessly accessible to soldiers in the field has mostly been a bust, performance-wise, but it has meant lucrative contracts for companies whose employees once worked for the Army. SENT: 1,540 words, photo. An abridged version of 800 words has also been sent.


GAY MARRIAGE-METHODISTS - A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

WASHINGTON-SCHOOL-SHOOTING - A 14-year-old girl who was wounded when a student opened fire inside his high school has died, raising the death toll in the shooting in Washington state to three. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

MILWAUKEE PARK SHOOTING - The family of a black man shot 14 times by a white police officer in a Milwaukee park marks the spot where he died with red spray paint before starting a rally and marching through city streets. SENT: 810 words, photos, video.


UN-CLIMATE REPORT - A top U.N. climate change expert urged world governments Monday not to be overcome by hopelessness as they negotiate a new agreement to fight global warming. SENT: 270 words

SPACE STATION - Ortibal Sciences Corp. launches another load of supplies to the space station for NASA. UPCOMING: Developing from 2244 GMT launch from Wallops Island, Virginia.


FEDERAL RESERVE - The global economy has slumped. Turmoil has gripped financial markets. And the U.S. job market, despite steady gains, still isn’t fully healthy. Yet when the Federal Reserve issues a statement after it meets next week, few foresee any policy changes. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1700 GMT.

EUROPE-BANKS TEST - Markets digest mass of new data on troubled European banking system. SENT: 700 words, photos

SUVS GO GLOBAL - Once a hulking symbol of American excess, sport utility vehicles are quickly becoming the world’s favorite way to get around. It’s a surprising rebirth for a vehicle that was the subject of obituaries in 2008 SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

JAPAN-TOYOTA-GLOBAL SALES - Toyota still top in global vehicle sales, over VW, GM, after first three quarters of year. SENT: 420 words, photo.


HELLO KITTY CON - The first Hello Kitty Con is a four-day festival of all things Kitty held in honor of the character’s 40th birthday. Born at Japan’s Sanrio Co., Hello Kitty has helped spawn a global, $8-billion-a year enterprise. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos, photo gallery, glance box.

HELLO KITTY CON-Q&A - Here’s everything you need to know about the famous character. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

BOOKS-GEORGE RR MARTIN — George R.R. Martin is famous enough to have direct knowledge of Boba Fett Syndrome. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

TV-FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE - Sketch-comedy shows are like frozen-yogurt shops: While there are probably way too many, most are good enough to stay afloat. But “Friends of the People” should tickle your comedy sweet tooth more than most. SENT: 850 words, photos.

MUSIC-JOHNNY MARR - Fittingly for the man who co-wrote “How Soon Is Now,” Johnny Marr doesn’t believe in living in the past. SENT: 540 words, photos.

FASHION-COCO ROCHA - Supermodel Coco Rocha managed to come up with 1,000 different poses for a new coffee-table book, “Study of Pose.” UPCOMING: 600 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

FASHION-BEYONCE - Want a body like Beyonce’s? Now you can buy clothes she’s designed for exercising. SENT: 130 words.

TV-NEW YEAR’S- SWIFT - Taylor Swift will be shakin’ it up in New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve. SENT: 130 words.

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