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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

February 3, 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 1530 GMT:

-- SYRIA (sent; developing and will be reslugged AL-QAIDA DIVISIONS)

-- RUSSIA-SCHOOL SHOOTING (sent; developing)

-- HOFFMAN (sent; developing with new angles)

-- TALKING CARS (upcoming)

-- DEADLY SUGAR (upcoming)


-- FUNERAL AT THE MALL (upcoming)

-- NEW ZEALAND-SEA SURVIVOR (sent; developing)

PHOTOS: SUPER BOWL coverage (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:


AL-QAIDA DIVISIONS -Al-Qaida’s central leadership breaks off ties with one of the most powerful militant groups in Syria, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and distances itself from the rebel infighting in that country’s civil war. The announcement — made in a statement on militant websites — raises questions about whether the central leadership or the defiant breakaway group will lose support. SENT: 660 words, photos as BC-ML--Syria. UPCOMING: 900 words under new slug. Also note: BC-ML_Syria will be refocused on the violence and last month’s death toll:

SYRIA - The violence in Syria killed nearly 5,800 people in January, making last month the deadliest in the country’s almost three year conflict. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

RUSSIA-SCHOOL-GUNMAN - A 10th-grade student armed with two rifles burst into his Moscow school on Monday and killed his geography teacher and a police officer before being taken into custody, investigators said. The boy’s father played a key role in helping to free students being held as hostages and prevent further violence, the city police chief said. SENT: 520 words, photos.

THAILAND-ELECTIONS - Thai protesters are vowing to stage larger rallies in central Bangkok and push ahead their efforts to nullify the results of elections that were expected to prolong a national political crisis. SENT: 550 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-SEA SURVIVOR- It’s a story that almost defies belief: A man leaves Mexico in December 2012 for a day of shark fishing and ends up surviving 13 months on fish, birds and turtles. But that’s the story a man told the U.S. ambassador in the Marshall Islands and the nation’s officials. SENT: 830 words.

BRITAIN-CHAGALL FORGERY - A French committee rules that a British collector’s ‘Chagall’ painting is a fake and should be burned. SENT: 600 words.

UKRAINE-PROTESTS - Ukraine’s beleaguered president to return from sick leave. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GREECE-EARTHQUAKE - A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude between 5.7 and 6.1 hit the western Greek island of Kefalonia before dawn Monday. SENT: 560 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-MANDELA’S WILL - Nelson Mandela’s estate is worth roughly $4.1 million, excluding royalties and other amounts, and beneficiaries of his will include his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress. SENT: 380 words.

ITALY-KNOX TRIAL - The judge who announced the guilty is facing allegations of impropriety. SENT: 130 words.

NKOREA-SURFING THE INTRANET - North Korea has tried hard to keep its relationship to the Internet hidden from foreign eyes. But it opened that door just a crack for The Associated Press to reveal a self-contained, tightly controlled Intranet called Kwangmyong, or “Bright.” .SENT: 970 words, photos.

BRITAIN-ENDLESS FLOOD - Thousands of acres in the Somerset Levels have been under water for weeks, one village has been an island for a month, and local people forced to take boats to get to school, work and shops are frustrated and angry. UPCOMING: 750 words by 10:30 a.m., photos.

CUBA-US TRAVEL - Culture tours designed to win Cuban hearts and minds are also changing American views on US policy, a survey suggests. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

KOREAS-TENSION - The rival Koreas agree to hold talks Wednesday on arranging the first reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War in more than three years. SENT: 370 words.

ANTARCTICA-WHALING - A Japanese whaling ship and an anti-whaling protest boat collide in the remote, icy seas off Antarctica. SENT: 450 words, photos.

INDIA-SHIP FIRING - India’s Supreme Court orders the government to decide within a week whether it will invoke a severe anti-piracy law against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen. SENT: 280 words.

FRANCE-KITTEN TORTURE - A man accused of throwing a kitten against an apartment building, then uploading a video clip of the act on his Facebook profile is being prosecuted for animal cruelty, officials said. SENT: 270 words.


TALKING CARS - Federal transportation officials are proposing that new cars and trucks be equipped with technology that allows vehicles to communicate with each other in order to prevent collisions. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Announcement at 1700 GMT; 750 words by 2100 GMT, photo.


CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS - Twenty people and organizations are due Monday to turn over emails, text messages and other documents in the bridge scandal, though most have requested more time. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: updates through day.

MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK - Officials: Homeless man survived mountain lion attack at Southern California encampment. SENT: 200 words.


DEADLY SUGAR (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 4 p.m.) Diets high in sugar are linked with increased risks for fatal heart disease, and it doesn’t take that much extra sugar to boost the risk — anything more than a 20-ounce Mountain Dew soda/day. The link is independent of obesity. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT.

GAY TEENS-STEROIDS - Gay and bisexual teen boys use illicit steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids, but reasons are unclear. SENT: 600 words, photos.


GLOBAL ECONOMY-EMERGING MARKETS - From Turkey to South Africa to Argentina, emerging markets are being slammed by rising inflation, economic mismanagement and political turmoil. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m.

YELLEN - Janet Yellen has been sworn in to succeed Ben Bernanke, becoming the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve in its 100-year history. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m.

AUTO SALES - Chrysler’s U.S. sales were hot last month even though much of the country was frigid, as the automaker reports an 8 percent increase over a year ago. But analysts don’t expect Chrysler to be the norm as companies report sales figures Monday. SENT: 420 words, photo. UPCOMING: will be updated throughout day


SOCHI-STRAY DOGS - A pest control company which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years told The Associated Press on Monday that it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout the Olympics. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: 700 words.

SBD-Horgmo Injured - The slopestyle course that drew complaints from some riders ahead of the Sochi Olympics set to be modified after Norwegian medal hope Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone in practice and is out of the Winter Games. SENT: 500 words


SWM-THORPE - The manager of Olympic swimming great Ian Thorpe says the five-time gold medalist is in rehab after being found disoriented on a Sydney street early Monday morning by police responding to a call from residents. SENT: 550 words.


HOFFMAN - The prolific Philip Seymour Hoffman battled addiction all of his adult life, first going to rehab more than two decades ago, then succumbing Sunday after another rehab trip last year. Success isn’t an antidote to this lifelong affliction. SENT: 1,100 words of obit, photos, video. UPCOMING: 1,200 words with expected angle on heroin addiction, by 2200 GMT.

THEATER-FRAN DRESCHER - Fran Drescher recently turned a corner in her life. She’s gotten a new pet, a new man and a new job — on Broadway. SENT: 710 words, photos.

GRAFFITI ART-CITY AS CANVAS - A re-creation of a 1978 work that helped propel the illicit graffiti art movement into the mainstream is part of a major exhibition on graffiti art opening Tuesday. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m., photos.

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