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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT

September 16, 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 1445 GMT:

-- OBAMA (on Ebola) (sent; developing)

-- CONGRESS-ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)


-- TRUMP PLAZA-CLOSING (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:


OBAMA - The Obama administration is preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 2005 GMT event, 850 words by 2300 GMT, looking at the impact and how these efforts will develop; photos. GLANCE also planned.

EBOLA - The World Health Organization is warning that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa could double every three weeks. The estimate comes Tuesday as the U.N. health agency said the cost of containing the deadly virus has risen to nearly $1 billion since it was identified in March. SENT.

CONGRESS-ISLAMIC STATE - House leaders try to sell Republicans on buying into an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to serve as ground forces for backing up U.S. air strikes against Islamic State militants. SENT: 760 words., photo.

ISLAMIC STATE-WHY NOW - As core al-Qaida weakened under the United States’ 13-year campaign, the terror group’s successors spread through Middle East and North Africa, attracting more followers than al-Qaida had in the past. A look at what happened. SENT: 1200 words, photos.

IRAQ- The Iraqi parliament rejected the prime minister’s nominees for defense and interior ministers, leaving the two crucial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition prepares to intensify airstrikes against the Islamic States group that controls vast parts of the country. SENT: 560 words, photos.

UKRAINE-FALLEN VILLAGE - Badly damaged village puts rebuilding ahead of casting blame in Ukraine’s conflict. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Ukraine’s parliament ratifies an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union and passes legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east. SENT: 560 words, photos.

SCOTLAND-ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE - The high road or the low road? Scotland took a long and winding path to independence vote. SENT: 950 words, photos.

BRITAIN-SCOTLAND-CONSERVATIVE MISTRUST - Proponents of Scottish independence use one of the main weapons in their armory - Scotland’s widespread mistrust of the Conservative Party. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BRITAIN-SCOTLAND - The two sides scramble to convert undecided voters. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: A look at what the queen’s role would be in an independent Scotland.

AFGHANISTAN - A Taliban attacker detonates his car bomb next to an international military convoy, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials say. SENT: 420 words, photos, video.

SYRIA - A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S. airstrikes against the militants, activists said. SENT: 630 words.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA - The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said. SENT: 460 words, photo.

INDIA-PAKISTAN FLOODING - Health workers were scrambling Tuesday to manage a mounting health crisis nearly two weeks after massive flooding engulfed much of Kashmir, and were treating cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus while hoping the stagnant waters do not create conditions for more serious disease outbreaks. SENT: 800 words, photos.

EUROPE-KURDISH FIGHTERS - While more than 2,000 Europeans are believed to have joined IS and other jihadist groups as foreign fighters, a smaller number has left Europe in recent months to fight against the Islamic militants. SENT: 920 words, photos.

PAKISTAN - Pakistan’s army says 11 militants and three soldiers have been killed in a cross-border attack on a Pakistani post. SENT: 330 words.

CHINA-INDIA - Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to India this week highlights subtle shifts in the regional power dynamic that are bringing warmer ties between the two Asian giants, challenging China’s traditional relationship with Pakistan, and opening a new chapter in Beijing’s ongoing competition for influence with arch-rival Japan. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - Several legal groups in South Africa express concern about threats and harsh criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder. SENT: 550 words, photo.

FIJI-ELECTIONS - For the first time since a military coup eight years ago, Fijians will go to the polls. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

THAILAND-TOURIST DEATHS - Police on a scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers’ residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BRAZIL-INDIANS IN FAVELAS - Indigenous people in Brazil facing deforestation, joblessness seek out cities, end up in slums. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-COLOSSAL SQUID - It was a calm morning in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.. SENT: 470 words, photos.

BELGIUM-EUTHANASIA-CONVICT - A Belgian convicted of murder and rape who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychiatric condition was incurable, an official and a lawyer said Tuesday. SENT: 300 words.

EGYPT - Egypt’s transitional justice ministry says the body is drafting amendments to the country’s disputed protest law, which bans demonstrations without a police permit. SENT: 420 words.

CHINA-GAS FIND - Beijing says a deep sea rig that sparked a standoff with Vietnam later found gas closer to China. SENT: 370 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-VOLCANO -The Philippines’ most active volcano belches out huge lava fragments that roll about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope. SENT: 500 words, photo.

VATICAN-GRANDPARENTS - First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents. SENT: 200 words, photo.

CHILD MORTALITY - More of the world’s children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday. SENT: 650 words.


POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI - - Protests over a fatal police shooting are stretching beyond Ferguson as supporters of the black 18-year-old killed by a white police officer continue to press for criminal charges. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT. Updated from 2300 GMT meeting start.

JUSTICE-VIOLENT EXTREMISTS - US pilot programs to deal with violent extremists could take cue from outreach in Minnesota. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GANG COLORS - Street gangs toning down colors, tattoos in effort to avoid easy detection by police. SENT: 500 words, photos.


EXPANDING WAISTLINES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2000 GMT) - Rising numbers of American adults have the most dangerous kind of obesity — belly fat — despite evidence that overall obesity rates may have plateaued, government data show. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2000 GMT; 500 words.


SHIPWRECK EXPLORERS - GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY — Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush. SENT: 460 words, photos, video.


DIGITAL LIFE-A CLOSER LOOK-DIGITAL AFTERLIFE — It’s never too early to start planning your digital afterlife, the fate of your online accounts once you shed this mortal coil. Facebook, Google, Twitter and other sites have different policies. Unless you take action, you might not like the outcome. Here’s a look at how some of the biggest Internet companies deal with deceased users’ accounts and what you can do to control your information. By Barbara Ortutay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photos.


ALIBABA-RISKY CHINESE STOCKS - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is about to launch what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. Yet anyone who expects to get rich from buying into China’s high-growth story will be betting against history. SENT: 1,300 words.

TRUMP PLAZA CLOSING - — When Trump Plaza opened in 1984, Donald Trump called it the finest building in Atlantic City and possibly the nation. A downward spiral that saw it ranked dead last among the city’s casinos ended Tuesday morning with the closing of Trump Plaza, the fourth Atlantic City casino to go belly-up this year. . SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.

TOBACCO COUNTRY - Starting next month, America’s remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.

RUSSIA-ECONOMY - Russia’s currency drops to an all-time low against the dollar as investors fret about the fallout of economic sanctions. SENT: 380 words, photo

RUSSIA-SOCIAL MEDIA - A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia’s most popular social network. SENT: 320 words.


MUSIC-WHITNEY HOUSTON - A CD/DVD featuring Whitney Houston’s first public performance — and her last one in 2012 — will be released Nov. 11. SENT: 300 words.

FILM-ADAM DRIVER - It comes as something of a shock to have been talking with Adam Driver for some time and he hasn’t cursed, thrown anything or committed some explicit sexual act. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-JEWEL - Jewel crowd-sourced the lyrics for her latest song, which she unveils Tuesday in Los Angeles. UPCOMING: 500 words by 0001 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-OCTAVIA SPENCER - As the offers poured in for Octavia Spencer to join many other film actors who have transitioned to television, she was clear on what she wanted: She didn’t want to do a sitcom. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-EMINEM - The music publishers for rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against New Zealand’s ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial. SENT: 270 words, photos.


MYANMAR-CLAY POTS-PHOTO ESSAY - Myanmar’s once-thriving clay pot industry struggles amid rapid changes, modernization. SENT: 200 words, photos.

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