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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT,ADVISORY

March 18, 2015

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:

-- TUNISIA-ATTACK (sent; developing); also TUNISIA-ATTACK-THE LATEST, chunky-text running approach to the breaking developments, starting shortly. Either version may be used.

-- SERBIA-SREBRENICA MASSACRE (sent; developing)

-- ISRAEL ELECTION (sent; developing)


-- FEDERAL RESERVE (sent; developing)


-- IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS (upcoming)


-- US--STABBING DEATHS (sent; developing)

-- IDITAROD (sent; developing)




-- MODEL PLANES (sent)

-- STARBUCKS-ANNUAL MEETING (sent; developing)




-- ART HEIST MYSTERY-25 YEARS (sent; developing)

-- MONOPOLOY AT 80 (sent)





-- TUNISIA-ATTACK-THE LATEST (alternative format running approach to the breaking events)



-- ART HEIST MYSTERY-25 YEARS (sent; developing)

-- MONOPOLY AT 80 (sent)

-- MONOPOLY-10 THINGS (sent)




GERMANY PROTESTS - Police cars burn at anti-austerity protest. SENT, with text.

IDITAROD coverage (sent; developing)

MEXICO-BAJA TOURISM-PHOTO GALLERY - Far from the resorts of Los Cabos, in a part of the Baja California peninsula seen by few tourists, desert plants look like they were drawn by Dr. Seuss. SENT: 17 photos, 560 words.

HONG KONG-ART BASEL-PHOTO GALLERY - Art, art lovers blur together in images from Art Basel Hong Kong, Asia’s biggest exhibition. SENT: 13 photos, 130 words.




US_CA_MODEL PLANES (sent; with text noted below)

US_NJ_MONOPOLY (sent; with text noted below)


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:




TUNISIA-ATTACK - Gunmen opened fire at a leading museum in Tunisia’s capital, killing at least eight people, authorities said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the attackers took hostages. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing in all formats. ALSO: TUNISIA-ATTACK-THE LATEST, chunky-text running approach to the breaking developments. Either version may be used.

SERBIA-SREBRENICA MASSACRE - APNewsBreak: Eight suspects arrested in Srebrenica massacre including commander; a first for Serbia. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

ISRAEL ELECTION - Netanyahu’s strong showing in national elections this week has come with a price: He has managed to alienate friends and foes alike with some hard-line rhetoric on the campaign trail. The Israeli leader now faces a difficult test convincing an already skeptical world that he is serious about reaching peace with his Arab neighbors. SENT: 950 words, photos, video with the spot news. UPCOMING: 850 word, photos, video. Also: Q&A at where this leaves the Palestinians, separate on Israel-US relations:

UNITED STATES-ISRAEL - After Netanyahu’s tack to the right during Israeli elections, including rejecting a Palestinian state, his frosty relationship with Obama could be heading toward another new low. And it’s going to force the field of 2016 presidential candidates to take sides. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2130 GMT, photos.

VANUATU-CYCLONE PAM - As aid workers finally reach the archipelago’s hard-hit outer islands, it appears that residents’ familiarity with disasters and careful planning spared the lives of most. SENT: 890 words, photos.

NIGERIA-BRING BACK OUR GIRLS - Nigeria’s military: No news of 219 kidnapped Chibok girls as jets bomb Boko Haram stronghold. SENT: 750 words.

ISLAMIC STATE - Iraq’s Sunni province of Anbar key to taking Mosul back from Islamic State, says minister. SENT: 470 words, photos.

UKRAINE-CRIMEAN EXILES - Crimean exiles are fighting to keep their Ukraine unity message alive, and are bemoaning a lack of government help. SENT: 690 words, photos.

JAPAN-US-KENNEDY - Japanese police investigate calls threatening to kill US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, consul general. SENT: 150 words.

JAPAN-MICHELLE OBAMA - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama visits Japan and Cambodia to highlight cooperation on helping girls finish their educations. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FRANCE-POLLUTION - Spike in Paris air pollution triggers urgent measures to lower speed limits, ban trash burning. SENT: 130 words.

BRITAIN-PRINCE HARRY - Prince Harry to join wounded troops for part of 1,000-mile charity trek around Britain. SENT: 130 words, photos.

MYANMAR-MIDNIGHT INSPECTIONS - Myanmar government officials conduct surprise inspections on homes in the dead of night, and round up guests staying without permission, using a British-colonial era law that continues to be used to suppress dissent. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

SINGAPORE-LEE KUAN YEW - The condition of Singapore’s 91-year-old founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, deteriorates further at the hospital where he has been treated for about six weeks. SENT: 210 words, photos.

EGYPT-WIDENING THE ECONOMY - After Egypt’s major investment conference, the country’s small and medium businessmen see some signs the government is serious about being more inclusive in their economic reforms, after past changes benefited mainly regime cronies. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.




IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS: U.S. and Iran race to define nuclear deal; progress would see world powers invited to talks next week. SENT: 390 words. UPCOMING: Updates expected from talks, 550 words by 3 p.m., photo.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION - US sets new record for denying, censoring federal files under open government law, AP analysis finds. SENT: 360 words, photo.

WHITE HOUSE-CYANIDE: A third round of testing on letter sent to White House thought to contain cyanide. SENT: 320 words, photo.

GOP 2016-RUBIO - If elected president, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he would ‘absolutely’ defy stalwart European allies if necessary in order to revoke an Iranian nuclear deal he might inherit from Obama. SENT: 720 words, photos.

GOP 2016-TRUMP - Donald Trump launches presidential exploratory committee. SENT: 130 words.

REAL ESTATE HEIR-UNSOLVED MURDER - Robert Durst’s lawyer calls the search of Durst’s condominium “a publicity stunt” by a California prosecutor. SENT: 460 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing with next steps in investigation.

CHEMICAL WEAPONS-DESTRUCTION - The U.S. Army could begin destroying the nation’s largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons as early as Wednesday. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

PENN STATE-FRATERNITY-NUDE PHOTOS - Penn State: Frat members who posted nude Facebook photos of women will be held accountable. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ROYAL VISIT-WASHINGTON - Prince Charles, Camilla have full itinerary on DC visit. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

STABBING DEATHS- - Police: 3 Burmese children stabbed to death at home in North Carolina; suspect in custody. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing. Pursuing photos.

PRESBYTERIANS-GAY MARRIAGE - The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) becomes the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation. SENT: 740 words, photo.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - A close friend of Tsarnaev tells a jury that Tsarnaev borrowed a gun from him two months before the 2013 attack and the killing days later of a police officer. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MISSOURI EXECUTION - A Missouri death row inmate is executed for the shooting death of a sheriff’s deputy. SENT: 600 words, photo.

ELDERLY MARRIAGE-CHER - Cher commits to helping Virginia woman, 96, return home, inspired by her late-blooming romance. SENT: 650 words on Tuesday, photos.

ART HEIST MYSTERY-25 YEARS - Boston museum marks 25 years since infamous art theft. SENT: 600 words chunky text, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

NEW YORK-CUBA FLIGHT - Direct flights between New York and Cuba taking off. SENT: 130 words.

MISSING NYC BOY - Defense wants bags of potatoes as evidence in murder trial of man accused of killing Etan Patz. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

AL CAPONE’S MANSION — The waterfront mansion where mobster Al Capone spent his final days has been restored after falling into disrepair. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2200 GMT. Checking on photos, video.




BRITISH DNA (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT) - — Genetic samples collected from across the United Kingdom are shedding light on the ancient past, including Viking invasions. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 1800 GMT, 300 words.




DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-TV CORD CUTTING - Are you ready to cut the cord? A look at new streaming-only options that may finally nix the need for cable. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photo. With TV CORD CUTTING-WHAT’S OUT THERE and interactive quiz.

SXSW WRAPPED UP - Chunky text roundup of news and events as SXSW wraps up. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 600 words, photos.




FEDERAL RESERVE - Federal Reserve officials are about to address a question investors have been mulling for weeks: Do they remain “patient” about raising interest rates? By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 650 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates after 1800 GMT release of Fed statement and forecasts and 1830 GMT Yellen news conference.

MODEL PLANES - In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. The airline world has its own unique greeting: the exchange of model airplanes. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

LUFTHANSA STRIKE - Lufthansa pilot union’s strike grounds some 750 flights, affects 80,000 passengers. SENT: 130 words.

STARBUCKS-ANNUAL MEETING - Starbucks joins the race debate as clashes in Ferguson and elsewhere escalate tension. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SEATTLE MINIMUM WAGE - Supporters of higher minimum wage hail judge’s decision not to block part of Seattle wage law. SENT: 700 words, photos.

GERMANY-PROTESTS - Police cars set alight, 350 detained at anti-austerity protest at European Central Bank. SENT: 430 words, photos, video.

BRITAIN-BUDGET - Death, taxes and winning re-election: British government unveils last budget before election. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

PORTUGAL-FIGHTING FOR A FUTURE - A massive factory that used to hire 1,500 people before it was shut down in 2012 amid the financial crisis reopens - and starts hiring. Its story offers some hope to EU leaders as they meet for a summit to find ways to create much-needed jobs. SENT: 870 words, photos.




IDITAROD - Dallas Seavey wins third Iditarod sled dog race in 4 years, beating his father. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: Developing, with photos.




MONOPOLY AT 80 - Eight decades after popular board game debuted, how might Atlantic City-based Monopoly look today? SENT: 760 words chunky text, photos, video. With MONOPOLY-10-THINGS




MUSIC-ROCK HALL - Paul McCartney to induct Ringo Starr into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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