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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

January 23, 2015

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 1900 GMT News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.


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

-- SAUDI ARABIA (sent; developing)

-- YEMEN (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- UNITED STATES-CUBA (upcoming)


-- DEFLATED FOOTBALLS (sent; developing)


-- DAVOS WATCH (sent; developing)




-- WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing)


-- BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING (sent; developing)







-- DAVOS WATCH (sent; developing)



-- MISS UNIVERSE (upcoming)

PHOTOS: POLYGAMY TOWN (sent); TOP PHOTO - KSX101: Junko Ishido, mother of Japanese journalist Keni Goto, speaks during a news conference.

VIDEO: saudi_king_obit- saudi_king_obit (sent); us_polygamist_town (sent); us_snowboarding (sent); us_deflated_footballs (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 (all times GMT):


SAUDI ARABIA - King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s new monarch, moves swiftly Friday to name the country’s interior minister as deputy crown prince, making him the second-in-line to the throne, as he promised to continue the policies of his predecessors in a nationally televised speech. SENT: 590 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing, with a focus on the challenges faced by the new king.

OBIT-KING ABDULLAH - Saudi King Abdullah, dead at 90, pushed gradual reforms at home, led Arab Spring backlash. SENT: 1,800 words, photos, video.

- SAUDI-SALMAN SPEECH-TEXT - Text of Salman’s speech after taking the throne following King Abdullah’s death. SENT: 480 words, photo.

- SAUDI-ABDULLAH-MILITANTS - Islamic militants, sympathizers celebrate death of Abdullah on social media. SENT: 350 words, photo.

- SAUDI-ABDULLAH QUOTE BOX - Reactions from around the world to the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. SENT: 1,380 words.

- SAUDI OIL PRICES - Oil rises as death of Saudi king unsettles market but effect likely fleeting. SENT: 540 words, photo.


YEMEN - Yemen’s Shiite rebels call on supporters to hold mass rallies, a day after the country’s embattled president and Cabinet resigned. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

UKRAINE - Signs emerged Friday pointing to a major offensive in eastern Ukraine by rebels fighting to break off from the rest of the country. SENT: 370 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

RUSSIA-ECONOMY - Top official: Russians will ‘eat less’ to support Putin in face of Western sanctions. SENT: 360 words.

JAPAN-ISLAMIC STATE - Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group post an online warning that the “countdown has begun” for the group to kill a pair of Japanese hostages. The posting which appeared Friday shows a clock counting down to zero along with gruesome images of other hostages who have been beheaded by the Islamic State group. SENT: 650 words, photos, interactive. UPCOMING: developing.

- JAPAN-ISLAMIC STATE-MOM’S APPEAL-PHOTO- AP PHOTO: Mom’s last-minute appeal for Japanese hostage held by Islamic State group

- JAPAN-ISLAMIC STATE-VIDEO - Questions raised about extent of doctoring of video showing Japanese hostages. SENT: 550 words, photo.

ISRAEL-AUSCHWITZ’S END - Marta Wise was ill and emaciated when she heard the distant sound of soldiers marching toward Auschwitz. She was liberated. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Note Jan. 27 anniversary.

SYRIA - Activists say a Syrian government airstrike in a suburb of the capital, Damascus, has killed at least 32 people and wounded many others. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

INDONESIA PLANE - For the first time, Indonesian divers were able Friday to enter the fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed last month into the Java Sea and retrieved six bodies, an official said. SENT: 320 words.

FRANCE-STRIPPING CITIZENSHIP - France’s top court on Friday upheld the government’s decision to strip the citizenship of a Franco-Moroccan man convicted of terrorism-related crimes, amid calls to expand such measures after deadly attacks in Paris.

VATICAN-FAMILIES - Pope Francis is urging families to put aside their iPhones and Twitter feeds and learn to talk to one another again. SENT: 250 words.

BELGIUM-JEWISH MUSEUM ATTACK - Belgian authorities looking for man seen with chief suspect in the May Jewish Museum attack. SENT: 210 words.

THAILAND-POLITICS -Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday that democracy in her country is dead. SENT: 550 words, photos.

INDIA-OBAMA-CLIMATE- When Obama begins his visit to New Delhi on Sunday, he will join the Indian capital’s masses in breathing some of the world’s filthiest air. India’s energy choices can make or break global efforts to prevent climate change. SENT: 930 words, photos.

SRI LANKA-BACKLASH - In just two weeks since a shocking election defeat, Sri Lanka’s once all-powerful ruling family has seen most of their followers desert them, they have lost control of the party and now face the prospect of corruption and other criminal charges. SENT: 930 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-SUMS OF THE FATHER - When the pope comes to town, a huge bill awaits the host country, but in pope-adoring Philippines, the mammoth crowds whipped up by the Roman Catholic Church leader also offered plenty of good business. SENT: 910 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-BLAST - Blast kills one, wounds 37 in southern Philippine city near area of clash with militants. SENT: 250 words.

ISRAEL-MAGIC YARMULKE - An Israeli barber has fashioned what he calls “magic” yarmulkes out of hair, designed to allow religious Jews to cover their heads without attracting unwanted attention from anti-Semites. SENT: 520 words, photos

NKOREA-HUMAN RIGHTS - The U.N. official in charge of investigating human rights violations in North Korea says he stands by U.N. findings of widespread abuses there despite recent backtracking by a prominent defector on the details of his life in the North’s prison system. SENT: 570 words.

KASHMIR-STRIKE - Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir fire warning shots and tear gas to disperse Muslim protesters. SENT: 310 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA-BOAT SINKS - Ten people are feared dead after a Chinese fishing boat sinks near the South Korean resort island of Jeju. SENT: 220 words.

AUSTRALIA-BOMB SCARE - A bomb scare on a ferry that caused major disruptions in downtown Sydney was a training exercise gone wrong, an official says. SENT: 220 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-BLAST - A powerful explosion kills at least one person and wounds more than 35 others in a southern Philippine port city that has been hit by similar blasts blamed on Muslim militants. SENT: 250 words.


UNITED STATES-INDIA — Obama flies to India this weekend as world’s largest two democracies try to show they are moving past the tensions that have plagued their relationship in recent years. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

UNITED STATES-CUBA — The U.S. and Cuba wrap up two days of talks, the highest level such discussions in more than 30 years, and come away with the sobering reality that there are many obstacles to overcome in the areas of migration, human rights and even how the embassies should be built. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - Tsarnaev lawyers defend use of juror quotes in third bid to move trial outside Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

NYC JAIL DEATH - Federal prosecutors should investigate the 2013 death of a seriously mentally ill New York City inmate who sexually mutilated himself after spending seven increasingly agitated days locked alone in a Rikers Island jail cell without medication, according to a scathing state review of the case obtained by The Associated Press. SENT: 750 words, photos.

MISSING TEENS-CRIME SPREE - 18-year-old accused in crime spree with 13-year-old girlfriend charged with statutory rape. SENT: 120 words.

CIA LEAK - Jurors are conferring for a second day on the fate of an ex-CIA officer accused of leaking secrets about a classified operation to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SNOWBOARDING’S FALL - Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

WAR CRIMES-VERMONT - Jury to resume negotiations in trial of man charged with lying about Bosnian war crimes. SENT: 330 words.

OBIT-VINCE CAMUTO - Legendary shoe designer Vince Camuto, co-founder of Nine West Group, dies in Connecticut at 78. SENT: 160 words.


EARNS-MCDONALD’S - The world’s largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back. This includes slowing down new restaurant openings in some markets. SENT: 680 words.

ECB STIMULUS-WILL IT WORK? - The European Central Bank’s plan to resuscitate Europe’s economy hinges on whether people, governments and companies do what the central bank hopes they do. Here are five things that need to happen. SENT: 900 words, photo, interactive.

PORT LABOR - West Coast seaport contract talks to resume after hiatus as thousands of workers rally. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

DAVOS WATCH — The World Economic Forum held in the Swiss ski resort of Davos has the official goal of “improving the state of the world.” In practice, it’s a massive networking event that brings together 2,500 heads of state, business leaders, philanthropists and artists. Here are some glimpses of what’s happening and being discussed Friday at Davos. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.


DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-MICROSOFT HOLOGRAMS - First Impressions: Microsoft is latest to try virtual reality; here’s what HoloLens is like. SENT: 780 words, photos.

CHINA-BLOCKED VPNS - China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, tech companies and specialists said Friday. SENT: 390 words, photo.


MISS UNIVERSE — Ahead of Sunday’s competition, a chunky text look at some of the 88 contestants competing for the Miss Universe crown. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1700 GMT.


DEFLATED FOOTBALLS - No explanations from Pats leaders for underinflated footballs; Brady says no contact with NFL. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

DEFLATED FOOTBALL-DEMONSTRATION - Get a grip: Former NFL quarterback explains deflated footballs in AP video. SENT: 470 words, photos, video.

ALI-LISTON-GLOVES-AUCTION - Just months before the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight rematch between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, boxing fans are getting a chance to own a piece of one of the most hotly debated title fights of all time. SENT: 500 words, photos.


FILM-SUNDANCE-WATCH - The 31st Sundance Film Festival kicked off with dozens of celebrities — from Lisa Kudrow to Jack Black — promoting films premiering at the event. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos, video. Will be updated throughout the day.

SUNDANCE-OSCARS — A look at the Sundance Film Festival and the Oscars on the heels of two best picture nominations for 2014 festival premieres “Boyhood” and “Whiplash.” SENT: 600 words, photos. With other Sundance features listed on Entertainment digest.

FILM-STRANGE MAGIC — “Star Wars” creator George Lucas discusses his 15-year passion project, “Strange Magic,” and his excitement to experience “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as a fan. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BRITAIN-OPPENHEIMER — With Benedict Cumberbatch starring as Alan Turing and Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking, young British actors playing scientific geniuses are all the rage this film awards season. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

BOOKS-Q&A-SETH GRAHAME SMITH — If you think you’re busy, try being Seth Grahame-Smith. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

BUZZ BOOKS - A pair of free e-books will offer excerpts from upcoming releases by Dennis Lehane, Ann Packer and more than 60 other writers. SENT: 130 words.

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