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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1545 GMT

February 13, 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 1545 GMT:

-- OBAMA-CYBERSECURITY (sent; developing)




MEGAUPLOAD-ARREST (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- AMERICAN SNIPER-TRIAL (sent; developing)

-- US--MUSLIMS KILLED (sent; developing)





-- FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 1 (first sent Thursday; resent Friday)





-- MUSIC-DRAKE (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:


AP EXCLUSIVE: ISRAEL-STRIKING HOMES - The youngest to die was a 4-day-old girl, the oldest a 92-year-old man. They were among at least 844 Palestinians killed as a result of airstrikes on homes during Israel’s summer war with the Islamic militant group Hamas. Associated Press reporters reviewed 247 known strikes of this type, compiling a casualty count based on death certificates, site visits and interviews. They found that 60 percent of those killed were children, women and older men - demographics generally accepted as probably civilian. An AP Exclusive. SENT: 2,200 words, photos, graphic. UPCOMING: An abridged version of 1,000 words will be sent by 1500 GMT, video.


CIVILIANS KILLED-WARS - Israel is far from the only country to have killed civilians during war: the list is long, from Dresden to Japan, from Grozny to Algeria. SENT: 900 words, photos.

EGYPT-AL-JAZEERA - Two Al-Jazeera English journalists are released from an Egyptian prison on Friday. SENT: 930 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: May develop.

UKRAINE - Fierce fighting surged in east Ukraine as Russian-backed separatists mounted a major and sustained new push Friday to capture a strategic railway hub ahead of a weekend cease-fire deadline. SENT: 800 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-UKRAINE - The Obama administration is taking a wait-and-see approach toward the new Ukraine peace agreement. SENT: 890 words, photos.

BOKO HARAM - Boko Haram launches first attack on Chadian village after targeting Niger, Cameroon, army says. SENT: 280 words, photo.

SKOREA-NUT RAGE - Korean Air heiress appeals nut rage ruling that sentenced her to 1 year in prison. SENT: 370 words, photo.

EGYPT - Blast targeting Egyptian police patrol kills 1, injures 9 mostly security personnel. SENT: 250 words.

GERMANY-DRESDEN-FIREBOMBING - Even 70 years later, Allied firebombing of Dresden still fresh in survivor’s mind. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TURKEY-RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - Turkey rolls back secular education as part of Erdogan’s vision of ‘pious generation’. SENT: 1040 words, photos.

MYANMAR-ETHNIC REBELS - Clashes between Myanmar troops and ethnic Kokang rebels near the Chinese border leave 47 government soldiers dead and 73 wounded, state media said Friday. SENT: 290 words.

MYANMAR-STUDENT PROTEST - Myanmar government warns student protesters to stop march seeking educational reforms. SENT: 240 words.

VATICAN-CARDINALS - Pope’s new cardinals reflect geographic peripheries, but also core concerns of his pontificate. SENT: 880 words, photos.

INDIA-TRAIN ACCIDENT — A train derails after hitting a boulder that had fallen on the track in southern India, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens, officials say. SENT: 150 words, photos.

BRAZIL-CARNIVAL - Five days of Carnival officially open in Brazil, with ceremoney at which “King Momo” receives key to the city. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

THAILAND-VALENTINE’S WARNINGS - In Thailand, Valentine’s Day is a time for strict warnings - and this year a new Twitter hashtag aimed at preventing premarital sex. SENT: 460 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-WHALE STRANDING - Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded on New Zealand beach; 2 dozen dead. SENT: 200 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-BOAT SINKING - At least five people die after a trawler carrying up to 200 passengers sinks in southern Bangladesh. SENT: 130 words.

PHILIPPINES-BIRD-WATCHERS - Crossfire between the military and communist rebels wounds a bird-watching guide and scares seven foreigners in a protected mountain area in the southern Philippines, officials say. SENT: 210 words.

PHILIPPINES-ONE BILLION RISING - Around 4,000 mostly female students from a Roman Catholic school demand an end to violence against women and girls. SENT: 200 words, photos.


OBAMA-CYBERSECURITY - Obama is participating Friday in a Silicon Valley summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection. SENT: 670 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from Obama speech at 1920 GMT.

PRESIDENTIAL-WAR POWERS — In 2002, then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton took a vote in favor of the Iraq war that would come to haunt her presidential prospects. Now, a new generation of senators weighing White House bids — Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz — will have to make a similar choice about President Barack Obama’s use of force request. UPCOMING: 680 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

MUSLIMS KILLED - Families of three slain Muslim students want prosecutors to charge the alleged shooter with a hate crime, but experts say such charges can be notoriously difficult to prove in court. In order to win a hate crime conviction, prosecutors would have to prove Craig Stephen Hicks targeted his neighbors because of their religion, race or national origin and not because of a parking dispute, as police have said. UPCOMING: 600 words.

MEGAUPLOAD-ARREST - Estonian man pleads guilty in Megaupload case; he’s 1st of 7 brought to US to face charges. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CITIZENFOUR-SNOWDEN - Edward Snowden, interviewed by Carr hours before Carr’s death, appears by video link with “Citizenfour” director ahead of Oscars. SENT: 280 words.

GAY MARRIAGE-ALABAMA - Alabama counties are deciding whether to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after a federal judge ordered a reluctant coastal county to do so. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

AMERICAN SNIPER-TRIAL Eddie Ray Routh spoke of insanity, anarchy and the apocalypse when police tried to arrest him after the shooting deaths of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BOB SIMON-CRASH - Death of correspondent Bob Simon ruled an accident; CBS says he was thrown to front of car. SENT: 130 words.

ENGANGERED MONKEYS DIE - Officials say Louisiana zoo employee’s negligence on cold night killed 2 endangered tropical monkeys. SENT: 480 words.

WHITE DIAMOND - 100-carat ‘perfect’ diamond in classic emerald-cut coming to auction; estimate $19M to $25M. SENT: 230 words, photos.

NEW ORLEANS SHOOTING - 1 killed, 1 wounded in shooting along Mardi Gras parade route in New Orleans, police say. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: Developing.


DEAFNESS-BRAIN IMPLANT - At age 3, Angelica Lopez is able to hear sounds for the first time thanks to a brain implant that bypasses her ears. UPCOMING: 800 words at 2000 GMT, photos, video.


CALLING THE COSMOS - For decades, astronomers have sat by their telescopes and waited in vain for a call from extra-terrestrial life. So now some of them want to aim their best radars and lasers at the sky to say “we’re here, call us” to the closest few thousand worlds. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2130 GMT photos.

UN-CLIMATE TALKS - Negotiators agree on early draft of UN climate deal, leaving core issues for later. SENT: 130 words.


GOOGLE-MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL — Internet giant Google will ask a judge to block an investigation by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood into the company. SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from hearing scheduled for 1500 GMT.


HARVARD-TOP OF IPO CLASS - Harvard is the alma mater for seven CEOs who led their companies’ IPOs last year, more than twice the amount of the next-best schools, according to figures from executive compensation data firm Equilar. SENT: 760 words, photos, graphic.



SPRING TRAINING-$100 MILLION ARMS - History says baseball’s $100 million pitchers must produce results fast before they age. SENT: 1,000 words, photo, graphic.

- $100 MILLION PITCHERS-LIST - List of pitchers making more than $100 million. SENT: 150 words.


FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 1 - Superstition times 3: 2015 calendar has 3 Friday the 13ths — and 3 chances for bad luck. SENT: 890 words, photos first sent Thursday; resent Friday.

DOG SHOW-WATCHING WESTMINSTER - Dog lovers all over the world can step right inside the judging ring to watch the Westminster Kennel Club show, thanks to the newest tech piece at America’s top pooch pageant. SENT: 800 words, photos.


BRIAN WILLIAMS-EMBELLISHMENT - Puffing up one’s experiences - whether it’s falsifying a resume or exaggerating stories to amplify the derring-do factor - is something that everyone does for myriad reasons, whether they admit it or not, experts say. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FILM-OSCARS-AWARDING THE AFFLICTED - A notable percentage of acting Oscars have gone to stars playing characters suffering from some type of affliction. This year, three nominees fall into that category. UPCOMING 650 words by noon, photos.

OSCARS OVERSEAS-VIRUNGA - Mountain gorillas and the rangers who seek to protect the Central African park where they live are the main protagonists in “Virunga,” an Oscar-contending documentary that has focused enormous attention on a conservation battle deep in a remote rainforest. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.

BRITAIN-GAME OF THRONES RESTAURANT - Tongue, locusts and dinosaur eggs: A chef gets creative with a lavish ‘Game of Thrones’ feast. SENT: 480 words, photos.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN-KEY FIGURES - Some facts about her and others associated with her. SENT: 530 words, photos.

BRITAIN-OBIT-STEVE STRANGE - Visage singer Steve Strange, icon of 80s New Romantic movement, dies at 55. SENT: 130 words.

MUSIC-DIDDY AND SNOOP - Diddy, Snoop Dogg hold all-star hip-hop concert in NYC with Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Nas, Lil Kim. SENT: 520 words, photos.

CHINA-JAYCEE CHAN - The son of actor Jackie Chan is released from a Beijing jail after completing a six-month sentence for allowing people to use marijuana in his apartment. SENT: 300 words, photos.

TV-Q&A-STEVIE WONDER — Stevie Wonder, honored at a concert airing Monday on CBS, talks about social justice, fair treatment of artists and his next album. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2 p.m., photos.

THEATER-Q&A-JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL - John Cameron Mitchell, who co-creatoed and originated the lead in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” has returned to his old show at 51. UPCOMING: 740 words, photos.

MUSIC-Q&A-EDDIE MURPHY - Veteran actor-comedian Eddie Murphy is on a different chart these days, with his latest single rising to the top of the most downloaded reggae songs on iTunes. UPCOMING: 580 words by 11 a.m., photos.

MUSIC-DRAKE - Drake was featured on Beyonce’s surprise album — and now he’s taking a page from her book. SENT: 130 words.


CUBA-HORSE BUSINESS-PHOTO ESSAY - Already renowned for fine rum and fancy cigars, Cuba is carving out a new luxury niche that is attracting Latin American elites to the communist-run island: thoroughbred jumping horses. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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