BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15
Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates.
Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1500 GMT:
-- NKOREA-KIM’S UNCLE (sent, developing)
-- MISSING AMERICAN-IRAN-ABRIDGED (sent)
-- MISSING AMERICAN-IRAN (sent)
-- MANDELA-INTERPRETER (sent; developing)
-- BUDGET BATTLE (sent, developing
-- UKRAINE-PROTESTS (sent; developing)
-- NYC TRAIN DERAILMENT (developing)
-- HEISMAN-WILLIAMS (sent, developing)
PHOTOS: CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC — XJD111-115 — Christians gather in makeshift camp.
VIDEO: Colorado Stadium Stabbing (sent), Hawaii Plane Crash (sent), Markets Year Ender (sent), Texas Ugly Sweater (sent) and Levinson CIA (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):
NKOREA-KIM’S UNCLE - The execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle brought a swift end to a man long considered the No. 2 power in North Korea, and is an unsettling development for a world already wary of Kim’s unpredictability as his country attempts to develop nuclear weapons. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.
NKOREA-KIM’S UNCLE-PROFILE - The execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle marks the unprecedented fall from grace. Jang Song Thaek rose from municipal bureaucrat to vice chairman of the National Defense Commission and member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party — posts that put him in second in power only to Kim. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
- NKOREA-KIM’S UNCLE STATEMENT - Excerpts from state media account. SENT: 510 words.
- UNITED STATES-NKOREA -US not counting on NKorea policy shift as leader Kim Jong Un ousts influential uncle. SENT: 850 words.
UKRAINE-PROTESTS - A Ukrainian court has released all those arrested during a violent police dispersal of demonstrators near the presidential administration building, one of the demands of the opposition that has conducted three weeks of large protests. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1900 GMT.
BANGLADESH-WAR CRIMES - An Islamist political party vows to deepen the role of Islam in Bangladesh to avenge the execution of a party leader who was hanged for war crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. SENT: 650 words, photos.
INDIA-RAPE ANNIVERSARY - The phones were ringing nonstop in the tiny, windowless office in downtown New Delhi, with urgent appeals from desperate women. Established in the wake of last year’s gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, the government hotline is part of a wave of change since the case forced the country to confront its appalling treatment of women, though many in India’s urban centers say the streets have not gotten any safer. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.
VATICAN-LEGION OF CHRIST - Hopes are dwindling that the Vatican’s three-year experiment to radically reform the cult-like Legion of Christ religious order has succeeded, raising the question of what Pope Francis will do with it after the congregation elects a new leader next month. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
HAITI-OLDE GOODE THINGS - People familiar with Haitian orphanages say conditions inside the two homes run by the U.S.-based Church of Bible Understanding aren’t the worst they have seen in this country, but the surprise is that life isn’t better for kids in the care of a church that operates high-end antiques shops in New York and Los Angeles, offering light fixtures for $15,000 and end tables for more than $30,000. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, video.
RUSSIA-PUSSY RIOT - Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against two jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band, saying that a lower court did not fully prove their guilt. SENT: 140 words.
GERMANY-NAZI INVESTIGATION - Prosecutors say a former Nazi concentration camp guard living in the Berlin area is being investigated on suspicion of murder after authorities received a tip from a Nazi-hunting organization. SENT: 460 words, photos.
CHINA-CHURCH CRACKDOWN - A group of Chinese rights lawyers advocating for a detained Christian pastor and his aides in central China say they were assaulted by a crowd of unidentified people who also harassed a British television crew. SENT: 330 words.
CHINA-NEW CITIZENS MOVEMENT - A prominent Chinese legal activist who founded a group that organized small, peaceful protests and dinners to discuss politics is indicted by Beijing prosecutors and will likely stand trial soon, his lawyer says. SENT: 600 words, photos.
THAILAND-PROTEST APPS - For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they’re taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations. SENT: 650 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON - The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan that struck the central Philippines on Nov. 8 passes 6,000 with nearly 1,800 people missing. SENT: 230 words, photos.
CHINA-MINE EXPLOSION - A gas explosion traps 22 workers underground in a coal mine in western China. SENT: 140 words.
AUSTRALIA-TASER DEATH - Four Australian police officers will be charged with assaulting a 21-year-old Brazilian student who died while being arrested in Sydney last year. Roberto Laudisio Curti died last year after New South Wales state police shocked him with Tasers up to 14 times. SENT: 300 words.
CAMBODIA-STOLEN RELICS - Cambodian officials say a golden urn containing what are considered to be remnants of the Buddha’s body has been stolen from its shrine near the capital. SENT: 130 words.
NEW ZEALAND-REFERENDUM - More than two-thirds of New Zealanders who voted in a national referendum said they oppose the government’s program of state asset sales. SENT: 250 words.
JAPAN-ASEAN - Southeast Asian nations are hoping Japan and China will mend their frayed ties, to help minimize the risk of tensions flaring into conflict in the region, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 770 words, photos.
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
BUDGET BATTLE - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid confers privately with his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell as Congress tries to finish action on the newly-minted $85 billion budget legislation. The House is ready to go home for the holidays after passing the bill by a wide margin, but the Senate likely won’t get to it until next week. SENT, 940 words, photos, video.
KERRY - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday in his latest push for an elusive Mideast peace deal. On his ninth trip of the year to the region, Kerry continued his furious pace of shuttle diplomacy amid a rare snowstorm that blanketed Jerusalem. 790 words, photos. News conference in Tel Aviv.
BLAGOJEVICH APPEAL — Legal teams deliver arguments before appellate judges on imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appeal for a new trial. DEVELOPING. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BREAST CANCER-NEW DRUGS — An experimental drug shows promise against a hard-to-treat form of breast cancer. It’s the first big result from a very novel way of testing drugsto quickly separate winners from duds. SENT: 600 words.
FUTURE SMARTPHONES - This may be remembered as the year smartphones got duller. The high-definition displays kept getting bigger and the cameras kept getting better, but the pace of gee-whiz innovation dawdled. Smartphone and software makers are already working on ways to snap out of this technological lull, but it will probably be at least another year or two before their efforts yield breakthroughs that revolutionize the design and function of mobile computing devices. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1900 GMT, photos, video.
MOTOROLA CEO-Q&A - Even with a new owner and new phones, Motorola remains a business in transition. Google veteran Dennis Woodside became Motorola’s CEO when Google bought the struggling cellphone pioneer last year. He sat down with The Associated Press for more than an hour to talk about the company, its products and its vision for bringing the Internet to the world. By Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: About 1,600 words by noon, photos.
WHOLESALE PRICES - U.S. wholesale prices dropped in November for the third consecutive month, pushed down by cheaper gasoline and home heating oil costs. By Josh Boak. SENT: 430 words, photo.
WALL STREET - Stock futures are rising after a three-day funk in the markets that have begun to waver in anticipation of a drawdown of the Fed’s generous monetary policies. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2200 GMT.
- OIL PRICES -The price of oil slides to around $97 a barrel on the possibility of new supplies from Libya and expectations the Federal Reserve will cut its stimulus program. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2100 GMT.
LADIES OF ANCHORMAN 2: In the eyes of journalist Ron Burgundy, arguably Will Ferrell’s most memorable character, this is a man’s world. But in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” it wouldn’t be anything without a few saucy newsroom girls. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BRITAIN-AMERICAN PSYCHO - Is any subject too macabre to make a musical? Not on the evidence of past works including Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd,” about a homicidal barber, and his presidential killer saga “Assassins.” And now there’s “American Psycho,” an energetic stage adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s novel about a soulless yuppie serial killer at large in 1980s Manhattan. SENT: 700 words, photo.