BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
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. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.
Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1700 GMT:
-- AFGHANISTAN (sent; developing)
-- IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- PAKISTAN (sent; developing)
-- CIA HARASSMENT (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE-BILLION-DOLLAR SCAM (sent)
-- LAS VEGAS SHOOTING (sent; developing)
-- TIRED TRUCK DRIVERS (sent)
-- WCUP-BRAZIL-SUBWAY STRIKE (sent; developing)
-- PICTURE PERFECT (sent)
PHOTOS: WCUP-FIELDS EVERYWHERE-PHOTO ESSAY (sent)
VIDEO: UKRAINE_TAX_SCAM (sent; with text and photos)
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 EDT):
AFGHANISTAN - Five Americans troops were killed in an apparent coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, in one of the worst friendly fire incidents involving United States and coalition troops since the start of the nearly 14-year war. SENT: 680 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing with reporting in Afghanistan and Washington. Unlikely the names will be released today.
IRAQ - Islamic militants overran parts of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, on Tuesday, driving security forces from their posts and seizing the provincial government headquarters, security bases and other key buildings. SENT: 560 words, photos.
PAKISTAN - Gunmen attack a training facility near the Karachi airport, forcing a temporary suspension of flights and triggering a brief shootout with security forces, just days after the brazen Taliban assault on the city’s busy airport shocked the country. SENT: 700 words, photos.
UKRAINE-BILLION DOLLAR SCAM - Massive Ukrainian scam intercepted billions in taxes using phantom firms. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, video.
SYRIA - Fighting in eastern Syria between Islamic rebel brigades and an al-Qaida splinter group has killed more than 630 people and uprooted at least 130,000 since the end of April, an activist group said Tuesday. SENT: 430 words, photo.
ISRAEL-PRESIDENT - Israel’s parliament on Tuesday chose Reuven Rivlin, a veteran politician and supporter of the Jewish settlement movement, as the country’s next president, putting a man opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state into the ceremonial but largely influential post. SENT: 500 words, photos.
IRELAND-MASS GRAVES - Ireland’s government is launching an investigation into mistreatment and burial of babies who died decades ago in nun-operated homes for unmarried mothers. SENT: 130 words.
MALAYSIA-PLANE - Countries searching for the missing Malaysian plane have yet to agree on how to share costs, an Australian search leader says. SENT: 380 words.
INDONESIA-ELECTIONS - A Suharto-era general running for the Indonesian presidency was forced to defend his human rights record during the first televised debate of the campaign. SENT: 480 words, photos.
CHINA-TIANANMEN DETENTIONS - One of China’s best-known rights lawyers has been denied bail in what his attorney and friends say is a signal he will be indicted in a case they believe is aimed at deterring rising legal activism. SENT: 580 words.
CHINA-HOSTAGE TAKING - A convicted criminal who took 50 elementary school students and a teacher hostage was shot and killed by police in central China, the Public Security Ministry says. SENT: 220 words.
SINGAPORE-NKOREA-WEAPONS - Singapore files criminal charges against a shipping company implicated in a shipment of weapons to North Korea that was seized by Panamanian authorities last year. SENT: 310 words.
TROPICAL WEATHER - Tropical Storm Cristina is expected to strengthen as it swirls off Mexico’s Pacific coast. SENT: 70 words.
HUNGARY-RIGHTIST’S AWAKENING - Spiritual awakening for former Hungarian far-right leader who discovered he was a Jew. SENT: 900 words, photos.
CHINA-US-NAVAL EXERCISES - Chinese ships steam toward waters near Hawaii to participate for the first time in the world’s largest naval exercises hosted by Washington - a rare opportunity to build trust with the U.S. and regional rivals including the Philippines and Japan. SENT: 590 words, photos.
SKOREA-SHIP SINKING-COURT HEARING - Hostile spectators cursing, shouting and weeping behind them, 15 crew members from the sunken South Korean ferry appeared in court Tuesday to enter pleas on charges of negligence and failing to save more than 300 dead or missing passengers. SENT: 900 words, photos.
BRITAIN-SEXUAL VIOLENCE-SUMMIT Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague opened a four-day international summit on Tuesday to focus attention on the rape of women in war zones and conflict areas. By Sylvia Hui. SENT: 300 words, photos.
BRITAIN-SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUMMIT - Actress and U.N. envoy Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague open a four-day international summit to focus attention on rape of women in war zones and conflict areas. SENT: 240 words, photos.
PALESTINIANS-RECONCILIATION - Palestinian forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas break up a Hamas protest, beating some of the participants despite a recent unity deal between the two rival factions. SENT: 390 words.
POLAND-ABORTION - Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has weighed into a debate about abortion and doctors’ religious beliefs that is roiling emotions in the largely Catholic country. SENT: 130 words.
KENYA-MUSLIM LEADER KILLED - Gunmen shot and killed a moderate Muslim leader on Tuesday, an official said, the fourth prominent Muslim to be shot dead in the coastal city of Mombasa in two years. SENT: 420 words.
SINGAPORE-BLOGGER - A blogger being sued by Singapore’s prime minister for alleged defamation was fired Tuesday from his hospital job. SENT: 150 words.
THAILAND-BIRD FLAP - A Thai AirAsia plane hit a bird Tuesday during a flight in Thailand, where the word for bird is “nok,” sparking social media confusion over whether the aircraft had collided with a plane from budget carrier Nok Air. SENT: 130 words.
VETERANS-HEALTH CARE - A top Veterans Affairs Department official is acknowledging “an integrity issue here among some of our leaders” as the embattled agency reels from mounting evidence that workers fabricated data on veterans’ waits for medical appointments in an effort to mask frequent, long delays. SENT: 900 words, photo.
CIA HARASSMENT - An internal CIA document says 15 CIA employees were found to have committed sexual, racial or other harassment last year. SENT: 950 words.
SOCIAL SECURITY - Four Social Security judges are being grilled by a House panel on accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 9:30 a.m. hearing. 750 words by 3 p.m.
HILLARY CLINTON — She says she and former President Bill Clinton “fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans,” seeking to refine remarks she made about the pair being broke when they left the White House. She kicks off her presidential decision-making tour with a reading of her new book, “Hard Choices,” on the friendliest possible turf — in New York City. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 0 GMT, photo.
LAS VEGAS SHOOTING — Investigators are studying anti-government videos and social media posts by a 31-year-old man who shot and killed two officers as they try to untangle what led him and wife to gun down two police officers and a civilian before taking their own lives. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 650 words by 0 GMT, photos, video.
GMO LABELING-NEW YORK — New York would be the largest state in the nation to require labels on food made from genetically modified crops under a proposal before state lawmakers — making it a key battleground for the debate over GMO food. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
SOUTHERN BAPTISTS-PRESIDENT — Southern Baptists choose a new president for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination as they work to strengthen their declining numbers. UPCOMING: Tentative; timing of vote uncertain. 500 words if the vote happens.
CONJOINED TWINS-18TH BIRTHDAY — Twins conjoined at liver at birth celebrate success of separation on 18th birthday. SENT: 450 words, photos.
RED MEAT AND BREAST CANCER (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 6:30 p.m.) — Women who eat lots of red meat seem to have a higher risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published Tuesday. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 6:30 p.m.; 450 words.
WEST AFRICA-EBOLA — More than a month after Guinea President Alpha Conde told reporters the Ebola outbreak that originated in his country was under control, the death toll continues to climb in his country as well as in Sierra Leone and in Liberia. At least 231 people have died. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.
PHILIPPINES-CIGARETTES — A Philippine legislative committee approves a bill that would compel cigarette manufacturers to print illustrations of smoking hazards on cigarette packs. SENT: 400 words.
WORLD CUP-FACEBOOK-TWITTER — This year’s World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp. SENT: 920 words, photos.
TIRED TRUCK DRIVERS — The crash that severely injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian is drawing attention to the dangers of tired truckers just as the industry and its allies in Congress are poised to roll back safety rules on drivers’ work schedules. SENT: 840 words, photo.
GENERAL MOTORS-ANNUAL MEETING — A thorough review of General Motors’ safety issues is nearing completion and hasn’t turned up any more serious problems, the company’s CEO said Tuesday. SENT: 480 words, photos.
US-DRONES: FAA OKs first approved commercial drone flights over land in US by BP energy company in Alaska. SENT: 400 words.
WORLD CUP SONGS - Unlike advertising power showcases the Super Bowl or the Olympics, the World Cup is a global affair, more popular abroad, and it’s hard for TV commercials to translate across cultures. So brand makers this year have struck on making global songs, instead. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.
INSIDER TRADING-Q&A — Few crimes on Wall Street get more headlines than insider trading. But proving that someone did it can be complicated without direct proof that they cheated. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1 p.m., photos.
AFRICA-WOMEN ENTREPRENEUERS. — Madinah Nalukenge is part of a growing trend in Africa where more women, defying stereotypes and other social barriers, are running businesses on a scale that was unthinkable a generation ago. UPCOMING: 900 words by noon.
MINING COMBACK - Long dormant extractive industries are coming back to life across the industrial Midwest as economic desperation and other factors prompt states to look to the past as well as the future for economic revitalization. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 p.m., photos.
THE WORLD CUP
WCUP-BRAZIL-SUBWAY STRIKE — A paralyzing subway strike is suspended, though union officials warn that if their demands for higher pay aren’t met, they will call workers off the job again Thursday - the day Sao Paulo hosts the opening match of the World Cup. . SENT: 750 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.
WORLD CUP-FACEBOOK-TWITTER — See line in TECH section
WORLD CUP SONGS — See line in BUSINESS/ECONOMY section
WCUP-VALENTINES — It’s Thursday, but to get out of the way of the cup many Brazilians will celebrate Wednesday. UPCOMING.
WCUP-ROUGH LANDING - Brazil says its airports are ready, but passengers may find themselves in for a rough landing. SENT: 830 words, photos.
- WCUP-FIELDS EVERYWHERE-PHOTO ESSAY - Soccer fields are everywhere in Rio. With photo essay by Felipe Dana. SENT: 290 words, photos.
See Sports Digest later today for other World Cup stories.
PICTURE PERFECT — More and more folks are hiring professional photographers to document their everyday lives - not just weddings and bar mitzvahs, but family get-togethers, vacations or even just an outing to a local attraction. SENT: 760 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
GAMES-E3-SONY — Sony Corp. announced that it is bringing new installments of the popular video-game franchises “Uncharted” and “LittleBigPlanet” to the PlayStation SENT: 380 words, photos.
GAMES-E3-NINTENDO: The Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video-game industry’s annual trade show, continues, with a presentation scheduled Tuesday by Nintendo. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1 p.m., photos.
FILM-THE ROVER — Four years after his breakthrough debut feature film “Animal Kingdom,” Australian director David Michod has finally followed up. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.
GRACELAND SHOW — It’s been a long point of some annoyance for South Floridians when a television series set in their home is actually filmed in California. But the USA Network series “Graceland” seems like a chance for revenge. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.
BRITAIN-REMBRANDT — Scientific tests confirm that a painting donated to Britain’s National Trust by a wealthy supporter is a Rembrandt self-portrait worth tens of millions of pounds (dollars). SENT: 320 words, photos.
WCUP-FIELDS EVERYWHERE-PHOTO ESSAY - Soccer fields are everywhere in Rio. SENT: 290 words, photos.