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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

January 15, 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 1530 GMT:


-- FRANCE-ATTACKS (sent; developing)

-- POPE-ASIA (sent)

-- NIGERIA VIOLENCE (sent; developing)

-- OKLAHOMA EXECUTION (sent; developing)

-- CAPITOL-TERROR PLOT (sent; developing)

-- UNITED STATES-CUBA (sent; developing)

-- OSCAR NOMINATIONS (sent; developing)


-- YOSEMITE CLIMB (sent; developing)



-- US-MEXICO-BIRTH CERTIFICATES (sent; developing)

-- IMMIGRATION LAWSUIT (sent; developing)


-- POPE WATCH (sent)



PHOTOS: NIGERIA VIOLENCE (satellite photos, sent); POPE-ASIA (sent); NIGERIA-VIOLENCE (sent); YOSEMITE CLIMB (sent)

VIDEO: POPE-ASIA (sent); us_capitol_terror_plot (sent); us_ca_yosemite (sent; developing)

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):


FRANCE ATTACKS-POPE - Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith. SENT: 470 words, photo.

FRANCE-ATTACKS - Hackers have targeted about 19,000 French websites since a rampage by Islamic extremists left 20 dead last week, France’s cyberdefense official said Thursday, as the president tried to calm the nation’s inflamed religious tensions. SENT: 780 words, photos.

FRANCE-ATTACKS-PROVOCATEURS - Around the world, comic provocateurs echo Charlie Hebdo in saying the unsayable. SENT: 1,120 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-FRANCE - Kerry says France trip not to apologize for unity march no-show but to give ‘big hug to Paris’. SENT: 230 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

FRANCE ATTACKS-MEDIA - France’s broadcasting watchdog is holding a special meeting Thursday with broadcasters to examine “failures” in the coverage of the attacks in which 20 people, including three gunmen, were killed. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing

- FRANCE-ATTACKS-GERMANY - Germany’s Merkel: Muslims mustn’t be ostracized, clerics should draw line against terrorism. SENT: 130 words, photos.

CHARLIE HEBDO-PAKISTAN - Pakistan lawmakers condemn French magazine’s caricatures of Islam’s prophet. SENT: 330 words.


POPE-ASIA - Pope Francis said Thursday that his visit to the Philippines, Asia’s largest Catholic nation, will focus on the plight of the poor, the exploited and victims of injustice — themes sure to resonate in a nation where poverty afflicts nearly a fourth of the 100 million people. SENT: 870 words, photos, video, interactive.

POPE-ASIA-CLIMATE - Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is “mostly” man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make “courageous” decisions to protect God’s creation. SENT: 480 words, photo.

POPE-ASIA-PHILIPPINES-SECURITY - Philippines locks down part of capital to secure crowd-adoring celebrity pope. SENT: 700 words, photos.

POPE-ASIA-POPE’S TOUCH — Many of the estimated 800,000 people who saw the pope in Sri Lanka came hoping for a touch. SENT: 310 words, photos.

POPE WATCH - Some glimpses of his trip as it unfolds. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.


NIGERIA-VIOLENCE - Large areas of Nigerian towns attacked by Islamic extremists were razed to the ground in a widespread campaign of destruction, according to satellite images released Thursday by Amnesty International. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing with more perspective, detail.

UNITED STATES-BRITAIN-NIGERIA - Kerry says US, Britain discussing initiative to deal with Boko Haram. SENT: 130 words.

UNITED STATES-CUBA - The Obama administration is putting a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba as of Friday, significantly loosening restrictions on American trade and investment. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Developing; photos.

TRAVEL-CUBA-TRAVEL QUESTIONS — Americans are one step closer to being able to vacation in Cuba, but don’t book that flight just yet. Questions and answers. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1700.

IRAQ-THE GRAND AYATOLLAH - Since Sunni militants overran large parts of Iraq, the country’s most prominent Shiite cleric has fundamentally altered his spiritual role and has plunged straight into politics. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

SYRIA - Syrian rebels and government forces began observing a 10-day truce Thursday in the last rebel-held area of the central city of Homs, marking another setback for opposition fighters, activists said. SENT: 470 words, photos.

HAITI-ELECTION STANDOFF - Haiti has a new prime minister to run the government as it enters a phase of political uncertainty, with its parliament dissolved, opposition activists promising street protests and its president ruling by decree because of a bitter standoff with lawmakers. . SENT: 700 words, photos.

INDONESIA-PLANE - Divers search AirAsia fuselage for bodies, prepare to hoist wreckage. SENT: 290 words, photos, video, interactive.

EGYPT - Canadian foreign minister hopes for resolution for Al-Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt. SENT: 310 words.

MONACO-TRADEMARK - The European Union says the tiny principality of Monaco is too famous to trademark its own name. SENT: 130 words.

RUSSIA-STALIN’S GRANDSON - The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a complaint by the grandson of Josef Stalin over a Russian newspaper article that called the Soviet dictator a “bloodthirsty cannibal.” SENT: 100 words.


CAPITOL-TERROR PLOT - A 20-year-old Ohio man’s Twitter posts sympathizing with Islamic terrorists led to an undercover FBI operation and the man’s arrest on charges that he plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials. SENT: 590 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing on a number of fronts.


YOSEMITE CLIMB - The climbers who scaled El Capitan using just their hands and feet plan a news conference. SENT: 940 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updating from 2 p.m. news conference.

US-MEXICO-BIRTH CERTIFICATES - The Mexican government will start issuing birth certificates to its citizens via consulates in the United States to help immigrants seeking work permits, driver’s licenses and protection from deportation. SENT: 560 words, photo, interactive. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 2000 GMT with documents issued, photos, video.

OKLAHOMA EXECUTION - Oklahoma plans to carry out its first execution since a botched lethal injection last spring, relying on revamped procedures, an updated death chamber and a drug protocol identical to that of Florida - which the same night plans its 12th execution with the same three drugs. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 650 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updating through the day, ahead of Florida and Oklahoma executions scheduled for 2300 and 2400 GMT.

-EXECUTIONS-CASES - A look at the cases of death row inmates in Oklahoma and Florida who are to be executed Thursday with the same three-drug lethal injection. SENT: 500 words.

IMMIGRATION LAWSUIT - Attorneys for 25 states are going before a federal judge in Texas to argue for a rollback of Obama’s expansive executive actions to spare nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updating from 1600 GMT hearing, photos.

NYC JAILS-INVESTIGATION - An internal city investigation finds the scandal-scarred city jail system continues to employ guards responsible for screening new hires who themselves have criminal convictions and gang affiliations. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CHINESE STUDENT SLAIN - A Los Angeles judge could rule soon on whether three teens should be tried on murder charges in the death of a Chinese graduate student. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.


IMMUNITY (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT) - How strong your immune system is depends more on your environment and the germs in it than on your genes, new research says. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT, 500 words.


VIETNAM-FACEBOOK — Vietnam’s prime minister says it is impossible to ban social media such as Facebook so authorities in the communist nation instead should provide correct information to inform public opinion. SENT: 680 words.


TARGET-CANADA - Target to exit Canada, didn’t foresee operations being profitable until at least 2021. SENT: 550 words, photos.

AIRBUS A350-FIRST FLIGHT - Airbus A350, world’s newest jetliner, takes to skies on first commercial flight from Qatar. SENT: 590 words, photo.

IKEA BABY MATTRESS RECALL - Furniture retailer Ikea says it’s recalling 169,000 baby crib mattresses in the U.S. and Canada after receiving two reports of infants getting trapped between the mattress and the end panels. SENT: 130 words.


OSCAR NOMINATONS - Two extravagant comedies, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

—OSCAR NOMINATIONS-LIST: SENT: 300 words, photos.


—OSCAR NOMINATIONS-FOREIGN FILMS: A look at the nominees in the foreign language and other categories, with reaction from around the world. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

—OSCAR NOMINATIONS-QUOTES: UPCOMING: 400 words beginning at 1800 GMT, photos.

—OSCAR NOMINATIONS-TOP FIVE: A list of the five top nominated pictures, their studios, how they have done at the domestic box office and their release dates. UPCOMING: 200 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

—OSCAR NOMINATIONS-FIVE FACTS: Fun facts and trivia about this year’s Oscar nominations. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2200 GMT, photos.

CAESARS BANKRUPTCY - A cash-strapped division of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. said early Thursday that it filed for bankruptcy protection in Chicago, hoping the court agrees to its plan to get out from under $18.4 billion of debt. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ISRAEL-MICHAEL DOUGLAS - has named actor Michael Douglas as the 2015 recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize award, popularly dubbed the “Jewish Nobel Prize.” SENT: 130 words.

BRITAIN-RENDELL — Prolific British crime writer Ruth Rendell was in critical but stable condition Thursday after suffering a stroke. SENT: 100 words, photos.

POLAND-POLANSKI - Filmmaker Roman Polanski has been questioned by a prosecutor in Poland concerning a U.S. request for his extradition on 1977 sex charges, an official said Thursday. SENT: 280 words, photos.

INDIA-WRITER SILENCED - An Indian novelist went into hiding and said he has quit writing after his latest book about a woman’s efforts to get pregnant with a stranger sparked protests by right-wing Hindu and caste groups. SENT: 360 words, photos.

JAPAN-ASK MURAKAMI - Want to discuss cats, baseball or novels? Haruki Murakami is available for the next two weeks. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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