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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1545 GMT

November 19, 2013

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:

-- LEBANON EXPLOSION (sent; developing; with upcoming Q&A)


-- EGYPT (sent; may develop)


-- ZIMMERMAN ARRESTED (sent; developing)

-- CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR (sent; new angle upcoming)


-- DUELING DINOS (sent; developing)




VIDEO: LEBANON EXPLOSIONS (sent; developing); GETTYSBURG coverage (upcoming); DUELING DINOS (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:

LEBANON-EXPLOSION - Twin suicide bombings strike outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, killing 23 people in one of the worst bombings to target the predominantly Shiite area in the Lebanese capital related to the civil war next door in Syria. SENT: 970 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

LEBANON-Q&A — A look at the intensifying proxy battle over Syria’s civil war. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 1700 GMT.

EGYPT - Protesters vandalize the pedestal of a memorial dedicated to demonstrators killed in Egypt’s revolutionary turmoil only hours after the prime minister inaugurated it in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. SENT: 860 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON-SURVIVORS’ SPIRIT - They found the hoop in the ruins of their obliterated neighborhood. They scavenged nails and broken wooden planks from vast mounds of storm-blasted homes. They propped up the backboard on a dirt road barely cleared of debris, and held down the goal with concrete chunks stuck atop a pallet. And then they played basketball. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

- PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON - Survivors march through typhoon-wrecked city to raise spirits as U.N. chief hails progress. SENT: 290 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN - Deep divisions over whether to give legal immunity to U.S. soldiers threaten a contentious security pact aimed at allowing thousands of Americans to stay in Afghanistan beyond a 2014 deadline. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words with more details and analysis by 1900 GMT.

CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR - Ford says Toronto’s City Council had no business stripping him of most of his powers over his admitted crack cocaine use and heaving drinking, implying in a television interview aired today that many councilors are no different from him. Further turmoil seems inevitable. We’re putting together a story on his family. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

RUSSIA-PLANE CRASH - The pilots of a Boeing 737 that plunged to earth at the Kazan airport, killing all 50 aboard, lost speed in a steep climb then overcompensated and sent the plane into a near-vertical dive, according to a preliminary report released today by Russian aviation experts. SENT: 460 words.

RUSSIA-GREENPEACE - A Russian court on today granted bail to some Greenpeace protesters. SENT: 270 words.

ITALY-CATACOMBS - Vatican officials unveil newly restored frescos in the Catacombs of St. Priscilla, which houses the earliest known image of the Virgin Mary with UPCOMING: 130 words by 1800 GMT; 500 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR-DECOMMISSIONING - A decades-long journey filled with unknowns lies ahead for Japan, which took a small step this week toward decommissioning its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. SENT: 1,090 words, photo.

ASIA-US-SPYING - Indonesia’s president criticizes Australia’s prime minister for not expressing remorse over the alleged wiretapping of his phone. SENT: 620 words, photos.

POLAND CORRUPTION - Polish investigators have detained 18 people including current and former state officials on suspicion of large-scale corruption.SENT: 130 words.

NEPAL-ELECTION - A makeshift bomb explodes outside a polling station in Nepal’s capital as sporadic violence casts a pall over national elections aimed at ending years of political deadlock. SENT: 560 words, photos.

CHINA-ONE CHILD - A government spokesman says Beijing has no intention of abandoning family planning controls soon despite its latest easing of the one-child policy, but that they could be further loosened in the futureSENT: 350 words.

CHINA-NOBEL - Five years into his 11-year prison term, Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo plans to challenge his subversion conviction on grounds that he was legally exercising his right to free speech, his lawyer says. SENT: 470 words.

BANGLADESH-GARMENT PROTEST — Police fire rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of garment workers. SENT: 230 words, photos.

VIETNAM-FLOODS - The death toll from flooding caused by heavy rains in central Vietnam rises to 41, with about 80,000 people forced from their homes. SENT: 250 words, photo.

ITALY-STORM - “Apocalyptic” storm floods parts of Sardinia, downing bridges and killing at least 17. SENT: 430 words, photos.

THAILAND-US-DRUG SUSPECTS - Five men wanted for allegedly conspiring to smuggle cocaine are extradited from Thailand to the United States. SENT: 200 words.

JAPAN-KENNEDY - Japanese get rare look at tradition as new U.S. envoy Caroline Kennedy visits Imperial Palace. SENT: 300 words, photos.

BRITAIN-WORD OF THE YEAR - Oxford Dictionaries crowns “selfie” word of the year for 2013, beating “twerk,” ”’Bitcoin.” SENT: 390 words.


SELFIES-PHOTO GALLERY . A gallery of such photos. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos by 1600 GMT.

UNITED STATES-ISRAEL The US-Israeli relationship has grown especially chilly, and with peace talks foundering, don’t expect a warm-up any time soon. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2300 GMT, photo.


—OBAMA-IRAN_Obama urges senators not to tighten Iran sanctions. UPCOMING: Developing from 1545 GMT White House meeting. 650 words by 2100 GMT, photo.

UNITED STATES-DISABILITY TREATY - The Obama administration is pushing for ratification of a U.N. accord on the rights of the disabled. SENT: 980 words.

US-CHENEY FAMILY-GAY MARRIAGE. The dispute roiling the Cheneys highlights a central factor in the growing acceptance of legal same-sex marriage: knowing someone who’s gay. UPCOMMING: 480 words by 1700 GMT.

ZIMMERMAN ARRESTED - The former neighborhood watchman acquitted of killing an unarmed black teen is due in court today after his arrest following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1730 GMT followed by updated version after 1830 GMT hearing.

DUELING DINOS Two nearly complete, fossilized dinosaur are up for auction today for an estimated $7 million to $9 million. SENT: 570 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates from 1800 GMT auction.

GETTYSBURG ADDRESS-ANNIVERSARY - The 150th anniversary of that address is being remembered. SENT: 400 words, photos, interactive. UPCOMING: updates from events starting at about 1345 GMT, then updates through day, photos, video.

GAY MARRIAGE-METHODISTS — United Methodist jury deciding fate of pastor who performed son’s same-sex wedding. SENT: 460 words, photos, audio, photos.

ALBUQUERQUE ABORTION BAN — Voters in New Mexico’s largest city go to the polls to decide whether to outlaw abortions after 20 weeks. SENT: 280 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT. Will be updated with results of vote, expected after 0200 GMT.

NYC SMOKING AGE — Boomberg signs a bill raising the tobacco-purchasing age from 18 to 21 in New York City. SENT: 440 words. UPCOMING: update from bill signing at 1800 GMT.

EXECUTION-FRANKLIN - Options for a white supremacist serial killer set to die in Missouri were running out Tuesday as the state moved toward its first execution in nearly three years. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2100 GMT, photos. Will be updated from execution scheduled for 0601 GMT Wednesday.

HOMESICK HIJACKER — A bail hearing is scheduled for William Potts, the American convicted in Cuba of hijacking an airliner to Havana in 1984 and now facing U.S. air piracy charges after his voluntary return. UPCOMING: Developing from 1500 GMT hearing. 400 words by 1930 GMT.


KIDS-DECLINING FITNESS - Today’s kids can’t keep up with their parents. A look at studies on millions of children around the world finds they don’t run as fast as their parents did when they were young. 500 words by 1800 GMT.

BRITAIN-MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE - The British government is proposing a new law that could jail doctors and nurses for up to five years, if they are convicted of “willful negligence.” The health secretary says the goal would be to prioritize patient safety. SENT: 130 words.

ZIMBABWE-CHOLERA - Zimbabwe’s capital is at risk of a new cholera outbreak caused by collapsed water treatment and sanitation facilities, according to a Human Rights Watch report. SENT: 500 words.


APPLE SAMSUNG-TRIAL - A Silicon Valley jury is set to begin deciding behind closed doors how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after closing arguments.


JPMORGAN-MORTGAGE BONDS PROBE - The Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase & Co. could sign a $13 billion agreement as early as Tuesday that would be the largest settlement ever reached between the government and a corporation, a person familiar with the negotiations says. SENT: 750 words, photo.

TESLA INVESTIGATION - The U.S. government’s auto safety watchdog has opened an investigation into battery fires in Tesla Model S electric cars. SENT: 810 words, photo.

JAPAN-HONDA - Honda is making a big push with its new Fit subcompact to get out of being the perennial also-ran of hybrid cars to Japanese rival Toyota, the maker of the Prius. SENT: 780 words, photos.


ZIMBABWE-SOCCER WITCHCRAFT - Soccer players surreptitiously bury charms of animal bones, hair, feathers and river pebbles around sports fields, sprinkle urine or mixtures of liquids in the goals and smear on ancient herbal potions as though they are innocent skin lotions. These are some of the secretive practices in African soccer. This month, accusations of such superstitious actions have flared in Zimbabwe between two top teams. UPCOMING 750 words by 1800 GMT, photos.


FILM-JENNIFER LAWRENCE - After making her big-screen debut in 2008, 23-year-old Jennifer Lawrence has gained an Oscar, spearheaded a colossal sci-fi film franchise and appeared on the cover of Vogue’s 2013 September issue. SENT: 800 words, photos.

THEATER-RADIO CITY SANTA - Forget the cookies and milk this Christmas. What Santa really wants is water — and lots of it. says Charles Edward Hall, who has for 27 years donned a sweat-creating fat suit and heavy fur coat to play Mr. Claus in the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular. SENT 700 words, photo.

BRITAIN-MONTY PYTHON - Big news in the comedy world: Monty Python is set to reunite for a stage show. SENT: 110 words.

THEATER-SPIDER-MAN CLOSING - Producers are turning the lights off forever on the Spider-Man musical on Broadway early next year.SENT: 550 words, photo.

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