Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.
Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1700 GMT:
-- SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing)
-- RUSSIA PLANE CRASH (sent; developing)
-- GERMANY-US-NAZI COMMANDER (sent; developing)
-- CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR (sent; developing)
-- HILLARY CLINTON (upcoming)
-- STOCK BUBBLE (upcoming)
-- MARS-MAVEN (sent; developing)
-- GAY MARRIAGE -METHODISTS (sent; developing)
-- JFK-IDEA LIVES ON (sent)
PHOTOS: SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing) THE POT PROSPECTORS (sent)
VIDEO: SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing); working on getting rights to Russia Plane Crash video.
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:
SEVERE WEATHER - Trying to get more on the victims and moving into a story on the science of yesterday and how unusual this weather pattern was; the fact that the forecasts were so good. SENT: 550 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2100 GMT, photos, video.
- SEVERE WEATHER-PHOTO GALLERY - . SENT: 150 words.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY-MENINGITIS - Princeton University officials are deciding whether to give students a meningitis vaccine that hasn’t been approved in the U.S. to stop the spread of the disease. A decision could be made as early as today. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing; TBD.
GAY MARRIAGE-METHODISTS — A pastor who officiated his son’s same-sex wedding goes before a United Methodist church jury and could be defrocked if convicted of breaking his pastoral vows. SENT: 550 words. UPCOMING: updates from start of trial at 1500 GMT
ALBUQUERQUE-ABORTION BAN - On a late-term abortion ban on the municipal ballot. It is the first such referendum of its kind in the country and being watched as a possible new front for activism in the abortion wars. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
JFK-IDEA LIVES ON - Ahead of the 50 anniversary, the JFK Presidential Library and Museum is debuting a website today where the public can share their thoughts about his legacy and how he has inspired them. SENT: 600 words, photos.
SPANISH ROYALTY-FLORIDA — Spain’s Prince and Princess of Asturias commemorate the 500th Anniversary of explorer Juan Ponce de Leon’s landing in Florida. UPCOMING: Developing from 0030 GMT event. 500 words, photos by 0400 GMT.
RUSSIA-PLANE CRASH - Video broadcast by Russian television stations shows a Russian plane going down at a near-vertical angle and exploding on the tarmac in Kazan in a giant fireball. All 50 on board died. SENT: 600 words, photos, video (not the one in question). UPCOMING: Developing; we are working on getting rights to the video.
AP EXCLUSIVE: GERMANY-US-NAZI COMMANDER - A German federal prosecutor in charge of investigating Nazi crimes says he is recommending murder charges against a Minnesota man shown in a June AP report to be a former commander in a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children. SENT: 1,500 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR - Toronto council poised to strip Mayor Rob Ford of his remaining powers. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from council meeting, expected to get to Ford at 1730 GMT, and TV show starting at 0100 GMT. Video coverage.
PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON - Worries about misuse of disaster are especially acute in the Philippines, where graft has been a part of life for decades. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.
- PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON-ELECTRICITY - Philippine energy secretary promises to restore power to typhoon zone by Christmas Eve. SENT: 100 words.
EGYPT-TAHRIR MEMORIAL - Some say the memorial doesn’t honor the dead as much as it tries to paper over the turmoil still gripping Egypt. . SENT: 750 words, photos.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR - Workers have started removing radioactive fuel rods from one of four reactors at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. SENT: 300 words, photos.
- JAPAN-NUCLEAR-FUEL RODS-Q&A - What’s at stake and what’s next? SENT: 750 words, photos.
POLAND-AUSCHWITZ-UN -U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz. SENT: 200 words, photos.
LIBYA - With a wave of protests and a popular strike that has shut down the capital, Libya sees the strongest public push yet to break the grip of rampant militias. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2200 GMT.
SYRIA - Syrian refugees crowd around a lone restaurant chimney as thousands of others brave heavy rain and cold temperatures in tents as they flow into an already overcrowded Lebanese border town. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words with more details.
FRANCE-NEWSPAPER SHOOTING - A gunman opened fire in the lobby of a French newspaper office in Paris, gravely wounding a photographer’s assistant before fleeing. Soon afterward, shots were fired at the headquarters of a major French bank west of Paris, and a gunman briefly took a man hostage nearby. SENT: 480 words, photos.
KUWAIT-TWITTER SENTENCE - Twitter users in two Gulf Arab countries received prison terms today, rights activist said, in the latest sign of widening crackdowns in the region on social media for posts considered offensive or against state security. SENT: 240 words.
FRANCE-WWII MEMENTOS - An effort to gather and immortalize family mementos from World War I, it’s part of France’s commemoration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the start of the war SENT: 480 words, photos.
CHINA-LAND REFORM - An eastern Chinese region is experimenting with letting farmers mortgage or transfer control of their publicly owned land, in what could become one of China’s most pivotal rural land reforms in 35 years. SENT: 900 words, photos.
HONG KONG-IVORY CACHE - What exactly do you do with one of the world’s biggest stockpiles of elephant tusks? SENT: 900 words, photos.
UKRAINE-EAST OR WEST - More than 20 years after gaining independence from the Soviet Union, Ukraine finally has a real chance to firmly align itself with the EU. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.
ASIA-US-SPYING— Indonesian president recalls his ambassador from Australia following reports that an Australian security agency attempted to listen to his cellphone in 2009SENT: 700 words, photos.
CHILE-ELECTIONS- Michelle Bachelet, a moderate socialist seeking to return to the presidency, easily leads Chile’s presidential vote but she fails to avoid a runoff. SENT: 750 words, photos.
MEXICO-ENERGY REFORM - The fight to revamp Mexico’s moribund, state-run oil industry could start as early as this week. SENT: 850 words, photos.
RUSSIA-GREENPEACE - A Russian judge refused to free one of the 30 people arrested following a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. SENT: 230 words, photos.
SUPREME COURT-NSA SURVEILLANCE - The Supreme Court is refusing to intervene in the controversy surrounding the NSA, rejecting a call from a privacy group to stop NSA from collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers in the United States. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
OBAMA-GUANTANAMO - Obama is pushing to overcome obstacles to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, an elusive goal which has frustrated him since he took office. SENT: 850 words.
HILLARY CLINTON - As Hillary Rodham Clinton privately weighs a second White House run, pieces of the Democratic establishment are beginning to fall into place publicly to help an eventual candidacy. UPCOMING: 800 words by 0100 GMT.
KIDNEY STENTS - New research raises serious questions about a very common medical procedure — placing a stent to prop open a narrowed kidney artery. UPCOMING: 500 words.
MARS-MAVEN . - NASA is poised to launch its newest robotic scout to Mars. . SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words
POLAND-COAL AND CLIMATE - Climate activists picket Poland’s Ministry of Economy to show their anger with it hosting a coal industry conference at the same time as major U.N. climate talks are taking place in the city. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words
- COAL-DIRTY FUEL - Why is coal considered a ‘dirty’ fuel? Which countries are the biggest coal burners? What can be done to reduce emissions from coal? UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1600 GMT.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-PC GAMING - Last call for PC gaming. Or so it would seem as the next generations of Xbox and PlayStation gaming consoles are set to debut this month and stomp out any lingering vestiges of PC gaming. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
BRITAIN-PEDOPHILES— Google and Microsoft have introduced software that makes it harder for users to search for child abuse material online. SENT: 290 words.
NETHERLANDS-LED CARPET SIGNS — Ever wish your hotel room could be marked “Do Not Disturb” in glowing lights, to drive the message home? That option is on its way. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Photos.
STOCK BUBBLE - The Dow Jones industrial average sits at a record high. Small-time investors are returning to the market. Those trends have raised fears of a stock bubble. They shouldn’t, money managers say. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1930 GMT