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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT

March 13, 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 1445 GMT:

-- ISLAMIC STATE-BOKO HARAM (sent; developing)



-- FERGUSON (sent; developing)


-- GLOBAL OIL (upcoming)




-- ART-FUNERAL URNS (all-formats package sent)





-- TV-FASHION POLICE (sent; developing)













UKRAINE CHILDREN OF WAR - With story listed below. SENT: 24 photos.

MEXCO-CHARRERIA-PHOTO GALLERY - Mexico’s best charro horsemen lasso galloping mares, flip bulls by their tails and test their mettle atop untamed horses. SENT: 340 words, photos, highlighted by RLB309.

ART-FUNERAL URNS - With story listed below. SENT: 13 photos.




US_FERGUSON TENSIONS - Police try to calm Ferguson tensions. SENT: 350 words, photos, video.

MA TSARNAEV - A carjack victim has described his harrowing ride at gunpoint with the Boston Marathon bombers and the moment he made “the most difficult decision” of his life to bolt from the car. SENT.

US_CREATIVE URNS - As cremations soar, more people are looking for urns that, well, don’t look like urns. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

QATAR IS - US refueling planes rumble into the air from a desert air base to top up coalition aircraft bombing Islamic State militants. 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:




ISLAMIC STATE-BOKO HARAM - State militants have accepted a pledge of allegiance by the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, according to a spokesman for the Islamic State movement. SENT: 980 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

SWEDEN-ASSANGE - Swedish prosecutors offer to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, potentially unlocking a stalemate in an almost five-year-old investigation into alleged sex crimes. SENT: 530 words, photo.

UKRAINE-CHILDREN OF WAR - Some Ukrainian kids have been let down twice: First orphaned or abandoned by their parents, they were then dumped by their new families when the Ukrainian government stopped paying benefits to foster families in separatist-controlled areas. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

VANUATU-CYCLONE PAM - Small Pacific nation of Vanuatu hit by powerful cyclone Pam; unconfirmed reports of deaths. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: Seeking satellite image. Photos from scene unlikely at this time given the hour and remote location.

RUSSIA-PUTIN - Putin, after absence from public view, will meet Kyrgyz leader on Monday, Kremlin says. SENT: 160 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

EGYPT-ECONOMIC CONFERENCE-PREPARATIONS - Security boosted, Egypt Red Sea resort polished ahead of investment conference. SENT: 600 words, photo. With EGYPT-ECONOMY-GLANCE and KERRY-EGYPT - Secretary of state promotes U.S. investment in Egypt; no new military aid.

SKOREA-AMBASSADOR HURT - Police: Attacker intended to murder U.S. ambassador in South Korea to protest military drills. SENT: 500 words, photos. With KOREAS-TENSION - North Korea fires missiles into sea again, South says.

PAKISTAN-REMEMBERING PARTITION - Racing to record the past: Collecting stories of those who remember birth of India, Pakistan. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

PISTORIUS-APPEAL - Lawyers for double-amputee Olympian fail in attempt to stop prosecution appeal. SENT: 430 words, photos.

MEXICO-PRODUCER’S WIFE KILLED - Mexico judge convicts former ‘Survivor’ producer in wife’s slaying, sentences him to 12 years. SENT: 430 words, photo.

INDIA-FAILED GROOM - Indian bride walks out of her wedding ceremony after groom-to-be fails to solve a simple math problem. SENT: 250 words, photo.

KOREAS-DIVIDED LANGUAGE - After 70 years of division, North and South Koreans speak increasingly different languages. SENT: 890 words, photos. With KOREAS-DIVIDED LANGUAGE-GLANCE: A look at some sayings that can be misinterpreted.

INDIA-BANNING IDEAS - In India, a complex mix of sensitivity and identity politics leads to a slew of bans. SENT: 920 words, photos.

JAPAN-WWII BATTLESHIP - Japanese WWII battleship Musashi exploded under water, new footage suggests. SENT: 600 words, photos.



OBAMA-KIMMEL - Obama appears on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” banters and reflects on Ferguson. SENT: 460 words, photos.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-BUSH - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is laying the groundwork for an all-but-certain 2016 presidential campaign with a visit to New Hampshire. UPCOMING: 1900 GMT event.

FERGUSON-PROTESTS - Protesters called for calm but vowed to keep pushing for change in Ferguson a day after two police officers were shot in the Missouri city where racial tensions have flared since the police killing last year of an unarmed black 18-year-old. SENT: 300 words.

WHITE HOUSE FENCE JUMPER - An Army veteran who the Secret Service says scaled a White House fence and dashed into the executive mansion while carrying a knife is expected to take a plea deal. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2230 GMT.

EBOLA-AMERICAN PATIENT - American who contracted Ebola in Africa arrives at hospital in Maryland for treatment. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

GIRLS-STABBING PLOT - Judge to decide today whether girls accused in Slender Man stabbing case can be tried as adults. SUPCOMING: Developing.

IRAQI MAN KILLED-SNOWFALL - Dallas police arrest suspect in fatal shooting of Iraqi man who was celebrating his 1st snow. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

IDITAROD-5 LESSONS LEARNED - A look at some of the painful lessons from the past that are changing the way the mushers race. SENT: 450 words, photos.




NASA-MAGNETIC MISSION - NASA launches 4 spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery; quartet will fly in pyramid formation. SENT: 400 words, photos.




HIDDEN COMPUTERS - The Justice Department is at odds with Google and privacy groups over the government’s push to make it easier to locate and hack into computers in criminal investigations, a simmering conflict with constitutional and policy implications. SENT: 680 words, photos.




ASIA-PACIFIC TRADE DEAL-Q&A - Economic bonanza or job killer? Questions and answers about proposed trans-Pacific trade deal.SENT: 1,100 words, video.

GLOBAL OIL - International Energy Agency says no storage left for glut of oil. Will prices collapse before oil companies can cut - on production? UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700 GMT.




TOYOTA SPONSORSHIP - Toyota Motor Corp. signs on as a worldwide Olympic sponsor in a long-term deal reportedly worth nearly $1 billion. The deal runs through the 2024 Olympics. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: video.

SERENA RETURNS - Serena Williams returned to the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday, ending a 14-year personal boycott of the $5 million tournament that began when she was booed as a teenager on her way to winning the title in 2001. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SPRING TRAINING-FERRELL - Funnyman storms 5 spring training ballparks, plays 9 positions. SENT: 820 words. With 15 photos, highlighted by AZLI114, video.




ART-FUNERAL URNS - As cremations soar, more people are looking for urns that, well, don’t look like urns. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.




CITIZEN KANE-HEARST CASTLE - The acclaimed film will be shown at Hearst Castle, the elaborate California estate built by the newspaper magnate who inspired it. SENT: 400 words, photos.

TV-FASHION POLICE - Kathy Griffin quits ‘Fashion Police’ on heels of Kelly Osbourne; criticizes ‘intolerance’. SENT: 280 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

TV-SAUL-EASTER EGGS -— When each “Better Call Saul” episode hits the air, a portion of its audience answers the call by scouring the screen for covert clues. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT 750 words, photos.


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