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BC-AP-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT, AP

March 17, 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.

-- ISRAEL-ELECTION (sent; developing)


-- VANUATU-CYCLONE PAM (sent; developing late tonight)

-- CONGRESS-BUDGET (sent; developing)


-- FERGUSON (sent; developing)

-- ST. PATRICK’S DAY (sent; developing)

-- ROYAL VISIT-WASHINGTON (sent; developing)

-- DOLCE&GABBANA-HOLLYWOOD (sent; developing with)




-- BIOPSY MISTAKES (upcoming)



-- FLIGHT DISTURBANCE (sent; developing)


-- DOLCE&GABBANA (sent; developing)













ST. PATRICK’S DAY coverage (sent; developing)

VANUATU-CYCLONE PAM coverage (sent; with video and text)




VANUATU CYCLONE (sent; with photos and text)


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:




ISRAEL-ELECTION - Netanyahu’s political survival was on the line Tuesday in a hard-fought parliamentary election pitting his nationalist and security-first ideology against his challengers’ focus on the plight of the country’s struggling middle class. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing; Polls close at 2100 GMT, when exit polls are to be published. With glances noted above. Sidebars, analysis, other pieces planned from both Israel and Washington depending on developments.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS: - In upbeat assessment, Iran’s top nuclear official says his government’s main disagreements with the U.S. and its negotiating partners have been resolved and expressed optimism about meeting a late March deadline for a framework deal. SENT: 550 words, photo.

IRAN-AFTER A DEAL-ANALYSIS - As world powers edge toward a nuclear deal with Iran, the debate is dominated by the question whether it leaves an opening for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. But beyond that, an accord could have a more profound impact: Is this the beginning of the Islamic Republic’s broad acceptance by the community of nations? An AP News Analysis. SENT: 1,470 words, photos.

VANUATU-CYCLONE PAM - Relief workers see a flattened landscape and widespread destruction in Vanuatu’s outer islands after struggling for days to reach the areas of the South Pacific nation hardest hit by a fierce cyclone. SENT: 820 words, photos, video, audio.

EGYPT - Egypt prosecutor sends police officer to trial for killing female protester. SENT: 300 words, photos.

POLAND-RIOTING - Polish police say two nights of rioting near Warsaw over the death of a teenager stopped by the police has left eight people hurt and 21 detained. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

GERMANY-HATE POETRY - In Germany, immigrant journalists fight racism with popular show about readers’ hate mail. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

DENMARK-POLICE RAIDS - Danish police say they are carrying out several raids across Copenhagen in connection with last month’s deadly shooting at a free-speech seminar and the capital’s main synagogue. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

PAKISTAN - Pakistan hangs 12 people in largest single day of executions since moratorium lifted. SENT: 320 words.

BRITAIN-PRINCE HARRY - Prince Harry will leave the armed forces in June after 10 years of service that included two tours in Afghanistan. SENT: 500 words, photo.

SPAIN-CERVANTES’ BONES - Spain: Experts unable to say for certain if bones found belong to Spanish author Cervantes. SENT: 280 words.

MYANMAR-BUDDHA IMAGE ARREST -New Zealand bar manager and his business associates are sentenced for insulting Buddhism. SENT: 480 words, photos.

NEPAL-EVEREST RESCUES - Nepal to add doctors and speed up rescue efforts at Mount Everest base camp after 2014 disaster. SENT: 420 words.

UNITED NATIONS-DARFUR-EXIT STRATEGY - While Omar al-Bashir remains free from trial on charges of war crimes in Darfur, the United Nations appears to be giving in to pressure from his government. SENT: 730 words, photos.

CHILE-EMERGENT CUISINE - Chile is famous around the world for its wine, but until recently its food wasn’t known beyond its long borders. Now, several chefs are trying to change that. SENT: 800 words, photos.





WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, bolstered by upbeat economic news, is trying to exploit recent Republican stumbles and infighting to claim the upper hand in a largely symbolic budget fight currently unfolding in Congress. SENT: 420 words.

NET NEUTRALITY - Lawmakers weigh in on ‘net neutrality’ debate as House panel holds hearing on the Obama administration’s plan to prevent Internet providers from blocking or slowing traffic to consumers. SENT: 460 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1400 GMT hearing.

REAL ESTATE HEIR-UNSOLVED MURDER - The mysterious case of Robert Durst stays in New Orleans with weapons charges delaying his return to Los Angeles to face accusations he killed a friend 15 years ago. SENT: 700 words, photos, video

REAL ESTATE HEIR-MEDIA DETECTIVES - Media turns detective with ‘The Jinx,’ ‘Serial’; journalism ethics vs legal safeguards. SENT: 840 words, photos.

ROYAL VISIT-WASHINGTON - Prince Charles, Camilla set to arrive in Washington, visit area cultural and historic sites. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing

MISSOURI EXECUTION-NEWS GUIDE - Attorneys urge clemency for Missouri death row inmate who they say is brain damaged. SENT: 480 words, photo. UPCOMING: Execution set for 0001 GMT; will develop as regular text story MISSOURI EXECUTION (not chunky text).

JEWISH FRATERNITY-SWASTIKAS - Vanderbilt launches investigation after 3 swastikas found inside Jewish fraternity house. SENT: 100 words.

FLIGHT-PROFESSOR ARRESTED - Penn State sociology professor faces disorderly conduct charges in Miami after Venezuela rant on plane. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Video prospects uncertain.

FLIGHT DISTURBANCE - United flight returns to Dulles after disturbance; passenger taken to hospital for evaluation. SENT: 130 words.




BIOPSY MISTAKES - HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1500 GMT. - Here’s another reason for getting a second medical opinion: Biopsy specialists frequently misdiagnose breast tissue, potentially leading to too-aggressive treatment for some women and under-treatment for others, a study suggests. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1500 GMT. For release at 1500 GMT.

ASPIRIN-COLON CANCER-5 THINGS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1500 GMT) - Genetic research bolsters evidence that aspirin can protect against colon cancer in most people, offering hope that blood tests may someday help determine who should take the popular painkiller for cancer prevention. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1500 GMT, 400 words.




SILICON VALLEY-SEXUAL DISCRIMINATON - One of the most powerful women in venture capital and a well-respected tech investor says she never saw or experienced gender discrimination at the firm at the center of a $16 million gender bias lawsuit. SENT: 370 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

ADOBE-PDF TOOLS — Adobe, the company behind the ubiquitous PDF format for documents, is touting electronic-signature and mobile capabilities in a new subscription package aimed at helping individuals and businesses manage their documents. SENT: 300 words, photos.

SOFTWARE CAFÉ - Silicon Valley has no shortage of coffee shops where sleep-starved programmers and eager entrepreneurs sit hunched over laptop computers and talk about ideas for launching the next Google or Facebook. Now a giant tech company is opening its own cafe for the same clientele. SENT: 400 words, photos.

JAPAN-NINTENDO - Nintendo forms alliance with mobile game company DeNA in about face on smartphone strategy. SENT: 300 words.




RATE HIKES-WINNERS & LOSERS - After 6 years of near-zero interest rates, the prospect of a Fed hike is shaking up markets. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

INVASION OF THE COFFEE PODS - In battle for booming US coffee pod market, it’s giant Keurig vs. the recyclables. SENT: 500 words, photos.




IDITAROD - Nome prepares to celebrate ‘Mardi Gras with dogs’ as mushers near Iditarod finish. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.




ST PATRICK’S DAY- Ireland blesses shamrock, girds for Dublin parade as St. Patrick’s Day dyes the world green. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.




THE SOUND OF MUSIC ANNIVERSARY - The 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and star Julie Andrews can’t quite believe it. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1500 GMT, photos. With THE SOUND OF MUSIC-KIDS NOW, THE SOUND OF MUSIC-CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, THE SOUND OF MUSIC-MANY MARIAS.

DOLCE&GABBANA-HOLLYWOOD - Courtney Love, Martina Navratilova, others join Elton John’s call for Dolce & Gabbana boycott. SENT: 410 words, photo.

GAMES-ESPORTS IN CINEMA - Coming soon to a movie theater near you: competitive video games. SENT: 400 words.


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