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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

October 14, 2013

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:

-- DEBT DEFAULT-CONTINGENCY PLANS (upcoming; with general BUDGET BATTLE/SHUTDOWN coverage)

-- IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS (sent)

-- JAMAICA-DOPING PROBE (sent)

-- BOSTON MARATHON-ON HER FEET (upcoming, with photo essay)

-- HEALTHBEAT-PORTLY PRESIDENT (upcoming)

-- PLAYOFFS-LONGTIME LOGOS (upcoming)

PHOTOS: SAUDI HAJJ PHOTO ESSAY (sent; with text); BOSTON MARATHON-ON HER FEET (sent with 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 (all times EDT):

WASHINGTON AND POLITICS

BUDGET BATTLE - The US moves to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown enters its third week. SENT: 950 words. UPCOMING: Urgent developments after Senate convenes at 2 p.m. 900 words by 4 p.m., photos , audio, video.

US DEFAULT-NOT THE FIRST - One bit of gospel is endlessly recited: The United States has never defaulted. But history’s not that simple. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION - After the Supreme Court ruled a decade ago that race could be a factor in college admissions in a Michigan case, affirmative action opponents persuaded the state’s voters to outlaw any consideration of race. Now, the high court, in a case Tuesday, is weighing whether that change to Michigan’s constitution is itself discriminatory. SENT: 780 words, photos, interactive.

US

HEALTH OVERHAUL-INSURANCE BROKERS - The glitch-filled rollout last week of the nation’s health care overhaul has created a business opportunity for insurance agents but also has led to concerns about a heightened need for consumer protections. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 1 p.m., glance.

AGING AMERICA-DELAYING RETIREMENT - Older Americans appear to have accepted the reality of a retirement that comes later in life and no longer represents a complete exit from the workforce. SENT: 1,370 words, photos, graphic, video, interactive.

- SOCIAL SECURITY-COLA - Another year, another small raise for millions of people who rely on Social Security, veterans’ benefits and federal pensions. SENT: 920 words, photos.

BOSTON MARATHON-ON HER FEET - Mery Daniel was determined to see herself as a survivor, not a victim. To do that, she knew she would have to walk again. UPCOMING: 1,850 words, photo essay.

CRIME FAMILY FEUD - A reputed New England mobster accused of attempting to kill a mob boss is on trial in Boston after hiding out in a small town in Idaho for more than a decade. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

BART STRIKE — A major San Francisco Bay-area transit strike is averted for at least a day after two labor unions extend contract negotiations beyond a midnight deadline and agree not to walk off the job. SENT: 630 words, photos, video. UPCOMING 550 words by 5 p.m.

MISSING HUNTER FOUND — A 72-year-old hunter who got hurt in a Northern California forest and was lost for 19 days survives the ordeal by eating squirrels and lizards and covering himself with leaves to stay warm. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m.

REDSKINS-TAYLOR SLAIN — Nearly six years after the death of Sean Taylor, jury selection is scheduled to begin for the man police say shot the Washington Redskins star safety in a botched robbery attempt in Florida. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m., photo.

WORLD

NOBEL ECONOMICS - Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller have won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. SENT: 580 words, photos, video, interactive.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - Iran and six world powers come to the negotiating table on Tuesday and Wednesday amid a feel-good atmosphere. SENT: 1,090 words, photo.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS-ISSUES AND PLAYERS — A look at the players, the talks and the issues. SENT:700 words, photos.

BRITAIN -PALACE ARREST: Police: Man with knife arrested trying to enter Buckingham Palace. DEVELOPING.

SYRIA - A car bombing in a rebel-held northwestern town in Syria killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens on Monday, setting cars on fire and sending people running in panic, two activist groups says. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 400 words, photo.

SYRIA RED CROSS - Officials say a Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer and three of six Red Cross staffers taken hostage in Syria are free and safe. SENT: 70 words. DEVELOPING.

SYRIA-CHEMICAL DISARMAMENT-GLANCE - A look at the inspectors’ mission in Syria and its fallout. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m.

INDIA-CYCLONE- As people on India’s eastern coast began to pick up the pieces from the powerful cyclone, some were giving the government rare praise for effective action. SENT: 370 words, photos, video.

INDIA-TEMPLE STAMPEDE - Uma Devi was halfway across the bridge when people started shouting that it was collapsing. “I grabbed my son and ran,” the distraught woman told Indian TV a day after the tragedy in central India. “People were pushing and screaming and trying to run away from the bridge. I don’t know how I escaped.” The stampede killed 115 people, mostly women and childrenSENT: 420 words, photos.

ITALY-NAZI FUNERAL - Rome’s mayor, police chief and the pope’s right-hand man in Rome have unanimously refused to grant Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke a church funeral or burial in the city where he was involved in one of the worst massacres in German-occupied Italy. SENT: 560 words.

LIBERIA-TAYLOR -- New documents released by lawyers for former Liberian President Charles Taylor indicate the convicted war criminal enjoys playing tennis with fellow inmates at The Hague and is fearful of his pending transfer to the United Kingdom. SENT: 130 words.

MALAYSIA-ALLAH DISPUTE - A Malaysian appeals court upholds a government ban against the use of the word “Allah” to refer to God in non-Muslim faiths, overruling claims by Christians in the Muslim-majority nation that the restriction violates their religious rights. SENT: 370 words, photos.

THAILAND-RIHANNA -Thai authorities have arrested a bar owner in connection with a lewd sex show mentioned in racy tweets by pop star Rihanna. SENT: 230 words.

HEALTH

HOSPITAL CFOS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 4 p.m.) - Yearly salaries for CEOs at nonprofit hospitals average more than half a million dollars — money that isn’t tied to many measures of quality including patient outcomes, researchers found. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 4 p.m., 400 words.

CHEMICALS-FERTILITY - New research suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant. SENT: 400 words.

HEALTHBEAT-PORTLY PRESIDENT (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 5 p.m.) - Way before Weight Watchers or “The Biggest Loser,” a president best remembered for his girth was helping to usher in a modern approach to treating obesity. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 5 p.m.; 780 words

SCIENCE

ANCIENT BLOOD (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 3 p.m.) - In a scenario that sounds eerily similar to the scenario in Jurassic Park, researchers from the Smithsonian have found the first ancient blood meal in a fossilized mosquito. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE 4 p.m., 400 words, photo.

TECH

MICROSOFT-WINDOWS PHONE - Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving. SENT: 510 words.

DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-SONOS-PLAY:1 - I’ve been looking around for a while for a way to wire up my home for sound, without all the wires. I hadn’t been satisfied with the options, partly because of the high prices. Then I met Sonos’ Play:1. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 630 words. UPCOMING: photos.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

DEBT DEFAULT-CONTINGENCY PLANS - Warren Buffett likens it to a nuclear attack. Economists warn that government spending on programs like Social Security would plunge. The Treasury says the economy would slide into a recession worse than the last one. Yet you wouldn’t know that a U.S. debt default could amount to a nightmare from the way many companies and investors are preparing for it: They aren’t. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon.

FORD-BATTERY LAB - Ford Motor Co. and the University of Michigan are opening a new battery research and manufacturing lab that they hope will speed the development of batteries for electric and hybrid cars. SENT: 380 words, photos.

SPORTS

JAMAICA-DOPING PROBE - The world’s anti-doping authority is launching an “extraordinary” audit of Jamaica’s drug-testing agency. SENT: 1780 words, photo.

PLAYOFFS-LONGTIME LOGOS - A classic look for fall. All four of the baseball teams left in the playoffs are wearing uniforms very similar to the ones from 70 years ago: the flowing blue “Dodgers” script across the jersey front; the pair of cardinals on the St. Louis shirt; the Olde English “D″ worn by Detroit; the ornate “B″ for Boston. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon, photos.

LIFESTYLES

NASHVILLE EATS - Nashville has long lured musicians looking for a break, but lately the city has seen a rush of top notch chefs and restaurateurs, too. And it’s largely thanks to those same musicians. UPCOMING: 890 words by 11 a.m., photos, video.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

BOOKS-HELEN FIELDING - Bridget Jones is back. But — brace yourselves — Mark Darcy is dead. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

LOUIS ARMSTRONG MUSEUM-ANNIVERSARY - The house that jazz great Louis Armstrong called home for 28 years is celebrating its 10th year as a museum. SENT: 560 words, photos.

PHOTOGRAPHY

SAUDI HAJJ PHOTO ESSAY - More than 2 million Muslims from nearly 200 countries gathered around a hill in Saudi Arabia on Monday, marked by a small white pillar, joined in their faith and desire to purify their souls at the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage. SENT: 18 photos; 600 words.

BOSTON MARATHON-ON HER FEET - Mery Daniel was determined to see herself as a survivor, not a victim. To do that, she knew she would have to walk again. UPCOMING: photo essay, 1,850 words (also listed in US section).

HOW TO REACH US

At the Nerve Center, news producers Marco Mulcahy and Kellen Henry can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, Swayne Hall ext. 1900. For graphics and interactives, ext. 7636. Expanded AP Content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact apcustomersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477.

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