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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

July 31, 2014

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:

-- CIA INVESTIGATIONS (sent, developing)

-- CONGRESS (sent, developing)

-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent, developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent, developing)

-- WEST AFRICA-EBOLA (sent, developing)



-- TRUMP’S NEIGHBOR (sent, developing)



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-PALESTINIANS — Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves, allowing it to potentially widen its Gaza offensive in a war that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and dozens of Israelis, with diplomatic efforts at a standstill and both Israel and the territory’s Hamas rulers vowing to fight on. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-WAR CRIMES — UN rights chief accuses Israel, Hamas of committing war crimes in Gaza. SENT: 300 words, photos.

WEST AFRICA-EBOLA — Sierra Leone declares Ebola health emergency, president vows to quarantine homes of the sick. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

UKRAINE — Investigators reach Ukraine war zone crash site where Malaysian air liner went down. SENT: 620 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

INDIA-LANDSLIDE — Rescue workers and desperate villagers dig through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes after a massive landslide buries a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and trapping more than 150, authorities say. SENT: 510 words, photos, video.

AUSTRALIA-RUSSIA — Australia sends mixed messages on whether Russia is frustrating its efforts to retrieve the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airliner disaster in war-torn east Ukraine. SENT: 450 words, photos.

ARGENTINA-DEBT — Argentina enters default for second time in 13 years after talks with US creditors break down. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CHINA-FAST FOOD SCANDAL — Global fast food giants’ ambitions to grow in China hampered by food safety pitfalls. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

LEBANON-IRAQ HEZBOLLAH — Hezbollah commander killed on ‘jihadi mission’ in Iraq, Lebanese officials say. SENT: 400 words, photos.

TURKEY-ELECTIONS — Expatriate Turks begin casting votes to elect Turkish president. SENT: 370 words, photos.

CHINA-GAY THERAPY — Chinese man sues clinic for gay conversion therapy, web giant Baidu for advertising it. SENT: 510 words, photos.

GERMANY-ECONOMY — German machinery industry cuts outlook, Adidas issues profit warning as Russia casts shadow. SENT: 670 words, photos.

POLAND-WARSAW UPRISING — Haunting memories stir former fighter as Poles mark 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising. SENT: 980 words, photos.

PAKISTAN — Rescuers say at least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistan beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents. SENT: 120 words.

NETHERLANDS-MALAYSIA-PLANE — Malaysian prime minister calls for cease-fire around plane wreckage in Ukraine. SENT: 300 words, photo.

SPAIN-RAIL STRIKE — Spain rail workers stage two-day strike as busiest summer holiday period begins. SENT: 130 words.

SPAIN-LIBYA-EMBASSY EVACUATION — Spain temporarily evacuates ambassador, embassy staff from Libya owing to worsening security. SENT: 110 words.

SWITZERLAND-CENTRAL BANK — Swiss central bank reports $17.7 billion half-year gain boosted by currency, gold. SENT: 260 words.

NEPAL-BUDDHIST MONK — Revered Tibetan monk cremated in Nepal without anti-China protests feared by government. SENT: 340 words, photos.

VIETNAM-RELIGIOUS FREEDOM — UN official says Vietnam seriously violates religious freedom, notes some improvements. SENT: 380 words, photo.

POLAND-WARSAW UPRISING — Haunting memories stir former fighter as Poles mark 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising. SENT: 980 words, photos.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR-TEPCO — Judicial panel says utility’s former execs deserve criminal charges in Fukushima nuke crisis. SENT: 460 words, photos.

INDONESIA-BOAT SINKS — Boat carrying villagers sinks in western Indonesia, leaving 7 dead and at least 13 missing. SENT: 220 words.

NKOREA-PHOTO ESSAY-A DAY IN THE PARK — Along with its towering monuments to socialism, bronze statues of its leaders and sprawling plazas for mass political gatherings and military parades, North Korea’s showcase capital is a city of parks. SENT: 250 words, photos.

MYANMAR-DRUG BUST — Myanmar reports largest heroin seizure of year. SENT: 220 words.

KENYA-AL-JAZEERA REPORTER — Dad of jailed Al-Jazeera journalist respects court integrity but says son victim of injustice. SENT: 500 words.

AUSTRALIA-ASSAULT ARREST — Australian turmoil as weightlifter faces court after assault arrest and top coach is sent home. SENT: 530 words, photo.

RUSSIA-YUKOS — European human rights court orders Russia to pay another $2.5 bln to other Yukos shareholders. SENT: 290 words, photo.

BALKANS-FLOODS — Floods submerge south Romania, 2 people drowned, around 2,200 homes flooded. SENT: 130 words, photo.

LEBANON-IRAQ HEZBOLLAH — Hezbollah commander killed on ‘jihadi mission’ in Iraq. SENT: 130 words, photos.

EUROPE-ECONOMY — Further drop in eurozone inflation to 0.4 percent likely not enough to move ECB to act again. SENT: 750 words.

BRITAIN-POISONED SPY — British judge opens inquiry into Alexander Litvinenko killing, says Russian role is key issue. SENT: 330 words, photos.


CIA INVESTIGATIONS — The State Department endorses the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. SENT: 950 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

KERRY — Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker were meeting with India’s new government and pitching a fresh start for the shared sake of economic growth. UPCOMING: 200 words by 1530 GMT.

HEALTH OVERHAUL — Obama administration faulted for oversight of HealthCare.gov. SENT: 820 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-COURTS — Immigration courts speed up hearings for Central American children caught on the U.S. border. The courts overseen are now assigning children court dates weeks after they are released from custody instead of months. SENT: 630 words, photo.

NAZI PLAQUES-PORTLAND — Plaques placed by a Portland police officer in a city park to honor five Nazi-era German soldiers create divisions among city leaders, outrage within the community and allegations that police have tried to protect the officer responsible. SENT: 580 words, photos.

TRUMP’S NEIGHBOR — The woman who became a folk hero for resisting decades-long efforts by developers including Trump to displace her Atlantic City boardinghouse is now 91 and, apparently, the victor. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from 1800 GMT auction of Trump neighbor property, then 650 words by 2000 GMT.

SAINT MARIANNE RETURNS — The remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients returns to Hawaii. St. Marianne Cope’s remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony and mass. SENT: 280 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words after ceremony set for 2045 GMT.

UCLA FLOODING — Work crews stop the last of the water gushing from a 30-inch pipe near the University of California, Los Angeles some 30 hours after it burst. SENT: 800 words, photos, videos, audio.

PEACEKEEPER KILLINGS-ARREST — Detroit-area man suspected of killing Irish soldiers in 1980 faces immigration hearing. SENT: 300 words, photo.

OBIT-ROBERT HALMI — Veteran TV impresario Robert Halmi Sr., producer of more than 200 programs, dies at 90. SENT: 370 words, photo.


SEE-THROUGH-MICE, HFR — Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice and rats for research. UPCOMING: 310 words, photos by 1400 GMT. Hold for release at 1400 GMT.


ECONOMY-NOT FEELING THE RECOVERY — The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. Economists have forecast that the jobs report being released Friday will show that employers added 225,000 jobs in July — a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains. Yet for millions of workers, happy days aren’t quite here again. SENT: 1,000 words.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS — Applications for US unemployment benefits increase to 302k; still at pre-recession levels. SENT: 300 words, photo.

TARGET-CEO — Target has hired Pepsi executive Brian Cornell as its new chairman and CEO as it looks to recover from a huge data breach and troubles in Canada. SENT: 550 words, photo.

ARGENTINA-DEBT — The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sends Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raises questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation’s staggering economy. SENT: 870 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-INTERNET ACCESS — Facebook’s Internet.org project takes another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online with an app launching in Zambia. SENT: 360 words, photo.

JOURNAL-SCRIPPS DEAL — Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity. SENT: 300 words.

SKOREA-EARNS-SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS — Samsung’s 2Q profit falls more than expected as smartphone sales slow. SENT: 730 words, photos.

JAPAN-EARNS-SONY — Sony surprises with quarterly profit after selling buildings, stake in video-game maker. SENT: 530 words, photos.

JAPAN-PANASONIC-TESLA — Panasonic, Tesla to build major US battery plant for electric vehicles, site not announced. SENT: 320 words.


GLF--BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL — Defending champion Tiger Woods leads one of the strongest fields of the year as the Bridgestone Invitational gets under way at Firestone. This tournament and next week’s PGA could determine the rest of the year for Woods. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2300 GMT.

PYEONGCHANG 2018-PRESIDENT — Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics organizing committee elects business tycoon, Cho, as president. SENT: 510 words, photo.


OBIT-ROBERT HALMI SR — Prolific television producer Robert Halmi, Sr. has died at 90. SENT: 140 words, photo.

MUSIC-ARIANA GRANDE — Ariana Grande has become the latest princess of pop, topping the charts with her addictive single “Problem,” impressing with her thick, gliding vocal range and maintaining an image in music that her young fans from her Nickelodeon fame can click with, signature ponytail and all. SENT: 800 words, photos.

MUSIC-5 SECONDS OF SUMMER — 5 Seconds of Summer fit the boy band mold: A quartet of young men with a dedicated female fan base, currently touring with British megastars One Direction. But the Australian pop-rock group identifies more with Pete Wentz than Harry Styles. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 1530 GMT.

TV-OUTLANDER — There’s an odd believability you find inside “Outlander” that somehow makes it feel true-to-life. Never mind it’s a rip-roaring fantasy. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1530 GMT.

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