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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

July 17, 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 1530 GMT:

-- MICROSOFT LAYOFFS (sent; developing)

-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)


-- BANK ROBBERY CHASE (sent; developing)

-- GM RECALL-CONGRESS (sent; developing)

-- MISSING PREGNANT WOMAN (sent; developing)

-- IRS INVESTIGATION (sent; developing)


-- MEXICO-CHILDREN RESCUED (sent; with photos, video)




PHOTOS: ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS coverage (sent; developing) MEXICO-CHILDREN RESCUED (sent; with text)

VIDEO: ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS coverage (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 (all times GMT):


MICROSOFT LAYOFFS - Microsoft is cutting up to 18,000 jobs, about 14 percent of its staff, over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April and cut down on management layers. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing with additional reporting, including seeking details on those losing their jobs and what it means for the company going forward.

GM RECALL-CONGRESS - A Senate panel will pose questions to a new set of key players as it delves deeper into General Motors’ delayed recall of millions of small cars. SENT: 870 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

JAPAN-TOYOTA-FUEL CELLS - Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for your everyday car is being pushed into the mainstream by Toyota. ENT: 1,210 words, photos.

SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR PAY - Facebook and most other Internet social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared except the ad money those posts generate. At least two services are trying to change that. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT, photo.

BRITAIN-FARNSBOROUGH - Airbus says it secured $75.3 billion in orders and commitments for 496 aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow — a record for the company at the premier aviation event in terms of dollar value and in aircraft. SENT: 200 words.


ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel Thursday just as a five-hour U.N. humanitarian cease-fire expired, the Israeli military said. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

ISRAEL-LIVING WITH ROCKETS - Israelis in central heartland face new fears as they adjust to life under rocket threat. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Ukraine says an Air Force fighter jet is shot down by an air-to-air missile fired from a Russian plane. The assertion comes as officials in Kiev accuse Russia’s armed forces of being directly implicated in attacks on Ukrainian troops battling an insurgency near the border. SENT: 370 words.

RUSSIA-SANCTIONS - Putin laments the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying that they are stalemating bilateral relations and hurting not only Russian but also American businesses. SENT: 700 words, photos.

JAPAN-RUSSIA-SANCTIONS - Balancing its priorities, Japan is cautious as the U.S. and Europe step up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. SENT: 620 words, photos.

WEST-RUSSIA SANCTIONS - The U.S. and Europe seek to maintain a united front against Russia, but divisions persist over how aggressive the West should be. SENT: 960 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN - Gunmen carry out a pre-dawn rocket attack on Kabul International Airport, temporarily shutting down the facility and setting off a gunbattle with security forces in which four attackers are killed, officials say. SENT: 460 words, photos, video.

BOLIVIA-CHILD LABOR - While most of the world is trying to diminish child labor, Bolivia is on the verge of becoming the first nation to legalize it from age 10. SENT: 770 words, photos.

MEXICO-CHILDREN RESCUED - Parents and relatives of children rescued by police from a refuse-strewn group home where employees allegedly beat and raped residents tell of trying to get their loved ones out, only to be met with demands for thousands of dollars for their release. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

CHINA-FLOODS - Heavy rains and landslides over the past week have killed at least 45 people in southern China and left 21 others missing, the country’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and an official said Thursday. SENT: 240 words, photos, video.

NIGERIA-KIDNAPPING - A German development worker and two children of a Muslim cleric have been kidnapped this week by suspected Islamic extremists in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon, according to a Nigerian police spokesman and Cameroon state radio. SENT: 320 words.

PAKISTAN - Officials say police fought for more than 10 hours with militants planning to attack the prime minister’s home in eastern Pakistan. SENT: 130 words.

SYRIA - Activists say that Syrian government forces have heavily shelled the central town of Morek in an attempt to wrest it from rebels. SENT: 130 words.

TUNISIA-ATTACKS - Militants in western Tunisia staged two simultaneous attacks on army posts while soldiers held a Ramadan feast, killing at least 14 soldiers, authorities said Thursday. SENT: 230 words.

GERMANY-MERKEL’S BIRTHDAY - Germany’s Merkel gets more-or-less musical start to 60th birthday with serenade from a reporter. SENT: 130 words, photo.

CHINA - NAVAL EXERCISES-CHINA - China has been boarding ships looking for mock pirates and contraband as it joins the world’s largest maritime exercises for the first time. SENT: 360 words, photo.

FRANCE-AFRICA SECURITY - Eighteen months after France sent troops to Mali for what was meant to be a targeted operation against extremists, they are still there. SENT: 680 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-CARBON TAX - Australia’s government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation’s worst greenhouse gas polluters, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it. SENT: 680 words, photos.

VIETNAM-DAD DUTY - As Vietnamese women work abroad, fathers take on more duties at home. SENT: 910 words, photos.

LATIN AMERICA-CHINA-RUSSIA - In overlapping visits to Latin America, the leaders of China and Russia are being welcomed with open arms, by governments that are among the most hostile to Washington. UPCOMING: 840 words, photos.

POLAND-SEPTIC TANK DEATHS - Officials say that seven people have been killed by toxic fumes after entering a septic tank in Poland. Four of the victims belonged to one family. SENT: 130 words, photos.


IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD - The White House is meeting growing resistance as it pushes a multibillion-dollar emergency spending bill for the border. SENT: 820 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.

KERRY — He briefs House Democrats at the State Department about nuclear negotiations with Iran and the convulsive violence in the Middle East. Midday, time uncertain.

SENATE-WOMEN VOTERS - Democrats and Republicans are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in Congress because they target a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections: female voters. SENT: 910 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-MYANMAR-JAILED JOURNALISTS - The State Department’s top human rights official accuses Myanmar of police state tactics after reporters were sentenced to 10 years hard labor for a story about a weapons factory. SENT: 840 words, photos.

BANK ROBBERY CHASE - Bank robbers in California take three women hostage and lead police on a high speed chase that ends with one hostage and two suspects dead. The dramatic getaway leaves homes throughout this California town peppered with gunfire. By Scott Smith. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 with more details on the suspects and victims.

UN WAR CRIMES ARCHIVE - From Adolf Hitler down to the petty bureaucrats who staffed the Nazi death camps, thousands of perpetrators of World War II war crimes were eventually written up in vast reams of investigative files — files that now, for the first time, can be viewed in their entirety by the public. SENT: 1,200 words, photos

FREEZE DRIED SHIPWRECK — The remains of French explorer La Salle’s 300-year-old ship recovered after sinking in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast begin a final journey when they’re removed from a gigantic freeze-dryer. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 1400 GMT.

BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S FRIENDS — Jury in trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s friend set for 2nd day of deliberations. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2200 GMT.

PENN STATE-ABUSE — In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Matt Sandusky discusses details of alleged abuse by his adopted father, Jerry Sandusky. SENT: 400 words, photos.

HOMESICK HIJACKER — An American who admitted hijacking an airliner to Cuba decades ago is asking a judge to give him credit for at least some of the 15 years he spent in Cuban jails when he is sentenced. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2100 GMT. Sentencing to begin at 1700 GMT.


SHRIVER CORPS - Maria Shriver is launching a new U.S. volunteer initiative called the Shriver Corps, named in part to honor the legacy of her late father, Sargent Shriver, who founded the Peace Corps. SENT: 350 words, photos.


SWITZERLAND-OBIT-WINTER - Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and ’70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. SENT: 270 words, photos.

DANCE-BOLSHOI-HALLBERG — Three years ago, South Dakota-born David Hallberg made headlines across the world by being the first American — indeed, the first foreigner — to become a principal dancer at the storied Bolshoi Ballet. This week, he’s having a full-circle moment as he performs with the Bolshoi here at home, in New YorkUPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.

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