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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

January 14, 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 1645 GMT:

-- FRANCE ATTACKS (sent; developing)


-- CHARLIE HEBDO-WORLD REACTION (sent; developing)

-- SPACE STATION (sent; developing)

-- POPE-ASIA (sent)

-- CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION (sent; developing)

-- HOUSE-BANK REGULATIONS (sent; developing)





-- BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING (sent; developing)

-- YOSEMITE CLIMB (sent; developing)








-- CHARLIE HEBDO-WORLD REACTION (sent; developing)

-- POPE WATCH (sent)

-- EXECUTIONS-CASES (upcoming)


VIDEO: FRANCE ATTACKS (sent; developing); CANCER_SCARS (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 (all times EST):


FRANCE-ATTACKS - France ordered prosecutors around the country Wednesday to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism, announcing that 54 people had been arrested for those offenses since the Paris terror attacks. SENT: 970 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

FRANCE-ATTACKS-INVESTIGATION - One week since the Paris terror attacks began, investigators are unraveling the overlapping contacts between the perpetrators and their suspected accomplices in a many-faceted probe ranging from the Paris suburbs to the Balkans and Turkish-Syrian border. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2100 GMT.

FRANCE-ATTACKS-YEMEN - Yemen’s al-Qaida branch claims responsibility for last week’s attack on Charlie Hebdo, with one of its top commanders saying the assault was in revenge for the weekly’s publications of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, considered an insult in Islam. SENT: 470 words, photo.

CHARLIE HEBDO-WORLD REACTION - Latest Charlie Hebdo a global best-seller, but new prophet cartoon draws Muslim criticism. SENT: 840 words, photos.

TURKEY-CHARLIE HEBDO - A Turkish court has ordered the country’s telecommunications authority to ban access to web pages showing Charlie Hebdo’s front cover with the image of the Prophet Muhammad, a state-run news agency said. SENT: 220 words.

FRANCE ATTACKS-SYRIA - Syrian President Bashar Assad said in comments published Wednesday that his country is against the killing of civilians anywhere in the world, and that last week’s Paris attacks were a result of Western support for “terrorism.” SENT: 300 words, photo.

POPE-ASIA - Pope Francis traveled to the jungles of war-torn northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday for a deeply symbolic show of solidarity with the victims of the country’s 25-year civil war and to urge forgiveness and reconciliation “for all the evil which this land has known.”. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

- POPE WATCH: Glimpses of Francis’ trip as it unfolds. SENT: 1,190 words, photos. Will be updated throughout this cycle.

POPE-ASIA-PHILIPPINES-CARDINAL - When Pope Francis sets foot on this Catholic heartland in Asia, he will be welcomed by Cardinal Luis Antonia Tagle, who has catapulted to the ranks of possible successors to the papacy. SENT: 960 words, photos.

INDONESIA-PLANE - A Singaporean navy ship has found the crashed AirAsia plane’s fuselage, a 30-meter-long section with a wing attached, in the Java Sea, authorities said Wednesday. SENT: 280 words, photos.

NKOREA-KIM’S DEBUT? - After three years of watching his fellow leaders mix and mingle while he was secluded in Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un is looking more and more likely to visit Russia in his first trip abroad since taking power in the world’s first look at the young North Korean leader at work on the international stage. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ISLAMIC STATE-LOSING KOBANI - With more than a thousand of its fighters killed, the Islamic State group appears to be losing the symbolically potent Syrian town of Kobani, crumbling under the intensity of U.S. airstrikes and astonishingly stiff resistance by Kurdish fighters defending their town near the Syria-Turkey border. UPCOMING.

ISRAEL-MERKEL MAKEOVER - A small Jewish Ultra-Orthodox newspaper in Israel is making waves internationally for removing German Chancellor Angela Merkel from a photo of last week’s Paris march out of modesty. SENT: 130 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA: Secretary of State Kerry voices support for a Russian effort to bring Syria’s warring factions together for talks to end the four-year conflict. SENT: 300 words.

UNITED STATES-IRAN: Iran’s foreign minister says hopes a discussion with Secretary of State John Kerry will accelerate nuclear talks and allow negotiators to meet a March target for a framework accord. SENT: 380 words.

UKRAINE-AID CRUNCH - Aid shortfall deepens suffering in war-wracked eastern Ukraine as food, cash run low. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PUERTO RICO-FALLING CRIME - Homicides have fallen to a nearly 15-year low and violent crime overall is down 17 percent. SENT: 730 words, photos.

ISRAEL-STUDENT STRIKE - Israel’s half a million high school students are staying home for three days to protest canceled field trips, the first time the country’s teenagers are playing hooky nationwide. SENT: 130 words.

SRI LANKA-POLITICS - Sri Lankan Cabinet minister asks police to investigate former president’s alleged coup attempt. SENT: 320 words.

ITALY-POLITICS - Italy’s president resigned on Wednesday, setting off a scramble for a new head of state that will test Premier Matteo Renzi’s ability to unite his own bickering party without alienating opposition support for electoral reform. SENT: 280 words.

INDIA-DEADLY LIQUOR - Authorities in a north Indian state suspended 23 officials Wednesday in a crackdown on illegal liquor sales, as the death toll among villagers who drank from a bad batch of cheap alcohol climbed to 38. SENT: 280 words.

INDONESIA-US WOMAN DEAD - An American couple go on trial on charges of murdering the woman’s mother last year on the resort island of Bali. SENT: 380 words, photos.

AUSTRIA-HITLER’S HOUSE - Austria wants to take over the house of Hitler’s early childhood in dispute with owner. SENT: 270 words.

CAMBODIA-30 YEARS IN POWER - Cambodia’s tough and wily prime minister marks 30 years in power with mixed record. SENT: 660 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA - Kerry says Washington hopes Russian effort on Syria will succeed. SENT: 300 words.

BRITAIN-TAXI FEUD - A European Union court has handed London’s embattled taxi drivers some good news — they can keep their right to drive in bus lanes. SENT: 130 words.

JAPAN-MILITARY-BUDGET - Japan’s Cabinet approves the country’s largest ever defense budget, including plans to buy surveillance aircraft, drones and F-35 fighter jets to help counter China’s rising assertiveness in the region. By Mari Yamaguchi and SENT: 550 words, photos.

PIRACY - World sea piracy fell to its lowest level in eight years in 2014, a global maritime watchdog says. SENT: 320 words.

SKOREA-ACTIVIST ARRESTED - South Korean officials arrest a leftist activist for allegedly praising archrival North Korea. SENT: 350 words, photos.

THAILAND-SURROGACY — Thai authorities say the surrogate mothers of 13 babies fathered by a Japanese businessman have sued the government ministry that took custody of their children. SENT: 310 words.

INDIA-BODIES IN RIVER - Authorities investigate how more than 100 bodies, many of them children, ended up floating in an offshoot of the Ganges River. SENT: 260 words.


CONGRESS IMMIGRATION - House Republicans are advancing sweeping legislation to overturn Obama’s immigration policies and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids. Votes are expected Wednesday on amendments to undo some of his executive actions. SENT: 500 words. DEVELOPING.

FBI-FOREIGN CORRUPTION: The FBI is expanding its efforts to fight international corruption, creating new squads to search for bribery cases that stretch overseas but affect the United States. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT.


DEMOCRATS IN RETREAT - As Democratic senators gather this week in Baltimore to talk strategy and lick election wounds, their party faces diminished powers in Congress, Republican dominance in many states and a shrinking pool of potential candidates for future elections. SENT: 860 words, photos.


NYC JAILS-VIOLENCE - In the midst of heightened scrutiny to reform New York City’s jails, reports of violence by guards against inmates reached an all-time high in 2014, according to documents obtained by the AP. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - A federal judge has rejected a bid by Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month because of the Paris terror attacks. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

YOSEMITE CLIMB - Two climbers trying to become the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale a sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park in California are almost to the top. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2100 GMT, updates on developments as climbers near the top. NOTE: Their arrival at the top is closed to media but we’ll get photos of the climb, the scene of people watching below. Media availability is tomorrow (all timing tentative, depending on their progress)

OKLAHOMA EXECUTION - Oklahoma is set to carry out its first execution since a botched lethal injection last spring. The state has built a new execution chamber and adopted a new drug protocol — one identical to that of Florida, which is set to the same night carry out its dozenth execution with the same three drugs. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo by 2100 GMT.

—EXECUTIONS-CASES: A look at the inmates being executed and the crimes they committed.

SNIPER AUTHOR-SHOOTING - The wife of a famed Navy SEAL sniper said she struggled with the idea of someone playing the movie role of her husband, who was killed two years ago near Fort Worth, Texas. SENT: 350 words.

MISSOURI EXECUTION-LARRY FLYNT - Pornographic magazine publisher Larry Flynt is persevering in his legal fight to publicize details about Missouri’s execution methods. SENT: 130 words.


SPACE STATION - A problem in the U.S. segment of the International Space Station on Wednesday prompted its six-person crew to quickly lock it up and move to a Russian module, but they aren’t in danger, Russian and U.S. official said. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

RISING SEAS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT) - The world’s oceans didn’t rise quite as much as scientists thought for much of the 20th century, a new study finds. But that’s not good news researchers say because it means for the past 20 years, the seas are rising at a faster pace than experts had figured. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT; 400 words.


HOUSE-BANK REGULATIONS - The House is expected to vote to soften strict rules for banks and Wall Street. SENT: 610 words. UPCOMING: Updates from vote, expected around noon, 650 words by 2000 GMT, photo.

WHERE DID ALL THIS OIL COME FROM - The world burns enough oil-derived fuels to drain an Olympic-size swimming pool four times every minute. Yet prices are falling because the world, experts say, is awash in oil. So, where did all this oil come from? UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT.

EUROPE-STIMULUS DEBATE - With the eurozone facing the possibility of years-long economic stagnation, its central bank is expected to soon announce its biggest stimulus measure yet. That sounds like it should be cause for optimism. Yet some policymakers and economists in the 19-country currency union are grumbling. SENT: 940 words, photo.

AUTO SHOW-WHAT WE LEARNED - The mood is exuberant at this year’s North American International Auto Show. Here’s what we learned from the show, which opens to the public Saturday. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2000 GMT.

CONSERVATION PROJECTS — Projects designed to cut down on fertilizer runoff, expand bird nesting areas and restore native grasslands are among those selected for funding under a new initiative that encourages conservation partnerships between government and private organizations. SENT: 600 words, photo.

OBAMA-METHANE - The Obama administration announces plans to impose new regulations on the oil and gas industry’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT.

CAESARS BANKRUPTCY - Caesars Entertainment prepares to file bankruptcy to unload billions of dollars in debt after a bad, pre-recession bet on U.S. casinos. The company says its doors will remain open and the slot machines will still sing. SENT: 820 words.

RUSSIA-ECONOMY - Russian government officials appealed for calm on Wednesday after predicting budget cuts and a further surge in inflation as the country faces its worst economic downturn in 15 years. SENT: 760 words, photos.


COVERING CANCER SCARS- An effort to connect breast cancer survivors with tattoo artists who can creatively cover cancer-related scars has expanded from a single tattoo shop to a dozen cities nationwide. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.

PETS-WORLD DOG AWARDS - ‘Paw-paparazzi’ take note: Awards show honoring celebrity dogs joins Hollywood’s human mix. SENT: 540 words, photos.


FILM-BRADLEY COOPER - Bradley Cooper says none of the grueling preparations to play sniper Chris Kyle in “American Sniper” compared with the pressure he felt to get the late sniper’s story right for the sake of his family and children. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2300 GMT, photos.

TV-LARRY WILMORE - At 53, Larry Wilmore’s got a resume and maturity that a 28-year-old joke slinger can’t match, and he’s planning a new Comedy Central show, premiering Monday, that’s not afraid to mix the serious with the silly. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FILM-JULIANNE MOORE - Julianne Moore discusses her intense preparation to play an academic with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice.” UPCOMING: 800 words by 8 p.m., photos.

FILM-NICOLE KIDMAN - Nicole Kidman finds her silly side in the children’s film “Paddington.” UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-HADEN MEMORIAL = Jazz stars come together at a memorial concert to celebrate the life of Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bassists in the history of jazz. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

RICK SPRINGFIELD-LAWSUIT - A retrial has begun in the injury lawsuit filed by a woman who says 1980s pop star Rick Springfield fell on her during a 2004 concert at the New York State Fair. SENT: 130 words.

NEW ZEALAND-PETER JACKSON = Director Peter Jackson said Wednesday he’s putting his energy into helping launch a museum to commemorate World War I after finishing his “Hobbit” movie trilogy. SENT: 330 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-FILM-AVATAR - Release of Avatar sequel delayed till 2017. SENT: 350 words, photos.


STENNIS AIRCRAFT CARRIER-PHOTO GALLERY - AP PHOTOS: US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier heads to sea after $240M overhaul. SENT: 130 words, 11 photos.

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