BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445
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:
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS (sent; developing)
-- TARGET-CEO (sent; developing)
-- CIRCUS ACCIDENT (sent; developing)
-- GAY ATHLETES-COMING OUT (upcoming)
-- POLIO EMERGENCY (sent; developing)
-- FASHION-MET GALA (upcoming)
PHOTOS: AFGHANISTAN-PHOTO ESSAY (sent; with text); FASHION-MET GALA (upcoming)
VIDEO: OKLAHOMA_FIRE (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:
UKRAINE - Ukrainian troops fought pitched gunbattles Monday with a pro-Russia militia occupying an eastern city — an apparent escalation of their efforts to bring the region back under government control. SEN T: 660 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, with focus on Odessa
IRS-RUSSIA - As the United States attempts to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine, the Treasury Department is deploying an economic weapon that could prove to be more costly than sanctions: the Internal Revenue Service. This summer, the U.S. plans to start using a new law designed to stop overseas tax evasion that will make it substantially more expensive for Russian banks to do business in the U.S. UPCOMING: 850 words by 2100 GMT, photos.
NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS - Nigeria’s Islamic extremist leader is threatening to sell hundreds of teenage schoolgirls abducted from a school in the remote northeast of the country three weeks ago. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
NORTHERN IRELAND-ADAMS - A police evidence file documenting Gerry Adams’ Irish Republican Army career has been delivered to British state prosecutors in Belfast, but experts say the chances of the Sinn Fein leader being charged are slim on both legal and political grounds. SENT: 940 words, photos.
US-CIRCUS ACCIDENT - Investigators looking into why eight circus acrobats plummeted to the ground during an aerial hair-hanging stunt have found that a clamp snapped, a public safety official said Monday. SENT: 760 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2100 GMT.
US-SAILORS RESCUE - A parachuting medical team and other U.S. Air Force rescuers are working to bring two badly burned Chinese sailors from a boat in the Pacific Ocean to a California hospital. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1900 GMT.
MALAYSIA-PLANE - An international panel of experts will re-examine all data gathered in the nearly two-month hunt for the missing Malaysia jet to ensure search crews who have been scouring a desolate patch of ocean for the plane have been looking in the right place, officials say. SENT: 640 words, photos.
PISTORIUS-TRIAL - A neighbor and friend of Oscar Pistorius testifies that the double-amputee athlete was “torn apart” and desperately trying to save Reeva Steenkamp minutes after fatally shooting her at his home last year. SENT: 700 words, photos.
GREECE-BOATS SINK - A yacht and a dinghy crammed with immigrants trying to enter Greece capsized Monday in the eastern Aegean Sea, leaving at least 22 dead, including four children, and potentially several more missing in the third such fatal accident in the country this year. SENT: 330 words, photo.
KERRY-SOUTH SUDAN - Kerry winds up his African tour, saying he expects peace talks to end conflict in South Sudan to begin as planned. That’s despite reluctance by the top rebel leader, who has called immediate negotiations premature and meaningless. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2030 GMT, photo.
UGANDA-ISRAEL-DEPORTED TEENS — Speak no Hebrew. That’s what Ugandan teachers repeatedly tell the South Sudanese teenagers transplanted here from Israel. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 .am., photos.
SKOREA-SHIP SINKING-REFORMS - As investigators probe cozy links between the shipping industry and its regulators, Seoul has promised new monitoring and regulations for domestic passenger ships, which are not governed by international rules. SENT: 760 words, photos.
VATICAN-UN-ABUSE - A U.N. committee begins meeting Monday in Geneva to examine whether the Vatican’s record on child protection violates the U.N. Convention Against Torture, which it ratified in 2002. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SYRIA-DAMAGED CASTLE - From its towering hilltop perch in western Syria, the world’s best preserved medieval Crusader castle has fallen victim to the chaos of Syria’s civil war as rebels fight to topple President Bashar Assad. SENT: 900 words, photos.
ISRAEL-SOLDIERS OUTCRY - The reprimand of an Israeli soldier - caught on video cursing and pointing a cocked gun toward the head of a Palestinian teen - has triggered the biggest outpouring of frustration by Israeli soldiers in years about their service in the West Bank. SENT: 930 words, photos.
ISRAEL-MEMORIAL DAY - Israelis honor war dead with sirens and ceremonies on Memorial Day. SENT: 260 words, photos.
PANAMA-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - Panamanians deliver a rebuke to President Ricardo Martinelli’s attempt to extend his grip on power, electing as his successor a former ally turned rival in one of the toughest-fought contests since democracy was restored two decades ago. SENT: 830 words, photos.
SYRIA - Fierce fighting in Syria’s contested northern province of Aleppo killed at least 21 rebels on Monday as rockets slammed into a government-held district in the provincial capital, killing nine people. SENT: 730 words, photos.
HONG KONG-CARGO SHIP SINKING - Eleven missing as cargo ship sinks near Hong Kong after colliding with container vessel. SENT: 190 words.
VIETNAM-CHINA-DISPUTED SEA - Vietnam demanded China stop oil drilling operations in a disputed patch of the South China Sea, saying on Monday that Beijing’s decision to deploy a deep sea rig over the weekend was illegal. SENT: 450 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PERES - Israeli President Shimon Peres says he and his late wife decided to go their “separate ways” after he insisted on running for the presidency in 2007. SENT: 310 words, photo.
SOUTH AFRICA-ELECTION - South African President Jacob Zuma said Monday that he anticipates an election victory this week for the ruling African National Congress. SENT: 340 words.
PHILIPPINES-US MILITARY - More than 5,000 U.S. and Filipino troops begin two weeks of military exercises to prepare to jointly deal with any potential crisis in the Philippines. SENT: 440 words, photos.
CHINA-SPYING - A Chinese court convicts a man of spying and sentences him to 10 years in prison for leaking classified military documents to a foreign spy who also approached more than 50 other people around China, state media say. SENT: 430 words.
CHINA-SEX WORKERS - Scores of legal experts and activists write to China’s legislature calling for the abolition of a detention system that allows women arrested for prostitution to be locked up for up to two years without trial. SENT: 480 words.
JAPAN-EARTHQUAKE - A magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolts Tokyo, though there are no reports of major damage. The national broadcaster NHK, citing local authorities, says 17 people were injured. SENT: 200 words.
THAILAND-EARTHQUAKE - A strong earthquake shook northern Thailand and Myanmar on Monday evening, smashing windows, cracking walls and roads and damaging Buddhist temples. No casualties have been reported. SENT: 480 words, photos.
OKLAHOMA WILDFIRE - Wildfire burns several homes in central Oklahoma; man found dead after blaze passes through. SENT: 210 words, video.
US-AIR SHOW PLANE CRASH - A vintage biplane crashes while flying upside down and low to the ground during a airshow in California, killing the 77-year-old pilot and halting the show. SENT: 330 words.
US-MISSING WOMEN FOUND-KNIGHT - One of the three women help captive for nearly a decade in a Cleveland house before escaping last year says she forgives the man who kidnapped and tortured her all those years. SENT: 130 words.
US-POSTHUMOUS LAWYER APPLICATION - Students at a Northern California law school hope to persuade the California Supreme Court to reverse a 124-year-old decision denying Hong Yeng Chang’s application to practice law solely because he was Chinese. SENT: 600 words.
OBAMA - He meets with president of Djibouti. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1730 GMT, photo.
POLIO EMERGENCY - The World Health Organization says the spread of polio is an international public health emergency that threatens to infect other countries with the crippling disease. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
TARGET-CEO - Target’s massive data breach has now cost the company’s CEO his jobSENT: 710 words, photo, bio box.
TARGET-CEO-TIMELINE — A timeline of events leading up to Steinhafel’s departure. SENT: 470 words.
NETHERLANDS-DUNKIN DONUTS - The doughnut, that classic deep-fried American snack, is going forth to do battle with European national treats in their homelands: the Belgian waffle, the Austrian strudel and the Danish ... Danish. SENT: 520 words, photos.
GAY ATHLETES-COMING OUT - A new type of playbook is fast evolving in the world of sports: An informal, commonsense protocol for how prominent gay and lesbian athletes can come out of the closet with maximum acclaim and minimum turmoil. UPCOMING: 1000 words, photos.
FASHION-MET GALA - Hollywood stars, fashion designers and other celebrities turn out Monday for the Metropolitan Museum’s annual Costume Institute gala. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2100 GMT, photos, video. Will be updated by 0130 GMT.
FOOD-BEARD AWARDS-RESTAURANTS - Coverage of the 2014 chef and restaurant awards by the James Beard Foundation. Categories include top chef, top restaurant and regional restaurant winners. UPCOMING: 700 words by 0200 GMT, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
MUSIC-CMT AWARDS-NOMINATIONS - The Country Music Awards nominations are announced. The top honor is video of the year. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
PEOPLE-ARIEL WINTER - The mother of “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter attempts to undo a guardianship that that has cut her out of show business and out of the life of the teenage actress. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT, photos. Developing from an 1530 GMT court hearing.
MUSIC-JASON DERULO - Jason Derulo knows his recent hit, “Talk Dirty,” is risque, but he’s not too worried about it. SENT: 430 words, video.