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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

January 12, 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 1600 GMT:

-- FRANCE-ATTACKS (sent; developing)


-- KERRY-PARIS (sent)




-- AUTO SHOW-AMPED-UP ELECTRICS (sent; developing)

-- AUTO SHOW-CHEAP GAS (upcoming)



-- PAKISTAN (sent)


-- AUTO SHOW-CHEAP GAS (upcoming)









VIDEO: FRANCE ATTACKS (sent; developing); FL-DOLPHINS (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 10,000 troops into the streets Monday to protect sensitive sites after three days of bloodshed as it hunted for the accomplices to the Islamic militants who left 17 people dead as they terrorized the nation. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

FRANCE ATTACKS-UNITED STATES - There was one glaring absence in the phalanx of world leaders marching in defiance of terror attacks in Paris on Sunday - any top official from the United States, which has led coalitions against terror since 9/11. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris for talks, and Secretary of State John Kerry is heading there later in the week. But all in all, the Obama administration seems to have been caught flat-footed. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2100 GMT, photo.

KERRY-PARIS - Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Paris this week to show solidarity with the French people. SENT: 670 words.

FRANCE ATTACKS-PRICE OF SATIRE -These are dark days for those who want to believe that the pen is mightier than the sword. The attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has caused grief and soul-searching around the world, and exposed the risks humorists can run in an era of instant global communications and starkly opposed ideologies. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

FRANCE-ATTACKS-BEGHAL -Djamel Beghal, an Algerian immigrant convicted of plotting to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Paris, has emerged as a key connection between the Islamic extremists who carried out last week’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

ATTACKS-EYES ON EXTREMISM — The threat of Islamic extremism has justice officials balancing tougher law enforcement against the need to protect civil liberties, and that balance is struck in myriad ways around the world. UPCOMING: 1,360 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

FRANCE-ATTACKS-JEWS - The killing of four French Jews in last week’s hostage standoff at a Paris kosher market deepens the fears among European Jewish communities shaken by rising anti-Semitism. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

FRANCE-ATTACKS-POPE - Pope Francis denounces the religious fundamentalism that inspired the Paris massacres and ongoing Mideast conflicts. SENT: 320 words, photo.


INDONESIA-PLANE - Divers retrieve one black box and locate the other underwater from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.

NIGERIA-VIOLENCE - Survivors of an assault by Islamic militants that killed hundreds of civilians in Nigeria have described days of relentless violence in which, one witness said, some people were slaughtered “like insects.” SENT: 600 words, photos.

PAKISTAN - Pakistani children return to the school where Taliban gunmen killed 150 of their classmates and teachers last month, clutching their parents’ hands tightly in a poignant symbol of perseverance despite the horrors they had endured. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video.

IRAQ-IRAN’S ASCENDANCY - In the eyes of most Iraqis, their country’s best ally in the war against the Islamic State group is Iran, which is credited with stopping the extremists’ march on Baghdad. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-ISLAMIC STATE - An Afghan general has confirmed for the first time that the extremist Islamic State group is active in the country. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.

GERMANY-XENOPHOBIA - Digging at roots of anti-Islam protests reveals fear of the unknown and links to Germany’s far right. SENT: 960 words, photos.

QATAR-HAMAS - Qatar’s top diplomat on Monday dismissed as “just rumors” an Israeli claim that the tiny Gulf nation agreed to expel a leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, saying he is a “dear guest” of the energy-rich country. SENT: 320 words.

UKRAINE - Germany’s foreign minister is hosting his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and France to try to calm the Ukrainian crisis and perhaps clear the way for a summit of the countries’ leaders. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

NSA SURVEILLANCE-SNOWDEN - A close ally of Edward Snowden has told filmmakers that Russia’s intelligence agency sought to recruit the former NSA contractor, but he declined the offer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

POPE-ASIA-SRI LANKA - Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes Pope Francis, with the island nation’s Catholic minority hoping he can help heal the wounds of the country’s 25-year civil war. SENT: 720 words, photos.

ASIA-POPE-5-THINGS-TO-KNOW - Five things to know about Pope’s trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines. SENT: 1,370 words, photos.

EGYPT-GAY-TRIAL - An Egyptian court acquits 26 men arrested in a televised raid last month by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse. SENT: 830 words, photos.

UGANDA-KONY-REBEL - Uganda’s government said Monday it wants to try the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel commander who recently surrendered to U.S. forces for war crimes and crimes against humanity. SENT: 350 words.

EUROPE-MIGRANT TRAFFICKING - Migrants dreaming of Europe have their pick of social media sites that work like an online travel agent, while the traffickers who send them floating across the Mediterranean buy scrapyard cargo ships over the Internet. SENT: 640 words, photos.

ISLAMIC STATE - A suicide car bomb killed 12 Shiite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers Monday in a town north of Baghdad, authorities said, sparking a battle between security forces and fighters with the extremist Islamic State group. SENT: 200 words.

GERMANY-TURKEY-TERRORISM - Germany’s domestic intelligence chief urges Turkey to do more to prevent extremists crossing into Syria to join the Islamic State group. SENT: 130 words.

BRITAIN-FOX NEWS-MUSLIMS - A news commentator who told Fox News that the British city of Birmingham is “totally Muslim” has apologized for a comment that’s drawn ridicule from the city’s residents. SENT: 280 words.

GERMANY-UKRAINE - Germany’s foreign minister hosts his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and France in an attempt to move forward efforts to calm the Ukrainian crisis. SENT: 130 words.

MOZAMBIQUE-DEADLY BEER - Mozambique’s government declared three days of mourning starting Monday after 69 people died from drinking contaminated traditional beer at a funeral over the weekend. SENT: 200 words.

MALAYSIA-MISSING PLANE - A fourth ship with specialized underwater equipment will join the search for a Malaysia Airlines jet 10 months after it vanished off Australia’s west coast. SENT: 410 words, photo.

HAITI-EARTHQUAKE ANNIVERSARY - Spot events on the anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. SENT: 440 words. UPCOMING: photos, more details.


UNITED STATES-PAKISTAN - US. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Pakistan on an unannounced visit to press the country’s leadership to step up the fight against extremists and eliminate safe havens for terror groups along the Afghan border. SENT: 580 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-IRAN SANCTIONS - Obama’s U.N. ambassador outlines where on foreign policy the administration can cooperate with the Republican Congress at an event hosted by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2000 GMT.

OBAMA-DATA PRIVACY - Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus. He’s expected to announce the proposed legislation Monday. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 11:55 a.m. remarks, 600 words by 3 p.m., photo.

OBAMA-ECONOMY - For most of last year, Obama tempered his pitch on the economy: It may be improving, he would say, but millions of Americans had yet to benefit from the rebound. But now that caveat is gone. SENT: 940 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-CUBA: Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month’s historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. says. SENT: 200 words.


CONVICTIONS QUESTIONED - New York City will pay $17 million to settle three wrongful criminal convictions. SENT: 130 words.

FLIPPER’S TRAINER - Ric O’Barry, one of the original trainers of the dolphin star of the 1960s TV show “Flipper,” had a change of heart in 1970. Since then, he’s been at the vanguard of a movement to end dolphin performances. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.


SPACE STATION - A shipment of much-needed groceries and belated Christmas presents finally arrives at the International Space Station. SENT: 340 words.


WEALTH GAP ASPEN - The jobs in these resort communities are largely in the lower-paying service industry, yet they are a destination for the global upper class. SENT: 1200 words; an 850-words abridged version also was sent. UPCOMING: photos.

AUTO SHOW-CHEAP GAS - The auto industry put a lot of R&D into developing cars that consumers would buy with gas selling for $4 or more. Now comes $2 gasoline. A look at how this is playing out. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1600 GMT, 800 by 2100 GMT, photos.

AUTO SHOW-AMPED-UP ELECTRICS - With the introduction of the $30,000 Chevrolet Bolt, General Motors sets up a battle with Tesla to sell electric vehicles to the masses. But it risks upstaging a car of its own, the pricier Volt, which gets updated for the 2016 model year. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

- AUTO SHOW-RAGTOP RESURGENCE - Automakers roll out new convertible models ahead of expected ragtop comeback. SENT: 690 words, photos.

- AUTO SHOW-AWARDS - The Ford F-150 has been named North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show. The car of the year is the Volkswagen Golf. SENT: 450 words, photos.

- AUTO SHOW-HOT CARS- A look at some of the most important and coolest cars at the auto show. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CHINA-FOOD SAFETY - Police in China have arrested more than 110 people on suspicion of selling pork from diseased pigs in the country’s latest food safety scandal. SENT: 220 words.

SKOREA-LG DISPLAY-NITROGEN DEATHS - LG Display says two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul. SENT: 120 words, photos.


PLAYOFF-CHAMPIONSHIP - Ohio State and Oregon will meet in a game that has never been played for a trophy that has never been raised. The winner night in North Texas can be called the truest champion in the history of major college football. UPCOMING


GOLDEN GLOBES - The Golden Globes inched closer to legitimacy in its 72nd show, giving awards not just to A-List celebrities, but also to the edgier productions that unequivocally deserved recognition, including “Boyhood,” ″The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman.” SENT: 840 words, photos, video.

GOLDEN GLOBES-TV - The Golden Globes seemingly honored every type of content service feeding television’s changing world, except for the four major broadcast networks still watched by most Americans each week. SENT: 700 words, photos.

GOLDEN GLOBES-TV REVIEW - For their third and (so they say) final year, co-hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey proved themselves yet again the Golden Girls of the Golden Globe Awards broadcast. SENT: 620 words, photos.

GOLDEN GLOBES-FASHION RECAP - With lots of easy breezy makeup, minimal jewelry and loose hair, the Golden Globes opened the awards season with a red carpet chock-full of sparkly metallics, bright whites and dramatic reds. SENT: 700 words, photos.

GOLDEN GLOBES-LIST. SENT: 200 words, photos.


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