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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1430 GMT

August 15, 2013

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.

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Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1430 GMT:

--EGYPT, text, photos, video (developing)



PHOTOS: EGYPT coverage; MIDEAST IRAQ, photos from today’s bombings; SOUTH KOREAS TENSION; BRAZIL-CHAOTIC TRANSPORTATION-PHOTO GALLERY, a look at the chaotic transportation system in Brazil’s largest city as anger over poor service and fare hikes boils over.


Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today and notable pieces that we sent in the past eight hours (all times EDT):


EGYPT: The death count soars past 500, with 3,700 injured in Egyptian security forces’ assault on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. An unofficial morgue is set up inside the mosque at the center of what had been the largest protest camp; it is unclear if the bodies there have been tallied by officials. Some protests today, others called for, and Giza government buildings set afire. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, video, additional updates planned with developments. UPCOMING by 1900 GMT, 1,400 words, photos, video. A timeline, reaction and news guide have also moved.

— UNITED STATES-EGYPT — President Barack Obama, still vacationing off the coast of Massachusetts, makes a statement on the deteriorating situation in Egypt. US considering canceling or postponing the “Bright Star” military exercise with Cairo in the wake of the bloody crackdown. SENT: 109 words. Will be updated with comments by Obama. Full story ETA 1830 GMT. 1,000 words.

BRITAIN-DOWNTON ABBEY — Forget “Mad Men” modernism. This season’s style is all about “Downton Abbey’s Edwardian opulence. Millions around the world have been seduced by the world of the British historical drama. Soon they’ll be able to take some of that style home. SENT: 820 words, photos.

WORLDS-RAINBOW FINGERNAILS — At least two Swedish athletes at the world championships in Moscow competed with rainbow-colored fingernails, showing support for gays and lesbians in contrast to Russia’s new anti-gay law. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: additional details, comment. ETA uncertain.

STUNTMAN’S DEATH — The British stuntman who parachuted into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond is killed in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wing suit. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1500 GMT. ALSO UPCOMING: Q&A about the extreme sport practiced by wing suit flyers. 550 words by 1600 GMT.

FORT HOOD SHOOTING — Testimony continues in Hasan’s trial. He is accused of killing 13 people in 2009 at Fort Hood. Sent. 130 words. Trial resumes at 1400 GMT. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1900 GMT. File photos.

ROCKEFELLER MYSTERTY — A notorious Rockefeller impostor convicted of the cold case murder of his landlady’s son a quarter century ago is scheduled to be sentenced. Hearing begins at 1530 GMT. 550 word update and fresh photos expected by 1900 GMT.

REPUBLICANS-RISING STARS: One is a police officer and blogger, another an African-American who is speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. They’re among members of the GOP’s “Rising Stars” program, a diverse group that Republicans hope can help ease the party’s election woes. Sent: 452 words, photo.

MANNING WIKILEAKS THE MILITARY: Some of the Pentagon’s most painful themes of the past decade, including gays in the military and the debate over counterinsurgency campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, have played out at the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, Md. ETA 1730 GMT. 850 words.


NEW MAMMAL (HFR): Imagine a raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it’s hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did — until now. Researchers are announcing the discovery of a new species of a mammal called the olinguito. UPCOMING: 450 words. For release 1500 GMT. Text, photos.


UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits drop to 6-year low of 320,000 as layoffs ease. SENT: 482 words, photos. Will be updated.


LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: The Little League World Series begins, a tournament featuring 16 teams that ends Aug. 25. Among the newcomers is a team from the Czech Republic. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Opener at 1700 GMT.


WHAT’S INDECENT?: “Blurred Lines” has been called too racy by some, for its lyrics and an online video featuring topless models - and yet the song has become the No. 1 hit of the summer. Certainly in pop culture, pushing the limits of what’s considered appropriate is hardly new. For parents it’s a quandary: How to keep kids from being exposed to offerings they don’t consider age appropriate. UPCOMING: 1,650 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

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