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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

June 19, 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:

-- IRAQ (sent, developing)

-- IRAQ-GASOLINE PRICES (sent, developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent, developing)


-- SUPREME COURT (upcoming)

-- WCUP-ROUNDUP (upcoming)



PHOTOS: WWI-SARAJEVO ASSASSINATION (sent, with text); FRANCE-LOUVRE RESTORATION (sent, with text); GERMANY-CAVE RESCUE (sent, with text); AFGHANISTAN (sent, with text)

VIDEO: SD_TORNADO_DAMAGE (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:


IRAQ — Sunni militants hang their black banners on watch towers at Iraq’s largest oil refinery, a witness says, suggesting the vital facility has fallen to the insurgents who have seized vast territories across the country’s north. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, videos.

IRAQ-GASOLINE PRICES - Violence in Iraq is pushing U.S. gasoline prices higher during a time of year they usually decline. SENT: 470 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

AUSTRALIA-IRAQ — Around 150 Australians have fought with radical militants in Syria and Iraq, raising fears of a terrorist threat to Australia if the fighters return home, the foreign minister says. SENT: 500 words.

AFGHANISTAN - Afghan officials say three Taliban suicide bombers targeted NATO fuel trucks at the border with Pakistan, setting off a gunbattle with police guards. SENT: 140 words.

UKRAINE — NATO chief says Russians resume buildup near Ukraine. SENT: 450 words, photo.

UKRAINE-PIPELINE — Ukraine’s PM suggests bringing Europe, US companies to co-manage its gas pipeline together. SENT: 140 words, photos.

GERMANY-US-UKRAINE — US Treasury chief, visiting Germany, keeps up pressure on Russia to help Ukraine peace plan. SENT: 140 words, photos.

WWI-SARAJEVO ASSASSINATION — A century after the shot that sent the world into war, there is little agreement about the baby-faced Serb teenager who assassinated the Austro-Hungarian crown prince. SENT: 870 words, photos.

INDIA-NERVOUS BUREAUCRATS — Many of India’s top civil servants now spend their evenings paging through dictionaries following an order by new the new prime minister that all official work be done in Hindi, the language spoken by millions in northern India. SENT: 900 words.

INDIA-CRACKDOWN ON CHARITIES — India cracks down on foreign-funded charities, after leaked report alleges groups harm economy. SENT: 750 words, photos.

AFRICA-IVORY TRADE — Demand for ivory is being felt across the continent in Kenya, where two of the country’s oldest and biggest bull elephants were recently killed by poachers for their tusks. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1600 GMT.

ARGENTINA-DEBT SHOWDOWN — Argentina’s government finally agrees to negotiate a payment plan to resolve $1.5 billion in bad debts and interest owed to the U.S. hedge funds it demonizes as “vultures.” SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

POLAND-GOVERNMENT SCANDAL — Poland’s prime minister says that early elections within weeks may be necessary if an expanding political crisis sparked by eavesdropping on political leaders is not contained. SENT: 370 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinians during an arrest raid in the most violent confrontation so far in the weeklong search for three missing Israeli teens believed to have been abducted in the West Bank. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CHINA-CITIZENS MOVEMENT — China jails activists up to 6 1/2 years after they urged officials to disclose their assets. SENT: 610 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-EAST JERUSALEM — Australia’s foreign minister assures Muslim ambassadors that Australia’s Palestine policy remains unchanged. SENT: 430 words.

AUSTRALIA-CHAPLAINS — Australian court rules federal funding of school chaplains program is unconstitutional. SENT: 470 words.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS — Envoys: Iran, 6 powers remain deadlocked over uranium enrichment, other issues at nuke talks. SENT: 260 words, photos.

ISRAEL-CORRUPTION CASE — Israeli court sentences former Jerusalem mayor to 6 years in bribery case that involved ex-PM. SENT: 220 words.

SINGAPORE-RACIST BLOG — The Philippines asks Singapore to investigate author of blog provoking hatred for Filipino workers. SENT: 400 words.

MALAYSIA-SHIP ACCIDENT — Nine people were missing after a boat carrying 27 Indonesian workers overturned off Malaysia’s west coast, the country’s maritime agency said, in the second such accident in two days. SENT: 380 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-ABU SAYYAF CLASH — Philippine militants kill seven government troops in fierce fighting in restive south. SENT: 440 words.

CHINA-ONE-CHILD POLICY — Chinese man sentenced to death over 1-child policy dispute at family planning office. SENT: 200 words.

SYRIA — Human Rights Watch says Kurdish party ruling Syria’s northern enclaves has committed abuse. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SPAIN-ABDICATION — Spain’s new King Felipe VI swears his oath as head of state at low-key ceremony in Parliament. SENT: 530 words, photos, video.

CHINA-VIETNAM — China says it is moving 2nd oil rig closer to Vietnam amid confrontation over 1st platform. SENT: 470 words, photos.

FRANCE-LOUVRE RESTORATION — Thanks to a $35.4 million restoration, one of the Louvre Museum’s most exciting collections, the 18th century decorative arts wing, has been re-opened to its full glory. SENT: 320 words, photos.

FRANCE-ISRAEL-MIGRATION — Record numbers of French Jews are leaving for Israel, citing dim economic prospects and a sense of being caught between an increasingly influential far right and militant Islam. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

EGYPT-MUBARAK — Egypt’s ousted President Mubarak slips in hospital bathroom, breaks leg. SENT: 280 words.

GERMANY-CAVE RESCUE — Rescuers bring injured researcher to entrance of German cave after nearly two weeks underground. SENT: 200 words, photos, video.

POLAND-GOVERNMENT SCANDAL — Polish prime minister says early elections are possible if expanding scandal isn’t contained. SENT: 520 words, photos.

SRI LANKA-VIOLENCE — Muslim traders close shops to protest attacks by hard-line Buddhists in Sri Lanka. SENT: 270 words, photos.


UNITED STATES-IRAQ — Obama meets with national security team on Iraq. White House sources say there will be no call for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to resign as a condition of US military involvement. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2200 GMT.

UNITED STATES-IRAQ-KERRY — Secretary of State John Kerry defends US policy in Mideast, says Washington fully ‘engaged’. SENT: 330 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN — The deteriorating situation in Iraq is giving Congress pause about Obama’s plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, with fears that hard-fought gains could be wiped out by a resurgent Taliban. SENT: 850 words, photo.


IMMIGRANT CHILDREN-FINGERPRINTING — The federal government resumes checking the fingerprints of people other than parents who step forward to care for migrant children detained at the border amid concern that skipping the screening could put children at risk. SENT: 550 words, photos.

NAZI INVESTIGATION — Decades after moving to US, Nazi suspect faces charges related to 216,000 deaths at Auschwitz. SENT: 660 words, photo.

PHILADELPHIA NEWSPAPERS — Owner sees investment in Philadelphia newspapers as important legacy amid $1.1 billion philanthropy. SENT: 580 words, photo.

HARLEY-ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES — Harley-Davidson produces electric motorcycle for test drives in US, but no sales planned yet. SENT: 720 words, photos.


UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS — Applications for US unemployment benefits fell to 312,000 last week; near pre-recession levels. SENT: 300 words, photo.

JAPAN-SONY — Sony shareholders back CEO, directors promising revival despite continuing losses. SENT: 500 words, photos.


DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TIPS-FACEBOOK TARGETING — As Facebook intensifies the amount of targeting it does, here are some things to know — and things to do — to control it. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2000 GMT.

AMAZON-SMARTPHONE — There are two ways to view the smartphone Amazon introduced to the world: It’s either the latest in a long line of indistinguishable devices or a magic wand for shopaholics. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.

- AMAZON-SMARTPHONE-FIRST IMPRESSIONS - Amazon’s Fire Phone breaks down walls with interface that watches you watch it. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

DIGITAL LEGO — Lego to introduce blocks that can be ‘imported’ into phone, tablet games. SENT: 310 words.


WCUP-ROUNDUP — England tries to avoid a group stage exit against Uruguay in Sao Paulo. Colombia plays Ivory Coast in Brasilia in a game that will likely put the winner into the knockout stage, and Japan and Greece battle in Natal to stay alive. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

WCUP-BRAZIL-GUN CULTURE — Wherever you look this World Cup, it seems the sound of gunfire isn’t far off. But Brazilians’ longstanding love affair with guns has nothing to do with soccer, but rather is the the byproduct of a culture permeated with drug violence. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1900 GMT.

WCUP-WHAT TO WATCH — Luis Suarez set to be on target for Uruguay, and target of England’s defenders in World Cup Group D. SENT: 800 words, photos.

GOAL CELEBRATIONS — As goals pile up in this World Cup, the ensuing celebrations become just as memorable. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS — World Cup city Recife steps up campaign to warn beachgoers of sharks. SENT: 730 words, photos.

MEXICO’S AMERICAN FANS — Don’t let the green shirts fool you: Many Mexico fans at the World Cup came from the US. SENT: 790 words, photos.


CLIPPERS-STERLING — Shelly Sterling’s attorneys will ask a judge to order Donald Sterling and his attorneys to stop threatening, harassing or intimidating his wife’s legal team and doctors who determined the Los Angeles Clippers’ co-owner was mentally incapacitated. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ROCKIES-DODGERS — Clayton Kershaw throws no-hitter, nearly perfect game in Dodgers’ 8-0 rout of Rockies. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

REDSKINS-NAME — Trademark ruling against ‘disparaging’ Redskins name adds momentum to those seeking change. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, videos.


GAMES-FEMALE PROTAGONISTS — The lack of female protagonists at the Electronic Entertainment Expo highlighted an ongoing issue that continues to haunt the video game industry. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.

NBC-CHELSEA CLINTON — Correspondent Chelsea Clinton hasn’t been featured on NBC News in 4 months. SENT: 660 words, photo.

FILM-HONG KONG-TRANSFORMERS — Stars attend ‘Transformers’ world premiere in Hong Kong, in sign of Hollywood’s China focus. SENT: 500 words, photos.

PEOPLE-DAVE CHAPPELLE — To roars of laughter, Dave Chappelle’s comeback lands at Radio City. SENT: 600 words, photos.

WARM WEATHER VIEWING — These 12 TV comedies and dramas promise you cool summer viewing in the hot weeks ahead. SENT: 770 words, photos.

MUSIC-JENNIFER LOPEZ — Jennifer Lopez says making music has been ‘challenging’; singer releases new album this week. SENT: 700 words, photo.

PEOPLE-LUPITA NYONG’O — Lupita Nyong’o says goal for her Oscar acceptance speech was not to pull a Jennifer Lawrence. SENT: 170 words, photo.

HARRY POTTER-FIRST IMPRESSIONS — Universal’s new Harry Potter park: Lots to buy, from capes to wands, but so entertaining. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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