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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

February 3, 2015

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.


Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EST:

-- BRITAIN-3 PERSON BABIES (sent; developing)

-- MEASLES AND FLU VACCINES (sent; developing)

-- 2016 VACCINE-POLITICS (upcoming)


-- VATICAN-ROMERO (sent; developing)

-- WINTER WEATHER-THINGS TO KNOW (sent; developing)

-- CONGRESS RDP (upcoming)

-- SUGE KNIGHT (sent; developing)

-- AARON HERNANDEZ (sent; developing)

-- COKE-MILK (sent; developing)

-- STANDARD & POOR’S-SETTLEMENT (sent; developing)




-- BRITAIN-3 PERSON BABIES (sent; developing)

-- MEASLES AND FLU VACCINES (sent; developing)

-- 2016 VACCINE-POLITICS (upcoming)



-- COKE-MILK (sent; developing)






-- SYNTHETIC URINE (sent; developing)



-- WINTER WEATHER-THINGS TO KNOW (sent; developing)



VIDEO: WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing)

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):


BRITAIN 3-PERSON BABIES - British lawmakers will vote Tuesday on whether to allow scientists to use controversial techniques to create babies from the DNA of three people, a move that could make the country the first in the world to allow embryos to be genetically modified. SENT: 480 words. UPCOMING: Developing; vote expected after 11 a.m. With BRITAIN-3-PERSON BABIES-Q&A (sent)

LEAVING ISLAMIC STATE - Foreign recruits who find themselves disillusioned with the Islamic State soon discover that it’s a lot harder to leave than to join. The AP talked to more than a dozen former fighters, families and lawyers about life in and escape from Islamic State. SENT: 2,060 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,070 words also has moved.

VATICAN-ROMERO - Pope Francis decreed Tuesday that slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero was killed out of hatred for the faith, approving a martyrdom declaration that sets the stage for his beatification. SENT: 500 words, photos

LEBANON-CHOICES FOR HEZBOLLAH - Hezbollah’s ambitions are spreading far beyond its Lebanon home as the militant Shiite movement appears increasingly bent on taking on Sunni foes across the Middle East. SENT: 990 words, photos.

JAPAN-ISLAMIC STATE-LIMITED OPTIONS - The killing of two Japanese taken hostage by the Islamic State group has savagely driven home the high stakes Japan faces and limited options it can muster in such circumstances. SENT: 820 words, photos.

UKRAINE - The United Nations on Tuesday sharply criticized both the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russian rebels for turning bus stops, schools, markets and hospitals into battlegrounds where civilians are getting killed. SENT: 400 words.

POLAND-RUSSIA - A new dispute concerning World War II remembrance has erupted between Poland and Russia — the third such controversy in recent weeks and a sign of deteriorating relations between the two neighbors over Russian actions in Ukraine. SENT: 380 words.

WORLD COURT-CROATIA-SERBIA - The United Nations’ top court ruled Tuesday that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against each other’s people during the bloody 1990s wars sparked by the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. SENT: 270 words, photos.

CUBA-FIDEL CASTRO - Cuba has published the first photos of Fidel Castro in more than five months, showing the 88-year-old former leader engaged in what appears to be a lively conversation with a university student. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Netanyahu calls for scrapping a U.N. commission tasked with investigating potential war crimes committed last summer in Gaza, after the inquiry’s chief resigned amid accusations he was biased against Israel. SENT: 510 words, photo.

FRANCE-TERRORISM - Three soldiers on an anti-terror patrol in the southern French city of Nice were attacked by a man with a knife Tuesday, a French police union official said. SENT: 380 words

BANGLADESH-POLITICAL VIOLENCE - — Attackers throw crude fire bombs at a packed bus, setting it alight as it moved along a highway and killing at least seven people during a nationwide strike called by the opposition. SENT: 530 words, photos.

SKOREA-BORDER SHOOTING — A South Korean soldier is sentenced to death for killing five comrades and injuring seven others in a shooting attack last year. SENT: 270 words.

INDONESIA-PLANE — Divers discover six more bodies from the wreckage of the crashed AirAsia plane, bringing to 90 the total number retrieved so far. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 9 a.m.

CHINA-POLLUTION — China’s Environment Ministry says 66 of the nation’s 74 major cities, including Beijing, failed to meet basic air quality standards last year. SENT: 130 words.

KENYA-TEACHERS-TERROR - Hundreds of teachers in northern Kenya bordering Somalia have refused to return to work, fearing attacks by Islamic extremist. SENT: 130 words.

ITALY-POLITICS - New Italian president starts job with vow to fight corruption, Mafia; urges economic reform. SENT: 130 words, photos.

CANADA-FOREIGN MINISTER - Government official: Canadian foreign minister to step down. SENT: 390 words, photo.

FRANCE-JEWEL HEIST - 8 men on trial in Paris for jewel heists netting more than $100 million in watches, gems. SENT: 350 words.

BRITAIN-OBIT-WEBB - Veteran newsman Al Webb has died in England after a long career in which he received a military medal for valor while covering the war in Vietnam. He was 79. SENT: 310 words.


MEASLES AND FLU VACCINES - Top government health officials testify before House subcommittee hearing looking into the effectiveness of vaccines in the wake of a measles outbreak tied to Disneyland and the exceptionally severe flu season. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing, 700 words by 3 p.m., photo. With 2016-VACCINE-POLITICS (see POLITICS section)

HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS-INVESTIGATION - New York attorney general finds many herbal supplements aren’t what their labels claim. SENT: 570 words.

SURGERY-INFECTIONS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 11 a.m.) - Surgery patients end up back in the hospital most often because of incision-site infections that likely began before they were sent home, according to a study that found unplanned readmission rates vary widely. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 11 a.m., 450 words.


BUDGET - Obama and congressional Republicans could find common ground over his budget proposals to increase defense spending, upgrade the nation’s aging infrastructure and fix the corporate tax system. How far apart could become evident when administration officials testify Tuesday before key congressional committees. SENT: 950 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 10 a.m. congressional hearings, 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

CONGRESS RDP - Republicans newly in control of Congress challenge Obama’s agenda at both ends of the Capitol, voting to repeal his health care law in the House while struggling in the Senate to roll back his immigration policies. UPCOMING: Developing from afternoon votes, 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

OBAMA-HEALTH OVERHAUL: Obama seeks to shore up support for his health care law, meeting Tuesday with 10 Americans who wrote him letters about how they benefited. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 11:35 a.m. event, 400 words by 3 p.m., photo.

ENERGY COLD WAR - The United States and Russia are once more locked in a Cold War — this time about heat and electricity for tens of millions of Europeans. The U.S. wants to wean Eastern Europe off its dependency on Russian energy. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photo.


2016-VACCINE POLITICS - The sudden interjection of the vaccine debate into the 2016 conversation is a lesson for first-time presidential hopefuls like Chris Christie and Rand Paul, in how unexpected issues can become stumbling blocks and how long-held positions can look different under the glare of the national spotlight. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos. With MEASLES AND FLU VACCINE (see HEALTH section)

DEM 2016-CLINTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored next month by EMILY’s List, a Democratic fundraising powerhouse, as she considers a potential 2016 presidential campaign. SENT: 280 words.


WINTER WEATHER-THINGS TO KNOW - Forecasters from Philadelphia to Portland, Maine, have warned that “flash freezing” could make roads dangerously slippery a day after snow fell on much of the East Coast. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY - The gap in bachelor-degree attainment between the nation’s richest and poorest students by age 24 has doubled during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday. SENT: 740 words.

AL GORE-AL JAZEERA — Al Gore tells a judge that the Al Jazeera America news network has refused to pay tens of millions of dollars it owes him for buying Current TV. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.

US-SPACE TOURISM - Despite a deadly crash involving one of its rocket-powered spacecraft that will take tourists to space, Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America officials say 2015 is going to be the year they will turn the corner. SENT: 720 words, photos and video.

AARON HERNANDEZ - The mother and girlfriend of the man prosecutors say Hernandez gunned down take the stand, setting up what could be the most emotional testimony yet in Hernandez’s murder trial. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: updates throughout the day, new approach, 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.

IDENTITY THEFT CONSPIRACY - A federal grand jury in western Pennsylvania has indicted 16 people — most from the New York City area — in a wire fraud and identity theft ring that prosecutors say caused the Internal Revenue Service to pay more than $10 million in fraudulent tax refunds. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING :Developing.

ROSA PARKS ARCHIVE - The Library of Congress makes thousands of Rosa Parks’ personal items, including private writings, photographs, and her Presidential Medal of Freedom, available to the public for the first time. SENT: 700 words, photos. With ROSA PARKS ARCHIVE-QUOTES.

COLORADO GUN CONTROL - Colorado Republicans notched their biggest victory yet against gun-control measures they have tried in vain to block for the last two years. SENT: 470 words.

SIBLINGS-FATAL SHOOTING - Prosecutor in case of girls held in fatal shooting of brother considers lesser or no charges. SENT: 130 words.

BOY SLAIN-COACH SLAIN - A former college soccer coach has pleaded not guilty to a new murder indictment that charges him with killing his ex-girlfriend’s 12-year-old son in New York four years ago. SENT: 130 words.

MANSION FIRE - Maryland’s medical examiner’s office says six family members killed in a massive mansion fire died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation. SENT: 130 words.

SYNTHETIC URINE - An Ohio man who sold fake urine meant to help people pass workplace drug tests and misbranded other substances the federal government says are drugs has pleaded guilty in Pittsburgh. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

EXOTIC ANIMALS-CRACKDOWN - Ohio will continue to keep 11 exotic animals it seized from a sanctuary last week until a state appeals court weighs in on the case. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.


COKE-MILK - Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it’s betting people will pay twice as much for it. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.

STANDARD & POOR’S-SETTLEMENT - Standard & Poor’s is paying about $1.38 billion to settle government allegations that it knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the financial crisis. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING :Developing.

ENTREPRENEUR’S NEW PATH - Two years after his ouster as Groupon’s CEO, Andrew Mason is embarking on a new entrepreneurial journey selling unconventional audio tours of major cities on a new iPhone app called Detour. SENT: 720 words, photos.

RUSSIA-LIVING WITH RECESSION - Frugality returns to Russia as households, businesses prepare for economic crisis to last. SENT: 850 words, photos.

CASINO BANKRUPTCIES - Atlantic City’s main casino workers’ union filed 27 unfair labor practice charges against the owners of the Trump Taj Mahal casino on Tuesday. SENT: 500 words.

AUTO SALES - Fiat Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 14 percent in January, a sign that car sales didn’t spin out even with a major snowstorm hitting the Northeast. SENT: 320 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates throughout day as automakers report sales; 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.


AP POLL-MEET THE PARENTS - Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers — to her mother. In a new poll, 6 in 10 young women say when they’re thinking of getting serious with somebody, their mother’s approval is “extremely” or “very” important. SENT: 830 words, photos.


SUGE KNIGHT-ARREST — Marion “Suge” Knight, the former hip-hop mogul now charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run, is expected to appear in court Tuesday. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updating from arraignment set for 11:30 a.m.

GRAMMYWATCH-PREDICTIONS - Will Beyonce reign as queen of the Grammys Awards, or will the pop diva be dethroned by newcomer Sam Smith? UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.

GRAMMYWATCH-SIA - Sia, who has risen in the pop music ranks thanks to writing hits for female stars and hitting the charts with her own tunes, is a top contender. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.

GRAMMYWATCH-SIA-PRODUCER -Greg Kurstin, whose Grammy nominations include non-classical producer of the year thanks to his work with Sia, discusses some of the hits and other songs he’s produced for other starlets. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m., photos.

GRAMMYWATCH-SIA-DANCER: - The face for Sia’s music — the child dancer Maddie Ziegler who first gained fame as a star on the Lifetime series, “Dance Moms” — says singing could be in her future. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m., photos.

GRAMMYWATCH-JUANES - Latin rock star Juanes will be singing again at the Grammy Awards, but this time it will be a song of his own, in Spanish. SENT: 400 words, photos.

FILM-JUPITER ASCENDING - Lana and Andy Wachowski are impervious to the torrent of negativity swirling around their space opera, “Jupiter Ascending,” out Friday. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.

OSCARS-BIRDMAN TITLE - Should “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” win best picture, it will be the longest titled film to take the honor, and the most grammatically dubiousUPCOMING: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos.

PEOPLE-LINDSAY LOHAN - Lindsay Lohan and her mother have filed a lawsuit accusing Fox News Network, TV host Sean Hannity and guest commentator Michelle Fields of defamation for claiming the actress and her mother did cocaine together. SENT: 130 words.

MUSIC-BET EXPERIENCE - Kevin Hart and Nicki Minaj will headline the events leading to the BET Awards. SENT: 80 words.

CHINA-FILM-WOLF TOTEM - French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, who fell out of favor in China after portraying Chinese troops invading Tibet, said he had “incredible freedom” to turn best-selling novel “Wolf Totem” into a movie at the invitation of Chinese producers. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TV PITCHMAN-HARASSING OWL — Former TV pitchman Dell “Super Dell” Schanze is scheduled to appeal an order requiring him to give up his guns before his trial on charges alleging he chased a barn owl on his motorized paraglider. UPCOMING: 300 words after 2:30 p.m. hearing.

CUBA HOLLYWOOD - — Producers expect more U.S. filmmakers will seek to shoot in Cuba and work with local crews after President Barack Obama’s new trade and travel regulations. By Christine Armario. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

REBORN BROOKLYN THEATER - A Brooklyn theater that was one of the “four wonders” of America’s newly hatched movie culture is back decades after it was shuttered. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.


GAZA-WOUNDED GIRL-PHOTO ESSAY - Some six months after being wounded in last summer’s war in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas, a toddler whose anguish was seen worldwide in an AP photograph still struggles to cope with her family. SENT: 530 words, photos.

CUBA-FLOWER VENDOR-PHOTO ESSAY - Yaima Gonzalez Matos lost her job at a state-owned enterprise three years ago. So she joined the ranks of Cuba’s small class of entrepreneurs and became a wholesaler in the island’s private flower business. SENT: 300 words, photos.


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