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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

June 9, 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 1450 GMT:


-- PAKISTAN (sent; developing)

-- POLICE SHOT-LAS VEGAS (sent; developing)

-- TRACY MORGAN (sent; developing with court appearance)

-- BACKWATER TRIAL (upcoming)


-- WORLD CUP (upcoming)



VIDEO: ALZHEIMER’s (upcoming)

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 EDT):


PAKISTAN - A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban says the group was behind the five-- hour assault on the international airport in Karachi that killed 18 people. SENT: 820 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing with reporting on several fronts, including context on the significance and what it means for the future. Also: a Q&A is planned.

IRAQ - Iraqi officials say truck bombs have targeted the offices of two Kurdish political parties north of Baghdad, killing 15 people. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING - After seven months of courtroom drama and celebrity cameos, Britain’s phone-hacking trial will soon be in the hands of jurors. SENT: 950 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-RECONCILIATION - An argument over money set off the first serious dispute Monday between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Islamic militant group Hamas since the long-time rivals formed a unity government a week ago. SENT: 500 words, photo.

EGYPT-SEXUAL ASSAULT - Egyptian police on Monday arrested seven men accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student during celebrations marking the inauguration of the country’s new president. SENT: 610 words, photo.

NIGERIA — About 20 women have reportedly been abducted by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram at a nomad settlement near Chibok town where over 300 schoolgirls were abducted on April 15. UPCOMING: Developing.

SOMALIA — The Somali mother of a teen who stowed away in an airplane from California to Hawaii leaves the Ethiopian refugee camp she was in because she says she has received death threats and fears for her life. UPCOMING: Developing.

GERMANY-CAVE RESCUE — Rescuers were working to bring out a man stuck deep inside a cave in the German Alps after he was injured by falling rocks. SENT: 250 words, photos.

UKRAINE — Government forces trade fire with pro-Russian separatists who control an eastern Ukraine city, after the country’s new president announces daily negotiations were underway toward ending the conflict. SENT: 340 words, photos.

SYRIA - Assad declared a general amnesty Monday for prisoners in the country, state media reported. SENT: 500 words, photo.

MALAYSIA-MISSING JET - Relatives of five people on board the missing Malaysian jetliner are trying to crowd source a $5 million reward for information about what happened to the plane. SENT: 290 words.

ISRAEL-PRESIDENT A nasty race to succeed Shimon Peres as Israel’s head of state is finally coming to an end Tuesday, with five candidates facing off in parliament to become the country’s next president. SENT: 740 words, photos.

RUSSIA-POLITKOVSKAYA - A Russian court sentences two men to life in prison and three others to terms ranging from 12 to 20 years for the 2006 killing of renowned journalist Anna Politkovskaya. SENT: 200 words, photos.

VIETNAM-TYCOON SENTENCED - A Vietnamese court sentences one of the country’s richest men to 30 years in prison after finding him guilty of financial crimes involving millions of dollars. SENT: 260 words.

BRITAIN-EXTREMISM - Three schools in the central English city of Birmingham reject government claims that they have failed to protect students from Islamic extremism. SENT: 130 words.

INDIA-STUDENTS DROWNING - Rescuers in rafts and boats search a Himalayan river for dozens of Indian students swept away when a dam released a rush of water without warning. SENT: 320 words, photos.

CHINA-POLLUTION - A Chinese environmental group launches a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories. SENT: 440 words, photos.

CHINA-FAMILIES ABROAD - China’s anti-graft campaign is now targeting officials who have sent their spouses and children abroad, where they can create channels to potentially funnel illicit gains and establish footholds for eventual escape from the mainland. SENT: 910 words.

CHINA-RIOT - A raid by officers on small bathhouses and other businesses associated with prostitution sparked clashes lasting hours in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, police say. SENT: 300 words.

PHILIPPINES-SLAIN JOURNALIST - A radio anchorman is killed by gunmen on a motorcycle in the western Philippines, police and media freedom advocates say. SENT: 200 words.

LIBYA - Libya’s top court rejects the Islamist-led parliament’s appointment of a new prime minister, a ruling likely to deepen the country’s crisis. SENT: 280 words.

CHINA-POLLUTION - A Chinese environmental group launches a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories. SENT: 250 words.

AFGHANISTAN - An Afghan provincial official says suicide bombers have attacked a parking lot at a police base in eastern Afghanistan, killing a guard and setting 25 trucks ablaze. SENT: 290 words, photos.

TURKEY-IRAN - Iran’s Rouhani meets with Turkish PM Erdogan in Ankara as countries seek to repair ties. SENT: 130 words, photos.

SYRIA-STORYTELLER - Rashid Hallak was the most famous of the few remaining “hakawatis” in Syria - traditional reciter-performers of old Arab legends. Now he’s a 70-year-old broken man, his life upturned by Syria’s war. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


VETERANS-HEALTH CARE - The Veterans Administration releases audits of all 150 of its hospitals detailing the severity of the long appointment waits, delays in treatment and cover-ups engulfing its health care system, America’s largest with nearly 9 million patients. UPCOMING: Developing from 1600 GMT release of report, 750 words by 2000 GMT, with possible updates from 7:30 p.m. (cq) House of Representatives panel hearing.

BLACKWATER TRIAL - After years of delays, four former guards from the security firm Blackwater Worldwide are facing trial Wedneday in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in bloodshed that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT, photo.

HILLARY CLINTON - She is embarking on a book tour this week that will feature overtones of a potential presidential campaign in 2016 and could offer a window into the former secretary of state’s stamina. SENT: 700 words, photo.

REPUBLICANS-BLACK VOTERS - The party is spending $60 million to court black voters, and a new initiative aims to recruit 300 women and 200 minorities to run for state and local office. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.


POLICE SHOT-LAS VEGAS - A follow-up on the couple who shot two cops in Las Vegas and a bystander before killing themselves in a Wal-Mart. Reporting today on who they were and why they targeted the cops. SENT: 730 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing with reporting on several fronts; also there is a 1800 GMT news conference.

CHICAGO TERRORISM ARREST - SURVEILLANCE - A rare judicial mulligan occurs Monday in a U.S. appellate court because staff failed last week to record what was supposed to be the only such hearing in a terrorism case that touches on surveillance issues raised by Edward Snowden. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo, by 2130 GMT.

WORLD’S OLDEST MAN DIES - The world’s oldest man, a retired chemist and parapsychologist, has died in New York City. Alexander Imich was 111. SENT: 130 words.

RECLUSE CABIN BURGLAR - Utah ‘Mountain Man’ set to take plea deals, begin prison time for string of cabin burglaries.. SENT: 690 words. UPCOMING: updates from hearing, time uncertain, photos.


HEALTHBEAT-ALZHEIMER’S - In one of the most ambitious attempts yet to thwart Alzheimer’s disease, a major study is underway to see if an experimental drug can protect outwardly healthy seniors whose brains harbor silent signs that they’re at risk. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2100 GMT, photo.


AUTOS-LIGHTENING UP — A roof made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers made of aluminum foam. While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 p.m., photos.

TYSON-HILLSHIRE - Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. wins a bidding war for Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, with a $63 per share offer. SENT: 350 words, photo.

MISSING WORKERS - The U.S. economy is rebounding, but the percentage of working-age people with jobs stays flat at 6 out of 10. SENT: 850 words, photo.

NABE-ECONOMY SURVEY - U.S. economic growth should accelerate in the second quarter and remain healthy for the rest of this year, according to a forecast by a group of U.S. business economists. Still, growth for the full year will likely come in lower than they previously estimated.


APPLE STOCK SPLIT-5 THINGS TO KNOW - Apple’s stock split may clear its way to join Dow Jones, plus four other things to know about the move. SENT: 680 words.

GAMES-E3-MICROSOFT - After reversing on several required features for the Xbox One, Microsoft will attempt to win back gamers at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday with a slate of titles including new “Halo” and “Fable” installments. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video. Developing from 1700 GMT presentation

GAMES-E3-SON - With sales of the PlayStation 4 topping both the Xbox One and Wii U, Sony was headed into a victory lap at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video. Developing from 9 p.m. presentation.


TRACY MORGAN-ACCIDENT - Tracy Morgan is recovering but is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks after having surgery on a broken leg suffered in a chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left two others critically injured and one dead. .SENT: 700 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: updates from trucker court hearing, time for which has not yet been set. Pool photos.

PEOPLE-CASEY KASEM - A Los Angeles judge will hear the latest in a family struggle over the medical care of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem and where he should live out his final days. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Developing from a 1:30 p.m. hearing.

TONY AWARDS - The Tonys are always one of the most entertaining award shows of the year, and this year again, it didn’t disappoint. SENT: 930 words, photos.

- TONY AWARDS-LIST - A list of winners in selected categories. SENT: 230 words, photo.

PEOPLE-SANDRA BULLOCK - Police say they arrested a burglar at the Los Angeles home of Sandra Bullock while the actress was there, but she wasn’t harmed. SENT: 140 words, photo.

MUSIC-BRAD PAISLEY - While it’s true patriotism means different things to different people in the U.S., Brad Paisley thinks we can all agree on one aspect: Military personnel should be treated with respect. SENT: 460 words, photos.


FASHION-HISTORY OF LINGERIE - From a 1770 corset to a 2014 bra-and-panty set in lacy stretch silk, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has taken on lingerie and ladies foundation garments as the focus of a new exhibition. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.


WCUP-BRAZIL-SUBWAY STRIKE - Brazilian police and striking subway workers clashed early Monday in a central commuter station, with union officials threatening to maintain the work stoppage through the World Cup opening match here this week. SENT: 420 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

WCUP-GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY - On technology now being able to signal if a goal has been made, being used for the first time. UPCOMING.

WCUP-ALL ABOUT THE BOOTS- Nike, adidas, Puma and other shoemakers are all trotting out new and innovative looks for this summer’s World Cup. SENT: 660 words, photos.

WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN-PHOTO GALLERY - The World Cup kicks off Thursday, and soccer fans from Rio de Janeiro’s slums to southern India’s playgrounds have been shining with their passion for the sport. SENT: 320 words, photos.

NCAA REFORM-O’BANNON TRIAL - Trial starts today in Oakland, California, on antitrust suit filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon. The case could reshape the way college sports is governed. This is first real challenge to NCAA’s authority. At issue is whether NCAA can use images of players in broadcasts and video games without paying players. NCAA contends its rules on “amateurism” prevent college sports from becoming a free-for-all. UPCOMING: Developing; timing TBD.


ISRAEL-BURNING MAN-PHOTO ESSAY - For the Bedouin Arab shepherds tending their flocks in Israel’s Negev desert last week, it was almost as if aliens had landed from outer space. Some 3,000 people set up a colorful encampment in the dusty moonscape, swinging from hoops by day and burning giant wooden sculptures by night. SENT: 300 words, photos.

WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN-PHOTO GALLERY - The World Cup kicks off Thursday, and soccer fans from Rio de Janeiro’s slums to southern India’s playgrounds have been shining with their passion for the sport. SENT: 320 words, photos.


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