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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

April 24, 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 1445 GMT:


— AFGHANISTAN (sent, developing)


— OBAMA (sent, developing)

— UKRAINE (sent, developing)


— CAPTURED SOLDIER (sent, developing)


—INTERNET NEUTRALITY (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:


AFGHANISTAN — An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.

OBAMA — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea Friday, he will be thrust once again into the role of consoler-in-chief in times of crisis, a responsibility he has become accustomed to in the United States. South Korea and its president have been consumed by a ferry disaster that may have resulted in more than 300 deaths, a tragedy that is expected to cloud Obama’s security and economic agenda during his meetings in Seoul. SENT, 1,076 words, photos, audio, video. 1,000 words by 1800 GMT.

UKRAINE — Russia’s defense minister on Thursday announced new military exercises along the Ukrainian border just hours after Ukrainian troops killed at least two pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine. SENT: 980 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words with new approach by 1700 GMT.

EGYPT — An Islamic militant group in Egypt has claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed a senior police officer the day before. SENT: 130 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israeli foreign minister says peace deal is ‘impossible’ after Palestinian unity agreement. SENT: 130 words, photo.

SKOREA-SHIP SINKING — Students in the city hit hardest by the South Korean ferry disaster returned to classes, their school campus a tragic landscape of yellow ribbons, chrysanthemums and photos of classmates and teachers who make up the vast majority of the more than 300 people feared dead. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SKOREA-TRAUMATIZED NATION — Jokes and concerts are out. So are school field trips and boisterous cheering at baseball games. As South Korea mourns one of its worst-ever disasters, a ferry sinking on April 16 that likely killed more than 300 people, most of them high school students, anything deemed frivolous or fun is frowned upon. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

VATICAN-PAPAL RELICS — Inside a chapel on the edges of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter’s Square. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

VATICAN-RELICS IN HISTORY — Saint’s chin, liquefying blood: Religious relics tempt and fascinate throughout the ages. SENT: 580 words, photo.

COSTA RICA-US-CUBAN TWITTER — The Costa Rican government says it’s waiting for the U.S. to explain why it launched the secret “Cuban Twitter” network from inside the Central American nation’s borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize diplomatic relations SENT: 560 words, photo

IRAQ — A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest episode in an uptick in violence in the run-up to next week’s parliamentary elections. SENT: 320 words, photos.

BRITAIN-SYRIA — UK police seek to discourage British youths from going to Syria to support rebels. SENT: 130 words.

SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudan’s president replaces longtime army leader, who was from same ethnic group as rebels. SENT: 130 words.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS LAWSUIT — Tiny Pacific nation sues world’s 9 nuclear-armed powers, demanding disarmament action. SENT: 900 words, photo.

PAKISTAN — A bombing in southern Pakistan killed a police officer known for his anti-militant campaigns and three other people while army officials said the Pakistani air force carried out airstrikes against insurgents in a northwestern tribal region, killing 16 militants. SENT: 460 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ARAB WOMEN-SOCCER — When the Israeli women’s soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel’s national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that sets the team apart from many of its rivals — he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel. SENT: 420, photos.

AUSTRALIA-ROYALS — Britain’s Prince William bid farewell to Australia in the only speech of his national tour, revealing that his baby son George had become particularly fond of a toy native animal during the visit. SENT: 130 words, photos.

CHINA-DEFENSE-SURGING SPENDING — China’s navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation. SENT: 870 words, photos.

INDIA ELECTIONS — Hundreds of Kashmiri protesters hurled rocks at polling stations in the disputed Himalayan territory and shouted “Down with India!” on a major day of voting in the country’s general election. SENT: 370 words, photos.

NEPAL-EVEREST AVALANCHE — With the Mount Everest climbing season increasingly in doubt, Nepalese tourism officials traveled to base camp to negotiate with Sherpas who want to walk off the job after an avalanche killed 16 of the mountain guides. SENT: 820 words, photos.

BRITISH COLUMBIA QUAKE — A magnitude 6.6 quake was recorded in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center said. SENT: 230 words.

GREECE-SHIP SINKS — Greek rescue teams are searching for three people reported missing after a cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete. 70 words.

EUROPE ECONOMY — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank’s rate-setting council should publish a written account of its deliberations — without names. SENT: 130 words.

OBAMA-NKOREA — Obama says he’s not optimistic North Korea will stop behaving irresponsibly in the near future. SENT: 140 words, photo.

CHINA-JAPAN-SEIZED BOAT — China court frees Japanese freight boat after owner pays debt dating back more than seven decades. SENT: 300 words.

NETHERLANDS-UNILEVER — Unilever PLC, the maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, said that the stronger euro dented its revenues in the first quarter of the year. SENT: 240 words.

CAMILLA’S BROTHER — Camilla ‘utterly devastated’ by death of brother who fell in New York, suffering head injury. SENT: 330 words, photos.

JAPAN-BITCOIN — Bankruptcy proceedings have begun for the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange, a move that was widely expected after the Tokyo District Court decided earlier this month that the company would not be able to resurrect itself. SENT: 200 words.

BANGLADESH-BUILDING COLLAPSE — One year after horrific garment factory collapse, Bangladeshi workers skeptical of promises. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CHINA-PETITIONING REFORM — China wants citizens’ complaints solved locally, bans direct petitioning of central government. SENT: 680 words.

MALI-RESTORING MAUSOLEUMS — Roofs are torn off, mud bricks are strewn about and walls barely rise from the desert dunes where Timbuktu’s storied mausoleums used to stand. Masons who started work to restore the mausoleums are worried that the coming rains could wreak even more damage on the buildings. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 1700 GMT.


FDA-ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words by 2000 GMT.

FDA-TOBACCO — The federal government wants to extend its oversight of tobacco to include cigars, hookah, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products. SENT: 130 words.

MARKET WINNERS-2014 — Financial markets rarely stick to the script, and this year is no different. Investments traditionally considered safe bets such as utilities, gold and government bonds were supposed to flop in 2014 as investors started to pour money into higher-risk, higher-growth stocks that would benefit from a pickup in the economy. SENT: 920 words, photos.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surges 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter. SENT: 370 words, photo, glance.


CAPTURED SOLDIER — The captors of an American soldier held for five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unsure who in the U.S. government has the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals involved in seeking his release. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

KENNEDY-HILLARY CLINTON — Caroline Kennedy says she hopes Clinton will run for president but she needs to decide soon. SENT: 110 words.

SENATE-FOREIGN POLICY — Speaking loudly on foreign policy are fresh voices from a new generation in the U.S. Senate, Republicans and Democrats who reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America’s next moves. Taking center stage from long-dominant committee chairmen forged by the Cold War and Vietnam who offer more nuanced views on topics like Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and the war on terror. UPCOMING, 900 words, photos, by 2030 GMT.

HAGEL — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has daylong meetings with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts, ending in mid-afternoon with a news conference. UPCOMING, 300 words by 1600 GMT.


TEEN STOWAWAY-HAWAII — A security video shows the California boy who survived stowing away on a jetliner dangling his feet from the aircraft’s wheel well after arriving in Hawaii, before jumping 8 to 10 feet to the ground and collapsing, an airport official says. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.

HOMELESS IN DISNEY’S SHADOW — In the shadow of Disney, homeless families struggle and turn to mom-and-pop hotels as shelter. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.

US-MARIJUANA-TAXES-MONEY SHIFT — Colorado lawmakers are flush with marijuana cash and want to leverage millions in taxes from the newly legal drug to attract matching federal Medicaid dollars by using an accounting shift that the sponsor jokingly calls “money laundering.” UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon.

GMO LABELING-VERMONT — Vermont lawmakers have passed the country’s first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea. SENT: 890 words, photo.

MURDER-EXONERATION — The seeks since Jonathan Fleming was cleared of the murder that put him behind bars for almost 25 years have been a mix of emotional highs, technological wonderment and financial uncertainty, he tells The Associated Press. SENT: 780 words, photos.

WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE-FABLED FISH — As search crews look for two people still missing following a tragic Washington state mudslide, scientists are closely monitoring how the avalanche has affected federally endangered fish runs. SENT: 900 words, photos

BIG RIDERS-BIG HORSES — Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain. SENT: 790 words, photos, video

HEALTH OVERHAUL-OREGON — A committee is poised to make a final recommendation on what to do with Oregon’s botched health insurance exchange portal. SENT: 430 words, photos.

FORD-ATTEMPTED ASSASSIN-TAPES — Nearly 40 years after a former Manson family member pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, the audiotape from her pretrial psychiatric examination has been made public. SENT: 270 words.

WYOMING-PLANT EXPLOSION —Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming. SENT: 460 words, photo.

EXECUTION DRUGS-OKLAHOMA LAWSUIT —The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them back on track to be executed as early as next week. SENT: 670 words.

FETUSES-ELECTRICITY — An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it’s been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia. SENT: 450 words.

HOT SAUCE CONTROVERSY — A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear. SENT: 140 words, photos.

SOLDIER-MURDER CHARGES — Former soldier testifies that teenage brothers in Iraq posed no threat before killing. SENT: 950 words.

NUKE REPOSITORY-RADIATION — Report cites poor management and eroding safety culture for nuke dump radiation release. SENT: 490 words, photos.

MISSISSIPPI GRASSROOTS PROTESTS — In conservative Mississippi, some business owners who support equal treatment for gays and lesbians are pushing back against a new law that bans government from limiting the free practice of religion. Critics fear the vaguely written law will prompt authorities to look away from anti-gay actions carried out in the name of religious beliefs. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1800 GMT.


INTERNET NEUTRALITY — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called “last mile” connection to people’s homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don’t harm competition or limit free speech. SENT: 510 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT.


PHELPS COMEBACK — Michael Phelps is returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist will swim the 100-meter butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix. SENT: 570 words, photos, video, audio.

YANKEES-RED SOX FOLO — The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda’s neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble. He got both. The Yankees’ right-hander spoke quietly after being ejected in the second inning of the Red Sox 5-1 win over New York on Wednesday night, and vowed never to use a foreign substance in a game again. SENT: 860 words, photos.

COLLEGE ATHLETES-UNION — After weeks of campaigning by pro- and anti-union forces, Northwestern football players are scheduled to cast ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first college athlete’s union. The outcome, however, could be sealed for months as the debate over the POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

FASHION-KATE’S WHIRLWIND WARDROBE — Highlights of Kate Middleton’s outfits during her royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in the company of her husband and baby son. By Sylvia Hui. SENT: 600 words, photos.


EBERT STATUE — Visitors to the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual “Ebertfest” film festival Roger Ebert started now may feel like they saw him at the movies — in the form of a bronze statue outside the building. SENT: 500 words, photos.

MARC ANTHONY — Marc Anthony’s latest Spanish-language album 3.0 is a hit, and his single “Vivir mi vida” topped the charts for 18 months. Now he wants to reconquer a broader market with a new project in English. SENT: 130 words.

NKOREA’S POP QUEENS — Step aside, Sea of Blood Opera. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s favorite guitar-slinging, miniskirt-sporting girl group, the Moranbong Band, is back. And these ladies know how to shimmy. After a six-month hiatus, the queens of North Korea’s pop scene are once again playing to standing-room-only crowds and rave reviews in the state media. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

TV-HBO-OLIVER — John Oliver, the former “Daily Show” featured player who debuts his new HBO topical series, “Last Week Tonight,” on Sunday, is intensely loyal to Jon Stewart, recognizes Stewart’s role in giving him the opportunity to get ahead and sought the Comedy Central host’s blessing to move to HBO. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SUMMER PREVIEW-THE A-LISTER — Melissa McCarthy talks about making a comedy with her husband in the film “Tammy.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

MUSIC-FUTURE — Future thinks his new star-laden album “Honest” is a time capsule. “Ten years from now we’re going to be able to look back and say these were the hottest rappers, these were the hottest artists of that time,” he said. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon, photos.

BRITAIN-THEATER-PRIVACY — Is privacy dead? Millions of us share our everyday movements and innermost thoughts on social media, our mobile phones track us everywhere we go — and government snoops hoover up vast amounts of data on their citizens. These unsettling issues are explored in “Privacy,” probably the first play to open with a request that audience members keep their smartphones switched on. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

JAZZ FEST AT 45 — New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival producer Quint Davis says he’s in awe of the longevity and growth of the event, which started in 1970. UPCOMING: 500 words by 200 GMT.


PHELPS COMEBACK — Michael Phelps ends 20-month retirement with return to pool in 100 butterfly. SENT: 570 words, photos, video, audio.

YANKEES-RED SOX FOLO — Yankees’ Michael Pineda vows not to do it again being ejected for using pine tar in 5-1 loss to Red Sox


10 THINGS TO SEE — A gallery of lasting moments our editors think you should see. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by noon.

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