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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

October 1, 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:

-EBOLA (sent; developing)






-BOND BUST FEARS (upcoming)



-FREE BIRTH CONTROL (hold for release)

-GLUTEN-CELIAC DISEASE (hold for release)






VIDEO - AFGHANISTAN_BOMBINGS (sent; with text and photos; LIBERIA_EBOLA (sent; with text and photos)(backslash); KINDERGARTEN CODING (sent; with text and photos); PERU-RESCUE (sent; with text and photo)


EBOLA - The Dallas area’s West African community grapples with news that the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, and seeks answers about whether medical officials could have made the diagnosis more quickly. SENT: 930 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 2000 GMT.

LIBERIA-EBOLA-TRANSPORTING THE SICK - There aren’t enough ambulances to transverse the rutted roads deep into the countryside where Ebola is ravaging. Even when ambulances can reach people, the fear of being transported to a facility where more than half leave in body bags is enough to keep some from going. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos

- EBOLA Q&A - U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened. SENT: 620 words.

- EBOLA-FIVE THINGS TO KNOW - Five things to know about the first Ebola case in the U.S. SENT: 260 words, photo.

- EBOLA-TIMELINE - A timeline for first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. SENT: 70 words, photo.


HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST - Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warn that if the territory’s leader doesn’t resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings. SENT: 370 words, photos, video, audio.

CHINA-PROTESTS-MAINLANDERS - As China’s government censors work to stop news on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests from spreading around the country, scores of mainland Chinese are witnessing the political crisis firsthand as they take advantage of China’s National Day holiday to visit for sightseeing and shopping. UPCOMING by 1400 GMT, 700 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE - The Pentagon grapples with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it operates under less restrictive targeting rules than those Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials. SENT: 990 words, photos.

SYRIA - Twin bombings near a school in central Syria killed at least 17 people on Wednesday, including 10 children, as gruesome images appeared on social media networks purported to show Kurdish fighters slain at the hands of Islamic State militants during battles near Syria’s border with Turkey. SENT: 600 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN - Two suicide bombers in the Afghan capital target two buses carrying Afghan army troops, killing seven and wounding 21 people, police say. SENT: 390 words, photos, video.

APNEWSBREAK: GERMANY-NAZIS - The Simon Wiesenthal Center identifies dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation, The Associated Press learns. SENT: 480 words.

SAUDI-REMAKING MECCA - Muslims flowing here from around the world for the annual hajj pilgrimage are coming to a Mecca undergoing the biggest transformation in its history, shaped by Saudi Arabia’s rulers. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

SKOREA-FERRY’S LAST VICTIMS - In a gym where relatives of 10 missing from S. Korean ferry wait, agony endures as crowds fade. SENT: 1,370 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 700 words also moved.

PERU-TRAPPED IN CAVE - A Spanish speleologist has been rescued in Peru after 12 days trapped about 400 meters (1,300 feet) underground in a cave in Peru’s remote Amazon region. SENT: 130 words, photo, video.

IRELAND-SECRET IRA GRAVES - Forensic experts searching for the long-hidden graves of Irish Republican Army victims found the remains Wednesday of a body during a month-long search, the latest in a long line of grim discoveries that seek to resolve old grievances of the Northern Ireland conflict. SENT: 300 words.

NATO-STOLTENBERG - Former two-term Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg starts work Wednesday as NATO’s secretary general; he is expected to strike a more diplomatic tone on Ukraine, and other global flashpoints, than his tough-talking predecessor. SENT: 850 words, photos.

JAPAN-BULLET TRAIN - Zipping cross-country in a super-high speed train has become commonplace in many countries these days, but it was unheard of when Japan launched its Shinkansen bullet train 50 years ago Wednesday. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ALGERIA PRESIDENT - The absence of ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the aftermath of the kidnap and murder of a French hiker re-ignites the debate over his fitness to rule this oil-rich North African nation that is a key ally in the fight against terror. SENT: 720 words, photos.

BRAZIL-ELECTION-RELIGION -Brazil’s rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country’s tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal televangelists could be political power brokers. SENT: 970 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-SMALL COUNTRIES - Small countries’ voices and pleas at the U.N. General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting are almost always drowned out by the agendas of the big powers. SENT: 750 words, photos.

JAPAN-VOLCANO - A dozen more bodies are found near the ash-covered summit of a Japanese volcano as searches resumed amid concern of toxic gasses and another eruption. SENT: 210 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-COUNTERTERROR LAWS - The Australian Parliament passes counterterrorism laws that extend secret service powers despite concerns about its impact on press freedom. SENT: 410 words.

WAR CRIMES-KARADZIC - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insists he is innocent as his genocide trial nears end. SENT: 330 words, photo.

POLAND-GOVERNMENT - Poland’s new prime minister says she will work for a greater U.S. military presence in Poland. SENT: 140 words.

INDIA-TRAIN ACCIDENT - A train overshoots a stop signal and plows into another express passenger train in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens, officials say. SENT: 360 words.

PHILIPPINES-MARCOS WEALTH - The Philippine government has seized 15 paintings from the former home of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, part of efforts to recover 156 artworks — including ones by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Michelangelo — that are part of his alleged ill-gotten wealth, an official says. SENT: 400 words.

PHILIPPINES-UN PEACEKEEPERS - The Philippine president says his government would no longer deploy peacekeepers in “impossible” missions like the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by Syrian insurgents. SENT: 410 words, photos.

CHINA-PIGEON THREAT - The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony for China’s National Day undergo unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials. SENT: 470 words, photo.


OBAMA-SECRET SERVICE - Frustration is growing at the White House over the Secret Service’s botched response to a security breach that has put Obama in an awkward position. After rushing to the Secret Service’s defense, the White House is now forced to explain why the agency repeatedly provided misleading or inaccurate information about the fence-jumper whose jaunt through the executive mansion has raised serious concerns about the president’s security. Yet it would be unseemly for Obama to be seen second-guessing the men and women charged with protecting him and his family. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

SECRET SERVICE: The Army veteran accused of jumping the White House fence and running into the White House appears before a federal magistrate. SENT: 690 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1730 GMT court appearance, 400 words by 2100 GMT, photo.

UNITED STATES-ISRAEL - Obama and Netanyahu meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel’s summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders; the discussion is expected to focus on U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran. ENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1520 GMT meeting, 650 words by 2000 GMT, photo.

SUPREME COURT-GAY MARRIAGE - The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now. SENT: 510 words.

OBAMA-MIDTERM-MESSAGE - Obama’s escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign, forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages. SENT: 780 words.

TALIBAN-TERROR CHARGES - Irfan Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan with a wife and two children, spent 319 days in solitary confinement accused of sending cash to the Taliban before federal prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges in June 2012. Now Irfan Khan is suing the U.S. government, accusing authorities of essentially manufacturing a non-existent case against him. UPCOMING: Photos, video, 800 words by 1800 GMT.

BELL GARDENS MAYOR SHOT - The wife suspected of shooting and killing the mayor of a Los Angeles County city has been released after hours of questioning, authorities said. SENT: 310 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CARTER-BIRTHDAY - Former President Jimmy Carter celebrates his 90th birthday at the Carter Center in Atlanta. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1800 GMT.

OBIT-JERRIE MOCK - The first female pilot to fly solo around the world has died. Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock was 88. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.


CODING FOR KINDERGARTNERS - Researchers at two Massachusetts universities have created the first programming language designed specifically for children aged 7 years and younger. SENT: 430 words, photos, video.

DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-MOBILE PAYMENTS - Here are some of the challenges Apple Pay, PayPal and others face before mobile payments can take off. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1900 GMT.


BOND BUST FEARS - A bottleneck is building in the global market for bonds. Main Street investors have poured a trillion dollars into bonds since the financial crisis, helping to send prices soaring. As fund managers and regulators fret about an inevitable sell-off, the bigger fear is that when people go to unload, there won’t be anyone to buy. UPCOMING: 1,600 words by noon, photos, glance. Abridged version also UPCOMING: 880 words.

EBAY-WHAT’S NEXT FOR PAYPAL? - Will a single PayPal court smaller rivals or become a takeover target for the likes of Google? SENT: 500 words, photo.

CHINA-SPARKLING WINE - A French company has bet on bubbly in China, starting sales this month of bottles from the mainland’s first foreign-owned winery devoted to sparkling wine. SENT: 500 words, photos.


MONARCH BUTTERFLIES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT) - NEW YORK — Monarch butterflies are famous for migrating from the U.S. and Canada to Mexico for the winter. Now a surprising study suggests the species itself also started out in North America some 2 million years ago. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 1700 GMT, 130 words, photos


GLUTEN-CELIAC DISEASE (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT) - Two studies give disappointing news for parents looking for a way to prevent celiac disease in babies at higher risk for it because of family history. Neither breast-feeding nor timing the start of gluten-containing foods made a difference in whether a child develops the problem. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT: 500 words.


FIRST LADIES-FASHION: Michelle Obama went under Tim Gunn’s fashion microscope and got an approving nod, but not all first ladies fared as well — Hillary Rodham Clinton among them. SENT: 420 words, photos.


MICHAEL PHELPS ARREST - Olympic champion Michael Phelps is facing five traffic charges, including three involving drunken driving, after being pulled over by police in Baltimore. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

JETER WEBSITE - Derek Jeter is joining media with a new website devoted to delivering athletes’ “unfiltered” views to the fans. The Players Tribune is being billed as a digital company that will offer unique access to top athletes in every sport — from videos to photos to podcasts and more — without having to deal with reporters to do it. SENT: 340 words, photo.


TV-GAY CHARACTERS - Television has increased and improved its depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters, with the edge going to cable and the Internet over broadcast networks, according to a study released Wednesday. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FILM-THE GOOD LIE - Emmanuel Jal couldn’t cry on command. It wasn’t until he recalled his own past as a child soldier in Sudan that he was able to weep on set. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

MUSIC-JOHN MELLENCAMP - John Mellencamp feels he has some impressive co-writers for his latest songs, like playwright Tennessee Williams and folk legend Pete Seeger. That they’re both dead doesn’t really matter. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MUSIC-LADY ANTEBELLUM - Before singer Charles Kelley and his Lady Antebellum bandmates started writing songs for their new album, Kelley’s wife, Cassie, advised him to take a few chances rather than stick to the minimal, mellow sound that dominated their last few albums. SENT: 400 words, photos.

PEOPLE-LENA DUNHAM - Lena Dunham has her first reading in New York City after the release of her new book, “Not That Kind Of Girl.” SENT: 400 words, photos.

THEATER-FROM HERE TO ETERNITY - Tim Rice is hoping his musical “From Here to Eternity” doesn’t take an eternity to get to Broadway. UPCOMING: 700 words by 10 a.m., photos.

PEOPLE-GLORIA STEINEM - Gloria Steinem says that if anything good has come from the NFL’s domestic violence scandal, it’s that we’re actually talking about domestic violence. SENT: 330 words, photos.

PEOPLE-FELICITY HUFFMAN - Felicity Huffman says she hopes her new “American Crime” role will get people to stop thinking of her as Lynette Savo of “Desperate Housewives.” ENT: 250 words, photos.

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