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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

November 4, 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:


-- ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)


-- MEXICO VIOLENCE (sent; developing)




-- FALL ART AUCTIONS (developing)


-- TV-AWKWARD ROB LOWE (upcoming)


VIDEO: ELECTION coverage (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):


US--ELECTION - Americans vote in a midterm election that has been cast as a referendum on President Barack Obama and that is all but certain to give opposition Republicans control of both chambers of Congress.


ISLAMIC STATE - Islamic State militants tortured and abused Kurdish children captured earlier this year near the northern Syrian town of Kobani, beating them with hoses and electric cables, an international rights group said Tuesday. Meanwhile, Shiites commemorate one of their holiest religious rituals amid tight security in Lebanon and Iraq over fears of attacks by the Islamic state as they observe Ashoura for the first time since the Sunni extremists seized chunks of Syria and much of northern and western Iraq. SENT: 820 words, photo. Incorporates BC-ML--Syria. UPCOMING: Developing.

ASHOURA PHOTO GALLERY - Shiites in this southern Lebanese town and around the world commemorate with rituals of self-flagellation the death in seventh century of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein, outside Karbala Iraq. A look at how the commemoration is marked throughout the region. UPCOMING. Also listed in PHOTOGRAPHY section below.

ISLAMIC STATE-KURDISH JIHADIS - Extremists from the Islamic State group fighting Kurds in and around their Syrian town of Kobani are now relying on allied members of the ethnic group to share their knowledge of the local terrain and language, Kurdish and Iraqi officials say. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

SYRIA-FUN AMID WAR - Syria’s better-offs attend costume parties, amusement parks, seeking relief as war grinds on,. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PORT TO JIHAD - Old Navy port trying to prevent more Muslims from traveling to Syria to join Islamic State. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

EBOLA-THE OTHER EMERGENCY The Ebola outbreak has spawned a “silent killer,” experts say: hidden cases of malaria, pneumonia, typhoid and the like that are going untreated because people in the countries hardest hit by Ebola either cannot find an open clinic or are too afraid to go to one. The World Health Organization calls it an “emergency within the emergency.” UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

EBOLA-WEST AFRICA - A group of aid agencies says that thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them. SENT: 130 words.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE - Federal police early Tuesday detained the former mayor of the southern Mexican city of Iguala, who officials say ordered the Sept. 26 attacks on teachers’ college students that left six dead and 43 missing. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SRI LANKA-MUDSLIDE - Sri Lanka has confirmed that at least 10 people died and 28 are still missing from a mudslide last week at a tea plantation, as officials began using voting and school records to count how many more people may be buried under the mud. SENT: 130 words.

VATICAN-RIGHT TO DIE - The Vatican’s top bioethics official calls “reprehensible” the suicide of an American woman suffering terminal brain cancer who died by suicide. SENT: 130 words.

ZAMIBIA-RIOTS - Zambia’s acting president on Tuesday rescinded his decision to dismiss the ruling party’s chief in a bid to defuse a political conflict that triggered overnight riots. SENT: 460 words.

UKRAINE - The leader of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine was sworn in Tuesday as head of a self-declared secessionist territory following an election that was condemned by the West as illegal and destabilizing. SENT: 310 words, photos.

- NUCLEAR SECURITY-RUSSIA - Russia boycotting planning meeting for Obama-initiated 2016 nuclear security summit. SENT: 590 words.

GERMANY-BERLIN WALL-TWIN TOWNS - Division of twin German towns tells the tale of a fractured nation now reunited. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IRAN-US - Thousands of Iranians chanted “Down with America” at a major anti-U.S. rally on Tuesday marking the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, just days ahead of a key meeting between the two nations’ top diplomats over Iran’s controversial nuclear program. SENT: 550 words, photos.

HONG KONG-WOMEN KILLED - Slayings of Indonesian women shock orderly Hong Kong while family, officials seek answers. SENT: 550 words, photos

BURKINA FASO-POLITICS - International envoys tried Tuesday to resolve Burkina Faso’s political crisis, with the specter of a power vacuum looming after the country’s longtime president fled last week. SENT: 410 words, photos.

PISTORIUS TRIAL - Prosecutors filed appeal papers Tuesday against the verdict and sentence, the initial step in a process that could see the Olympic runner convicted of murder for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. SENT: 380 words, photos.

THAILAND-MONARCHY - A Thai court has sentences a university student to 2 1/2 years in prison for posting a message on Facebook that the court said insulted the country’s king. SENT: 400 words.

JAPAN-CHINA-CORAL POACHING - Japan’s foreign minister urges China to take measures to stop Chinese fishermen from poaching red coral in Japanese waters. SENT: 170 words.

THAILAND-FLOATING LANTERNS - Revelers in northern Thailand have been asked not to launch lanterns into the sky near airports to avoid airborne accidents during a popular festival this week, airport officials say. SENT: 220 words, photos.

PERU-DIRTY WAR VICTIMS-PHOTO ESSAY - AP PHOTOS: A generation after they died defending village, 3 Peruvian highlanders reburied. SENT: 320 words, 19 photos. Also listed in PHOTOGRAPHY section below.


BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S SISTER — A sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in court in a case in which she’s accused of misleading a police detective who was investigating a counterfeit bill used at a local restaurant. SENT: 270 words. UPCOMING: update from 400 words by 1800 GMT, photo.

NSA SURVEILLANCE COURT - A conservative gadfly lawyer who has made a career of skewering Democratic administrations is taking his battle against the NSA’s telephone surveillance program to a federal appeals court. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2000 GMT.

NUCLEAR MISSTEPS- Adding to signs of distress in the nuclear force, the Air Force fired two commanders and disciplined a third in response to internal investigations of leadership lapses and misbehavior at two of its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases. SENT: 940 words, photo.


BRITAIN-TERROR - U.S.-based social media have become “command-and-control networks” for terrorists and criminals, and tech companies are in denial about their misuse, the new head of Britain’s electronic eavesdropping agency said. SENT: 300 words, photos.

EARNS-ALIBABA - Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba’s second-quarter net income fell 39 percent as it spent more on acquiring businesses and investing in its mobile business and marketing, but its revenue surged 54 percent on strong user demand. SENT: 330 words.

THAILAND-PIRATE BAY - One of the founders of popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested under an Interpol warrant as he was crossing into Thailand from Laos, police said Tuesday. SENT: 460 words, photo.


WEALTH GAP-EMIRATES - A lifetime of generous perks help cushion a vast wealth gap in the United Arab Emirates. SENT: 1,200 words, 17 photos.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-FINE — The federal government is suing Southwest Airlines Co. after failing to reach a settlement with the carrier over allegations that repairs to dozens of planes didn’t meet safety standards. The lawsuit seeks to enforce $12 million in civil penalties that the Federal Aviation Administration announced in late July. SENT: 340 words. First sent late Monday night.

FORD-RECALLS — Ford is recalling more than 202,000 vehicles in North America to fix gas leaks, air bag sensors, stalling and other issues. The largest of five recalls announced affects about 135,000 F-150 pickups and Ford Flex family haulers from the 2014 model year. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

EUROPE-ECONOMY - The European Union cuts its already low economic growth forecasts further, indicating the recovery will remain sluggish amid problems for the biggest economies, particularly France and Germany. SENT: 640 words, photos.


TV-AWKWARD ROB LOWE - Shy bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a commercial where a “painfully awkward” Rob Lowe complains he can’t urinate in public. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1600 GMT.

FILM-DISNEY PRINCESS PROGRESS - A Disney princess no longer needs a prince to experience true love. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

FALL ART AUCTIONS - New York City’s auctions of Impressionist and modern art get underway Tuesday with two rare blue chip offerings. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1700 GMT, will be updated to 500 words.

FILM-EDDIE REDMAYNE - The euphoria of landing the part of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking for the upcoming “The Theory of Everything” lasted “a millisecond” for Eddie Redmayne. Then came the overwhelming fear. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1700 GMT, photos

BOOKS-PAUL SIMON - After decades of telling his story through music, Paul Simon is ready to rely on words alone. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MUSIC-CMA PREDICTIONS - Will tough-chic Miranda Lambert successfully crash the boys’ club at this year’s Country Music Awards? Probably so. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2100 gmt, photos.

MUSIC-BMI COUNTRY AWARDS - Vince Gill will be honored as an icon at BMI’s 62nd Annual Country Awards, which honors the songwriters and publishers of the top BMI country songs from the past year. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

OSCARS-GOVERNORS AWARDS-O’HARA - Though her most recent acting credit was more than a dozen years ago, Maureen O’Hara loves acting so much, she’d take on a role anytime. O’Hara is among this year’s recipients of honorary Academy Awards. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

MUSIC-NICK JONAS - A squeaky-clean member of the Jonas Brothers no more, Nick Jonas is embracing his solo career and beefed-up image makeover. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-THE ROOTS - The Roots are tapping into their resources after learning $1.1 million was cut from the budget of the hip-hop band’s alma mater in Philadelphia. SNET: 300 words, photos.


BEIJING-2022 BID - The new front-runner to host the 2022 Winter Olympics doesn’t have a long winter sports tradition. But what increasingly matters in the race for the 2022 Games is money, and China has plenty of that. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.


ASHOURA PHOTO GALLERY - Shiites in this southern Lebanese town and around the world commemorate with rituals of self-flagellation the death in seventh century of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein, outside Karbala Iraq. A look at how the commemoration is marked throughout the region. UPCOMING. Also listed in WORLD section above.

PERU-DIRTY WAR VICTIMS-PHOTO ESSAY - AP PHOTOS: A generation after they died defending village, 3 Peruvian highlanders reburied. SENT: 320 words, 19 photos. Also listed in WORLD section above.

ISRAEL-RHINO MASK - Israeli specialists are easing the suffering of a two-ton rhinoceros with a chronic eye infection by creating a “no-fly zone” with a custom mask. SENT: 230 words, photos.

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