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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

April 9, 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. EDT:

-- POLICE OFFICER-FATAL SHOOTING (sent; developing); also POLICE OFFICER-FATAL SHOOTING-THE LATEST, a running format in parallel with the mainbar.


-- SYRIA (sent; developing)

-- YEMEN (sent; developing)

-- FRANCE-NETWORK HACKED (sent; developing)

-- ITALY-COURTHOUSE SHOOTING (sent; developing)


-- SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing)

-- COST OF AGING (upcoming)


-- COST OF AGING (upcoming)

-- MASTERS (sent; developing)




-- COST OF AGING (upcoming)




-- BLUE BELL-LISTERIOSIS (sent; developing)

-- SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing)

-- WASH YOUR CAR (sent)



-- TV-SAVAGE COMEDY (upcoming)












POLICE OFFICER-FATAL SHOOTING coverage (sent; developing)

US VETERANS WAIT TIME - sent; with text noted below.




CIVIL WAR-150TH-APPOMATTOX (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 EDT):




AP EXCLUSIVE: POLICE OFFICER-FATAL SHOOTING - The white South Carolina police officer charged with murder for shooting an unarmed black man in the back was allowed to stay on the force despite a 2013 complaint that he used excessive force against another unarmed black man. SENT: 1,280 words, photos, interactive. TOP VIDEO: - US SC POLICE AUDIO 20150409cr - Graphic: Police radio traffic in fatal shooting. UPCOMING: Developing with more details on the officer, seeking more details about the traffic stop.

VETERANS-HEALTH CARE - A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists - and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms costing billions of dollars - government data show that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all. SENT: 3,200 words, photos, interactive, graphic. An abridged version of 900 words is also available. TOP VIDEO: - US VETERANS WAIT TIMES - Despite efforts, VA patients face long wait. With VETERANS-HEALTH CARE-WORST WAITS and VETERANS-HEALTH CARE-EXPLAINER.

POLICE OFFICER-FATAL SHOOTING-BODY CAMERAS - Video of fatal police shooting rekindles debate over required use of body cameras. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

POLICE SHOOTING-MENTALLY ILL MAN - Prosecutors are investigating the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man by a Florida police officer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

FATAL RUNDOWN - Judge to sentence 2 women in death of black man run over by truck in Mississippi. SENT: 340 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 10:30 a.m. hearing for Graves and 3 p.m. hearing for Richards.

SEVERE WEATHER - Forecasters warn hail, damaging winds, tornado or 2 possible over broad area of Midwest. SENT: 370 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

RUSSIA-BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - Tsarnaev relative in Russia says she doesn’t believe he carried out the Boston bombing. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: Photos. With mainbar coverage.

AARON HERNANDEZ - Two jurors have been questioned by the judge in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. SENT: 130 words, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. court session.

NUCLEAR WASTE-YUCCA MOUNTAIN - Visit by Congress group to Yucca Mountain in Nevada stirring talk about nuclear storage issue. SENT: 640 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

REAL ESTATE HEIR-WEAPONS CHARGES - Millionaire Durst back in court: Arraignment on Louisiana gun charges from March arrest. SENT: 530 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

PAMELA SMART-ACCOMPLICE - A second man who helped kill Pamela Smart’s husband in a case that inspired sensational media coverage has been granted parole in New Hampshire. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

INMATE SHOT IN FACE - Experts say the shotgun killing of a handcuffed Nevada inmate by a prison guard was a rare case given the fact that corrections officers typically do not carry guns. But the prison where the shooting happened has had a high propensity for firing shots - some 60 in a single year in 2011. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

TEXAS EXECUTION - A Texas prisoner on death row for the fatal shooting of a Dallas-area police officer outside a convenience store is headed for execution. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing; execution set for after 7 p.m.

CIVIL WAR 150TH-APPOMATTOX-THE LATEST - A rolling account of the reenactment of Lee’s last clash with Grant’s troops, followed by the Confederate’s surrender inside a Virginia farmhouse. Interspersed with historical accounts of the day. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

WASH YOUR CAR - If you live where salt is used to clear the roads of snow and ice, U.S. safety regulators have a message for you: Wash the underside of your car. SENT: 460 words, photo.

GRACIE MANSION-ASBESTOS - NYC officials: asbestos discovered in Gracie Mansion roof, mayor will remain during removal. SENT: 480 words, photos.

HAWAIIAN ARTIFACTS - Hawaiian king’s artifacts, lost in royal yacht’s shipwreck 191 years ago, returned home. SENT: 630 words, photos.




SYRIA - A senior Palestinian official said Thursday that an agreement has been reached with the Syrian government to use military force to expel Islamic State militants from an embattled Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

YEMEN - Iran’s president warns Saudi Arabia and its allies that their campaign in Yemen is a “mistake” and calls for a halt to the airstrikes targeting Iran-backed Shiite rebels. SENT: 630 words, photos.

FRANCE-NETWORK HACKED - Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group seize control of a French TV network, simultaneously blacking out 11 channels and taking over the network’s website and social media accounts. SENT: 800 words.

ITALY-COURTHOUSE SHOOTING - A gunman opens fire in a Milan courtroom, killing a judge and as many as two other people before being captured as he tried to flee on a motorbike, news reports and Italy’s interior minister says. SENT: 580 words, photos.

US-RUSSIA-SABER RATTLING - A year after Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine, U.S. forces in Europe are essentially back in a Cold War-like standoff. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 9 a.m., photos.

IRAN-NUCLEAR - Iran’s top leader stops short of giving his endorsement to the framework nuclear deal struck last week between Teheran and world powers, while the country’s president warns separately that Tehran’s approval of a final deal depends on the immediate lifting of all sanctions. SENT: 380 words, photo.

NKOREA-WEAPONIZING THE DOLLAR - A bill now making its way through Congress - and being watched closely in Pyongyang - is designed to shut off North Korea, and anyone who deals with it, from the U.S. dollar, the world’s most important currency. SENT: 880 words, photos.

EL SALVADOR-VIOLENCE - El Salvador had more homicides in March than any other single month in a decade, a dark moment that some attribute to the collapse of a gang truce, and the country is on pace to pass Honduras as the deadliest peace-time country in the world. SENT: 740 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Amnesty International says it has evidence that Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine have killed several captured government soldiers in gross violation of international humanitarian law. SENT: 390 words.

CHINA TIBET - Tibet’s Communist Party chief demands that monasteries must display Chinese flags to shore up patriotic drive that in the past has sparked protests in the restive Buddhist region. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 410 words.

EUROPOL-CYBERCRIME - Cybercrime fighters takes down Beebone botnet, seizing servers that enslaved 12,000 machines. SENT: 390 words.

JAPAN-GODZILLA - Godzilla appointed special resident, tourism ambassador in Tokyo; giant sculpted head unveiled. SENT: 440 words, photos.

BRITAIN-CHARLES AND CAMILLA - As Prince Charles and wife mark 10th anniversary, public has warmed to future queen Camilla. SENT: 730 words, photos

CHINA-MOCKING MAO - Chinese state TV host’s mocking remarks about Mao Zedong draw both criticism and applause. SENT: 540 words.

INDONESIA-STOWAWAY SUSPECT - Man suspected of stowing away in wheel well for 2-hour flight in Indonesia. SENT: 130 words.


CAMBODIA-THE FALL - Forty years after the U.S. withdrew from Cambodia and left it to the Khmer Rouge, time has not blunted the anger, guilt and crushing shame felt by then-Ambassador John Gunther Dean. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Dean says the U.S. “abandoned Cambodia and handed it over to the butcher.” By Denis Gray. UPCOMING: 2,100 words to move at 9 p.m. EDT Thursday, photos, video. A 1,220-word abridged version will also move.

-CAMBODIA-MEMORIES-ONE WHO LEFT: A snapshot of Cambodia’s fall, from a government minister evacuated by the United States in 1975. UPCOMING: 220 words by 9 p.m., photos.

-CAMBODIA-MEMORIES-DIPLOMAT: A look at the pullout from an American diplomat evacuated from the besieged capital of Phnom Penh in 1975. UPCOMING: 230 words by 9 p.m, photos.




IRAN-SNAPBACK SANCTIONS — Snap back? Not so fast. One of the biggest obstacles to an Iranian nuclear deal doesn’t even involve Iran, and instead concerns the Obama administration’s much-touted capacity to quickly re-impose sanctions if the Islamic Republic cheats. The issue leaves a giant question mark over what was supposed to be the biggest stick in an agreement designed to ensure Iran can’t develop nuclear weapons. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m.

OBAMA-CUBA - Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will seek to put a half-century of hostility between their countries behind them in an historic encounter in Panama. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

OBAMA - Opens a three-day trip to the Caribbean and Central America, hoping to capitalize on mutual needs in the face of expanding Chinese influence and weakening power by Venezuela, once the energy juggernaut of the Americas. SENT: 525 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 p.m.

BIDEN - He delivers an address on U.S. policy in Iraq at the National Defense University. UPCOMING: 350 words following address at 12:30 p.m.




2016-CAMPAIGN ROLLOUTS - You only get one Opening Day. For more than a dozen presidential hopefuls, a carefully choreographed campaign announcement will set the stage for what they hope will a triumphant march to the White House. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.

GOP 2016-PAUL - In his first 24 hours as a presidential candidate, Rand Paul lectured a reporter from NBC about how to ask a question, told another to print his “five-minute answer” when asked a simple question about abortion, and picked a fight on the issue with the chairwoman of the Democratic Party. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m.

GOP 2016-RUBIO - If he runs for president as expected, Sen. Marco Rubio will have a political committee ready to raise and spend unlimited cash on his behalf. SENT: 780 words, photo, interactive.




METHANE-HOT SPOT - THINGS TO KNOW - Scientists seek to pinpoint source of mysterious mass of methane hovering over Southwest. SENT: 510 words, photo.



COST OF AGING (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m. ) - One year in a nursing home now costs nearly as much as three years of tuition at a private college, according to a survey from insurance company Genworth. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m; 500 WORDS BY 4 p.m.

BLUE BELL-LISTERIOSIS - Number of people sickened by listeria outbreak tied to Blue Bell ice cream grows to eight. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: Developing.




HOW TO BUY AN APPLE WATCH - It’s not so simple: Your guide to trying on, ordering Apple Watch. SENT: 740 words, photos. With APPLE WATCH-CHOICES.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-NEW PHONE - Samsung is hoping to reverse its dimming smartphone fortunes with two new phones set for release in 20 countries on Friday.. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TECHBITS-GADGETS FOR SALE - Get ready to open your wallet. Apple Watch, MacBook, new Samsung and HTC One phones hit the market Friday. SENT: 700 words, photos.




WALGREENS-STORE CLOSINGS - Drugstore chain Walgreens aims to close about 200 US stores, expands cost-reduction plan. SENT: 380 words, photo.

FRANCE-PROTESTS - The Eiffel Tower closed, many school kids across France had no classes and air traffic controllers were staying off work Thursday in a nationwide day of protests and strikes to air an array of grievances against the government. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BRITAIN-OIL DISCOVERY - A British energy company says there is oil, and lots of it, near London’s Gatwick Airport. The question is how much of it can be pumped from the ground. SENT 450 words

ORLANDO TOURISM-RECORD - Orlando sets tourism record for 2014, was most-visited destination in the US, officials say. SENT: 130 words.




MASTERS - Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods - two players seemingly headed in opposite directions - are hogging all the headlines going into this year’s Masters. But let’s not forget the other potential contenders, a lengthy list led by defending champion Bubba Watson. SENT: 870 words, photos, interactive. UPCOMING: Play begins at 8 a.m.; will be updated throughout the day.




FILM-DIVERSITY-NOW WHAT? - The dearth of diversity in Hollywood was heavy on the film industry’s mind during awards season, but despite the record-breaking success of films like “Furious 7” and increased awareness of the industry’s white, male status quo, change won’t be seen on screen anytime soon. UPCOMING: 720 words by 2 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-THE ROLLING STONES - Mick Jagger and Keith Richards discuss The Rolling Stones’ upcoming stadium tour of North America. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m., photos.

TV-SAVAGE COMEDY - Conservative groups are trying to kill in the cradle a prospective ABC sitcom about a family upended when a teen-aged son comes out as gay because sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage is involved in the production. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.

BOOKS-MARIEL HEMINGWAY - In two new memoirs - one for adults, one for teens - Mariel Hemingway seeks to shine a light on her family’s dark history of addiction, alcoholism, mental illness and suicide, in the hopes of helping others to tell their stories and start to heal. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PEOPLE-SANDRA BULLOCK - Prosecutors detail evidence against a man arrested inside Sandra Bullock’s home last year. UPCOMING: 350 words. Developing from an 11:30 a.m. court hearing, photos.

GAMES-LEGO DIMENSIONS - The creators of the “Lego” video games are building their own rendition of a toys-to-life franchise. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games unveiled plans Thursday for “Lego Dimensions,” a game and toy line combining real-world Lego bricks and figures with virtual game worlds. SENT: 780 words, photos.

TV-100 MILES FROM NOWHERE - Video selfies by a tough trio of travelers on Animal Planet’s ’100 Miles from Nowhere’. SENT: 830 words, photo.

COACHELLA FASHION — Music is sharing the spotlight with fashion at the upcoming Coachella Music & Arts festival as runway shows and pop-up shops head to the Southern California desert to appeal directly to consumers. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

FILM-MURMER OF THE HEARTS — Veteran Taiwanese filmmaker Sylvia Chang is making a comeback after a seven-year hiatus with “Murmur of the Hearts.” SENT: 300 words, photos.

THEATER-39 STEPS — Billy Carter and Arnie Burton star in “39 Steps” on Broadway, a clever spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 movie thriller. SENT: 650 words, photos.



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