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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

August 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 1445 GMT:

--ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent, developing)


--UKRAINE (sent, developing)

--UGANDA-GAYS (sent)

--EBOLA TREATMENT (upcoming)

--EBOLA-PEACE CORPS (upcoming)

--LIBYA (sent, developing)

--CONGRESS (sent, developing)

--ECONOMY (sent)



VIDEO: ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent, with text); NY_WW1_AIRPLANES (sent, with text)

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:


ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been captured. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SAUDI ARABIA-GAZA — Saudi King Abdullah says Gaza war is a “collective massacre” and a “crime against humanity.” SENT: 140 words.

TAIWAN-GAS EXPLOSIONS — At least 25 people are killed and 267 injured when several underground gas explosions rip through Taiwan’s second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities say, as a search for the cause begins. SENT: 880 words, photos, videos.

-TAIWAN-GAS EXPLOSIONS-PHOTO GALLERY — City streets become trenches of destruction after gas explosions in Taiwan. SENT: 130 words, photos.

UGANDA-GAYS — Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay measure because of lack of quorum in parliament. SENT: 550 words.

EBOLA TREATMENT — A look at why 40 years after Ebola virus identified in Africa, there are no specific treatments or vaccines for the deadly disease. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

WEST AFRICA-EBOLA — West African leaders, world health officials meet to discuss ways to combat Ebola outbreak. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SOMALIA-SIERRA LEONE-EBOLA — Ebola fears nix Sierra Leone troop trip to Somalia; plans canceled by African Union. SENT: 100 words.

LIBYA — A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and claimed control of the city. SENT: 450 words, photos.

WWI-GREAT WAR STARTS — A Belgian cemetery is home to British Pvt. John Parr, who set off on the lookout for German troops in August 1914 and became known as the first Commonwealth soldier to die on the Western Front of World War I, and another private shot and killed on the last day of the war. SENT: 830 words, photos.

UKRAINE — Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors nonetheless set off for a second day at the crash site. SENT: 370 words, photos.

SYRIA-SEXUAL EXPLOITATION — Syrian women and girls grow more vulnerable to sexual exploitation in Lebanon as their exile drags out and poverty increases, relief workers and refugee women say. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

POLAND-WARSAW UPRISING — Poland honors fighters on 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising against Nazi Germans. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. ceremony.

UKRAINE — Ukraine: Jet crash investigators set up base near wreckage ahead of grid search for victims. SENT: 730 words, photos.

RUSSIA-GREENPEACE — Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise on its way back to Amsterdam after Russian ordeal. SENT: 230 words, photos.

GERMANY-HOUSE OF ONE — A rabbi, an imam and a priest start praying together under the same roof. It may sound like the start of a joke, but could soon be reality in Berlin. The three men of faith are working together to establish a common house of worship — the “House of One” — in the center of the capital that will include a church, a mosque and a synagogue as well as a joint meeting hall at the center of the building. SENT: 620 words, photos.

INDIA-LANDSLIDE — Thick mud, rain hamper use of sniffer dogs, life-detecting equipment after India landslide. SENT: 250 words, photos, video.

IRAQ — Top Shiite cleric appeals to Iraq’s politicians to allow peaceful transition of power. SENT: 740 words, photos.

EUROPE-FOREIGN POLICY — Amid Russia crisis, Italy and Poland compete for position of new EU foreign policy chief. SENT: 130 words.

JAPAN-NAMING ISLANDS — Japan said Friday that it will name five uninhabited islands as part of a group in the East China Sea, a move likely to spark anger from other claimants China and Taiwan. SENT: 390 words, photos.

VIETNAM-JAPAN-PATROL BOATS — Japan will provide Vietnam six vessels as part of a grant aid package that will boost Hanoi’s maritime security patrol capacity. SENT: 320 words, photo.

MACAU-CASINO REVENUE — After years of growth, Macau casino revenue falls for 2nd month as China graft clampdown bites. SENT: 280 words.

SOUTH AFRICA-GIRAFFE HIT — Giraffe dies after head hits overpass during truck transport on South African highway. SENT: 130 words.

EUROPE-WOMEN-VIOLENCE — European convention to fight violence against women comes into force. SENT: 310 words.

WORLD TRADE DEAL — World Trade Organization’s deal goes back to drawing board for ‘new phase’ of uncertainty. SENT: 340 words, photos.

FRANCE-CONVICTED TRADER — Prosecutors file quick appeal after judge says convicted French rogue trader can go free. SENT: 130 words.

VATICAN-POPE-LUNCH — Pope slips out of Vatican for another surprise luncheon, visiting fellow Jesuits on feast day. SENT: 130 words.

SLOVENIA-JANSA — Slovenia ex-premier granted prison furlough for parliament session amid divisions over seat. SENT: 120 words.

BRITAIN-BANKSY DEFACED — Banksy ‘Spy Booth’ artwork at center of preservation campaign defaced by vandal. SENT: 130 words, photos.

FAEROE ISLANDS-WHALES — Former ‘Baywatch’ star Anderson calls on Faeroes to end traditional pilot whale drive. SENT: 140 words.


AP-POLL-WARS — Americans are ready to close the book on two wars, according to a new AP Poll, but no one is getting out the victory tickertape. While overwhelming majorities say the United States was right to get out of Iraq and right to end the Afghan war in December, nearly 80 percent say both wars were “total failures” and expect both countries to slide away from democracy. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT.

CELL PHONE UNLOCKING — President Barack Obama is signing a bill making it legal once again to unlock a cellphone without permission from your wireless provider, so long as the service contract expired. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

AP POLL-FOREIGN POLICY — Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans’ opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that dissatisfaction with Obama’s handling of events in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere now matches his low overall approval rating. SENT: 870 words, photo.

EBOLA-PEACE CORPS — As families waited to be reunited with Peace Corps evacuees from three West African nations affected by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history, the organization said it’s working to bring more than 300 volunteers home to the United States as quickly as possible except for two who’ve been exposed to the virus and are isolated and under observation. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo by 1800 GMT.

WWI AIRPLANES — There’s still a place where buzzing biplanes swoop in pursuit of German triplanes, where pilots in open cockpits let their scarves flutter in the wind. Sights and sounds of World War I flight are re-created regularly at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.

FLOODED WOLF PRESERVE — Florida preserve allows close human contact with wolves; some experts say it may be too close. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

FOSSIL SEARCH AND RESCUE — Search and rescue crews will recover a 14 million-year-old whale fossil from a sloping residential backyard in California. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2200 GMT, photos.

SALMONELLA OUTBREAK-TRIAL — Attorneys are scheduled to make opening statements in the criminal trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago. SENT: 130 words.


ECONOMY — U.S. employers extended this year’s hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. SENT: 530 words, photo.

CONSUMER SPENDING — US consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in June with income also up 0.4 percent. SENT: 790 words, photo.

HARLEY-IGNITION SWITCH RECALL — Harley-Davidson recalls motorcycles to fix vibrations that can cause engines to stall. SENT: 400 words, photo.

AUTO SALES — Analysts expect General Motors, Toyota and others to report numbers that add up to the industry’s best July since 2006. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.

GM-SALES BOOST — As General Motors prepares to report monthly sales results, a look its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping new-car sales on the rise during a record spate of safety recalls. SENT: 880 words, photos.

DOW DROP-Q&A — The Dow Jones industrial average plunges 317 points, wiping out its gain for the year. It is the biggest drop since February and gives the index a loss for July after five straight months of gains. Here are some questions and answers about the sell-off and what might come next. SENT: 430 words.


COM--GLASGOW-EBOLA — Reacting to sensationalistic headlines such as “Ebola Terror at Commonwealth Games” in a British newspaper, organizers say a Sierra Leone cyclist passed tests for Ebola and competed. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SOC--RUSSIA-CRIMEA CLUBS — Three clubs from the Crimea region annexed by Russia will play in Russian leagues this season. SENT: 350 words.

LEBRON-LICENSE PLATE — Ohio lawmaker proposes license plate celebrating LeBron James’ homecoming. SENT: 130 words, photo.

DOPING-AMALAHA — A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter faces being stripped of her Commonwealth Games gold medal after her backup doping sample confirmed a previous finding for banned substances. SENT: 200 words, photos.


ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-CELEBRITIES — The Israel-Palestinian debate was once considered so delicate a topic, it was pretty much off-limits to celebrities. But in another sign that social media is rewriting how we wrestle with sensitive global issues, stars of all stripes are taking to the Internet to openly discuss the conflict, creating a high-profile divide rarely seen in the entertainment community. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.

MET LABOR DISPUTE — Metropolitan Opera extends labor talks with unions, averting midnight lockout threat. SENT: 700 words.

HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY-HELEN MIRREN — Could a few days off make Helen Mirren forget how to act? The Oscar winner shares her worries. SENT: 490 words, photos.

TV-ESSAY-SUING TELEVISION — With President Barack Obama now in the crosshairs of a lawsuit from Republicans, anyone, it seems, is fair game to be sued. UPCOMING: 650 words by 11 a.m., photos.

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