BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15
Good morning! 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 1500 GMT:
-- NSA SURVEILLANCE (upcoming)
-- HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL PROBLEMS (sent; developing)
-- FEDERAL RESERVE (sent; developing)
-- IRAQI JEWISH ARCHIVES (sent; with photos and video)
-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; with photos)
-- CHINA-UIGHURS UNDER SCRUTINY (sent)
PHOTOS: ISRAEL MILITARY PHOTO GALLERY (upcoming; with text); GUATEMALA MAXIMON PHOTO GALLERY (sent; with text slugged Guatemala-Folk Saint-Photo Gallery)
VIDEO: IRAQI JEWISH ARTIFACTS (sent; with text); SUBWAY PERFORMERS (sent)
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 GMT):
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
HEALTH OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS - Lamakers grill Obama’s top health official over problems with the rollout of the health care website. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: urgent updates developing from hearing underway. SENT: 800 words, photos.
OBAMA-MERKEL — On the degree to which Merkel’s personal history has influenced her outrage over revelations that the NSA was monitoring her communications. SENT: 980 words, photos.
NSA SURVEILLANCE - A look at the “Safe Harbor” EU-US agreement that sets data protection standards, and whether it could fall victim to the NSA affair. It aims to give European customers the same levels of data protection no matter where their data is stored. If, say, Amazon didn’t have a green light under Safe Harbor, European firms couldn’t store data in Amazon-run clouds or servers. UPCOMING: length, ETA TBD.
CHINA-TIANANMEN-CAR FIRE- Beijing police announce the arrests of five people in connection with a brazen suicide attack in the heart of China’s capital, calling it a carefully planned terror plot. SENT: 850 words, photos.
CHINA-UIGHURS UNDER SCRUTINY — In a dusty outdoor curio market in China’s capital, traders from the minority Uighur community gather to swap stories about the omnipresent harassment they say they suffer at the hands of the police. That scrutiny has only intensified after this week’s deadly vehicle attack at Tiananmen Square in which Uighurs are the prime suspects. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Israel announces new construction in east Jerusalem - an area the Palestinians demand for their future state. SENT: 640 words, photos.
SAUDI WOMEN DRIVING - Police have detained a Saudi columnist who supported ending his country’s ban on women driving, activists said today. SENT: 400 words.
CONGO FIGHTING - Heavy fighting erupted today as the Congolese army attacked one of the last remaining strongholds of the M23 rebels near the Ugandan border, forcing more than 10,000 Congolese to flee into Uganda, officials and humanitarian workers said today. SENT: 500 words, photos.
UN-TEEN PREGNANCIES - Teen pregnancies in the developing world are declining, but more than 7 million girls under the age of 18 are still giving birth each year, according to a UN report released today. SENT: 500 words.
UNITED NATIONS-NKOREA-HUMAN RIGHTS - U.N. investigators probing possible crimes against humanity in North Korea open two days of public hearings in Washington. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:45 p.m. (1745 GMT) hearing. 800 words by 5 p.m. (2100 GMT).
FRANCE-HOSTAGES - Four Frenchmen held hostage by al-Qaida militants landed in France today after three years in captivity in the punishing African Sahel. SENT: 420 words.
EGYPT - Egyptian security forces arrested a key Muslim Brotherhood figure on the run since the July coup that toppled the country’s Islamist president in a raid on his hideout early today, the Interior Ministry said. SENT: 790 words, photos.
EGYPT-CONSTITUTION DEBATE — After Morsi’s ouster, it is the turn of liberal and secular politicians to amend the charter, but they are caught up in the country’s stormy politics. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos, by 5 p.m.
IRAQ-SHIITES ON EDGE - The wave of attacks by al-Qaida and Sunni extremists that has killed thousands of Iraqis this year, most of them Shiites, is provoking ominous calls from Shiite leaders to take up arms in self-defense. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
INDIA-BUS INFERNO - A bus crashes into a highway barrier and bursts into flames in southern India, killing 45 passengers who were locked inside the cabin after the driver fled, officials say. SENT: 300 words, photos.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR - Japanese regulators give final approval for the removal of fuel rods from an uncontained cooling pool at a damaged reactor building considered the highest risk at a crippled nuclear plant. SENT: 530 words, photos.
BRITAIN WITHHOLDING TREATMENT - Britain’s highest court has ruled in favor of a hospital that gained court approval to withhold treatment from a terminally ill man despite the family’s opposition. SENT: 380 words.
INDONESIA-KIDS PIMPING KIDS - Teen pimps were unheard of here as recently as 2011, but government officials have already caught more than 20 of them this year SENT: 1,500 words, photos.
CUBA-3D THEATERS - Cubans have opened dozens of video parlors over the last year, seizing on legal ambiguities to create a private business unforeseen by recent openings in the communist economy. SENT: 960 words, photos.
NORWAY-HERE COMES THE SUN - Surrounded by mountains that block the feeble Nordic sun during the winter, the people of Rjukan finally saw daylight thanks to three giant mirrors reflecting sunrays into their darkened town. SENT: 640 words, photos.
VIETNAM-MISSING IN ACTION - A Vietnamese man claiming paranormal powers has been arrested on suspicion of faking the remains of soldiers killed and missing during the Vietnam War in order to claim more than $350,000 from a charitable fund. SENT: 260 words.
AUSTRALIA-SEX COMPENSATION - Australia’s highest court rules against compensation for bureaucrat injured while having sex. SENT: 520 words.
BRITAIN-JAM - A British politician is in a jam over new rules on fruity spreads, saying her country’s plan to lower the minimum sugar content of the breakfast staple threatens to turn a much-loved treat into “gloopy sludge.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1500.
SUPPRESSING HIV (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m. ) NEW YORK — Doctors may one day be able to control a patient’s HIV infection in a new way: injecting swarms of germ-fighting antibodies, two studies in monkeys suggest. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE at 2 p.m. 500 words
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
FEDERAL RESERVE - Renewed questions about the economy’s health and uncertainty surrounding the government’s budget fight will likely lead the Federal Reserve on Wednesday to maintain the pace of the stimulus it’s supplying to the economy. SENT: 890 words, photo. UPCOMING: 130 words after statement released at 2 p.m.; 800 words by 1930 GMT.
MINIMUM WAGE - A push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an Hour for some is seen an opening skirmish in a nationwide battle over how much people at the bottom end of the economy are paid. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos, video by noon.
BARNEYS CONTROVERSY - Jay-Z has said he’s been unfairly “demonized” because of his collaboration with Barneys, which has been accused of racially profiling two black customers. The incident illustrates the problems that can arise when celebrities and companies team up. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photo.
HOT SAUCE LAWSUIT - It looked like things were really starting to heat up for this little factory town two years ago. But now all that hot sauce has led to a lawsuit. SENT: 650 words, photos.
WORLD SERIES - Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park. SENT: 1,080 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 0007 p.m. start.
POP CULTURE / LIFESTYLES
IRAQI JEWISH ARCHIVE - Troops who toppled Saddam Hussein found centuries-old Torah scrolls and Passover prayer books attesting to that country’s once-vibrant Jewish population. Documents obtained by the AP shed light on the internal debate that preceded the State Department’s decision to send the items back to Iraq after they go on display at the National Archives. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video.
LAKE ONTARIO-STEAMER WRECK — A team of New York underwater explorers says it has found the wreck of a Canadian steamship that sank off the eastern shore of Lake Ontario nearly a century ago, killing two of the nine crewmembers. SENT: 420 words.
ISRAEL-MILITARY-PHOTO ESSAY — In its 65 years, Israel’s vaunted military has fought a half-dozen wars, carried out countless operations at home and abroad and faced waves of suicide bombings and rocket attacks on population centers. It’s therefore no surprise that even in peace time, the shadow of Israel’s military past looms large over everyday life. War memorials are peppered throughout the country. UPCOMING: photos and 300 words by 1 p.m.
GUATEMALA FOLK SAINT PHOTO GALLERY - People in San Andres Xecul celebrated Maximon this week by presenting him with bottles of Coca-Cola, beer and whiskey, cigars and cash, seeking solutions to their problems. SENT: 11 photos, 270 words.