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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

June 24, 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:

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING (sent; developing)

-- IRAQ (sent; developing)

-- EGYPT (sent; developing)

-- IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD (sent; developing)

-- SAN FRANCISCO AIRLINER CRASH (sent; developing)

-- PRIMARY ELECTION ROUNDUP (sent; developing)


-- ECONOMY-REBOUND (upcoming)

-- NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS (sent; developing)



VIDEO: US-NC-EUGENICS (sent; with upcoming 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 (all times GMT):


UKRAINE - Putin asked parliament Tuesday to cancel a resolution sanctioning the use of military force in Ukraine, a move his Ukrainian counterpart heralded as a “practical step” toward bringing peace to a region roiled by a separatist insurgency. SENT: 400 words, photos.

UKRAINE-LANDMINES - Ukraine has accused Russian troops of planting landmines on its territory during Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region earlier this year. SENT: 300 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING - Two powerful British political insiders met starkly different fates Tuesday as former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted, after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire. SENT: 820 words, photos.


IRAQ - The president of Iraq’s ethnic Kurdish region declares “we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq” as the country considers new leadership for its Shiite-led government as an immediate step to curb a Sunni insurgent rampage. SENT: 870 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing on several fronts.

UNITED STATES-IRAQ-COMMANDOS - U.S. teams of special forces going into Iraq after a three-year gap will face an aggressive insurgency, a splintering military and a precarious political situation as they help Iraqi security forces improve their ability to battle Sunni militants. SENT: 980 words, photo.

EGYPT -President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says he won’t interfere in court rulings, rejecting pressure by the United States and other countries to pardon or commute the sentences for three Al-Jazeera journalists handed heavy prison terms. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video.

AUSTRALIA-EGYPT-AL-JAZEERA - The father of an Australian journalist jailed in Egypt says his family was stunned by the court’s decision to imprison his son, and Australia’s prime minister vowed his government would work quickly to free the reporter. SENT: 510 words, photos.

NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS - Islamic extremists have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys from villages in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Tuesday. SENT: 630 words, photos.

SUDAN - A lawyer for the Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death and later freed says the woman and her family have been detained at an airport while trying to leave the country. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SKOREA-BORDER SHOOTING — South Korean military officials used a stand-in to portray a captured runaway soldier to deceive journalists as the real fugitive was taken to a hospital following a failed suicide attempt, a Defense Ministry official says. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CHINA-ABUSED WIFE - China’s highest court overturned a death sentence and ordered a retrial for a woman who killed and dismembered her abusive husband, a ruling welcomed Tuesday by advocates of the country’s often-silent victims of domestic violence. SENT: 650 words.

THAILAND-POLITICS - A member of the elected Thai government ousted by last month’s coup forms an opposition group in exile, invoking historical symbols of resistance and revolution while rejecting as illegitimate the new military regime. SENT: 560 words.

THAILAND-MISSING ACTIVIST — Thailand’s military junta releases an opposition activist who appeared on an army television channel saying her detention was “too good for words to say” after demands from several human rights group for her freedom. SENT: 280 words.

CHINA-XINJIANG-ATTACK - Chinese authorities report an attack on security personnel at a checkpoint in the restive far western region of Xinjiang, confirming a report by a U.S.-backed radio service that said five were killed. SENT: 400 words.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC — The International Federation for Human Rights says violence between rival religious groups in Central African Republic threatens to create the conditions for genocide and requires swift action by the government and the international community to stop the fighting. SENT: 600 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-ISRAEL-MISSING TEENAGERS - The mother of one of three teenagers missing from settlements in the West Bank is pleading with the United Nations and the world to do more to help find the three boys. SENT: 130 words.

VATICAN-LEGION OF CHRIST - The Vatican next week will name a new adviser to help oversee the Legion of Christ religious order in the latest sign that Pope Francis doubts the Vatican’s three-year reform experiment has resolved all the problems in the troubled congregation, officials said Tuesday. SENT: 520 words.d

KENYA-ENVIRONMENT - Report on UN Environment Program conference, focusing on how poaching of wildlife is financing militant groups and criminal gangs. UPCOMING.

JAPAN-WOMENOMICS - The uproar over sexist heckling by a Tokyo city assemblyman of a female colleague reflects both greater awareness of women’s issues and the persistence of traditional chauvinist attitudes throughout the echelons of power. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TONGA-CHINA’S TROUBLESOME GIFT - China’s airplane gift, and New Zealand’s punishing reaction, cause big trouble for tiny Tonga. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

JAPAN-PHILIPPINES - The leader of the Philippines endorses Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ongoing push to expand Japan’s military role. SENT: 350 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA-POLITICS - South Korea’s prime minister-nominee withdraws from consideration following mounting criticism over alleged pro-Japanese remarks he made. SENT: 300 words, photos.

BANGLADESH WAR CRIMES - A Bangladesh court delays a verdict against the top leader of an Islamist party charged with war crimes after the defendant became ill. SENT: 430 words, photos.

ISRAEL-WORLD HERITAGE - UNESCO adds 2,000-year-old Israeli caves to its list of World Heritage sites. SENT: 340 words.


IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration is looking at every possible option to help respond to a flood of immigrants crossing the border illegally in Southern Texas. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing. 500 words by 1900 GMT.

SAN FRANCISCO AIRLINER CRASH - Nearly a year after Asiana Flight 214 crashed while landing in San Francisco, federal accident investigators began laying out their conclusions at a meeting Tuesday on what went wrong and how to prevent similar accidents. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Developing, 850 words by 2100 GMT, photos.


PRIMARY ELECTION ROUNDUP: Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran’s Republican runoff against Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel tests whether decades of delivering federal dollars to one of America’s poorest states trumps conservative demands to slash government spending. Race plays a role too. The Republican runoff headlines a day of elections in six states. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Updates after polls close, 800 words by 0200 GMT. Polls close in Mississippi, Maryland and Oklahoma at 0100 GMT; Colorado and New York at 020.; Utah at 0300.

HILLARY CLINTON - She announces a new project through the Clinton Global Initiative to encourage companies to provide summer jobs for young people, part of an economic message the potential 2016 Democratic candidate has been delivering aimed at struggling middle class families. SENT: 500 words. Will be updated from 1600 Clinton remarks, 650 words by 2100, photos.


MIAMI SHOOTING - Two people were killed and multiple others wounded following a shooting early Tuesday in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood, police said. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

MADOFF FRAUD — An accounting executive is scheduled to plead guilty to charges in a prosecution that accused him of aiding Bernard Madoff in a massive fraud. UPCOMING: update from 1600 hearing, then 400 words by 1900.


3-D MAMMOGRAMS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT) - 3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, a large study suggests, although whether that means long-term benefits isn’t known. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100, 400 words.


BUTTERFLY MIGRATION (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1600) - Monarch butterflies use Earth’s magnetic field to navigate as they make their fall migration from North America to Mexico, a study suggests. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1600 GMT, 130 words, photos.


LAW ENFORCEMENTE HACKERS - They can commandeer webcams, infect iPads, and hijack BlackBerrys. In a moody video paired with a low, gravelly voice-over, the members of Italy’s Hacking Team tell law enforcement their software will allow officials to see the world “through your target’s eyes.” Now a group of computer experts is giving us the ability to look through Hacking Team’s eyes, drawing on a cache of leaked documents and months of forensic work to expose a globe-spanning network of malicious software implants operated by dozens of police and spy agencies. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1500.

JAPAN-ROBOTS - The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people — almost. SENT: 470 words, photos.

DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S - Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablet looks different. As soon as I turned on the screen, I noticed that the colors are stunning and vivid. SENT: 860 words, photos.


THE ‘NO FEAR’ MARKET - In a world suddenly more dangerous, you’d think fund managers and traders would be selling and buying and selling again in a frenzy of second guessing. Instead, they’re the picture of calm and contentment. The lack of fear is spooking some people. UPCOMING: 950 words by 1600.

ECONOMY-REBOUND - When the government updates its estimate Wednesday of how the U.S. economy fared last quarter, the number is pretty sure to be ugly. Horrible even. So why aren’t economists, businesses or investors likely to panic? UPCOMING: 950 words by 2 p.m.

WEALTH GAP-DENMARK - You’ve been jobless for more than a year. You have no university degree, no advanced skills. You have to pay a mortgage. And your husband is nearing retirement. No reason to panic - not if you live in Denmark. SENT: 1280 words, photos.

COST OF CLIMATE CHANGE-REPORT - Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by a trio of men with vast business experience. SENT: 680 words, photo.

JAPAN-ABE’S GRAND PLAN - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a slew of measures Tuesday aimed at restoring Japan’s global competitiveness. SENT: 760 words, photos.

INDONESIA-TOBACCO LAW SNUB - Tobacco companies on Tuesday largely ignored an Indonesian deadline to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs, another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that’s home to the world’s highest rate of male smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising. SENT: 590 words, photos.


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TRANSGENDER ETIQUETTE - At a party, in a checkout line or out to dinner, transgender model Arisce Wanzer has this to say about routine, uncomfortable questions from strangers and acquaintances: “Why are you jumpin’ into my underwear from the get-go?” UPCOMING: 750 words by 1900 GMT.

MISSOURI FRENCH - A small circle of researchers is racing to capture the last remnants of a little-known French dialect that endures in some old Missouri mining towns before its few remaining native speakers succumb to old age. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ITALY-MILAN FASHION WEEK-WATCH - The line, long under-rated as one of geometry’s most basic forms, is getting a lot of exposure on the Milan menswear runway. SENT: 680 words, photos.


PEOPLE-JOAN LUNDEN - Former “Good Morning America” host Joan Lunden says she has breast cancer. SENT: 130 words.

NORTHERN IRELAND-QUEEN-GAME OF THRONES - The United Kingdom’s 88-year-old monarch toured the Belfast sets of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” and met many of its stars Tuesday beside the show’s sword-covered seat of power, the Iron Throne. SENT: 130 words, photos.

TV-HASHTAGS— You’ve probably seen those hashtags with the title of a TV show on your screen while it’s airing. What you may not know is that getting viewers to tweet, and use hashtags, is regarded by networks as the new “water cooler” conversation. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

LIKE A ROLLING STONE-AUCTION - Dylan’s working draft of ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ could bring up to $2 million at NYC auction. SENT: 270 words; updates from auction, then 400 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

TV-DAYTIME EMMYS-CARPET FIASCO - Daytime Emmys bid for social-media appeal draws criticism for rape, race jokes. SENT: 500 words, photos.

JEFF KOONS-RETROSPECTIVE - “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” in the first major retrospective of the pop artist’s work in more than 20 years - and the Whitney’s final exhibition at its Madison Avenue building before moving to a new and expanded facility overlooking The High Line. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

FILM-BEGIN AGAIN - The Irish director of the naturalistic Oscar-winning musical “Once” is back with a movie that again aspires to a more authentic combination of music and film, this time moving from Dublin to New York. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

ELVIS-FIRST RECORDING - A variety of special events will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s first rock-and-roll recording in Memphis. SENT: 130 words.


INDONESIA-PROSTITUTION SHUTDOWN-PHOTO ESSAY - The mayor of Indonesia’s second-largest city may have officially shut down “Dolly,” one of Southeast Asia’s biggest red-light districts, but the world’s oldest profession is still up and running. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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