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 1600 GMT:
-- STATE OF UNION (sent; developing; with multiple sidebars)
-- ECONOMY-STATE OF THE UNION (upcoming)
-- UKRAINE-PROTESTS (sent; developing)
-- EGYPT (sent; developing)
-- SOUTH AFRICA-POLITICS (sent)
-- ELIOT NESS-LEGEND (upcoming)
PHOTOS: STATE OF UNION (sent; developing); EGYPT (sent; developing); WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing); PAKISTAN-REFUGEES-PHOTO ESSAY -
VIDEO: STATE OF UNION (sent; developing; with text); UNEMPLOYMENT-PARENTS (sent; with text); GOOGLE GLASS-PRESCRIPTION (sent; with text); WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing); AVALANCHES CUT OFF CITY (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 (all times GMT):
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
STATE OF UNION: Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he’s raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to Democrats’ hopes for gains in Congress. SENT: 1100 words. DEVELOPING. Will be updated from 0200 GMT speech, photos, video.
IMMIGRATION REFORM - The new Homeland Security secretary says an earned path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally is a matter of national security. SENT: 560 words, photos.
IRAN POLL - A majority of Americans support an agreement by the U.S. and five other world powers to limit Iran’s disputed nuclear program, but fewer believe it will keep the Islamic republic from building a nuclear bomb. The Associated Press-GfK poll gives Obama lower marks for his dealings with Iran. SENT: 570 words.
- IRAN POLL-METHOD - How the poll was conducted. SENT: 200 words.
UKRAINE-PROTESTS - The prime minister submits his resignation and parliament repeals anti-protest laws, but that stops well short of opposition demands, including the resignation of the president. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1900 GMT.
EGYPT - In sharp contrast to his first court appearance, Morsi stands alone in a soundproof glass-encased metal cage wearing a white prison uniform, pacing and shouting angrily. The trial then adjourns for a month, according to the state news agency. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words with a new approach.
SOUTH AFRICA-POLITICS - Ahead of elections this year, South Africa’s main opposition party merged with a smaller group on Tuesday to jointly challenge the ruling party whose popularity, long burnished by its close links to Nelson Mandela, has eroded amid corruption scandals. SENT: 690 words, photos.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-REBELS - Thousands of jubilant residents took to the streets of Central African Republic’s capital to celebrate Tuesday after peacekeepers escorted dozens more rebels from military bases in the latest sign the fighters are losing their grip on the country following nearly a year of abuses. SENT: 610 words, photos.
SYRIA-PEACE TALKS - Tense negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition broke off earlier than planned Tuesday amid demands that President Bashar Assad put forward another proposal for the future of the country. SENT: 580 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SYRIA-PEACE TALKS-BRAHIMI - For a week now, the veteran U.N. mediator has presided over peace talks intended to lead the way out of Syria’s civil war. He is 80. He is patient.
SYRIA - Talks resume to evacuate civilians in Syrian city. SENT: 420 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-TORTURE WHEEL - Philippine police officers played a “wheel of torture” game to have fun and punish criminal suspects during interrogations, human rights officials and activists said Tuesday. SENT: 580 words, photo.
MEXICO-VIGILANTES - “Self-defense” groups confronting a drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan have agreed to join government law enforcement forces. SENT: 590 words, photos
THAILAND-POLITICS - Thailand’s government announces it will go ahead with an election this weekend. SENT: 500 words, photos.
NKOREA-JAILED AMERICAN - A U.S. diplomat urges North Korea to pardon imprisoned American Kenneth Bae, saying he is in poor health and needs to return home. SENT: 310 words.
EUROPE-IRELAND SEXUAL ABUSE - Europe’s top human rights court ruled Tuesday that Ireland’s government failed in its duty to protect children in the case of a woman sexually abused by a lay teacher at a state-backed Roman Catholic school four decades ago. SENT: 410 words.
PALESTINIANS-PRISON UNIVERSITY - Recently released from prison, Jamal Abu Muhsin is now beginning a new chapter of his life thanks to a pair of university degrees - all earned behind bars. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
AFGHAN-LITERACY - A $200 million program to improve the literacy of Afghan soldiers has had limited impact, U.S. federal inspectors say in a report. UPCOMING: 500 words. Photos being pursued.
CHINA-JOURNALISTS UNDER PRESSURE - The government is intensifying efforts to control foreign media coverage of China. SENT: 700 words, photos.
INDONESIA-PEOPLE SMUGGLING - An Indonesian court sentences a Pakistani man to seven years in jail for attempting to smuggle asylum seekers to Australia on a rickety boat that sank, killing about 90 people. SENT: 330 words, photos.
BRITAIN-ROYAL FINANCES - Britain’s royal household needs to get a little more entrepreneurial, eye possible staff cuts and replace an ancient palace boiler, lawmakers say in a new report. SENT: 410 words, photos.
JAPAN-DISPUTED ISLANDS - The Japanese government is revising official teaching manuals to emphasize Japan’s territorial rights to the islands disputed with China and South Korea. SENT: 300 words, photos.
SRI LANKA PROTEST -Thousands of protesters from opposition parties, human rights groups, trade unions and media groups marched Tuesday in Sri Lanka’s capital in a rare show of dissent against the government. SENT: 320 words, photo.
INDONESIA-DEADLY LANDSLIDES - Two landslides triggered by torrential rain kill at least 19. SENT: 210 words, photos.
BRAZIL-WALKWAY ACCIDENT - A dump truck smashed into a pedestrian bridge on a busy highway in northern Rio de Janeiro Tuesday, causing the walkway to collapse onto three cars and a motorcycle below and killing at least four. SENT: 230 words.
EXECUTION ALTERNATIVES - Concerned about their supply of execution drugs, lawmakers around the country are raising the possibility that some death-penalty states might return to firing squads, electrocutions or gas chambers. SENT: 800 words, photo.
- DEATH PENALTY-OHIO - Lawyer back to work after guards say he asked condemned Ohio inmate to fake execution distress. SENT: 640 words, photo, video.
OBIT-SEEGER - The banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage has died. He was 94. SENT: 1,800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: An Appreciation; details and timing TBD.
WEAPONS PLANT INTRUSION — Convicted of sabotaging a nuclear facility and already imprisoned for nearly a year, an 83-year-old nun finds out whether she could spend her 90th birthday behind bars. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 500 words by 1 p.m., photos.
CHINA-BIRD FLU - Authorities in eastern China announce a ban on live poultry sales following an increase in the number of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu. SENT: 400 words, photos.
GOOGLE GLASS-PRESCRIPTIONS - Google is adding prescription frames and new styles of detachable sunglasses to its computerized, Internet-connected goggles known as Glass. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.
EARNS-APPLE - It’s going to take more than brisk sales of the iPhone and iPad to convince investors that Apple still has the magic touch. SENT: 520 words, photo.
VIETNAM-COPYRIGHT-SUIT — A record company that accuses a Vietnamese entertainment portal of making its songs available for free download files suit in an American court against a U.S technology and media firm which invested in the website. SENT: 580 words.
FUTURE OF TV - When you buy a TV, sales representatives often pitch you on “future-proofing” your set. Turns out, buying a cable TV operator relies largely on the same principle. UPCOMING: 850 words.
SOCHI-DOPING GAMES - Go ahead — just try to get away with it. If you’re willing to take the risk, you’ll pay the price. That’s the challenge laid down to drug cheats thinking they can dope their way to success at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.
MUSIC-BILLY JOEL - He begins his residency at Madison Square Garden with an energetic show that covers a wide swath of his musical catalog. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.
MUSIC-THE BEATLES - Stars line up to pay tribute to The Beatles, with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in attendance. SENT: 730 words, photos.
GERMANY-BOSNIA-ACTOR ASYLUM - The movie star is back in Germany - this time as an asylum seeker. SENT: 750 words, photos.
PEOPLE-FLAVOR FLAV — He is due in court to answer charges that he was speeding and driving without a license on the way to his mother’s funeral on Long Island. UPCOMING: Hearing starts sometime after 9:30 a.m.
PAKISTAN-REFUGEES-PHOTO ESSAY - Afghan children struggle in Pakistan, home to hundreds of thousands of refugees. An AP photo gallery by Muhammed Muheisen. SENT: 350 words, photos.