BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
Nov. 05, 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 1645 GMT:
-- ELECTIONS-BALLOT MEASURES (sent; developing)
-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)
-- EBOLA-WEST AFRICA (sent; developing)
-- HONG KONG-EXPAT CROSSROADS (upcoming)
-- BODY FOUND-ONLINE PHOTOS (sent; developing)
-- ADVENTURERS CLUB-WOMEN (upcoming)
-- HOLIDAY TOYS-YOUTUBE KIDS (upcoming)
-- SKOREA-SAMSUNG SUCCESSION (sent)
-- MUSIC-CMA AWARDS (developing)
-- HONG KONG-EXPAT CROSSROADS (upcoming)
-- TEXTING AND DRIVING (sent)
-- SUPREME COURT-FISH STORY (upcoming)
-- TIBET'S EXILES-PHOTO ESSAY (sent)
-- PETS-DOGGY COOKING NETWORK (upcoming)
-- FEEDING THE HOMELESS-ARRESTS (sent)
-- CHINA-PANDA TRIPLETS (sent)
-- TV-Q&A-DAVID CHASE (sent)
-- BRITAIN-CUMBERBATCH (sent)
-- ROCKEFELLER CENTER TREE (developing)
PHOTOS: ELECTION coverage (sent; developing); TIBET'S EXILES-PHOTO GALLERY (sent); BERLIN WALL-PHOTO GALLERY (sent)
VIDEO: ELECTION coverage (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 GMT):
ELECTIONS - America awakes to a new political dynamic Wednesday with sharper dividing lines in an already divided government, forcing Obama to recalibrate his approach and giving Republican leaders in Congress new muscle to check him. The president schedules an afternoon news conference to offer his take on an Election Day thumping of Democrats that gave Republicans control of the Senate, strengthened the Republican hold on the House and put a series of Democratic-leaning states under control of new Republican governors. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day and from Obama's 1950 GMT news conference, 900 words by 2200 GMT, photos, video, graphic, interactive.
ELECTION-ANALYSIS - With sweeping victories that exceeded their own sky-high expectations, Republicans deal Obama and his party the most devastating electoral defeat of his presidency. Their prize is full control of Congress, and with it, the power to shape the direction of America's government in the next two years. SENT: 840 words, photos, video, graphics, interactive.
ELECTION-VOTING PROBLEMS - Voters around the U.S. encountered malfunctioning machines, website crashes and delayed polling place openings, but the problems for the most part appeared sporadic rather than systemic and there was no immediate indication that they factored in the outcome of an election. SENT: 480 words, photos.
SENATE-MCCONNELL - As a child, Mitch McConnell contracted and largely beat polio. Now, he is poised to achieve his long-cherished goal: serving as Senate majority leader. SENT: 840 words, photos.
ELECTION-EYES ON 2016 - Even before polls closed on Election Day, a confident Republican Party was turning toward the 2016 presidential contest and their top target: Hillary Rodham Clinton. SENT: 860 words, photos.
BALLOT MEASURES - Marijuana activists who have been pushing to bring legal pot to every corner of the U.S. racked up more victories, this time, in Oregon and the U.S. capital. And they hoped for at least one more, in Alaska. The victories emboldened pot advocates as they prepare their next steps: to bring legalization measures to voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and other states in the presidential election year. SENT: 750 words, photos. With:
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - A Palestinian man rammed a minivan into a crowded train platform in east Jerusalem on Wednesday and then attacked people with an iron bar after leaving the vehicle, killing one person and injuring 13 in what authorities called a terror attack before he was shot dead by police. SENT: 830 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAQ-IRAN'S HIDDEN HAND - Iran general, Shiite militants at the forefront of Iraq ground war against Islamic State group. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
EBOLA-WEST AFRICA - The World Health Organization elects its next Africa director, Botswana doctor Matshidiso Moeti, a longtime veteran of the U.N. agency. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: Developing; Note: This will serve as today's story rounding up global Ebola news, including: Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola in Spain released from hospital; Australia agrees to staff an Ebola hospital after reaching a deal on treating Australian health workers who might become infected; any Ebola developments from New Orleans conference on tropical diseases
CHINA-EBOLA SUITS - The AP takes a look at the process of manufacturing the 'critical care' or hazmat suits that are vital to the work of medical staff caring of patients. SENT: 320 words, photos.
HONG KONG-EXPAT CROSSROADS - For generations of Western men, Hong Kong's Wan Chai neighborhood captured all the mystery and hedonism of the Pearl of the Orient. Prostitutes, strippers and bar girls entertained visiting sailors and businessmen at all hours in these neon-filled blocks, even as working-class Hong Kongers went about their business around them. Now, the neighborhood has been jolted by a shocking crime, the murders of two young Indonesian women, with a British banker the sole suspect. SENT: 940 words, photos.
HONG KONG-WOMEN KILLED - A British man accused of slaying two Indonesian women in Hong Kong was described by acquaintances and fellow pub mates as a "bully" who would use his bulky body to push through crowds and help himself to others' drinks. SENT: 600 words, photos.
UNITED NATIONS-RIGHTS-EGYPT - The United States and other countries on Wednesday slammed the human rights situation in Egypt at a United Nations meeting reviewing the country's record for the first time since the 2011 ouster of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. SENT: 580 words, photos.
SKOREA-SHIP SINKS - A South Korean court convicted three relatives of the sunken ferry's owner and other associates for corruption on Wednesday, about four months after the tycoon was found dead on the run. SENT: 260 words.
PHILIPPINES-FREED GERMANS - Two German tourists who were freed last month by Abu Sayyaf militants after six months of jungle captivity have helped investigators identify at least five of their captors, who will soon face criminal complaints, officials said Wednesday. SENT: 420 words.
AFGHANISTAN - The governor of Afghanistan's central bank said Wednesday the scandal that saw almost $1 billion embezzled from the Kabul Bank by senior shareholders has been "resolved" after more than $300 million has been recovered. SENT: 340 words.
UKRAINE - Ukraine's prime minister said Wednesday that the government will freeze budget subsidies for eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists, a move that could worsen already grievous economic conditions there. SENT: 380 words, photos.
LEBANON - Lebanese lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to extend their mandate by another two years and seven months, skipping scheduled elections for the second consecutive time amid deteriorating security conditions in the country. SENT: 400 words, photos.
KASHMIR STRIKE - Shops and businesses were closed in Indian-controlled Kashmir and small protests broke out after separatists called a strike Wednesday following the killings of two teenagers by army soldiers at a roadblock. SENT: 330 words.
NORWAY-TERROR THREAT - Norwegian intelligence authorities said Wednesday that the Nordic country "likely" will be threatened by or hit with an act of terror in the next 12 months. SENT: 240 words.
TIBET'S EXILES-PHOTO ESSAY - Tsering Topgyal, an AP photographer from Tibet whose parents had him smuggled over the Himalayas when he was 8 years old, takes a personal photographic journey into the lives of the thousands of Tibetan exiles living in India. SENT: 380 words, 25 photos. Also listed in PHOTOGRAPHY section below.
BERLIN WALL-CHILDREN OF REVOLUTION - The teenage rebellion in East Germany that anticipated the fall of the Berlin Wall. SENT: 950 words, photos. With BERLIN WALL-PHOTO GALLERY: 11 photos showing the Berlin Wall today. SENT: 940 words, photos.
APEC-SPRUCING UP BEIJING - Beijing authorities are installing 1,000 facial-recognition cameras, banning kite-flying and suspending some factory production as they seek to clear the city of dangers, dissent and smog during an Asia-Pacific summit deemed the capital's biggest event since the 2008 Olympics. SENT: 940 words, photos.
SOMALIA-RICH AND POOR - The country's first ATM and the new construction of modern buildings and trendy restaurants are signs of growth and potential for those living in Somalia's capital. That is, if you have money. Even as war-torn Mogadishu makes strides forward, thousands of refugee camp-bound residents are again facing the prospect of severe hunger. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: Photos.
NETHERLANDS-PALACE PEEING - If you're caught short on Amsterdam's historic Dam Square, the Dutch government has a message for you: Don't pee on the palace. SENT: 130 words.
CHINA-PANDA TRIPLETS - The world's only surviving giant panda triplets are doing well as they turn 100 days old. SENT: 200 words, photo.
BODY FOUND-ONLINE PHOTOS - Washington state authorities are investigating the suspicious death of a woman whose body was found in her apartment and graphic photos posted online that purport to show the body. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
FEEDING THE HOMELESS-ARRESTS - Police in Florida arrested two pastors and a 90-year-old man who were feeding the homeless, saying they violated a new ordinance in Fort Lauderdale that essentially bans public food sharing. SENT: 130 words.
LAST DRAFTEE - — The U.S. military says a central New York native has retired as the Army's last Vietnam-era draftee. SENT: 130 words.
WWII GRENADE-HOME - Authorities say a live hand grenade from World War II has been removed from a western New York home. SENT: 110 words.
SKOREA-SAMSUNG SUCCESSION - Command of one of the world's most valuable consumer brands will eventually pass to the son of its ailing patriarch but his business abilities remain a mystery despite being elevated to a senior role in the company two years ago. SENT: 940 words, photos.
DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-GOOGLE'S EMAIL MANAGER - If you have a fetish for organization or feel inundated with emails from social networks and mailing lists, it's an upgrade; if you're happy with Gmail, I'd leave it be. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT.
TROUBLED OPEC - Saudi Arabia showed little concern for fellow OPEC members by unilaterally cutting its oil prices to the U.S. this week, a move that casts doubts on the cartel's credibility and its ability to find a common plan to stabilize the slumping energy market. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
EUROPE-ECONOMY - The sobering economic news just keeps coming, yet the European Central Bank appears stuck in wait and see mode — held up by policy disputes and a desire to see whether recent stimulus measures are working. SENT: 750 words, photo.
EUROPE-US-SELLING FREE TRADE - The American diplomat turns heads when he rides into rural Portuguese towns on a roaring Harley Davidson or behind the wheel of a vintage Ford Mustang, bringing what he says is an important message: the free trade deal being negotiated between the United States and the European Union is nothing to be afraid of. SENT: 990 words, photos.
AUDI-RECALL — Audi is recalling nearly 102,000 luxury cars because the front air bags may not inflate in a crash. The recall covers certain A4 and S4 cars from the 2013 through 2015 model years, plus the 2013 through 2015 Audi Allroad. SENT: 130 words.
TEXTING AND DRIVING - Survey finds most people aware of dangers of texting and driving, yet many do it anyway. SENT: 760 words, photo.
PETS-DOGGY COOKING NETWORK - YouTube cooking shows help pet owners dish up easy, homemade alternatives to commercial kibble. SENT: 510 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
MUSIC-CMA AWARDS - Who will own country music's biggest night? Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley up for top awards. SENT: 580 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updating beginning around 2300 GMT with arrivals and other color before the show. Another update will move by 0020 and conclude with a wrap-up story by 0315 GMT. The story will include updates at significant points throughout the three-hour show. It will be followed by a more analytical approach around 0800.
— MUSIC-CMA MOMENTS: Artists from Miranda Lambert to Jason Aldean recall the most surprising moments from the Country Music Awards over the years. With photos, video.
— MUSIC-CMA-LIST. List of winners in the top categories.
TV-Q&A-DAVID CHASE - The idea of a prequel to "The Sopranos" intrigues series creator David Chase much more than a feature film based on the series. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BRITAIN-CUMBERBATCH - Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch announces his engagement. SENT: 120 words, photos.
BOOKS-Q&A-JENNIFER LOPEZ - From Diddy to Bennifer to Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez has had various high-profile romances. She writes about what she's learned in and out of love in her new book, "True Love." UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
MUSIC-NICO AND VINZ - Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz are ready to skip ahead to the next track. SENT: 400 words, photos.
OSCARS-GOVERNORS AWARDS-MIYAZAKI - Hayao Miyazaki is retiring from feature filmmaking, but the 73-year-old writer, director and animator says he'll make movies for the rest of his life. SENT: 400 words, photos.
TIBET'S EXILES-PHOTO ESSAY - Tsering Topgyal, an AP photographer from Tibet whose parents had him smuggled over the Himalayas when he was 8 years old, takes a personal photographic journey into the lives of the thousands of Tibetan exiles living in India. SENT: 380 words, 25 photos. Also listed in WORLD section above.
BERLIN WALL-PHOTO GALLERY - 11 photos showing the Berlin Wall today. SENT: 130 words, photos. Also listed in WORLD section above.