BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT
Aug. 12, 2013
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.
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Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1445 GMT:
PHOTOS: NAMIBIA DESERT DROUGHT photo package; coverage from yesterday of SINKING BUILDING-RESORT and continuing coverage today.
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today and notable pieces that we sent in the past eight hours:
EGYPT: Authorities postponed a move to disperse two Cairo sit-ins by Morsi supporters to "avoid bloodshed," an official said, as Islamist supporters stepped up rallies to demand his return to power. The postponement could, at least temporarily, defuse tensions that had escalated overnight as the country braced for a new bout of violence. SENT: 580 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 1000 words developing throughout the day with timing and details uncertain.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS: Israel on Monday published the names of 26 Palestinian prisoners, most of them held for deadly attacks, who are to be released this week as part of a U.S.-brokered deal that led to a resumption of Mideast negotiations. Story later today will take a broad look at the narrative and context, views of each side. Talks resume Wednesday. SENT: 740 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRITAIN-SPY CANS: Officials say that an advertising firm must immediately stop using its network of high-tech trash cans to track people walking through London's financial district. The City of London Corporation says it has demanded Renew pull the plug on the program, which measures the Wi-Fi signals emitted by smartphones to follow commuters as they pass the garbage cans. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
ASIA-TYPHOON: A powerful typhoon batters the northern Philippines, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rain across mountains, cities and food-growing plains. The storm kills at least one man in a landslide and leaves 45 fishermen missing. Typhoon Utor is described as the strongest globally so far this year. SENT: 530 words, photos.
KERRY: U.S. secretary of state is meeting with Colombian officials negotiating with the nation's largest guerrilla army to find peace in the South American country for the first time since 1964. Kerry is having breakfast Monday in Bogota with the government negotiators to hear their current approach to end the conflict. Later, Kerry visits a U.S.-funded sports training center for Colombian security forces and citizens who have lost limbs in violence. SENT: 600. UPCOMING. Will be updated with opening of meeting. 800 words expected by 2100 GMT, photos
HOLDER SENTENCING: With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, the Obama administration is calling for major changes to the America's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes. In remarks prepared for delivery to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, Attorney General Eric Holder also favors diverting people convicted of low-level offenses to drug treatment and community service programs and expanding a prison program to allow for release of some elderly, non-violent offenders. SENT: 745 Words, photo. UPCOMING 1700 GMT delivery of speech and UPDATE, photos.
NAMIBIA DESERT DROUGHT: The police are about the only people left in this village of 400 in the Namibian desert because the infrequent rains have ceased due to a drought, forcing residents to seek precious water and grazing ground elsewhere for their livestock. Rains usually flood the plains and rejuvenate the flora in this largely desert nation in southwest Africa, but they have not come. Photo package with 400 words by 1600 GMT.
MANNING-WIKILEAKS: Bradley Manning's defense team is opening its case at the soldier's sentencing hearing for disclosing classified information. UPCOMING: Developing from 1330 GMT proceedings. 400 words by 2200 GMT.
NSA SURVEILLANCE-SNOWDEN: Monitoring travel plans for Snowden's father after he said he and a lawyer have papers to travel to Russia.
EMBASSIES-THREAT: Checking for any security changes at U.S. embassies that reopened this weekend across the Muslim world after being shut for a global terror threat. Yemen remains closed.
HUNGARY-OBIT CSATARY: Laszlo Csatary, a former police officer indicted in June by Hungarian authorities for abusing Jews and contributing to their deportation to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died. He was 98. SENT: 500 words, photo. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
AUSTRALIA-POLITICAL GAFFE: In a gaffe that is attracting plenty of media attention in the heat of Australia's election campaign, opposition leader Tony Abbott tells a gathering of conservative party faithful that no one is "the suppository of all wisdom." SENT: 230 words.
BIDEN 2016: U.S Vice President Joe Biden may again run for president or he may not. He is polishing his connections and racking up favors in all the right states to ensure he stays part of the conversation, even while many Democrats have their eye on Hillary Clinton. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2000 GMT.
FORT HOOD SHOOTING: The trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan is set to resume after more than 40 witnesses described how he prepared and carried out a shooting massacre that left 13 dead at Fort Hood in 2009. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 700 words by 2000 GMT.
SINKING BUILDING-RESORT: A sinkhole caused a section of a central Florida resort villa to partially collapse early Monday, while another section of the villa was sinking, authorities said. Witnesses described a cracking sound, and evacuating vacationers said they heard shaking and glass breaking. SENT: 340 words with photos, video. UPCOMING: Developments possible throughout day, more live photos and video.
AUTISM-INDUCING LABOR, HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 2000 GMT: The biggest study of its kind suggests autism might be linked with inducing and speeding up labor. (Findings are preliminary, not proven). UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE 2000 GMT. 450 words.
BLACKBERRY: Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry will consider selling itself. The company's board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" in hopes of boosting the adoption of its BlackBerry 10 smartphone. SENT: 515 words, photo. 800 words expected by 1700 GMT.
HYPERLOOP TRAVEL: An inventor revealing plans for a "transit system" that could move people from LA to San Francisco in half an hour. But the billionaire designer said he is too preoccupied with his computer business to focus on building it. SENT: 350 words, photo. Will be updated after release expected at 1900 GMT, conference call at 2100 GMT 600 words.
SKOREA-CHINA-GANGNAM WEDDINGS: The 20-something Beijing lawyers and fans of South Korean pop idol Rain are part of a small but growing number of affluent Chinese for whom the craze for all things South Korean means flying to Seoul for the weekend just to have wedding pictures taken. It's an elegant urban style that Chinese increasingly want and which is exemplified by Seoul's tony Gangnam district. SENT: 940 words, photos.
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Jason Dufner walked off the 18th green, after casually pumping his fists in what passed for a raucous celebration. There was a familiar face waiting for him. The last time they met in this situation, it was Keegan Bradley accepting the Wanamaker Trophy. This time, it belonged to Dufner. SENT: 1050 words, photos.