BC-AP News Digest 6 pm
Oct. 24, 2015
Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.
Adds: CLUSTER OF SHARKS; ALLIGATOR-STORM DRAIN; PUMPKIN FESTIVAL-LACONIA; TROPICAL STORM-WHY SO LITTLE DAMAGE?; WORLD SERIES-LOOKAHEAD; GENERAL MOTORS CONTRACT; ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS.
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MYANMAR-DRUG LEDGER - In Myanmar's Kachin state, residents frustrated with authorities' failure to fight the drug trade find a ledger from a drug dealer detailing payoffs to many local officials. By Esther Htusan. SENT: 880 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -Looking to reduce tensions at a Jerusalem holy site that set off weeks of Mideast violence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces that Israel and Jordan had agreed on steps, including round-the-clock video monitoring, to bring an end to the unrest. (Incorporates KERRY-MIDEAST). SENT: 770 words, photos. With PALESTINIANS-SOCIAL MEDIA - For young Palestinians, social media is leading source of news — and anger. By Daniel Estrin. SENT: 1,380 words, photos. This story moved as the Sunday Spotlight.
TROPICAL WEATHER - CHAMELA, Mexico — Only a day after menacing Mexico as one of history's strongest storms, Hurricane Patricia leaves surprisingly little damage in its wake and quickly dissipates into an ordinary low-pressure system that that poses little threat beyond heavy rain. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. With: TROPICAL STORM-WHY SO LITTLE DAMAGE?; TEXAS STORMS - Storms pound parts of Texas as it waits for remnants of Hurricane Patricia to bring more rain. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing, and TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST.
GUN CONTROL-STATES - A nonprofit supported by billionaire Michael Bloomberg that enlists mothers to speak out against the threat of gun violence is claiming modest success in changing laws, employing the state-by-state strategy that was used so effectively to combat drunken driving and expand gay rights. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. With: GUN CONTROL-STATE LEGISLATION and GUN CONTROL-FIREARM DEATHS (sent).
NAPALM GIRL - In the photograph that made Kim Phuc a living symbol of the Vietnam War, her burns aren't visible — only her agony as she runs wailing toward the camera, her arms flung away from her body, naked because she has ripped off her burning clothes. More than 40 years later she can hide the scars beneath long sleeves, but a single tear down her otherwise radiant face betrays the pain she has endured since that errant napalm strike in 1972. Now she has a new chance to heal — a prospect she once thought possible only in a life after death. By Jennifer Kay. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.
OBAMA-SCHOOL TESTING - President Barack Obama calls for capping standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time and says the government shares responsibility for turning tests into the be-all and end-all of American schools. By Josh Lederman and Jennifer Kerr. SENT: 730 words, photos, graphic.
VATICAN-FAMILIES - Catholic bishops call for a more welcoming church for cohabitating couples, gays and Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried, endorsing Pope Francis' call for a more merciful and less judgmental church. By Nicole Winfield and Daniela Petroff. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
OBIT-MAUREEN O'HARA - Maureen O'Hara, the flame-haired Irish movie star who appeared in classics ranging from the grim "How Green Was My Valley" to the uplifting "Miracle on 34th Street," dies at 95. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.
CLUSTER OF SHARKS - Experts say a cluster of some 20 great white sharks was recently spotted by the U.S. Coast Guard off Northern California's coast. SENT: 100 words.
ALLIGATOR-STORM DRAIN - A 7-foot alligator stuck in a Florida storm drain is on its way to an alligator farm. SENT: 100 words.
PUMPKIN FESTIVAL-LACONIA - Town in New Hampshire tries to set world record for most lit jack-o'-lanterns. SENT: 220 words, photos.
SOTHEBY'S TAUBMAN EXHIBITION - Sotheby's transforms building with exhibition of Taubman's huge collection prior to sales. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.
DEM 2016-IOWA - Hillary Rodham Clinton trots out singer Katy Perry and Bill Clinton in a show of celebrity and political muscle for Democratic activists in Iowa, while rival Bernie Sanders rallies supporters and leads them on a march across the Des Moines River. By Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 800 words, photos, with updates from speeches expected after 9:30 p.m. With DEM 2016-IOWA-THE LATEST.
UNITED STATES-INDONESIA - On his first trip to Washington since sweeping to power a year ago, Indonesia's leader has a chance to build a rapport with an American president who has personal ties to the country, and to persuade American companies that he'll make it easier to invest in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 720 words, photos.
GOP 2016-BUSH - Some of Jeb Bush's backers fear it soon could be too late for their candidate, mired in the 2016 pack, his sluggish campaign cutting headquarters staff and refocusing resources on early voting states. Bush's response to the perception of a campaign falling apart? 'Blah, blah, blah.' By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 910 words, photos.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS - The honeymoon might be over before it even begins for House Speaker-in-waiting Paul Ryan when he is elevated to the top job this coming week. He'll take over at a moment of chaos notable even for a Congress where crisis has become routine. By Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner. SENT: 820 words, photos.
BOEHNER-LAST RADIO ADDRESS - Outgoing speaker promotes school vouchers for D.C. students. SENT: 300 words.
HOMECOMING PARADE-CRASH - A woman suspected of driving under the influence plows into a crowd during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing three people and injuring dozens more. By Justin Juozapavicius. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
WISCONSIN-REPUBLICAN POWER - Wisconsin Republicans are moving at breakneck speed to disallow secret investigations into political corruption like one that threatened Gov. Scott Walker, do away with the state's unique nonpartisan elections board and legalize coordination between candidates and shadowy issue advocacy groups that don't disclose their donors. By Scott Bauer. SENT: 850 words, photo.
IMMIGRATION-CRIME VICTIMS - Thousands of immigrants in the country illegally could have a clearer path to legal status under a new California law aimed at helping crime victims get a visa. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 750 words, photos. With IMMIGRATION-CRIME VICTIMS-GLANCE.
RUSSIA SYRIA - HEMEIMEEM AIRBASE, Syria — Sleek combat jets loaded with precision bunker-buster bombs roar into the skies as soldiers in desert-style uniforms march past rows of housing at this Russian military base at one of Syria's largest airports. The air campaign in Syria shows a revamped Russian military capable of quickly projecting power far from Russian borders. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.
NIGERIA-HUMAN TRAFFICKING - In a Lagos suburb, 22-year-old Omo huddles over her battered cell phone, scrolling through text messages to find the name of the Russian city where she was coerced into prostitution. By Caelainn Hogan. SENT: 700 words, photos.
EUROPE MIGRANTS - Slovenia and Croatia try to tamp down the boiling tempers of those stuck at the Brezice refugee camp, as over 13,000 new refugees arrive in the last 24 hours. By David Rising. SENT: 850 words, photos. With: EUROPE MIGRANTS-THE LATEST (sent).
GENERAL MOTORS CONTRACT - The United Auto Workers union says its workers at General Motors will strike if it can't agree on a new contract with the company by 11:59 p.m. SENT: 100 words.
WORLD SERIES-LOOKAHEAD - The pitching-rich New York Mets, boosted by Daniel Murphy's power surge. The plucky Kansas City Royals, constantly pressuring opponents and aiming to atone for last year's near-miss. A tasty World Series, served up with some BBQ and bagels. A dead even one, too, beginning Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. By Ben Walker. SENT: 650 words, photos.
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