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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

January 16, 2015

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 1745 GMT:

-- EUROPE-TERROR (sent; developing)

-- OBAMA-CAMERON (sent; developing)


-- CAPITOL-TERROR PLOT (sent; developing)

-- POPE-ASIA (sent)

-- EUROPE-MARS MISSION (sent; developing)

-- SUPREME COURT-GAY MARRIAGE (sent; developing)

-- OBAMA-STATE OF THE UNION (sent; developing)


-- EUROPE-MARS MISSION (sent; developing)


-- TOO MUCH POT (sent)



-- POPE WATCH (sent)



VIDEO: belgium_anti_terror_raids (sent)

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):


EUROPE TERROR - French, German and Belgian police arrested more than two dozen suspects in anti-terrorism raids Friday, as European authorities rushed to thwart more attacks by people with links to Islamic extremists in the Mideast. SENT: 880 words, photos. Video. UPCOMING: Developing.

OBAMA-CAMERON — Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron meet at the White House amid growing fears about the specter of terrorism in Europe and the West. Cameron plans to ask Obama to press U.S. technology companies like Google and Facebook to allow governments to snoop on encrypted communications. Updates from news conference underway. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2200 GMT.

US-FRANCE - U.S. secretary of state pays respects to Paris terror attack victims with “big hug.” SENT: 630 words, photos.

EUROPE-TERROR-2 PLOTS: France and Belgium have been rocked by back-to-back events linked to terrorism, but the sole connection for now seems to be their common objective: to strike a blow at an advanced Western democracy. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800, photos.

EUROPE-TERROR-BORDER LAWS: French authorities are now able to ban suspected jihadists from travelling abroad and stop some people from returning home as part of tough new anti-terrorism measures activated by the government after last week’s deadly attacks. French and Belgian authorities want even tougher anti-terrorism laws to come. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1800, photos.

EUROPE-TERROR-EUROPOL - AP interview: Europol chief says foiling every terror attack is “extremely difficult.” SENT: 390 words, photos.

CHARLIE HEBDO-PROTESTS - AFP photographer shot, wounded as Pakistan rally against French satire weekly turns violent. SENT: 450 words, photos.

ISLAMIC STATE-AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN - Afghanistan and Pakistan, home to al-Qaida and Taliban militants and the focus of the longest war in U.S. history, face a new, emerging threat from the Islamic State group, officials have told The Associated Press. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

EMIRATES-TERROR - The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Friday it has sought to be removed from a United Arab Emirates’ list that designates it as a terrorist organization, along with dozens of other groups. SENT: 340 words.


POPE-ASIA - Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception on Friday, using a rally in Asia’s largest Catholic nation to urge families to be “sanctuaries of respect for life.” SENT: 500 words, photos, video, interactive.

POPE-ASIA-PHILIPPINES-DIVORCE - Philippines’ divorce ban - nearly unique in the world - shows church’s power in country. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

POPE WATCH - Glimpses of his trip as it unfolds. SENT: 1200 words, photos.

FRANCE-ATTACKS-POPE - Francis’ comment that someone insulting his mother could “expect a punch” may have seemed far from Jesus’ famous exhortation to “turn the other cheek. ” His point was not about justifying violence, but about refraining from deliberately provocative speech. SENT: 500 words, photos.


SUPREME COURT-GAY MARRIAGE — Supreme Court justices may decide at their closed-door conference Friday whether to resolve the legal debate over gay marriage in the next few months. If they decide to tackle the issue, justices would hear the case in April. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2300 GMT; timing of any developments uncertain.

MEDICARE CHIEF — Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner — who oversaw the rocky rollout of the president’s health care law — says she’s stepping down at the end of February. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by noon.

OBAMA-STATE OF UNION — The dwindling impact of the president’s annual State of the Union address has sent the White House searching for new ways to break through. SENT: 890 words, photos.


CAPITOL-TERROR PLOT- A court hearing will be held in the case of a 20-year-old Ohio man’s Twitter posts sympathizing with Islamic terrorists that led to the man’s arrest on charges that he plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials. SENT: 400 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: updates from 1830 GMT court hearing, then 500 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

TOO MUCH POT - Six months since Washington became the second state to open a legal marijuana market, a dearth of weed has turned into a glut. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

HAWAIIAN KINGDOM - Anger over how the U.S. took Hawaii decades ago resurfaces since the Department of Interior began meetings to explore giving tribe-like status to Native Hawaiians. SENT: 980 words, photo. With TIMELINE - Key moments. SENT: 310 words.


CUBA-READY FOR AMERICANS? - The recent thaw is U.S.-Cuba relations has many excited about the prospect of more Americans traveling to the island. UPCOMING: 900 words. Photos.

UNITED STATES-IRAN - An American official says Kerry will meet with his Iranian counterpart Friday in Paris in what will be their second face-to-face encounter this week. SENT: 235 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2100 GMT.

UKRAINE - Prospects for Ukraine peace talks remained dim Friday as hostilities intensified between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in the east. SENT: 330 words.

HONG KONG-TEEN PROTEST LEADER - The teenage face of Hong Kong’s democracy protests turned himself in Friday but was released by police. SENT: 420 words, photos.

EBOLA-WEST AFRICA - Health Minister: All schools in Guinea that were closed amid Ebola are to reopen on Monday. SENT: 360 words, photo.

THAILAND-GENDER EQUALITY - Draft of Thailand’s new constitution would protect rights of gay and transgender people. SENT: 370 words.

ZIMBABWE-ELEPHANT EXPORTS - Zimbabwe says it is cash-strapped, will export elephants for funds, despite objections. SENT: 300 words.

CHINA-BOAT ACCIDENT - Rescuers cut through the bottom of an upended tugboat to free a Chinese interpreter and search for 22 more missing people, including eight foreigners, after the vessel capsized in the Yangtze River, state media say. SENT: 250 words, photos.

INDIA-ITALIAN MARINES - India criticizes a European Parliament resolution for calling the detention of two Italian marines for nearly three years without charge a violation of human rights. SENT: 350 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-SHARK DANGER - Beaches at the Australian city of Newcastle are closed for a seventh day after at least two large sharks were sighted in coastal waters. Meanwhile, a teenage spear fisher was attacked by a shark 390 kilometers (240 miles) to the south. SENT: 410 words.


EUROPE-MARS MISSION - The European Space Agency’s Beagle-2 lander, which had been lost on Mars since 2003, has been found, the agency says Friday. SENT: 350 words, photos.


AUTO SAFETY INVESTIGATIONS - U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn’t inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SWITZERLAND-FRANC FALLOUT - The financial shockwaves from the Swiss franc’s staggering ascent, one of the most acute moves in decades by a major currency, have hit firms around the world, with at least two brokerages going out of business. SENT: 690 words, photo.


MUHAMMAD ALI-HOSPITALIZED - Muhammad Ali was back in the hospital Thursday for follow-up care related to a severe urinary tract infection, his second stint in the hospital in the last four weeks. SENT: 270 words.


MISS UNIVERSE The longest-reigning Miss Universe sits down with The Associated Press to discuss her time with the tiara, and what comes next in her life. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

FILM-JULIANNE MOORE - She discusses her intense preparation to play an academic with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice.” By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

FILM-CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS - Fresh off their Oscar nominations, “Birdman” and “Boyhood” added to their awards-season haul with multiple wins at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.

BILL COSBY-COLORADO - Cosby to perform in Colorado despite planned protests, new allegation of sexual misconduct. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: will be updated from 0200 GMT performance.

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