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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

April 14, 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:

-- NIGERIA EXPLOSION (sent; developing)

-- PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent; developing)


-- FATAL SHOOTING-KANSAS (sent; developing)


-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- FRANCE-MASS DNA TEST (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 EDT):


NIGERIA-EXPLOSION - Police say an explosion that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital has killed at least 71 people and wounded 124. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; trying for video.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - The chief prosecutor accused Pistorius of tailoring his version of how he killed his girlfriend to fit evidence at the scene, exhaustively listing alleged inconsistencies in his account of the shooting. SENT: 600 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysian airliner after no signals from its black boxes were detected for six days.SENT: 930 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-RED HERRINGS - The most prominent moments in which hopes of solving the tragic aviation mystery were dashed. SENT: 730 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has called for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where pro-Russian insurgents have occupied buildings in nearly 10 cities. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

FRANCE-MASS DNA TEST - Male students and staff at a high school in western France — 527 people in total — are asked to give DNA samples as police search for the assailant who raped a teenage girl. . SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.

ISRAEL-PASSOVER - Smoke wafts through the air in Jerusalem in the morning hours as Jews symbolically burn bread and add the final touches to weeks of meticulous preparations for Passover. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CHILE-VALPARAISO FIRE - Firefighters struggled for a second night to contain blazes that have killed 12 people, injured 500, destroyed 2,000 homes and forced 10,000 people to flee. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

SYRIA - Syrian government troops seized at least three border communities, including an ancient Christian hamlet, north of Damascus on Monday. SENT: 820 words, photos.

VIETNAM-DISSIDENTS RELEASED - Vietnam has released two more high-profile dissidents in an unusual move. SENT: 400 words.

DYING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 0000 GMT Tuesday) - A comprehensive global survey says that only 10 killers of 908 environmental activists slain around the world over the past decade have been convicted. SENT: 850 words, HOLD FOR RELEASE, 0000 GMT Tuesday.

FRANCE-NAZI GERMANY-AUCTION - A French auction house is abandoning plans to sell dozens of items from Nazi Germany including a small wooden box bearing three swastikas that was once owned by Adolf Hitler. SENT: 130 words.


BUDGET-DEFICIT - The Congressional Budget Office releases its analysis of Obama’s 2015 budget proposal. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2200 GMT.


FATAL SHOOTING- KANSAS - We aim to profile the he man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday. He is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos, video.


OBAMA-PRAYER BREAKFAST - Obama is remembering those killed at a Jewish community center and retirement complex, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing

— FATAL SHOOTING-KANSAS-REACTION. Comment from around the world in reaction to the shooting.

SEVEN DEAD BABIES - The discovery of seven dead babies stuffed in cardboard boxes has police desperately seeking answers about how such a tragedy unfolded over a decade with no one noticing. SENT: 970 words, photos.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - THE INVESTIGATION - A year later, federal prosecutors say they have a trove of evidence ready to use against the surviving suspect, but many questions remain. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

GAY MARRIAGE-OHIO - A federal judge is ready to deliver what could be the most sweeping ruling yet for gay marriage in a state that bans it. UPCOMING: updates from ruling that could come anytime Monday, then 500 words by 2200 GMT, photos.

NYC TERROR - Jury selection starts in the rial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, a disabled Egyptian Islamic preacher accused of conspiring to support al-Qaida. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: updates from 9:30 a.m. proceedings, then 500 words by 2200 GMT, court sketches.

PULITZER PRIZES - The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes are announced; one contender is the team that revealed that the has government has collected information about millions of Americans’ phone calls and emails. SENT: 510 words, photo. UPCOMING: updates after 3:05 p.m. announcement, then 650 words by 4:30 p.m., photos, video, sidebars.


SPACE STATION - The International Space Station is about to get some fresh groceries and material for an urgent repair job. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updating from launch scheduled for 2058 GMT, photos.

HUNGRY AND ANGRY (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1900 GMT) - A quick candy bar may prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That’s because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1900 GMT, photos.


DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-WINDOWS CORTANA ASSISTANT - With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in a major way. SENT: 1,060 words.


RETAIL SALES - U.S. retail sales in March rise by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products. SENT: 500 words, photo.

IPOs-TURNING POINT? - A hot market for IPOs faces a tougher reality. After the best start to a year since 2000, companies preparing to sell their shares to the public are dealing with a sudden downturn in the stock market. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT.

UBER-ASIA - Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. There’s a twist, though: Instead of being the game-changing phenomena it was in the U.S., Uber faces a slew of competitors using similar technology. SENT: 960 words, photos.


PULITZERS-ARTS - Pulitzer Prizes for literature, drama and music will be announced by Columbia University. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

PULITZERS-ARTS-DRAMA - A look at the theatrical winners. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

TV-FARGO-THORNTON - After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put “Fargo” on series TV. SENT: 800 words, photos.

THEATER-Q&A-BILLY PORTER - Billy Porter is celebrating one year in the Broadway hit “Kinky Boots.” SENT: 840 words, photos.

MTV MOVIE AWARDS - In its 22nd year, the MTV show has become an important event for Hollywood studios. And oh yes, there were some (mostly silly) awards, too. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

- MTV MOVIE AWARDS-LIST - Complete list of winners. SENT: 200 words, photo.

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