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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1545 GMT

February 20, 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 1545 GMT:

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- LIBYA (sent; developing)

-- ANTARCTICA MYSTERIES (sent; with photo gallery and video)


-- ROAD RAGE SHOOTING (sent; developing)



-- MOVIE MUMBLES (upcoming)




-- ANTARCTICA MYSTERIES (sent; with photo gallery and video)


-- SOCCER-REFEREE KILLED (sent; developing)







-- OBAMA-ROYALS (sent)


-- WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing)


ANTARCTICA MYSTERIES-PHOTO ESSAY (sent; with text and video)

WINTER WEATHER coverage (sent; with text and video)


US_NV_ROAD_RAGE_SHOOTING - Police arrest the teenage neighbor of a Las Vegas mother who was shot dead in a road-rage incident (with text and photos)

ANTARCTICA_FUTURE - Scientists believe Antarctica holds clues to our future (with text and photos)

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:


UKRAINE - Separatist rebels fire on Ukrainian positions nearly 50 times in the past 24 hours and Russia is sending more tanks into Ukraine despite a cease-fire that was supposed to take effect five days ago, a Ukrainian military spokesman says. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

LIBYA - A Libyan army spokesman says a massive car bombing has struck a town in the country’s east, killing at least 45 people, according to initial reports. SENT: 650 words.

ISLAMIC STATE-MOSUL - The operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May, a senior U.S. military official says. SENT: 780 words, photos.

GREECE-BAILOUT - Greece, European creditors divided as Athens seeks 6-month debt deal extension. SENT: 580 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from the talks.

ANTARCTICA-MYSTERIES - Antarctica may hold clues to answering humanity’s most basic questions: Where did we come from? Are we alone? And what’s the fate of our planet? For a dozen days in January, the AP followed scientists from different fields searching for alien-like creatures, hints of pollution trapped in pristine ancient ice, leftovers from the Big Bang, biological quirks that potentially could lead to better medical treatments, and perhaps most of all, signs of unstoppable melting. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, video. Note ANTARCTICA MYSTERIES-PHOTO ESSAY.

MIDEAST-WEATHER - Heavy winter storm descends on parts of Mideast, snow closes all roads in, out of Jerusalem. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop.

AUSTRALIA-STORMS - Two powerful cyclones slam into northern Australia; homes damaged, roads flooded. SENT: 540 words. UPCOMING: Photos unlikely given the remote location, but we continue to try.

RACISM FALLOUT - ‘Ashamed’ Chelsea to invite black man targeted by fans in Paris to return game in London. SENT: 470 words, photos.

SWITZERLAND-TRAIN CRASH - 2 trains collide in northern Switzerland, 1 derails; 5 people injured. SENT: 130 words, photos.

SOMALIA-VIOLENCE - Suicide bomb attacks at Somali hotel kill many, including deputy Mogadishu mayor, legislator. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

PALESTINIANS-PLO LAWSUIT - Palestinian officials are nervously watching a landmark terrorism trial in the U.S brought by victims of Palestinian suicide bombings and shootings aimed at civilians. SENT: 920 words, photos.

TOKYO MARATHON SECURITY - Organizers of this Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon have promised increased security following the slaying of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group. SENT: 180 words.

THAILAND-SURROGACY - Thailand’s legislature passes a law that criminalizes commercial surrogacy and prohibits foreigners from seeking surrogacy services in the kingdom after a string of scandals last year. SENT: 310 words.

VENEZUELA-MAYOR ARRESTED - Police in camouflage uniforms break into the office of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and cart the longtime critic away. SENT: 650 words, photos.

VATICAN-REFORM - Vatican pension fund insists its finances are in decent shape, seeks to dispel ‘alarmism’. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

THAILAND-FINE FOOD WITH BUGS - At Le Cordon Bleu — the temple of fine French cooking — a group of chefs and food scientists are simmering, sauteeing and grilling bugs to release innovative flavors. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

INDIA-OBAMA’S TREE - Indian officials insist: Tree planted by Obama is not dead! SENT: 150 words, photos.

INDIA-MODI’S SUIT - Modi’s suit with its unique monogram-as-pinstripes design raises nearly $700,000 at auction. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Photo.


HEALTH CARE-TAX PROBLEMS — The Obama administration says it sent about 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers the wrong tax information, and officials are asking those consumers to delay filing their 2014 taxes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

OBAMA-ROYALS - Obama to meet at White House with Britain’s Prince Charles and wife, Camilla. SENT: 130 words.

RAND PAUL - U.S. senator’s presidential announcement likely in March or April, will be made in Kentucky. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

ROAD RAGE SHOOTING - Police arresting a teenage neighbor who had a history with the family that reached a boiling point the night of the shooting. SENT: 660 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: More details on the families’ relationship and history; 600 words by 2 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER - Winter’s frosty grip to tighten even more across portions of Southeast, Mid-Atlantic. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: Developing through the day.

FROZEN NIAGARA FALLS - The winter’s deep freeze transforms Niagara Falls into an icy spectacle. SENT: 140 words, photos.

FORMER GOVERNOR TRIAL - Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell could become the first modern-day governor’s spouse sent to prison for felonies she was convicted of committing while she held the mostly ceremonial position. Upcoming.

SANTA BARBARA RAMPAGE - Report: Man in California rampage rehearsed killing roommates, 1 of whom was stabbed 94 times. Upcoming.

GIRLS-STABBING PLOT - Girls accused of repeatedly stabbing classmate describe attack in police interrogation video. SENT: 430 words.

SOCCER-REFEREE KILLED - Lawyer: Detroit-area soccer player charged with fatally punching referee agrees to plea deal. SENT: 320 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.


APP MEDICINE- Doctors tap fitness trackers, mobile apps to improve care, monitor patients between visits. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

With: FOUR CHALLENGES WITH APP MEDICINE — Doctors who want to use fitness data face challenges with liability, reliability, compensation and privacy. UPCOMING: 700 words at 10 am.


LOW-WAGE WORKERS-PAY RAISES - Wal-Mart’s decision to raise hourly wages for its lowest-paid workers means other retailers and fast food restaurants may now follow suit. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m. , photos.

AIR BAG MAKER FINED - US to fine Japanese air bag maker Takata $14K per day for failing to cooperate in probe. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

STRONG DOLLAR SQUEEZE - The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days is the surging U.S. dollar. SENT: 970 words, photos.

PORT LABOR - The nation’s top labor official ratchets up pressure on the two sides haggling over a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, telling them if they don’t reach an agreement by Friday, they’ll have to leave California and negotiate in Washington. SENT: 490 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

VOLKSWAGEN-UNION - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has a blunt message on labor and economic development for automakers looking to build new plants: We’re not Tennessee. UPCOMING: Photos, 700 words.


OSCARS-ENIGMA MACHINES - A riddle wrapped up in an enigma: US museum showcases ‘Imitation Game’ code-breaking machines. SENT: 510 words, photos.

OSCARS-VIVIAN MAYER-COPYRIGHT - A curious legal battle is brewing over rights to streetscape photographs of late Chicago nanny Vivian Maier, whose life became an Oscar-nominated documentary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.

MOVIE MUMBLES - Oscar-nominated sound veterans explain the hard-to-hear ‘Interstellar’ dialogue. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

OSCARS-TROPHY STUDENTS - We hang with a select group of film students from around the world as they prepare for their trophy walks on Sunday night’s Oscar stage. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m., photos.

BOOKS-MALCOLM X - One of the last major digital holdouts, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” should soon be available as an e-book. SENT: 500 words.

MUSIC-GLEN CAMPBELL - Music connects country icon Glen Campbell, suffering from Alzheimer’s, with daughter Ashley. SENT: 570 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-FIFTY SHADES-CENSORSHIP - Zimbabwe’s censorship board says erotic scenes from the film Fifty Shades of Grey must be deleted before it is shown in this southern African country. SENT: 130 words.

TV-TWO AND A HALF MEN-FINALE - Charlie Harper lives - at least, he lived until the final moments of Thursday’s series finale of “Two and a Half Men.” SENT: 760 words, photos.

THEATER-BROOKLYNITE - Brooklyn has gotten so cool these days that it’s getting its own group of superheroes. SENT: 625 words, photos.

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