BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
Good morning! 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 10:15 a.m. EDT:
-- MALAYSIA-PLANE SPOTTERS (sent; with spot coverage)
-- OBAMA-FRANCIS (sent as OBAMA; new version upcoming as OBAMA-FRANCIS)
-- MUDSLIDE (sent; new angle upcoming)
-- COLLEGE ATHLETES-UNION (sent; new angles developing)
-- NUCLEAR MISSTEPS (upcoming)
-- NKOREA-BAD HAIR DAY? (sent)
-- AUTISM ESTIMATES (upcoming)
PHOTOS: Spot coverage of Obama and Pope Francis; also POPES AND PRESIDENTS PHOTO GALLERY (sent yesterday as NYKS201-210 but may be of interest again today, with spot coverage);
VIDEO: WA_MUDSLIDE_WRAP (sent; with text); MI_DETROIT-DEMOLITIONS (sent; with text DETROIT-BLANK CANVAS)
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:
MALAYSIA-PLANE SPOTTERS - For all the fancy technology aboard planes and ships, the best tool searchers have are their own eyes. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-PLANE - Search operations for possible debris from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane are suspended due to bad weather, Australian officials say. SENT: 970 words, photos, video, audio, interactive. UPCOMING: spot developments uncertain.
MALAYSIA PLANE-BLACK BOXES — Chirps that help locate ‘black boxes’ from missing Malaysian plane will fade by mid-April. SENT: 580 words, photo.
OBAMA - A visibly energized Obama held a nearly hourlong audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, expressing his great admiration for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House. SENT: 1140 words, photos, video. UPCOMING:Developments and new slug OBAMA-FRANCIS, 1,000 words by 1800 GMT, photos, video.
UKRAINE - The International Monetary Fund promises to loan between $14 billion and $18 billion to Ukraine’s fledgling government, which is struggling to keep the country’s economy afloat amid mounting debts. SENT: 300 words, photo.
CONGRESS-RUSSIA - Lawmakers are rushing to get a bill to the president’s desk that would provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine and sanction those who had a hand in Russia’s takeover of Crimea. SENT: 710 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1600 GMT.
UNITED NATIONS-UKRAINE - Ukraine is predicting that the U.N. General Assembly will adopt a resolution Thursday reaffirming the country’s territorial integrity and calling the referendum that led to Russia’s annexation of its Crimean Peninsula illegal. SENT: 590 words.
UKRAINE-TYMOSHENKO - Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, one of her country’s most polarizing political figures, announced Thursday that she will run for presidential elections set for May 25. SENT: 300 words, photo.
PISTORIUS TRIAL - It’s all on the line now for Pistorius, who is expected to testify in his murder trial as the defense starts presenting its case Friday. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.
US MEXICO WATER — A landmark agreement between the United States and Mexico comes to fruition as the flow of water resumes to the Colorado River in a border town near Yuma, Ariz. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
NKOREA-BAD HAIR DAY? - Bad hair day? No signs that all North Korean students ordered to get Kim Jong Un haircuts. SENT: 610 words, photo.
INDIA-POLIO - The World Health Organization formally declared India polio-free on Thursday, after three years with no new cases. It said the milestone means the entire Southeast Asian region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, is considered free of the disease. SENT: 500 words, photos.
JAPAN-DEATH ROW RELEASE - The world’s longest-serving death row inmate was freed Thursday by a Japanese court that found investigators had likely fabricated evidence in the murder case that put the former pro boxer behind bars for nearly half a century. SENT: 530 words, photos.
QATAR-ADOPTION CASE - An American couple charged with starving their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death in the Gulf Arab county of Qatar was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison, a verdict that stunned and shocked the family, according to the couple’s defense lawyer. SENT: 600 words, photos.
JAPAN-WHALING WOES - The greatest enemy of Japan’s whaling industry may be the country’s vanishing appetite for whale meat. SENT: 800 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-PEACE ACCORD - Philippines signs peace accord with largest Muslim rebel group, ending decades of conflict. SENT: 900 words, photos.
MYANMAR-VIOLENCE - Buddhist-led mobs in western Myanmar attack international aid workers’ homes. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LEBANON - Lebanese media: Gunmen kill army officer in northern city engulfed in Syria-related clashes. SENT: 130 words.
NIGERIA VIOLENCE - Agency: 3 million suffer in Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria; 250,000 homeless this year. SENT: 130 words.
NUCLEAR MISSTEPS — Air Force secretary to hold 2:30 news conference to announce the results of the non-criminal part of the investigation into the Malmstrom cheating as well as other efforts to boost the nuclear force. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1900 GMT.
NSA SURVEILLANCE - Obama is asking Congress to end the government’s bulk collection of people’s phone records. Obama says American’s phone records should remain with the phone companies and not be held at the National Security Agency for five years, as has been the practice. SENT: 130 words.
TRANSGENDER POLICE TRAINING — The Justice Department announces a first-of-its-kind training program for local police and sheriff’s departments to help them better respond to attacks on gay, lesbian and transgender people. UPCOMING: 140 words by 1500 GMT.
MICHELLE OBAMA-CHINA - At times, the first lady’s words veered from soft subjects such as the value of education into more pointed messages about the importance of Internet freedom and respect for minorities. SENT: 930 words, photos
MUDSLIDE - As firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso, he soon realized that the search party had a close connection to the victim. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2030 GMT.
DETROIT-BLANK CANVAS - As part of its plan to climb out of bankruptcy, Detroit plans to tear down as many as 450 empty houses each week. Unlike other cities where building space is almost always limited, Detroit will offer urban planners a rare chance to experiment with wide-open land. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video.
NYC CORRECTIONS — Lawmakers to address death of mentally ill veteran inmate who ‘baked to death’ in NYC cell. SENT: 650 words; UPCOMING: updates after 12:30 p.m. testimony, then 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.
EXECUTION DRUGS-TEXAS — Attorneys for two Texas death row inmates are challenging the state’s position that the identity of its supplier of new execution drugs should be kept secret. SENT: 680 words, photo UPCOMING: Will be updated from noon court hearing.
LAX-LUGGAGE THEFTS - Police served more than two dozen search warrants and made multiple arrests as part of a months-long investigation into baggage theft at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said. SENT: 210 words, video
NEWLYWED MURDER - A Montana woman who admitted to pushing her husband off a cliff eight days after they were married is due to be sentenced, even as she attempts to retract her guilty plea to avoid a potential life prison sentence. SENT: 470 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after hearing scheduled for 10 a.m.
AUTISM ESTIMATE (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT) - The government increases its autism estimate to 1 in 68 children. Two years ago, the figure was 1 in 88. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT, 400 words.
TUBERCULOSIS-CATS - England’s public health agency says two people have caught tuberculosis from a pet cat, the first time the bacterial disease has been documented to spread from cat to human. SENT: 130 words.
NEW CANDY PLANT — Candy giant Mars Inc. is opening a $270 million production plant near Topeka, Kansas, the company’s first new North American production facility in 35 years. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from a 1500 GMT plant opening. With NEW CANDY PLANT-5 THINGS TO KNOW.
FILM-CESAR CHAVEZ - California’s Central Valley, immigrant workers pick produce sold worldwide. They’re mostly Spanish speakers who work long hours in the dirt and sun — not your typical crowd for a Hollywood premiere. But this week, they were the guests of honor at a special screening of “Cesar Chavez.” UPCOMING: 900 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
TV-JOAN & MELISSA - Joan Rivers is starting her fourth season sharing her life for the reality show that she shares with her daughter, Melissa. SENT: 800 words, photos.
FILM-CINEMACON-SPIDER-MAN 2 - Sony Pictures debuted 30 minutes of 3-D footage of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” at CinemaCon on Wednesday night. SENT: 450 words.
PAUL WALKER DAUGHTER - A judge convenes the first hearing in a petition by Paul Walker’s mother to become the legal guardian of her son’s teenage daughter. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos. Developing from a 1:30 p.m. court hearing.
PETS-HUMANE SOCIETY — Turning 60 this year, the Humane Society of the United States has millions of supporters, about 630 employees and a budget of $170 million. And it has a made a big difference in the lives of millions of animals. SENT: 720 words, photos.
ART-RENOIR PAINTING RETURNS - A Renoir painting returns to public display for the first time in more than 60 years since it was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.