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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

July 7, 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 at 1600 GMT:

-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)

-- VATICAN-POPE-SEX ABUSE (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)


-- RETHINKING POT-WASHINGTON (sent; developing)


-- CLIPPERS-STERLING (sent; developing)




PHOTOS: SPAIN-RUNNING OF THE BULLS (sent; with text); IMMIGRATION HOT SPOT (sent; with text)

VIDEO: MIDEAST UPDATE (sent; with Israel-Palestinians text and photos); US_IL_INTERN BOOT CAMP (sent; 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 (all times GMT):


ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Three Israeli suspects in the vigilante-style killing of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death last week confessed to the crime on Monday and were re-enacting the incident for authorities, an official said, as the country’s leaders raced to contain a public uproar over the slaying. SENT: 880 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing on a number of angles; hoping to get details on the suspects, more Israeli mood, other human angles.

ISRAEL-POLITICS - Israeli foreign minister ends alliance with Netanyahu, adding instability to coalition. SENT: 410 words, photos.

VATICAN-POPE-SEX ABUSE - Pope Francis on Monday begged forgiveness from the victims of clergy sex abuse in his first meeting with several abuse survivors. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

UKRAINE - Three bridges on key roads leading into Donetsk were blown up Monday — an apparent attempt to slow down any possible assault by Ukrainian forces on the country’s main rebel-held city. SENT: 550 words, photos.

MEXICO-EARTHQUAKE - A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least two people and damaging dozens of homes. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Developing; pursuing photos.

NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS - More than 60 Nigerian girls and women abducted by Islamic extremists two weeks ago have managed to escape, officials said Monday, though more than 200 girls who were kidnapped in April remain missing. SENT: 720 words.

GERMANY-US SPYING - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that if reports that a German intelligence employee spied for the United States are proven true, it would be a “clear contradiction” of trust between the allies. SENT: 500 words.

INDIA-MUSLIM LAW - Islamic courts have no legal authority in India, the country’s Supreme Court ruled Monday, saying Muslims cannot be legally subject to a parallel religious authority. SENT: 370 words.

GERMANY-JIHAD REHAB - Chris Boudreau’s son Damian told her that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, the language of Islam. She never saw him again. Boudreau was left to wonder what she could have done to stop her son from becoming a jihadi foot soldier. For answers she’s turning to Europe. SENT: 1,280 words.

PISTORIUS TRIAL - The defense team for Oscar Pistorius plans to close its case after its last witness, a physician who has treated the athlete, completed his testimony at the murder trial on Monday, a lawyer said. SENT: 450 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-ASYLUM SEEKERS - Australia’s government confirms it has handed over a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities, drawing outrage from human rights groups who fear those on board could face persecution in their home country. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 670 words, photos.

SYRIA- Syrian troops advanced in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Monday in what appears to be an attempt to lay siege to rebel-held parts of the country’s largest city, activist said Monday. SENT: 540 words.

LEBANON - Lebanon’s state-run news agency says a military prosecutor has charged 28 people with planning bombing attacks in the country and belonging to the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State, which captured wide areas of northern Iraq last month. SENT: 130 words.

GEORGIA-OBIT-SHEVARDNADZE - Eduard Shevardnadze, a groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia, dies at the age of 86. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ASIA STORM - Japan was bracing for destructive winds and huge waves as a powerful typhoon churned Monday toward the southern islands of Okinawa after sparing the Philippines. SENT: 270 words, photo.

BRITAIN-CHILD ABUSE - British officials are promising to investigate whether the government and other institutions in the 1980s and 90s covered up child abuse by politicians and others in positions of power. SENT: 130 words.

SOMALIA - DROUGHT The United Nations food agency warns that Somalia’s food crisis could worsen in coming months because of poor rains, shrinking humanitarian assistance and rising cereal prices. SENT: 140 words.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - Talks over Iran’s nuclear program are making little headway, with Tehran resisting U.S.-led efforts to crimp activities that could be turned toward making weapons, diplomats said Monday. SENT: 300 words.

UGANDA VIOLENCE - Ugandan troops have killed more than 60 suspected insurgents accused of taking part in weekend assaults on police stations and military barracks, a military official said on Monday amid ongoing clashes with gunmen in a volatile region near Uganda’s border with Congo. SENT: 310 words.

KOREAS-TENSION - North Korea says it will send cheering squad to Asian Games to be hosted by South Korea. SENT: 430 words.

CHINA-JAPAN - China holds high-profile ceremony to mark 77th anniversary of outbreak of war with Japan. SENT: 590 words.

IRAQ - Iraq’s deadlocked parliament on Monday postponed its next session until mid-August, prolonging the country’s political impasse despite urgent calls for a new government that can confront Sunni extremists who have overrun a large part of the country. SENT: 540 words.

VIETNAM-HELICOPTER CRASH - A Vietnamese military helicopter on a parachute training mission crashed close to the Vietnamese capital on Monday, killing 16 people on board and critically injuring five others, officials and state-controlled media said. SENT: 220 words.

FRANCE-TRAIN CRASH - Sloppy maintenance of a notoriously dangerous stretch of railroad caused a train to jump the tracks in suburban Paris last year, killing seven people and injuring nearly 200, a French prosecutor said Monday. SENT: 160 words.

GERMANY-CAR TOLL - Germany plans to introduce a car toll that seeks to make money off the millions of foreigners who drive through the country every year, the transport minister said Monday. SENT: 270 words.

BRUNEI-AIRCRAFT OVERSHOOT - A jetliner operated by budget carrier AirAsia skidded off the runway on landing at Brunei’s Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport on Monday, but all those onboard disembarked safely. SENT: 120 words.

SPAIN-RUNNING OF THE BULLS - One person was gored as thousands of thrill-seekers tested their bravery and speed Monday by dashing with fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona. SENT: 190 words, photos.

BRITAIN-EUROTUNNEL - Hundreds of passengers have been evacuated from a shuttle train and thousands more are experiencing delays after an electrical fault brought a train to a halt in the Channel Tunnel. SENT: 130 words.


RETHINKING POT-WASHINGTON -Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses on Monday in a series of middle-of-the-night emails alerting bleary-eyed pot-shop proprietors that they’ll finally be able to open for business. SENT: 820 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing on a number of fronts.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-HOT SPOT - The epicenter of the recent surge in illegal immigration is a 5-mile slice of deep South Texas that has become a hot spot for migrants, human smugglers and drug cartels. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NYC-FIREFIGHTER KILLED - New York mourns ‘hero’ firefighter killed searching for possible victims in high-rise blaze. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.

BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S FRIENDS - A federal prosecutor has told jurors that a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev impeded the investigation into the bombing for one reason — to help Tsarnaev. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: updates from day’s developments, then 500 words by 1800 GMT, photos.


GENERAL MOTORS-CHEAP SWITCHES - If General Motors had ignored customer complaints about “cheap-feeling” ignition switches in the late 1990s, it may have dodged a giant recall mess. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1700 GMT, photos


WCUP-OURO PRETO - The sprawling World Cup metropolis of Belo Horizonte is swelling with fans ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final Brazil-Germany match, and just a two-hour drive away is the birthplace of Brazil’s independence push from Portugal. SENT: 750 words, photos.


CLIPPERS-STERLING - With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Updating from trial, beginning at 1630 GMT.

IOC-2022 BIDS- Left with little choice after the withdrawal of three contenders, the International Olympic Committee retained the three remaining cities Monday in the troubled race for the 2022 Winter Games. Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing, and Oslo made the list of finalists, as had been expected. SENT: 620 words.


FILM-HOLLYWOOD’S APE MAN - Terry Notary is Hollywood’s go-to guy for playing apes, goblins, banshees, elves and most anything not like you and me. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1700 GMT, photos, video.

TV-EXTANT - Don’t hate Halle Berry because she’s beautiful. She’s certainly a welcome TV presence this summer as the star of “Extant,” a 13-episode thriller on CBS where she plays Molly Woods, an unexpectedly expecting astronaut. SENT: 500 words, photo.

TV-FINDING CARTER — Finding an identity is hard enough for a 16-year-old girl without learning that your entire life as you know it is based on a lie. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BRITAIN-DOLLY AND DOG - Dolly Parton offers to adopt “Dolly”: a dog abandoned at British festival. SENT: 120 words, photo.

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