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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

March 20, 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:

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent, developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent, developing)

-- ARMY GENERAL-SEX CHARGES (sent, developing)

-- AFGHANISTAN (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 GMT):


MALAYSIA-PLANE - An air search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane described as the “best lead” so far ended for the day without success but will resume in the morning, Australian rescue officials said. SENT: 550 words, photos, video, audio.

-MALAYSIA PLANE SEARCH FACTS - Five planes, two ships search remote waters far southwest of Australia for missing Malaysian jet. SENT: 590 words, photo.

-MALAYSIA-PLANE-FLIGHT SIMULATOR- Flight simulators like one owned by Malaysia Airlines pilot are used by enthusiasts worldwide. SENT: 340 words, photo.

-MALAYSIA-PLANE-LEADING THEORIES — Even the most logical hypotheses about what happened to the 209-foot-long Boeing 777 have holes. No scenario solves this mystery. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-AVIATION BOOM - The transfixing mystery of the Malaysia Airlines jet has unfolded in a region where air travel is undergoing supercharged growth after decades of being beyond the reach of most people. SENT: 800 words, photo.

UKRAINE - Russia faces further sanctions from the European Union over its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula as tensions in the region remained high despite the release of a Ukrainian naval commander. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

-UKRAINE-DIPLOMACY-EU summit centers on boosting Ukraine, punishing Russia for Crimea annexation. SENT: 120 words, photos.

-GERMANY-UKRAINE - Merkel: More sanctions coming for Russia, G8 to be suspended until political situation changes. SENT: 130 words.

RUSSIA-BUSINESS - Putin calls on billionaires to register business and pay taxes in Russia. SENT: 130 words.

AFGHANISTAN - A suicide car bomber blows up his vehicle near a police station in eastern Afghanistan while other Taliban insurgents storm the building, killing 10 police officers and a civilian. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1900 GMT.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Palestinians throw stones at Israeli lawmaker visiting Jerusalem holy site; legislator unhurt. SENT: 130 words.

ISRAEL-US - Israel’s defense minister apologizes to US counterpart for his remarks over Iran stance. SENT: 140 words, photo.

MEXICO-METRO VENDORS - Mexico subway vendors evicted as nuisance complain that the city Mexico City government is removing their livelihood without providing an alternative. SENT: 680 words, photos.

CHINA-MICHELLE OBAMA- The first lady arrives in China with her mother and two daughters for a seven-day, three-city tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SYRIA- Lebanese media say Syrian troops have closed a border crossing into Lebanon amid heavy clashes with rebels in the area. SENT: 560 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

IRAQ- Suicide attack in Baghdad cafe kills at least 12 people, wounds 38. SENT: 260 words, photo.

INDIA GANG RAPE- Indian court convicts 5 men in gang rapes of photojournalist, call-center operator in Mumbai. SENT: 420 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-UNREST - Mayor of restive Venezuelan city arrested, another opposition mayor sentenced. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CHINA-TIBETAN MASTIFFS - Chinese dog breeder sells Tibetan mastiff twins to property developer for $3 million. SENT: 370 words, photo.

JAPAN-SKOREA - A big question looms as the leaders of Japan and South Korea head to Europe next week: Will they finally meet? SENT: 390 words.

JAPAN-ANNE FRANK - Japanese officials say Prime Minister Abe will visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam this weekend to express regret over the recent vandalism at Tokyo libraries of hundreds of books related to the young Holocaust victim. SENT: 240 words.

MYANMAR-POPPY ERADICATION -Ethnic rebels along Myanmar’s rugged frontier help eradicate poppy fields. SENT: 330 words, photos.

INDIA-OBIT-KHUSHWANT SINGH - Khushwant Singh, a journalist, editor and prolific writer whose work ranged from serious histories to joke collections to one of post-Independence India’s great novels, dies at his New Delhi apartment. SENT: 510 words, photos.

JAPAN-TOYOTA - Toyota Motor Corp., headed to a record profit, can afford the $1.2 billion fine levied by the U.S. government for hiding information about defects in its cars. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CHINA-DREAMWORKS - DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners unveil designs for a $2.4 billion entertainment complex in Shanghai, expanding Hollywood’s growing ties with China. SENT: 270 words, photos.

SAUDI-MIGRANTS - Saudi Arabia says it has deported 370,000 foreign workers over the past 5 months. SENT: 130 words.

INTERNATIONAL COURT-CAMBODIA - Lawyer calls on International Criminal Court to investigate Cambodian leaders for atrocities. SENT: 330 words.

TURKEY-TRAIN ACCIDENT - Train crashes into minibus in Turkey, leaving 9 dead and 5 others injured. SENT: 120 words, photos.

EU-BANKING UNION -The EU completed another major step toward creating a banking union, setting up measures to stabilize the financial system and make it easier to deal with troubled banks. SENT: 300 words, photos.

MYANMAR-POLITICS - Myanmar to hold by-elections late this year to fill 28 unoccupied parliamentary seats. SENT: 340 words.

GERMANY-DISPUTED ART - Panel says treasure trove at Berlin museum shouldn’t go to heirs of Jewish art dealers. SENT: 330 words, photos.

PISTORIUS-HOUSE - Pistorius’ lawyer says the double-amputee athlete is selling the house where he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to raise money for his legal bills. SENT: 130 words, photos.


OBAMA-RUSSIA — Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has the White House scrambling plans for Obama’s long-planned trip to Europe next week. UPCOMING, 750 words by 2030 GMT.

-UKRAINE-NATO-AFGHANISTAN- With Russia pushing new hostilities to Europe’s doorstep, U.S. and NATO officials are trying to gauge whether already resources and attention will be diverted from what has been a top security priority: Afghanistan. SENT: 1,100, photos.



ARMY GENERAL-SEX CHARGES - Army general fined total of $20,000, reprimanded; avoids jail time in high-profile sex case. SENT: 50 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CRIMEA-ROOTS OF THE CRISIS-ANALYSIS - Ukraine’s crisis has roots in the end of Cold War, disregard of Russian sensitivities. SENT: 780 words, photo.

EXXON VALDEZ-25 YEARS LATER - Twenty-five years after Exxon Valdez, some damage heals, some effects linger in Prince William Sound. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

HOT CELL DEATH- Investigators are probing how a mentally ill, homeless former Marine died last month in a New York City jail cell that officials say had overheated, apparently because of malfunctioning equipment, to at least 100 degrees. SENT: 860 words, photos.

BIN LADEN SPOKESMAN - An Al-Qaida spokesman says bin Laden was worried about the US response to 9/11 terrorist attacks. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, audio. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

WTC-TEEN ARRESTED - Teen accused of gaining access to top of World Trade Center and taking pictures is arrested. SENT: 320 words.

INTERNATIONAL CYBERCRIME-CALIFORNIA - International criminal enterprises follow the money, and a report being released Thursday says they are increasingly focusing on California because of its wealth and innovation. SENT: 500 words.

WORLD CHEESE CHAMPIONSHIP - A Swiss Emmentaler has won the title of 2014 World Championship Cheese in Wisconsin. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.


BIRTHING IN WATER — Report to OB/GYNs: Warm tub helps labor pain but questions about risks, benefit of water birth. SENT: 470 words.


FEDERAL RESERVE-YELLEN’S DASHBOARD - Fed chief makes case for helping US economy, but stocks fall on her candor. SENT: 650 words, photo.

- FEDERAL RESERVE- How to follow the job market like a Fed chair: Yellen lists key employment gauges. SENT: 1,035 words, photos.

HOME SALES- US home sales dipped in Feb. to lowest point in 19 months because of cold weather, high prices. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 1445 GMT.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job market. SENT: 350 words, photo.


MUSIC-ROY ORBISON - Three sons unite to create new Roy Orbison song on 25th anniversary celebration of ‘Mystery Girl.’ SENT: 370 words, photos.

GAMES-GAME DEVELOPERS CHOICE AWARDS - “The Last of Us” wins top honor at Game Developers Choice Awards. SENT: 490 words, photos.

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