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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1800 GMT

January 6, 2015

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1800 GMT:

-- CONGRESS (sent; developing)

-- PALESTINIANS-HAMAS (sent; developing)

-- RESHAPING IRAQ (upcoming)

-- CHINA-SHANGHAI STAMPEDE (sent)

-- SPACE STATION (sent; developing)

-- EU-RUSSIA SANCTIONS (sent)

-- MARIO CUOMO-FUNERAL (sent; developing)

-- CALIFORNIA-HIGH SPEED RAIL (sent; developing)

-- GAY MARRIAGE-FLORIDA (sent; developing)

TALKERS/READERS:

-- SKOREA-SLAVE ISLANDS-IN LIMBO (sent)

-- GADGET SHOW-FUTURE OF TV (sent)

-- BOSNIA-SARAJEVO’S SHOE SHINER (sent)

-- 1795 TIME CAPSULE (sent; developing)

CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:

-- CONGRESS-BY THE NUMBERS (sent)

-- INDONESIA-PLANE-Q&A (sent)

-- GADGET SHOW-THE DAY AT CES (developing)

PHOTOS: BRITAIN-ZOO COUNT (sent)

VIDEO: CHINA-SHANGHAI STAMPEDE (sent)

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):

WASHINGTON

CONGRESS - Republicans assume full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome. SENT: 670 words. UPCOMING: Updates from developments starting at noon, when Congress convenes, 800 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

CONGRESS-BY THE NUMBERS - More women, minorities in new Congress, but still largely white and male. SENT: 500 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-MEXICO - Obama hosts Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the White House, looking to his southern neighbor for help implementing the president’s changing policies on immigration and Cuba. SENT: 440 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

WORLD

PALESTINIANS-HAMAS - The Israeli government on Tuesday claimed Qatar had expelled the leader of the Hamas militant group, in what would be a significant diplomatic victory for Israel. Hamas officials denied the claims as “baseless.” SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

RESHAPING IRAQ - Sitting beside a fire in a Sunni village outside the city of Balad, the leader of a band of local Shiite volunteers lays bare the dark and grim side of the fight against the Sunni militants of the Islamic State. His alleged claim to the lands they liberated from the IS group is tenuous by far, but indicative of an alarming subtext in the fighting against the extremists: The war is being used by Shiites to change the demographics of Sunni areas, particularly those astride routes to major Shiite shrines. By Hamza Hendawi. Photos.

CHINA-SHANGHAI STAMPEDE - Some wailed and some staggered with grief as the relatives of the 36 people killed in Shanghai’s New Year’s Eve stampede visited the disaster site Tuesday for seventh-day commemorations that are a revered ritual in China. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

ISLAMIC STATE - A suicide blast targeting Iraqi security forces and subsequent clashes with Islamic State extremists on Tuesday killed at least 23 troops and pro-government Sunni fighters in the country’s embattled western province of Anbar, officials said. SENT: 630 words, photos.

ISRAEL-WAR PROBES - A fierce debate is raging within Israel’s military over the extent to which soldiers should be held legally accountable for their actions during last year’s Gaza war, with commanders increasingly at odds with military lawyers. SENT: 810 words, photos.

PAKISTAN - Pakistani lawmakers voted Tuesday to allow military courts to prosecute terrorism-related cases in the latest government effort to get tough on militancy in the wake of last month’s Taliban school massacre. SENT: 330 words.

EGYPT - Gunmen opened fire and killed two policemen guarding a Coptic church south of Cairo early on Tuesday, security officials said as the nation’s minority Coptic Christians prepared to mark Orthodox Christmas Eve. SENT: 380 words.

KOREAS-TENSION - South Korea says rival North Korea has a 6,000-member cyber army dedicated to disrupting the South’s military and government. SENT: 230 words.

NATO 2015 - NATO’s most pressing priority for 2015 is getting the swift and nimble expeditionary force into operation that’s supposed to act as a deterrent to Russia - and not just staffing and equipping it, but settling the thorny issue of who will pay for it. SENT: 820 words, photos.

INDONESIA-PLANE - Strong currents force Indonesia to expand the search area for the missing AirAsia plane Tuesday, as efforts to reach the wreckage and black boxes beneath the sea became increasingly desperate. SENT: 490 words, photos, video.

- INDONESIA-PLANE-Q&A - What’s still not known about Flight 8501 and why it crashed with 162 people on board. SENT: 390 words, photos.

SKOREA-SLAVE ISLANDS-IN LIMBO - Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse. In the year since police emancipated the severely mentally disabled man from the remote island farm where he had worked for eight years, Kim has lived in a grim homeless shelter, been preyed upon and robbed by other residents. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

ALGERIA-SHALE GAS PROTESTS - Protests in Algeria’s remote and sparsely populated south over efforts to exploit the country’s vast shale gas reserves spread to the regional capital Tuesday, the state news agency reported. SENT: 230 words.

THAILAND-INDIA-SEPARATIST BOMBING - Thai police say they have arrested a fugitive convicted in India for his involvement in a 1995 bomb attack that killed a chief minister of a northern Indian state and 15 other people. SENT: 280 words.

AUSTRALIA-WILDFIRES - Firefighters in southern Australia are winning the battle to contain a sprawling wildfire raging on a 240-kilometer (150-mile) perimeter that has razed 38 homes and left two people in hospitals. SENT: 310 words.

— AUSTRALIA-HOT YEAR — Australia swelters through its third-hottest year on record in 2014. SENT: 210 words.

MIDEAST-WEATHER - Wintry weather is striking across the Middle East, bringing cold weather to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and a blanketing sandstorm in Cairo. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BOSNIA-SARAJEVO’S SHOE SHINER - Son of Sarajevo’s legendary shoe shiner replaces his dad as city emblem. SENT: 420 words, photos.

BRITAIN-ZOO CENSUS - Tiger cubs, baby crocodiles, penguins join roster as London Zoo begins annual animal census. SENT: 180 words, photos.

US

GAY MARRIAGE-FLORIDA - Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some Florida counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses overnight to same-sex couples. SENT: 940 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

MARIO CUOMO-FUNERAL - The standard bearers of the Democratic Party are joining family and friends for a final goodbye to one of their champions, former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. SENT: 350 words, photos. photos, video.

CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL - California breaks ground on the nation’s first bullet train designed to whisk travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. SENT: 520 words, photo.

HEDGE FUND FOUNDER SLAIN - Authorities say the son of a hedge fund founder has been arraigned on second-degree murder in the killing of his 70-year-old father. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

POLICE-OFFICERS-SHOT - Manhunt under way for at least 2 suspects who shot and wounded 2 NYPD officers in the Bronx. SENT: 140words, photo, video. UPCOMING: developing.

FORMER GOVERNOR TRIAL - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once a top Republican prospect for national office, faces sentencing for selling the influence of his office to the CEO of a dietary supplements company. SENT: 590 words, photos.

SHOOTING-BABY DEATH - With no leads and no motive, investigators plead for the public’s help to find a gunman who shot and wounded the parents and uncle of a 3-week-old baby girl who later was found dead in a trash bin. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

AFGHAN SOLDIERS - Asylum decision expected for one of three Afghan soldiers who fled U.S.-led training in Massachusetts. SENT: 300 words.

1795 TIME CAPSULE - Public getting first glimpse of Sam Adams-era time capsule unearthed at Boston’s Statehouse. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: updates from 2300 GMT display, then 350 words by 0100 GMT.

SCIENCE

SPACE STATION - SpaceX calls off its planned flight to the International Space Station early Tuesday because of rocket trouble. SENT: 240 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

TECH

GADGET SHOW-FUTURE OF TV - Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels. SENT: 880 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

— GADGET SHOW-THE DAY AT CES — Highlights from the show. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

BUSINESS /ECONOMY

FINANCIAL MARKETS - Global stocks sink Tuesday for a second day as slumping oil prices and concern Greece might leave the European currency union fuel unease about the global growth outlook. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 510 words, photos, interactive.

OIL INDUSTRY FEARS - The CEO of a top lobbying arm of U.S. oil and natural gas industries delivers a “State of American Energy” address at a time of growing unease for energy companies. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2000 GMT.

EU-RUSSIA SANCTIONS - EU sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis are cutting both ways and pinching some big European companies. But even if a political accord is wrested to ease tensions, the bloc’s rules and internal crosscurrents make sanctions relief unlikely anytime soon. SENT: 600 words.

RUSSIA-MORTGAGE SQUEEZE — Tens of thousands of Russians took out their mortgages in a foreign currency to take advantage of lower interest rates. Since the ruble has crashed, payments have skyrocketed. UPCOMING: 850 words by noon, photos.

POLITICS

2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE-JINDAL - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal returns to Iowa on Tuesday to meet with local pastors and again look for support among Christian evangelicals for a possible White House campaign. UPCOMING: 600 words after 1800 GMT meeting.

SPORTS

HALL OF FAME - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz appear to be shoo-ins for election to baseball’s Hall of Fame in what is shaping up as the baseball writers’ biggest class of inductees in 60 years. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: will be updated after 2 p.m. announcement.

AVALANCHE-US SKIERS KILLED - U.S. Ski Team athletes competing at a World Cup slalom race in Croatia have joined in the mourning of two junior members who were killed in an avalanche in Austria. SENT: 680 words, photos.

BRITAIN-SOCCER RAPIST - He’s young, experienced and wants to play — but Ched Evans is also a convicted rapist and it looks like public opinion may prevent the forward from ever resuming his professional soccer career. SENT: 780 words, photo.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

TV-AMERICAN IDOL - “American Idol” returns for its 14th season with the results show a thing of the past and a new mentor on board. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m., photos.

RADIO-SIRIUSXM INSIGHT - The SiriusXM satellite radio network is launching a channel inspired by topical comics like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher that seeks to attract younger listeners by bringing an entertaining twist to politics and policy discussions. SENT: 450 words.

THEATER-STING - Rock star Sting is unable to save his musical ‘The Last Ship’ on Broadway; it closes Jan. 24. SENT: 320 words, photo.

BRITAIN-STEPHEN FRY - Actor-comedian Stephen Fry says he is getting married. SENT: 125 words, photos.

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