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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

April 10, 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:

-- HIGH SCHOOL STABBINGS (sent; developing)

-- PISTORIUS (sent; developing)

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent; developing)

--UKRAINE (sent, developing)

-- OBAMA-CIVIL RIGHTS (upcoming)

-- DIET FOOD BACKLASH (upcoming)



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:


HIGH SCHOOL STABBINGS — Police are still trying to determine why a 16-year-old boy stabbed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school before an assistant principal tackled him. SENT: 920 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: updates throughout the day. 700 words, photos by 2100 GMT.

ROSA PARKS ARCHIVE — At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled anew, a lifetime’s worth of Rosa Parks’ belongings — including her Presidential Medal of Freedom — still sits, unseen and unsold, in a New York warehouse, part of an 8-year-old court fight between her heirs and her friends. SENT: 800 words, photo, video.

ALBUQUERQUE POLICE SHOOTINGS — The U.S. Justice Department releases details of its investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department for 37 police shootings since 2010 and a series of public complaints. Albuquerque officials say they expect a possible federal monitor and a number of suggested reforms. Press conference scheduled at 1 p.m. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

CYBER CADETS — It lacks the lore of the Army-Navy football game, but the bleary-eyed cadets competing in the annual Cyber Defense Exercise are pitted against some of the tech savviest students at the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine academies. SENT: 600 words, photos.

STABBING DEATH-STILETTO HEEL — A Houston woman convicted of murder for stabbing her boyfriend to death with the stiletto heel of her shoe may testify during the sentencing phase of her trial. SENT: 130 words, photo. Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.

CONTRACT KILLINGS — California man charged in 9 contract killings says he killed 40 times, prosecutors say. SENT: 770 words, photo.


MALAYSIA-PLANE — An Australian aircraft has detected what may be the fifth signal coming from a man-made device deep in the Indian Ocean, adding to hopes that searchers will soon pinpoint the object’s location and send down a robotic vehicle to confirm if it is a black box from the missing Malaysian jet. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-FRIENDS IN NEED — The leaders of Malaysia and Australia have used warm and glowing terms to assure the world that their partnership in the desperate hunt for a missing airliner is built on a firm and abiding friendship. But it’s also an odd-couple relationship that has proved brittle in the past and blighted by rivalries. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

PISTORIUS TRIAL — Oscar Pistorius’ credibility was consistently questioned at his murder trial as the chief prosecutor argued that the star athlete had a string of unlikely excuses why he wasn’t to blame in the three gun charges he faces on top of murder for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. SENT: 960 words, photos, video. Developing.

UKRAINE — Vladimir Putin is telling European leaders that Ukraine’s growing gas debts to Moscow can threaten supplies to Europe, according to his press secretary. SENT: 450 words, photos. Developing.

EGYPT-ARAB LEAGUE — The leader of the Arab League says he is confident that Israel and the Palestinians will resolve a crisis over the release of long-held Palestinian prisoners and extend their U.S.-brokered peace talks. SENT: 500 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-SHOOTING INVESTIGATION — Afghan criminal investigation begins in killing of AP photographer and wounding of AP reporter. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

MEXICO-CORRUPTION — A new political scandal is revealing depths of corruption that are startling even Mexicans jaded by decades of widespread official wrongdoing. As the country struggles to combat a surge in extortion, it turns out federal lawmakers may have been working their own extortion scheme. SENT: 900 words, photos.

RUSSIA-NATO — Russia has condemned the secretary general of NATO for “zealously reproducing Cold War-era rhetoric,” as tensions between the 28-nation alliance and Moscow simmer over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. SENT: 130 words.

JAPAN-WHALING-ANALYSIS — An international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may give the government a convenient political out. Officials knew that its near-bankrupt program needed a major overhaul, but they didn’t want to be seen as succumbing to anti-whaling activist; SENT: 700 words, photos.

FRANCE-WWI-CENTENARY — Irish photographer Mike Sheil says he knew “literally nothing” about military history before he began taking photos of World War I battlefields. The photographer is now showing an exhibit of dozens of battlefield photos in Parks. SENT: 850 words, photos.

LIBYA-BLACKMAIL NATION — In a humiliating video, the head of Libya’s parliament begs with a militia commander, trying to explain why he was caught with two women in his residence — footage that gave the public a look at how weak politicians are in the face of bands of gunmen that are fomenting lawlessness. SENT: 1,330 words, photos.

INDIA-ELECTION — Indians vote in crucial phase of national elections; some balloting suspended due to violence. SENT: 520 words, photos.

MYANMAR-NO MORE CLUNKERS — One of the quaintest of many anachronisms in Yangon, a city of moldering colonial villas and gleaming golden pagodas, used to be the decades old Toyotas, Chevys and other clunkers wheezing down its mostly empty roads, a visible sign of sanctions and economic isolation. Now, the streets have filled with a flood of newer used cars, mostly from Japan. SENT: 940 words, photos.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-FIGHTING — Clashes between Christian and Muslim fighters in Central African Republic have left at least 30 people dead and forced others to flee their homes, a priest said. SENT: 300 words.

UNITED NATIONS-CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC — France is predicting that the U.N. Security Council will vote unanimously Thursday to authorize a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for Central African Republic, which has been torn by mounting violence between Christians and Muslims. SENT: 580 words, photo.

CHINA-JAR OF CLEAN AIR — Artist Liang Kegang returned from a holiday in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city’s choking pollution — a glass jar of clean, Provence air. It’s part of a gust of recent artistic protest — and entrepreneurial gimmickry — reflecting the widespread dissatisfaction over air quality in China. SENT: 600 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-ROYALS — Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate tour New Zealand aviation museum with director Peter Jackson. SENT: 130 words, photos.

HAGEL-ASIA — Hagel moves to increase military ties with Mongolia as Asia trip wraps up. SENT: 720 words, photos.

GREECE-FINANCIAL CRISIS — Greece said it had received strong interest for its first bond issue in four years, when it auctioned off five-year debt amid growing signs of market confidence. SENT: 100 words, photos.

GREECE-BOMB — Car bomb explodes outside Bank of Greece in central Athens causing damage, but no injuries. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ISRAEL-SATELLITE LAUNCH — Israel’s Defense Ministry said it has launched a new observation satellite into orbit, one which is expected to be used to observe Iran and hostile militant groups in the Middle East. SENT: 300 words.

CZECH-NORWAY-AMNESIA MAN — A Czech couple has identified a man who was found in Oslo in December with alleged amnesia as their son. SENT: 220 words, photo.

PHILIPPINES-US-AVIATION — American aviation authorities have cleared Philippine airlines to increase flights to the United States after safety standards improved and the European Union opened its skies to the Southeast Asian country’s main budget carrier. SENT: 430 words.

PAKISTAN — A Pakistani official says gunmen in the country’s northwest have opened fire on a truck carrying gasoline for NATO forces based in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding another. SENT: 130 words.


OBAMA-CIVIL RIGHTS — A half-century after Civil Rights Act, Obama will take stock of progress and lingering inequality, SENT: 950 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 12:50 p.m. remarks, then 1,100 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

SECRET CUBAN TWITTER — Congress is scrutinizing the Obama administration’s Twitter-like social media program it secretly built in Cuba. A Senate committee meeting today is wrestling with the question of whether the U.S. Agency for International Development should be running such an intelligence-like operation, as opposed to the CIA or other spy outfits. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2000 GMT.

IRAN AMBASSADOR — Congress takes less than a week to pass and send to President Barack Obama a bill by tea party icon Sen. Ted Cruz to bar U.S. entry to a 1979 hostage-taker at the U.S. embassy in Tehran whom Iran has tapped to be its ambassador to the United Nations. House vote on Senate-passed bill around 1 p.m. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1830 GMT.


GM-ENGINEERS SUSPENDED — General Motors has placed two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall hundreds of thousands of small cars for an ignition switch problem. SENT: 570 words.

SAC CAPITAL — A New York judge is set to sentence Connecticut-based SAC Capital on Thursday after it pleaded guilty to criminal fraud charges in a $1.8 billion deal with the government. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from sentencing scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

HONG KONG-CHINA-STOCK EXCHANGES — China has unveiled a plan to give foreign investors greater access to its stock market by allowing investors in Shanghai and Hong Kong to trade shares on each other’s exchanges. SENT: 460 words, photo.


JEB BUSH-IMMIGRATION — Former Florida governor Jeb Bush set off a fury this week by calling immigrating to the U.S. illegally an “act of love” by people hoping to provide for their families. The backlash from his own party was swift and could be his main obstacle to the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 2000 GMT will be updated with remarks from 2300 GMT fundraiser.

NYC MAYOR-100 DAYS — De Blasio marks his first 100 days with a speech at Cooper Union: affordable housing, Sandy Recovery, living wages. Speech is at 1600 GMT.

POLITICAL MONEY-CLINTON — A group urging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president says it raised $1.7 million in the first three months of the year, almost all of it from small-dollar donors. SENT: 130 words. Developing after Clinton events in Las Vegas and San Jose late afternoon; UPCOMING, 500 words by 2300 GMT.


WORLD’S FAIR SITES — The Unisphere is the best-known symbol still standing from the 1964 World’s Fair, an enormous can’t-miss steel globe that’s become something of a New York City icon. But for visitors looking to soak up a little nostalgia on the fair’s 50th anniversary, there are a number of other landmarks to evoke the fair that introduced “it’s a small world.” UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT.

SMALL WORLD-ANNIVERSARY — — Anyone who has been to a Disney park has heard the song, “It’s a Small World.“The timeless Disney tune that wafts through our memories from past theme park vacations turns 50 this year. On Thursday, Disney parks worldwide will host a global sing-along. At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video.


DIET FOOD BACKLASH — The fixation on calorie counts that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. UPCOMING; 900 words by 1600 GMT, photos.


FILM-CAGE AND GREEN — Nicolas Cage and director David Gordon Green have both often confounded their fans, shifting unpredictably between popcorn fare and art house movies. In their new film, “Joe,” they make a fitting union. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.

TV-LATE NIGHT NOW & THEN — Media writers can’t resist another round of the Late Night Guessing Game, this time focusing on who will replace David Letterman when he steps down from CBS’ “Late Show” next year. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10 a.m., photos.

CELEB-Q&A-ZOOEY DESCHANEL — Zooey Deschanel brings her signature “adorkable” style to a new fashion line with Tommy Hilfiger while juggling her hit TV show, music career and popular website. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.

PEOPLE-JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS — Rolling Stone cover flubs Constitution tattoo on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ back. SENT: 250 words, photo.

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