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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

August 6, 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:

--WEST AFRICA-EBOLA (sent; developing)

-- EBOLA DRUG (upcoming)



-- AFGHANISTAN (sent; developing)

-- EUROPE-COMET CHASER (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- GAY MARRIAGE (sent; developing)

-- TROPICAL WEATHER (sent; developing)




-- BOOKS-MERWIN (sent)

PHOTOS: GAY MARRIAGE coverage (sent; developing)

VIDEO: EBOLA (sent; developing); GAY MARRIAGE coverage (sent; developing); PUFFIN_CAM (sent; with text and photos); AUS_TRAPPED (sent; with text AUSTRALIA-TRAIN RESCUE)

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):


WEST AFRICA-EBOLA - Nigeria’s Ebola delay create fears of spread; officials announce nurse’s death. The World Health Organization says the outbreak has killed at least 932 people in four countries.. SENT: 980 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

EBOLA DRUG - The ethics surrounding giving an unapproved and unproven drug to two patients, and limiting it to those two. Why it’s not available in bulk for widespread distribution. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT.

PALESTINIANS-HAMAS — Hamas is entering Egyptian-brokered talks with Israel over a new border regime for blockaded Gaza from a position of military weakness, having lost hundreds of fighters, two-thirds of its arsenal of 10,000 rockets, and all of its attack tunnels, worth $100 million. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

ISRAEL-BATTERED SOUTH - With a cease-fire taking hold, residents of southern Israel slowly begin returning to their hometowns. But many say they aren’t ready to come home — and may never return — after living through a harrowing experience of incessant mortar fire and attempted infiltrations through militant tunnels burrowed under their communities. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that ended a month of fighting holds for a second day, ahead on negotiations in Cairo on a long-term truce and a broader deal for the war-ravaged Gaza Strip. SENT: 810 words, photos.

CHINA-MASTERS OF DISASTERS - Minutes after a deadly earthquake rattled western China, disaster teams were on the move. Within hours, food, tents, and even a 4G cellphone network were in place, showing how a fast-developing China can bring its plentiful experience and enormous resources to bear in handling natural disasters. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.

— CHINA-EARTHQUAKE — A woman is pulled alive from the rubble 67 hours after a strong earthquake. But bodies dominate rescuers’ finds as the death toll jumps from 410 to 589. SENT: 790 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Air strikes and artillery fire between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops in the eastern city of Donetsk bring the violence closer than ever to the city center. SENT: 610 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

AFGHANISTAN - The Afghan soldier who killed a U.S. two-star general and wounded other top officers hid in a bathroom before his assault and used a NATO machine gun in his attack, an Afghan military official said Wednesday. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

SYRIA - Fighting erupts in a Lebanese border town held by Islamic extremists from neighboring Syria after a negotiated truce collapses overnight. SENT: 470 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-FERRY ACCIDENT - Bangladesh announces charges against owner of sunken ferry, saying the vessel was overloaded. SENT: 320 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-TERROR SUSPECT - Arrested Filipino militant: US-hunted terror suspect alive, Abu Sayyaf in disarray. SENT: 540 words, photos.

PAKISTAN - Two Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone has fired two missiles at a sprawling compound in a northwestern tribal region, killing seven militants. SENT: 130 words.

JAPAN-HIROSHIMA ANNIVERSARY - Japan marks the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, with the city’s mayor inviting world leaders to see atomic bomb-scarred cities firsthand. SENT: 380 words, photos.

TURKEY-PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN - Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the unquestionable front-runner in Turkey’s first direct presidential election this month. SENT: 780 words, photos.

IRAN-JOURNALISTS - A spokeswoman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry says there is still no new information about the Washington Post correspondent detained with three others last month. SENT: 220 words.

NEPAL-FLOODING - Nepal on Wednesday ended its search for bodies buried in a massive landslide over the weekend after recovering few of the 156 victims. SENT: 250 words.

JAPAN-GEOGRAPHY SPATS - Is it the Persian or Arabian gulf? Mumbai or Bombay? Mt. McKinley or Denali? Some place names are also a political statement, or in the eyes of some a politically incorrect one. China struck back after Japan launched a verbal fusillade last week, slapping monikers on 158 previously unnamed islands off its shores. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-TRAIN RESCUE - Dozens of people helped rescue a fellow commuter in Australia by pushing against train carriages to free the man whose foot had slipped between the platform and the train. SENT: 150 words, video.

AUSTRIA-NUDE OUTINGS - Austrian woman faces $1,340 fine for cycling, shopping & filling up her car in the nude. SENT: 130 words.


GAY MARRIAGE - A federal appeals court hears arguments in gay marriage fights in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee in a single session, setting the stage for historic rulings in each state. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from arguments beginning at 1700 GMT. and rallies outside, then 700 words by 2200 GMT, photos, video.

- GAY MARRIAGE-CASES - A state-by-state look at the six gay marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee being argued this week in federal court, and profiles of some of the key plaintiffs. SENT: 700 words.

- GAY MARRIAGE-STATE LAWSUITS - The status of gay marriage lawsuits around the country. SENT: 500 words.

WAL-MART SHOOTING - Authorities in southwest Ohio say a man brandishing a gun inside a Wal-Mart store has been shot to death by police. SENT: 130 words.

GUANTANAMO-COLE ATTACK - Defendant’s lawyers say 2000 attack on USS Cole employed same ruse the US has used. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates after trial resumes at 1300 GMT, then 550 words by 1600 GMT, photo.

MARATHON BOMBING-GUN - A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in federal court on drug and gun charges. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: updates from 1500 GMT hearing, then 400 words by 1800 GMT.

SCHOOL BUS THEFT - Police say a 12-year-old boy driving a stolen school bus led officers on a chase in parts of three counties before crashing into a parked truck and a home. SENT: 130 words, video.



AFRICA SUMMIT - Much of the focus of the Africa summit has been on the continent’s economic potential and new financial commitments from U.S. businesses. But Wednesday’s talks will delve into some of the security problems still plaguing the continent, including terrorism and extremism. SENT, 300 words. Obama speaks at 1400 GMT; UPCOMING, 440 words by 1500 GMT.

US-SLOW INVESTMENT IN AFRICA - As Africa’s economy surges, American businesses are at risk of being left behind. SENT: 690 words, photos.


BREAST CANCER GENE (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT) - It’s long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT, 500 words.


EUROPE-COMET CHASER - After a journey of 6.4 billion kilometers (4 billion miles), Europe’s unmanned Rosetta probe reached its destination Wednesday, a milestone in mankind’s first attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet. SENT: 470 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

MERCURY (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT) - Levels of the toxic metal mercury in the world’s oceans are double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution, a new study found. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT, 350 words.


DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-THE SHOPPING PHONE - My shopping habits have yet to change in my nearly three weeks with Amazon’s shopping-centric Fire phone. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-APPLE - Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world’s two largest smartphone makers. SENT: 440 words, photos.

HONG KONG-GOOGLE - A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime. SENT: 330 words, photos.


YELP CEO Q&A - After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online review site got panned on Wall Street. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1700 GMT, photo.

WALGREEN-OVERSEAS MOVE - Walgreen plans to keep its roots firmly planted in the United States, saying it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed the amount of U.S. taxes it pays. SENT: 430 words.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK - A Q&A with Barbara Corcoran, the founder of the New York real estate brokerage Corcoran Group and an investor on the ABC business reality show “Shark Tank.” UPCOMING: 850 words by noon, photos. With SMALLBIZ-CORCORAN-BIO BOX, 250 words.

CHINA-MONOPOLY CRACKDOWN - Chinese regulators launch a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers. SENT: 920 words, photos.


BOOKS-MERWIN — He is 86 years old, his eyesight is failing and much of his recent work reads like a man saying goodbye. But W.S. Merwin continues to write poems. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

PANDORA-MERLIN - Internet radio leader Pandora has come to its first-ever direct licensing deal with artists, a wide-ranging agreement with independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations. SENT: 450 words.

FILM-JAMES CAMERON - It’s now been five years since Cameron’s last feature film and in that time, the priorities of the most bankable director in Hollywood have sometimes been as murky as the deep sea. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.

MUSIC-NILS LOFGREN Sure, it’s great playing his own music. But Nils Lofgren also appreciates being in a band and not having to deal with everything a boss is responsible for. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

MUSIC-JACK ANTONOFF - Jack Antonoff, one-third of the Grammy-winning group fun., says creating music for his project, Bleachers, was lonely because he was working by himself. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

TV-THE KNICK - Welcome to the Knickerbocker Hospital, aka the Knick, a citadel of healing in 1900-era Manhattan. It’s the setting for “The Knick,” a drama premiering Friday on Cinemax. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

MUSIC-ELLA JENKINS TURNS 90 - Children’s singer Ella Jenkins is about to turn 90 and shows no signs of slowing down. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

VENEZUELA-SIMON BOLIVAR FILM - Latin America’s greatest hero is finally getting a big-budget, Hollywood-style epic befitting his towering stature. SENT: 520 words, photos.


PUFFIN PEEPERS - The Audubon Society wants bird lovers to contribute research to a project scientists hope will help save Atlantic puffins from starvation in Maine. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.

PETS-FACIAL RECOGNITION - A dreamer and a pair of skeptical but adventurous programmers have defied the odds and made facial recognition for dogs. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

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