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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

January 28, 2015

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.


Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EST:

-- JAPAN-ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)

-- ISRAEL-LEBANON (sent; developing)

-- SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL (sent; developing)

-- WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing)

-- CHINA-ALIBABA (sent; developing)


-- SUPER BOWL preview coverage (upcoming)





-- TREASURE HUNTER FUGITIVE (sent; developing)

-- VANDERBILT RAPE TRIAL (sent; developing)

-- FRIENDSHIP NINE (sent; developing)

-- VATICAN-FATHERS (sent; developing)





-- FIVE BODIES FOUND (sent; developing)





-- APPLE-WHAT’S NEXT? (sent)



VIDEO: WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing); HUMAN-CARGO (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 EST):


JAPAN-ISLAMIC STATE - Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in a deadly 2005 hotel bombing for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said Wednesday. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ISRAEL-LEBANON - A missile fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike attributed to Israel that killed six Hezbollah fighters in Syria earlier this month. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

EUROPE-HUMAN CARGO - A new modus operandi among people-smugglers who send migrants across the Mediterranean: Gangs buy scrapyard-bound cargo ships over the Internet and pack them with Syrians willing to pay top dollar to flee their war-torn land. . SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

LIBYA - A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans. SENT: 380 words, photos, video.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN GIRL DETAINED -The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel’s excessive measures against stone-throwing youth. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ISRAEL-GAZA STRIKES - An Israeli rights group says the majority of Palestinians killed in dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza homes in the 2014 war with Hamas were women, minors or the elderly. SENT: 350 words.

EUROPE-TERROR - European Union nations are overhauling anti-terror measures to focus on airline passenger information as part of a strategy to halt the flow of foreign fighters to and from Syria and Iraq. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

BRITAIN-POISONED SPY - The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was “one of the most dangerous” ever undertaken, a pathologist said Wednesday. SENT:330 words.

VATICAN-FATHERS - Pope Francis is urging fathers to be more involved in the lives of their children, warning that many problems adolescents run into can be traced to “absentee fathers” who are physically at home but don’t take time to actually be with their kids. SENT: 130 words.UPCOMING: Developing.

FRANCE-BEST SELLING VOLTAIRE - A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen. SENT: 230 words.

ISLAMIC STATE-CLERIC - Young Bahraini emerges as a senior Islamic State group cleric, marking generational divide. SENT: 950 words, photos.

IRAN-REPORTER - A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months will stand trial “soon,” the Islamic Republic’s official news agency reported Wednesday. SENT: 350 words, photo.

THAILAND-US-DIPLOMACY — Thailand’s military government summons the U.S. charge d’affairs for talks after a top U.S. diplomat roiled the junta during a visit by calling for an end to martial law and saying the impeachment of a former prime minister could be politically motivated. SENT: 370 words, photos.

THAILAND-POLITICS - A top leader of Thailand’s “Red Shirt” political movement is sentenced to two years in jail for insulting a former prime minister. SENT: 290 words.

INDONESIA-US WOMAN DEAD - Indonesian prosecutors say the trial of an American couple charged with murdering the woman’s mother should proceed despite defense arguments that the indictments are inaccurate and should be annulled. SENT: 390 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-KNIGHTING PRINCE PHILIP - Australia’s prime minister promises to consult more widely before bestowing knighthoods in the future as he weathers an avalanche of criticism over his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-MISSING PLANE - Civil aviation authorities will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won’t have any conclusion on what happened because the search is ongoing. SENT: 230 words.

PHILIPPINES-POLICE COMMANDOS KILLED - The Philippine president warns that a collapse of a recent peace deal with the largest Muslim rebel group would abet terrorism. SENT: 670 words, photos.

CHINA-TIBET - Investigators have found that 15 Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities deemed harmful to China’s security, a party agency says. SENT: 540 words.

CHINA-BUS FIRE - A man admits that he set a fire that spread through a bus in eastern China and injured 33. SENT: 190 words.

MALI-TIMBUKTU MANUSCRIPTS - After being spirited away from under the noses of rampaging Islamic extremists, thousands of ancient manuscripts from the fabled city of Timbuktu now face another threat: weather and poor storage conditions in their new location that scholars say could cause permanent damage. SENT: 500 words, photos.

LEBANON-TRIPOLI TOUR - Lebanon’s Tripoli, battered by years of unrest, welcomes a rare tour group to its streets. SENT: 750 words, photos

BRAZIL-PLASTIC SURGERY - A botched cosmetic procedure that put a famous reality TV star and outspoken plastic surgery advocate into septic shock is sparking a wide discussion of Brazil’s obsession with beauty. SENT: 840 words, photo.

THAILAND-SNAIL SLIME MASSAGE - The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck on to other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting slime said to smooth out wrinkles. SENT: 820 words, photos.


SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch promises a fresh relationship with law enforcement — and with Congress — at her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday as she seeks to become the nation’s first black female to hold the post. She’s casting herself as a departure from Eric Holder, who clashed frequently with Republicans. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing, 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-POL - More than 6 in 10 Americans would want Congress to restore federal financial assistance for millions buying health care coverage under Obama’s health care law if the Supreme Court invalidates some of those government subsidies, a poll finds. SENT: 490 words, photo.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD - The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under Obama’s plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by the AP. SENT: 670 words, photos.

CONGRESS-ISLAMIC STATE - House Democrat’s bill would grant Obama power to use force against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria for three years, but prohibit using ground forces in a combat mission in either of the two nations. SENT: 400 words.


WINTER WEATHER -New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out and officials assessed the damage along the shoreline south of the city. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New approach, 800 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

WINTER WEATHER-SHUTDOWN POLITICS - Though the snowstorm largely missed New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio staunchly defended their unprecedented, stringent restrictions. SENT: 690 words, photos.

DAKOTAS HEAT - Warm Pacific air blanketing the Dakotas continues to set records in the two states, with temperatures reaching into the 50s, 60s and even 70s. SENT: 130 words.

TREASURE HUNTER FUGITIVE - A fugitive treasure hunter wanted by federal authorities for more than two years has been arrested in Florida. Tommy Thompson made history in 1988 when he found what’s been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history, the sunken SS Central America. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

FIVE BODIES FOUND - Developing more details after family says Utah parents who killed themselves and their 3 children showed troubling signs. SENT: 740 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

VANDERBILT RAPE TRIAL - Now that two former Vanderbilt football players have been convicted of raping a woman inside a campus dorm, what’s next for the other two men charged in the case. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.

KILLINGS BY POLICE-GRAND JURIES - The private process of grand juries has come under extraordinary public questioning since they decided last fall not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed civilians in Missouri and New York. The debate is especially acute in New York, where a hearing is set Thursday on requests to release transcripts of the grand jury investigation into Eric Garner’s police-chokehold death. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.

MARIJUANA SOUVENIRS-AIRPORTS - A Denver International Airport policy enacted this month bans the sale of souvenirs depicting marijuana leaves or Colorado’s ubiquitous “Mile High” pot puns. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.

AMERICAN SNIPER-VENTURA — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who won a nearly $2 million defamation award against the late Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle, says he has no plans to see the box-office hit “American Sniper” based on Kyle’s autobigraphy. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo developing from noon interview.

TEXAS EXECUTION — A former barber convicted of killing and lighting on fire a Texas woman in 1996 while on parole for another murder is set to be executed this week. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo by 3 p.m. Execution is Thursday.

SCIENTIST-NUCLEAR SECRETS - A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon is set to be sentenced. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Updating after 11:30 a.m. hearing.

FRIENDSHIP NINE - Fifty-four years after they were sentenced to a month of hard labor in a chain gang for ordering lunch in South Carolina, nine black men are getting a new day in court. SENT: 600 words, photos. Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.

POLICE SHOOTING-DENVER - A passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities’ account of her death, saying officers opened fire before one of them was struck by the vehicle. SENT: 430 words, photos.

TOYOTA-FATAL CRASH - Jurors may soon begin deliberating a federal lawsuit stemming from a 2006 Minnesota car accident that killed three people. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updating from 11:30 a.m. hearing.

GOLD NUGGETS STOLEN - Wells Fargo Bank officials vowed to reopen a popular corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district after thieves smashed a stolen SUV through its front door and made off with historic gold nuggets on display. SENT: 530 words, photos.

BALLOON CHALLENGE-THINGS TO KNOW - An international team is piloting the helium-filled Two Eagles balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break a pair of major ballooning records. Five things to know about the challenge. SENT: 530 words, photos.

BOMB THREAT BANK HEIST - A single mother who told police she recently lost her job has been jailed on charges she tried to rob $40,000 from a Pennsylvania bank by claiming to have a bomb in her car at a drive-thru window. SENT: 130 words.

UPS DRIVER-INDECENT BEHAVIOR - A UPS driver has been fired after a Houston homeowner posted security video that shows the delivery man throwing a parcel over a gate and urinating against a house. SENT: 130 words.

CAT SURVIVES BURIAL - Bart the cat crawls back from grave days after being hit by car in Florida. SENT: 130 words.


CAMPAIGN MONEY-STATE DONATIONS- Democratic and Republican governors associations top the list of biggest donors to campaigns for state office in 2014. The two groups often served as pass-throughs for billionaires, unions and corporations seeking influence in statehouses nationwide. SENT: 890 words.

PERRY INDICTMENT - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is planning to formally respond to a judge’s ruling allowing a felony abuse-of-power case against him to proceed. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updating from noon news conference.


ANCIENT SKULL (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m.) - — Eons ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and colonized Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 1 p.m., 300 words, photo.


CHINA-ALIBABA - China accuses Alibaba of allowing sales of fake goods in report withheld until after IPO. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

APPLE-WHAT’S NEXT - Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been “staggering” and “hard to comprehend.” But after selling a record 74.5 million iPhones in three months, what can Apple do next? SENT: 620 words, photo.


SMALLBIZ-GAS PRICES - Small business owners who use cars, SUVs and trucks to make deliveries and visit customers are getting a big break thanks to the plunge in gas prices that began in July. UPCOMING: 740 words by 11 a.m., photo.

FEDERAL RESERVE - As the Federal Reserve ends its latest policy meeting Wednesday, it is widely expected to repeat the pledge it made in December: That it will be “patient” in raising interest rates from record lows. SENT: 820 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated with 2 p.m. release of Fed policy statement

RUSSIA-ECONOMY - The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years in all parts of the economy except military and social programs. SENT: 250 words.

NISSAN RECALL - Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. SENT: 220 words.

FORD RECALLS - Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts. SENT: 130 words.


SUPER BOWL - YOUTH CONCUSSION LAWS - Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched a widespread lobbying campaign aimed at passing legislation to protect kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books. But an AP analysis finds many of those laws are missing key components. UPCOMING: 1200 words, and an abridged version, photos, by noon. A state-by-state database comparing each law will also be available.

SUPER BOWL-FIRST-TIME ADVERTISERS - This year, there are 15 new advertisers — the most since 2000— hoping to make an impression. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon

SUPER BOWL-RENTALS — Many are opting for a more personal Super Bowl experience by ditching the hotels for vacation rentals and hosting parties in houses instead of venues. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

NFL BET WINNERS-VEGAS — Four buddies are more than $700,000 richer after doing what no one has been able to do before in the Westgate sports book’s SuperContest - be right more than 76 percent of the time when guessing which teams would win during the NFL preseason. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

SUPER BOWL-RENTALS — Many are opting for a more personal Super Bowl experience by ditching the hotels for vacation rentals and hosting parties in houses instead of venues. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.


PETS-CANINE CUPID - ‘You may now lick the bride’: Doggy weddings more about fun than real puppy love, experts say. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: Photos.


FILM-SUNDANCE-WATCH The 31st Sundance Film Festival continues. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m., photos, video.

FILM-SUNDANCE-VOD: Day and date has always been the domain of independent features, but is anyone taking a second look at the strategy in the aftermath of the accidental experiment of “The Interview.” UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

JAPAN-PEOPLE-JOHNNY DEPP - A chupacabra in Japan? Johnny Depp says he fought one for hours, but it’ll never be seen again. SENT: 240 words, photos, video.

PEOPLE-SLY STONE Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties. SENT: 375 words, photos.


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