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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

December 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:

-- CIA TORTURE REPORT (sent; developing)



-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)

-- NOBEL PRIZES (sent; developing)


-- BRAZIL-TRUTH COMMISSION (sent; developing)






-- COMET WATER (upcoming)

-- ROYAL TOUCH (sent; developing)

-- TIME-PERSON OF YEAR (sent; developing)

-- RIDE HAILING COMPANIES-CALIFORNIA (sent; developing with new angles)


PHOTOS: IRAN-DOG SHELTER (sent; with text)

VIDEO: guinea_ebola_beginnings (sent); Berkeley_protests (sent); china-panda-triplets-vox (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):


CIA-TORTURE REPORT - The intelligence community and many Republicans mount a major pushback against the Senate report, saying investigators failed to interview key players and twisted the narrative to make the CIA look bad. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach by 2100 GMT, photos; an additional glance, beyond what has already been sent, is probable on some of the findings. Little reaction in the region so far, partly because much of the info was already known.

CIA TORTURE REPORT-PSYCHOLOGISTS — Two psychologists who had never interrogated anybody wound up getting paid more than $80 million to run the CIA’s torture program. The CIA now acknowledges it was a conflict of interest to let them evaluate the interrogations they were also running, but the agency doesn’t regret hiring them. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2100 GMT, photo.

CIA TORTURE REPORT-BIN LADEN - Key clues that helped find bin Laden didn’t come from harsh interrogations, investigators say

OBAMA-BUSH LEGACY - With release of Senate report of CIA interrogations of terror suspects, Obama again confronts the long legacy of Bush-era policies. By White House SENT: 820 words, photo.

POLICE PROTESTS-BLACK OFFICERS - Some black police officers say they wonder whether the system they’re sworn to uphold is stacked against black men. In interviews conducted across the nation, retired and active black officers expressed concern about a lack of minorities on many police forces. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

CONGRESS-ISLAMIC STATE - Obama’s deputy special envoy on the threat from Islamic State militants gives Congress a status report on the expanded U.S. military campaign in Iraq and Syria. UPCOMING: Updates from 10 a.m. hearing, 500 words by 1900 GMT, photo.

EBOLA-CONGRESS - The president of Liberia testifies by video at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing examining the international response to Ebola. UPCOMING: Developing from 1530 GMT. hearing, 500 words by 1900 GMT.

CONGRESS-GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS - The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. SENT: 610 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1515 GMT, hearing, 650 words by 1800 GMT.

UNITED STATES-IRAQ - Hagel tells Iraqi leaders the U.S. will help fight Islamic State, but ultimately the fight is theirs. SENT: 860 words, photos.


HILLARY CLINTON-STATE DEPARTMENT RECORDS - The State Department is withholding documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state ahead of her presumptive 2016 presidential campaign. The Associated Press asked for files under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, including one request it made four years ago. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT, photo


ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - A Palestinian Cabinet member died shortly after a West Bank protest Wednesday in which witnesses said Israeli troops fired tear gas at him and dozens of Palestinians marchers. Witnesses also said the Cabinet member, Ziad Abu Ain, was beaten by an Israeli soldier. A Palestinian health official said an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

NOBEL PRIZES - Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India on Wednesday received the Nobel Peace Prize for risking their lives to fight for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

NOBELS-MALALA’S MOMENT - Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai says she hopes that her prize will inspire young girls all over the world to fight for their rights — and to step forward to lead. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

GUINEA-EBOLA-LIFE AT GROUND ZERO - In the tiny village notorious as the birthplace of Ebola, death was just the start - survivors are now in debt, hungry, occasionally cut off and highly suspicious about where the disease came from. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, video.

BRAZIL-TRUTH COMMISSION - Brazil’s National Truth Commission on Wednesday delivered a damning report on the killings, disappearances and acts of torture committed by government agents during the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship. It called for those responsible to face prosecution. SENT: 720 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - Oscar Pistorius again faces the possibility of a murder conviction after a South African judge ruled that prosecutors can appeal against his conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide. SENT: 560 words, photos.

HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST - Student protest leaders vow to stay until the last minute and peacefully resist a police operation to clear them off a highway where they’ve been camped out for more than two months urging more democracy. SENT: 690 words, photos.

BRITAIN-HONEYMOON KILLING - Shrien Dewani arrives home to Britain, cleared by a South African judge of ordering the killing of his young bride on their honeymoon. SENT: 780 words, photos.

IRAN-DOG SHELTER - Hounded by conservatives, Iran’s dogs find peace at country’s only licensed animal shelter . SENT: 650 words, photos.

CHINA-CORRUPTION - A former deputy head of the agency that steers China’s state-dominated economy is sentenced to life in prison for taking bribes. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CHINA-RIGHTS LAWYER — Lawyer: detained prominent Chinese legal activist Pu Zhiqiang denies all charges against him. SENT: 260 words.

THAILAND-HITLER - The short propaganda film commissioned by Thailand’s military rulers was supposed to promote the “12 core values” every Thai student must now learn. But there was one scene the junta has had trouble explaining: a grinning schoolboy painting an image of Adolf Hitler while his smiling classmate applauds. SENT: 490 words.

JAPAN-DEAD HUSBANDS A 68-year-old woman is charged with murdering her fourth husband, one of six men who have died while in a relationship with her over the past 20 years. SENT: 130 words.

MALDIVES-WATER - Water supply in Maldives’ capital, cut by a fire last week in its only treatment plant, won’t be fully restored until next week, a government official says. By Bharatha Mallawarachi. SENT: 230 words.

CHINA-SMOKING - China’s government is likely to raise cigarette taxes in order to boost prices and deter smoking, an official says, amid a push by the nation of 300 million smokers to crack down on the habit. SENT: 300 words.


POLICE-PROTESTS-CALIFORNIA - Organizers of a protest planned for Wednesday morning in Oakland say they expect hundreds of white people to come out and help shut down a federal building. SENT: 360 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

MISSOURI EXECUTION. - A Missouri inmate was put to death for fatally beating a 63-year-old woman with a hammer in 1998, the state’s record 10th lethal injection of 2014. SENT: 400 words, photo.

MADOFF-FRAUD TRIAL — A former computer programmer for Bernard Madoff is sentenced for his part in a multibillion-dollar fraud scheme. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. sentencing, then 350 words by 2200 GMT.

NYC SYNAGOGUE ATTACK — Security stepped up after Jewish center stabbing; mentally-ill suspect shot dead. SENT: 500 words, photos.

NYC HUMPBACKS — More humpback whales being spotted in waters off NYC,. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE CLIMBER - A French tourist will have to spend 240 hours cleaning a Manhattan jail for scaling the Brooklyn Bridge to take photos. SENT: 130 words.


BRAIN INJURIES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2200 GMT) - Giving people with traumatic brain injuries the hormone progesterone does no good, two major studies have found. The results dash some very high hopes of a simple treatment for a problem that afflicts millions each year, ranging from combat troops to car crash victims. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2200 GMT.


COMET WATER (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1900 GMT) - The mystery of where Earth’s water first came from has deepened because astronomers essentially eliminated one of the chief suspects: Comets. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1900 GMT, 350 words.


TECH DIVERSITY-MAKING IT HAPPEN - Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson is bringing together executives from Google, Apple, Facebook and more than 20 other tech companies to discuss concrete ways to tackle the scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos in the industry. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from Santa Clara, California event starting at 2000 GMT.


RIDE HAILING COMPANIES CALIFORNIA - Unfair business practices. Insufficient driver background checks. Attacks against ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft are growing, but the effort is doing little to slow the growing popularity of the mobile apps. SENT: 630 words, photos by 2200 GMT.

SKOREA-KOREAN AIR FAMILY - When South Koreans heard that a Korean Air Lines executive delayed a flight because she was angry at being served macadamia nuts in a bag there was outrage but no surprise. SENT: 630 words, photos.

FRANCE-CREATING JOBS - Creating jobs in France is proving harder than expected. SENT: 580 words, photos.


TIME-PERSON OF YEAR - Time magazine says Ebola fighters have won its 2014 Person of the Year award. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

ROYAL TOUCH - When King James touched the future Queen of England on the shoulder after a basketball game, royal watchers cried foul. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.


FILM-KIRK DOUGLAS - Kirk Douglas is done with writing. The rakish screen legend with the famously dimpled chin made that abundantly clear on a recent overcast afternoon at his Beverly Hills home, days before the release of his poetry collection “Live Could Be Verse: Reflections on Love, Loss, and What Really Matters.” UPCOMING: 800 words by 1500 GMT, photos, video.

SAG NOMINATIONS - Nominations are announced Wednesday for the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos, video.

PEOPLE-SHONDA RHIMES - Shonda Rhimes is honored Wednesday at the annual Women in Entertainment breakfast. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-SAM SMITH - This year’s breakthrough new singer, Sam Smith, went from an artist to watch to MTV’s Best Artist of 2014, beating out megastars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift. SENT: 120 words, photos.

RAPPER-MURDER-SUICIDE - Rapper Earl Warren Hayes and his estranged wife were trying to reconcile and she was optimistic about their chances only days before Hayes killed her and committed suicide, a police detective said. SENT: 280 words, photos.

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