BC-AP News Coverage Advisory,ADVISORY
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:
-- CONGRESS-HOMELAND (sent; developing)
-- UNITED STATES-IRAN (sent; developing)
-- UNITED STATES-ISRAEL (sent)
-- IRAN (sent)
-- AFGHANISTAN-AVALANCHE (sent; developing)
-- AMERICAN SNIPER-TRIAL (sent; developing with new angles)
-- CHICAGO MAYOR (sent; developing)
-- TRAIN TRUCK CRASH-TECHNOLOGY (upcoming)
-- SUPREME COURT-RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION (sent; developing)
-- SUPREME COURT-RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION (sent; developing)
-- AP EXPLAINS: FROZEN NIAGARA FALLS (sent)
-- THAILAND-FISHING-PIRATES AND SLAVES (sent)
-- JAMAICA-DECRIMINALIZING POT (sent)
-- VEHICLE DEPENDABILITY (upcoming)
-- COLOMBIA-CRUDE REALITIES (sent)
-- IDENTICAL TRIPLETS (upcoming)
-- COMPUTERIZED GAMER (upcoming)
-- PETS-ANIMAL FILM FESTIVAL (upcoming)
VIDEO: US_AMBULANCES_BIKE_RACKS - Ambulances in bicycle loving Fort Collins, Colorado, now have racks to transport patients and their bikes to the hospital. 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):
CONGRESS-HOMELAND -House Republicans are debating whether to fund the Department of Homeland Security without contentious immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama or face a partial shutdown of the agency which oversees the nation’s borders. SENT: 500 words, photo.
UNITED STATES-IRAN - Kerry faces another round of questions from lawmakers over the Iran nuclear talks. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates from 1500 GMT and 1900 GMT hearings, 500 words by 2100, photo.
UNITED STATES-ISRAEL - Obama aide calls Israeli prime minister’s upcoming visit to address Congress “destructive” to the US-Israel relationship. SENT: 500 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
SUPREME COURT-RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION - Supreme Court weighs hijab wearer’s religious discrimination claim against Abercrombie & Fitch. SENT: 460 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1500 GMT arguments, 600 words by 2000 GMT, photo.
AFGHANISTAN-AVALANCHE - Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: Developing, but our reporting team had to turn back because of the weather, so reporting by phone and seeking visuals.
IRAN - Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched large-scale naval and air defense drills near a strategic Gulf waterway on Wednesday in which dozens of speedboats swarmed a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ISLAMIC STATE - Islamic State group militants have moved a large group of Christian hostages to a city they control in northeastern Syria, while they continue to battle Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along the Khabur River, activists and state-run media said Wednesday. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
UKRAINE - Ukrainian troops held captive in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk began digging through the rubble Wednesday to retrieve the bodies of fellow soldiers killed last month in a bitter battle for the city’s airport. SENT: 550 words, photos.
JAPAN-WWII APOLOGY - Expert panel discusses what Japanese prime minister should say in statement marking WWII’s end. SENT: 640 words, photos.
BRITAIN-UNPREDICTABLE ELECTION - Posters are being printed and slogans are being polished as Britain’s politicians battle it out in the most unpredictable national election in decades. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
THAILAND-FISHING-PIRATES AND SLAVES - Urine pools under a bed where an emaciated man lies wearing only a T-shirt and a diaper. Enslaved on a Thai fishing boat in the far reaches of Indonesia, he was rescued from a tiny island, but weeks later he still could not walk or even remember his own name. He is one of countless hidden casualties of severe overfishing in Thailand, which an environmental group says has encouraged illegal fishing and the widespread use of slave labor. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
JAMAICA-DECRIMINALIZING POT - Jamaica decriminalizes possession of small amounts of pot, paves way for medical marijuana. SENT: 670 words, photo.
VATICAN-MEXICO - Vatican seeks to quell Mexico anger over pope’s ‘Mexicanization’ drug remarks. SENT: 340 words, photos.
INDIA-SWINE FLU - Indian city bans big public gatherings over swine flu fears, as deaths surpass 900 nationwide. SENT: 200 words.
CHINA-DEADLY BUS CRASH - Bus overturns in northwestern China, killing 22 people and injuring 38, state media say. SENT: 120 words.
ASIA-ARRESTS AND POLITICS - Political leaders across Asia face arrests, jail, often because of politics. SENT: 1,000 words in chunky text. UPCOMING: photos.
KENYA-AL-SHABAB - Kenya police: 173 people killed in attacks in 2014 by Somali extremists al-Shabab. SENT: 330 words, photos.
HUNGARY-VILLAGE FOR RENT - Hungarian village available for rent; comes with sheep, cows, temporary deputy mayor post. SENT: 230 words. Seeking photos; prospects uncertain.
GERMANY-POISON GAS - Rusted can of Zyklon B poison gas unearthed in German garden; unlikely from Nazi era. SENT: 130 words.
CHINA-VARIETY SHOW OUTRAGE - China’s most watched show causes fury over jokes mocking unmarried women, female officials. SENT: 330 words.
AMERICAN SNIPER-TRIAL - Ex-Marine guilty of murder in ‘American Sniper’ trial faces life in prison without parole. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing, with likely focus on sorting out details on defense’s basis for appeal, views of mental health advocates, family reaction.
CHICAGO MAYOR-ELECTION - Mayor Rahm Emanuel could face an even stiffer challenge in April against runoff opponent Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. SENT: 400 words, photos.
documents showing how money has been spent to change the city’s pot laws. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
LGBT YOUTH-SEX TRADE STUDY - Study details lives of LGBT youths in New York City who get by via earnings from sex trade. SENT: 400 words, photos.
GEORGIA EXECUTION - The Georgia parole board says it will not spare the life of the only woman on the state’s death row, who is set to be executed Wednesday evening. SENT: 580 words. UPCOMING: Developing. Photos planned. Execution planned for 0000 GMT.
IDENTICAL TRIPLETS - A suburban Detroit couple is celebrating the 1-month birthday of identical triplet boys, who doctors are calling a one-in-a-million occurrence after they were conceived without the help of fertility drugs. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos, video developing from 1 p.m. news conference.
SPACE STATION - Astronauts take 2nd spacewalk in 5 days for cable, lube work outside the space station. SENT: 270 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; spacewalk expected to last until around 1800 GMT.
NET NEUTRALITY-FACT CHECK - The FCC votes Thursday on whether to put Internet service in the same regulatory camp as the telephone. A look at the rhetoric in the “net neutrality” debate. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT, photo.
COMPUTERIZED GAMER (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT.) - Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans on dozens of old fashioned Atari video games. That may sound like not much of an accomplishment, but this proved something other deep thinking programs didn’t. UPCOMING: 550 words, HOLD FOR RELEASE at 1800 GMT.
GAMES-FAST&FURIOUS - ‘Forza’ creators Turn 10 Studios revving up ‘Fast & Furious’ video game. SENT: 540 words, photos.
BRITAIN-HSBC - As the chiefs of HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, face testimony over revelations it has helped wealthy clients dodge taxes globally, politicians and analysts are asking whether big banks have become too big to manage. . SENT 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: update with testimony quotes
COLOMBIA-CRUDE REALITIES - Economic pain spreads to Colombian town that rode Latin America’s oil boom. SENT: 960 words, photos.
PETS-ANIMAL FILM FESTIVAL - The first festival last year drew 74 total entries. This year there were 327. PCOMING: 600 words, photos.
SENDAK MUSEUM - Ridgefield, Connecticut, wants a museum honoring one of its most famous residents, Maurice Sendak, the late author of “Where the Wild Things Are.” UPCOMING: 450 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
MODERN FAMILY-PHONING IT IN-Q&A - Co-creator speaks on decisions, lessons on using iPhones to shoot ‘Modern Family’ episode. SENT: 790 words, photo.