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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

July 14, 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 at 1530 GMT:

-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)

-- IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS (sent; developing)



-- NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS (sent; developing)



-- SCHOOL LUNCHES (sent; developing)


-- OKLAHOMA EARTHQUAKES (sent; developing)

-- CELEBRITY OBSESSION (sent; with photo gallery)


-- CITIGROUP SETTLEMENT (sent; developing)



VIDEO: US_JAILS_MENTALLY ILL (sent; with text and photos)

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:


ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - The Israeli military said it downed a drone launched by Gaza militants on Monday, the first time it encountered an unmanned aircraft since the start of its offensive last week, as new Israeli airstrikes pushed the death toll from Israeli airstrikes to at least 175. SENT: 910 words, photos.

- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-NONSTOP ROCKETS - Israel says its punishing air assault on Hamas militants has delivered a devastating blow to Gaza’s Islamic rulers. And yet, rocket fire on Israel has continued almost unabated. The Israeli military says thanks to years of generous Iranian shipments, there are still thousands of rockets left in Gaza and Israel has no “knock-out” solution to eliminate the threat. SENT: 970 words, photos.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - Kerry holds in-depth discussions with Iran’s top diplomat in a bid to advance faltering nuclear negotiations, with a deadline just days away for a comprehensive agreement SENT: 560 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Fighting intensified Monday around the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk as government forces stepped up efforts to disrupt rebel lines and reclaim more territory from the faltering insurgency. One resident said panic was gripping the city. SENT: 470 words, photos.

WEST AFRICA-EBOLA - Deep in the forests of southern Guinea, the first victims fell ill with high fevers. The Ebola outbreak is raging in three countries and has killed 539, making it the worst on record. SENT: 950 words, photos

JAPAN-NUCLEAR TUNNEL - The dire question of where to put Japan’s high-level nuclear waste - especially in light of the Fukushima meltdowns - makes residents in Horonobe town worry that a test site may turn into a real storage dump. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

NIGERIA KIDNAPPED GIRLS - Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai is celebrating her 17th birthday in Nigeria with promises to work for the release of some 219 schoolgirls who have been held by Islamic extremists for three months. SENT: 400 words, photos, video

FRANCE-BASTILLE DAY - Soldiers carrying the flags of 76 countries marched Monday down the Champs-Elysees in Paris, as France’s traditional Bastille Day military parade commemorated the centenary of World War I. SENT: 510 words, photos.

EUROPE NEW LEADER - The incoming leader of Europe’s most powerful bureaucracy is a master of the backroom deal - and an outspoken and witty career politician who once advocated the right to lie in times of crisis. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

EGYPT -Egypt’s state news agency says a Cairo appeal court has ruled that leaders of the former ruling party of ousted President Hosni Mubarak will not be barred from running for elections. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

KOREAS-TENSIONS - Another day, another weapons test from North Korea. Analysts see new leader testing limits. SENT: 590 words.

ITALY-SHIPWRECK - The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated Monday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; video

OBIT-GORDIMER - Family says Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer has died in South Africa. SENT: 70 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

BRITAIN-ONLINE SURVEILLANCE - Civil liberties groups took Britain’s spy agencies to court Monday in a bid to limit electronic surveillance, as the government tries to pass legislation to extend snooping powers. SENT: 250 words.

BRITAIN-WOMEN BISHOPS - The Church of England is set to vote Monday on whether women should be allowed to enter its top ranks as bishops. SENT: 200 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

SYRIA - Syrian Red Crescent trucks loaded with 1,000 food parcels crossed into a rebel-held Damascus suburb that has been besieged by government troops for more than two years. SENT: 680 words, photos.

CHINA-INVESTIGATORS INDICTED - Chinese authorities have indicted British and American investigators hired by GlaxoSmithKline on charges of illegally obtaining and selling private information, state media reported, as the Briton blamed the pharmaceutical company for misleading and using him. SENT: 560 words.

CAMBODIA-HELICOPTER CRASH - Two generals who led the helicopter unit of Cambodia’s air force were killed in a crash, along with two pilots, police said. SENT: 360 words.

ASIA-STORM - The Philippines was bracing for possible floods and landslides as a tropical storm continued to strengthen Monday as it moved closer to the country’s eastern seaboard. SENT: 280 words, photos.

SPAIN-RUNNING OF THE BULLS - A fighting bull gored two Australians and a Spaniard, spreading panic in a hair-raising final running of the bulls at Spain’s San Fermin festival Monday. SENT: 250 words, photos.


NUCLEAR MISSTEPS-AIR FORCE SECRETARY - When Deborah Lee James became top boss of the Air Force seven months ago she had no inkling a nuclear crisis was brewing. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— NUCLEAR MISSTEPS-FINDINGS SO FAR — Key findings in the AP probe. SENT: 670 words.

OBAMA-TRANSPORTATION STALEMATE - Obama will press Congress this week to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states. SENT: 130 words


2014-SENATE-POLITICAL BOMBSHELLS - As the American heartland has grown more conservative and Republican, Democrats have sometimes had to rest their hopes on well-positioned opponents imploding with their own politically off-key statements. SENT: 800 words, photo.

JAILED AND MENTALLY ILL - From big cities to rural counties, jails have seen the number of inmates with serious mental illnesses climb, most arrested for non-violent crimes. Unlike prisons - where inmates served extended sentences - jails hold those trying to make bail while awaiting trial, or serving shorter terms. SENT: 3,200 words, photos, video.; abridged version of 1,010 words.


SPOONS-MEDICINE MISTAKES - The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement for the medicine itself can leads to potentially dangerous mistakes. The results underscore recommendations from government agencies and medication safety groups that say milliliters should become the standard measurement unit for liquid medicines. SENT: 320 words.

NICKEL RASH-IPAD - Got a rash? iPad, other electronic devices containing nickel might be the source, report says. SENT: 340 words, photo.

GENES-FRIENDS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2000 GMT) - NEW YORK — You may be more similar to your friends than you think: A study suggests that the DNA code tends to be more alike between friends than between strangers. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. UPCOMING: For release at 2000 GMT, 350 words.


CITIGROUP SETTLEMENT - Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle an investigation into risky subprime mortgages, the type that helped fuel the financial crisis. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from morning news conference and other reporting.

SINGAPORE-AD BACKFIRES - An ad campaign warning of the perils of gambling that began as just another bland public service announcement by Singapore’s government has turned into fodder for international mockery, and left authorities scrambling after Germany’s World Cup victory. SENT: 440 words, photos.

WORLD BANK FOR BRICS - In another sign of the shifting balance of power in the world economy, five of the world’s emerging market powers are launching a $100 billion development bank to challenge the U.S.-dominated World Bank and help finance $4.5 trillion worth of infrastructure projects. UPCOMING. 800 words by 1800 GMT.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-CHILD LABOR - Samsung suspends business with Chinese supplier after child labor allegation. SENT: 260 words.


WCUP-BRAZIL-MISSION ACCOMPLISHED? - Good will toward the Cup grew of late among Brazilians after a year of simmering discontent over its price tag, but the nation remains split on whether hosting the event would result in a lasting, positive legacy UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

WCUP-FINAL -Germany won its fourth World Cup title on Sunday, but its first since a country torn apart by political divisions at the end of World War II was finally glued back together. SENT: 650 words, photos.

- WCUP-ARGENTINA FANS - Violence mars rally to celebrate Argentina’s World Cup performance. SENT: 670 words, photos, video.


COMICS-ARCHIE DEATH - Archie Andrews to be shot saving gay friend Kevin Keller in ‘Life with Archie’ comic book. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: May develop; details TBD.

SCULPTURAL AVATARS - Linda Stein wants people to armor themselves in her art. She creates full-length wearable sculptures embedded with all manner of found objects, including driftwood, engraving plates, steel wire, zippers, pebbles and comic book imagery of superheroes. SENT: 380 words, photos.


CELEBRITY OBSESSION - They’ve shown up in Selena Gomez’s guesthouse, outside Halle Berry’s kitchen door and inside Sandra Bullock’s gated home. Obsessed fans remain one of the grim realities of stardom, with some celebrities forced to confront delusional stalkers in their homes and on the streets before they’re arrested and dealt with by courts. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— CELEBRITY OBSESSION-PHOTO GALLERY: A look at some of the stars who have been stalked, and how they and the legal system have dealt with those who have gotten too close for comfort. SENT: photos, 130 words.

TV CRITICS - The Television Critics Association summer meeting continues Monday with NBC Universal series presentations. UPCOMING: Stories moving throughout the day, photos, video.

TV-THE DIVIDE-GOLDWYN - In his behind-the-camera roles as producer, director and writer, Tony Goldwyn is exposing the ethical minefields of the justice system in a fine new drama “The Divide.” SENT: 600 words, photos.

TV-SURVIVOR’S REMORSE-FIRST TIME EXTRA - AP Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. went from reporter to acting as one during the recent filming of Starz’s new sitcom “Survivor’s Remorse,” co-executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James. UPCOMING by 1900 GMT: 450 words, photos.

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