BC-AP News Coverage 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:
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- NUTRITION LABELS (sent; developing)
-- TEEN GENETICS STUDY (HOLD FOR RELEASE)
-- VENEZUELA-OPPOSITION CRUCIBLE (upcoming)
-- WEALTH GAP-LUXURY IN THE SKIES (sent)
-- LA AIRPORT SHOOTING (sent)
--SOUTH SUDAN-DESTROYED CITY (sent; developing)
-- OSCARS-BEST PICTURE RACE (upcoming)
PHOTOS: UKRAINE (sent; developing); RARE LION CUBS (sent)
VIDEO: SYRIA ASSAULT (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):
UKRAINE - Russia sent fighter jets to patrol the border with Ukraine, reportedly gave shelter to the country’s fugitive president and stood by as pro-Russian gunmen stormed offices of a strategic region, deepening the crisis for Ukraine’s new government even as it was being formed. SENT: 1,270 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
UKRAINE-YANUKOVYCH - Local media reports Russia has provided sanctuary to Ukraine’s fugitive president, who allegedly has been seen in Moscow at a garish five-star hotel and a Kremlin country retreat favored by the late Boris Yeltsin. But Viktor Yanukovych has not gotten a warm receptionSENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT.
HAGEL-UKRAINE - Hagel is urging Russia not to take any action on Ukraine that could be misinterpreted. SENT: 170 words.
UKRAINE-UNLIKELY LEADERS - While few doubt the leaders’ resolve, the nominations have raised questions about their skills and expertise — especially given the enormous challenges the new government faces. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2000 GMT.
VENEZUELA-OPPOSITION CRUCIBLE - Don’t expect a Ukraine-style street revolution anytime soon in this South American nation, where the government is in firm control and the opposition has failed to unite behind a single strategy or broaden its appeal. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos
EGYPT-MILITARY INVENTION - Egypt’s military is facing embarrassment after unveiling a so-called “miraculous” invention of a set of devices that allegedly detect and cure AIDS, Hepatitis and other viruses. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 2100 GMT.
LEBANON-SYRIA WARS - Angry mourners gather in Beirut to bury a Sunni man, rumored to be the singer of a tune urging violent death upon Shiites, in the latest manifestation of how the war in neighboring Syria has fueled rivalries in Lebanon that now even extended to music. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
SOUTH SUDAN-DESTROYED CITY - House after house has been burned to the ground. Armed rebels shot patients dead in their beds. Dozens of corpses lie in the streets throughout town. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 740 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
NIGERIA VIOLENCE - Soldiers abandoned checkpoints and fled into the bush, leaving five villages and a town at the mercy of Islamic extremists who killed at least 13 people and firebombed a theological college, survivors said Thursday. SENT: 620 words.
SAUDI-SYRIA SHIFT - After years of turning a blind eye, Saudi Arabia is enacting new laws and backing a nationwide campaign to keep its citizens from joining Syria’s civil war. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 2100 GMT.
KOREAS-TENSIONS - North Korea fired four suspected short-range missiles into its eastern waters, a South Korean official said. North Korea routinely conducts short-range missile tests, but the latest came three days after South Korea and the U.S. began annual military drills that Pyongyang calls a rehearsal for invasion. SENT: 150 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1330 GMT.
SOUTH AFRICA-KILLER’S APPEAL - — Does forgiveness lead to a better society? Or are some crimes so atrocious that the perpetrators should not be forgiven? South Africa faced these difficult questions after apartheid ended two decades ago, and confronts them again as the government considers parole this year for a notorious death squad leader who worked for the white racist government. UPCOMING: 750 words by noon, photos.
ITALY-SHIP AGROUND - Capt. Francesco Schettino boards the crippled Costa Concordia as part of a court-ordered search by experts to determine if anything other than human error was to blame for the tragedy. SENT: 310 words, photos.
NIRELAND-SECRET IRA DEAL-Q&A - Northern Ireland’s power-sharing agreement is possibly on verge of possible collapse because of a secret deal not to prosecute IRA bombers. Questions and answers about the deal and the crisis. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 1900 GMT.
UGANDA-GAYS - Uganda’s government has been hit with substantial aid cuts after the president enacted a severe anti-gay measure over which some Western governments had warned of consequences. SENT: 450 words, photos.
DRUG WAR-MEXICO - Not everyone is happy over the capture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Many said he provides needed jobs in poor mountain areas. SENT: 660 words, photos.
NKOREA-JAILED SOUTH KOREAN - A South Korean Baptist missionary who was arrested more than four months ago for allegedly trying to establish underground Christian churches in North Korea told reporters he is sorry for his “anti-state” crimes. SENT: 770 words, photos.
JAPAN-ANNE FRANK - Israel donates 300 Anne Frank books after others are found vandalized in Tokyo public libraries. SENT: 270 words, photo.
THAILAND-POLITICS - The leader of Thailand’s anti-government protest movement said he is willing to negotiate to end the country’s political crisis, if the prime minister is willing to talk with him live, one-to-one, on every national television station and meets other conditions. SENT: 630 words, photos.
QATAR EXPLOSION - An apparent gas explosion Thursday at a restaurant near a filling station in the Qatari capital killed 12 people and wounded several more, emergency services officials in the energy-rich Gulf nation said. SENT: 350 words.
BRITAIN-SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE - British financial group Standard Life said Thursday it is drawing contingency plans to move some of its operations out of Scotland in the event it votes for independence. SENT:290 words, photo.
JAPAN-WAR APOLOGY - Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said the landmark 1995 war apology carrying his name is an international pledge that Japan must not change. SENT: 430 words.
CHINA-US - The outgoing U.S. ambassador to Beijing urges China to respect the rights of peaceful political activists and says Washington is deeply concerned about the fate of a minority scholar charged with separatism. SENT: 750 words.
CHINA-BUS FIRE - A public bus caught fire and was swiftly engulfed in flames Thursday, killing five people and injuring 32 in the southwestern Chinese city of Guiyang, officials said. SENT: 230 words.
LEBANON-DUELING SONGS — Angry mourners bury a Sunni man, rumored to be the singer of a tune urging violent death upon Shiites. That prompts Hezbollah supporters to pen their own foot-stomping song against Sunnis. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FRANCE-RARE LION CUBS - Three Asiatic lion cubs are making their debut at a zoo in eastern France, raising slim hopes for one of the world’s rarest species. SENT: 120 words, photo.
NUTRITION LABELS - Those “Nutrition Facts” labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look. SENT: 840 words, graphic. UPCOMING: Developing from event at 11 a.m.; 850 words by 1 p.m.
TEEN GENETICS STUDY (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m.) - Scientists let a teenage survivor of a rare cancer into their laboratory for an unusual genetic study — and she found a clue that just might help explain how the tumor strikes. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1900 GMT: 650 words, photo.
BRITAIN-3-PARENT EMBRYOS - Britain is starting a public consultation on rules that would allow scientists to create embryos using DNA from three people — a man and two women — to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases. SENT: 580 words.
CONGRESS-IRAN - After promising to come down like a “ton of bricks” on Iran sanctions circumventers, Obama is now being asked by Congress what he’s going to do about a sharp surge in Chinese and Indian oil purchases from Tehran. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT.
HUMAN RIGHTS — The State Department releases its human rights report at 1600 GMT.; expected to criticize places like Uganda and North Korea but there may be some surprises in it. UPCOMING: 150 words by 1700 GMT.
TAX OVERHAUL-ANALYSIS - Tax reform now takes its place in the “do not disturb” corner with immigration legislation, trade bills and an increase in the federal minimum wage. An AP News Analysis. SENT: 800 words, photo.
AP EXCLUSIVE: LA AIRPORT SHOOTING - Dispatchers at Los Angeles International Airport who received an emergency call seconds after a gunman opened fire in a passenger screening area didn’t know where to send help because the airport’s system didn’t identify locations of calls, the AP has learned. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words with more reaction by 2000 GMT.
CUBANS-ESPIONAGE - A second member of the “Cuban Five” spy ring has been released from a U.S. prison after spending more than 15 years behind bars. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
ARIZONA GAY RIGHTS - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes legislation that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays, bowing to pressure from the NFL, American Airlines and even her own party. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: A folo with reaction and more analysis. Details TBD.
NUKE REPOSITORY-RADIATION - Thirteen workers at the U.S. underground nuclear waste dump have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced. SENT: 470 words. UPCOMING: Updating from 2100 GMT. news conference.
MARRIED PRIEST - With permission from Pope Francis, the Maronite Catholic Church prepares to ordain its first married priest on Thursday. Though he didn’t lift the larger ban, the exception made by Francis comes amid perceptions that he’s giving fresh consideration to long-held church views. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 0200 GMT, Friday., photos, video.
KKK HIT-SENTENCING — A federal judge will sentence an Alabama man who pleaded guilty to trying to hire a Ku Klux Klansman to kill a black neighbor. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2300 GMT.
KERRY KENNEDY — Final witneses to testify in her drugged-driving case. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: updates, then 500 words by 0000 GMT.
GRAPHITE EXPLORATION - The promise of expanded uses for graphite in electronics coupled with a decrease in supply from China has helped touch off the largest wave of mining projects in decades. SENT: 980 words, photos.
HAWAII-PLANE CRASH - Authorities say three people are dead and three others are injured following a plane crash on Hawaii’s Lanai Island. SENT: 210 words.
MEIN KAMPF-AUCTION - Editions of ‘Mein Kampf’ signed by Hitler up for auction in Los Angeles. SENT: 220 words, photo, video.
ST PATRICK’S-MAYOR BOYCOTTS — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announces he will boycott the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because it refuses to allow gay groups to participate. The move comes three weeks after New York’s mayor made a similar declaration. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2100 GMT.
WIRELESS SHOW-SMARTPHONE CAMERAS - Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year. SENT: 950 words, photos.
WIRELESS SHOW-DIGITAL LIFE-THE SMARTPHONE 1 PERCENT - According to research firm Gartner, 94 percent of smartphones sales last year were either iPhones or Android devices. Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices made up another 5 percent combined. What about the remaining 1 percent? SENT: 900 words, photos.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
WEALTH GAP-LUXURY IN THE SKIES - Global airlines are increasingly rewarding wealthy fliers with something more intangible: physical distance between them and everyone else. SENT: 1,050 words.
- WEALTH GAP-LUXURY IN THE SKIES-GLANCE - A look at airline perks for international first-class fliers that offer the luxury of privacy. SENT: 270 words.
YELLEN - She testifies to the Senate Banking Committee. UPCOMING: 130 words after hearing begins at 10 a.m., then 300 words by 1600 GMT.
JAPAN-BITCOIN - The head of troubled bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox says in a web post that he is still in Japan, and “working very hard” to find a solution to the Tokyo-based organization’s problems. SENT: 270 words.
FASHION-NAOMI CAMPBELL - When Naomi Campbell first ventured in front of a camera to earn her keep there really was no such thing as a supermodel. Now, at 43 and going strong, she thinks the word supermodel has lost its oomph. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
FASHION-SARAH JESSICA PARKER - Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a new line of shoes and handbags. And yes, her favorite shoe is called “The Carrie.” UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT., photos.
BRITAIN-CITIZEN KANE - Orson Welles’ personal draft script for “Citizen Kane” is up for sale — from the collection of an American almost as wealthy as the movie’s monstrous newspaper mogul, though considerably more private. SENT: 120 words.
OSCARS-BEST PICTURE RACE - This year’s best picture race at the Academy Awards has shaped up to be one of the most unpredictable in years. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.
OSCARS-THE SQUARE - “The Square” is the first Egyptian film to be nominated for an Oscar. But while it has enjoyed critical claim outside the country, many Egyptians have yet to see the movie. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video.
OSCARS-BEST NINE - Was it Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” or the folk rock bio pic “Inside Llewyn Davis”? We’ll never know which film, if any, might have been the 10th best picture nominee at this year’s Oscars. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
OSCARS-STUDENT STARS - The young people carrying Oscar statuettes on stage during the big show could be accepting the golden guy themselves one day. SENT: 600 words, photos.
CAMBODIA AT THE OSCARS - For 25 years, Rithy Panh has made movies that he considers his duty as a survivor of genocide and his debt to the dead. “The Missing Picture,” is up for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars. SENT: 940 words, photos.
FILM-SON OF GOD — Ten years after “The Passion of the Christ,” Jesus is returning to movie theatres with a gentler, more inclusive approach. SENT: 430 words, photos.
THEATER-SETH RUDETSKY - Seth Rudetsky is a name dropper. It could be off-putting, but the Broadway pianist, radio show host, author and playwright is so dramatically over the top that one can’t help but help but find it endearing. SENT: 870 words, photos.
FILM-ESSENCE-PERRY - “This is historic!” a photographer yelled as he surveyed the image before him — Sidney Poitier in the center, Spike Lee to his right, Tyler Perry to his left and more than two dozen other black men in Hollywood, from Blair Underwood to Omar Epps, huddled tight around the legend, posing with a purpose. SENT: 600 words, photos.
TV-BETTER CALL SAUL - If Aaron Paul gets his way, “Breaking Bad” fans can expect to see Jesse Pinkman calling on Saul Goodman — and perhaps calling him some names — in the spinoff series centered on a sleazy lawyer. SENT: 280 words, photos.
OBIT-JIM LANGE - Jim Lange, first host of popular show ‘The Dating Game,’ dies at 81. SENT: 340 words, photo.
PEOPLE-SPIKE LEE - Film director Spike Lee denounces gentrification of NYC neighborhoods. SENT: 120 words, photo.