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 at 1700 GMT:
-- ECONOMY (sent, developing)
-- DRUG WEBSITE SHUTDOWN (sent, developing)
-- SPACE TOURISM SURVIVOR (upcoming)
-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (upcoming)
-- EBOLA-AMERICAN LULL (upcoming)
-- GAY MARRIAGE-JUDGE (sent, developing)
-- NEW ZEALAND-AC/DC CHARGES (sent)
-- COAST GUARD-LOST PILOT (sent, developing)
-- ITALY-COLOSSEUM (sent)
-- THEATER-ALAN ALDA-CANDICE BERGEN (sent)
-- NEW ZEALAND-AC/DC CHARGES (sent)
-- SPACE TOURISM SURVIVOR (upcoming)
-- EBOLA-BY THE NUMBERS (sent)
-- ITALY-COLOSSEUM (sent)
-- ALASKA WHALE-PHOTO GALLERY (sent)
PHOTOS: PHILIPPINES-HAIYAN-PHOTO ESSAY (sent, with text); ALASKA WHALE-PHOTO GALLERY (sent, with text); BERLIN WALL-AROUND THE WORLD-PHOTO GALLERY (sent, with text); ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent)
VIDEO: ABDUCTION_APVUS (sent); NEW_ZEALAND_RUDD_UPDATE (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):
EGYPT-BORDER CRACKDOWN — In an unprecedented crackdown, Egyptian troops are pressing ahead with the demolitions of hundreds of homes along the border with the Gaza Strip, cutting off electricity, shooting warning shots and unleashing police dogs in a heavy-handed mission to evict thousands of residents from the volatile area, according to witness accounts. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-AC/DC CHARGES — New Zealand authorities make an embarrassing about-face when prosecutors drop a murder-for-hire charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, saying there was not enough evidence to proceed. Rudd still faces a serious charge of threatening to kill. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Hundreds of young Palestinians kneel on prayer carpets in a Jerusalem street on the Muslim sabbath, faced by a cordon of Israeli riot police who prevent them from reaching Islam’s third holiest shrine in the nearby Old City. Israel says such access restrictions help prevent unrest at a time of escalating tensions, but Jerusalem’s Muslims say heavy-handed security measures only their heighten fears that traditional Muslim control of the holy site — also sacred to Jews — is increasingly being challenged by Jewish zealots. UPCOMING: 950 words by 1830 GMT, photos, video.
EBOLA-BY THE NUMBERS — A look at the worst-ever Ebola epidemic by numbers. SENT: 670 words, photos.
DRUG WEBSITE SHUTDOWN — Seventeen people have been arrested so far in an international crackdown on underground websites selling illegal drugs, a top Europol official said, with Dutch prosecutors saying the arrests came in the U.S., Ireland and Germany. SENT: 290 words.
ITALY-COLOSSEUM — Friends, Romans and countrymen debate restoring Colosseum to original purpose: entertainment. SENT: 560 words, photos.
INDIA-RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE — Three decades after the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 — the worst communal violence since India won independence in 1947 — religious conflagrations are still surprisingly common in a secular country where tolerance is enshrined in the constitution. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
GERMANY-BERLIN WALL REMEMBERED— It’s been nearly 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but Harald Jaeger has no trouble remembering exactly where he was when the first border crossing was opened. He was, after all, the East German border guard commander who made the decision to open Berlin’s Bornholmer Strasse checkpoint — telling his men to stand aside and let the throng of people through. SENT: 620 words, photo.
BRAZIL-RUNNING OUT OF WATER — More than 10 million people who have suffered water cuts in the past six months in Sao Paulo state, which is at the epicenter of the worst drought to hit southeastern Brazil in more than eight decades. SENT: 820 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-HAIYAN-PHOTO ESSAY — In this village hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago, shantytowns are rising around now-rusty cargo ships that were washed ashore by powerful waves. SENT: 340 words, photos, interactive.
SKOREA-SHIP SINKS — South Korean lawmakers approve plans to disband coast guard in wake of April’s ferry disaster. SENT: 490 words.
UKRAINE — Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in dozens of tanks, other heavy weapons into rebel-held east. SENT: 140 words, photos.
MYANMAR-HUMAN RIGHTS — Human rights report says evidence suggests Myanmar commander committed war crimes. SENT: 720 words, photo.
UNITED STATES-MYANMAR-WRITERS — Writers call for Obama to seek freedom for jailed Myanmar journalists on upcoming visit. SENT: 620 words.
HONG KONG-WOMEN AT RISK — Indonesian women who put themselves at risk of exploitation when they took domestic worker jobs in Hong Kong are now mourning two of their own found murdered in a banker’s apartment. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.
AFGHANISTAN — Afghan forces dying in record numbers because they are leading fight, NATO says. SENT: 380 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-ANWAR — Judges delay verdict in sodomy trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. SENT: 400 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-TRANSGENDERS — Three Malaysia Muslim transgenders win key court ruling against Islamic law banning cross-dressing. SENT: 490 words.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR — Japanese governor gives OK for first nuclear plant to go back online under new safety rules. SENT: 460 words, photos.
CHINA-JAPAN — China and Japan agree to resume dialogue following 2-year freeze over island dispute. SENT: 520 words, photo.
CHINA-ONE CHILD POLICY — China sees smaller-than-expected baby bump in the first year after easing of 1-child policy. SENT: 360 words, photo.
MOROCCO-HUMAN RIGHTS — Human Rights Watch concerned as Morocco blocks meetings of independent rights groups. SENT: 250 words.
SYRIA — Syrian troops clash with rebels near Golan Heights, Lebanon border. SENT: 240 words.
BRITAIN-EU — In battle over $2.7 billion budget payment, question is whether Britain or EU blinks first. SENT: 470 words, photos.
SPAIN-ROYAL FAMILY-CORRUPTION PROBE — Court: Spanish princess can stand trial but judge to decide on indictment. SENT: 270 words, photos.
UKRAINE-PLANE — Rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine say more remains found at Malaysia Airlines crash site. SENT: 120 words.
BIN LADEN SHOOTER — Some special operations service members and veterans are unhappy that one of their own has taken credit publicly for killing Osama bin Laden. SENT: 1,110 words, photos, video.
FBI-FAKE NEWS STORY — FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility. SENT: 430 words, photo.
UNITED STATES-MYANMAR-WRITERS — Writers call for Obama to seek freedom for jailed Myanmar journalists on upcoming visit. SENT: 650 words, photo.
UNITED STATES-IRAN — Obama writes Iran’s supreme leader about fight against Islamic State militants. SENT: 830 words, photos.
GAY MARRIAGE — A month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on gay marriage, the issue is headed back its way again. SENT: 590 words, photos, audio, interactive.
TYPHOON NURI-ALASKA — An explosive storm surpassing the intensity of 2012′s Superstorm Sandy is expected to reach Alaska’s western Aleutian Islands over the weekend and bring unseasonably frigid temperatures to much of the U.S. next week, weather forecasters say. SENT: 560 words, photo.
COAST GUARD-LOST PILOT — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is formally honoring a pilot seven decades after his World War II plane crashed on Greenland’s ice cap. SENT: 500 words, photos.
ALASKA WHALE-PHOTO GALLERY — In a frozen town as far north as you can go in the U.S., ancient tradition brings community together to harvest the skin and blubber of a captured whale. SENT: 200 words, photos.
PHILADELPHIA-ABDUCTION — Used-car GPS device helped police rescue kidnapping victim. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.
AFGHAN SOLDIERS-ASYLUM — Attorneys say Afghan soldier should have been allowed in Canada because relative lives there. SENT: 700 words.
SPACE TOURISM SURVIVOR — There was no ejection seat and no easy way out of SpaceShipTwo. But pilot Peter Siebold still escaped in a parachute from the shattered lightweight craft. He isn’t the only space traveler to have survived a wreck like this. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon.
BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S FRIEND — Sentencing of friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect delayed because of Supreme Court case. SENT: 160 words.
NYC-SPEED LIMIT LAW — Slowing down: New York City’s 25 mph speed limit law goes into effect. SENT: 90 words.
LOS ANGELES SUBWAY — Take the subway to Beverly Hills? Project to break ceremonial ground, target opening date 2023. SENT: 130 words.
4CHAN-Q&A — Lolcats, nude photos and murder — is 4chan the Web’s underbelly? SENT: 850 words.
ECONOMY — US employers added 214,000 jobs in October; unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent. SENT: 350 words, photos.
CONSUMER BORROWING — Federal Reserve releases September report on consumer borrowing. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 2000 GMT, and then 350 words by 1545 GMT, photo.
APEC-BEIJING LIFE— Newspaper kiosks, cars and kites are being swept to the side as Beijing locks down and tidies up for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum meetings. SENT: 400 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-GROWING UP GOTTI — 10 years later, Victoria Gotti returns for A&E’s ‘Growing Up Gotti’ retrospective special. SENT: 700 words, photos.
THEATER-ALAN ALDA-CANDICE BERGEN — Alan Alda and Candice Bergen on being ‘a very good match’ as they join ‘Love Letters.’ SENT: 490 words, photos.