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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

January 29, 2015

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 1600 GMT:

-- JAPAN-ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)

-- ROAD TO MOSUL (sent)

-- UKRAINE (upcoming)

-- OBAMA-BUDGET CUTS (sent; developing)

-- CARS-ZERO DEATHS (upcoming)

-- MEXICO-HOSPITAL EXPLOSION (sent; developing)



-- CARS-ZERO DEATHS (upcoming)












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):


JAPAN-ISLAMIC STATE - A spokesman says Jordan’s government has demanded proof of life of a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants before moving ahead with any possible swap to bring about his release. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

- JAPAN-ISLAMIC STATE-THUMBNAILS - Woman on death row in Jordan, Japanese war reporter, Jordanian pilot at center of IS standoff. SENT: 970 words, photos.

- JAPAN-ISLAMIC STATE-NEWS GUIDE - The twists and turns of Japan and Jordan’s hostage crisis with IS. SENT: 520 words, photos.

- ISLAMIC STATE-HUMAN RIGHTS - Rights group blasts IS over atrocities, also Iraq, Syrian governments for fueling extremism. SENT: 390 words, photo.

MEXICO-HOSPITAL EXPLOSION - Mexico City officials say a gas tank truck has exploded outside a maternity and children’s hospital, collapsing part of it and injuring dozens of people. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, photos and video staffing.

IRAQ-ROAD TO MOSUL - The Iraqi Kurdish fighters retaking territory from Islamic State militants have found surprising ambivalence in areas they free from the jihadis’ oppressive rule. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

UKRAINE — Army hospital sees rising numbers of Ukrainian soldiers wounded trying to defend the strategic city of Debaltsevo. One soldier wounded in fierce fighting today talks to AP reporters about what it is like fighting on the front, as Ukraine struggles to hold back a big pro-Russian rebel offensive. UPCOMING: Developing.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority has officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. SENT: 670 words, photo.

INDONESIA-PLANE - Indonesian investigators say AirAsia jetliner flown by co-pilot when it crashed into Java Sea. SENT: 480 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ALTERNATIVE ALLIANCE - A new center-left alliance has suddenly surged in the polls past Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party and turned the March 17 vote into a toss-up. SENT: 900 words, photos.

ISRAEL-LEBANON - Israeli-Lebanese border calm but Israel on alert day after deadliest escalation since 2006 war. SENT: 140 words, graphic.

AFGHANISTAN - An Afghan official says a suicide bomber has struck a funeral for the victims of an earlier Taliban attack, killing 16 and wounding 39 in eastern Laghman province. SENT: 350 words.

YEMEN - Yemeni officials say Shiite rebels have captured a key military base south of the capital where U.S. advisers had previously trained counter-terrorism forces. SENT: 130 words.

NIGERIA - Youths angry at failure to fight Islamic uprising stone Nigerian president’s convoy in Yola. SENT: 350 words.

EUROPE-TERROR - PAA Frenchman wanted in connection with deadly terrorist attacks in Paris has been extradited from Bulgaria to France, where he is facing charges of links to terrorism. SENT: 220 words.

EUROPE-UKRAINE-RUSSIA - France says European Union sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian backers will be reinforced in an attempt to force all sides back to the negotiating table. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

ITALY-POLITICS - Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi’s ability to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate who is also agreeable to ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

POLAND-ITALY-AUSCHWITZ - The head of Rome’s Jewish community and four other Italians were questioned by police after triggering an alarm at the visitor’s center at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. SENT: 450 words, photos.

PORTUGAL-SEPHARDIC JEWS - Portugal is following Spain and granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Jews it persecuted 500 years ago. SENT: 530 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

FRANCE-DEFENDING TERRORISM - Police detained and questioned an 8-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to support the men who attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, drawing criticism Thursday that France’s measures to prevent people from defending terrorism have gone overboard. SENT: 250 words.

AUSTRALIA-SYDNEY SIEGE - A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer’s gun as authorities stormed in, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

EBOLA - World Health Organization focusing on ending Ebola outbreak, but virus still spreading. SENT: 310 words, photos.

KOREAS-SUMMIT FOR CASH - Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded $10 billion and large-scale shipments of food and fertilizer, a former South Korean president says in a memoir to be published next week. SENT: 720 words, photos.

CHINA-BABY PLEA - For decades, most urban Chinese families could have only one child. Now, officials in China’s biggest city are telling young couples: Please have more children. SENT: 350 words.

NORTH KOREA-REACTOR - North Korea may be restarting nuclear plant, according to images reviewed by U.S. institute. SENT: 480 words, photo.

SRI LANKA-POLITICS - New Sri Lankan government says it will return private land in civil war-ravaged north. SENT: 480 words.

BRITAIN-DINOSAUR UPROAR - Dippy the dinosaur is being retired from London’s Natural History Museum — and his fans aren’t happy. SENT: 250 words, photo.

MYANMAR-BIRDS — An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression. SENT: 310 words.


OBAMA-BUDGET — Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs in his upcoming budget proposal to Congress. The era of deficit reduction and austerity is over. SENT: 780 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2100, photos

IRAN SANCTIONS — Senate panel moves ahead on approving a new round of sanctions on Iran as the Obama administration and Western powers continue negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2100.

UNITED STATES-CUBA — A bipartisan group of Republicans and Democrats embraces President Barack Obama’s effort to normalize relations with Cuba after the half century Cold War standoff, introducing legislation to implement many of the changes. Announcement at 1645. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1900.

SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL — Second day of attorney general nominee’s confirmation hearings. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1900.


TEXAS EXECUTION - A man convicted of killing a mentally disabled East Texas woman by strangling her and beating her with a hammer nearly two decades ago wants the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his execution. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing. Execution scheduled for after 0000 Friday.

DILEMMA OVER SQUATTERS-DETROIT - As Detroit tears down tens of thousands of homes to combat blight and tailor the city to fit its dwindling population, crews are dealing with an unknown number of squatters. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

IVY LEAGUE-CHINA - Top U.S. universities that worked to overcome reputations for serving only children of the American elite are now pushing to do the same internationally and are reaching out in new ways to find students of more varied backgrounds. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CORAL BLEACHING - Most of Hawaii’s coral recover from mass bleaching, but emerge weaker, more vulnerable. SENT: 540 words, photos

OBIT-LASER INVENTOR - Charles Townes, a Nobel laureate in physics who brought laser to daily life, dies at age 99. SENT: 840 words, photos.


DATA PRIVACY - Credit card purchases aren’t as anonymous as promised. Scientists show that even with banks wiping away personal details of credit card transactions, experts can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1900.

CHINA-ALIBABA’S HONEYMOON - Criticism of Alibaba highlights tougher government scrutiny of China’s private companies. SENT: 780 words, photos.


CARS-ZERO DEATHS — Safety researchers say the chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1800. With Glance of best and worst models.

OIL EXPORTS — U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil overseas. SENT: 530 words.


SUPER BOWL-CELEB SCENE - The suburbs around Phoenix will host some of music’s hottest acts, with Drake, Rihanna, Charli XCX and Snoop Dogg performing shows in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2200, photos.

SUPER BOWL-KATY PERRY: Katy Perry discusses her upcoming halftime performance at Super Bowl 49. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2200, photos; then developing from a 2230 news conference.

SUPER BOWL-MADDEN BOWL: Celebrities and gamers converge for the Madden Bowl, which will feature host Kevin Hart and performances by Nelly and Florida Georgia Line. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos. Developing from a 0200 Friday event.

MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-JASON MORAN - Pianist Jason Moran made it his mission on his latest album to bring a Harlem jazz legend “back into the conversation” in the 21st century. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700, photos.

TV-KITTEN BOWL - Deflated footballs and felines naturally go together in Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl. UPCOMING: 250 words by 1900, photos.

PEOPLE-WILLIAM SHATNER - William Shatner is back as a shrewd, unflappable travel expert in his latest TV commercial for an online company. SENT: 280 words, photos.

THEATER-KERRY BUTLER - Kerry Butler’s next role will take her to the White House - the Clinton White House, that is. SENT: 360 words, photo.

TAIWAN-MOVIE ACCIDENT - A worker was killed in an accident Thursday at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie, media reports said. SENT: 200 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-OBIT-MCCULLOUGH - Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel “The Thorn Birds” sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. SENT: 350 words, photo.

PEOPLE-HASTY PUDDING-POEHLER — Amy Poehler receives Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year award. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2300, photos.


CHILE-COOLING OFF-PHOTO ESSAY - Chilean kids frolic in water park, hydrants, fountains during summer heat wave. SENT: 210 words, photos.

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