BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1530 GMT
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:
-- UN-VATICAN-ABUSE (sent; developing)
-- OBAMA-NSA SURVEILLANCE (upcoming)
-- SUPREME COURT-CELLPHONE SEARCH (upcoming)
-- EGYPT-THE NEXT PRESIDENT? (upcoming)
-- SOUTH SUDAN (sent; developing)
-- SURGEON GENERAL-SMOKING (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 12:01 a.m.)
-- HIGHER AIRFARES (upcoming)
-- OHIO EXECUTION (sent; developing)
-- OSCAR NOMINATIONS (sent; developing)
-- NETHERLANDS-WORKING FOR BEER (sent)
PHOTOS: UN-VATICAN ABUSE (sent; developing)
VIDEO: UN-VATICAN-ABUSE (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:
UN-VATICAN-ABUSE - The Vatican comes under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1 p.m., photos, video; recommendations not expected until Feb. 5.
- CHURCH ABUSE-BANKRUPTCY - Catholic diocese in California files for bankruptcy after millions paid in sexual abuse cases. SENT: 510 words.
EGYPT-THE NEXT PRESIDENT? - With expectations high that he’ll run for president, Egypt’s military chief has been busy studying the details of the nation’s most pressing problems and consulting with experts about possible solutions, two top officials said. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 2100 GMT.
EGYPT - An overwhelming majority of Egyptians who voted on the country’s new constitution have backed the draft charter, a senior Egyptian official says. SENT: 580 words, photo
SOUTH SUDAN - Officials in South Sudan say the U.N. has gathered evidence that some victims of ethnic-based attacks have been bound and others beheaded. Victims have also told the AP that attackers have forced them to participate in sex acts with family members. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1600 GMT.
INDIA-TOURIST RAPE - Indian police say they are closing in on six homeless men in the gang rape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist in New Delhi. SENT: 560 words, photos.
AFGHAN-FEMALE POLICE CHIEF - Col. Jamila Bayaz is the first woman to be promoted to run an entire district — the highest front-line appointment for an Afghan policewoman. Policewomen are among the Taliban’s top targets. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by noon.
PAKISTAN - A police officer says six people have been killed in an explosion at a Sunni Islamic seminary in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
JORDAN-ISRAEL - Jordan’s king called on visiting Netanyahu today to seize the moment and opportunity made possible under a U.S. diplomatic push to achieve a lasting and comprehensive settlement with the Palestinians, the Royal Palace said. SENT: 500 words, photo.
KOREAS-TENSION - North Korea has proposed that the rival Koreas halt all hostile military actions and stop vilifying each other, saying it would create a climate for better relations. SENT: 130 words.
CHINA-AIR POLLUTION - Beijing’s skyscrapers recede into a dense gray smog as the capital experiences the season’s first wave of extremely dangerous pollution, with the concentration of toxic small particles registering more than two dozen times the level considered safe. Many of the city’s commuters wear industrial strength face masks. SENT: 390 words, photos.
CHINA-OUTSPOKEN ACTIVIST - Police have taken away an outspoken scholar of China’s Turkic Uighur ethnic minority and raided his home, seizing computers, cellphones and even his students’ thesis manuscripts, his wife says. SENT: 680 words, photos.
HONG KONG-MAID ABUSE - Police are investigating allegations that a 23-year-old Indonesian maid was tortured by her employers, the latest case to provoke outrage over abuses suffered by the city’s army of foreign domestic workers. SENT: 450 words, photos.
INDONESIA-FLASH FLOODS - Days of torrential rain trigger a landslide and flash floods on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, killing at least 13 people and sending tens of thousands fleeing for safe ground. SENT: 240 words.
PHILIPPINES-CANADA-DRUGS - Philippine anti-narcotics agents have arrested four Canadians for allegedly trafficking illegal drugs from Mexico, a government investigator says. SENT: 470 words, photos.
VIETNAM-COAL MINE ACCIDENT - Six workers are killed in a fire in an underground coal tunnel in northern Vietnam, an official says. One worker escapes with burns. SENT: 100 words.
NIGERIA-MILITARY - In a major shakeup of the high command of Nigeria’s military which is battling Islamic insurgents, President Goodluck Jonathan fired all his service chiefs today and appointed an air force officer from the troubled northeast as the top military commander. SENT: 780 words, photo.
SPAIN-CATALONIA-INDEPENDENCE - A European season of separatist fervor kicks off Thursday with Catalan lawmakers voting on whether to seek the right to hold a referendum on independence from Spain. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.
LEBANON-HARIRI TRIBUNAL - Nearly nine years after a truck bomb killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others, the trial starts for four Hezbollah suspects. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
LEBANON - Car bomb hits northeast Lebanese town close to Syrian border, kills at least 3, officials say. SENT: 500 words, photo.
THAILAND-THE PEOPLE SPEAK - Several Thais, some prominent, some ordinary, explain their views on the political unrest. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.
- THAILAND-POLITICS - Thai protesters march on new government targets as key streets remain blocked for fourth day. SENT: 650 words, photos.
VENEZUELA-DOGS OF CHAVEZ - Shaggy Venezuelan sheepdog keeps alive patriotic legacy of late leader Chavez. SENT: 740 words, photos.
INDONESIA-TOO MANY TURTLES - Spike in endangered green turtles off Indonesia island risks destruction of food source. SENT: 660 words, photos.
OBAMA-NSA SURVEILLANCE — A months-long White House review will culminate Friday with new recommendations aimed in part at restoring the public’s trust in a surveillance apparatus expected to remain largely in place. UPCOMING, 600 words, by 2230 GMT. Photos.
SUPREME COURT-CELL PHONE SEARCH — The Supreme Court decided 40 years ago that police don’t need a search warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested. But that was long before smartphones. In a new clash of technology and privacy, the court is being asked whether the old rules should still apply in the digital age. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2030 GMT.
BUDGET BATTLE - Drained of much of its vitriol over the budget, Congress is poised to adopt a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year. SENT: 200 words, photos.
OHIO EXECUTION - Dennis McGuire is running out of appeals ahead of his scheduled execution; Ohio plans to use a two-drug cocktail never before used in the U.S. to put someone to death. SENT: 360 words, photo. UPCOMING: updates from execution.
CHRIS BROWN-ASSAULT — District of Columbia police officials are investigating whether an officer made contradictory statements in the assault case against singer Chris Brown. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo by 1930 GMT.
SURGEON GENERAL-SMOKING, HFR - Fifty years into the war on tobacco, smoking causes even more diseases than people originally thought. Worse, the nation isn’t making fast enough progress against smoking, says a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General’s office. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE 0501 GMT.
NETHERLANDS-WORKING FOR BEER - The men are alcoholics and the beers themselves are the paycheck. In a pilot project that has drawn attention around the world, Amsterdam has teamed up with a charity organization in hopes of improving the neighborhood and possibly improving life for the alcoholics. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
HIGHER AIRFARES - The cost of a domestic roundtrip ticket in the U.S. went up another 2 percent last year, bringing the average ticket price to $363.42 including tax. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1930 GMT, photo.
DAVOS FORUM - The gap between the rich and the poor is the most likely threat to the global economy in coming years, the World Economic Forum said today. SENT: 600 words, photo.
GOOGLE GLASS TICKET - California woman challenges citation for wearing eyeglasses computer while driving. SENT: 330 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updated after trial, photos.
MONK BEER - Eight monasteries - six in Belgium and one each in Holland and Austria - produce the only beer recognized by the International Trappist Association as authentic Trappist beer. And starting Thursday, the 63 brothers of St. Joseph’s Abbey - about an hour’s drive west of Boston - will join them, selling the first Trappist beer brewed outside Europe. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.
OSCAR NOMINATIONS - The Academy Awards appear to be the three-horse race many expected it would be, with “Gravity,” ″American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” all receiving a heap of nominations. SENT: 520 word, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.