2013-08-22 11:01 PM
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.
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Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1430 GMT:
-- FORT HOOD (developing)
-- MANNING WIKILEAKS (sent; developing)
-- EGYPT (developing) and EGYPT TOURISM (sent)
-- CHINA-FLIGHT DELAYS (sent)
PHOTOS: EGYPT coverage
VIDEO: MANNING (developing)
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:
EGYPT: Mubarak is released and taken to a military hospital under house arrest following more than two years in detention. Release obviously is causing some waves, though the house arrest is dampening some anger. Mass protests called for tomorrow. Taking a broad view of what it all means. UPCOMING: developments; breaking now. 1,200 words likely by 2000 GMT, photos
US EGYPT:Obama's top advisers are sharply divided over whether to cut off or reduce military aid to Egypt.
EGYPT-TOURISM: Riots and killings that erupted across the country have delivered a severe blow to Egypt's tourism industry, which until recently accounted for more than 11 percent of the country's gross domestic product and nearly 20 percent of its foreign currency revenues. With a strong human interest element. SENT: 1060 words, photos.
ISRAEL: Israeli police say 3 rockets fired from Lebanon have landed in northern Israel. Breaking now; developing.
SYRIA: Regime forces bomb area where the opposition said more than 100 people were killed in a chemical weapons attack. France raises possibility of the international community using force if it is proven that Bashar Assad's troops used chemical weapons. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
CHINA-BO XILAI: Standing trial In China's biggest scandal in decades, ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai defended himself against corruption allegations, saying he was pressured into making a confession and strongly denying charges he took millions of dollars in bribes. With : CHINA-BO XILAI TRIAL-GLANCE. SENT: 680 words, photos.
And: CHINA-BO XILAI-TWEETS: Much of China was riveted Thursday to the stream of Twitter-like updates from the trial of disgraced politician Bo Xilai -- even a TV anchorwoman was seen on a live national program checking her cellphone for the latest posting. SENT: 500 words.
IRAN-NUCLEAR: A U.S. institute tracking Iran's nuclear program says recent satellite images it has analyzed show further major alterations of a military site that the U.N. has long tried to access to follow up suspicions that Tehran may have used it in attempts to develop atomic arms. SENT: 630 words.
NKOREAN DEFECTORS-UN INQUIRY: Testimony by North Korean defectors at U.N. hearings in Seoul has produced chilling accounts of systematic rape, murder and torture -- but it's also a poignant reminder of past, toothless U.N. efforts to get Pyongyang to better treat its citizens. SENT: 830 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-WORSENING FLOODS: Lashed each year by typhoons and stuck with outdated drainage systems, the Philippine capital has been hit by ever-worsening floods. Population growth, inadequate infrastructure, corruption, deforestation and even trash build-up combine to exacerbate the impact. SENT: 790 words, photos.
ZIMBABWE-MUGABE: President Robert Mugabe, 89, is sworn in for another 5 year term. Mugabe dismissed charges of voting fraud, criticized Western powers, vowed to press ahead with black ownership of white and foreign-owned companies and attacked gays in his inaugural speech. SENT 600 words, photos.
NIGERIA-YOUNG AND ANGRY: Using every resource from psychologists to agriculture experts and security forces, the Nigerian state at the heart of an Islamic uprising hopes to reach a reservoir of angry and rootless young men easily recruited by Islamic extremists and transform them into productive members of society. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
FORT HOOD SHOOTING. Prosecutors will begin their closing arguments on Thursday in the trial of accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan. The verdict could come as early as Thursday. SENT: 350 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day. photos, video, interactive.
MANNING-WIKILEAKS. A day after being sentenced to 35 years in a military prison, Bradley Manning says he wants to live as a woman named "Chelsea" and begin hormone therapy while in confinement. His attorney says he will fight to make that happen. But it's unlikely he'll be accommodated by a military system that doesn't provide such medical services in prison and still bans transgender soldiers from serving. SENT: 775 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: More by 2130 GMT photos, video
AFGHANISTAN MASSACRE: The third day of testimony in the sentencing of a U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan will focus on Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' mental health. SENT: 940 words. UPCOMING: An update expected by 1930 GMT.
SALVADOR JESUITS-MONTANO: Former El Salvadoran military Col. Inocente Orlando Montano, who was separately indicted in Spain in 2011 for his alleged role in the 1989 slayings of six Jesuit priests, reports to court to face the first part of his sentencing hearing in Boston on immigration charges. UPCOMING: Hearing at 1400 GMT.
DRONE HUNTING: This tiny plains town is considering a proposal to make itself a national attraction for gun enthusiasts and people skeptical of government surveillance. Citizens on Oct. 8 will vote on whether to issue permits to hunt drones. SENT: 300 words, photo.
FED-CHAIRMAN-BATTLE: A battle over what is arguably the world's most powerful economic post has turned into an unusually public struggle over two renowned economists -- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The contest to succeed Ben Bernanke when his second term ends in January is sure to spark chatter at this week's annual meeting of central bankers. UPCOMING: By 1530 GMT, photo.
CHINA-NEW-ZEALAND-MILK-SAFETY: New Zealand's leaders are on a charm offensive to reassure Chinese consumers after a botulism scare threatened sales in a major market for New Zealand milk. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
MED-CHEAP IVF: Since the first test-tube baby was born more than three decades ago, in vitro fertilization has evolved into a highly sophisticated lab procedure. Now, scientists are going back to basics and testing a simpler and cheaper method intended mainly for developing countries. SENT: 950 words, photos.
SPACE STATION: Two Russian cosmonauts are spacewalking again for the second time in under a week. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Spacewalk scheduled to last until around 1730 GMT, photo.
RUSSIA-GAY LAW: The Russian government assured the IOC on Thursday it will not discriminate against homosexuals during the Sochi Olympics, while defending the law against gay "propaganda" that has provoked an international backlash. SENT: 580 words, photos.
BRAZIL-BOYFRIEND TRACKER: Brazilians were outraged when they learned their country was a top target of the U.S. National Security Agency's overseas spying operation, with data from billions of calls and emails swept up in Washington's top secret surveillance program. SENT: 850 words, photo.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week after reaching the lowest level in nearly six years. But the broader trend suggests companies are laying off fewer workers and could step up hiring in the months ahead. SENT: 115 words.
CHINA-FLIGHT DELAYS: China's fast growing air travel market is the world's second biggest. But when it comes to flight delays, it's No. 1. As few as a fifth of all flights out of Beijing leave on time. Delays are so frequent and lengthy that scenes of travelers smashing up check-in desks, brawling with staff or storming the tarmac have verged on commonplace. SENT: 1160 words, photos.
GAY MARRIAGE-CHURCHES: With growing support for gay marriage among the public and in the courts, some churches fear they may soon be forced to provide services for same sex couples. UPCOMING: By 1830 GMT, photos.
RENOIR AUCTION-PERSONAL ARCHIVE: Billed as the single-largest archive of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's personal property, an upcoming auction of hundreds of personal letters and other memorabilia offers a candid look inside the master painter's life as an artist, loving husband and devoted father. SENT: 340 words, photos.