2013-09-03 11:01 PM
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 1435 GMT:
-- SYRIA Coverage (sent; developing)
-- PERU-WAR SCARS (sent, with photo gallery)
-- CUBA-SWIMMING TO FLORIDA (sent; new angle planned today)
--NKOREA-DENNIS RODMAN (sent; may develop)
PHOTOS: PERU-WAR SCARS-PHOTO GALLERY.
VIDEO: SYRIA coverage; MICROSOFT-NOKIA coverage
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:
SYRIA -- Israel and the U.S. conducted a joint missile test over the Mediterranean on Tuesday, an apparent display of military prowess as the Obama administration seeks congressional support for strikes against the Assad regime. SENT: 440 words, photos. UPCOMING: About 1,000 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
UNITED STATES-SYRIA -- Congress holds public hearing on Obama's request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria in response to last month's alleged sarin gas attack. SENT: 1100 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Will be updated from Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing from Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at 1830 GMT.
OBAMA-G-20 -- Facing roadblocks at home and abroad, Obama heads to Europe seeking support for Syria strike among world leaders assembled for the Russia-hosted G-20 summit. SENT: 1000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from Obama meeting with congressional leaders at 9:45 a.m. EDT, Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing from Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at 1830 GMT. Obama leaves Washington at 0045 GMT. Photos.
UN-SYRIA-REFUGEES -- The civil war in Syria has forced over 2 million people out of the country and over 4 million others are displaced within its borders, making Syrians the nation with the largest number of people torn from their homes right now, U.N. officials said Tuesday. SENT: 540 words, photos.
EGYPT-SINAI IN TURMOIL -- An Egyptian doctor once close to Osama bin Laden has emerged as a major player in Egypt's Sinai, working to unify multiple al-Qaida-inspired militant groups there to fight the country's military, as the lawless peninsula emerges as a new regional theater for jihad since the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president, according to Egyptian intelligence and security officials. UPCOMING: 1400 words by 2200 GMT, file photos.
ISRAEL-JERUSALEM MAYOR -- Mayor Nir Barkat presides over perhaps the most complicated city in the world -- deeply divided between Arab and Jew, religious and secular, rich and poor, and claimed as capital by both Israelis and Palestinians. But Barkat says Jerusalem is thriving and the key is keeping its various fragments united. With peace negotiators discussing a potential future partition of Jerusalem, Barkat emphatically says the city can't be split. "It will never function, it will never work. It is a bad deal," says the former high-tech entrepreneur. "Doing a bad deal is worse than no deal." UPCOMING: 700 words by 1630 GMT, photos.
PUTIN INTERVIEW -- AP and a Russian TV network sit down with Putin on Tuesday for an all-formats interview ahead of the summit, which begins Thursday. UPCOMING: EMBARGOED for 0500 GMT Wednesday release (NewsNow will be sent at that time, followed by full story), with photos.
SOUTH AFRICA-MANDELA --South Africa's president said Tuesday that he was pleased Nelson Mandela had gone home from a hospital, saying it indicated the progress that the anti-apartheid leader had made even though he remains in critical condition. SENT 350 words, photos, video
GERMANY-AUSCHWITZ INVESTIGATION -- The special prosecutors' office that investigates Nazi war crimes is recommending charges against dozens of alleged former Auschwitz guards, opening the possibility of a new wave of trials almost 70 years after the end of World War II. SENT: 630 words, photos.
PERU-WAR SCARS -- A decade after a truth commission determined 70,000 Peruvians were killed in what was often a dirty war targeting civilians, the remains of less than a fifth of the disappeared have been found, war crimes convictions are few and reparations slow in delivery. SENT: 1160 words (mainbar) and-or 300 words (text to accompany 24-picture photo gallery), photos.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR -- The Japanese government says it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station. The decision is widely seen as an attempt to show that the nuclear accident won't be a safety concern just days before the International Olympic Committee chooses between Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid as the host of the 2020 Olympics. SENT: 950 words, photos.
NKOREA-DENNIS RODMAN -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman lands in North Korea and says he plans to hang out with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time and maybe bridge some cultural gaps -- but not be a diplomat. Rodman arrives just days after Pyongyang rejected a visit by a U.S. envoy who had hoped to bring home Kenneth Bae, an American missionary jailed there. SENT: 750 words, photos.
TURKEY-NYC WOMAN -- Turkish man stands trial for killing a New York City woman during her solo vacation in Istanbul. SENT: 360 words.
CHINA-NO MORE ABALONE -- The shark's fin, bird's nest and abalone are gone from the offerings at Beijing's Xiang E Qing restaurant -- a favorite of Communist Party cadres just months agoChina's high-end restaurants have gone into crisis under leader Xi Jinping's campaign to crack down on the kinds of party extravagances that have angered ordinary Chinese. SENT: 680 words, photos.
INDIA-SONIA GANDHI -- India's most powerful politician, Sonia Gandhi, leaves for the United States for a health check. SENT: 250 words.
INDONESIA-MISS WORLD PROTEST -- Muslim hard-liners stage a protest in the country's capital to try to stop the holding of the Miss World pageant this weekend on the resort island of Bali. SENT: 300 words.
AUSTRALIA-GAY MARRIAGE -- Prime Minister Kevin Rudd mounts a spirited defense of same-sex marriage only days out from Australian elections. SENT: 500 words, photos.
INDIA-FOOD BILL -- India plans to subsidize wheat, rice and cereals for some 800 million people under a $20 billion plan to cut malnutrition and ease poverty. The Food Security Bill guarantees citizens a legal right to food. SENT: 380 words.
NEW ZEALAND-WARMEST WINTER - New Zealand experiences its warmest winter on record as Antarctic winds stay away. SENT: 230 words, photo.
INDIA-DOWRY DEATHS -- An Indian report says a woman dies every hour in disputes over how much her family has paid in dowry to the groom for her marriage. SENT: 260 words.
SWEDEN-OBAMA-WALLENBERG -- The family of World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg says it will ask President Barack Obama for help in their quest to find out what happened to the Swedish diplomat who vanished after being arrested by Soviet forces in 1945. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1430 GMT
CUBA-SWIMMING TO FLORIDA -- Today's angle likely to focus on changes that are enabling older people to accomplish greater physical feats; and is there something specific about swimming vs. other sports that makes this more feasible. SENT: 300 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated from news conference planned for 1500 GMT, photos.
DOCTOR'S DAUGHTER-WATERBOARDING -- A judge holds an evidentiary hearing in the case of a pediatrician accused of "waterboarding" his 11-year-old daughter. UPCOMING: Hearing begins at 1400 GMT.
NANNY-BABY KILLED --An Irish nanny accused of killing a 1-year-old girl in her care is due in court for a hearing on her lawyer's motion to dismiss the charges against her. UPCOMING: Developing from 1400 GMT court hearing.
MICROSOFT-NOKIA -- Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market. SENT: 860 words, photos.
-- NOKIA DEMISE -- A portrait of the Finnish company's rise and fall -- from making rubber boots to becoming the world's largest handset seller and its recent struggles to compete with smartphones. UPCOMING: 500 words expected around 1500 GMT.
MISS AMERICA-ARRIVALS -- Miss America contestants make their debut on the Atlantic city boardwalk as the pageant returns to this resort after a six-year run in Las Vegas. UPCOMING: 150 words by 2200 GMT, photos.
FILM-TORONTO PREVIEW -- Every best picture winner since 2007 has played at the Toronto International Film Festival, from "No Country for Old Men" to last year's winner, "Argo." While other late summer festivals can claim to have been first with many Academy Award winners, Toronto is the largest, most expansive launch pad of the fall moviegoing season. But at Toronto, Oscar is far from the only rage. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 1830 GMT, photos.
TV-AMERICAN IDOL -- Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. are joining Keith Urban as "American Idol" judges next season. Fox TV announced the revamped panel Tuesday, along with a new role for original judge Randy Jackson. Jackson, who stepped down as a panelist after last season, will serve as in-house mentor to the show's contestants. SENT: 275 words, photos.
JAPAN-AMERICAN SINGER -- Leaving San Francisco, singer Chris Hart has made himself at home in "J-pop." His album of cover versions of Japanese pop tunes is rising on the charts. And the crooner is scoring on this nation's equivalent of "American Idol," being billed as a genius who understands the musical soul of Japan. SENT: 750 words, photos.
US OPEN -- Last year's U.S. Open finalists, champion Andy Murray and runner-up Novak Djokovic, try to reach this year's quarterfinals Tuesday, while defending women's champion Serena Williams plays at night. UPCOMING: Will be updated from day session starting at 1500 GMT; night session at 2300 GMT. 900 words, photos.