2013-09-04 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 1430 GMT:
-- UNITED STATES-SYRIA (sent; developing)
-- MISSING WOMEN FOUND-SUICIDE (sent; developing)
-- RUSSIA-PUTIN (sent)
--GERMANY-GADGET SHOW (upcoming)
PHOTOS: MISSING WOMAN FOUND-SUICIDE PHOTO TIMELINE (upcoming)
VIDEO: RUSSIA_PUTIN (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:
UNITED STATES-SYRIA: Top Obama administration officials face skeptical lawmakers at public and private hearings on possible U.S. military action in Syria. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee could vote Wednesday on a draft resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to order a "limited and tailored" military mission, as long as it doesn't exceed 90 days and involves no American troops in ground combat. Photos, video, audio. SENT: 880 words. UPCOMING: Congressional hearings throughout the day, timing of vote uncertain.
Also (slugs may be changed):
US-SYRIA - TIMELINE -- Timeline of Syria events and US responses. UPCOMING.
SYRIA DEVELOPMENTS-GLANCE -- A look at developments around the world. SENT: 660 words. May be updated.
SYRIA-OBAMA -- What Obama has said over the years about military intervention and Congress and what he's saying now. UPCOMING
SYRIA -- France's government offers a preview Wednesday of what the Obama administration faces next week, as lawmakers debate the wisdom and necessity of a military response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed hundreds.
OBAMA -- He meets with Nordic leaders in a 24-hour visit to the Swedish capital intended to show a softer side of American diplomacy even as the world's gaze remains fixed anxiously on Syria. SENT: 600 words. Photos. 600 words by 1800 GMT.
-- SWEDEN-FIVE MYTHS - Sex, suicides and socialism among persistent myths about Sweden, as Obama visits. SENT: 590 words, photos.
RUSSIA-PUTIN -- Putin warns the West against taking one-sided action in Syria but also says Russia "doesn't exclude" supporting a U.N. resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proved that Damascus used poison gas on its own people. SENT: 1,440 words, photos, video.
- RUSSIA-PUTIN-SOCHI - Putin offers assurances on gay rights, terrorist threat during Winter Games in Sochi.
- RUSSIA-PUTIN-10 INTERESTING THINGS - 10 interesting things Putin told the AP.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR-Q&A - A look at the radioactive water leaks at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, and the risks. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FRANCE-GERMANY WWII -- Holding hands in quiet tribute, the presidents of Germany and France are visiting the scene of the largest massacre in Nazi-occupied France nearly seven decades ago. SENT: 110 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT.
MEXICO-EDUCATION REFORM -- Mexico's Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping reform of the notoriously dysfunctional public school system early Wednesday, handing President Enrique Pena Nieto an important victory in his push to remake some of his country's worst-run institutions. SENT: 970 words.
INDIA-BATTLE FOR STATES -- India, a nation of 1.2 billion people, has 28 states. Some would rank among the world's most populous countries. So when India's ruling coalition endorsed a 29th state last month, millions of people who have felt ignored and marginalized living far from their state capitals had the same reaction: Why not us? SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
CHINA-DEAD FISH -- Authorities have scooped up around 100,000 kilograms (220,000 pounds) of dead fish they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, in a reminder of the pollution plaguing the country. SENT: 300 words, photos.
MISSING WOMEN FOUND-SUICIDE -- We are getting reaction to Castro's suicide in jail, and trying to get women's attorneys. Also: What can we say about his confinement, mental state, final days? Authorities say he was in protective custody -- meaning he was checked every 30 minutes -- but not on suicide watch. Why was the switch made? How do prisons try to prevent inmates from killing themselves? One of his lawyers tells us he tried unsuccessfully to arrange a psychological exam of Castro. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: by 1930, photos, video. Planning a photo timeline of the story from first coverage in 2004
LAWYER WORKING ILLEGALLY -- Sergio Garcia arrived in the U.S. illegally 20 years ago and began picking almonds in the field. But he worked his way through college and passed the California bar exam without going to law school. Now, still living in the U.S. illegally, he's asking the California state Supreme Court to license him. SENT: 500 words words, photos, video.
MANNING-WIKILEAKS -- Chelsea Manning's attorney formally asks Obama to pardon the Army private who sent a trove of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1630 GMT.
BRAIN TRAINING (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT WEDNESDAY) People in their 60s and older got better at concentrating and keeping multiple things in mind after they played a video game for a month, a small study found. UPCOMING: 500 words. HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT WEDNESDAY. Video planned.
GERMANY-GADGET SHOW -- Samsung becomes the first major electronics company to launch a smart watch, edging rival Apple in the race to turn the venerable timekeeper into the must-have mobile gadget in time for Christmas. Earlier in the day Sony unveils news smart phone. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1715 GMT; 700 words by 1830 GMT.
G-20-GLOBAL ECONOMY -- Something unfamiliar will be in the background as leaders of the Group of 20 major economies hold a summit in Russia starting Thursday: economic growth throughout the developed world. And something will be missing: Fear of a renewed financial crisis. Yet worries are rising about emerging nations. UPCOMING: 800 words around 1530 GMT.
GLOBAL-COMPETITIVENESS -- The United States' competitiveness among global economies is rising again after four years of decline, though northern European countries continue to dominate the rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum. In its latest survey, released Wednesday, the Forum ranked the U.S. -- the world's largest economy -- in fifth place for overall competitiveness, up from seventh last year. SENT: 430 words.
-- GLOBAL-COMPETITIVENESS-GLANCE -- As a look at the world's top -- and bottom -- 10 countries in term of competitiveness.
WALL STREET-BERNANKE METER -- Investors spent the summer wondering if the Federal Reserve would start phasing out its economic stimulus program at its September meeting. But now that September is here, investors have plenty of other worries. They include a possible strike against Syria and the prospect of a fight over the federal budget. Here's a look at events that could shake markets this month.
BEIGE BOOK -- The Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book, its anecdotal snapshot of business conditions around the nation, covering July through mid-August. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2000 GMT with breakouts on the 12 Fed regions and a glance showing how the data is compiled and distributed.
ARMSTRONG-LAWSUIT-- A Texas judge is pushing Lance Armstrong closer to his first sworn testimony on details of his performance-enhancing drug use, ordering the cyclist to answer questions about who knew what and when about his doping. . SENT: 680 words, photos.
TV-WALKING DEAD -- A California university and AMC think you can learn something from "The Walking Dead." The University of California, Irvine said Wednesday it will offer a free online course based on the network's hit zombie series. A team of UC Irvine professors will teach the eight-week course, which begins on Monday, Oct. 14, the day after the AMC drama has its season premiere. SENT: 120 words.
JAPAN-FILM-KEN WATANABE -- The Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" isn't a mere cross-cultural adaptation but more a tribute to the universal spirit of great filmmaking for its star, Ken Watanabe. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.