2013-09-10 11:22 PM
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.
NOTING: The story EUROPE FINANCIAL CRISIS, promoted on the 7 a.m. digest, is not moving because the vote was put off until Thursday.
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1445 GMT:
-- UNITED STATES-SYRIA and other Syria coverage (sent; developing)
--INDIA GANG RAPE (sent)
--GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE (upcoming)
--INCOME INEQUALITY (upcoming)
-- QUIET WEATHER (upcoming)
-- CANCER CARE (upcoming)
PHOTOS: Spot coverage of Syria developments in US and internationally; JAPAN-OLYMPIC FAMILY-PHOTO ESSAY (sent; with text)
VIDEO: Coverage of Obama speech and reaction (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:
UNITED STATES-SYRIA -- Obama meets with lawmakers amid signs of a diplomatic breakthrough that would allow Syria's government to avert U.S. missile strikes by surrendering its chemical weapons arsenal. Aides say Obama still plans to make the case for congressionally approved military action, while also noting potential diplomatic progress. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Updates with Obama's 1630 GMT meeting with Senate Democrats, 1745 GMT meeting with Senate Republicans, 0100 GMT address from the White House; 800 words by 2030 GMT; 900 by 0230 GMT, photos, video, interactive.
SYRIA-DIPLOMACY -- Syria has accepted a Russian proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for dismantling, the Syrian foreign minister said Tuesday, amid a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at averting Western military action. SENT: 830 words, photos.
SYRIA -- A look at the challenges on the ground of fulfilling whatever deal might turn out. UPCOMING.
INDIA GANG RAPE -- An Indian court convicts four men in the deadly gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, a brutal crime that galvanized public anger over the widespread -- yet widely tolerated -- sexual violence faced by Indian women. As word of the verdict filters out, protesters outside the courthouse chant "Hang them! Hang them!" Sentencing is Wednesday. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
- MED-ASIA RAPE - Study: 1 in 10 men in 6 Asian countries have raped, most say they were 'sexually entitled'. SENT: 580 words.
PHILIPPINES-REBEL STANDOFF -- About 200 Muslim rebels, enraged by a broken peace deal with the Philippine government, hold scores of hostages as human shields in a standoff with government forces that drags on for a second day in a major southern port city with no solution in sight. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CHINA-XI'S MASS LINE -- In nearly 10 months as China's leader, Xi Jinping has projected himself as a man of the people in a Mao Zedong-inspired propaganda push to connect with an alienated public. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
CHINA-BOY'S EYES REMOVED -- A 6-year-old Chinese boy whose eyes were gouged out receives implants at a hospital in southern China owned by a Hong Kong doctor who offered the operation after learning about the brutal attack. SENT: 330 words.
ROMANIA-STRAY DOGS - Fate of Bucharest's stray dogs in balance after fatal mauling of 4-year-old boy. SENT: 660 words, photos.
GERMANY-MODEL AIRPLANE BOMB -- Police in southwestern Germany have seized what they are describing as a "functional" bomb and several model airplanes that neo-Nazis allegedly wanted to use in an attack. SENT: 140 words.
GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE -- The Obama administration is releasing hundreds of previously classified documents detailing activities of the country's long-secret spy court that authorizes domestic surveillance programs. SENT: 370 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 2000 or 2100 GMT release of documents, 400 words by 2230 GMT, photos.
SEPT. 11- GOLF COURSE AD -- A Wisconsin golf course is apologizing following a backlash over its advertising of nine holes of golf for $9.11 on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: photo.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH -- We'll talk to legal experts about whether Zimmerman may have gotten a pass by not being arrested. Meanwhile, we expect police will release their initial report, along with video footage from dash-cams and surveillance cameras inside the home. UPCOMING: 300 words expected by 2030 GMT, photos, video.
IVORY CRACKDOWN -- Federal wildlife officials plan to crush more than 6 tons of ivory in Denver as part of a new push by the United States to combat illegal wildlife trafficking worldwide. SENT: 200 words.
NYC MAYOR'S RACE -- New York City's wild mayoral primary campaign hurtles to the voting booth Tuesday. SENT: 325 words. UPCOMING: Polls close at 0100 GMT; 400 words by 2200 GMT, photos.
CANCER CARE -- The Institute of Medicine finds a trio of threats: The baby boomers are reaching their cancer-prone years as treatment becomes increasingly unaffordable and so complex their doctors have a hard time keeping up. UPCOMING: Developing from 1500 GMT briefing.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, HFR: New research suggests it may be possible to spot the earliest signs of multiple sclerosis in patients' spinal fluid, findings that offer a new clue about how this mysterious disease forms. HOLD FOR RELEASE at 2100 GMT.
QUIET WEATHER -- After two years of record extreme weather, the US has been mostly getting a nice break. If Humberto doesn't become a hurricane by Wednesday at 8 a.m., 2013 will set a record for the latest first hurricane in the Atlantic. UPCOMING 400 words by 2030 GMT
APPLE-EVENT -- Apple is expected to introduce a stripped-down iPhone called the "5C" that is housed in plastic casing and offered in a variety of colors. A new version of the high-end iPhone is also expected. UPCOMING: Updating from 1700 GMT event; 750 words by 2030 GMT, photos.
-- APPLE- GLANCE-IPHONE SPECS.
CHINA-ONLINE CRACKDOWN -- Chinese authorities have further tightened controls of its social media, warning that people who post comments deemed libelous and that are reposted 500 or more times will face defamation charges and up to three years in prison. SENT: 500 words.
INCOME-INEQUALITY -- The richest Americans captured a record share of income last year. The top 1 percent of American earners took in 19 percent of pre-tax income last year, a record in IRS data going back to 1913. Inequality has been growing in the United States over the last three decades. But until last year, the share captured by the top 1 percent had not yet reached the levels seen in the 1920s. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1530 GMT EDT; 500 words, photo by 1930 GMT
DOW INDEX-CHANGES -- The Dow Jones industrial average is swapping Bank of America for Goldman Sachs and also replacing Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa in a six-company shake up of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: TBD.
DOW-SHAKE-UP-Q&A -- A Q&A about how the Dow works and what the changes say about the economy. . UPCOMING: 700 words by 11:30 a.m. EDT.
FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW -- The dizzying decline in Europe's car market may have halted, but sales will remain at low levels for years, manufacturers at the Frankfurt Auto Show warn as they set out to wow customers with green vehicles and new technology. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update expected by 1500 GMT.
IOC-PRESIDENTIAL VOTE -- The IOC elects a leader to take the Olympic body into the next decade. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: Winner to be announced at around 1540 GMT; 900 words by noon, photos.
SOUTH AFRICA-TENNIS TEMPLE -- Ellis Park, once the temple of South African tennis under white minority rule, was a celebrity-studded stop after the U.S. Open on the international circuit. Now it struggles for funding. UPCOMING: 930 words by 1 p.m., photos.
TV-PRESIDENTS' GATEKEEPERS -- Discovery's film, "The Presidents' Gatekeepers," examines the role of presidential chiefs of staff. It airs for two hours each on Wednesday and Thursday. SENT: 830 words, photos.
BRITAIN-BOOKER PRIZE -- Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri and Irish novelist Colm Toibin are among six finalists for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. SENT: 490 words, photos.
LENNON INTERVIEW-AUCTION -- John Lennon describes the tension that gnawed at the Beatles as the band wound down its 10-year dominance of the global music scene in a previously unreleased recording that is going up for sale. UPCOMING: 340 words by 1830 GMT, photos, video.