2013-09-12 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:
-- SOMALIA-AMERICAN MILITANT (sent; developing)
-- MIDEAST-20 YEARS AFTER OSLO (upcoming)
--COLORADO FLOODING (sent; developing)
-- EXERCISING WHILE WORKING (sent)
PHOTOS: SYRIAN REFUGEES-PHOTO GALLERY (upcoming; with text); BRAZIL-'LITTLE STEP' CRAZE-PHOTO GALLERY (sent; with text); coverage of COLORADO FLOODING
VIDEO: COLORADO FLOODING (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:
SOMALIA-AMERICAN MILITANT -- A rapping jihadi from Alabama who ascended the ranks of Somalia's al-Qaida-linked militant group and was on the FBI's Most Wanted list was killed Thursday in an ambush ordered by the militant group's leader, militants said. SENT: 630 words, photo. UPCOMING: Pursuing in Somalia and Alabama for details, photos. ETA TBD depending on developments.
UNITED STATES-SYRIA -- Kerry arrived in Geneva Thursday morning to test the seriousness of a Russian proposal to secure Syria's chemical weapons. Kerry and a team of U.S. experts will have at least two days of meetings with their Russian counterparts on Thursday and Friday. They hope to emerge with an outline of how some 1,000 tons of chemical weapons stocks and precursor materials as well as potential delivery systems can be safely inventoried and isolated under international control in an active war zone and then destroyed. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Kerry to meet with UN envoy at 1530 GMT, with Lavrov at 1730 GMT; 1,250 words by 5 p.m., photos, video, audio.
SYRIA-REBEL WEAPONS -- The CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following Obama's decision to arm the rebels. SENT: 320 words.
SYRIAN REFUGEES-PHOTO GALLERY -- The women's faces are haggard and sunburned, drawing on cigarettes in silence. Their children play outdoors in their ragged clothes and worn out slippers in tents pitched near the border with Syria. They are Syria's refugees in Lebanon, driven out of their homes by the civil war in their country. 300 words by 1900 GMT.
SYRIA-ALTERNATIVES TO ASSAD The crisis over chemical weapons in Syria has underlined one of the central dilemmas for the West - the lack of attractive alternatives Assad. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.
MIDEAST-20 YEARS AFTER OSLO -- The words rang hopeful and historic. Israel and the PLO agreed "it is time to put an end to decades of confrontation and conflict" and reach a "just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement." Twenty years after the two sides signed that Declaration of Principles on the White House lawn, the words that launched Israeli-Palestinian talks on dividing the Holy Land into two states ring hollow to many on both sides. Negotiators say mistakes they made then cause damage to this day. UPCOMING: 1,300 words by 1830 GMT photos.
IRAN-ROUHANI'S UN DEBUT -- Iranian President Hasan Rouhani makes his U.N. debut later this month at the U.N. General Assembly, which has been a key global forum for Iranian presidents since 1998. Rouhani's visit to New York carries perhaps the highest expectations for sideline diplomacy over Syria and stalled nuclear talks. UPCOMING: 1,150 words by 1730 GMT.
BRITAIN-PRINCE WILLIAM -- Prince William has finished his tour of duty as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot and has left operational service with the British military to focus on royal duties and charity work, royal officials said Thursday. SENT: 280 words, photo. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1600 GMT.
BRITAIN-ROYAL-MAIL -- Britain plans to privatize the 500-year-old Royal Mail service. Stock will be offered in the coming weeks, but the government vows to maintain some traditions, including the familiar red pillar boxes that are part of the British landscape. SENT: 360 words, photos.
INDIA-EXECUTION GLANCE -- Four men convicted of gang-raping and murdering a young Indian woman in December face sentencing Friday. Here is a quick look at executions in India. SENT: 400 words, photos.
RUSSIA-MAYOR'S RACE -- Opposition activist Alexei Navalny went to a Moscow courthouse has filed a lawsuit contesting the results of Moscow's mayoral election, which he lost to the Kremlin-backed incumbent. SENT: 280 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-REBEL STANDOFF -- Philippine troops battle Muslim rebels on two fronts after about 100 extremists attacked a second city near the southern port where guerrillas have been holding scores of residents hostage in a four-day standoff with government forces. SENT: 500 words, photos.
-- PHILIPPINES-PEACE SPOILERS -- Chunky text on main players and spoilers in the government's plan to establish an autonomous Muslim region. SENT: 560 words, photos.
BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING -- The publisher of Britain's Sunday Mirror tabloid said Thursday it is being investigated by police over alleged phone hacking -- the first confirmation that publishers, as well as journalists, could face charges over the misbehavior that has tarred the country's newspaper business. SENT: 340 words.
THAILAND-BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER -- Thanawat Martnok and his brother have argued most of their lives. Three years ago, Thanawat decided to teach his brother a lesson: He told police Yuthapoom Martnok had defamed Thailand's king -- a crime punishable by up to 15 years behind bars. Yuthapoom has been held for a year, and will hear the verdict Friday. He denies the allegations from his brother, in a case that illustrates how easy it is for a family feud to escalate. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.
COLORADO FLOODING -- Heavy rains and wildfire burn scars cause massive flooding in Colorado, killing two people, cutting off small mountain communities and forcing the University of Colorado in Boulder to cancel classes and evacuate an entire dorm. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: UPDATES through the day,photo.
CZECH-US MURDER SUSPECT -- Extradition hearing for man accused of killing four of his extended family members in the Czech Republic. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1930 GMT
EXERCISING WHILE WORKING -- A growing number of Americans are standing, walking and even cycling their way through the work day at treadmill desks, standup desks or other moving work stations. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
NASA VOYAGER (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT) -- Voyager 1 has left the sun and planets behind and entered interstellar space, becoming the first spacecraft to do so. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT, photos.
CHINA-APPLE'S CHALLENGE -- The iPhone's magic as China's must-have smartphone is eroding. SENT: 950 words, photos.
FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW-EYE CANDY
FRANKFURT, Germany - Maybe we can't buy - but we can look. A walk past the most expensive, striking, cool and outrageous vehicles on the exhibition floor at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, Smart and Audi. By David McHugh. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plummets 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 292,000. But the drop is mostly because of technical issues in two states that delayed the processing of applications. SENT: 420 words, photo.
BUDGET DEFICIT -- The Treasury reports on the budget deficit for August. UPCOMING: Report due at 1800 GMT, 400 words by 1900 GMT
EUROPE-FINANCIAL CRISIS --European lawmakers approve legislation establishing a new, centralized oversight for Europe's largest banks. SENT: 600 words, photo.
KOREAS -- South Korean weightlifters march with their national flag at the start of an international competition hosted by bitter rival North Korea -- a milestone for two countries that were trading war threats this spring. . SENT: 360 words.
IG-NOBELS -- An experiment showing that people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive is among honorees at the annual Ig Nobel ceremony, which honors weird and humorous scientific discoveries. UCOMING: 400 words by 0000 GMT, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
KENNEDY CENTER HONORS -- The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts reveals its selections of five artists who will receive the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. By Brett Zongker. SENT: 120 words, photos.