2013-10-01 11:42 PM
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.
Updates line for KENYA-MALL ATTACK
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1445 GMT:
-- BUDGET BATTLE (sent; developing)
-- HEALTH OVERHAUL (sent; developing)
-- UN-NETANYAHU (upcoming)
-- KENYA-MALL ATTACK (upcoming; our reporter's unofficial tour of what remains of the inside, with strong photos)
-- MENOPAUSE HORMONES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2000 GMT)
-- VATICAN-POPE (sent)
PHOTOS: SHUTDOWN coverage, extensive. HEALTH OVERHAUL coverage, extensive.
IRAQ - Noting photo BAG101, a man carries the body of his 11-month-old grandson while mourners carry the coffin of the child's mother.
SYRIA-EDUCATION-PHOTO ESSAY -- For Syrian children, learning English in times of war is a luxury. (sent; with text)
KENYA-MALL ATTACK (upcoming; from our tour inside)
VIDEO: SHUTDOWN and HEALTH OVERHAUL coverage, extensive. KENYA MALL ATTACK (upcoming; from our tour inside)
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:
We believe that Congress will dig in today and still try to work on a deal, probably late into the night. Unclear what new Republican offerings might be. Obama to speak at midday.
- BUDGET BATTLE-PENTAGON - Hagel: Pentagon looking to exempt more workers from shutdown furloughs. SENT: 500 words, photos.
- NASA NOT ESSENTIAL - Of all the big cabinet level type agencies, NASA appears to have the smallest percentage of workers staying on. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2000 GMT.
HEALTH OVERHAUL - The Obama administration rolled out a key component of its landmark health care overhaul, moving forward despite a government shutdown sparked by Republican efforts to derail the law designed to extend insurance coverage to millions of Americans. SENT: 760 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updating from around the country throughout the day with people signing up.
KENYA-MALL ATTACK -- The sour odor of rotting food overwhelms the senses. Glass crunches underfoot. Evidence of looting is prevalent, including bullet scars on a safe in the shattered Nairobi mall's casino. An AP journalist spends two hours in the Westgate Mall and sees utter destruction where it caught fire and collapsed, and evidence of firefights during the rush by security forces to rescue people. Shop owners are boarding up stores and it's unclear if the mall should, or could, ever reopen. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2000 GMT, photos, video.
MIDEAST-SUBSIDIES -- Prices for bread, cooking gas, bus fare and other bare necessities have soared since Sudan's cash-strapped government cut fuel subsidies last week, and some of those who scraped by before said they don't how they'll manage in the future. Increasingly unaffordable subsidy programs pose a growing challenge across the Middle East and North Africa, with governments caught between demands by international lenders to scale back economically toxic handouts and fears of a popular backlash. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 1900 GMT
IRAQ -- An Iraqi sheik carries his grandson's body, tied up in a shroud, staring ahead with a blank gaze as men behind him carry the coffin of the baby's mother. The heartbreaking image, captured in an AP photo, illustrates the human tragedy behind the numbers as the monthly death toll mounts to levels not seen in years amid a new surge in sectarian bloodshed nearly two years after the U.S. withdrew from the country. SENT: 575 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words.
SYRIA - International inspectors arrived in Syria today to begin the ambitious task of overseeing the destruction of Assad's chemical weapons program. SENT: 300 words, photo. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1900 GMT.
UN-NETANYAHU - He's addressing the General Assembly today. Expected to caution the world on Iran's nuclear activities, and warn that Rouhani's olive branch may not be all it seems. UPCOMING: Developing from 1630 GMT speech (which likely will be delayed) with urgent leads, followed by 800 words by 2000 GMT.
NIGERIA - The country marks 53 years of independence with scores of families in mourning over killings by suspected Islamic extremists, heightened security against feared bomb attacks and students planning protests over universities shut for 10 months by striking lecturers. SENT: 700 words, photos.
GREECE-RACE ATTACKS - Many doctors, activists and victims say a recent killing was the culmination of a recent spike in the brutality and brazenness of attacks by extreme rightists. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
CHINA-COURT TRANSPARENCY - China's notoriously opaque courts have suddenly embraced social media to provide a window into their proceedings. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
QATAR-US-JAILED AMERICANS - A judge in Qatar on Tuesday ordered an American couple to remain jailed pending trial on charges of starving to death their 8-year-old adopted daughter. SENT: 300 words.
CUBA-DUAL CURRENCY - Cuba is the only country in the world that mints two national currencies; even President Raul Castro says it must be scrapped. But how? SENT: 990 words, photos.
KOREAS-TENSION - SKorea displays missile capable of hitting all of NKorea at massive Armed Forces Day ceremony. SENT: 400 words, photos.
US-KOREA -- The commander of U.S. forces in Korea says South Korea's military needs to improve its missile defense and cyber capabilities to better defend against persistent threats from Pyongyang. SENT: 550 words, photos.
MYANMAR-SECTARIAN VIOLENCE -- President Thein Sein travels to Myanmar's conflict-torn west; police say Buddhist rioters killed a 94-year-old Muslim woman and torched more than 70 homes. SENT: 600 words, photos.
VATICAN-POPE - Pope Francis opened a landmark meeting Tuesday on reforming the Catholic Church, saying he wants a missionary church with a modern spirit that gives hope to the poor, the young and the elderly like his namesake St. Francis did. SENT: 770 words, photo.
- VATICAN BANK - Secretive Vatican bank takes step to transparency amid money-laundering, papal inquiries. SENT: 775 words.
AMERICAN JEWS - A new survey of U.S. Jews has confirmed some of the community's worst fears: One in five American Jews say they have no religion, and their ranks appear to be growing. SENT: 800 words.
GULF OIL SPILL-TRIAL - The focus has shifted to BP's struggle to plug its blown-out well. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates from trial thru the day.
FLORIDA EXECUTION -- A man convicted of killing a stripper in 1988 is put to death in Florida. Execution scheduled for 2200 GMT. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2200 GMT
CLINTON-BOSNIAN WAR-- Former President Clinton is to speak about the Bosnian war after the CIA recently released more than 300 declassified documents about the 1992-95 conflict. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2200 GMT, photos.
MENOPAUSE HORMONES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2000 GMT) - The longest follow-up yet of postmenopausal women given hormone pills during landmark government research found some risks faded and unexpected benefits emerged, but advice remains unchanged: Using estrogen alone or with progestin is not recommended for disease prevention and should only be used short-term if needed to relieve hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE 2000 GMT, 650 words.
CHILDHOOD TB PLAN (HOLD FOR RELEASE, NOON) -- Health officials are embarking on an ambitious plan to wipe out tuberculosis in children even though they don't know exactly how many cases there are. By Medical Writer Maria Cheng. UPCOMING: Hold for release at 1600 GMT Tuesday. 430 words.
NEW ZEALAND-CLIMATE REFUGEE - A Pacific Island man who says rising sea levels would endanger his family should they be forced to return to their atoll is trying to claim refugee protection in New Zealand. SENT: 900 words, photo.
WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY - The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and onto our bodies. SENT: 680 words, photos.