2013-10-04 11:22 PM
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today.
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1445 GM:
-- VIETNAM-OBIT-GIAP (Sent, developing).
-- CAPITOL LOCKDOWN (Sent, developing).
-- OBAMA-ASIA (Upcoming)
-- EGYPT (Sent, developing).
-- NEW ZEALAND-HOBBIT COSTS (Sent).
SYRIA - video of clashes raging across Damascus Friday.
TROPICAL WEATHER - Possible hurricane aims for Gulf Coast.
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 (all times EDT):
OBAMA-ASIA - Obama has called off a trip to Asia just as China's president is being feted in regional capitals ahead of summits where the U.S. no-show will give Beijing a chance to shine and boost its influence. SENT. 995 words, photo. UPCOMING: With more detail by 1900 GMT.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-- President Barack Obama is canceling a trip to Asia to stay in Washington and push for an elusive funding bill to get the federal government back up and running. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives will vote to fund a popular program providing food aid to pregnant women and their children, continuing piecemeal efforts to finance essential and popular programs while resisting calls from Democrats to simply allow a vote on a straightforward government funding measure. SENT: 750 words, photos. Developing, will be updated after Boehner's press conference at 1530 GMT.
SHUTDOWN-PARKS TOURISM -- Imagine flying into the United States, driving up to the Grand Canyon or other national parks and finding yourself shut out--a reality thousands of tourists are facing as the budget battle ruins vacations and damages the economies of some tourist towns. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.
VIETNAM-OBIT-GIAP -- The military mastermind behind the defeat of U.S. and French forces in Vietnam has died. Vo Nguyen Giap was a national hero whose legacy was second only to his mentor, Ho Chi Minh. SENT: 1,650, photos.
ITALY-MIGRANT DEATHS -- Rescue crews search for the estimated 200 people unaccounted for after a boat overloaded with African migrants capsized near a tiny Italian island. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. Developing.
VATICAN-POPE-ASSISSI -- Pope Francis makes a pilgrimage to the hillside town of Assisi and the tomb of his namesake, St. Francis, the 13th-century friar who renounced a wealthy, dissolute lifestyle to embrace a life of poverty and minister to the most destitute. The Pope is attempting to achieve the church that his namesake would have wanted. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
CAPITOL-LOCKDOWN -- The mother of a woman who was shot to death by police after trying to breach a barrier at the White House says her daughter had post-partum depression. Authorities say the woman set off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown Thursday. She was traveling with a 1-year-old girl who avoided serious injury. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 840 words, photos, video. Developing.
TROPICAL WEATHER - The northern Gulf Coast is bracing for the first tropical storm to make landfall during an otherwise-quiet hurricane season. SENT: 1,048, photos. Developing.
ARAB SPRING-FALL BACK - Almost a quarter-century ago, a young American political scientist achieved global academic celebrity by proclaiming that the collapse of communism had ended the discussion on how to run societies, leaving "Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government." In Egypt and around the Middle East, after a summer of violence and upheaval, the discussion, however, is still going strong. UPCOMING: 1,500 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
SYRIA -- Assad says it's still too early to say whether he'll run for re-election in next year's presidential vote. SENT: 650 words, photo.
EGYPT -- Clashes break out during a march by Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. SENT: 130, photos. Developing.
JFK-AN IRISH SALUTE -- Members of the young Irish cadet corps who played at JFK's funeral, all now retired, will return to lay a wreath at his grave. SENT: 1,500 words for print release Saturday, Oct. 5, and thereafter, photos.
ITALY-BERLUSCONI - Italy's Senate meets to vote on whether to kick Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media mogul who has been premier three times, out of parliament following his tax fraud conviction. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
INDONESIA-ACT OF KILLING -- A new documentary is challenging the widely accepted narrative that the murder of communists nearly 50 years ago was needed to save the nation. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
ISRAEL-ISRAELI NATION --The Israeli Supreme Court rules that residents cannot identify themselves as Israelis in the national registry because the move could have far-reaching consequences for the country's Jewish character. SENT: 780 words, photos.
IRELAND-SENATE ABOLITION -- Irish government asks voters to abolish Senate in cost-cutting move; result expected Saturday. SENT: 140 words.
MYANMAR-MISS UNIVERSE - The once-isolated nation is sending a contestant to the world beauty pageant after a 51-year hiatus in its participation. SENT: 200 words, photos.
BRITAIN-MUDSLINGING MAIL - To fans, Britain's Daily Mail is the voice of old-fashioned British values and the enemy of political correctness. To critics it's a sensationalist, small-minded rag that demonizes feminists, foreigners and the poor. SENT: 900 words, photos.
TWITTER-IPO-DETAILS -- Some of the most revealing details that Twitter shared in its IPO filing. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.
NEW ZEALAND-HOBBIT COSTS - Making "The Hobbit" movie trilogy has so far cost $561 million and counting, double the amount spent on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. SENT: 560 words, photo.
JANE FLONDA-AFI -- Jane Fonda to receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. SENT: 140 words, photo.
PEOPLE-SPIELBERG-CLOONEY -- Steven Spielberg and his foundation honor George Clooney for global humanitarian work. SENT: 140 words, photos.