2013-10-21 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 15;30 a.m. EDT:
-- NSA SURVEILLANCE (developing)
-- OBAMA-HEALTH CARE (sent; developing)
-- GREENSPAN INTERVIEW (upcoming)
PHOTOS: EGYPT-COPTIC ATTACKS (sent; more upcoming); BOLIVIA-AYMARA FASHION-PHOTO GALLERY (upcoming)
VIDEO: OBAMA-HEALTH CARE (upcoming); NY_BIGGEST_PUMPKIN (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:
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
NSA SURVEILLANCE - Disclosure of massive spying programs by the NSA angers France and Mexico. Similar surveillance programs already have been revealed in Britain and Germany, raising embarrassing questions about the extent of U.S. spying and why the United States is prying into government secrets of some of America's closest allies. SENT: 330 words slugged FRANCE-NSA SURVEILLANCE, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; 800 words by 2100 GMT, photo.
NSA SURVEILLANCE-GLANCE - Reaction from various countries. UPCOMING: TBD.
OBAMA-HEALTH CARE - Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable. SENT: 420 words. UPCOMING: updates from 15:25 a.m. event. 750 words by 2000GMT., photos.
COLOMBIAN INFORMANT LAWSUIT - A former confidential informant working for the United States in Colombia claims in a lawsuit that the U.S. government abandoned her when she got in legal trouble for her undercover operations. SENT: 860 words, photos.
EGYPT-COPTIC ATTACKS - Egypt's government and religious leaders on Monday condemned an attack outside a Coptic church in Cairo that killed four people. SENT: 920 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
EUROPE-DATA PROTECTION - EU lawmakers today are set to hold a first vote on sweeping new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy and outlaw most data transfers to other countries' authorities to prevent spying. SENT: 510 words.
TROPICAL WEATHER - Category 3 Hurricane Raymond threatens Mexico's southern Pacific coast a month after Manuel caused widespread damage. SENT: 550 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo by 1800 GMT.
RUSSIA-BOMB BLAST - A bomb blast rocked a passenger bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on Monday, killing at least five people and injuring 17 others, officials said. SENT: 110 words.
GREECE-MYSTERY GIRL - A Greek appeal for help in identifying an unknown girl who had been living with a Roma couple has triggered a global outpouring of sympathy and tips but no concrete breakthroughs. SENT: 650 words, photos.
CHINA-POLLUTION - Visibility shrinks and small-particle pollution soars in one northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BRITAIN-3D BACKUPS - A nonprofit has created digital copies of more than 100 of the world's best-known monuments and plans 400 more, with the goal of preserving the world's most important sites against war, wear, and the impact of climate change. SENT: 330 words
CHINA-NEW CITIZENS MOVEMENT - Chinese authorities have formally arrested a wealthy Chinese businessman who was a key supporter of a civil society group that has been the target of a wide-ranging crackdown this year, his lawyer says. By Gillian Wong. SENT: 490 words.
BRITAIN-NUCLEAR - Britain has agreed to build the country's first nuclear power plant in a generation. SENT: 400 words, photos.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR - Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule. SENT: 420 words, photos.
CAMBODIA-KHMER ROUGE TRIBUNAL - Prosecutors at Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal request life imprisonment for two of the regime's surviving leaders. SENT: 600 words, photos.
INDIA ROAD ACCIDENT - Police say 17 people returning from a wedding were killed when the truck they were riding in fell into a gorge in northern India. Twenty-eight were injured. SENT: 120 words.
ISRAEL-BLOOMBERG - Israel on Monday recognized New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the first ever recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, an award popularly dubbed the "Jewish Nobel Prize." SENT: 300 words, photos.
SNOWDEN JOURNALIST-- Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who broke the first stories about the National Security Agency's global spy program, speaks to the Inter American Press Association general assembly via teleconference from Brazil. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos after teleconference scheduled to begin at 2130 GMT.
AP IMPACT-CARGO THIEVES - To steal huge shipments of valuable cargo, thieves are turning to a deceptively simple tactic: They pose as truckers, load the freight onto their own tractor-trailers and drive away with it. Besides hurting the nation's trucking industry, the thefts have real-world consequences for consumers, including raising prices and potentially allowing unsafe food and drugs to reach store shelves. UPCOMING: 1200 words by 1700 GMT, photo.
GAY MARRIAGE-New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie today dropped his appeal to legalized same-sex marriages in New Jersey. Gay couples in a handful of New Jersey communities exchanged marriage vows in the first minutes of the day. SENT: 790 words with overnight marriages; 100-word lead with urgent from Christie. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach, photos, video by 1800 GMT.
BART STRIKE - Commuters gird for gridlock with the work week resuming and a major transit strike underwaySENT: 800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates from morning commute, and 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos, video.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-VEGAS - Police say three people were shot, one fatally, before dawn in a Las Vegas Strip nightclub inside Bally's casino. SENT: 50 words. DEVELOPING.
MADOFF TRIAL -- The first witnesses testify at the trial of five former employees of Bernard Madoff who insist they were unjustly charged with aiding one of history's biggest frauds. Developing from 9:15 a.m. start. 500 words by 1800 GMT.
INTERNET-BREAST MILK - Human breast milk is sold for babies on several online sites for a few dollars an ounce, but a new study says buyer beware: Testing showed it can contain potentially dangerous bacteria including salmonella. SENT: 730 words.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-MICROSOFT SURFACE TABLETS - Whether you like Microsoft's updated Surface tablets will depend on your needsSENT: 1,200 words, photos.
GREENSPAN-INTERVIEW - In an interview with the AP, Greenspan reflected on his book, his Fed tenure and the risks that still endanger the financial system. Excerpts of the interview, in Q&A form. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 1600 GMT.
ECONOMY-- After a 2? week delay, the government will issue the September's jobs report Tuesday. It may carry less weight than most jobs reports do, since it pre-dates the shutdown, which likely slowed growth and hiring. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT.
MALALA-CURRICULUM - The 16-year-old has inspired the development of a school curriculum encouraging advocacy. SENT: 270 words, photos.
ONLINE DATING REPORT - Thirty-eight percent of Americans who are "single and looking" say they've used an online dating site or mobile dating app, according to a new study. SENT: 700 words.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
THEATER-FLU SHOT DOC - For the past 16 years, Dr. Barry Kohn has been lugging around a duffel bag of syringes and administering free flu shots to actors and crew members at Broadway theaters, off-Broadway houses and theater offices. SENT: 980 words.
TV-GATES-AFRICAN AMERICANS - Henry Louis Gates traces 500 years of black history in "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross." UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
EMIRATES-RIHANNA - Overseers of Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque say they asked Rihanna to leave after she posed for photographs considered to be at odds with the "sanctity" of the site. SENT: 120 words.