2013-10-29 11:42 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:
-- NSA SURVEILLANCE (sent; developing)
-- HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS (sent; developing))
-- TROUBLED YOUTH RANCHES (upcoming)
-- UN-SYRIA-POLIO (sent; developing and will be folded into a new slug, SYRIA)
-- DEPARTMENT STORE DISCRIMINATION (sent)
-- HALLOWEEN-BLACKFACE (upcoming)
-- FASHION-OLYMPIC UNIFORMS (sent)
PHOTOS: SUPERSTORM ANNIVERSARY (sent; developing); SYRIA REFUGEES CITY LIFE (upcoming, with text); CRAFTS-COLLODION PHOTOS (sent; with text)
VIDEO: SUPERSTORM ANNIVERSARY (sent; developing); DETROIT CRIME TOURS (sent; with text and photos); HAUNTED HOSPITAL (upcoming; with text); REDSKINS NAME (upcoming; with text)
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 GMT):
NSA SURVEILLANCE - The White House is said to be considering ending its eavesdropping on friendly foreign leaders. SENT: 1100 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1730 GMT House Intelligence Committee hearing. 1000 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
--With: NSA SURVEILLANCE-CONGRESS: U.S. spying prompts reversal by architect of USA Patriot Act. SENT: 1100 words, photos.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS - Medicare chief Tavenner faces lawmakers' questions over botched health overhaul rollout. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1400 GMT House Ways and Means panel hearing. 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos
EGYPT - The judges presiding over the trial of leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood stepped down from the proceedings today, citing "uneasiness" over the trial, as the defense lawyers said the panel had come under pressure to hold the trial inside a prison. SENT: 480 words, photos.
SYRIA - The WHO has confirmed 10 polio cases in northeastern Syria and is waiting for results on another 12 cases showing polio symptoms. This is the first confirmed sign of the humanitarian and health crises that international organizations have been warning of with the war. Our team in Damascus meanwhile had a very timely interview with Anthony Lake, the head of UNICEF, in which he discussed the problem and called on the warring sides to grant access to over 500,000 children who are in immediate need of vaccination. SENT: 270 words slugged UN-SYRIA-POLIO. UPCOMING: 850 words with more details by 3 p.m.
SYRIAN REFUGEES-CITY LIFE - More than 420,000 Syrian refugees have settled in Jordan's cities, struggling for survival on U.N. foods stamps and straining the meager resources of a country that absorbed millions of exiles from the region's hotspots in the past. UPCOMING: 1,250 words and photos by 1900 GMT.
PAUL-FOREIGN POLICY- From drones to Egypt aid, tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul is making his mark on foreign policy. SENT: 1200 words, photos.
SUPERSTORM-ANNIVERSARY - Candles and flashlights will light up the shore as survivors of Superstorm Sandy mark the one-year anniversary. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: updates throughout the day, then 700 words in the form of vignettes by 2200 GMT, new photos, video.
- DIGITS - AP-NORC study shows in-person chats tied to more help after Sandy.
DEPARTMENT STORE-DISCRIMINATION - When a black teen said he was wrongly jailed after buying a $350 belt at a Manhattan luxury store, it struck a nerve in African-Americans accustomed to finding that their money is not necessarily as good as everyone else's. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
DETROIT CRIME TOUR - It's been criticized as an attempt to capitalize on the crime that still plagues the Motor City, also derisively dubbed "Murder City." SENT: 700 words, photos, video.
NETHERLANDS-LOOTED ART - Dutch museums have identified 139 pieces of artas likely having been taken forcibly from Jewish owners. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 1600 GMT.
CHINA-TIANANMEN-CAR FIRE - Police investigating the apparent car attack at Beijing's Forbidden City search for information on two ethnic Uighur minority suspects, a hotel employee says. SENT: 670 words, photos.
CONGO-TURNING POINT? - The recapturing of Rumangabo from the M23 rebels is a marked turnaround from a year ago when neither the army nor the U.N. peacekeepers kept the same rebels from seizing Goma, a city of 1 million people. SENT: 660 words, photos.
VIETNAM-FACEBOOK DISSIDENT - A Vietnamese court convicts a dissident of using Facebook to spread criticism of the government but suspends the 15-month prison sentence. SENT: 270 words.
RUSSIA-BOLSHOI ATTACK - A Bolshoi ballet dancer who is accused of ordering an acid attack on the company's ballet chief pleaded not guilty today as his trial began in Moscow. SENT: 200 words, photo.
IRAN-ACTRESS SENTENCED - An Iranian actress known for her political activism in support of the country's reformists has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after facing security charges, newspapers reported Tuesday. SENT: 450 words, photo.
FEDERAL RESERVE -- A lot can change in six weeks. When the Federal Reserve last met in mid-September, almost everyone expected it to start reducing the stimulus it's given the U.S. economy to help it rebound from the Great Recession. Surprisingly, it didn't. SENT: 910 words, photo.
ECONOMY - A slew of economic indicators -- retail sales, home prices, wholesale prices, consumer confidence, etc. -- reflects the hazy picture of the economy that the Fed is assessing this week. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT.
FLOOD INSURANCE - Bipartisan group of lawmakers presses for a four-year delay to changes to the federal government's flood insurance program. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: developing from noon news conference unveiling legislation. 700 words by 5 p.m., photos.
CASINO DEADBEATS-Q&A - How do you know the economy is coming back? High rollers are paying their gambling debts. SENT: 750 words, photos.
RABOBANK-LIBOR -- Rabobank of the Netherlands has agreed to pay about $1 billion to settle U.S., British and Dutch charges of manipulating a key global interest rate. It became the fifth financial firm sanctioned in the international rate-rigging scandal. SENT: 640 words.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-FIRST LOOK-SAMSUNG ROUND - The Galaxy Round created some buzz when Samsung announced it, but no one even gave a curious glance when I used one. SENT: 750 words, photos.
KILLER AMOEBA -- The parents of a St. Bernard Parish man whose death in 2011 was linked to a rare brain-eating amoeba have settled their lawsuit against the manufacturers of two household devices that they blamed for their son's deadly infection. Settlement terms were not disclosed. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1400 GMT.
WORLD SERIES - On the brink of their third World Series title in 10 seasons, the Boston Red Sox get a chance to win it at their own Fenway Park for the first time since 1918. The Red Sox take a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals going Game 6 on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2100 GMT.
FASHION-OLYMPIC UNIFORMS - Team USA will now wear the Made in the USA label. Every article of clothing made by Ralph Lauren for the U.S. Olympic athletes in Sochi has been made by domestic craftsman and manufacturers. SENT: 780 words, photos.
MUSIC-NEW ACTS SELL OUT - On the newer and lesser known acts who can sell out top venues even if they aren't selling millions of albums and singles or dominating with chart-topping tracks and radio airplay. UPCOMING by 2000 GMT: 800 words, photos.
PEOPLE-JONAS BROTHERS - The Jonas Brothers are disbanding. SENT: 100 words.