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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1600 GMT
Associated Press
2013-12-06 03:01 AM

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 1545 GMT:

-- YEMEN (sent; may develop)

-- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (sent; developing)

-- BUDGET BATTLE (upcoming)

-- FAST FOOD STRIKES (sent; developing but scope is uncertain at this time)

-- FORD-NEW MUSTANG (sent; developing)

-- BEACHED WHALES (sent; developing)

PHOTOS: INDIA STREET FOOD-PHOTO ESSAY (sent; with text); COLD SNAP coverage (sent; developing)

FAST FOOD STRIKES (developing); BEACHED WHALES (sent; developing)

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:

YEMEN - A suicide bomber's car explodes at Yemen's Defense Ministry, killing 18 soldiers and wounding at least 40 as militants dressed as soldiers launch an attack immediately afterward. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-VIOLENCE - At least 16 die as heavy gunfire erupts in the capital. The UN Security Council authorizes an intervention force into the near anarchic and impoverished nation. SENT: 721 words, photos.

ALGERIA - Official: Algerian forces kill top al-Qaida leader and 4 others in desert air strike. SENT: 280 words.

LIBYA - Unknown assailants shot an American teacher to death as he was jogging today in Benghazi, a hospital official said. SENT: 300 words.

MEXICO-RADIOACTIVE THEFT - Officials begin planning the delicate task of safely recovering the highly radioactive cobalt-60. SENT: 710 words, photos, video.

UKRAINE - Western diplomats urge Ukrainian authorities to respect the massive protests gripping the country against the government's decision to freeze ties with the EU and turn to Moscow instead. SENT: 510 words, photos.

VATICAN-CHURCH ABUSE - Pope Francis forms panel of experts to advise him on clerical sex abuse. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR - Ford is denying allegations in newly released court documents that he offered $5,000 and a car to suspected drug dealers in exchange for a video that appears to show him smoking crack. SENT: 675 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

EUROPE-STORM -- Gale-force winds hit Scotland as much of northwestern Europe braces for a storm that was expected to bring flooding to coastal areas. SENT: 400 words, photos.

THAILAND-THAKSIN'S HEARTLAND - The self-exiled politician's continued influence has fueled massive demonstrations, but in places like Kambon there are millions of villagers he can still call upon. . SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

THAILAND-POLITICS - Thailand puts politics aside to celebrate the 86th birthday of the country's revered monarch, who uses his annual birthday speech to call for stability. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BIDEN - Security and stability on the Korean Peninsula will top the agenda in talks that Biden is commencing in Seoul. SENT, 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1900 GMT.

BIDEN-CHINA-JOURNALISTS - Casting a spotlight on the lack of press freedoms in China, Biden meets with U.S. journalists working in Beijing after publicly criticizing how they're treated by China's government. SENT: 450 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-HOSTAGE FREED - A Jordanian journalist identifies the leader of an al-Qaida-linked terrorist group that held him for a year and a half. SENT: 500 words, photos.

INDONESIA-ROHINGYA - An Indonesian court sentences 14 Rohingya asylum seekers from Myanmar to nine months in jail for their role in a brawl that left eight Buddhist fishermen dead. SENT: 330 words.

GERMANY-DUAL CITIZENS - Germany's incoming government is promising to end the requirement for German-born children of immigrant parents to choose just one nationality. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-CYBER CRACKDOWN - The government is taking down websites that let Venezuelans track exchange rates on the black market. SENT: 820 words, photo.

JAPAN-YOKO ONO - She says her own bitter experience in Japan during World War II inspired her to support WhyHunger's campaign to fight childhood hunger around the world. SENT: 290 words, photos.

BRITAIN-NIGELLA LAWSON - The celebrity chef says she is not proud of her past drug use but came clean to avoid being "bullied by lies" from her ex-husband. SENT: 320 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Kerry says Israel's security is a necessary part of its ongoing peace negotiations with Palestinians, a process he described as making some progress. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1800 GMT.

OBAMA-RENEWABLE ENERGY - He is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020. SENT: 380 words.

NYC TRAIN DERAILMENT - Uncertain is what, if any, liability will fall to the train's engineer, who told investigators he nodded at the controls just before the crash. He has been suspended without pay. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2200 GMT, photos.

BEACHED WHALES - Wildlife workers will try again today to lead 41 pilot whales out of dangerously shallow waters in Everglades National Park and back to the deep ocean waters where they belong. SENT: 600 words. Developing. photos, video.

PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS - Herb Weatherwax, 96, is one of four former servicemen who lived through the aerial bombing and now greet people at the historic site. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CANDY HEIRESS-FATAL CRASH -- Candy heiress Jacqueline Mars, one of the world's richest women, goes on trial that she fell asleep at the wheel before a crash that killed an 86-year-old woman. SENT: 135 words.


FAST FOOD STRIKES - Fast-food workers and labor organizers are set to turn out in support of higher wages in cities across the country today. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

JOBS REPORT-MARKET MOVES - The government's monthly survey of the U.S. job market is even more important these days as investors try to figure out when the Federal Reserve will decide if the economy is strong enough to live without its extraordinary stimulus measures. Here are three examples of big market days following the jobs report. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1900 GMT.

FORD-NEW MUSTANG - America's first pony car is celebrating its 50th birthday with a redesign that evokes the iconic car Steve McQueen drove in "Bullitt" while adding new touches to attract a global audience. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from event, 750 words by 1630 GMT, photos.

ARTS-ECONOMY - Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the government says. SENT: 690 words.

CHINA-ULTRA CHEAP CARS - The latest twist in the world's biggest auto market: Chinese brands created by global automakers with local partners to sell foreign cachet at lower prices. SENT: 960 words, photos.

BP-PUSHING LIMITS - BP is leading an industry-wide push to develop technology that can retrieve oil from formations that are so deep under the sea floor, and under such high pressure and temperature, that conventional equipment would melt or be crushed by the conditions. SENT: 1,420 words, photos.

CHINA-BITCOIN BAN - Bitcoins suffer a new setback after China's central bank says its banks and payment systems are barred from handling the virtual currency. SENT: 380 words.

AUSTRALIA-QANTAS - Qantas Airways says it will slash 1,000 jobs and sustain half-year losses of at least 250 million Australian dollars ($225 million). SENT: 230 words, photos.


DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-HIGH-END LAPTOPS GIFT GUIDE - Whether you're looking for something thin and light, or want a tablet that performs like a laptop, there's plenty to choose from. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon, photos.


MED-FORCED C SECTION - A newly released court judgment says that doctors were medically justified in forcing a woman to have a cesarean section last year because it was in her best interests. SENT: 400 words.

JAPAN-FOOD-HERITAGE LISTING - The United Nations cultural organization adds traditional Japanese food to its cultural heritage list, making it only the second national cuisine to receive the prized designation. SENT: 200 words, photos.

FASHION-COLOR OF THE YEAR - Radiant Orchid, a hot pink-infused shade of purple, is Pantone's pick as top color of 2014. SENT: 510 words, photos.


- SPRINGSTEEN MANUSCRIPT - Handwritten Springsteen "Born to Run" manuscript could fetch $100,000 at NYC auction. SENT: 500 words, photo. UPCOMING: update from bidding expected by 1700 GMT.

CHINA-ONLINE VIDEO - "SpongeBob SquarePants" and other Nickelodeon children's programs will be dubbed into Mandarin and available to watch free online in China over the next 12 months in the latest deal to give a foreign entertainment company more access to China's vast market. SENT: 280 words.

INDIA-BOLLYWOOD STAR TRIAL - Indian movie star Salman Khan will face a fresh trial on a homicide charge for a fatal road accident more than 11 years agoSENT: 220 words, photos.


INDIA STREET FOOD-PHOTO ESSAY - Indian officials have a stern message for these often-unregulated roadside chefs: Wash your hands, don't sneeze into the food and please don't pick your nose. SENT: photos, 400 words.

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