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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1545 GMT
Associated Press
2013-12-07 03:01 AM

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1545 GMT:

-- MANDELA-MOURNING and other coverage (sent; developing; see separate package advisory around 1600 GMT for what is upcoming)

-- ECONOMY (sent; developing)

-- WIND ENERGY (upcoming)

-- WORLD CUP DRAW (sent; developing)

-- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (sent; developing)

-- FUTURE SMARTPHONES (upcoming)

-- BOB DYLAN GUITAR AUCTION (sent; developing)

-- AP WAS THERE-PEARL HARBOR ATTACK (upcoming)

PHOTOS: MANDELA (sent; developing); EUROPE STORM (sent; developing); COLD SNAP (sent; developing)

VIDEO: MANDELA (sent; developing); ); EUROPE STORM (sent; developing); COLD SNAP (sent; developing); CARGO BIKES (sent; 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 EST):

MANDELA

NOTE: A separate package advisory, BC-AF--Obit-Mandela, PACKAGE ADVISORY, will be updated around 1600 GMT with more stories planned today.

Among the fresh pieces: SAFRICA-AFTER MANDELA - UPCOMING: details TBD.

Pieces that have been SENT, and will be updated:

MANDELA-MOURNING - Flags were lowered to half-staff and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs and in South Africa's vast rural grasslands commemorated the anti-apartheid leader. SENT: 960 words, photos, video, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing.

MANDELA-GLOBAL REAX - SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

MANDELA-MOURNING-PHOTO GALLERY - Mandela remembered around the world. SENT: 90 words, photos.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-VIOLENCE - France's military enforcements begin rumbling into the Central African Republic to quell violence a day after a Christian militia attacked the capital, leaving over 100 dead. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

MIDEAST-TICKING CLOCK - Halfway through an ambitious nine-month process aimed at forging Mideast peace, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, after another round of shuttle diplomacy, has little to show for his efforts UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1700 GMT.

RUSSIA-PLANE CRASH - Russian investigators said today that the pilot who sent a Boeing 737 into a near-vertical dive that killed all 50 people on board might have had a fake license. SENT: 300 words.

YEMEN - Security officials say clashes in the capital have left five suspected militants and one member of the special forces dead, as security forces launch an operation to find the perpetrators of the attack on the country's Defense Ministry that killed 52. SENT: 1,170 words, photos and video.

EUROPE-STORM -- Thousands of people in Britain faced a second day of flooding as the country confronts its worst tidal surge in 60 years after a powerful storm with hurricane-force gusts roared across northern Europe. SENT: 420 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-BUILDING PALESTINE- A state-of-the art Palestinian city with residential towers, a mall and a convention center is rapidly going up on once desolate West Bank hills and turning into a symbol of national pride. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

BIDEN-ASIA - He pledges that the U.S. will play a leading role in creating a new century of prosperity and security in Asia. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FIJI-ELECTIONS - Seven years after seizing power in a military coup, the 59-year-old former naval officer has promised he'll soon hold democratic elections. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.

ITALY-CIA KIDNAPPING - Milan court convicts Egyptian cleric once kidnapped in CIA rendition of terror charges. SENT: 350 words.

CHINA-SHANGHAI POLLUTION - Shanghai authorities order schoolchildren indoors and halt all construction as China's financial hub suffers one of its worst bouts of air pollution. SENT: 480 words, photos.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR - The United States' top nuclear regulator says that atomic energy users, including Japan, must figure out how to ultimately store radioactive wasteSENT: 360 words, photo.

BRAZIL-RACISM - Police say they are investigating a school for suspected racism after it allegedly refused to re-enroll an 8-year-old boy because of his natural Afro hairstyle. SENT: 120 words.

POLAND-FACEBOOK PARTY - A Polish court has fined a 23-year-old woman who admitted posting an invitation to an outdoor spring party Facebook, which drew more than 20,000 people. Some of them were rowdy and got into fights. SENT: 120 words.

AUSTRALIA-GAY MARRIAGE - A state lawmaker and his partner plan to fly 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) across Australia to become one of the nation's first same-sex couples to legally marry at an after-midnight ceremony in the Australian capitalSENT: 470 words.

CHINA-ONE CHILD POLICY - Famed Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is being sued by two lawyers for breaking China's one-child policy. SENT: 370 words, photo.

WIND ENERGY-EAGLES - The Obama administration approves rules allowing wind companies to kill a certain number of eagles for 30 years without any penalties. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1630 GMT.

BIDEN-ASIA - In South Korea, he pushes back against those who doubt America's resolve in Asia. SENT: 790 words, photo. UPCOMING: 880 words by 2000 GMT.

HAGEL-NAVY SHIP - Standing on the massive deck of the Navy's USS Ponce, Hagel said the United States is entering the new nuclear pact with Iran "very clear eyed." SENT: 800 words, photos.

DEFENSE BILL - Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress' military panels are working on a backup plan to ensure that they complete a far-reaching defense policy bill before year's end. SENT: 810 words, photo.

COLD SNAP - As Texas residents prepare for what one hardware store manager called "Ice Friday," schools started canceling classes and thousands of shoppers jammed store SENT: 660 words, photos, video.

NYPD COMMISSIONER - William Bratton faces a dilemma ahead of his second tour of duty as New York City police commissioner, nearly 20 years after gaining worldwide attention for the "broken windows" crime-fighting approach that he championed during his first stint. SENT: 500 words, photos.

MEXICAN SLAYINGS ARREST - A man wanted in the slayings of eight Mexican municipal government officials was held in a California jail for four months on drug charges, but overcrowding forced his release before authorities made a connection to the 13-year-old killings. SENT: 600 words, photo.

BEACHED WHALES - Despair turns to optimism as efforts to free a pod of stranded whales in the Florida Everglades gets boost when whales began moving toward their deeper-water habitat. SENT: 850 words, photos, video, graphic.

GULF OIL SPILL-RESTORATION -- Federal officials discuss another round of restoration projects totaling $1 billion, all paid for by oil giant BP for its 2010 oil spill. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1800 GMT

LEGALIZING MARIJUANA PARTY - Today marks the first anniversary of the day Washington's legal marijuana law took effect, and hundreds of people are expected to celebrate by lighting up beneath the Space Needle at a party permitted by the city of Seattle. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 0100 GMT.

AP WAS THERE-PEARL HARBOR ATTACK - Seventy-two years after their original publication, the AP is making the dispatches available to its subscribers. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1800 GMT, photos

HEALTH

DECLINING BIRTHS - Drop in U.S. births continues to ease and may be leveling off, latest government data suggests. SENT: 350 words.

TECH

FUTURE SMARTPHONES - This may be remembered as the year smartphones got duller. UPCOMING: 1,000 words when embargo on LG phone lifts at 1700 GMT, photos, video planned.

DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-GADGET PROTECTION PLANS - So, you've selected the gadgets to give your loved ones, and you're at the checkout line. Suddenly you're asked if you want an extended warranty or protection plan for a modest sum. Do you opt for it? UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

BUSINESS

ECONOMY- A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate in November to a five-year low of 7 percent. The surprisingly robust job gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: Developing..

SPORTS

WCUP-DRAW - The 2014 World Cup draw is held under heavy security in a luxury Brazilian resort, revealing to all 32 countries in the world's biggest single sports event which teams they will face and in which of 12 Brazilian cities their games will be played. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

ALSO, SENT THURSDAY BUT OF INTEREST FOR THE NEXT HOUR:

WORLD CUP GUIDE-DRAW - For about an hour, much of the planet will come to a dead stop, all eyes and attention glued to four bowls of what look an awful lot like pingpong balls. A lottery that could make someone rich beyond his or her wildest dreams? No, though some would argue this can bring even more happiness. Today is the World Cup draw. A guide for the uninformed. SENT. Note: Ceremony begins at 1600 GMT; the draw itself is expected to begin between 1630 and 1700 GMT.

LIFESTYLES

CARGO BIKES - Cyclists are pushing the limits of what they can haul on cargo bikes - sturdy two-wheelers built to haul lots of stuff. The so-called SUV of bicycles are increasingly popular in pedal-friendly communities. Upcoming: 600 words, photos, video.

ENTERTAINMENT

BOB DYLAN GUITAR AUCTION - Guitar that Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival where he famously went electric being auctioned by Christie's. SENT: 750 words, photo. UPCOMING: 800 words by 0000 GMT, photos.

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