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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1530 GMT
Associated Press
2013-12-27 11:42 PM

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1530 GMT:

-- CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING (sent; developing)

-- UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS (upcoming)

-- MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULTS (upcoming)

-- THAILAND-POLITICS (sent; developing)

-- JAPAN-US-OKINAWA (sent; developing)

-- LEBANON (sent; developing)

-- ISRAEL-RECRUITING CHRISTIANS (upcoming)

-- HONDURAS-TEENAGE COP KILLERS (upcoming, with full and abridged versions)

-- AVATAR-RUNAWAY PRODUCTION (upcoming)

PHOTOS: LEBANON (sent)

VIDEO: LEBANON (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 (all times EST):

US

CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING - The planned release today of thousands of pages of state police documents could shed light on the world of the 20-year-old gunman. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from 2000 GMT release of documents; then 500 words, photos by 0130 GMT.

CLEANING METH HOMES - Tens of thousands of houses have been used as meth labs the last decade and a cottage industry is developing around cleaning them up. However, there is little oversight of the growing industry, opening the door for potential malfeasance. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

WORLD

THAILAND-POLITICS - Thailand's army chief today urged both sides in the country's bitter political dispute to show restraint, but did not explicitly rule out the possibility of a coup. SENT: 410 words, photos. UPCOMING: Expanded version with more context and detail.

JAPAN-US-OKINAWA - The governor of Okinawa gave the go-ahead today for land reclamation to begin for a new U.S. military base, advancing the effort to consolidate the massive U.S. troop presence on the southern Japanese island but also making protests from residents likely. SENT: 580 words, photos.

LEBANON - A powerful car bomb tore through a business district in the center of the Lebanese capital today, killing a prominent pro-Western politician and at least five other people in an assassination certain to hike sectarian tensions already soaring because of the civil war in neighboring Syria. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.

HONDURAS - TEENAGE COP KILLERS - Edwin Mejia's decision to take to the streets to steal with his partner, also a 15-year-old, ended in two deaths and two beatings, renewing for a handful of families the cycle of poverty and violence that pervade life in Honduras. SENT in advance to some services and will be resent spot today. Full version: 2,290 words, photos. Abridged version: 1,010 words, photos.

ISRAEL-RECRUITING CHRISTIANS - Israel's government and a Greek Orthodox priest are campaigning for more of Israel's Christian Arabs to enlist in the military -- long considered as a taboo in the community, which historically views itself as part of the Palestinian people. The campaign has set off an emotional debate over identity among Christians, a tiny minority within Israel's predominantly Muslim Arab minority. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 1730 GMT.

- LEBANON-ATTACKS-GLANCE - A look at some recent attacks against prominent Lebanese figures. SENT: 400 words, photo.

CUBA-STRUGGLING ENTREPRENEURS - Two years on the front lines of Cuba's experiment with limited capitalism has left Julio Cesar Hidalgo broke and out of work. It's a fate many new small ventures have met. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.

SOUTH SUDAN-VIOLENCE - More than 120,000 people have been displaced by continuing violence in South Sudan, the United Nations says, as African leaders meet in Kenya. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon. With SOUTH SUDAN GLANCE, 750 words, sent.

INDIA-GANG RAPE - Police arrested 10 people and charged six of them with raping a 21-year-old woman in southern India, an officer said today, a year after a fatal gang rape in New Delhi spurred debate on sexual violence in the country. SENT: 250 words.

BRITAIN-IMMIGRATION FEARS - With work restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians set to expire on Jan. 1, Britain's tabloid press is warning of an influx of criminals and welfare cheats as PM David Cameron scrambles to toughen laws on new arrivals. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

RUSSIA-PUSSY RIOT -- Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who spent nearly two years in prison for their irreverent protest in Moscow's main cathedral say they still want to topple Putin. SENT: 340 words, photos.

TURKEY-CORRUPTION PROBE -- The Turkish prime minister faces mounting accusations of trying to cover up a scandal that has implicated his allies after a prosecutor said he was being prevented from expanding a corruption probe. SENT: 300 words, photos.

INDIA-GOLD - No one does jewelry quite like an Indian bride, who by tradition wears all the gold she can stand up in and her family can afford. These days, though, even the most ambitious bridal budgets don't bring the bling like they used to. SENT: 940 words, photos.

INDONESIA-PYTHON KILLS - Python kills security guard near luxury hotel on Indonesian resort island of Bali. SENT: 190 words.

WASHINGTON AND POLITICS

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS -- More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, entailing potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy and setting up a tense battle when Congress reconvenes in the new year. For families dependent on cash assistance, the end of the federal government's "emergency unemployment compensation" will mean some difficult belt-tightening as enrollees lose their average monthly stipend of $1,166. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1900 GMT.

MILITARY-SEXUAL ASSAULT -- The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year in what defense officials say suggests that victims are becoming more willing to come forward after a tumultuous year of scandals that shined a spotlight on the crimes and put pressure on the military to take aggressive action. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1630 GMT.

OBAMA - The last vestiges of 2013's political wrangling officially behind him, Obama sets his sights on the coming year in which a bevy of unfinished tasks will increasingly compete for attention with the 2014 midterm elections. SENT: 950 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT

AVATAR-RUNAWAY PRODUCTION - Fueled by politicians doling out generous tax breaks, filmmaking talent is migrating to where the money is. The result is an incentives arms race that pits California against governments around the world and allows powerful studios --with hundreds of millions of dollars at their disposal-- to cherry-pick the best deals. The most recent iteration of the phenomenon came earlier this month when James Cameron announced that he will shoot and produce the next three "Avatar" sequels largely in New Zealand. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1700 GMT.

FILM - HOLLYWOOD'S YEAR - Despite a string of summertime flops, Hollywood is expected to have a banner year at the domestic box office. But because of higher ticket prices, actual attendance at North American theaters is not expected to break any records after years of decline. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1930 GMT, photos.

BRITNEY SPEARS RESIDENCY-VEGAS-- Las Vegas is getting its newest pop fixture. Britney Spears begins her two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino today. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2200 GMT, updating from midnight show.

SPORTS

SPORTS STORY OF THE YEAR - The Boston Marathon bombing is selected as the sports story of the year by U.S. editors and news directors in an annual vote conducted by the AP. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

HOW TO REACH US

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