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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1530 GMT
Associated Press
2013-12-31 03:01 AM

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:

-- RUSSIA-EXPLOSION (sent; developing)

-- SCHUMACHER INJURED (sent; developing)

-- FALLING ELECTRICITY USE (upcoming)

-- DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-2013 IN REVIEW (upcoming)

-- THAILAND-EXPORTING ALZHEIMER'S (sent)

-- BANNED WORDS (UPCOMING)

PHOTOS: RUSSIA EXPLOSION (sent) NFL-PHOTO-GALLERY (sent)

VIDEO: SALVADOR VOLCANO

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:

WORLD

LEBANON-FINAL PHOTO - A teenager who took a selfie just before being killed by a car bomb that also killed a prominent politician has become a symbol for Lebanese frustrated and angry at the human cost amid the violence. By Diaa Hadid. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

RUSSIA-EXPLOSION - Two explosions in two days. Together more than 30 people were killed, highlighting the terrorist threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host February's Winter Games in Sochi. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New approach with greater focus on Sochi; 1,000 words by 1900 GMT.

RUSSIA-VIOLENT CAUCASUS - Suspicion inevitably fell on Caucasus rebels who have tormented Russia with terrorist attacks for nearly two decades. A look at the insurgency. UPCOMING: 640 words, photos by 1600 GMT.

IOC-SOCHI SECURITY - IOC President Thomas Bach says he has full confidence that Russian authorities will deliver "safe and secure" games in Sochi. SENT: 130 words.

SOUTH SUDAN-VIOLENCE - Violence since mid-December in South Sudan has displaced up to 180,000 people, the United Nations said today. SENT: 730 words, photos.

PRISONER EXCHANGE Israel is expected to release the third of four sets of Palestinian prisoners Monday as part of a deal that paved the way for the current peace talks pushed for by the U.S. (Kerry is back for more talks this week.) The release of 26 long-serving prisoners is expected to occur late in the day. All formats are monitoring.

MEXICO-NAFTA - Looking around a Mexico dotted by Starbucks, Wal-Mart and Krispy Kreme outlets, it's hard to imagine the country without the North American Free Trade Agreement that took effect 20 years ago Jan. 1. UPCOMING: 1050 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

AL-QAIDA THE MULTINATIONAL - A stash of documents found by the AP adds to the evidence that al-Qaida is attempting to behave like a multinational corporation, with what amounts to a companywide financial policy across its different chapters. SENT: 1,700 words, photos, interactive.

- AL-QAIDA THE MULTINATIONAL-BOX - Groceries, home repair, government: Al-Qaida receipts in Timbuktu show terror group priorities. SENT: 700 words, photos.

GREECE-PRISON HELL - The AP pieced together a stark picture of Greece's prison crisis from interviews across the system and a variety of government reports and other documents. SENT: 1,700 words, photos. Also moved in advance. There is an abridged version of the story.

THAILAND-POLITICS - Thai police staged a protest today to show their frustration after weeks of dealing with aggressive and often violent anti-government demonstrators. SENT: 400 words.

EGYPT - A court has convicted 139 Morsi supporters on charges ranging from rioting to sabotage, and sentenced each to two-year prison terms. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-NEWSPAPER PROTEST - A southern Chinese news company at the center of free speech protests early this year has come under fire for turning against demonstrators who sought to defend it in a dispute with censors. SENT: 410 words.

WASHINGTON AND POLITICS

HEALTHBEAT-SLEEPY TOTS -- "Just one more story, please?" ''I need a glass of water." ''Mom, I can't sleep!" When youngsters continually struggle to fall asleep at night, new research suggests maybe their body clock doesn't match their bedtime. That doesn't mean tots should be up at all hours. By Lauran Neergaard. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

HEALTH OVERHAUL - The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says. SENT: 700 words, photos.

US

BANNED WORDS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 0501 GMT) - The 39th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness will be released Dec. 31. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 0501 GMT, 500 words.

HEALTH

THAILAND-EXPORTING ALZHEIMER'S - Thousands of Europeans and some Americans are choosing faraway care for their elderly, ailing loved ones, and not just because care in countries such as Thailand and the Philippines is much cheaper. SENT: 1,900 words, photos.

TECH

DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-2013 IN REVIEW - A look back at notable products and services. By Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: About 900 words by 1730 GMT, photos.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-NEW TV - Samsung says a 110-inch TV that has four times the resolution of standard high-definition TVs is going on sale for about $150,000 in South Korea. The launch of the giant television set reflects global TV makers' move toward ultra HD TVs. SENT: 340 words, photos.

SPORTS

SCHUMACHER-INJURED - Doctors treating Michael Schumacher refuse to predict the outcome for the former Formula One driver following his ski accident. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

SCHUMACHER-ADRENALINE - A look at Shumacher and others who have sought out the limits. SENT: 570 words, photos.

AMERICAN BALLPLAYERS IN VENEZUELA - Venezuela's fiercely competitive professional league has drawn the biggest contingent of U.S. players in decades. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NFL PLAYOFFS RDP - There will be rematches galore in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs next weekend. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

LIFESTYLES

FALLING ELECTRICITY USE - The average amount of electricity consumed by U.S. homes is on track to fall to the lowest level since 2001.Here's a look at what has changed since the last time power consumption was so low. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

HOW TO REACH US

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