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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 16:15
Associated Press
2014-01-03 03:01 AM

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


Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 16:15 GMT:

-- ANTARCTICA-ICEBOUND SHIP (sent; developing)

-- WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing)

-- KERRY-MIDEAST (developing)

-- WOMEN IN COMBAT (upcoming)



PHOTOS: WINTER WEATHER (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:


ANTARCTICA-ICEBOUND SHIP - A helicopter rescues all 52 passengers from a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve after weather conditions finally cleared enough for the operation. SENT: 440 words, photos, audio. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.

ISRAEL-ARIEL SHARON- Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, is in critical condition. SENT: 470 words, photos.

KERRY-MIDEAST -- Kerry arrived in Israel to broker Mideast peace talks that are entering a difficult phase aimed at reaching a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians. He has talks scheduled today with Netanyahu, and on Friday with Abbas. SENT: 260 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2030 GMT.

EGYPT - Egyptian authorities today produced what they said was a confession by the son of a top member of the Muslim Brotherhood, trying to bolster accusations that the Islamist group has linked to al-Qaida-inspired militants who have claimed deadly attacks on police and other targets in recent months. SENT: 1,010 words, photo.

SOUTH AFRICA-RWANDA -SPYMASTER - Rwanda's former spy chief has been found dead in a hotel in South Africa, and police say they have opened a murder investigation. SENT: 630 words. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.

CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR - Rob Ford has put his name on the ballot to run for another term. Ford was the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday for the city's municipal election in October. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 550 words by 1930 GMT, photos.

LEBANON-TERROR ARREST - Lebanese authorities have arrested a man suspected of being the leader of an al-Qaida-linked group and taken DNA samples to crosscheck against family members in Saudi Arabia to confirm his identity, officials said today. SENT: 380 words.

CAMBODIA-LABOR UNREST - Cambodian soldiers forcefully quelled a demonstration by garment factory workers who were striking for better pay today, detaining Buddhist monks and labor leaders. SENT: 430 words, photos.

INDIA-BUS ACCIDENT - A bus plunges into a 120-meter (400-feet) deep gorge in western India, splitting open on the rocky ground below, killing at least 30 people. SENT: 200 words.

PAKISTAN - Former President Musharraf is rushed to a hospital with a "heart problem" he experienced while on his way to a court hearing in a high treason case, police and lawyers say. SENT: 520 words, photos.

MYANMAR-THE SPYMASTER'S GALLERY - Former junta leader Khin Nyunt's intelligence apparatus jailed and tortured thousands of pro-democracy activists. Now the bespectacled 74-year-old runs an art gallery, sells tourist crafts and dotes over his orchids. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

EGYPT-CULTURAL REVOLUTION- Egypt's dizzying ride since the toppling of Mubarak has revolutionized its pop culture scene, from language to music and art, bringing in a vibe of rebellion and voices from the urban poor. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

SOUTH-SUDAN-VIOLENCE - Delegations from South Sudan's warring factions are expected to meet for the first time for peace talks. SENT: 400 words.


POLL-PESSIMISTIC AMERICA - Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation's biggest problems, a new poll finds. SENT: 850 words, photos.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-2016 -- For Democrats and Republicans, the early stages of the 2016 presidential contest are worlds apart. Many Democrats already view Hillary Rodham Clinton as a quasi-incumbent. Republicans have no clear front-runner and expect a crowded primary field. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2030 GMT, photos.

WOMEN IN COMBAT - More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't pass the new physical standard for pull-ups that was supposed to kick in with the new year, so the Corps is delaying that new requirement to give women an extra year to train. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2030 GMT.


WINTER WEATHER - A winter storm bears down on the Northeast, promising heavy snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures that will make commutes hazardous for the first work day of the new year. SENT: 200 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: running updates then 300 words by 2130 GMT, photos.

LAWYER WORKING ILLEGALLY - The California Supreme Court will decide whether to grant a law license to a man living in the United States illegally who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1930 GMT.

CHINESE CONSULATE FIRE - The Chinese Consulate in San Francisco said its compound was damaged in an arson attack and urged American authorities to protect the safety of its diplomats and its premises. SENT: 130 words.

SYRIA-CHEMICAL WEAPONS - A cargo ship is being outfitted in Virginia with sophisticated technology capable of destroying Syria's chemical weapons. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2230 GMT, photos, video.


GADGET SHOW-FORD-SOLAR HYBRID -- Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug. SENT: 270 words.


CHINA-SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - A popular online video site is bringing the irreverent, topical humor of "Saturday Night Live" to China. SENT: 570 words, photos.


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