BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1530 GMT
Associated Press
2014-01-06 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.


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

-- DEEP FREEZE (sent; developing)

-- CONGRESS (sent; developing)

-- LIZ CHENEY-SENATE (sent; developing)


-- SYRIA (sent; developing)



PHOTOS: DEEP FREEZE (sent; developing); BRITAIN-LAWYERS PROTEST (sent; with text); NATIONAL ZOO-PANDA (upcoming; with text and video); TAIWAN-PANDAMONIUM (sent; with text)

VIDEO: DEEP FREEZE (sent; developing); RODMAN-NORTH KOREA (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:


DEEP FREEZE - A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descends into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records. SENT: 360 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Story will be updated frequently.

AMERICAN TERROR PLOT -- A woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" and helped suspected terrorists overseas faces the possibility of life in prison at her sentencing in Philadelphia. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Update after 1500 GMT start of hearing.

COLORADO PLANE CRASH -- A private jet carrying three people crash lands in the mountain resort of Aspen, Colorado, killing one man and injuring two others. Officials say the flight originated in Mexico. SENT: 560 words, photos.

NATIONAL ZOO-PANDA -- A public debut isn't scheduled until Jan. 18, but the AP and other media outlets will get their first look at cub Bao Bao in her panda house this morning. SENT: 130 words, photos.


CONGRESS - Congress is back to work today, facing a hefty list of unfinished business and a politically driven agenda in an election year. The Senate has scheduled votes on Yellen to head the Federal Reserve and on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING, developing from and evening votes.

LIZ CHENEY-SENATE: Liz Cheney abandons her effort for a Senate seat, citing unspecified "serious health issues" that "have recently arisen in our family." The candidacy of the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney had angered some in the Republican Party and caused a public rift with her sister, Mary, a lesbian, over Liz Cheney's opposition to gay marriage. SENT: 166 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

SHOTGUN COHABITATION - No longer taboo, living together has become a more common arrangement for America's dating couples who unexpectedly become parents. It's a major cultural shift since the days of "shotgun weddings" to avoid family embarrassment over an unplanned pregnancy. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2030 GMT, photos.


SYRIA - Clashes between Syrian rebels and their rivals from an al-Qaida-linked faction spread today from the country's opposition-held areas in the north to a key eastern city, activists said. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

IRAQ - Iraq's prime minister urges residents and tribes of Fallujah to "expel" al-Qaida militants from this western city to avoid an all-out battle. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - A Palestinian official says the Palestinians have reservations about some of Kerry's ideas for the outlines of a peace deal with Israel, particularly on the future of Jerusalem. SENT: 130 words.

AP EXCLUSIVE: RODMAN-NORTH KOREA - Dennis Rodman and a team of former NBA players arrive in North Korea for a game he says will be a "birthday present" for one of their most unlikely fans: leader Kim Jong Un. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.

IRAN-PUSHING FERTILITY - Having curbed birth rates for two decades, Iran is once again promoting a baby boom to help make up for its graying population. Free condoms and government-backed vasectomies are out, replaced instead by efforts to make things easier for new parents and suggestions by the country's supreme leader that one or two children per couple may not be enough. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

EGYPT-STATE SECURITY RETURN - After a recent bombing hit a security headquarters in Egypt's Nile Delta, calls flooded into a hotline run by security agencies as people reported suspected members of the Muslim Brotherhood in their neighborhoods. In the weeks since, hotline numbers have been heavily advertised, running in a scroll on the bottom of many TV news broadcasts. The hotline is one sign of how Egypt's National Security Agency -- once a pillar of the police state under ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak -- is reclaiming a major role amid a wave of militant violence. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 1800 GMT.

EGYPT-CHRISTIANS -- Egypt's Coptic Christians hold late night Christmas mass amid tight security measures in the face of the threat of terror attacks on churches but filled with hope after the removal of Islamist rule. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

GERMANY-MERKEL - Merkel's spokesman says she cracked her pelvis during a skiing accident in the Swiss Alps and will have to cut back on her work schedule for the next three weeks. SENT: 150 words, photo.

BRITAIN-LAWYERS PROTEST - Hundreds of British lawyers -- many dressed in traditional white curled wigs and black gowns -- have swapped courtrooms for picket lines to protest planned cuts to legal aid. SENT: 320 words, photos.

CHINA-MOSQUE DEATHS - A stampede broke out during an event at a mosque in northern China, killing 14 people and injuring 10 others, a state news agency said today. SENT: 140 words.

BANGLADESH-ELECTION - The longstanding enmity between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia, both of whom earn the honorific "begum" for Muslim women of rank, is once again at the heart of the country's latest political crisis. SENT: 890 words, photos.

KOREAS-TENSION - South Korea's president calls for resuming reunions of families separated by war, expressing hopes that the humanitarian program would improve strained ties between the rival Koreas. SENT: 470 works, photos.

ISRAEL-AFRICAN MIGRANTS - Thousands of African migrants in Israel marched up to the embassies of the United States and European countries today to demand asylum and work rights from the government. SENT: 400 words, photos.

JAPAN-ABE -Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to explain to leaders in China and South Korea about his visits to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which honors the country's war dead, but Beijing again calls on him to correct his views on Japan's role in World War II. SENT: 470 words, photos.

VATICAN-EPHIPHANY - Pope Francis offered another gesture to Catholics who are estranged from the church, saying he respects them but that God is waiting for them. SENT: 190 words, photos.

JAPAN-CHINA-VOLDEMORT - As if Harry Potter isn't popular enough, the evil Lord Voldemort from British author J.K. Rowling's best-selling children's series has been dragged into the feud between Japan and China. SENT: 180 words, photos.

INDIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE - Rescuers find two more bodies under a massive pile of broken concrete from a building that collapsed while being constructed, raising the death toll to at least 17 workers. SENT: 230 words, photos.

CHINA-IVORY DESTRUCTION - China destroys about 6 tons of illegal ivory from its stockpile in an unprecedented move wildlife groups say shows growing concern about the black market trade by authorities in the world's biggest market for elephant tusks. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ANTARCTICA-WHALING - A group of anti-whaling activists chases Japan's whaling fleet in the icy waters off Antarctica, as the country's annual Antarctic whale hunt gets under way. SENT: 350 words, photos.

SINGAPORE-AIRLINE-EMERGENCY LANDING - Singapore Airlines superjumbo makes emergency landing in Azerbaijan after cabin pressure falls. SENT: 200 words.

TAIWAN-PANDAMONIUM - A 6-month-old giant panda is unveiled to her adoring public in Taiwan, as long lines of children of all ages queue up at the Taipei zoo to see the cub cavorting around her cage with an understandably protective mother. SENT: 280 words, photos.


FRANCE-GOODYEAR-BOSSES HELD - Workers at a restive Goodyear plant in northern France are detain two managers in a conference room at the tire factory. The incident resurrects the practice of "boss-napping," a tactic of aggrieved workers that had largely tapered off since peaking in France in 2009 at the height of the economic meltdown. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1700 GMT.


SOCHI-GOOD AND BAD - Tuesday marks the 1-month countdown to the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a defining moment on the world stage for Russia and Putin. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.


MUSIC-BEATLES SPECIAL - The Eurythmics are reuniting - to pay tribute to the Beatles. SENT: 390 words, photos.


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