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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1530 GMT
Associated Press
2014-01-07 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:

-- DEEP FREEZE (sent; developing)

-- CONGRESS-UNEMPLOYMENT (sent; developing)

-- SENATE-YELLEN (sent)

-- OBAMA-IMMIGRATION (sent)

-- INDIA-RAPE RESPONSE (sent)

-- SYRIA (sent; developing)

-- IRAQ (sent; developing)

-- OIL EXPORT-BAN (developing)

-- SKI-VONN OUT (sent; developing)

PHOTOS: DEEP FREEZE (sent; developing); BRITAIN-STORMS (sent)

VIDEO: DEEP FREEZE (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:

US

DEEP FREEZE - The frigid air mass that turned the Midwest into an icy mess has crept from the nation's northernmost reaches, turning the Deep South into a deep freeze. SENT: 260 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 300 words with new approach, photos, video by 2130 GMT.

MARDI GRAS-TWELFTH NIGHT -- Frigid temperatures that dipped below freezing overnight didn't stop costumed revelers from ushering in the Carnival season in New Orleans. SENT: 190 words, photos.

GERMAN SOCIALITE SLAIN -- A German man who masqueraded as a well-connected Army general goes on trial on charges of murdering his 91-year-old wife, a fellow expatriate and socialite journalist. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1730 GMT.

FLORIDA EXECUTION -- A man convicted of abducting and killing a Miami couple and later stabbing a prison guard to death is to be executed. UPCOMING: Execution is scheduled for 2300 GMT.; 300 words by 0200 GMT.

SUPREME COURT-GAY MARRIAGE - More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples in Utah have exchanged wedding vows over the past two weeks, but the rush on same-sex marriage licenses has come to an end after the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to them. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.

WORLD

INDIA-RAPE RESPONSE - The furious response to the latest rape case suggests that with general elections just months away, politicians are anxious to show voters they are taking action. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

FRANCE-GOODYEAR-BOSSES HELD - Two Goodyear managers freed under French police protection after being held captive by workers for two days. SENT: 280 words, photos.

SYRIA - An al-Qaida group fighting in Syria against rebels trying to dislodge it from opposition-held parts of the country has killed at least four activists it held captive in the area, their colleagues said. SENT: 680 words, photo.

BANGLADESH-POLITICS - Police in Bangladesh have detained three opposition officials after a violent general election. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CONGO-CELLMATE DEATH - The trial of a British-Norwegian citizen accused of killing his Norwegian cellmate last year while they both served time for murder is underway, Congolese officials said. SENT: 350 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN - U.S. ambassador to Israel says a framework proposal on all issues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be presented to both sides soon. SENT: 130 words, photo.

JAPAN-FOOD POISONING - A report says more than 350 people have been sickened across Japan after eating frozen food products that may have been tainted with a pesticide. SENT: 300 words.

THAILAND-POLITICS - Thailand's state anti-corruption body rules that 308 pro-government lawmakers acted illegally in seeking to pass a bill to make Parliament's upper house an all-elected body. SENT: 500 words.

ANTARCTIC-ICEBOUND SHIP - Chinese state media say the country's icebreaker has broken free from heavy sea ice in Antarctica after becoming trapped last week. SENT: 150 words.

IRAQ - Fierce clashes have erupted between Iraqi special forces and al-Qaida-linked militants outside the city of Fallujah, a flare-up in a days-long standoff in the Sunni-dominated western province of Anbar, Iraqi officials said. SENT: 450 words, photos.

JAPAN-TURKEY - Japan and Turkey have agreed to begin talks on an economic partnership agreement, part of a drive to build closer ties as they also step up cooperation on nuclear technology. SENT: 360 words.

CHINA-PEOPLE-CUI JIAN - Chinese rocker Cui Jian, who fell out of favor with the government after he sided with demonstrating students during the 1989 Tiananmen protests, has been invited to sing on state television. SENT: 400 words.

CHINA-CORRUPTION - A former Chinese provincial official has been accused of accepting large amounts of jade in bribes. SENT: 400 words.

MUNICH RE-DISASTERS REPORT - German insurance company Munich Re says some 20,000 people died in natural disasters last year, about twice as many as in 2012. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-PRIVATE BANKS - China will allow the creation of up to five privately financed banks this year to support economic growth by gradually opening the state-run industry, the country's banking regulator says. SENT: 600 words.

UN-SYRIA - UN rights office says it can no longer update Syria death toll because of lack of access. SENT: 270 words.

TURKEY-CORRUPTION PROBE - Turkey removes some 350 police officers from posts as it continues to battle graft scandal. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY-UNEMPLOYMENT - German unemployment rises in December as seasonal factors weigh on jobs market. SENT: 140 words.

SOCHI-SECURITY - Russia has begun implementing stringent security measures in its southern resort of Sochi, one month before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Among them: No strange cars. SENT: 340 words, photo.

SPAIN-ROYAL FAMILY-CORRUPTION - Spanish court subpoenas king's daughter as suspect in tax fraud and money laundering probe. SENT: 400 words, photo.

BRITAIN-STORMS - British coast lashed by high winds, huge waves following month of wintry weather. SENT: 130 words, photos.

IRAN-BRITAIN - A British Parliament delegation has made the first visit by U.K. lawmakers to Iran in years, as the two countries work to improve relations, Iranian media reported. SENT: 220 words, photo.

PAKISTAN-MUSHARRAF - Pakistani judges examine medical report on former President Musharraf who remains in hospital. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY-NUCLEAR SWITCHOVER - The share of electricity generated from coal rose in Germany last year as the country seeks to achieve its ambitious aim of switching off all nuclear power plants by 2022. SENT: 130 words.

WASHINGTON AND POLITICS

SUPREME COURT-AVERSE TO TECHNOLOGY - As the legal fight over the mass collection of Americans' telephone records by the NSA gets closer to the Supreme Court, some justices have already said the court should be wary about taking on big questions of technology and privacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2130 GMT.

CONGRESS-UNEMPLOYMENT - The Senate heads to a showdown over a bill extending long-term unemployment benefits. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developments from 1530 GMT Senate test vote and Obama statement at 1640 GMT, 400 words by 1730 GMT.

SENATE-YELLEN - She will take the helm of a Federal Reserve facing a significantly different economic landscape than the one that dominated Ben Bernanke's tenure as chairman, confronting her with different decisions as well. SENT: 750 words, photo.

OBAMA-IMMIGRATION - His agenda tattered by last year's confrontations and missteps, Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

NSA SURVEILLANCE-DUELING RULINGS - Opposing court rulings on the National Security Agency's massive phone record surveillance - one threatening the program and the other supporting it - are stirring fast legal footwork. SENT: 840 words, photo.

SCIENCE

ART-MARS ROVERS -- The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum marks the ongoing Mars rover mission with a new exhibit of photographs taken by the rovers, including hills, dunes and rock formations. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 2130 GMT.

BUSINESS

MADOFF FRAUD-JPMORGAN - JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle criminal charges accusing the bank of ignoring obvious warning signs of Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, federal authorities said. SENT: 580 words. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, video by 2130 GMT.

TRADE GAP - The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to its lowest level in four years, an encouraging sign for economic growth. SENT: 550 words.

OIL EXPORT-BAN - U.S. oil companies haven't been allowed to export crude for 40 years. But some are calling for that to change because of a surprising surge in domestic production of a particular type of oil that foreign refiners covet. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1930 GMT.

OIL PRICES - Crude oil rises to near $94 a barrel as severe US cold snap expected to boost demand. SENT: 350 words.

HOME PRICES - U.S. home prices barely rose in November from the previous month and year-over-year gains slowed, reflecting declines in sales in the fall. SENT: 130 words.

REMOTE TESLA STATION - Tesla plans more supercharger stations across the middle of the continent in the months ahead to make coast-to-coast travel by electric car more feasible. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SPORTS

SKI-VONN OUT - Lindsey Vonn will miss the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury, leaving the Winter Games without one of its biggest stars. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CAR-SCHUMACHER - Michael Schumacher's wife says the racing legend's family wants to be left in peace as doctors treat him after a brutal ski crash. SENT: 130 words.

ENTERTAINMENT

HONG-KONG-OBIT-RUN-RUN-SHAW - Run Run Shaw, the Hong Kong movie and TV mogul who popularized kung fu genre, has died. He was 107. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

FRANCE-CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - Director Jane Campion, the only woman to have won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, will lead the jury for the prestigious event this year. SENT: 130 words.

HOW TO REACH US

At the Nerve Center, news producers Barb Whitaker and Karen Mahabir are at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, Swayne Hall (ext. 1900). For graphics and interactives, Nathan Griffiths (ext. 7636). Expanded AP content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com . For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact customersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477

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