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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1530 GMT
Associated Press
2014-01-13 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:

-- SYRIA-DIPLOMACY (sent; developing)

-- SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-WRONG AIRPORT (sent; developing)

-- CHEMICAL SPILL-WEST VIRGINIA-REGULATIONS (upcoming)

-- SWEDEN-WOMB TRANSPLANTS (sent; developing)

-- EGYPT-CONSTITUTIONAL VOTE (upcoming)

-- MACEDONIA-STOLEN ICONS (sent)

-- MENTAL HEALTH-SCHOOL SCREENINGS (sent)

PHOTOS: THAILAND POLITICS-PHOTO GALLERY (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:

WORLD

SYRIA-DIPLOMACY - Russia's foreign minister says Syria's government is considering opening humanitarian access and a prisoner exchange ahead of a peace conference that would bring together the opposition and the leadership for the first time. SENT: 550 words, photos.

- SYRIA -- Syrian state media and anti-government activists say a mortar attack has killed at least 19 people in the central city of Homs. SENT: 130 words, photo.

THAILAND-POLITICS - Anti-government protesters have seized key intersections across Bangkok, blockading major roads in a renewed push to derail elections next month and overthrow the prime minister. SENT: 950 words, photos.

- THAILAND-POLITICS TIMELINE - Key dates in Thailand's political crisis. SENT: 770 words.

- THAILAND-POLITICS-PHOTO GALLERY - Protesters try to shut down Bangkok, oust prime minister. SENT: 110 words, photos.

VATICAN-POPE - The pope criticizes abortion as evidence of a "throwaway culture" that wastes people as well as food, saying such a mentality is a threat to world peace. SENT: 440 words.

RODMAN-NKOREA - He apologizes for not being able to help an American missionary detained in North Korea during his trip there and says he's planning another visit next month. SENT: 350 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ARIEL SHARON - Sharon is laid to rest alongside his wife at his beloved ranch in southern Israel as the nation bids a final farewell to one of its most influential and controversial leaders. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 950 words with new approach by 2100 GMT.

- ISRAEL-SHARON-QUOTES - Selection of quotes from memorial service for Sharon. SENT: 350 words.

IRAQ - U.N. chief visits Baghdad amid tense standoff between Iraqi troops, al-Qaida militants in west. SENT: 140 words, photos.

MACEDONIA-STOLEN ICONS - The country's ill-guarded rural churches fall prey to a global racket in plundered religious icons. SENT: 800 words, photos.

EGYPT-CONSTITUTIONAL VOTE - A climate of fear and intimidation threatens to undermine this week's referendum on a new constitution, a crucial vote that will map out the future of the country six months after its powerful military ousted an elected Islamist president. UPCOMING: 1,050 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

-EGYPT - An Egyptian party led by a prominent Islamist says it will boycott the referendum on the country's draft constitution after several of its members were arrested for campaigning against the charter. SENT: 140 words.

INDIA-POLIO - India is marking three years since its last polio case was reported, a major milestone in eradicating the crippling disease. SENT: 500 words, photos.

INDIA-TIGER THREAT - India is scrambling to protect its beleaguered wild tigers after several big cats tested positive for a virus common among dogs but deadly to other carnivores. SENT: 900 words, photos.

NEPAL-AMERICAN DETAINED - An American man was detained at a Nepal airport over the weekend with seven bullets in his baggage, police said. SENT: 130 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, hours ahead of Sharon's funeral, the Israeli army said. SENT: 230 words, photos.

IRAN-NUCLEAR - Iran agrees to limit uranium enrichment and to open its nuclear program to daily inspection by international experts starting Jan. 20, setting the clock running on a six-month deadline for a final agreement. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

CHINA-TIBET - China prosecuted 20 cases involving national security in Tibet last year, a state newspaper reported, in an indication of continuing low-level unrest in the Himalayan region. SENT: 340 words.

AUSTRALIA-WILDFIRE - A man dies defending his home from an intense wildfire that razed wooded hills near Australia's west coast city of Perth, destroying 49 houses. SENT: 300 words, photos.

SWEDEN WOMB TRANSPLANT - Nine women in Sweden have received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, a doctor says. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

ITALY-SHIP AGROUND - Survivors mark second anniversary of Concordia wreck with march, moment of silence in courtroom. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CHINA-DRUG SCANDAL - China's biggest drug distributor says two former executives are the target of a corruption investigation, widening a graft probe that has focused on foreign pharmaceutical makers. SENT: 350 words.

PUERTO RICO-EARTHQUAKE - A magnitude-6.4 quake shakes Puerto Rico, causing some minor damage. SENT: 150 words.

CAMBODIA-RUSSIA TYCOON - A Cambodian court has suspended a request for the extradition of a Russian property developer wanted in his homeland for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars. SENT: 150 words, photos.

SKOREA-JUDO MEDALIST-DETENTION - South Korea's army says that an Olympic judo silver medalist was held in military detention for eight days for using his mobile phone during a compulsory training. SENT: 130 words.

TONGA-CYCLONE - Tongan officials say said 300 to 400 families had their homes severely damaged or destroyed in a powerful storm. SENT: 280 words, photo.

GERMANY-BEER CARTEL - German antitrust office fines five breweries for fixing beer prices between 2006 and 2008. SENT: 260 words, photo.

SWEDEN-SOCHI SNUB - Sweden's sports minister says she will snub the opening ceremony at the Sochi Olympics for political reasons. SENT: 140 words.

BRITAIN-SCOTLAND - Britain's Treasury says it will assume all U.K. government debt, even in the event Scotland votes for independence. SENT: 450 words, photos.

KASHMIR-SHOOTOUT - Indian law enforcement officers have killed two suspected militants in a gunbattle in the Indian-controlled portion of the disputed Kashmir region, police said. SENT: 140 words.

SOUTH AFRICA-VIOLENCE - South Africa's president says the governing party will not tolerate violence as 30 of his supporters appear in court after a clash with opposition supporters. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-ANCIENT TOWN FIRE - A more than $1 million fire prevention system wasn't functioning and failed to prevent a blaze that razed an ancient tourist town in southwest China, the fire service says. SENT: 300 words, photos.

CHINA-EXPLOSION - Chinese state media say an explosion in a southern village has killed 14 people and injured seven others. SENT: 160 words.

PHILIPPINES-FLOODING - Two days of heavy rains set off floods and landslides in the southeastern Philippines, leaving at least 20 people dead, 13 missing and thousands displaced. SENT: 220 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-SCHOOL ATTACK - A grenade attack wounds at least 24 people in a school campus in the southern Philippines, including government personnel who were battling a fire. SENT: 220 words.

FILM STUDIOS-ANTITRUST - The European Union's antitrust watchdog is investigating whether some clauses demanded by major U.S. film studios in their contracts with Europe's largest pay TV broadcasters hurt competition. SENT: 450 words, photos.

AIRBUS-DELIVERIES - Airbus and Boeing enjoyed a banner year as airlines gobbled up their offerings to renew or build their fleets, cut fuel costs and plan for continued growth in travel. SENT: 480 words.

IRELAND-CHESS KILLING - An Italian man has been charged in Dublin with killing and mutilating his Irish landlord in an alleged argument over a chess game. SENT: 440 words.

WASHINGTON

HEALTH OVERHAUL-DEMOGRAPHICS - The administration issues its first data on the makeup of the pool of Americans who have signed up for coverage under the new health insurance law, including a measure that's key to the law's success: how many younger people are in the system. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo by 2100 GMT.

MICHELLE OBAMA - Nearing a milestone birthday, Michelle Obama exuberantly describes herself as "50 and fabulous." SENT: 580 words, photos.

US

CHEMICAL SPILL-WEST VIRGINIA - For the fifth straight day, hundreds of thousands of people in the state had to wash, cook and brush their teeth with bottled water, but officials promised the ban on tap water would soon be lifted. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-WRONG AIRPORT - Federal officials are investigating why a Southwest Airlines flight that was supposed to land at Branson Airport in Missouri instead landed at another airport nearby that only had about half as much runway. SENT: 350 words, photo, video.

SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS - Schools struggle over how to treat, screen students for mental illness. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FORMER SOLDIER-TERRORISM - A Maryland man accused of trying to provide support to a terrorist group is expected to plead guilty. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1600 GMT hearing.

SUPREME COURT-ARIZONA ABORTION BAN - The Supreme Court has rejected Arizona's bid to put in place its ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. SENT: 130 words.

HEALTH

SWEDEN WOMB TRANSPLANTS - Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

BUSINESS

BUDGET DEFICIT - The Treasury reports on the budget deficit for December. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 1900 GMT.

BEAM-ACQUISITION - Beam, the maker of Jim Beam and Marker's Mark alcohol brands, has agreed to be acquired by Japan's Suntory Holdings Ltd. for approximately $13.62 billion. SENT: 230 words, photo.

AUTO SHOW-FORD F-150 - Ford unveils a new F-150 with a body built almost entirely out of aluminum at the Detroit auto show. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, video.

- AUTO SHOW-AWARDS -- The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been named North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show. The truck of the year is the Chevrolet Silverado. SENT: 450 words, photos.

OIL PRICES - Oil prices fall after a big jump in the previous trading session that was sparked by expectations the Fed might delay stimulus reduction. SENT: 350 words.

SPORTS

AUSTRALIAN OPEN-EXTREME HEAT - Temperatures are expected to reach above 100 degrees at the Australian Open for the rest of the week, and organizers are watching to see how the heat affects fans, players and staff. SENT: 650 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT

GOLDEN GLOBES - The Golden Globes are typically Hollywood's bawdiest awards show - "a wonderful mess," said co-host Tina Fey of this year's bash. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

- GOLDEN GLOBES-SHOW BITS-PACKAGE - Items that bring you the Golden Globes through the eyes of AP journalists and from all perspectives, some of which you don't see on TV. SENT: 2,000 words, photos.

- GOLDEN GLOBES-TV REVIEW - How the Globes party worked on television. SENT: 630 words, photo.

- GOLDEN GLOBES-FASHION FIVE - Five fashion takeaways from the Golden Globes red carpet. SENT: 970 words, photos.

- GOLDEN GLOBES-TV - A look at the winners and losers in the Globes' TV categories. SENT: 750 words, photos.

- GOLDEN GLOBES-LIST - A complete list of Globe winners in all categories. SENT: 230 words, photo.

COMICS-THE BUNKER - Five people freshly graduated from college and all on paths that will lead to apocalypse for the world. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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