2014-01-22 03:01 AM
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change. HIGHLIGHTING:
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them:
-- SYRIA-BRUTAL WAR (upcoming)
-- NSA SURVEILLANCE-SNOWDEN TRIAL (sent)
-- CHURCH ABUSE-CHICAGO (sent, developing)
-- CHRISTIE INAUGURATION (sent, developing)
-- WINTER WEATHER (sent, developing)
-- ISRAEL-ENDANGERED ANTIQUITIES (sent)
-- SOCHI SECURITY (sent)
-- GLOBAL WEATHER (upcoming)
-- AUSTRALIAN OPEN (sent)
PHOTOS: MEXICO-ZAPITISTAS COMMUNITY-PHOTO GALLERY (sent); UKRAINE-PROTESTS (sent; with text)
VIDEO: JAPAN DOLPHIN HUNT (sent; with text); BEACHED WHALES-FLORIDA (sent; with text); NYC-DOORMEN-ELDER ABUSE (sent; with text); LEBANON-EXPLOSION (sent; with text); WINTER WEATHER (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 (all times GMT):
SYRIA-BRUTAL WAR - Syria's conflict was sparked by an act of brutality -- the detention and torture of schoolchildren who spray-painted anti-government graffiti in a southern city. In the three years since, the civil war has evolved into one of the most savage conflicts in decades. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 1600 GMT.
SYRIA-PEACE TALKS - Russia and Iran criticize decision to withdraw Tehran invite to Syria peace talks. SENT: 780 words, photos.
RUSSIA-SYRIA-PEACE TALKS - The U.N. chief's decision to rescind the invitation to Iran to join this week's Syria peace talks was a mistake but not a catastrophe, Russia's foreign minister said. SENT: 350 words, photos.
SYRIA HUMAN RIGHTS - A leading human rights group has accused the U.S. and other world powers of undermining efforts to bring Syria's president before the International Criminal Court. SENT: 580 words, photos.
INDIA-COMMON MAN - For a decade, Arvind Kejriwal has led protests and sit-ins. He has held hunger strikes and rallies. Now he is the top official of the Indian capital, an activist suddenly elevated into power. SENT: 950 words, photos.
JAPAN-DOLPHIN HUNT - An activist group says Japanese fishermen have finished killing some of the 250 dolphins trapped recently in the biggest roundup it has witnessed in the last four years. SENT: 250 words, photo, video.
ISRAEL-ENDANGERED ANTIQUITIES - With Israel situated in one of the world's earthquake-prone areas, officials are taking action to protect the Holy Land's most important ancient treasures. SENT: 980 words, photo.
ISRAEL-PALENSTINIANS - Israeli opposition leader questions if Prime Minister Netanyahu has "guts" to make peace with Palestinians. SENT: 580 words.
RUSSIA-BLACK WIDOWS - The search for three women suspected of planning terrorist attacks at the Winter Olympics has raised one of Russia's most feared specters -- the female suicide bombers known as "black widows." UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by noon.
VENEZUELA-VIOLENT TV - President Nicolas Maduro accuses the TV soap operas of spreading "anti-values" to young people by glamorizing violence, guns and drugs. SENT: 790 words, photos.
UKRAINE-PROTESTS - Ukraine protesters clash with police trying to clear out barricades near government buildings. SENT: 560 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN - Unknown gunmen release 57 civilian de-miners who had been kidnapped in western Afghanistan. SENT: 160 words.
IRAQ - Iraq's Justice Ministry says 26 prisoners convicted of terrorism-related charges have been executed, all of them Iraqi nationals. SENT: 420 words.
PAKISTAN - Pakistani fighter jets pounded militant positions overnight in the country's northwest following a Taliban bombing campaign against security forces, military officials and residents said. The strikes are likely to hamper the government's efforts to hold peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban. SENT: 680 words, photos.
LEBANON - A car bomb ripped through a Shiite neighborhood in southern Beirut, killing at least two people in the latest attack targeting supporters of the militant Hezbollah group in Lebanon. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.
VATICAN BANK - A Vatican monsignor already on trial for allegedly plotting to smuggle $26 million from Switzerland to Italy was ordered arrested in a separate case for allegedly using his Vatican bank accounts to launder money. SENT: 300 words, photos.
YEMEN - Unidentified gunmen have assassinated the top envoy of a northern Yemeni rebel movement in the capital, security officials said. SENT: 380 words, photos.
GERMANY-DATA SECURITY - Germany's Internet security agency says an analysis of hijacked computer networks has turned up about 16 million compromised online accounts. SENT: 130 words.
INDONESIA-HONG KONG-MAID ABUSE - Indonesia's president has expressed his concern and anger over the alleged torture of an Indonesian maid by her Hong Kong employer. SENT: 350 words, photos.
IRAN-SYRIA PEACE TALKS - Iran is criticizing the U.N. chief for rescinding his invitation to Tehran for the Syria peace talks in Geneva, calling the diplomatic about-face "deplorable." SENT: 130 words.
INDONESIA-EMBASSY PLOT - An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamist militant to 7? years in prison for masterminding a plot to bomb Myanmar's embassy in the country's capital. SENT: 530 words, photos.
SPAIN-ROYAL FAMILY-CORRUPTION PROBE - Spain's Prime Minister says he believes Princess Cristina is innocent despite being called for questioning as a suspect in an investigation of tax fraud and money laundering. SENT: 120 words.
SPAIN-CATALONIA INDEPENDENCE - Spain's prime minister has declared that he will not let the northeastern Catalonia region hold a referendum on whether it should secede and form a new European country. SENT: 130 words.
ROMANIA-PLANE - Romania's prime minister has ordered an inquiry into why it took authorities hours to locate a plane that made a forced landing on a remote mountain, delaying the arrival of medical help. SENT: 140 words.
AUSTRALIA-EGYPT-JOURNALISTS DETAINED - The parents of an Australian journalist held in a Cairo prison have called on Egyptian authorities to release their son. SENT: 310 words, photo.
EMIRATES-BROTHERHOOD TRIAL - The highest court in the United Arab Emirates convicted 30 men, most of them Egyptian, of setting up an illegal Muslim Brotherhood branch in the Arab Gulf country. SENT: 410 words.
CHINA-SEX SLAVES - China executes a man who kept six women in a dungeon as sex slaves for periods of up to 21 months, during which he coerced three of them to kill two of their fellow captives. SENT: 370 words.
SOUTH AFRICA-YEMEN - Family of South African teacher abducted in Yemen tries to raise funds for ransom. SENT: 130 words.
INDONESIA-TERROR ARREST - Indonesian police arrest two suspected Islamist extremists who they allege were poised to launch a bomb attack on officers. SENT: 200 words.
THAILAND-POLITICS - The government declares a state of emergency in Bangkok to cope with protests that have stirred up violent attacks. SENT: 900 words, photos.
RWANDA-TUTSI DISSIDENTS - Critics of Rwanda's government say the killing in South Africa of a prominent Rwandan dissident is another sign of an increasingly violent power struggle among the country's Tutsi elite. SENT: 140 words.
VATICAN-BANK - Vatican monsignor on trial for alleged smuggling accused of money-laundering via Vatican bank. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CHINA-COUNTERFEITING - China has seized 60,000 suspects in intellectual property piracy cases worth $28 billion in 2013. SENT: 140 words, photo.
EUROPE-US-TRADE - EU suspends investment chapter of free trade talks with US for three-months-long public consultation. SENT: 520 words.
BRITAIN-SOAP OPERA SUICIDE - "Coronation Street" suicide storyline draws praise and criticism in Britain. SENT: 130 words.
MANDELA-INTERPRETER - South Africa's ruling party says two officials linked to a bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial have resigned. SENT: 230 words.
HUNGARY-HOLOCAUST - Jewish groups opposed to planned Budapest memorial of Germany's 1944 occupation of Hungary. SENT: 130 words.
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
NSA SURVEILLANCE-SNOWDEN TRIAL - Should Edward Snowden ever return to the U.S., he would face criminal charges. But legal experts say a trial could expose more classified information. SENT: 940 words, photo.
KERRY-SYRIA-PEACE TALKS - Kerry is headed to Switzerland for an international conference on ending the crisis in Syria after a last-minute resolution to a spat over Iran's participation. SENT: 130 words.
OBAMA-POPE - Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican as part of a European trip scheduled for March. SENT: 130 words, photo.
TAXES-OVERVIEW - A look at what's new for tax filers this year. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photo by 2100 GMT.
CHURCH ABUSE-CHICAGO - Thousands of pages of documents showing how the Archdiocese of Chicago handled the sexual abuse of children by priests will be made public. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from release of documents at 1530 GMT; 750 words by 2200 GMT.
CHURCH ABUSE-CHICAGO-EXCERPTS - Excerpts of released records. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 1600 GMT.
CHRISTIE INAUGURATION - Celebrations marking the start of his second term could be tempered by multiple investigations into traffic tie-ups. SENT: 840 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. 1630 GMT inaugural address.
WINTER WEATHER - Another batch of heavy snow and frigid temperatures is forecast from Virginia to New England as a winter storm bears down, and the federal government in the DC area shuts down for the day. SENT: 140 words, photos video. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, then 400 words by 2000 GMT.
TEENAGER EXECUTED - Supporters of 14-year-old boy executed by South Carolina in 1944 prepare to ask judge for a new trial. SENT: 590 words, photo.
TARGET-DATA BREACH-TEXAS - Police say two arrested at Texas border used data from Target breach for credit card fraud. SENT: 560 words, photos.
BEACHED WHALES-FLORIDA - The U.S. Coast Guard has stopped boat traffic in an area of southwest Florida where a pod of pilot whales stranded. SENT: 160 words, photos, video.
NYC FAMILY FATALLY STABBED - The NYPD says the father of two girls found fatally stabbed with mom in NYC apartment has been arrested in Texas. SENT: 140 words, photo.
GULF OIL SPILL-HALLIBURTON - A former Halliburton manager faces a possible prison term when a federal judge sentences him for destroying evidence in the aftermath of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. SENT: 470 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1600 GMT hearing.
GLOBAL WEATHER - Report on last year's weather around the world released. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:30 p.m. news conference; 300 words by 3 p.m.
IMF OUTLOOK - IMF turns slightly more optimistic about US and global economic growth for 2014. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT.
EARNS-HALLIBURTON -- Halliburton Co.'s fourth-quarter net income rises 19 percent, led by growth in its international operations. SENT: 400 words, photo.
SOCHI-STAYING AWAY - What if they held an Olympics and nobody came? SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
SOCHI-SECURITY - Russian security officials are hunting down three potential female suicide bombers, one of whom is believed to be in Sochi. SENT: 260 words.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN - Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic has been upset in a dramatic five-setter against Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open quarterfinals. SENT: 790 words, photos.
COWBOYS-BRENT - Ex-NFL player Josh Brent's intoxication manslaughter case soon to be in jury's hands. SENT: 130 words.
RED SOX-JAPAN - Boston Red Sox pitchers Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa meet with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy in Tokyo. SENT: 270 words, photos.
MUSIC-RINGO STARR - He got an early start to Grammy week, with famous friends honoring him for his life and work. SENT: 550 words, photo.
FILM-SUNDANCE-JAMAICAN BOBSLEDDERS - This year's Sundance Film Festival has featured two former presidential candidates, rap stars, male strippers and rescue dogs. So why not the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team? SENT: 550 words, photos.
SUNDANCE-GLENN CLOSE - At Sundance, actress Glenn Close announces she's planning to do a play in the fall. SENT: 160 words, photo.
SUNDANCE-SELENA GOMEZ - Selena Gomez calls Sundance and work on indie "Rudderless" an escape from "everyday madness." SENT: 340 words.
SUNDANCE-KURT RUSSELL - Kurt Russell says his role in "Fast & Furious" franchise may shift after Paul Walker's death. SENT: 230 words, photo.
MEXICO-ZAPITISTAS COMMUNITY-PHOTO GALLERY - The rebels recently opened up their communities to Mexicans and foreigners who want to learn about how the movement self-governs and maintains its autonomy and way of life. . SENT: 300 words, 11 photos.