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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1545 GMT
Associated Press
2014-02-25 03:01 AM

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.


Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1545 GMT:

-- RUSSIA-UKRAINE (upcoming)


-- US-DEFENSE BUDGET (sent; developing)



-- 3-PARENT EMBRYOS-FDA (sent; developing)

-- EGYPT (sent; developing)

-- UGANDA-GAYS (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:


RUSSIA-UKRAINE -- A successful Olympics behind him, Putin is facing what may become the most dramatic challenge of his rule -- how to respond to the turmoil in Ukraine. SENT: 230 words, photo. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

UKRAINE-PROTESTS - Ukraine's acting government issued an arrest warrant Monday for President Viktor Yanukovych, accusing him of mass crimes against the protesters who stood up for months against his rule. Russia sharply questioned its authority, calling it an "armed mutiny."

EGYPT - Egypt's interim prime minister announces the resignation of his Cabinet, a surprise move that could be designed in part to pave the way for the nation's military chief to leave his defense minister's post to run for president. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 630 words, photos.

DRUG WAR-MEXICO - As Mexican troops forced their way into Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's main hideout in Culiacan, the country's most powerful drug lord sneaked out of the house through an escape tunnel beneath the bathtub. It would be a short-lived escape. SENT: 1,370 words, photos.

DRUG WAR-MEXICO-CARTEL FUTURE - -- Just like a Fortune 500 company losing an executive, Mexico's powerful Sinaola cartel will almost certainly stay in business and keep selling billions of dollars of illegal drugs despite the weekend arrest of its leader. UPCOMING: 950 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

VATICAN-REFORM - Pope Francis on Monday announced the first major overhaul of the Vatican's outdated and inefficient bureaucracy in a quarter-century, creating an economics secretariat to control all economic, administrative, personnel and procurement functions of the Holy See. SENT: 330 words, photo.

SOMALIA-VIOLENCE - Hooded soldiers carrying sniper rifles have unleashed a sweeping crackdown across Mogadishu in a hunt for militants and weapons after the country's al-Qaida-linked militants group's latest attack on the country's presidential palace. SENT: 460 words, photos.

UGANDA-GAYS - The country's president signs a controversial anti-gay bill that has harsh penalties for homosexual sex, saying it is needed to deter what he called the West's "social imperialism" promoting homosexuality in Africa. SENT: 790 words, photos.

SYRIA - Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to Lebanon to draw attention to the challenges facing thousands of Syrian refugee children and to highlight the massive displacement Syria's three-year conflict has created, officials said Monday. SENT: 580 words.

AFTER THE OLYMPICS - For athletes and spectators at Sochi, it's time to pack up. But for the host cities, the real challenge begins with the end of the Olympics. How do they continue to use the expensive stadiums after the party's over? What happens to the athletes' villages? What is the legacy of the games? SENT: 1800 words, photo.

OLYMPICS-THE DAY AFTER - By the busload, the world's athletes and visitors roll toward Sochi's airport and take off for home, fresh from a Winter Games experience that the head of the Olympic movement enthusiastically labeled a victory. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SPAIN-MIGRANTS - Hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants armed with sticks and stones stormed the six-meter (20-foot) high double barbed wire border fence on Monday in a bid to enter Spain's northwest African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, with about 100 of them making it across, Spanish and Moroccan officials said. SENT: 300 words, photos.

GREECE-OLIVE OIL - If proposals from a government funded study are adopted, olive oil blended with cheaper vegetable oils will soon go on sale as part of an effort to modernize Greece's economy. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 1500 GMT.

THAILAND POLITICS - The father grimaced and wept as he struggled to contain the grief at the loss of his two children who were killed in a grenade attack - the latest casualties in Thailand's months-long political crisis. SENT.

JAMAICA-REGGAE CLASSROOM - Alpha Boy's School, a residential facility operated by Catholic nuns since the 19th century, has long been the cradle of Jamaica's prolific music culture. But it is increasingly squeezed between rising costs and ever-shrinking state support. UPCOMING: 950 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

MEXICO-'WATER MONSTER' - Mexico's salamander-like axolotl apparently hasn't disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico City's few remaining lakes. SENT: 500 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-HOSPITAL'S LAST RESORT - The lives of some 40 people who live on the grounds of St. Joseph's Hospice might be changed forever as this hospital of last resort faces closure over its rising debts. . SENT: 530 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN - Afghan officials pay tribute to 21 soldiers killed in Taliban attack in Kunar Province. SENT: 210 words, photos.

KOREAS-DIVIDED FAMILIES - As always with the rival Koreas, cold political calculations loom behind the scenes of pure emotion. SENT: 660 words, photos.

JAPAN-TENSE TIES - Japan's foreign minister is trying to distance his government from recent right-wing comments about World War II. SENT: 490 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CHINA - Filipino fishermen have reported that a Chinese coast guard vessel used a water cannon to drive them away from a disputed shoal, the Philippine military chief says. SENT: 530 words, photos.

VIETNAM-BRIDGE COLLAPSE - At least seven mourners are killed and 37 others are injured when a suspension bridge breaks as they are transporting a coffin to a graveyard in northern Vietnam, police say. SENT: 160 words.

INDONESIA-DEADLY LANDSLIDES - Torrential rains trigger floods and landslides that kill at least 11 people in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua. SENT: 140 words.

US-DEFENSE BUDGET - Hagel is recommending shrinking the Army to its smallest size in decades in an effort to balance defense needs with budget realities. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1800 GMT Hagel speech. 750 words by 2100 GMT, photo.

US SUPREME COURT-GREENHOUSE GASES - The Obama administration is squaring off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. SENT: 590 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1500 GMT oral arguments, photo.

DRUGS ON HIGH SEAS - While security has been tightened along the U.S.-Mexico border, smugglers are increasingly turning to the high seas. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA LIFERS FREED - Since Gov. Jerry Brown assumed office in January 2011, a record number of inmates with life sentences are winning parole. UPCOMING, 900 words, photos, graphics.

NIMITZ DIARY - The U.S. Naval War College has released a trove of World War II information by posting online the operational diary kept by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz during the war against Japan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

KERRY KENNEDY - Ethel Kennedy is among the supporters at a suburban New York courthouse for the drugged-driving trial of her daughter Kerry Kennedy. SENT: 460 words, photos.

DINGELL RETIREMENT - A person familiar with his plans says Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history, will announce his retirement on Monday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.


ORGAN TRANSPLANTS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 0501 GMT) - For decades, surgeons have traveled to far-off hospitals to remove organs and then rushed back to transplant them before they are no longer viable. Now an experiment in the U.S. Midwest suggests there may be a better way: Bring the donors to the doctors instead. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 0501 GMT, 1,000 words, photos, video.

HEALTHBEAT-CANCER-OVARIES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT) - For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, new research confirms that one of the most protective steps they can take is to have their healthy ovaries removed. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT, 700 words.

3-PARENT EMBRYOS-FDA - Federal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal of preventing mothers from passing on debilitating genetic diseases to their children. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 750 words.


FUKUSHIMA-OCEAN -- Scientists discuss their latest findings on radiation contamination in the ocean from the Fukushima power plant disaster. Scientists are meeting in Hawaii for a biennial conference. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT

WIRELESS SHOW-SAMSUNG DOMINANCE - Sony unveiled a new waterproof phone that can take ultra-high-definition video. Nokia introduced three Android smartphones aimed at emerging markets. And Lenovo announced one with an all-glass exterior. Yet most of the attention will be on Samsung, which is expected to announce a successor to its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after Samsung event at 1900 GMT at the Mobile World Congress.

WIRELESS SHOW-NOKIA - Nokia is targeting emerging markets with three low-cost smartphones that use Google's Android operating system rather than the Windows Phone software from Microsoft. SENT: 720 words, photo.

WIRELESS SHOW-SONY-- Sony is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-cancelling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording. SENT: 640 words, photos.

WIRELESS SHOW-ZUCKERBERG - He speaks at the show, likely on expanding usage around the world through mobile devices. UPCOMING: Developing from event at 1700 GMT.

WIRELESS SHOW-WHATSAPP -- WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum says the popular messaging application for smartphones acquired by Facebook will soon be offering a voice service. SENT: 370 words.

NETFLIX-COMCAST - A Q&A on what it means for customers. UPCOMING; details TBD.


JAPAN-HONDA - Honda appoints a woman to its board for the first time and gives a major promotion to a foreigner in signs the automaker wants to change perceptions of a hidebound corporate culture. SENT: 540 words, photos.


CRAZY ABOUT QUIZZES - A recent explosion of silly personality quizzes created by the young social media mavens at Buzzfeed.com has Americans talking about which of the 50 states they really ought to be living in and which Harry Potter character they really are. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.


OSCARS-THE SHOW - Oscar producers say viewers can expect lots of Ellen DeGeneres and a tight best-picture race at the 86th Academy Awards. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

OSCARS-LONG ROAD TO SCREEN - This year's crop of Oscar nominees features many films that were close to never happening. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1700 GMT, photos

TV-AMERICANS-EMMERICH - "The Americans" puts its audience on the spot. Who to root for? SENT: 870 words, photos.

ELVIS EXHIBIT-PRISCILLA PRESLEY -- Priscilla Presley, the former wife of late rock n' roll icon Elvis Presley, talks to the AP about a new exhibit at Graceland remembering his contributions to music 60 years after he cut his first record, "That's All Right." UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

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