2014-02-28 11:42 PM
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:
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- CLINTON DOCUMENTS (sent; developing)
-- AFGHANISTAN-ZERO OPTION-Q&A (upcoming)
-- TEA PARTY UNBOWED (sent)
-- VOTER ID TEST (upcoming)
-- NUKE DUMP-RADIATION (sent)
-- CALIFORNIA STORMS (sent; developing)
-- JAPAN-BITCOIN (sent)
-- BLACK HISTORY AND RAP (upcoming)
-- OSCARS-BEST PICTURE (upcoming)
-- SYRIA-RETURNING RADICALS (upcoming)
PHOTOS: UKRAINE (sent; developing); VENEZUELA PROTESTS (sent); PAKISTAN-MARCH-PHOTO ESSAY (upcoming)
VIDEO: UKRAINE (sent; developing) CO_COLLINS-SHEPHARD (sent; with text JASON COLLINS); MA FIGHTING AIR (sent; with text PARKOUR FITNESS); CALIFORNIA_STORMS (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):
UKRAINE - Ukraine accused Russia of a "military invasion and occupation" on Friday, saying Russian troops have taken up positions around a coast guard base and two airports on its strategic Crimea peninsula. Russia kept silent on the accusations, as the crisis deepened between two of Europe's largest countries. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
UKRAINE-YANUKOVYCH - Making his first public appearance since fleeing Ukraine, the fugitive president pledged Friday to fight for his country's future but said he will not ask for military assistance. SENT: 400 words, photos.
UKRAINE-DOCUMENT TROVE -- Documents left behind by Yanukovych and his top officials are giving Ukrainians an unfiltered look at the machinations and opulent lifestyle of the previous regime. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1800 GMT.
SYRIA-RETURNING RADICALS -- The once-tranquil, ethnically mixed village of Bisariyeh in south Lebanon is reeling: two of its young men who have fought alongside Sunni rebels in Syria have recently returned radicalized enough to stage deadly suicide bombings against Iranian targets in Beirut, drawing revenge attacks by angry Shiites. The phenomenon is being watched closely as far away as Riyadh. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 2000 GMT.
VENEZUELA-PROTESTS - The start of a weeklong string of holidays leading up to the March 5 anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez's death did not completely pull protesters from the streets as the government apparently hoped. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
MYANMAR-DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS - Doctors Without Borders says it has been expelled from Myanmar and the decision leaves tens of thousands of lives at risk. SENT: 420 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRAZIL-FORCED EVICTIONS - On families forcibly evicted in a Rio de Janeiro slum under urban renewal efforts launched ahead of this year's World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. SENT: 900 words, photos.
PALESTINIANS-EXILE'S COMEBACK - Fueled by millions in Gulf aid dollars that are his to distribute, an exiled Palestinian operative seems to be orchestrating a comeback that could position him as a potential successor to aging Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. SENT: 900 words, photo.
CYPRUS-TURKEY-PEACE PIPELINE? - Instead of being a symbol of reconciliation, a new water pipeline has become - for the 850,000 Greek Cypriots in the internationally recognized south - an emblem of a sinister plan to turn Cyprus into a Turkish dependency. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.
GERMANY KILLINGS - Police have launched a manhunt after two people were killed in separate attacks at lawyers' offices in the west of the country. SENT: 300 words.
GERMANY-AUSCHWITZ CRIMES - A 94-year-old man deported from the U.S. for lying about his Nazi past is unfit for trial on allegations that he was an accessory to thousands of murders as an SS guard at Auschwitz, a German court said Friday. SENT: 300 words.
PISTORIUS-GUN VIDEO - Newly released video shows Oscar Pistorius, who faces a murder trial next week, firing weapons at a gun range before the double-amputee athlete fatally shot his girlfriend last year. SENT: 220 words.
KOREAS-TENSION - The short-range Scud missiles North Korea fired into the sea were a type it hasn't launched since 2009, South Korea says, though analysts say the apparent protest over U.S.-South Korean military drills were likely not a prelude to higher tensions. SENT: 570 words, photos.
CHINA-BABY TRAFFICKING - Chinese police have rescued 382 abducted babies and arrested 1,094 suspects after busting four major Internet-based baby trafficking rings, authorities said. SENT: 150 words, photo.
AUSTRALIA-BURNING MINE - The elderly, young children and pregnant women are being advised to evacuate an Australian town that has been shrouded by acrid smoke and ash from a burning coal mine for almost three week. SENT: 310 words, photos.
CLINTON DOCUMENTS - The Clinton Presidential Library is making available about 5,000 pages of previously unreleased documents involving former President Bill Clinton's administration. SENT: 440 words. UPCOMING: Documents scheduled to be released at 1 p.m.; 300 words by 2000 GMT and likely developing further from there.
TEA PARTY UNBOWED - The foot soldiers of the tea party movement dismiss the chatter about its demise and stand ready to use their unbending political force against both Obama and the Republican establishment this election year. SENT: 920 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN-ZERO OPTION-Q&A -- If Obama were to decide to leave no military advisory force in Afghanistan next year, would Afghan security unravel to the point of enabling a civil war, a Taliban takeover and a return of al-Qaida in such numbers as to pose a 9/11-type threat? UPCOMING, 600 words by 2100 GMT.
AFGHANISTAN-AL-QAIDA - Al-Qaida's Afghanistan leader is laying the groundwork to relaunch his war-shattered organization once the United States and international forces withdraw from the country, U.S. officials say. SENT: 1,040 words, photo, graphic.
NUKE DUMP-RADIATION - Accidents and an above-ground radiation release have shuttered the government's only deep underground nuclear waste dump indefinitely, raising questions about a cornerstone of a $5 billion-a year-program for cleaning up legacy waste from decades of nuclear bomb making. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video
CALIFORNIA STORMS - Homes were evacuated as a swift storm with expected heavy rain moved toward drought plagued Southern California, bringing worries of mudslides. The storm's full force was expected to be felt Friday morning. SENT: 520 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
WINTER-FLEEING THE FREEZE - Across the winter-weary Midwest and the East Coast, travel agents are being inundated with a simple request: Get me out of here. SENT: 970 words, photos.
ALIVE IN BODY BAG - Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag. SENT: 130 words.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
JAPAN-BITCOIN - The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo filed for bankruptcy protection and its chief executive said 850,000 bitcoins, worth several hundred million dollars, are unaccounted for. Sent: 390 words, photos.
AIRLINE PILOTS-SHORTAGE - It's not clear there is a shortage of airline pilots even though regional airlines report difficulty over the past year in finding enough pilots to hire, according to a draft report by a government watchdog obtained by the AP. SENT: 650 words, photo.
INDIA-COAL CRUNCH - For six years in a row, India's monopoly coal producer has missed its production targets, leading to chronic electricity shortages and sending power producers scrambling for pricier imports. But what looks like a looming crisis could turn out to be an almost accidental energy overhaul. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
WIRELESS SHOW-DIGITAL LIFE-NOKIA'S FASTLANE - The home screen on the new Nokia X phones resemble the one on Nokia's Windows-based Lumia phones, even though it's Android underneath. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10 a.m., photos.
WIRELESS SHOW-INTERNET NAMES - The organization in charge of Internet addresses is pushing a major expansion in domain name suffixes. Why bother in this mobile-heavy era? SENT: 580 words, photo.
SCHUMACHER'S COMA - Nearly two months after Michael Schumacher suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident and was placed in a drug-induced coma, some neurologists say the seven-time Formula One champion seems unlikely to make a full recovery. SENT: 520 words, photo.
BLACK HISTORY AND RAP - Black history and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But a trio of episodes where black history icons were misused by major rap figures has convinced some that hip-hop is losing sight of its past. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2000 GMT photos.
CUBA-CIGAR FESTIVAL - More than 450 stogie aficionados took part in an unusual contest at Havana's annual marquee Cigar Festival: competing to see who could create the longest unbroken ash. SENT: 440 words, photos.
PARKOUR-FITNESS - The spirited sport that treats the world as your very own obstacle course is becoming increasingly popular for people who just want to get in a good workout. SENT: 530 words, photos, video.
MARDI GRAS-GLAMBEAUX - A parade of women with a signature float in the shape of a giant high-heel had a different kind of glow this year. SENT: 880 words, photos.
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW - The nation's largest flower show will feature huge horticultural displays inspired by the work of artists such as Matisse, Mondrian, Calder and Kandinsky. SENT: 500 words, photos.
OSCARS-BEST PICTURE RACE - This year's best picture race at the Academy Awards is one of the most unpredictable in years. UPCOMING: 850 words by 2100 GMT, photos.
--ISRAEL-MOVIES-LOST IN TRANSLATION: David O. Russell's crime drama "American Hustle" could be a big winner at Sunday's Oscars. But for the movie's many international fans, it may take a little longer to realize it. UPCOMING: SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
--OSCARS-ONETIME WINNERS: What happens to onetime Oscar winners who remain onetime Oscar winners? UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
--OSCAR COUNTDOWN-CONCERT: John Williams and Jill Scott were among the artists who brought this year's Oscar-nominated music to life at an inaugural concert. SENT: 450 words, photos.
--OSCARS-UNITE 4 GOOD: Unite4:good honored the success of individuals serving the global movement for humanity. SENT: 400 words, photos.
--MEXICO-OSCARS-ALFONSO CUARON: Are citizens in Mexico proudly embracing the Hollywood success of native son Alfonso Cuaron, the Oscar-nominated director of best-picture nominee "Gravity"? Not necessarily. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
--OSCARS-ITALIAN NOMINEE: Paolo Sorrentino's Fellini-esque film "The Great Beauty" depicts Rome in all of its decadent glory. Still, Sorrentino says the movie isn't meant to be about Rome or Italy. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.
OBAMA-FILM FESTIVAL - At a film festival Friday afternoon, Obama will recognize the best of nearly 2,500 films -- 16 to be exact -- that were submitted by K-12 students after the White House put out the call for short videos on the role technology plays in their education. SENT: 770 words, photos. Will be updated after Obama remarks scheduled for 3:45 p.m.
PEOPLE-LIAM NEESON - Actor Liam Neeson chides NYC mayor for wanting to shut down horse-drawn carriage industry. SENT: 140 words, photo.
PAKISTAN-MARCH-PHOTO ESSAY -- Baluch activists in Pakistan finish nearly 1,900-mile march protesting alleged state abuses. UPCOMING: photos, 130 words by 1700 GMT.