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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT
Associated Press
2014-03-10 11:22 PM

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 at 1445 GMT:

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent; developing)

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE-HANDLING A DISASTER (sent)

-- PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent)

-- ARMY GENERAL-SEX CHARGES (sent; developing)

-- MILITARY SEX ASSAULTS (upcoming)

-- HEALTH OVERHAUL-UNINSURED (sent; developing)

-- EYES ON SPIES (sent; developing)

-- CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING-FATHER (sent)

-- PUBLIC TRANSIT TRIPS (sent; developing)

-- NATURAL GAS-PROMISE (upcoming)

-- BLACK TWITTER (sent)

-- TV-El REY-RODRIGUEZ (upcoming)

-- E-CIG NATION (upcoming)

PHOTOS: INDIA-TIBETAN UPRISING (sent; with text); E-CIG NATION (upcoming; 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:

TOP STORIES

MALAYSIA-PLANE - Dozens of ships and aircraft fail to find any piece of the missing Boeing 777 jet that vanished more than two days ago above waters south of Vietnam as investigators pursue "every angle" to explain its disappearance, including hijacking, Malaysia's civil aviation chief says. SENT: 940 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing on a number of fronts: search for the plane; cause of crash or whatever happened; passengers with stolen passports; luggage that was offloaded just before plane took off, among others. CHINA-HANDLING DISASTER - Malaysia Airlines' lack of early word on missing plane angers many Beijing relatives. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - Oscar Pistorius vomited in the dock at his murder trial Monday as he heard graphic details of the injuries sustained by the girlfriend he fatally shot. The testimony was not broadcast or reported live on Twitter by journalists because of its explicit content under an order from Judge Thokozile Masipa. However, journalists were allowed to report the testimony without directly quoting the witness. SENT: 720 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's most famous prisoner, delivers a speech to university students in Kiev in a bid to show the Ukrainians "another Russia," which does not support President Vladimir Putin's military intervention in Crimea. SENT: 200 words.

AFGHANISTAN-ELECTIONS - The Taliban warn Afghans against taking part in the upcoming presidential election and order their fighters to "use all force" possible to disrupt the vote while also instructing clerics to spread the word that the polling is an "American conspiracy." SENT: 600 words, photos.

SYRIA- Greek Orthodox nuns freed after being held hostage by al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels arrived in Damascus Monday morning, ending their four-month ordeal, Syrian state media reported. SENT: 470 words, photos.

CUBA-OBIT-MELBA HERNANDEZ - Melba Hernandez, who helped Fidel Castro launch his revolutionary battle with a failed 1953 attack on a military barracks and was later named a "heroine of the Cuban Revolution," has died. She was 92. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

INDIA-TIBETAN UPRISING - Young Tibetans are leading the fight to free their homeland from Chinese rule, the leader of the community's government-in-exile said on Monday's 55th anniversary of an uprising that led to a bloody crackdown and drove the Dalai Lama to flee into India. SENT: 560 words, photos.

NEPAL-TIBETAN PROTEST - Police broke up a small Tibetan protest in Nepal's capital and detained the protesters on Monday's anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet. SENT: 310 words, photos.

UN-CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC -- A U.N. investigation of human rights abuses in Central African Republic has launched in a bid to head off possible genocide. SENT: 270 words, photos.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR - The radioactive water that has accumulated at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant remains the biggest problem hampering the cleanup process three years after the disaster. SENT: 720 words, photos.

JAPAN-SEX SLAVES - Japan said Monday it is not planning to change its 1993 apology over a system of forced prostitution for its military during World War II, but will continue to re-examine a study on which it was based. SENT: 270 words.

GERMANY-NSA SURVEILLANCE - Germany has dismissed a claim by NSA leaker Edward Snowden that it bowed to U.S. demands to water down legal protection for German citizens. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SALVADOR-ELECTIONS - El Salvador's too-close-to-call presidential runoff election raises competing claims of victory from a former fighter for leftist guerrillas and the once long-ruling conservative party that fought a civil war from 1980 to 1992. SENT: 590 words, photos.

COLOMBIA-ELECTIONS - Former President Alvaro Uribe is back in elected office, and his winning of a Senate seat could potentially complicate efforts by Colombia's government to make peace with leftist rebels. SENT: 240 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Israeli guards shot and killed a Jordanian judge on Monday who the Israelis said tried to grab a rifle from a soldier at the border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan. SENT: 410 words.

FRANCE-SECRET RECORDINGS- Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his singer-songwriter wife are asking a judge for an emergency injunction barring publication of private conversations secretly recorded by a former aide. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos after court hearing scheduled for 1300 GMT.

VATICAN-KOREA- Pope Francis will make his first trip to Asia in August, visiting South Korea to participate in a Catholic youth festival, preside over a beatification ceremony for 124 Korean martyrs and bring a message of peace to the war-divided peninsula, officials said. SENT: 280 words, photo.

EYES ON SPIES - U.S. intelligence officials are planning a sweeping system of electronic monitoring that would tap into government, financial and other databases to scan the behavior of many of the 5 million federal employees with secret clearances, current and former officials told the AP. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, graphic. UPCOMING: Developing with new angles.

US-MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULTS - After narrowly defeating legislation to strip military commanders of their authority to prosecute sexual assault cases, the U.S. Senate turns to an alternative to do away with the "good soldier" defense that takes a defendant's military record into account. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2100 GMT, with updates from evening vote. photo.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-UNINSURED - The rate of U.S. adults who lack health insurance keeps going down, according to major survey tracking the rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law.

ARMY GENERAL SEX CHARGES - The judge in the case against an Army general believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be tried on sex assault charges begins considering new evidence that a top lawyer at the Pentagon may have unlawfully interfered in a decision on whether to accept a plea agreement that was ultimately rejected. SENT: 250 words. Developing.

BOSTON MARATHON-SECURITY -- Federal, state and local officials outline more details about plans for security and crowd control at this year's Boston Marathon. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 1530 GMT news conference.

BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT'S FRIENDS - Lawyers for three friends of Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are due in court Monday to update a judge on evidence turned over by prosecutors. UPCOMING: Developing from hearing.

CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING - The father of Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza says in his first public comments about the massacre that what his son did couldn't "get any more evil" and he wishes his son hadn't been born. SENT: 640 words.

CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE - Powerful earthquake strikes off Northern California coast, but no reports of significant damage. SENT: 300 words, graphic.

BIN LADEN SPOKESMAN - Shoe-bomb witness set to testify from London at New York terrorism trial of bin Laden son-in-law. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from Monday's testimony.

US-PUBLIC TRANSIT TRIPS - Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming. SENT: 300 words..

US-PIT BULLS-RETHINKING BANS - The image makeover has prompted many U.S. states to pass new laws that forbid communities from banning specific breeds. And it illustrates the power and persistence of dog-advocacy groups. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

GAY MARRIAGE-METHODISTS -- Announcement of settlement in between the Methodist church and the Rev. Thomas Ogletree for officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son in 2012. UPCOMING: 1500 GMT news conference, then 350 words by 1700.

SCIENCE

SMART ELEPHANTS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1900 GMT) - Wild elephants can distinguish between human languages and they can tell whether a voice comes from a man, woman or boy. Scientists say this is an advanced thinking skill that other animals haven't shown. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1900 GMT); 600 words, photos.

BUSINESS

NATURAL GAS-PROMISES - The U.S. is ready to start taking advantage of its enormous new reserves of natural gas, but one harsh winter has raised concerns about whether the gas will actually show up. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1800 GMT.

JAPAN-CONSTRUCTION CRUNCH - As Japan's over-stretched construction industry begins gearing up to build venues and revamp aging infrastructure for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, shortages of skilled carpenters and heavy equipment operators, cement and other materials are frustrating residents and local officials. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

E-CIG NATION -- On the edge of Soho, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help -- but no booze. Instead, the proprietors are peddling e-cigarettes to "vapers" in a growing movement that now includes celebrity fans and YouTube gurus, online forums and vapefests around the world. UPCOMING: 1,390 words, photos.

BLACK TWITTER - What is Black Twitter? It's simply a small - but powerful - corner of social media where tweeters serve up an unabashedly black spin on life, 140 characters at a time. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT

TV-El REY-RODRIGUEZ - Now TV could be rocked by another game changer. Say hello to filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who, down in Texas at his aptly named Troublemaker Studios, is ready to rewrite more rules with his new cable network, El Rey. SENT. photos.

MUSIC-MIRANDA LAMBERT - The good news? Miranda Lambert has completed her much-anticipated, though somewhat overdue, fifth album. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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