2014-03-12 11:01 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 at 1445 GMT:
--MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent, developing)
--MYANMAR-DESPERATE PATIENTS (sent)
--CIA INVESTIGATIONS-LAWYER (upcoming)
--PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent, developing)
--UNITED STATES-UKRAINE (sent, developing)
--CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULTS (developing)
--NYC EXPLOSION (sent, developing)
PHOTOS: MYANMAR-DESPERATE PATIENTS (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:
MALAYSIA-PLANE - More than four days after a Malaysian jetliner went missing en route to Beijing, authorities have acknowledged they didn't know which direction the plane carrying 239 passengers was heading when it disappeared, vastly complicating efforts to find it. SENT: 970 words, photos, videos, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing.
-INDIA-MALAYSIA PLANE - India says it has been contacted by Malaysia about widening search for jet to Andaman Sea. SENT: 200 words, photos.
-MALAYSIA-PLANE-AIRLINE WOES - Airline at center of Malaysia jet disappearance has catalog of woes. SENT: 800 words, photos.
-HONG KONG-MALAYSIA-STUNT MAN-A stunt man whose credits include the acclaimed martial arts epic "The Grandmaster" and other films was among the passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight. SENT: 220 words, photos.
MYANMAR-DESPERATE PATIENTS - For ethnic Rohingya now confined to this hot, dusty camp in Myanmar's Rakhine state, it is a desperate place for all, and an unbearable one for many of the sick. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-UKRAINE - In a diplomatic dig at Russia, Obama is hosting the new Ukrainian prime minister at the White House, a high-profile gesture aimed at cementing the West's allegiance to Ukraine's fledgling government. SENT: 780 words, photo. UPCOMING: Meeting starts at 1845 GMT; 800 words, photos by 2100 GMT.
-NATO-UKRAINE- NATO deployed two surveillance planes to fly over Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis in neighboring Ukraine. SENT: 350 words, photos.
-UKRAINE-KIDNAPPINGS - Reporters Without Borders says two Ukrainian journalists and two activists who were abducted at a checkpoint in Crimea along with a driver have been freed. SENT: 90 words.
RUSSIA-US GAS LEVERAGE - US gas boom is a tool against Russian coercion, but one that's not yet ready to use. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.
PISTORIUS TRIAL - The brown, bullet-marked toilet door through which Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend was set up in the courtroom at the athlete's murder trial, suggesting prosecutors will attempt to recreate his shooting of Reeva Steenkamp a year ago for the judge. SENT: 800 words, photos, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing.
SYRIA - In a rare public appearance, Assad visited displaced Syrians in a frontline suburb of the country's capital, where he vowed to keep up the fight against gunmen whom he blamed for driving people from their homes, state TV said. SENT: 470 words, photos.
ISRAEL-DRAFT LAW- Israeli lawmakers have passed a contentious law meant to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the army. SENT: 850 words.
NIGERIA-WASTE-TO-ELECTRICITY - Lagos is engulfed in waste. With a population of more than 20 million, garbage piles up on streets, outside homes and along the waterways and lagoons, creating eyesores and putrid smells. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos, video.
TURKEY-TEENAGER'S FUNERAL - Thousands of people joined a funeral procession in Istanbul for a Turkish teenager who died nine months after slipping into a coma from being hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests, and called on called on the prime minister to resign. SENT: 360 words, photos.
PUERTO RICO-CHURCH ABUSE - The priest sex the abuse scandal that has roiled the Catholic church worldwide has arrived on this island where 70 percent are Catholic. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.
AUSTRALIA-CROCODILE HUNTER - Cameraman recounts "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin's final moments after deadly stingray attack. SENT: 540 words, photo.
CHINA-POLITICAL CRIMES - China might be trying to obscure the number of dissidents it is targeting by charging them with public order offenses instead of political crimes, a U.S.-based rights group says. SENT: 380 words.
INDIA-REBEL ATTACK - Maoist insurgents will not be allowed to spoil next month's Indian elections with violent attacks, the home minister said, a day after rebels killed 16 people in their deadliest raid in almost a year. SENT: 520 words, photos.
GREECE-FINANCIAL CRISIS - A 24-hour strike by civil servants disrupts public services in Greece as the country's government struggled to hammer out a deal on further austerity measures with international creditors. SENT: 330 words, photos.
BRITAIN-WEB INVENTOR'S PLEA - The British inventor of the World Wide Web wants a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance. SENT: 130 words.
THAILAND-INFRASTRUCTURE - Thai court bars $62 billion transport bill as unconstitutional in latest blow to government. SENT: 430 words.
BRITAIN-PRINCE CHARLES - The Guardian wins a court battle in its efforts to disclose letters by Prince Charles -- a decision the newspaper argues could shed light on whether he has used his position to influence politics. SENT: 130 words.
AFGHANISTAN - Three heavily armed insurgents tried to storm a former intelligence headquarters in southern Afghanistan, prompting a fierce gunbattle that left the attackers dead. SENT: 460 words, photos.
CIA INVESTIGATIONS-LAWYER - The senior CIA lawyer accused by the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee of trying to intimidate the panel over its investigation into secret prisons and brutal interrogations of terrorism suspects was himself involved in the controversial programs. Upcoming: 900 words.
UNITED STATES-KARZAI STANDOFF - A proposed new security agreement between U.S. and Afghanistan is likely to be addressed by U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, a top commander in Afghanistan, when he testifies on Capitol Hill. UPCOMING: 1,000 words. Updates from 1400 GMT hearing.
CONGRESS-UKRAINE: Congress will weigh some of the most significant U.S. sanctions on Russia since the end of the Cold War in a bid to pressure President Vladimir Putin to pull Russian troops out of Crimea, according to a copy of a new Senate bill obtained by The Associated Press. SENT: 730 words. UPCOMING: Developing from expected afternoon committee vote.
US-MILITARY-SEXUAL ASSAULT - Congress is continuing to haggle over legislation to curb sexual assaults in the US military. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.
OBAMA-OVERTIME - The president will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a step intended to help salaried workers who may be expected to work more than 40 hours a week without receiving overtime pay. SENT: 300 words.
FLORIDA SPECIAL ELECTION - Republican victory in special Florida congressional special election could be warning sign for Democrats on the president's health care law. SENT: 450 words. words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo by 2200 GMT.
PENN STATE-ABUSE -- Jerry Sandusky's wife is expected to defend him during an interview to air on NBC's "Today" show. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.
ESPIONAGE CHARGES - A civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to a Chinese girlfriend half his age will be entering a guilty plea, his attorney says. SENT: 520 words, photos.
DEATH ROW-INMATE RELEASE - Man who spent decades on La. death row in 1983 killing freed after judge vacates conviction. SENT: 410 words, photos, video.
NYC EXPLOSION - The New York City fire department says it has received a report of an explosion and building collapse in East Harlem. SENT: 110 words. UPCOMING: Photos, videos.
OSTEEN CHURCH-THEFT - A safe was broken into at Osteen's megachurch in Houston, and thieves took $600,000 in checks and cash. SENT: 240 words, photos.
FACEBOOK HEADQUARTERS THREAT - Facebook's Northern California headquarters locked down after threat later found not credible. SENT: 110 words, photo.
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE-AUCTION - A 1936 Nobel Peace Prize discovered at a South American pawn shop is heading to the auction block. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
AIRLINES-OUTLOOK - The global airlines industry still expects a record profit for 2014, just not quite as high as previously forecast due to the impact of rising jet fuel prices, officials say. SENT: 380 words.
FRANCE-SCHUMACHER - Michael Schumacher's agent says there are small signs that the Formula One champion will wake from the coma he has been in for more than two months. SENT: 410 words, photo.
TV HALL OF FAME - Maher offers ardent Leno defense at Hall of Fame ceremony; a birthday honor for Rupert Murdoch. SENT: 540 words, photo.
FILM-VERONICA MARS - It took 91,585 Kickstarter backers and their $5.7 million to make it happen, but the canceled TV show "Veronica Mars" has been reborn on the big screen. SENT: 730 words, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-CHRIS PINE - "Star Trek" actor Chris Pine charged in New Zealand with drunken driving. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: photo.
MUSIC-TIBET HOUSE CONCERT - Iggy Pop, New Order, Patti Smith, the National and more jam at Carnegie Hall for Tibet benefit. SENT: 360 words, photos.
THEATER-JOHN MAHONEY - John Mahoney finds his acting home onstage after success of 'Frasier.' SENT: 730 words, photos.