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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT
Associated Press
2014-03-13 11:01 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-ARMCHAIR SLEUTHS (upcoming)

-- NYC EXPLOSION (sent, developing)

-- TRANSGENDER MILITARY SERVICE (sent)

-- ARGENTINA-POPE-DIRTY WARS (sent)

-- BABY CUDDLERS (sent)

PHOTOS: ARGENTINA-LIFE IN BUENOS AIRES-PHOTO GALLERY (sent)

VIDEO: BABY CUDDLERS (sent with text and photos)

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 - Officials have dismissed reports that the missing Malaysian airliner's engines continued sending data for hours after its last contact, but said it was possible the plane continued flying and that they would widen their search farther to the west. SENT: 600 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Developing.

- MALAYSIA-PLANE-MILITARY SEARCH - Details on the multinational ships, planes searching for missing Malaysia Airlines jet. SENT: 830 words, photos.

- MALAYSIA-PLANE-FLIGHT CODE - Malaysia Airlines retires missing plane's flight code. SENT: 140 words, photo.

MALAYSIA PLANE-ARMCHAIR SLEUTHS- Mysteries aren't supposed to happen anymore. Maybe that's why the world is captivated by the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and why it has created a legion of armchair sleuths. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon.

NYC EXPLOSION - The death toll has risen to seven as rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pull additional bodies from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings destroyed by a gas leak-triggered explosion. The search is continuing. SENT: 900 words, photos. Developing.

US-SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST-FATAL CRASH - A man and woman were killed after a suspected drunken driver fleeing from arrest crashed through barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck the pair and others on a crowded street, police said. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

US-TRANSGENDER MILITARY SERVICE - An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general concludes there "is no compelling medical reason" for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving and that Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress, according to a report due to be released. SENT: 850 words, photos.

AUSTRIA-UKRAINE-ARREST - Austrian authorities arrest Ukrainian businessman on American arrest warrant for bribery. SENT: 80 words.

CRIMEA'S CHOICE - Russia fever is everywhere in the streets of Crimea. Meanwhile, ethnic Ukrainians and Tatars who are the minority in the strategic peninsula, fear separation from the homeland and the loss of identity. SENT: 950 words, photos.

ARGENTINA-POPE-DIRTY WARS - Pope Francis has been criticized for keeping silent about abuses of Argentina's military. But survivors increasingly have come forward to say they owe him their lives. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - Prosecutors in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial displayed photos showing the blood stains found on the floors, walls, stairs and chairs in the athlete's house after he fatally shot his girlfriend. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

EGYPT - The former chief of staff of Egypt's military says he will not run for president, leaving a leftist politician as the only serious candidate to run against the nation's military chief. SENT: 670 words, photo.

MYANMAR-NEWSPAPER BLUES - Myanmar journalists last year embraced the chance to produce independent daily newspapers free from censorship for the first time in five decades, but the papers are struggling to compete with state-owned papers for advertisers and circulation. SENT: 850 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-POLICE KILLINGS - Being a policeman in the port city of Karachi has become unusually perilous - in large part because the Pakistani Taliban and affiliated militant groups have gained a foothold here. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

INDIA-GANG RAPE - Indian court confirms death sentence against four men convicted in fatal New Delhi gang rape. SENT: 300 words.

BRITAIN-TIGER CUB - London Zoo announces birth of Sumatran tiger cub triplets, critically endangered species. SENT: 160 words, photos.

CHINA-US - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says the US and China should focus on mutual interests and the long term. SENT: 320 words, photos.

CHINA-ECONOMY - China's premier says Beijing is flexible on growth target so long as jobs and reform goals are met. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SALVADOR-ELECTIONS - El Salvador's electoral court has declared leftist party candidate and a former rebel commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren the winner of the hotly contested presidential election. SENT: 670 words.

TURKEY-PROTESTS - Officials say two people have died amid clashes that erupted in Istanbul and other cities following the funeral of a teenager, who died nine months after being hit by a police tear-gas canister. SENT: 140 words.

JAPAN NUCLEAR - Former US nuclear regulatory chief says the events at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant show that nuclear power should be phased out in Japan and worldwide. SENT: 530 words, photos.

CHINA-TUNNEL EXPLOSION - The death toll from a little-reported road explosion in northwestern China two weeks ago now stands at 31. SENT: 350 words.

BRITIAN-RICHARD III - Distant relatives of England's King Richard III are launching their High Court battle over where to rebury the 15th-century monarch's remains. SENT: 120 words.

GERMANY-UKRAINE - Germany says Russia is risking "massive" economic and political consequences over course in Ukraine. SENT: 370 words, photos.

PARALYMPICS-PUTIN - Putin thanks Paralympic leaders for leaving politics out of Sochi Games. SENT: 360 words, photos.

GREECE-FINANCIAL CRISIS - Greek unemployment increases to 27.5 percent at end of 2013. SENT: 130 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-PARIS HILTON - Paris Hilton inaugurates beach club, her first real estate project in Manila. SENT: 230 words, photos.

VATICAN-POPE - Pope Francis has marked his one-year anniversary with a simple tweet: "Please pray for me." SENT: 130 words, photos.

SYRIA - Syria's state TV says the parliament has unanimously approved a new election law allowing multiple candidates for president, opening doors to other potential candidates besides Assad. SENT: 140 words, photo.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Gaza militants have resumed rocket fire toward Israel, striking the outskirts of two major cities a day after launching the largest barrage since an eight-day Israeli offensive in late 2012. SENT: 740 words, photos.

OBAMA-OVERTIME - Obama intends to sign a presidential memorandum directing the Labor Department to propose rules that expand the number of employees who benefit from overtime pay. UPCOMING: Obama event at 1820 GMT. 400 words by 2000 GMT.

US-HOLDER-SENTENCING - Attorney general endorses proposed sentencing changes for drug trafficking offenses. SENT: 250 words.

KERRY - The secretary of state testifies before a House committee, and then leaves for London. UPCOMING: 140 words by 1600 GMT.

US-WINTER WEATHER - A storm that swept through the Midwest and the Northeast buried parts of New England in snow and caused pileups in Ohio, leaving three people dead and a state trooper seriously injured. SENT: 350 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

US-OBIT-ASKEW - Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who guided the state through a period of school busing to achieve integration in the 1970s, has died at 85. SENT: 250 words, photo.

US-ESPIONAGE CHARGES - Defense contractor due to plead guilty in Hawaii to transmitting military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend. SENT: 260 words.

US-ST PATRICK'S BOSTON-GAYS - A gay rights advocacy group says it is ending its efforts to get organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade to allow gay military veterans to march. SENT: 140 words.

US-PETS-PET SPENDING - An industry spokesman says Americans spent an all-time high of $55.7 billion on their pets in 2013 and will creep close to spending $60 billion this year. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1700 GMT.

HEALTH

US-BABY CUDDLERS - At hospitals around the U.S., volunteers are cuddling babies too sick or tiny to go home. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

BUSINESS

JAPAN-CHINA-PANASONIC - Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp. is compensating employees for living with air pollution in China. SENT: 140 words, photo.

CHRYSLER-RECALL - Chrysler is recalling more than 49,000 Dodge Charger muscle cars because a connector can overheat and knock out low-beam headlights. SENT: 120 words.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS - Applications for US unemployment benefits fell last week to 3-month low of 315,000. SENT: 140 words, photo.

RETAIL SALES - U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture. SENT: 140 words.

ENTERTAINMENT

MUSIC-KANYE WEST-JAY Z - Kanye West and Jay Z steal show at South By Southwest, but drop no clue about "Throne" sequel. SENT: 470 words, photos.

THEATER-CAMERON MACKINTOSH - Cameron Mackintosh, the producer behind such mega-hits as "Cats," ''The Phantom of the Opera" and "Miss Saigon," is tinkering with a new version of "Les Miserables" that opens on Broadway this month. SENT: 850 words, photo.

PHOTOGRAPHY

ARGENTINA-LIFE IN BUENOS AIRES-PHOTO GALLERY - Argentines cope with a tough summer, including intensifying heat and humidity from tropical rains, rolling blackouts and soaring oil and gas prices. SENT: 260 words, photos.

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