BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
Associated Press
2014-03-21 10:42 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)

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent, developing)

-- AFGHANISTAN (sent, developing)

-- ARMY GENERAL-SEX CHARGES (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:


UKRAINE - As Russia prepared to take formal control of Crimea with the final signature of President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine's fledgling government pulls closer into Europe's orbit by signing the agreement that sowed the seeds of one of the continent's worst political crises since the end of the Cold War. Russian markets tumble in wake of sanctions. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

- RUSSIA-ECONOMY- Russian stocks down as banks suffer amid sanctions. SENT: 680 words, photos.

- UKRAINE-SANCTIONS - Document shows EU sanctions over Ukraine crisis hits inner circle of Russian government. SENT: 130 words.

- FRANCE-BALTICS-WARPLANES - A defense ministry official says France is offering to send warplanes to help provide air patrols over the Baltic states and Poland amid growing tensions between the West and Russia. SENT: 120 words.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - The first of the four planes sent to search the rough seas off Australia for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner returned empty-handed, another disappointing day in solving what has become the biggest aviation mystery ever. SENT: 1,175 words, photos, video, interactive.

MYANMAR-LOST WORLD - The Mergui archipelago off Myanmar's southwestern coast has been called the "Lost World," but outsiders have found it -- first fishermen, poachers and loggers, and now developers and high-end tourists. The people losing this world are the Moken, who have lived off the land and the sea for centuries. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN - The Afghan capital has been hit by several attacks, but authorities appeared by the attack that killed nine people at the Serena Hotel, considered one of the safest places to stay in Kabul. The shooting spree was the latest in a series of high-profile attacks in the weeks leading to April 5 national elections. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.

TURKEY-TWITTER - Turkey blocks access to Twitter where links have proliferated to recordings that appear to incriminate the Turkish leader and other top officials in high-level corruption. By Suzan Fraser. SENT: 315 words, photos.

- ISRAEL-BRAVE MISS WORLD - A crusade against sexual violence by former Miss World who was raped at knifepoint six weeks before being crowned goes global. SENT: 950 words, photo.

- MEXICO-HUNGER - In the mountains of Mexico's southern state of Guerrero, home to some of the most miserable communities in the country, social programs trying to change the situation run up against habits that are hard to change. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

- IRAQ - Wave of attacks north and west of Baghdad kills 28 people, Iraqi officials say. SENT: 480 words, photo.

- JAPAN-SKOREA - Obama to host meeting of Japanese and South Korean leaders next week in Europe. SENT: 130 words.

- JAPAN-NKOREA - Japan and North Korea agree to hold government talks for the first time since 2012. SENT: 160 words.

- INDIA-GANG RAPE - Indian court sentences 4 men to life in prison for raping call-center operator in Mumbai. SENT: 130 words.

- CHINA-KINDERGARTEN POISONING -Two children have died and another 30 are sickened in a mass poisoning at a kindergarten in southwestern China, authorities say. SENT: 195 words.

- THAILAND-POLITICS - Thailand's Constitutional Court rules February election invalid, complicating political crisis. SENT: 880 words photos.

- SRI LANKA-POLITICS - Sri Lanka's ex-president fears for life, says govt is conducting constant surveillance on her. SENT: 140 words.

- SRI LANKA-HUMAN RIGHTS - Hundreds of Tamil women defy arrest threats to demand information on war missing in Sri Lanka. SENT: 140 words.

- ISRAEL-IRANIAN-JEWS- Israel's Mossad intelligence agency says 8 Jews were murdered while leaving Iran in the 1990s. SENT: 140 words.

- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Israeli military says it's found biggest tunnel yet dug by Gaza militants for Israel attacks. SENT: 510 words, photo.

- POLAND-WAR CRIMES-BOSNIA - Bosnian Serb war criminal Radislav Krstic brought to Poland to serve sentence. SENT: 195 words, photos.

-CHINA-MICHELLE OBAMA - U.S. first lady meets Chinese President Xi after visit to Beijing high school with Xi's wife. SENT: 870 words, photos.

- UNITED NATIONS-ASYLUM SEEKERS- UN finds Syria, Russia, Afghanistan are top sources for asylum seekers; most head for Europe. SENT: 350 words, photos.

- MOROCCO-BATTLING CORRUPTION - Case against Morocco whistleblowers highlights difficulty in the battle against corruption. SENT: 545 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after verdict at 1500 GMT.

- FRANCE-FAR RIGHT MARCHING - Marine Le Pen sees political gold in the abandoned coal mines of northern France that once pumped life, jobs and an identity into bleak places like Henin-Beaumont. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

- LOOTED ART-MATISSE - Norwegian museum agrees to return looted Matisse, calls for national review of artwork. SENT: 310 words, photos.

- SKOREA-NEW LANDMARK - New Seoul landmark stirs debate: Architectural accomplishment or landing of ugly spaceship? SENT: 840 words, photo.

- VIETNAM-NEWSPAPER FINED - Vietnam state-run paper fined for calling famous communist leaders 'most notorious dictators.' SENT: 300 words.

- PAKISTAN-LOVED ONES-PHOTO ESSAY - In this photo essay, Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen attempts to remember the victims of suicide bombings and shootings in Pakistan through a series of photos showing the families they left behind. SENT: 300 words, photos


OBAMA-POWER OF PERSUASION - Frustrated by the inability of Congress and the White House to reach agreement on much of anything, the president is increasingly relying on his powers of persuasion to cajole people and organizations to help tackle some of the country's big problems --voluntarily. SENT: 1,030 words.

HOUSE DEMOCRATS - House Democrats' hopes of mitigating the damage in the midterm elections lie in the fast-growing suburbs of northern Virginia, the cities and towns near Iowa's covered bridges of Madison County and not far from New Jersey's Pine Barrens. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


PHELPS-LEGACY - Fred Phelps Sr. was a bellicose, anti-gay bully who spat at the deaths of American soldiers. But after his death at age 84, gay rights activists suggest the Phelps circus had done them a favor. SENT: 800 words, photos.

HAWAII PROSTITUTION-POLICE SEX - Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate. By Sam Eifling. SENT: 500 words.

LAST HOLDOUT - Stella Peshlakai is the sole Navajo living on an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona that was declared a national monument. When the 89-year-old woman dies, it will end for good the Navajo presence at Wupatki. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.


JAPAN-BITCOIN - Bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins. SENT: 240 words, photo.

MEDIA GENERAL-LIN MEDIA - Media General to acquire LIN Media in deal worth about $1.6B in cash and stock. SENT: 140 words.

- WALL STREET - US stock market appears ready to finish off week with solid gains. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Updated throughout the day.

- GERMANY-LUFTHANSA STRIKE - Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa vote to strike in pay dispute, timing of walkouts unclear. SENT: 130 words.

- FITCH RATINGS-US - Fitch Ratings backs AAA rating for US, outlook stable, wrapping up review. SENT: 130 words.

- FED-BANKS-STRESS TESTS - Nearly all major US banks pass annual Fed 'stress tests;' Zions Bancorp falls short. SENT: 910 words.


- PEOPLE-ANITA-BAKER - Arrest warrant issued for Grammy-winning R&B singer Anita Baker in Michigan civil lawsuit. SENT: 140 words.

- BRITAIN-KATE BUSH - Kate Bush sets stage return after 35 year absence. SENT: 110 words.

- DISNEY-SMALL WORLD ANNIVERSARY - Disney inviting 'small word' sing-along videos to mark 50 years since '64 World's Fair debut. SENT: 405 words, photos.

- BOOKS-COLUM MCCANN - Colum McCann, the prize-winning novelist, has rediscovered his fondness for short stories. SENT: 130 words.

- ODD- BOOK-TITLE - A guide to coping with an awkward romantic moment has been awarded a prize for the year's oddest book title. SENT: 135 words.

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