BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
Associated Press
2014-03-25 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:

-- MALAYSIA PLANE (sent; developing)


-- WEST RESPONSE-RUSSIA (sent; developing)

-- OBAMA-NSA SURVEILLANCE (sent; developing)

-- SUPREME COURT-BIRTH CONTROL (sent; developing)


-- WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE (sent; developing)


-- TEXAS BAY-OIL SPILL (sent; developing)

-- PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent; developing)


VIDEO: TOP VIDEO: - Mudslide_Latest_Vox (sent; with text); Texas_Oil_Spill (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 - China is demanding Malaysia turn over the satellite data used to conclude that a Malaysia Airlines jetliner had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean as gale-force winds and heavy rain Tuesday halted efforts to search for any debris from the plane. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing; focus of mainbar today likely to be more on the relatives as described in separate story below.

CHINA-MALAYSIA PLANE - Chinese families of Flight 370 passengers protest at Malaysian Embassy, furious over death claim. SENT: 1,130 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.

MALAYSIA PLANE-ENDURING MYSTERY- It was a turning point of sorts in one of the most perplexing mysteries of modern times. The Malaysian prime minister's statement offered some resolution -- the plane has surely crashed -- but offered little else. No one has found the plane, or the passengers, or the answer to why all this happened in the first place. And solving those riddles involves a search that looms dauntingly across a vast expanse of unforgiving ocean at the bottom of the earth. This is an overview, step-back piece. UPCOMING; 1,000 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-SATELLITE DATA - Investigators are closer to solving an international aviation mystery thanks to a British communications satellite and classroom physics. SENT: 730 words, photos.

PLANE-FINDING THE HAYSTACK - Not one object has been recovered from the missing airliner that Malaysian officials are now convinced plunged into the southern Indian Ocean 17 days ago. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


WEST RESPONSE-RUSSIA - Obama met Tuesday with a close ally of Putin as the United States redoubled efforts to pressure Russia out of its aggressive pose in Ukraine. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 1,100 words after 11 a.m. news conference., photos, video.

UKRAINE - Ukraine's defense chief resigns as troops withdraw from Russian-controlled Crimea. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CONGRESS-UKRAINE -- The House and Senate edge toward a standoff over competing bills to impose sanctions on Russia and aid to Ukraine. SENT: 610 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2100 GMT.

TV-LETTERMAN-JIMMY CARTER - Former President Carter: Russia's invasion of Crimea was "inevitable" but Putin "needs to stop." SENT: 140 words, photos.

EGYPT - An Egyptian judge says he will issue a verdict on April 28 in a new mass trial of 683 suspected Islamist supporters of Morsi for murder and attempted murder after a single session boycotted by defense lawyers. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; with a separate look at Egypt's judicial system.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - Prosecution wraps case and defense says it's likely Pistorius will take stand. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

GUINEA-EBOLA - Health workers in protective suits have set up isolation centers in a remote corner of West Africa where the deadly Ebola virus already has killed 59 people. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1700 GMT.

NUCLEAR SUMMIT -Thirty-five countries pledged Tuesday to turn international guidelines on nuclear security into national laws, a move aimed at preventing terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ETHIOPIA-GAYS - Ethiopia's lawmakers are set to pass a bill that puts homosexuality on a list of offenses considered "non-pardonable" under the country's amnesty law, a measure that continues a trend of anti-gay legislation across Africa. SENT: 340 words.

OBAMA-WWI CENTENARY - On Wednesday, Obama will honor the Americans who died in what has come simply to be known as the Great War. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos by 1500 GMT.

VENEZUELA-US-VISAS - U.S.-Venezuela relations have been deteriorating for years, and for members of the socialist-governed county's better off, the failed diplomacy is suddenly endangering a dearly held value: visiting the United States. SENT: 780 words, photos.

SYRIA - Clashes between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad spread to a coastal area near the Turkish border on Tuesday as opposition fighters pressed on with a campaign to gain access to the sea, activists said. SENT: 500 words, photo.

VATICAN-CHURCH ABUSE - Irish activist and sex abuse survivor becomes unlikely papal adviser, demands accountability. SENT: 580 words, photo.

VATICAN-US-POPE - US officials travel to Rome to lobby for Pope Francis to visit in 2015 for family meeting. SENT: 300 words, photos.

CHILE-EARTHQUAKE WORRIES - More than 300 earthquakes have shaken Chile's far-northern coast the past week, keeping people on edge as scientists say there is no way to tell if the unusual string of tremors is a harbinger of an impending disaster. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CHINA-MICHELLE OBAMA - First lady speaks to rural Chinese students via virtual classroom in southwestern China. SENT: 770 words, photos.


HEALTH OVERHAUL - BUMBLING STATES - Many states and the federal government experienced technical problems with the enrollment websites, but implementation has been a relative disaster in Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Vermont. UPCOMING: 1,100 words.

MUDSLIDE - Rescuers sort through more than 170 names of missing, trying to determine who may be buried under a mountainside that gave way and destroyed a small community and highway outside Seattle. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos, video.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-FLORIDA -- A Florida prosecutor releases the results of his investigation into the fatal shooting of a Chechen friend of one of the Boston marathon suspects while he was being interviewed by FBI agents and others. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon. Report to be released at 1400 GMT.

NAVAL STATION SHOOTING - Aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base, a sailor was fatally shot and security forces killed the single civilian suspect late Monday, according to the Navy. SENT: 440 words, video. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, photo, video.

TEXAS BAY-OIL SPILL - As crews work to clean up to 170,000 gallons (643,500 liters) of tar-like oil that spilled into a busy waterway south of Houston, environmental groups scurry to protect tens of thousands of wintering birds who make their home at this time of year in a nearby sanctuary. SENT: 750 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos, video possible.

CHICAGO-TRAIN DERAILMENT - Federal investigators are expected back on the scene Tuesday at O'Hare International Airport, where a Chicago Transit Authority train jumped its tracks around 3 a.m. Monday and crashed up a heavily used escalator that is often packed with travelers during the day. SENT: 800 words, photos, video, graphic. UPCOMING: Developing.

SUSPECTED HUMAN SMUGGLING-HOUSTON - Five men have been charged with using guns and threats in connection with a suspected human trafficking operation at a house in Houston. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from court appearances scheduled for 1900 GMT.

NYC AIRPORTS - GUN ARRESTS - Visitors caught up in such arrests and the resulting legal headaches say the zero-tolerance, no-exceptions enforcement doesn't seem fair. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

DOG MAULING - A judge Tuesday hears arguments on whether a pit bull that mauled a 4-year old should live or die, a question that has ignited thousands of animal lovers on social media. SENT: 600 word, photos. UPCOMING: Updates after 1530 GMT hearing, photos, video.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-KIDS -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will announce he has signed a bill making it legal under state law for families to bring back from Colorado a pot extract that parents say calms violent seizures for children with epilepsy. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1900 GMT.

WTC-PARACHUTE JUMP - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York police commissioner denounced the parachute jump off 1 World Trade Center last fall by three skydiving enthusiasts as a lawless act that put others in danger. SENT: 550 words, photos.

LIZARD STING - The former host of Animal Planet's "Wild Recon" show has been sentenced to two years' probation and 200 hours of community service after admitting to trying to sell two endangered Iranian desert monitor lizards without a permit. SENT: 130 words.



OBAMA-NSA SURVEILLANCE -- The White House wants the NSA to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls; we'll move the story forward today by looking at the numerous hurdles that make this proposal highly unlikely. First, the phone companies don't want to store the data and be responsible for it, and the proposed 90-day extension hardly gives Congress the time it needs to pass the reform. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.

NSA SURVEILLANCE-MERKEL - U.S. policymakers could benefit from surveillance of Merkel during Crimean crisis negotiations. SENT: 790 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-BIRTH CONTROL - Supreme Court justices Tuesday are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1800 GMT after morning arguments. Video staffing.

MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT - The Army's top general is challenged by Democratic women on the House Armed Services Commission about the decision to drop sexual assault charges against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair in an affair gone bad with one of his subordinates.UPCOMING: Hearings scheduled mid-morning and afternoon; 500 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

CONGRESS-LNG EXPORTS - Sen. Mary Landrieu holds her first hearing as chair of the Senate energy panel, focusing on economic and foreign policy benefits of exporting natural gas. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m hearing; 380 words by 1830 GMT.


FUTURE OPERATING ROOM - A Los Angeles hospital is practicing treating trauma victims in a high-tech, "operating room of the future. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.


DISNEY-MAKER - Disney's $500 million purchase of YouTube video producer Maker Studios is a sign that the entertainment industry's content and technology startups are coming of ageUPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m.

SPOTIFY-STUDENT - Spotify is wooing U.S. college students with a $5-a-month premium music deal, half off the regular rate. SENT: 130 words.


UNITED STATES-TOYOTA SAFETY - Efforts to conceal the extent of dangerous car defects at Toyota Motor Corp. were so pervasive, prosecutors say, that an exasperated employee at one point warned that "someone will go to jail if lies are repeatedly told." Yet no one has gone to jail, nor is likely to. SENT: 850 words, photos.


FILM-CINEMACON-TRANSFORMERS - Mark Wahlberg, star of the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction," is promising the fourth installment of the Michael Bay-directed franchise will be a huge hit. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BOOKS-TENNESSEE WILLIAMS - Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of "The Glass Menagerie," Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend -- if only in name -- to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret. SENT: 700 words.

THEATER-MICHAEL C HALL - Michael C. Hall has turned a page, broken with the past, made a breakUPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR COMIC - First off, no one who works at Japan's wrecked nuclear power plant calls it Fukushima Dai-ichi, comic-book artist Kazuto Tatsuta says in his book about his time on the job. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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