BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
Associated Press
2014-04-02 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:

-- RUSSIA-YANUKOVYCH (sent; developing)

-- CHILE EARTHQUAKE (sent; developing)

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent; may develop)



-- EXECTION DRUGS-TEXAS (sent; developing)



-- BENGHAZI ATTACK (upcoming)



VIDEO: CHILE EARTHQUAKE (sent; more planned)

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:


RUSSIA-YANUKOVYCH - Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's ousted president, calls Russia's annexation of Crimea "a tragedy" and says he hopes the Black Sea peninsula can come back under Ukraine's fold someday. SENT: 540 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CHILE-EARTHQUAKE - Authorities lifted tsunami warnings for Chile's long coastline early Wednesday after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the South American nation's northern coast. Six people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the Earth's crust. SENT: 750 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing, including looks at why death toll was relatively low.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-ROBOT SUBS - If the wreckage rests somewhere in the Indian Ocean's depths, then investigators will likely need to entrust the hunt at least partly to robot submarines. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - Malaysia police say Flight 370 probe may never determine why plane vanished. SENT: 720 words, photos, video, audio, interactive.

EGYPT - Three bombs exploded Wednesday outside Cairo University's main campus, hitting riot police deployed against near daily protests by Islamist students and killing at least two. SENT: 470 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Israel is pushing forward with plans to build more than 700 homes in a Jewish enclave of east Jerusalem, a development that adds another obstacle to the already stumbling talks with the Palestinians. By Tia Goldenberg. SENT: 573 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN - A suicide bomber wearing a military uniform struck the heavily fortified Interior Ministry compound in the heart of Kabul on Wednesday and killed six police officers, authorities said, in an escalation of Taliban violence aimed at disrupting this weekend's presidential election. SENT: 480 words, photos.

IRAQ - A series of bombings in Iraq killed eight people Wednesday, including army recruits, as the country prepares for parliamentary elections later this month. SENT: 220 words, photo.

CAMBODIA-US-MISSING IN ACTION - A ceremony was held in Cambodia on Wednesday to repatriate what are believed to be the remains of three American servicemen who went missing in action more than 40 years ago during the Vietnam War. SENT: 540 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-POLICE ABUSE - Police abuse is a serious human rights problem in Malaysia, with unjustified shootings, mistreatment and deaths in custody occurring in large part because the police lack accountability, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. SENT: 330 words.

INDIA-DEMOCRACY CHALLENGES - India takes great pride in its status as the world's biggest democracy, but the system is far from perfect. SENT: 900 words, photos.


SYRIA-AMPUTEES - Syria's conflict has killed more than 150,000 people but often overlooked are the more than half a million wounded, an untold number of them maimed by their injuries. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NKOREA-PYONGYANG MARATHON - For the first time, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang marathon. SENT: 850 words, photos.

EUROPE-FAR RIGHT FOOTHOLD - France's far-right National Front, coming off a historic electoral victory at home, is marching toward a new target: the European Parliament. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

JAPAN-INFIDELITY - Ashley Madison, the world's biggest online hookup site for married people, works only when monogamy is the rule on the surface but, deep inside, couples want to cheat. That's why it is scoring big in Japan. 920 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-BARRICADES - The piles of tires, mattresses and steel grates blocking Venezuelan streets have sparked some of the most violent episodes of this season of protest and repression. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

BRITAIN-AIR POLLUTION - British authorities on Wednesday warned people with heart or lung conditions to avoid exertion as a combination of industrial pollution and Sahara dust blankets the country in smog. SENT: 130 words, photos.

THAILAND-EXPLOSION - Workers at a scrap shop in Thailand's capital accidentally detonate a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least seven people and injuring 19 others. SENT: 200 words, photos.

KOREAS-TENSION - South Korean officials say they suspect that two unmanned drones that crashed recently near the border with rival North Korea were flown by the North on possible surveillance missions. SENT: 320 words, photos.

MYANMAR-CENSUS-ROHINGYA - The first thing Khalid was asked when census workers entered his home in Myanmar's troubled state of Rakhine was his ethnicity. In a clear, confident voice, the father of eight responded "Rohingya." SENT: 590 words, photos.

SRI LANKA-TAMIL GROUPS BANNED - Sri Lanka has banned the self-declared government-in-exile of ethnic minority Tamils and more than a dozen other Tamil diaspora groups, accusing them of committing and supporting terrorism, the government says. SENT: 350 words.

KENYA-MUSLIM LEADER SLAIN - The charismatic Muslim leader on Kenya's coast was certain he would be killed. On Monday night, his premonition came true. SENT: 710 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CHINA-DISPUTED SHOAL - Dozens of Filipino left-wing activists protest at China's consulate in Manila over an attempt by Chinese coast guard ships to block a Philippine supply boat near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. SENT: 300 words, photos.

VATICAN-POPE JOHN PAUL II-ANNIVERSARY -- Pope Francis has hailed Pope John Paul II's legacy on the ninth anniversary of the Polish-born pontiff's death. SENT: 200 words, photos.

BRITAIN-GAUGIN IN KITCHEN - Italian police say a Paul Gaugin still life that was stolen from a private collection in Britain in 1970 hung in Sicilian autoworker's kitchen for 40 years -- and has now been recovered by authorities. SENT: 130 words, photos.


SUPREME COURT-CAMPAIGN FINANCE - Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on campaign contributions. SENT: NewsAlert. UPCOMING: Developing.

BENGHAZI ATTACK - Former CIA deputy director Mike Morrell, who edited the widely debunked talking points on the 2012 Benghazi attack, answers questions from the House intelligence committee in a rare open session. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing, 800 words by 1900 GMT, photo.

HAGEL - He will meet with Malaysia's defense minister this week, amid ongoing criticism about how well the search for missing Flight 370 has been conducted and coordinated with other nations. SENT: 580 words.

KERRY-UKRAINE - Kerry denounces the use of energy as a weapon, a day after Russia sharply hiked the price for natural gas to Ukraine. SENT: 240 words, photo.

SPY RELEASE-POLLARD - If Pollard's freedom leads eventually to a final peace settlement, it could mark a major victory for Kerry. But if Pollard is freed and the talks fail, it could be a costly embarrassment. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video.

DIGITS - An Associated Press-GfK poll found support for Obama's health care overhaul at a new low while a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed it had hit a new high. SENT: 540 words, photo.


EXECUTION DRUGS-TEXAS - Texas is set to execute its first inmate with a new batch of drugs, but the state prison agency remains determined to keep its supplier a secret, citing threats of violence to pharmacies that sell drugs used in lethal injections. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, including additional reporting on the threats, details TBD.

MUDSLIDE - Floodwaters at the site are receding, allowing crews to expand their search and yielding more human remains in areas that previously couldn't be reached. SENT: 850 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-JAPAN-SKOREA - In some American cities, local politics have gone international, with city governments finding themselves caught in historical disputes between two close U.S. allies: Japan and South Korea. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.


MOUSE BRAIN DIAGRAM (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT.) - Scientists have created a detailed, three-dimensional wiring diagram of the mouse brain. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT, photos.

JAPAN-STEM CELL RESEARCH - The finding that a lead researcher falsified data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper is a setback for Japan's efforts to promote its advanced research, but also a symptom of the pressure for breakthroughs in the field, experts say. SENT: 690 words, photos.


MICROSOFT-BUILD CONFERENCE - Microsoft kicks off its annual Build conference for software developers, where the company is expected to reveal new updates to the Windows 8 operating system and upcoming features for Windows Phone and Xbox. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. event; 500 words by 1800 GMT.

CHINA-VIRAL POST - A Chinese actor's apology to his actress wife following rumors of his infidelity has set a record for comments and retweets on China's version of Twitter. SENT: 340 words, photos.

BLACKBERRY-T-MOBILE -- BlackBerry is ending its U.S. licensing deal with T-Mobile, saying the companies no longer have complementary strategies. SENT: 500 words.

AMAZON-VIDEO -- Amazon.com offers an update on its video business. Some have speculated it will unveil a device that enables easy streaming of its video content to televisions. UPCOMING: 130 words following 11 a.m. event, 400 words by 2100 GMT.

DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TIPS-WINDOWS XP - Support for Windows XP officially ends next Tuesday. If you want to keep using the operating system, first released in 2001, you're opening yourself to security risks. Here's how to update your PC or laptop and minimize those threats. UPCOMING 800 words by 1600 GMT.


GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL-CONGRESS - Mary Barra will now testify before a Senate subcommittee. SENT: 900 words, photos, audio, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated from Senate hearing.


-- GM CEO-HOT SEAT - Experts on corporate damage control gave her high marks for her performance. SENT: 690 words, photo.

WEALTH GAP-SHRINKING MIDDLE CLASS - The setbacks suffered by formerly middle class Americans have emerged in economic statistics for several years. Now they're affecting how Americans think of themselves. UPCOMING: 1,150 words by 10 a.m.

LUFTHANSA STRIKE - Lufthansa canceled almost 900 domestic and intercontinental flights Wednesday after the pilots' union started a three-day strike in a wage dispute with Germany's largest airline. SENT: 420 words, photos.


FILM-ANTHONY MACKIE-CAPTAIN AMERICA - For Anthony Mackie, landing the role of the Falcon in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" meant more than inking his dream deal with Marvel. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

TV-GAME OF THRONES - Like every "Game of Thrones" fan, Charles Dance was gobsmacked by last season's next-to-last installment. SENT: 880 words, photos.

JUSTIN BIEBER-PRANK - An artist is making it difficult to believe there's actually a copy of Justin Bieber's latest album for sale in Los Angeles stores. SENT: 530 words, photos.

RECORDING REGISTRY - U2's classic album "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around. SENT: 680 words, photos.

BRITAIN-ITALIAN FASHION - The grace and glamour of Italian fashion are on display in London -- and the attitude, too. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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