2014-04-03 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:
-- FORT HOOD (sent; developing.)
-- SECRET CUBAN TWITTER (sent)
-- CHILE EARTHQUAKE (sent; developing)
-- MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent; may develop)
-- CIA INVESTIGATIONS (sent; developing).
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- LEBANON-SYRIAN REFUGEES (sent; developing)
PHOTOS: FORT HOOD (sent; developing); AFGHANISTAN ELECTIONS (sent; developing);
VIDEO: CHILE EARTHQUAKE (sent; more planned); SECRET CUBAN TWITTER (sent); LEBANON-SYRIAN REFUGEES (upcoming) FORT HOOD (sent); WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE (sent).
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:
FORT HOOD -- An Iraq veteran undergoing treatment for a variety of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, kills three fellow soldiers before taking his own life at Fort Hood, the sprawling Texas Army base where 13 people died in a 2009 mass shooting. SENT: 1015 words, photos, videos, interactive. Developing.
TEXAS EXECUTION -- The U.S. Supreme Court will consider halting Thursday's execution of a Texas serial killer whose attorneys are challenging the state's refusal to release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug. SENT: 800 words, photos. Developing; Execution scheduled for 2300 GMT.
BOSTON MARATHON-HARVARD REPORT -- A new report on the emergency response to the Boston Marathon bombings criticized law enforcement for the chaotic gunfight in which one suspect was killed and a police officer seriously injured, saying it lacked coordination. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING; 300 words, photo by 1500 GMT.
STATE OF BLACK AMERICA -- Report says blacks and Latinos are losing ground in employment and income compared to whites. SENT: 650 words, photo, video.
HILLARY CLINTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and International Monetary Fundy director Christine Lagarde speak as part of Tina Brown's Women in the World Summit. Developing from 6:30 p.m. event. UPCOMING: 600 words by 0200 GMT Friday, photos.
HISPANIC MEDIA-GROWING PAINS -- Reaching the nation's 55 million Latinos has become gospel for mainstream media giants, but capturing this fast-growing, mostly U.S.-born audience is proving tricky to networks and websites. SENT: 860 words, photo.
WORLD TRADE CENTER-RUNUP -- Nearly 700 people will race up 72 floors in a run-up of Four World Trade Center, the first stair-climb at the site. UPCOMING: 2230 GMT. event; 400 words by 0100 GMT Friday, photos, video.
JFK-EMERGENCY LANDING -- A Delta jet from Atlanta bound for New York's LaGuardia Airport was diverted to John F. Kennedy Airport because of a problem with its hydraulic system. SENT: 120 words.
SECRET CUBAN TWITTER -- The Obama administration secretly financed a social network in Cuba to stir political unrest and undermine the country's communist government, an AP investigation finds. SENT: 4,580 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Interactive, graphic by noon. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 2000 GMT.
SECRET CUBAN TWITTER-ABRIDGED. SENT: 1,400 words.
CIA INVESTIGATIONS -- The Senate Intelligence Committee's vote expected to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects puts the onus on the CIA and a reluctant White House to speed the release of an account of the government's post-9/11 actions. SENT: 1,120 words, photo. Committee meets at 2:30 p.m., 300 words by 2030 GMT.
SUPREME COURT-CAMPAIGN FINANCE -- Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy. Either way, it's likely to benefit the two major political parties and their candidates for Congress. SENT: 970 words, photos.
US-AFGHAN ELECTIONS -- Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday gives the U.S. a chance to retune relations with Kabul that have been badly strained by the war and fallings-out between the White House and President Hamid Karzai. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1930 GMT.
KERRY -- Frustrated by a virtually moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry exhorted leaders on both sides Thursday to "lead" and to do so now to prevent the negotiations from collapsing. SENT: 560 words, photos, video.
CHILE-EARTHQUAKE -- Residents of Chile's far-northern coast spend a second sleepless night outside their homes after a major aftershock rattles an area hit a day earlier by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that caused some damage and six deaths. SENT: 610 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: 500 words with new approach by 1800 GMT.
MALAYSIA-PLANE -- Malaysia's prime minister arrives at the search base for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, as the coordinator of the effort warns the hunt for the jetliner is one of the most complicated searches in history. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.
MALAYSIA-PLANE-CHINA-DAMAGE CONTROL -- China is moving into damage control to protect its normally friendly relations with Malaysia after weeks of offering leeway for angry relatives of victims of the lost jetliner. SENT: 800 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-PLANE-LASTING MYSTERY -- Ten days after Malaysian authorities confirmed the missing airliner had gone down in the southern Indian ocean, the apparent pivot in the search is proving to be not much of a pivot at all. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.
KERRY -- Frustrated by Israeli and Palestinian actions that have complicated his furious effort to salvage foundering peace talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday exhorted leaders on both sides to "lead" and to do so now to prevent the negotiations from collapsing. SENT: 390 words, photos.
UKRAINE -- Authorities in Ukraine said Thursday that they have detained several members of an elite riot police unit on suspicion of shooting protesters during bloody anti-government clashes in February that left more than 100 dead. SENT: 650 words, photos.
NATO-UKRAINE -- Ukraine has dispatched 16 senior officers across the Black Sea to Bulgaria to join a NATO military exercise in a demonstration of cooperation between the alliance and the crisis-torn former Soviet republic. SENT: 130 words, photos.
TUNISIA-PRIME MINISTER -- Ahead of his Friday meeting with President Barack Obama, Tunisia's interim prime minister tells The Associated Press in an interview the government at last has a handle on extremism and the transition to democracy is back on track. SENT: 770 words, photos.
RWANDA-GENOCIDE FRIENDS -- A man who wielded a machete during Rwanda's genocide and one of his victims have become friends, showing Rwanda's progress in moving on 20 years since the genocide that led to more than 1 million deaths. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 1430 GMT, photos.
MALAYSIA-KIDNAPPING -- Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel receptionist from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled on the speed boat they arrived in, Malaysian and Philippine officials say. SENT: 650 words, photos.
LEBANON-SYRIAN REFUGEES -- The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has surpassed 1 million, the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday, calling it a "devastating milestone" for the tiny Arab country with about 4.5 million people of its own. SENT: 680 words, photos.
-- SYRIAN REFUGEES-GLANCE -- A look at Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. SENT: 510 words, photos.
SYRIA -- Mortar fire killed at least six people in a suburb of the Syrian capital Thursday, activists and state media said, amid reports that clashes in a coastal province killed a top foreign fighter who was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee. SENT: 480 words, photos.
AFGHAN-AHMADZAI INTERVIEW -- A leading Afghan presidential candidate has praised Hamid Karzai for allowing the country's first democratic transition of power and says he'll offer the longtime leader an advisory role if he wins. SENT: 950 words, photos.
TURKEY-TWITTER -- A block on access to Twitter remained in place in Turkey on Thursday despite a high court ruling against the ban. SENT: 290 words.
AUSTRALIA-SHARK ATTACK -- A large shark killed a woman near her terrified husband and friends as they took their daily morning swim Thursday off a popular Australian east coast beach, police said. SENT: 410 words, photo.
FAST GROWING SALMON -- The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption. SENT: 760 words, photo.
DYING PIGS -- A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1600 GMT, photo.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring. SENT: 350 words, photo. Developing.
EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK --The head of the European Central Bank is dismissing fears that the 18-nation eurozone could fall into deflation, when consumer prices fall, threatening growth. SENT: 140 words, photo.
RISING RENTS -- These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much. With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. UPCOMING: 950 words by noon.
HOUSING-VITAL SIGNS -- Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few people can afford the homes that are for sale. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by noon.
MOBILE MESSAGING-OFF THE GRID -- A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is pioneering a way for smartphone users to communicate without an Internet connection or cellular service. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1600 GMT.
DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-AMAZON FIRE TV -- AP technology writer Anick Jesdanun spends an evening with the newly released Amazon Fire TV set top streaming device. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1700 GMT.
ART AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-TURN -- In real life, Gen. George Washington didn't know he was going down in history any more than do the characters of "Turn," a new AMC drama about four young Americans who find themselves part of a spy network destined to help the Continentals beat their British oppressors. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
FILM-UNDER THE SKIN -- Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi horror film "Under the Skin," starring Scarlett Johansson, has baffled and polarized festival audiences and left slack-jawed critics (mostly) in awe of its alien beauty. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
MUSIC-KURT COBAIN -- Kurt Cobain changed Win Butler's world. Billie Joe Armstrong thought the Nirvana frontman was his generation's John Lennon and Paul McCartney. And Beck thinks he owes the singer-guitarist for opening the world's ears to a thriving, but little-heard underground scene. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.
PEOPLE-CHRIS BROWN -- A judge will consider arguments on whether Chris Brown should be released to the custody of U.S. marshals and sent to Washington, D.C., for an upcoming trial on a misdemeanor assault charge. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Developing from an 1500 GMT court hearing.
HISPANIC MEDIA-GROWING PAINS -- Reaching the nation's 55 million Latinos has become gospel for mainstream media giants, but capturing this fast-growing, mostly U.S.-born audience is proving tricky to networks and websites. SENT: 800 words, photos.
NIGERIA-NOLLYWOOD -- With low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigeria's 20-year-old film industry overtakes Hollywood and Bollywood, becoming the most prolific on Earth. By Heather Murdock. SENT, photos.
ART DECO MURALIST -- Hildreth Meiere was a prolific Art Deco muralist whose highly stylized figures and geometric patterns adorn New York's Radio City Music Hall, Nebraska's Capitol, the National Academy of Sciences and many other noted buildings. Yet the artist remains relatively unknown. UPCOMING: 485 words, photos.
AFGHAN GIRL-PROSTHETIC ARTISTRY -- A little girl who lost her arm to war in Afghanistan is putting her new prosthetic one to use -- painting. SENT: 700 words, photos, video
NIGERIA-NOLLYWOOD -- With low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigeria's 20-year-old film industry overtakes Hollywood and Bollywood. SENT: 960 words, photos.
SMITHSONIAN-AIR AND SPACE -- The National Air and Space Museum plans the first overhaul of its central exhibition of the most iconic artifacts since the museum's opening in 1976, including Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, John Glenn's Mercury capsule from his first orbit and the story of America's first moon landing. SENT: 500 words. Photos upcoming.