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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
Associated Press
2014-04-09 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:

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- PISTORIUS (sent; developing)

-- HIGH SCHOOL STABBINGS (sent; developing)

-- OBAMA-FORT HOOD (sent; developing)

-- TOYOTA RECALLS (sent; developing as a broader story on recalls)

-- AFGHANISTAN-SHOOTING INVESTIGATION (upcoming)

-- TWITTER REDESIGN (sent)

-- APPLE-SAMSUNG TRIAL-PHONE ETIQUETTE (sent)

-- OCEAN-BABY RESCUE (sent; developing)

-- OBIT-ULTIMATE WARRIOR (sent; developing)

-- TRAVEL-MADE-UP WORDS (upcoming)

PHOTOS: SPAIN-SCALING THE FENCE (sent; with text); NEW ZEALAND BRITAIN ROYALS (sent)

VIDEO: PISTORIUS (sent); PA_STABBING (sent; developing); ROYAL-- BABY-RAW (sent; with text); TROUBLE_WITH_TUMBLEWEEDS (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:

WORLD

MALAYSIA-PLANE - The frustrating monthlong search for the Malaysian jetliner received a tremendous boost when a navy ship detected two more signals that most likely emanated from the aircraft's black boxes. The Australian official coordinating the search expressed hope Wednesday that the wreckage will soon be found. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-GROUND CREW - Night work holds little glamor for ground crews but vital in keeping Flight 370 search aloft. SENT: 690 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-NEXT STEPS - Pinger locator still the best option in search for missing Flight 370, unmanned sub is next. SENT: 610 words, photo.

UKRAINE - Ukrainian authorities on Wednesday warned that they are prepared to use force to clear several government buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. SENT: 790 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

RUSSIA-PUTIN - He has threatened that Russia's state-owned gas company could ask Ukraine to pay for gas in advance, according to Russian state news agencies. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing; with a separate on Putin and Gazprom; elements to be incorporated into the mainbar.

PISTORIUS TRIAL - The chief prosecutor on Wednesday urged the athlete to "take responsibility" for fatally shooting his girlfriend, telling him to look at a police photograph of Reeva Steenkamp's bloodied head with gruesome wounds. SENT: 840 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing; with GLANCE looking at inconsistencies in what the defense says happened that night.

AFGHANISTAN-SHOOTING INVESTIGATION - Fellow officers say the Afghan police commander who killed a veteran AP photographer and wounded a reporter had seemed a calm, deeply religious man and may have come under the influence of Islamic extremists calling for vengeance against foreigners over drone strikes. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m., photos.

AFGHANISTAN - An Afghan election official says national elections held last weekend were a success in terms of turnout and enthusiasm but he cautions that the amount of fraud was not insignificant. SENT: 130 words.

ISLAMABAD- A bomb rips through a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital, killing at least 21 people and leaving dozens more wounded. The large bombing, though rare in Islamabad, is the latest attack to shake the country even as negotiations with the Taliban pick up pace. By Asif Shahzad. SENT: 740 words, photos.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY - Celebrating a holiday marking when Iran first enriched uranium, the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader urged negotiators Wednesday not to give into "coercive words" in talks with world powers over the country's contested nuclear program. SENT: 380 words.

SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEES - a blistering criticism of the United Nations mission in South Sudan, Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that the mission is refusing to quickly move 21,000 displaced people from a U.N. base to safer grounds before the rainy season. SENT: 420 words.

NIGERIA-HUMAN RIGHTS - A damning report by Nigeria's Human Rights Commission blames security agents for the unlawful killings of eight unarmed civilians, which the country's top rights advocate calls a "quantum leap" in impunity-prone Nigeria. UPCOMING: 900 words by 11 a.m.

CUBA-IMPRISONED AMERICAN - The Cuban government is expressing concern over a hunger strike launched by a U.S. government subcontractor imprisoned on the island. SENT: 130 words.

CANADA-QUEBEC ELECTION - Quebec's separatist party faces doubts about its survival after voters solidly rejected its main goal of making the French-speaking province an independent country. SENT: 600 words, photos.

INDIA-ELECTION-MODI'S MODEL - To some, the man in pole position to be India's next prime minister is a visionary reformer, while to others he's an autocrat in bed with big business cronies. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

KENYA-SOMALIS ARRESTED - Hundreds of arrested Somalis are being held in a sports stadium in Nairobi, and Kenya has already sent 80 Somalis back to Somalia. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 11 a.m., photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Official: Israeli PM tells ministers to halt meetings with Palestinian counterparts. SENT: 490 words, photos.

IRAQ - A wave of car bombs hit several, mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, killing at least 16 people and wounding dozens, the latest bout of violence as Iraq prepares to hold the country's first parliamentary elections since the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal.

BRITAIN-PEACHES GELDOF - Autopsy was inconclusive and toxicology tests will be conducted in an attempt to determine what killed the 25-year-old celebrity. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY-LOOTED ART - Prosecutors say they have released more than 1,000 artworks found at the Munich apartment of a reclusive collector. SENT: 130 words, photo.

SPAIN-SCALING THE FENCE - Spring migration offensive: Africans risk lives to reach Spanish enclaves, other hot spots. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

WASHINGTON

OBAMA-LBJ -- Perhaps no historical comparison irks the White House more than the juxtaposition between President Barack Obama and Lyndon Johnson. Obama's advisers bristle at critics who say the president should follow LBJ's hands-on approach to dealing with Congress, arguing that the current Republican party is drastically different than the party Johnson dealt with a half-century ago. Obama faces those comparisons again this week when he marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act Johnson shepherded into law. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

OBAMA-FORT HOOD - Obama is reprising his role as chief comforter, mourning with families of those killed last week at Fort Hood and offering solace to the nation. SENT: 1,000 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. remarks..950 words by 5 p.m., photos.

WOMEN'S PAY - Democrats rally behind election-year legislation to curb paycheck discrimination against women and, they hope, energize the party's core voters. The bill stands little chance of surviving in the Senate on Wednesday. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: Developing from late-morning vote. 900 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

SECRET CUBAN TWITTER HEARINGS: Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like service in Cuba that was secretly funded by the U.S. government were overtly political, documents obtained by the AP show. SENT: 1,350 words, photos, video.

SECRET SERVICE AGENTS REASSIGNED - The Secret Service has reassigned agents from its special operations division, including the top agent there, after a pair of embarrassing incidents earlier this year. SENT: 250 words.

US

HIGH SCHOOL STABBINGS - An official says four students were believed to be seriously injured at a high school near Pittsburgh, where a student with a knife stabbed or slashed others, injuring as many as 20. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: Developing; an AP reporter and photographer are en route; seeking video; seeking social media contributions as well.

STABBING DEATH-STILETTO HEEL - A Texas jury that convicted a Houston woman of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5 1/2 -inch stiletto heel of her shoe is set to hear more testimony Wednesday before deciding on a sentence. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from hearing beginning at 1415 GMT.

OCEAN BABY RESCUE - A sick toddler and her family are expected to arrive in San Diego after a failed attempt to sail around the world forced a daring ocean rescue. SENT: 780 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos, video by 1900 GMT. Will be updated with family's arrival, time uncertain.

BRANDEIS-ISLAM CRITIC - After taking heat from some of its own over a decision to grant an honorary degree to an advocate for Muslim women who has made comments critical of Islam, Brandeis University withdrew the planned honor Tuesday night. SENT: 540 words, photo.

CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE -- The Rev. Al Sharpton kicks off National Action Network's 16th annual national convention with scheduled speakers including Obama, Holder, Cuomo and de Blasio. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

RAP LYRICS-CRIME EVIDENCE -- New Jersey's Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of a man whose attempted murder conviction was overturned because the trial judge allowed the jury to hear violent rap lyrics penned by the defendant. UPCOMING: 500 words 1700 GMT.

TUMBLEWEED INVASION - Mini-storms of tumbleweed have invaded the drought-stricken prairie of southern Colorado, blocking rural roads and irrigation canals, and briefly barricading homes and an elementary school. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.

HEALTH

SAUDI-VIRUS - Saudi health authorities said Wednesday that 11 people in the western city of Jiddah have contracted the Middle East respiratory syndrome, resulting in two recent deaths and prompting officials to temporarily shutter the emergency unit at one of the city's biggest hospitals. SENT: 350 words.

SCIENCE

BRITAIN-MUMMIES - Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. SENT: 650 words, photos.

TECH

TWITTER-REDESIGN -Twitter is seeking to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users with a redesign of user profiles that includes bigger photos and a distinct resemblance to Facebook. SENT: 650 words, photo.

APPLE-SAMSUNG TRIAL-SMARTPHONE ETIQUETTE - So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BITCOIN-MONEY LAUNDERING - An ongoing criminal case is one of the first state money laundering prosecutions involving Bitcoin, the new e-currency that has many in law enforcement worried about its ability to facilitate crime. Story will also look at other prosecutions around the country. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

JAPAN-TOYOTA RECALL - Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing as a broader story on the recent recalls among several automakers.

GREECE-FINANCIAL CRISIS - Greece announced Wednesday it was returning to international bond markets for the first time in four years amid growing signs of confidence in the country that triggered the European debt crisis. SENT: 500 words.

SMALL BIZ-SMALL TALK - Small business owners are in a tax limbo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo.

SPORTS

OBIT-ULTIMATE WARRIOR - The pro wrestler known as The Ultimate Warrior, one of WWE's early stars who helped build the wrestling franchise's fan base, dies at 54. His passing set off a flurry of Internet tributes from fans who watched his rise in the late 1980s. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1600 GMT.

POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

TRAVEL-MADE-UP WORDS - Whatever you're doing on vacation, chances are there's a made-up word to describe it. Combine honeymoon and volunteering, and you get honeyteering. Combine business and leisure, you get bleisure. Lexicographers call these blended words "portmanteaus," and while they insist the travel industry is not uniquely afflicted with them, the word portmanteau is, suspiciously, a travel word meaning suitcase. 600 words by 1500 GMT.

SKOREA-STINKY SKATE - Asia's smelliest fish has some in South Korea addicted, ammonia stink and all. SENT: 940 words, photos.

PETS-WILD KITTENS DEATH - Wild kittens that will number in the tens of millions this year are starting to be born, but just as many that will live will die. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by noon.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

MUSIC-BILLBOARD AWARDS - Newcomers Lorde and Imagine Dragons are the top contenders at next month's Billboard Music Awards. SENT: 130 words.

FILM-JIM JARMUSCH - Vampire films have been en vogue in recent years, but Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive" is far from the kind of teen trend of the genre. UPCOMING: 900 words by noon, photos.

TV-CNN-BOURDAIN - Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" series, a culinary travelogue, swiftly became CNN's top-rated series and is starting a new season Sunday. UPCOMING: 700 words by 10 a.m., photos.

MUSIC-ROCK HALL - KISS won't be attending their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y. Here's a look at seven other acts who chose to make the ceremony uncomfortable for everyone else or just skipped it altogether. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.

THEATER-HERE LIES LOVE - David Byrne's preoccupation with numbers has been triggered by the reopening of his immersive show "Here Lies Love." UPCOMING: 770 words by 10 a.m., photos.

FRANCE-PIERRE ET GILLES SHOCK - An interview with celebrity photographers and gay-artist couple Pierre et Gilles, who became the symbols last year of the bitter gay marriage debate that divided France. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.

THEATER-THIS IS OUR YOUTH - Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin are slated to star together on Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan's play "This Is Our Youth." SENT: 460 words, photos.

PEOPLE-PINEDA - Arnel Pineda says he's been putting together an album of his own compositions in his own voice to release this year. SENT: 300 words, photos.

AUSTRIA-BIRGIT NILSSON PRIZE -The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is the winner of this year's $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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