BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
Associated Press
2014-04-15 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)



-- UNITED NATIONS-SYRIA-TORTURE (sent; developing)

-- PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent; developing)

-- IMMIGRATION (upcoming)




-- BIG BOY IS BACK (sent)

PHOTOS: BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-ANNIVERSARY (sent; developing); AP PHOTO: canu402 - The moon moved completely in the earth's shadow, causing a Blood Moon eclipse.

VIDEO: BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-ANNIVERSARY (sent; developing); WOMEN_COMBAT (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 (all times EDT):


UKRAINE - Pro-Russian insurgents who have seized government buildings across eastern Ukraine dig in. SENT: 1,080 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

GERMANY-UKRAINE-GAS - German utility company RWE said Tuesday it has started sending natural gas to Ukraine, a move that could support the country if Russia acts on its threat to cut off supplies because of a massive debt for past deliveries. SENT: 450 words, photo.

OBAMA-RUSSIA - With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations. SENT: 800 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-SYRIA-TORTURE - The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding. Some bear the marks of strangulation. The U.N. Security Council will meet privately Tuesday to view projected slides of the dead. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after Security Council meeting scheduled for 1400 GMT.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - The chief prosecutor, wrapping up five days of cross-examination, insists that Pistorius intentionally shot his girlfriend to death as they argued. SENT: 880 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - A robotic submarine aborts its first mission after only six hours when it exceeds its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean. Crews hope to send it back on another mission later in the day. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

LIBYA - Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. SENT: 580 words.

CHILE-VALPARAISO FIRE- With all of Valparaiso under military rule early Tuesday, 5,000 firefighters, police, forest rangers, soldiers, sailors and civil defense workers joined in a mammoth fight against wildfires. SENT: 510 words, photos, video.

INDIA-THIRD GENDER - India's top court issues a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ITALY-BERLUSCONI - Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi must spend at least four hours a week in the service of the elderly to repay society for his tax fraud conviction, the first sentence against him ever confirmed by Italy's highest court. SENT: 540 words, photos.

THAILAND CHINESE TOURISTS - The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists. The reason: "Lost in Thailand," 2012 slapstick comedy that is China's highest-grossing homegrown movie ever. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CHINA-LAWYERS ABUSED - Four Chinese rights lawyers say they were tortured by police when they were rounded up after protesting outside a detention center. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

VATICAN-UN-ABUSE - The Vatican has responded to the latest round of U.N. sex abuse inquiries by suggesting it is only responsible for implementing a U.N. treaty against torture within the confines of the tiny Vatican City State. SENT: 130 words.

PAKISTAN - Two brothers arrested for the second time over accusations of cannibalism appeared in court Tuesday, police officials said, in a sensational case that has horrified Pakistanis. SENT: 210 words.

MEXICO-A DOG'S LIFE - MEXICO CITY - Life is tough for dogs in Mexico. These days, though, a surge in the middle class has created a new market for fancy goods and services for dogs. UPCOMING: 775 words, photos.


BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-ANNIVERSARY - Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Deval Patrick and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino will be among the dignitaries who will honor the victims. A formal flag-raising ceremony and moment of silence will take place between 1830 and 1900 GMT at the marathon finish line. SENT: 230 words; updates from events beginning at 1600 GMT, then 500 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

PHOTOS: BOSTON MARATHON-THEN AND NOW - A year later, we revisit sites key to the bombings and the investigation. SENT: 200 words, photos.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - TRIPLE SLAYING - The case remains unsolved. And because the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died in a shootout with police was fingered in the killings after his death, questions linger about whether the terrorist attack at the race could have been prevented had the homicide case been cracked instead of languishing for more than a year. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

FATAL SHOOTING-WHITE SUPREMACIST - Hate-group monitors see a trend: more overall tolerance disrupted by periodic bursts of violence from a disenfranchised fringe. SENT: 800 words, photos.

WOMEN IN COMBAT - For the women, the integration into the once men-only artillery platoons means more pressure and scrutiny. For the men, it means more training for sexual-assault prevention and awareness, and more lectures on respect, team building and moral character. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, audio, video.


IMMIGRATION - Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for Obama and his Democratic Party if the president doesn't act soon to curb record-high deportations and allow more immigrants to remain in the U.S. legally. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photo.


MARIJUANA-BRAIN (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT) - A small study of casual marijuana users without any impairment finds evidence of brain changes, a possible omen of trouble later on. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT, 400 words.


SMITHSONIAN-TYRANNOSAURUS REX - A Tyrannosaurus rex is joining the dinosaur fossil collection on the National Mall on Tuesday after a more than 2,000-mile journey from Montana.


DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-WINDOWS PHONE UPDATE-- Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. But a major frustration remains: There aren't as many apps for it compared with iPhones and Android phones. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon, photos.


YELLEN-BANKS - The Fed chair says recent initiatives by the Fed and other regulators to help banks make it through periods of financial stress are important, but they may still need to be strengthened. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

-- EUROPE-FINANCIAL CRISIS -- The European Parliament completes the biggest overhaul of the bloc's financial system since the introduction of the euro currency, passing laws to minimize the risk and cost posed by failing banks. SENT: 570 words.

GENERAL MOTORS-SALES - As GM executives show off their newest cars and trucks in New York this week, analysts are watching for signs that consumer are reluctant to buy the ones sitting on dealers' lots. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, with updates from Mary Barra speech starting at 2000 GMT and GM new car unveiling starting at 2200 GMT, photos.

NEW L.A. NEWSPAPER - Aaron Kushner believes he can push a print newspaper in a digital world. The unconventional effort gets another jolt Wednesday when Freedom Communications Inc. launches the Los Angeles Register. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1700 GMT.

CHINA-SHOE FACTORY STRIKE - Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits. SENT: 330 words.


BIG BOY IS BACK - Union Pacific to restore gigantic steam locomotive, among largest ever built. "It's sort of like going and finding the Titanic or something that's just very elusive, nothing that we ever thought would happen," said Jim Wrinn, editor of Trains, a magazine that covers the railroad industry. SENT: 860 words, photos.


FILM-TRANSCENDENCE-PFISTER-DEPP-- For more than a decade, cinematographer Wally Pfister has been bringing director Christopher Nolan's cinematic visions to life. Now he's calling the shots. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

FILM-TRIBECA - When the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival opens Wednesday night, it will present 80-plus feature films and an "Innovation Week" that seems designed to capture some of the tech energy of SXSW. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1800 GMT photos.

HULU-CRITERION COLLECTION - The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion's vast library of art house films. SENT: 520 words.

TV-STRAHAN-GMA - Michael Strahan has made good on reports that he's joining "Good Morning America" by paying a visit to the ABC breakfast show on Tuesday. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-NORWAY - Norway donates a restored Chinese silent film from the 1920s to China's national film archive, despite a prolonged chill in diplomatic ties between the countries. SENT: 420 words, photo.

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