BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
Associated Press
2014-04-17 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:

-- SKOREA-SHIP SINKING (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE DIPLOMACY (sent, developing)

-- RUSSIA-PUTIN (sent; developing)




-- 1971 DISAPPEARANCE (upcoming)


-- ALIEN PLANET-HFR (upcoming)




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:


SKOREA-SHIP SINKING - An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with about 290 people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list, a crew member said Thursday. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, videos, audio.

SKOREA-SHIP-SCHOOL REUNION -- A dozen former classmates celebrating their 60th birthday aboard the South Korea ship are among the missing. SENT: 460 words, photos.

UKRAINE -- Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior ministry said Thursday. SENT: 510 words, photos, video.

UKRAINE DIPLOMACY -- Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, the United States and Europe meet for the first time over the burgeoning crisis that threatens to roil the new government in Kiev. Obama administration officials tamped down any expectations that the meetings in Geneva would yield a breakthrough. SENT: 900 words, photos, video, audio. SENT: 860 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1400 GMT.

RUSSIA-PUTIN -- Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

EUROPE-RUSSIA -- The European Union is warning Russia that interfering with gas deliveries to Ukraine to apply political pressure would backfire by damaging its reputation as a reliable supplier for the EU. SENT: 130 words, photos.

MOLDOVA-US -- U.S. senators say they will support Moldova financially and politically as it moves toward EU. SENT: 245 words.

MALAYSIA-PLANE -- Investigators analyze data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft. SENT: 700 words, photos.

PISTORIUS TRIAL -- The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defense, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake. SENT: 350 words, photos.

IRAN-NUCLEAR -- Iran has converted most of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms as part of a deal with six world powers, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday. SENT: 450 words, photos.

IRAQ -- Militants launch attack on military base in northern Iraq, killing 10 soldiers and injuring 12, officials say. SENT: 370 words, photo.

ISRAEL-VISITING PALESTINE -- This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world. After fighting kept Israelis from several Palestinian cities for a decade, some are trickling back in tours led by peace activists and guarded by plainclothes police. The normalcy of life in Ramallah comes as the biggest surprise to visitors. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS -- The principal of a school where more than 100 female students were kidnapped says she cannot confirm a military report that they are free. SENT: 350 words.

SMALL NUCLEAR REACTORS -- Small underground nuclear plants could be the wave of the future for an energy industry that has come under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster. SENT: 750 words, photos.

INDIA ELECTIONS -- Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence. SENT: 880 words, photos.

INDIA-NEW YORK POLICE OFFICER -- An Indian court said Thursday it won't rule before July 1 on the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge. SENT: 240 words.

MEXICO-ROUGH NEIGHBORHOOD -- Few outsiders dare venture after dark into Tepito, a neighborhood known as Mexico City's main clearinghouse for contraband ranging from guns and drugs to counterfeit sneakers. But a theater project has been taking middle-class audiences into the gritty area blighted by poverty and crime. SENT: 850 words, photos.

GERMANY-PIRACY -- German court convicts Somali man in 2010 oil tanker seizure, gives him 12-year prison sentence. Sent: 130 words.

JORDAN-MILITARY PLANE CRASH -- Jordanian fighter jet crashes, pilot killed. SENT: 90 words.

THAILAND-JOURNALISTS CHARGED -- Journalists charged with defaming Thailand's navy in a news report on Myanmar's refugees. SENT: 320 words.

CHINA-SHOE FACTORY STRIKE -- A strike at Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe makers snowballed to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China. SENT: 450 words.

ALGERIA-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS -- Algerians trickled into voting booths to elect the president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be dominated by the ailing incumbent running for a fourth term. SENT: 370 words, photos. UPCOMING: 550 words by 1900 GMT.

ALGERIA-ELECTION-GLANCE -- Key things to know as Algeria votes for president. SENT: 340 words.

CHINA-CORRUPTION -- Chairman of Chinese state-owned conglomerate being investigated for graft, party says. SENT: 225 words.

CHINA-XINJIANG -- China says police killed attacker in Xinjiang; activists say he was shot after running light. SENT: 320 words.

PUERTO RICO-OBIT-FELICIANO -- Puerto Rican salsa great Cheo Feliciano, member of Fania All Stars, dies in car crash at 78. SENT: 445 words.

WRE-SAUDI-WRESTLING -- World Wrestling Entertainment's stars in conservative Saudi Arabia for first live matches. SENT: 130 words, photos.


BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING -- Race director says Boston Marathon will be 'safest place on the planet'. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FIRE TRUCK RESTAURANT CRASH -- Firetruck heading to blaze plows into Los Angeles-area cafe; 15 hurt, including firefighters. SENT: 320 words, photos

PREFERRING PRISON -- A 74-year-old high school dropout who spent nearly all his adult life in prison is being sentenced this week for a robbery he said he committed so he could go back. SENT: 720 words, photo.

NYC CARRIAGE HORSES -- A prototype of the old-timey electric cars that Mayor Bill de Blasio would like to take the place of horse-drawn carriages on New York City streets will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2100 GMT, photos, video.

NYC TERROR -- Judge rejects Egyptian clergyman's request to give opening statement at his terrorism trial. SENT: 150 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2100 GMT.

AMERICAN TERROR PLOT -- A former high school honors student from suburban Baltimore faces sentencing for his role in aiding a woman known as "Jihad Jane" in an overseas terror plot. SENT: 130 words; updates from 1430 GMT hearing, then 400 words by 1800 GMT.

ATHEIST CONFERENCE-UTAH -- The 2,200-member American Atheist National Convention comes to Salt Lake City, saying they chose Utah because the Mormon church is interfering with freedom of religion and freedom of speech in Utah. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

CHURCH ABUSE-SCHOOK -- Kentucky jury convicts cancer-stricken former priest of sodomy in case from 1970s. SENT: 140 words.

OBIT-PATERSON -- Basil Paterson, a longtime state lawmaker, the first black secretary of state from New York and the father of former New York Gov. David Paterson, has died at 87. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING:


HEALTH CARE-POLITICS -- With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections. SENT: 750 words, photos.


ALIEN PLANET-HFR -- NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope has discovered a distant world similar in size to Earth that may harbor water on its surface. Scientists say it's the best candidate yet in the ongoing search for a twin Earth. By Science Writer Alicia Chang. UPCOMING: 500 words after 1800 GMT, photo.


TARGET BREACH-SECRET SERVICE - Secret Service investigators say it could take years to identify the hackers who breached Target's computer systems in December --and even longer to bring them to justice. But within months, the agency will likely have a full understanding of the methods the hackers used to pull off the pre-Christmas breach. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1700 GMT.

CHINA-ECONOMY-EXPORTERS -- Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing, electronics and toys for export now face changing government priorities as a growth engine based on investment and trade loses its momentum. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 920 words, photos.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase. SENT: 300 words, photo.

EARNS-GOLDMAN-SACHS -- Goldman Sachs' earnings fell in the first quarter as bond trading slumped, but the results still came in well ahead of what investors were expecting. SENT: 160 words, photo.

WALL STREET-OPEN -- Technology stocks lead an early decline in Wall Street after Google, IBM earnings disappoint. SENT: 140 words.


GERMANY-SAMSUNG-SECURITY -- A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. SENT: 140 words.


FRANCE-CANNES FILM FESTIVAL -- A Tommy Lee Jones western and a David Cronenberg expose on Hollywood are among the 18 films vying for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. SENT: 300 words, photo.


ANOTHER CELEBRITY SEX TAPE -- Rob Lowe. Pamela Anderson. Paris Hilton. Kim Kardashian. Farrah Abraham. The list of celebrity sex tape participants goes on and on, and public interest remains robust. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

TRIBECA-OPENING NIGHT -- The raw New York lyricism of Nas kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival with an exuberant hip-hop beat. SENT: 460 words, photos, video.

CHRIS BROWN-BODYGUARD -- Chris Brown's bodyguard is going on trial on charges he and the singer punched a man outside a Washington hotel. The case will likely be a preview for Brown's own assault trial in coming days. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

BOOKS-UNBROKEN -- Random House says it plans to publish a young adult adaption of Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling survival saga "Unbroken." SENT: 115 words.

PUERTO RICO-OBIT-FELICIANO -- Police say Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano has died in a car accident in the U.S. territory. He was 78. SENT: 130 words.

THEATER-Q&A-STEPHEN SPINELLA -- Stephen Spinella's double life is about to get complicated, thanks to some new facial hair. The two-time Tony Award-winner is starring on Broadway in "The Velocity of Autumn" and also moonlighting on TV in "Royal Pains." But to play the stage role, he's grown a soul patch and a mustache. SENT: 780 words, photos.

X-MEN DIRECTOR-SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT -- In a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii, a former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager. By Oskar Garcia. SENT: 515 words.

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