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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
Associated Press
2014-04-18 10:42 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:

-- NEPAL-EVEREST AVALANCHE (sent; developing)

--SOUTH KOREA-SHIP SINKING (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE-HOUSTON (sent)

-- EASTER-MARIJUANA (upcoming)

-- VATICAN-GOOD FRIDAY (upcoming)

PHOTOS: SKOREA-SHIP SINKING (sent); HOLY-WEEK-PHOTO-GALLERY

VIDEO: EVEREST_AVALANCHE (sent); GOOD FRIDAY (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:

WORLD

NEPAL-EVEREST AVALANCHE -- An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. SENT: 470 words, photos, videos, graphic.

UKRAINE -Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's interim government resigns. SENT: 790 words, photos, videos.

SKOREA-SHIP SINKING - Investigations focus on the sharp turn the vessel took just before it started listing and whether a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, as rescuers scrambled to find 270 people still missing and feared dead. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, video, audio.

SKOREA-SHIP SINKING-TRANSCRIPT - Transcript of conversation between ferry, shore authorities. SENT: 380 words.

SKOREA-SHIP SINKING-TEACHER DIES - Vice principal rescued from sinking South Korean ferry found hanging from tree. SENT: 135 WORDS.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-HOUSTON - Australia's Angus Houston has become a voice of calm in the hunt. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

MALAYSIA PLANE - A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet. SENT: 670 words, photos, video, interactive.

INDONESIA-BOAT - A boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsizes in high waves off eastern Indonesia, leaving dozens of people missing and at least seven dead. SENT: 190 words.

CHINA-SOIL POLLUTION -- China's government released a years long study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule. SENT: 840 words.

BELGIUM BEER BUZZ - As Belgian pubs shut, brewers warn country is losing love of beer and cannot rely on exports. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

SYRIA -- Syrian state television says 14 people have been killed by a car bomb that exploded outside a mosque in a pro-government district of the central city of Homs. SENT: 540 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CRUCIFIXIONS - Filipino devotees re-enact last moments, crucifixion of Christ in bloody Good Friday rites. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: photos.

IRAN - Iran's president underscores his moderate policies and outreach to the West in a speech during a military parade on the country's National Army Day. SENT: 460 words, photos.

IRAQ - Iraqi officials say bombing in busy shopping street in Baghdad has killed 3 people. SENT: 130 words, photos.

JAPAN WHALING - Japan will hunt fewer whales when Pacific season begins next week; will observe in Antarctic. SENT: 340 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN - An official says three Taliban insurgents escaped from a prison in northern Afghanistan using weapons smuggled into the facility in a jailbreak that killed three police guards. SENT: 130 words.

FRANCE-PRESIDENT'S ADVISER - French president's top aide resigns over accusations of past conflict of interest. SENT: 160 words, photo.

NETHERLANDS-PEDOPHILE-GROUP-BANNED -Dutch supreme court orders lobby group for the legalization of pedophilia banned. SENT: 130 words.

BRITAIN-POLITICS - Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns to help with its leader's election bid next year. SENT: 130 words.

HOLY LAND-GOOD FRIDAY -- Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City. SENT: 120 words, photos.

VATICAN-GOOD FRIDAY -- Pope Francis participates in the torchlit Via Crucis procession commemorating the crucifixion of Christ. UPCOMING: Developing from 1915 GMT. ceremony, photos, video.

WASHINGTON

MICHELLE OBAMA-STAYING HOME-- When President Barack Obama travels abroad, getting just the leader of the free world doesn't seem to be enough. They want the first lady, too. But Michelle Obama won't be with her husband when he heads to Asia next week, and her absence is likely to sting. UPCOMING: 880 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

OBAMA-ASIA -- In the midst of Ukraine crisis, President Barack Obama turns his attention to Asia with a trip beginning next week to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. White House previews the trip with a briefing. UPCOMING, 250 words by 1930 GMT.

CLINTON DOCUMENTS - National Archives to release 7,500 pages of more Clinton White House documents. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updating with scheduled 1700 GMT release of documents; 550 words by 1900 GMT.

ASYLUM GUIDEILNES -The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims. SENT: 550 words.

US

BOSTON MARATHON-TOURISM - "The appearance is people seem to be embracing the whole experience this year differently than in past years," says Thomas Gilligan of Marathon Tours and Travel. "There's an emotional side to the event that didn't exist in previous years." UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

EASTER-MARIJUANA -This year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Yet amid the online cracks about worshipping a higher power, a handful of churches are using the coincidence to make much bigger points. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

TODDLER-DEATH-VIDEO-GAMES - Sheriff's deputies say a Florida man smothered his crying toddler so he could play Xbox games. SENT: 350 words.

NYC TERROR - Prosecutors say Egyptian imam on trial for terrorism was an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida, but defense says he offered "views, not acts." SENT; 500 words, photos.

ATHEIST CONFERENCE-UTAH - The 2,200-member American Atheist National Convention comes to Salt Lake City. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2300 GMT, photos.

SCIENCE

SPACE STATION --- The commercial SpaceX company will try again to launch a load of supplies to the International Space Station after a month of delays. In the meantime, astronauts prepare for an urgent spacewalk to replace a broken backup computer unit. UPCOMING: 450 words after 1925 GMT launch, photos.

LUNAR CRASH -- NASA's small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE is no more after crashing into the back side of the moon. SENT: 110 words.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

CHINA-SHOE FACTORY-STRIKE - Chinese government trade union to mediate shoe factory strike by tens of thousands of workers. SENT: 500 words.

VENTURE FUNDING-- Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report. SENT: 340 words.

TECH

AMAZON-PHONE -- Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with several tech blogs reporting the device could be due out this year. Here's a look at five features experts say an Amazon smartphone could offer, from 3D scanning to free ad-supported streaming video service. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1600 GMT.

POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

GOAT COLLABORATIVE -- Got goat? An effort is underway in Vermont to produce goat meat for some of the thousands of Africans and other refugees in Burlington who are used to eating the meat and possibly to tap into a market throughout New England. UPCOMING: 790 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

MEXICO-GARCIA MARQUEZ -- His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video.

BOOKS-MARQUEZ-APPRECIATION: Magic realism was only one of his gifts. From crime stories to historical romance to politics and psychology, Gabriel Garcia Marquez brought poetry to a wide range of genres. By National Writer Hillel Italie. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1600 GMT.

CORPORATE COACHELLA -- When they first partied in 1999, there were a couple of stages, a dance tent and a dusty food stand. Tickets were $65 each and it was all about the music. Today, tickets to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival start at $375, gourmet menus abound and corporate marketing almost overwhelms the music. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT, photos

TRIBECA-SURVEILLANCE-DOCUMENTARY -- A trove of government documents reveals widespread domestic surveillance. The leaked story hits the front pages of newspapers. A powerful governmental agency is brought under scrutiny. Sound familiar? "1971," a film premiering Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, tells the little known story of a group who broke into an FBI office and helped reveal the rampant spying of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

CHRIS BROWN-BODYGUARD - Lawyer: Man who accused Chris Brown, bodyguard of punching him trying to "get rich." SENT: 130 words, photo.

TV-BOONDOCKS -- The brash animated series "The Boondocks" returns to Adult Swim for its fourth and final season without the involvement of the man who originated it, Aaron McGruder, but with its brashness intact: The season premiere is a spoof of "Breaking Bad." UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PEACHES GELDOF -- The family of Peaches Geldof says her funeral will be take place on Easter Monday at the same church where her mother's funeral was held. SENT: 100 words, photos.

CHRIS BROWN-ASSAULT -- Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge could start as soon as Friday. Brown's trial is scheduled to begin as soon as a judge finishes the trial of Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

HILLARY CLINTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's publisher says her upcoming book on her role as President Barack Obama's secretary of state will be called "Hard Choices." By Ken Thomas. SENT: 130 words, photos.

PHOTOS

-- HOLY WEEK-PHOTO GALLERY -- Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified. SENT: 170 words, photos.

-- STRATOCASTER ANNIVERSARY-PHOTO ESSAY -- The Fender Stratocaster marks its 60th anniversary this month. Photographer Matt York looks at this iconic instrument from production to performance. UPCOMING.

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