BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15
Associated Press
2014-04-21 11:01 PM

Good morning! 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 at 1545 GMT:

-- SKOREA-SHIP SINKING (sent; developing)

-- BOSTON MARATHON (sent; developing); with MARATHON WATCH, a real-time online feed

-- UKRAINE-A MAYOR'S TALE (upcoming)

-- BIDEN (sent; developing)

-- TEEN STOWAWAY-HAWAII (sent; developing)







-- SCIENCE POLL (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:


SKOREA-SHIP SINKING - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior," while criticism of her own government's handling of the disaster grew. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing with new approach below:

SKOREA-SHIP SINKING - Lee Byung-soo knew, when he saw his 15-year-old son's body in the tent. It could not have been more horrifically obvious. But he wanted so much for him to be alive. "Stop sleeping!" he yelled as he hugged Lee Seok-joon. "Why are you sleeping so much? Daddy will save you!" He pumped his son's chest and blew into his mouth to try to resuscitate him, "But I could only smell a rotting stench." This is the fate that awaits hundreds of relatives of those missing from the submerged ferry Sewol, or at least those who whose bodies are recovered. Families that once dreamed of miraculous rescues now simply hope their loved ones' remains are recovered before they become too badly decomposed. UPCOMING: 1,400 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE OBSESSION - From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on. SENT: 990 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - As the search continues off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the airline announces that another plane bound for India made an emergency landing after one of its tires burst on takeoff. All 159 passengers and seven crew members were safe. The incident brings more drama to an airline already under immense pressure for answers about Flight 370, more than six weeks after it disappeared. By Margie Mason. SENT: 520 words, photos.

UKRAINE-A MAYOR'S TALE - The southeastern city of Slovyansk has two mayors: the elected mayor Nelya Sherpa, who disappeared after speaking out against Russian support for the armed men now controlling city hall, and the self-appointed Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, who has taken charge and appealed to Russia to send in troops. A new poll, however, shows that a large majority of residents in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine would oppose both an invasion by Russian troops and joining Russia. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

BIDEN - He arrives in Kiev on a visit intended to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine following a violent clash that demonstrated the tenuous nature of a new agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions with Russia. SENT: 700 words, photo. UPCOMIING: Developing.

NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS - Parents say 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

VATICAN-ABUSE LEGACY - Pope John Paul II is remembered for helping to bring down Communism and for inspiring a generation of Catholics, but the sexual abuse scandal that festered on his watch remains a stain on his legacy. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

VATICAN ABUSE DOCUMENTS -- A look at the documents that showed the Vatican knew about problems with the Legion of Christ and its founder beginning in 1948. SENT: 720 words.

SYRIA - Syria is to hold presidential elections on June 3, a vote President Bashar Assad will likely contest, seeking another seven-year term in office despite an insurgency against his rule and a bloody civil war -- now in its fourth year. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CHINA-JAPAN-TROUBLED HISTORY - A Chinese memorial honoring those killed in a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops and a Shinto shrine in Tokyo that enshrines 14 convicted war criminals among 2.5 million war dead are physical embodiments of divergent views of history that still strain China-Japan relations, 70 years after the war. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

JAPAN-WAR SHRINE-ABE -- Japan PM sends offering to shrine commemorating war criminals days before Obama visit. SENT: 400 words, photo.

NEPAL-EVEREST AVALANCHE - Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a climbing boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain's history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CUBA-HOUSING WOES - President Raul Castro legalized Cuba's real estate market for the first time in five decades hoping to stimulate construction and long-neglected maintenance of existing homes. But 2? years later, there has been only a minimal impact. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CHINA-ARMED POLICE - A quarter of the police in Shanghai begin carrying guns during routine patrols as part of a China-wide boost in police firepower following a deadly mass knifing blamed on Xinjiang separatists. Ordinary police in China generally don't carry firearms, and none of the officers patrolling the train station in the southwestern city of Kunming on March 1 was armed when at least five assailants began rapidly hacking at victims with long knives. SENT: 470 words.

MYANMAR-OBIT-WIN TIN - Win Tin, a prominent journalist who became Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule by co-founding the National League for Democracy, has died. He was 85. SENT: 500 words, photos.


BANGKOK -- An international human rights group calls on Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of a prominent environmental activist. SENT: 370 words.


BOSTON MARATHON-- A year after two bombs shattered the jubilation of the Boston Marathon, the second-largest field in the race's history prepares to make the trek downtown from Hopkinton. Officials say security will be tight a week after a series of events commemorating victims of the attacks. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 750 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, then 800 words by 2200 GMT, photos, video.


-- BOSTON MARATHON-WINNERS: Winners of the different races, photos, video.

TEEN STOWAWAY-HAWAII - The amazing survival of a 16-year-old who stowed away in a plane's wheel well on a 5-1/2 hour flight from California to Hawaii raises serious security questions about how he was able to hop a fence and get into the commericial plane. It's also surprising he lived: most stowaways die from the sub-zero temps, lack of oxygen and risk of falling out on departure or landing. . SENT: 560 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video pursuing.

SEVEN DEAD BABIES -- A Utah woman who gave birth to seven babies and tells police she strangled six is arraigned, and the autopsy reports are finished. UPCOMING: 400 words from 11:30 arraignment, photos.

CAR HITS CHURCH-FLORIDA - Car plows through wall of packed Florida church before Easter concert, injuring about 20. SENT: 240 words.

OBIT-CARTER -- Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, prizefighter who became symbol of racial injustice, dies at 76. SENT: 1,255 words, photos.


FORCING SOLDIERS OUT - In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, young men and women joined the military to fight through the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and the dusty deserts of Iraq. Less than 10 years later, many of these young officers are captains in the Army with multiple combat deployments under their belts. But now, as the wars wind down and Pentagon budgets shrink, many are being told they have to leave. In quiet conversations across Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and at Fort Eustas in Virginia, captains talked about their frustrations and their fears. And they nervously wait as their fates rest in the hands of evaluation boards that may spend only a few minutes reading through each service record before making the decision that may end their careers. UPCOMING: 850 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

SUPREME COURT - BORN IN JERUSALEM - The Supreme Court says it will hear for the second time a passport dispute fraught with Middle Eastern politics. The question is whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel. SENT: 480 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SUPREME COURT-ARGENTINA DEBT SHOWDOWN - The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Argentina's decade-long battle with holders of its defaulted bonds. The question before the court is relatively narrow, focusing on whether a sovereign nation can be forced to reveal its assets around the world so plaintiffs can collect on U.S. court judgments. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developments from 1500 GMT arguments, 600 words by 1900 GMT.

SUPREME COURT-ARIZONA IMMIGRATION - The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the state of Arizona over a ruling that blocked enforcement of part of Arizona's 2010 immigration law. SENT: 120 words.

SUPREME COURT-GUANTANAMO DETAINEE - The Supreme Court has declined another appeal from a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who argues that federal appellate judges in Washington are ignoring the high court's command that the detainees be given a meaningful opportunity to challenge their confinement. SENT: 130 words.


SCIENCE POLL - Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago. That's according to an Associated Press-GfK. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

CODEINE-KIDS - Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for kids in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests. SENT: 540 words.


VOLKSWAGEN-UNION- The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing an appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee. SENT: 260 words


MEXICO-GARCIA MARQUEZ - The presidents of Mexico and Colombia are expected at a memorial ceremony for novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez.The homage to the late writer is being held Monday at Mexico City's most prestigious cultural venue, the Bellas Artes theater. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SUPREME COURT-TV ON THE INTERNET - Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being. The new legal fight shifts to the Supreme Court on Tuesday with arguments against a start-up business using Internet-based technology to give subscribers the ability to watch programs anywhere they can take portable devices. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CHRIS BROWN-ASSAULT - His trial on an assault charge is expected to begin Monday. It will come after a judge gives her ruling in the trial of Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

PEOPLE-TOM PETTY - Songwriting has gotten harder, not easier, with time, says Tom Petty, who will receive top honors from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for his four decades in music. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.

PEOPLE-LINDSAY LOHAN -- Lindsay Lohan says she suffered a miscarriage during the taping of her reality TV series. The 27-year-old actress made the disclosure during Sunday's final episode of "Lindsay," the OWN cable channel series. SENT: 90 words, photos.


WORLD'S FAIR-BELGIAN WAFFLES - The notion of introducing a new food to the American public is almost inconceivable in an era of TV chefs, global cuisine and foodie websites. But that's what happened 50 years ago at the 1964 New York World's Fair in Queens, New York City, when a family from Belgium introduced Belgian waffles, topped with fresh whipped cream, powdered sugar and sliced strawberries. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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