2014-04-30 11:22 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 at 1630 GMT:
-- OKLAHOMA EXECUTION (sent; developing)
-- ECONOMY-GDP (sent; developing)
-- SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing)
-- TORNADOES-BOOM OR BUST (upcoming)
-- IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- CONGRESS-MINIMUM WAGE (sent; developing)
-- JORDAN-SYRIAN REFUGEES (sent; developing)
-- WEALTH GAP-OCCUPY (upcoming)
-- WHERE'S MARVIN CLARK? (sent)
PHOTOS: SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing); IRAQ (sent; developing)
VIDEO: SEVERE WEATHER (sent; developing)
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):
OKLAHOMA EXECUTION - The problems are likely to fuel more debate about the ability of states to administer lethal injections that meet the U.S. Constitution's requirement they be a neither cruel nor unusual punishment. SENT: 1,130 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing on a number of angles, including details of what happened in the death chamber, whether there will be an autopsy, what effects this will have on executions and the death penalty debate going forward.
- OKLAHOMA EXECUTION-DRUGS - Oklahoma execution drugs can reduce breathing, cause cardiac trouble if non-lethal dose given. SENT: 280 words.
- EXECUTION DRUGS-SECRECY-GLANCE - How 5 states approach execution drug secrecy, and legal challenges being made. SENT: 650 words
SEVERE WEATHER - In the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest, the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast were hit with widespread flooding early Wednesday, with people stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers to find a way around impassable roads and others abandoning vehicles to walk to safety. SENT: 600 words, photos, video, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing in all formats.
WEALTH GAP-OCCUPY - Glimmers of Occupy Wall Street will surface this week in a smattering of cities around the world as activists rally for workers' rights, as they do every year on May Day. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
GAY MARRIAGE-OHIO - Civil rights attorneys have filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down Ohio's gay marriage ban and to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
GERMAN SOCIALITE SLAIN -- A German man who pretended to be an Iraqi army general and often boasted of his political and diplomatic connections is scheduled to be sentenced for killing his wife, a 91-year-old socialite and journalist. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1900 GMT.
EDIBLE POT LIMITS -- Alarmed by reports of marijuana users eating too much pot, regulators meet to consider new rules for makers of cannabis-infused foods, including smaller serving sizes or other change to help inexperienced pot users avoid eating too much. SENT: 660 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from meeting that concludes at 7 p.m., photos.
BORDER RESCUE BEACONS -- Border Patrol officials show off what they say is the latest technology in rescue towers that are being deployed along the border to provide an emergency call button for immigrants. By Astrid Galvan. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2000 GMT.
CIA INVESTIGATIONS - Historically the CIA is loath to give up its secrets, so it holds the upper hand as it reviews the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the agency's harsh interrogation techniques to determine what information can be publicly released. SENT: 1200 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN-CORRUPTION - More than a decade of work financed with American tax dollars is at stake if bribery and theft are left unabated in Afghanistan, according to a quarterly report by the top auditor of U.S. reconstruction spending in the impoverished nation. SENT: 550 words, photo.
KERRY-SOUTH SUDAN - He is traveling to Africa to help find a way to end months of killing that is threatening to rip apart the world's newest nation, South Sudan. The trip gives Kerry a chance to help shepherd peace in a new area of the world after his nine-month quest to end decades-long tensions between Israel and Palestinian authorities fell flat. SENT: 680 words, photo.
IRAQ - Iraqis braved the threat of bombs and attacks to vote Wednesday in key elections for a new parliament amid a massive security operation as the country slides deeper into sectarian strife. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video.
- IRAQ-GLANCE - SENT: 470 words, photos.
- IRAQ-TIMELINE - SENT: 1,700 words, photos.
CUBAN TWITTER-POLITICAL PROFILING - Paula Cambronero landed her first real job working for a U.S. government contractor. As part of a program shrouded in secrecy to build a "Cuban Twitter," she profiled Cuban cellphone users, categorizing them as "pro-revolution," ''apolitical" or "anti-revolutionary." UPCOMING: 970 words, photo.
UKRAINE - Ukraine's police and security forces are "helpless" to quell unrest in two eastern regions bordering Russia, and in some cases are cooperating with pro-Russian gunmen who have seized scores of government buildings and taken people hostage, the country's acting president said Wednesday. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
JORDAN-SYRIAN REFUGEES - Jordan opens a new, sprawling camp to accommodate tens of thousands more Syrian refugees expected to flee their country's fighting -- another grim indicator for a deadly war now in its fourth year. The camp is built to house 130,000, and will surpass Jordan's current main refugee camp, Zaatari, as the second largest refugee camp in the world. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1900 GMT, photos. With SYRIAN REFUGEES-GLANCE. SENT, 500 words.
SOUTH KOREA-SHIP SINKS - An off-duty captain of the sunken South Korean ferry has told investigators that the owners ignored his warning that the ship shouldn't carry too much cargo because it wasn't very stable, a prosecutor said Wednesday. SENT: 480 words, photos.
NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS - Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civil society group reported Wednesday. SENT: 480 words, photos.
QATAR AIRPORT - A vast new airport in the Qatari capital opened for business following years of delays Wednesday as the natural-gas rich Gulf nation works to transform itself into a major aviation hub and prepares to host one of sporting's biggest events. SENT: 500 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-US-BLOSSOMING ALLIANCE - A new defense pact that will allow thousands of American troops, fighter jets and ships to return to the Philippines reflects a new era in the allies' love-hate relationship that has been shaped by a century of wars, terrorism and now, jitters over China's rise. SENT: 970 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-PLANE - The Australian agency heading up the search for the missing Malaysian jet has dismissed a claim by a resource survey company that it found possible plane wreckage in the northern Bay of Bengal. SENT: 580 words. photos.
AFGHANISTAN-CORRUPTION - More than a decade of work financed with American tax dollars is at stake if bribery and theft are left unabated in Afghanistan, according to a quarterly report released Wednesday by the top auditor of U.S. reconstruction spending in the impoverished nation. SENT: 560 words, photo.
SOUTH SUDAN-FAMINE WARNINGS -- Amid warnings that South Sudan could face a famine, aid workers are desperately trying to get more food aid into the country where crops haven't been planted because of war. SENT: 650 words, photos.
TUNISIA-STAR WARS - Dozens of white-clad imperial stormtroopers march down Tunis' famed Bourguiba Avenue led by the ominous figure of Darth Vader. It's the latest innovative effort by Tunisia's new national tourism office with the help of fan clubs to bring tourists back to rebuild the economy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1800 GMT.
CHINA-XINJIANG BLAST - An explosion shakes a railway station in China's restive far-western region of Xinjiang, injuring many people as President Xi Jinping wraps up a four-day visit to the area, state media say. SENT: 260 words.
THAILAND-POLITICS - Thailand's government and election authorities agree to hold a new general election on July 20 in an attempt to end the country's political stalemate. SENT: 630 words, photos.
INDIA-ELECTIONS - Millions of people in nine states across India, including the newest state of Telangana, vote in the latest phase of the country's massive general election. SENT: 640 words, photos.
THAILAND-CORRUPTION - A Thai court orders a former Cabinet minister and a former prime minister's widow to pay $36 million to the city of Bangkok after corruption inflated the price it paid for fire trucks and boats made abroad. SENT: 200 words.
CAMBODIA-AUSTRALIA-BOATPEOPLE - A senior Cambodian official says his country has tentatively agreed to accept asylum-seekers who had been seeking to settle in Australia in a potential deal criticized by refugee advocates. SENT: 380 words.
PHILIPPINES-ABU SAYYAF - A battle between Philippine marines and Muslim militants leaves 14 Abu Sayyaf fighters and one marine dead, officials say. SENT: 400 words.
MALDIVES-DEATH PENALTY - The United Nations human rights body expresses concern over Maldives' decision to end a moratorium on the death penalty. SENT: 150 words.
NEPAL-ACCIDENT - A bus collides with a truck on a narrow mountain highway in western Nepal, killing at least 18 people and injuring 19 others, officials say. SENT: 130 words.
THAILAND-ROAD ACCIDENT - A six-wheeled truck crashes into a passenger truck on a dangerous mountain road in western Thailand, killing 14 people a month after another deadly accident on the same stretch of road, authorities say. SENT: 230 words.
DRUG RESISTANCE - Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Health Organization. SENT: 330 words.
REGROWING MUSCLE - Will implants of pig tissue help people with leg injuries regrow new muscle? A study funded by the Defense Department is shedding light on the complicated quest for regenerative medicine. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1700 GMT, photo.
BUSINESS and ECONOMY
ECONOMY GDP - The U.S. economy slowed drastically in the first three months of the year as a harsh winter exacted a toll on business activity. The sharp slowdown, while worse than expected, is likely to be temporary as growth rebounds with warmer weather. SENT: 760 words, photos.
WAL-MART-AUTO INSURANCE - Wal-Mart is bringing one-stop shopping to another area: auto insurance. SENT: 700 words, photo.
PRECIOUS METAL SCAMS - Worried about stock market swings, some seniors looking for safe investments turn to gold, silver and other precious metals. But, too often, they're scammed by telemarketing con artists. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT.
MACKINAC PIPELINE - Michigan's attorney general and chief environmental regulator have asked the company that owns two oil pipelines stretched beneath an ecologically sensitive area of the Great Lakes for evidence that the 61-year-old lines are properly maintained and in good condition. SENT: 810 words.
SMALLBIZ-BIG HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESS - Big companies are helping out smaller ones, spending lots of money on programs that help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. UPCOMING: 1,250 words, photos.
CLIPPERS-STERLING-THE PUNISHMENT - Donald Sterling is being exiled for racist views shared in private. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.
CLIPPERS-STERLING - A few hours after Sterling was banned from the NBA, his Los Angeles Clippers won a postseason game while playing as if a weight had been lifted from their shoulders. SENT: 900 words, photos.
KENTUCKY DERBY-BIGGER CUT - Churchill Downs is exercising its right to take a bigger piece of the pari-mutuel pie, the money that bettors place on the races. What does it say about the racing? UPCOMING: 600 words, photo
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
BRITAIN-OBIT-HOSKINS - British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from noir drama "Mona Lisa" to animated fantasy "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" has died aged 71. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2:30 p.m.