2014-05-06 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 1445 GMT:
-- CLIMATE REPORT (sent; developing)
-- ANATOMY OF A KIDNAPPING (sent)
PHOTOS: BRAZIL-RARE DISEASE-PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO: HASH_OIL_EXPLOSIONS (sent; with text)
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):
CLIMATE REPORT - Global warming is rapidly turning America into a stormy and dangerous place, with rising seas and disasters costing citizens from flood-stricken Florida to the wildfire-ravaged West, according to a new U.S. federal scientific report. SENT: 840 words. UPCOMING: Developing from mid-morning briefing, then from 1845 GMT White House event, 850 words by 2100 GMT, photo.
ANATOMY OF A KIDNAPPING - The hundreds of female students heard shooting coming from the Nigerian town. They were relieved when uniformed men with guns later entered their dorm and declared they had come to rescue them. But then the men started shouting 'Allahu Akhbar' (God is Great), and the teenagers knew the armed men were not government soldiers at all. SENT: 1570 words, photos.
UKRAINE - Ukraine's Interior Minister says 34 people were killed, including 30 pro-Russian insurgents, during operations to expunge anti-government forces in and near a city in the east, while Kiev authorities attempted to reassert control over the southern region of Odessa by appointing a new governor there. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1500 GMT.
PUSSY RIOT - In Washington, two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot appear with lawmakers on the need for U.S. sanctions against Russia over its treatment of prisoners and other human rights abuses. UPCOMING: Developing from 1530 GMT news conference. 500 words by 2030 GMT, photo.
PISTORIUS TRIAL - Oscar Pistorius was accused of making a "sinister" comment to a friend of Reeva Steenkamp in the courtroom Tuesday after his murder trial was adjourned for the day. Pistorius denied the allegation. SENT: 450 words, photos.
INDIA-ELECTIONS-CRIMINAL POLITICIANS - Across India, more than 1,200 candidates in the running for some 500 seats during the national elections face criminal charges, according to the Association for Democratic Reform. SENT: 530 words, photos.
SYRIA-DIEHARD OPERA - A mortar strike last month against the opera house resonated much more loudly, a direct hit against the Assad family's cherished creation. SENT: 900 words, photos.
US-HASH OIL EXPLOSIONS - The first four months of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado have seen an alarming rise in fiery hash oil explosions and injuries as more pot users try creating a more concentrated, potent form in home-based laboratories. SENT: 830 words, photos, video.
NYC TERROR -- Two women who were hostages in Yemen, including one who recorded Mustafa Kamel Mustafa in his London mosque discussing how the hostage takers were doing the right thing, testify in the Egyptian cleric's terrorism trial. UPCOMING: updates from testimony to begin at 1330 GMT, then 500 words by 2100 GMT.
LOS ANGELES AIRPORT-RENOVATIONS -- Getting to, from and around Los Angeles International Airport has never been easy. And, it's going to get worse. An ongoing, multi-billion dollar renovation is about to start affecting passengers in ways large and small. UPCOMING: 450 words 1930 GMT, photos.
SEPT 11-REMAINS - New York City has notified families of Sept. 11 victims that they plan to move the remains from the medical examiner's office to the repository behind the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Saturday. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1945 GMT,photos.
US-WTC-PARACHUTE JUMP - Three skydivers who parachuted off 1 World Trade Center last fall are expected to be arraigned on charges of burglary and reckless endangerment. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2100 GMT, photo.
US-CLUB KID KILLER RELEASED - Notorious "club kid" killer Michael Alig has been released from prison after serving 17 years for killing his roommate over a drug debt. SENT: 130 words.
US-BENGHAZI ATTACK - Republicans are sharpening their focus on the deadly 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attack as midterm elections loom closer, with a likely vote this week on establishing a select House committee to investigate the Obama administration's response. UPCOMING: 700 words.
US-SENATE-KEYSTONE PIPELINE - The head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said Tuesday that instability in Ukraine makes the case for building the Keystone XL oil pipeline in the United States. SENT: 350 words, photos.
CHINA-TIANANMEN - Chinese authorities detain a well-known rights lawyer, Pu Zhiqiang, in an apparent bid to deter activists from marking the upcoming 25th anniversary of a brutal military suppression of pro-democracy protesters. SENT: 600 words, photos.
ISRAEL-KING DAVID - An Israeli archaeologist says he has found the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem, rekindling a longstanding debate about using the Bible as a field guide to identifying ancient ruins. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
GERMANY-OBIT-GURLITT - Cornelius Gurlitt, a reclusive German collector whose long-secret hoard of well over 1,000 artworks triggered an international uproar over the fate of art looted by the Nazis, has died. He was 81. SENT: 130 words.
EGYPT - Egypt's ex-army chief says Muslim Brotherhood will never return if he is elected president. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.
THAILAND-SOUTHERN VIOLENCE - Bombings at police station, convenience store in Thailand's restive south injure 9 people. SENT: 450 words, photos.
SOUTH KOREA-SHIP SINKS - Civilian diver dies while searching for missing people from sunken South Korean ferry. SENT: 490 words, photos.
CHINA-TRAIN STATION ATTACK - Police say 6 passengers injured in hacking attack at one of China's busiest train stations. SENT: 320 words.
VIETNAM-BLOGGER ARRESTS - Vietnam arrests two democracy activists for posting articles critical of the government on the Internet, signaling a continued crackdown on dissent despite the early release of three dissidents last month. SENT: 430 words.
MALAYSIA-SEDITION - A Malaysian opposition lawmaker is charged with sedition over a satirical video clip that sparked protests by Islamic groups, in a move she said was aimed at weakening an opposition alliance. SENT: 350 words.
NEW ZEALAND-CHRISTCHURCH CASH - Unemployed New Zealanders are being offered cash by the government to move to the earthquake-damaged city of Christchurch and join in the rebuilding effort. SENT: 230 words.
CHINA-BABY FORMULA - China has tightened controls on imports of infant formula in a move an industry official in New Zealand, a major supplier, said might block some products. SENT: 410 words.
APPLE SAMSUNG TRIAL-SCORECARD - When a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119 million for copying features of the iPhone, it was latest chapter in the worldwide legal fighting between the top two smartphone companies. SENT: 660 words.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
CHINA-US ECONOMY-INTERTWINED - After watching China narrow the United States' lead as the world's largest economy, Americans might be tempted to cheer the stumbles of the Chinese economy. UPCOMING: 900 words by noon.
SMALLBIZ-FACEBOOK - Facebook wants to increase its advertising and get more clicks on all kinds of ads. It believes tapping into the lucrative small business market will help it achieve those goals. SENT: 630 words, photo.
BAYER-MERCK -- Germany's Bayer has agreed to buy Merck & Co.'s non-prescription medicine and consumer care business for $14.2 billion, gaining products such as Claritin allergy pills, Coppertone sun lotion and Dr. Scholl's footcare products. SENT: 500 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
PEN-LITERARY GALA - On a night championing free expression and featuring speeches by Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, no one moved the audience more than the daughter of an imprisoned Chinese dissident. SENT: 400 words, photos.
FILM-Q&A-JOHN SLATTERY - "Mad Men" actor John Slattery makes his directorial debut with "God's Pocket," an independent film based on Peter Dexter's novel about overlapping working-class lives. It's also one of the final performances by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
TV-MTV'S DANIELS - When the creative minds at MTV get together, Susanne Daniels must seem like the adult in the room. SENT: 970 words, photos.
FASHION-MET GALA-MOMENTS - There were stunners, snoozers and bummers at the Met Gala, the former led by Sarah Jessica Parker, Karolina Kurkova and Sarah Silverman in stunning princess ball gowns and the latter led by, well, many. SENT: 560 words, photos.
MUSIC-COLDPLAY - Coldplay dedicated its slow tempo tune "Fix You" to Mick Jagger at a concert in New York City. SENT: 300 words, photos.
GAMES-2K GAMES DOCUMENTARY - The next release from 2K Games, publisher of such interactive adventures as the sci-fi shoot-'em-up "Borderlands" and the alternate history saga "BioShock," won't be another out-of-this-world game. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
NY MUSEUMS-UNEXPECTED TREASURES - There are plenty of treasures to be found among the collections of lesser-known, off-the-beaten-path art museums dotting upstate New York. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
SPRING ART AUCTIONS - Works from major collectors highlight spring art auction season, including a Monet painting. SENT: 550 words, photos; updates from 2300 GMT auction.
CHRIS BROWN-ASSAULT - A judge has approved the release of five photos that prosecutors entered into evidence in the assault trial of singer Chris Brown's bodyguard. SENT: 130 words.
BRAZIL-RARE DISEASE-PHOTO GALLERY - This village in the sunbaked rolling hills of Brazil's midwest is home to what's thought to be the largest single group of people suffering from a rare inherited skin disease commonly known as "XP." SENT: 570 words, photos.