BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT
Associated Press
2014-05-09 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 at 1445 GMT:

-- UKRAINE (sent, developing)

-- BENGHAZI ATTACK (sent, developing)

-- SYRIA (sent, developing)



-- SEPT 11-LAST REMAINS (sent)


-- BABY NAMES (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:


UKRAINE - President Vladimir Putin extols the return of Crimea to Russia before tens of thousands during his first trip to Black Sea peninsula since its annexation. The triumphant visit was quickly condemned by Ukraine and NATO. Battle in Ukrainian city kills at least three. SENT: 540 words, photos.

MOLDOVA-RUSSIA-ROGOZIN - Russia's deputy prime minister urges people to fight fascism and offered support to separatists during a Victory Day visit to Trans-Dniester, a pro-Russian separatist region of Moldova. SENT: 230 words.

SYRIA - Bulldozers clear rubble from the streets of battle-scarred districts in the central Syrian city of Homs after government troops entered the last rebel-held neighborhoods for the first time as last group of opposition fighters await safe exit. SENT: 700 words.

NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS - British experts arrive in the Nigerian capital to help find at least 276 girls being held by Islamic militants in northeastern Nigeria as an international effort began taking hold. SENT: 510 words, photos.

VENEZUELA PROTESTS -- In the bubbling cauldron that is politically riven Venezuela, divining the government's motives is a favorite pastime. So as soon security forces stormed a handful of ramshackle camps that had been the haven for anti-government protesters the past month, Venezuelans immediately began speculating what was behind the surprise raids. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BENGHAZI ATTACK - House Democrats try to map a strategy to counter Republicans' resurrection of the 2012 Benghazi attack as an election in the November elections. Speaker John Boehner announces lawmakers who will sit on a select committee that will conduct an eighth investigation of the events surrounding the Sept. 11 anniversary attacks. SENT: 820 words, photo. House Democrats hold closed caucus at 1300 GMT.

GEITHNER-MEMOIR - Timothy Geithner says in a new memoir that he considered stepping down as Treasury secretary in 2010 after the financial crisis and suggested Hillary Rodham Clinton as a possible successor. President Barack Obama rebuffed Geithner's suggestion, and he remained at Treasury until 2013. Geithner's memoir will be published next week. SENT: 630 words, photo.

SEPT 11-LAST REMAINS -Thousands of vacuum-sealed plastic pouches filled with bits of bone rest in a Manhattan laboratory. These are the last unidentified fragments of the people who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. On Saturday, the 7,930 pouches are to be moved in a solemn procession from the city medical examiner's office to the new trade center site. They will be kept in a bedrock repository 70 feet. SENT: 580 words, photos.

BABY NAMES - Most popular boy names in 2013: Noah, Liam, Jacob, Mason and William. For girls, the favorites were: Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava. SENT: 470 words.

OBAMA -President Barack Obama promotes advances in energy efficiency, announcing commitments from more than 300 companies and local and state governments to use solar energy technology. He also was announcing executive actions aimed at increasing energy efficiency. Labor groups are unhappy he chose a Wal-Mart setting for the event. SENT: 540 words, photos. Appearance at 1655 GMT.

NATO-WHAT NOW? - After years of fielding operations in distant locales like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, the U.S.-led NATO alliance is being compelled by events to return to the old and familiar problem that led to its birth: how to deal with an aggressive and militarily capable Russia. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 2 p.m.

AFGHANISTAN - More than 100 Taliban fighters staged a large-scale attack Friday on a remote police checkpoint in western Afghanistan, wounding 11 police officers. SENT: 200 words.

SOUTH-AFRICA-ELECTIONS - Vote-counting in elections in South Africa is almost complete, indicating a comfortable win for the ruling African National Congress but also a strengthening of key opposition rivals. SENT: 140 words, photo.

THAILAND-POLITICS - Thai police fire tear gas and water cannons to push back protesters trying to force their way into a government compound, as more than 10,000 people march in the capital in the latest indication that the prime minister's ouster will not solve the country's tense political crisis. SENT: 710 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA-SHIP SINKS - The head of the company that owns a South Korean ferry that sank and left more than 300 people dead or missing is formally arrested as authorities worry he may destroy evidence. SENT: 360 words, photos.

PANAMA-PRICE CONTROLS - President-elect Juan Carlos Varela prides himself on a successful business career running Panama's biggest liquor company before entering politics. Yet when the conservative politician takes office July 1 he's promising to implement an economic policy from the playbook of the late Venezuelan socialist Hugo Chavez: price controls. SENT: 760 words, photos.

INDIA-ELECTIONS-ENVIRONMENT - As India faces certain water scarcity and ecological decline, the country's main political parties campaigning for elections have all but ignored environmental issues seen as crucial to India's vast rural majority, analysts say. Environmentalists say the omission is alarming given the problems India faces. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NKOREA-US-RACIST SLURS - After bombarding South Korea's female president with sexist invectives, North Korea's state news agency has fired off racist insults against President Barack Obama that U.S. officials condemn as "disgusting." SENT: 380 words.

INDIA-NAVY ACCIDENT - A gas explosion in the boiler room of an Indian navy frigate injures two civilian workers and one sailor in Mumbai's naval dockyard, the latest accident to hit India's navy. SENT: 230 words.

CAMBODIA-IVORY - Cambodian authorities intercept 3 tons of illegal ivory that was stashed in shipping containers, in the largest such seizure in the Southeast Asian country. SENT: 240 words.

INDIA TRAIN ACCIDENT - An Indian official says a train crashed into a jeep at a railroad crossing in northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 13 members of a wedding party and injuring three others. SENT: 130 words.

AUSTRALIA-STREET FIGHT - Police fine one of Australia's richest businessmen and a top television executive 500 Australian dollars ($468) each for a high-profile street fight in an exclusive Sydney beachside suburb. SENT: 410 words, photos.

PAKISTAN - A moderate earthquake rattles several towns in southern Pakistan before dawn, killing one person and injuring 70, a government official said. SENT: 300 words.

PISTORIUS TRIAL - A ballistics expert testifying for the defense at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius says his analysis of the scene where the Olympic athlete shot his girlfriend differs in some ways from the reconstruction by police. SENT: 530 words, photos.

GREECE-MUSEUM-BOMB-THREAT - Greek authorities have evacuated the Acropolis Museum in Athens after receiving a bomb threat. SENT: 90 words.

EGYPT-TOURIST KILLED - Security officials in Egypt say the body of a South African tourist has been found after her boat capsized while cruising the Nile during a storm. SENT: 130 words.

INDIA TRAIN ACCIDENT-An Indian official says a train has crashed into a jeep at an unmanned railroad crossing in northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 13 members of a wedding party and injuring three others. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY-FRANCE -French President Francois Hollande arrives in Germany on Friday for two days of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel during which the crisis in Ukraine will figure prominently. SENT: 130 words.

LEBANON VIRUS - Lebanon has recorded its first case of the often-fatal Middle East respiratory virus, the Health Ministry said Friday. SENT: 220 words, photos.

TURKEY-ORTHODOX PATRIARCH - Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of 250 million Orthodox Christians, says in an interview with the AP that a meeting with Pope Francis in Jerusalem this month will help move the two churches closer to ending their nearly 1,000-year divide. SENT: 720 words, photos.

ITALY-BERLUSCONI - Former Premier Berlusconi has arrived at a facility for Alzheimer's patients to begin his first four-hour community service stint as part of a tax fraud sentence. SENT: 140 words, photos.

SOMALIA-FEMALE SOLDIERS - At the entrance to a police station, Naeemo Abdi holds an AK47 rifle over her shoulder while frisking people arriving. The lean 25-year-old army soldier then salutes her male commander as he enters the building, an unusual gesture in the traditionally conservative Somali society where women's duties are generally at home and limited to family chores. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1400 GMT.

FINLAND-FINANCE-MINISTER - Finland's finance minister, Jutta Urpilainen, says she will stand down after her party ousted her as leader. SENT: 130 words.

REL-VATICAN-UN - Pope Francis calls for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the "economy of exclusion" that is taking hold today. SENT: 300 words.

BRITAIN-ROLF-HARRIS - A prosecutor tells a British court that veteran TV and music entertainer Rolf Harris got away with brazen sexual assaults on young girls because his fame made him untouchable.

CAR-F1-ECCLESTONE-TRIAL - German banker who alleges he was bribed by Bernie Ecclestone testifies for the first time in the Formula One boss' corruption trial. SENT: 140 words, photos.

GHANA-HELICOPTER CRASH - An aviation official in the West African nation of Ghana says at least four people are dead after a helicopter crash. SENT: 120 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Obama's security adviser says US committed to Israel's security on trip to military base. SENT: 140 words.

CAMBODIA-IVORY - Cambodia seizes 3 tons of illegal ivory in record haul for the Southeast Asian nation. SENT: 240 words.

ISRAEL-CHURCH-VANDALIZED - Vandals have defaced a church in Jerusalem just a few weeks before Pope Francis visits the Holy Land, Israeli police say. SENT: 280 words.

INDONESIA-MONUMENT CLEANING-PHOTO GALLERY - Indonesia's national monument is being cleaned for the first time in more than two decades. SENT: 120 words, photos.

COLORADO PRISON MISTAKE - Rene Lima-Marin's wife told her two young sons their father had to go to work the night in January when a team of police officers led her husband away in handcuffs. It had been nearly six years since he left prison, and his family believed he had paid his debt to society. But Lima-Marin should have stayed behind bars for the rest of his life. A court clerk's error led to his release in 2008 -- 90 years too soon. UPCOMING: 860 words by 1600 GMT, photos, video.

93-YEAR-OLD WOMAN SHOT -- Friends say 93-year-old Pearlie Golden still shopped at the grocery store and greeted friends with a jubilant "Hey, baby!" Now they and the mayor of this small Texas town want the police officer who shot and killed her gone. SENT: 520 words, photos.

CIRCUS-ACCIDENT -The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus opens in Hartford with a rousing ovation for the group of acrobats injured during an aerial performance last weekend in Rhode Island. SENT: 380 words, photo, video.

REPUBLICANS - It's too early to proclaim the end of the U.S. conservative tea party movement. But the Republican Party and its allies are using campaign cash, positions of influence and other levers of power to defuse what they consider primary challenges by weak conservative candidates before the 2014 congressional elections and the 2016 presidential race. SENT: 860 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updated after opening session at 1500 GMT.


GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS-NEWS GUIDE - Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them. The Food and Drug Administration says they don't need to be labeled, so the state of Vermont has moved forward on its own. Upcoming: 900 words, photos.


CHINA-RISE OF ALIBABA - Even before Alibaba went online, its founder talked about making the fledgling e-commerce company a global player. At Alibaba Group's first staff meeting in 1999, a video shot by an employee shows Jack Ma rallying a workforce of 17 of his friends. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

ALIBABA-IPO-BEYOND E-COMMERCE -- China's Alibaba Group is known as an e-commerce titan but it's been busily expanding into other rising industries. A closer look at those businesses. SENT: 660 words.

SHOPPING TO RESALE - Resale is becoming the buzzword in retail, thanks to a growing number of web sites where shoppers can buy and resell all sorts of pre-owned goods, from jeans to handbags. It's the latest reflection of the tough economy.

CHINA-AUTO SALES - China's auto sales rebounded in April despite slowing economic growth as expectations of tighter ownership curbs to fight smog prompted buyers to rush to make purchases. SENT: 500 words.

JOB OPENINGS - The Labor Department reports on job openings in March. In February, U.S. employers increased their job postings, a sign that hiring would likely improve in the months ahead. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report after 10 a.m., 400 words by 11 a.m.

WALL STREET - Global stock markets are subdued, with investors weighing a fall in Chinese inflation and renewed jitters about Ukraine as pro-Russian militants pressed ahead with plans for an independence referendum. SENT: 270 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

OIL PRICES - Oil prices climb above $100 a barrel on renewed concerns about tensions in Ukraine. SENT: 230 words.


APPLE BEATS ACQUISITION -- Apple is orchestrating a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine, according to a published report. SENT: 580 words


JAPAN-AMERICAN GODZILLA -- The big-screen Godzilla that scared and thrilled viewers in 1954 was an actor in a rubber suit with a zipper up its back. Japanese fans are wary whether Hollywood's upcoming version, made in terrifying, full 3-D computer-graphics glory, will be a tribute or an embarrassment for Japan's monstrous legacy. SENT: 910 words, photos.

BRITAIN-MALEFICENT - Hollywood supercouple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say they're considering teaming up again on the big screen. SENT: 130 words, photos.

ART-DEGAS-CASSATT - National Gallery of Art explores interaction between impressionists Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt in painting. SENT: 530 words.

MUSIC-Q&A-NATALIE MERCHANT - Natalie Merchant, a major star in the late 1980s and 1990s, returns to the pop scene after dropping out after her 2001 album, "Motherland." SENT: 740 words.

TV-QUESTLOVE - Questlove of the Roots to produce music series for VH1; episodes feature Lil Wayne, Ed Sheeran. SENT: 140 words, photos.


BRAZIL-DIE-HARD SOCCER FANS-PHOTO GALLERY -- Everything inside and outside Maria Boreth de Souza's small home in Rio de Janeiro's lower middle class neighborhood of Olaria screams Flamengo -- Brazil's most popular soccer team. The small concrete house is painted in the team colors of red and black. The living room and bedroom are bedecked with Flamengo jerseys, banners, beer mugs and other team memorabilia. Even a curtain in front of her kitchen is a plastic Flamengo flag. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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