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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT
Associated Press
2014-05-12 11:01 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 at 1445 GMT:

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS (sent; developing)

-- SENATE-KEYSTONE PIPELINE (sent; developing)

-- HEALTHBEAT-VIRTUAL HOUSE CALLS (upcoming)

-- APPLE-DIFFERENT-THINKING CEO (upcoming)

-- BRAZIL-CORRUPTION AND THE CUP (sent, with full and abridged versions)

-- MICHAEL SAM-THE CAMERAS (sent)

-- NEW SEASON (TV) (upcoming)

-- EUROVISION DIVISION (upcoming)

PERU-GOLD MINERS-PHOTO ESSAY (sent); WASHINGTON MONUMENT (sent; developing)

VIDEO: NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS (upcoming); NY_NYPD_AVIATION RESCUE (sent; with text); SPRING_STORM (sent); TX_WILDFIRE (sent); WASHINGTON MONUMENT (upcoming)

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:

TOP STORIES:

UKRAINE - The Kremlin makes it clear that it has no intention of trying to annex Ukraine's eastern provinces after highly criticized referendums that said about 90 percent of voters back sovereignty, instead urging the Ukrainian government to sit down for talks with representatives of the east SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New approach of 1,000 words by 1900 GMT.

NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS - A new video from Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network purports to show dozens of abducted schoolgirls, covered in jihab and praying in Arabic. It is the first public sight of the girls since more than 300 were kidnapped four weeks ago. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing; video.

NIGERIA-VIOLENCE - Brutalized residents of a border town repeatedly attacked by Islamic extremists, who last week killed more than 300 people, say they are moving across the border to Cameroon because they cannot trust Nigeria's government and military to protect them. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BRAZIL-CORRUPTION AND THE CUP - An AP analysis of data from Brazil's top electoral court shows skyrocketing campaign contributions by companies involved in most projects for Brazil's $13.5 billion World Cup extravaganza. SENT: 1,890 words, photos. Abridged version of 870 words moved as well.

- BRAZIL-CORRUPTION AND THE CUP-GLANCE - Costliest Cup? A look at how questionable billing has made this the priciest World Cup yet. SENT: 110 words, photo.

TURKEY-CYPRUS - Europe's top human rights court on Monday ordered Turkey to pay 90 million euros ($123 million) to Cyprus over the 1974 invasion of the island and its subsequent division, in one of the largest judgments in its history. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

AFGHANISTAN - The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks Monday across Afghanistan to mark the start of their spring offensive. SENT: 690 words, photos.

EGYPT - Egypt's top security official has sought to build claims that the Muslim Brotherhood is backing terrorism, showing alleged confessions of militants saying the received funds from members of the group to attack police and the military. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

FRANCE-REDRAWING THE MAP - The recent proposal to cut the number of regions in half by 2017 is provoking sharp disputes - especially in areas with strong historical identity such as Brittany or Alsace. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CHINA FISHERMEN - The Philippines charged nine Chinese fishermen Monday with poaching more than 500 endangered sea turtles at a disputed South China Sea shoal despite China's demand for them to be immediately freed. SENT: 480 words.

PISTORIUS TRIAL - The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius said Monday that the double-amputee athlete should be placed under psychiatric observation after an expert called by the defense said Pistorius has an anxiety disorder. SENT: 460 words, photos.

CONGO-STAMPEDE - A stampede at a soccer stadium in Congo's capital on Sunday killed at least 15 people and injured more than a dozen, government officials said. SENT: 350 words.

CHINA-INCINERATOR PROTEST - Police said Monday they detained 60 people following a protest over plans to build a waste incinerator in a city in eastern China, where neighbors expressed skepticism about official pledges to seek public approval before proceeding. SENT: 600 words.

THAILAND-POLITICS - Emboldened by the removal of Thailand's prime minister, anti-government protesters withdraw from the city's main park and march to the vacated prime minister's office compound -- where the protest leader has pledged to set up his new office. SENT: 800 words, photos.

INDIA-ELECTIONS - Millions of Indian voters wrap up the country's mammoth national election, braving the searing sun on the final day of polling in which a Hindu nationalist opposition candidate is seen as the front-runner for prime minister. SENT: 490 words, photos.

VIETNAM-CHINA-OIL RIG - A Vietnamese patrol boat and several Chinese vessels blast each other with water cannons near an oil rig recently positioned by Beijing in disputed waters, Vietnamese state media report. SENT: 450 words.

KOREAS-TENSION - A rhetorical battle between the rival Koreas intensifies with a South Korean official saying North Korea "must disappear soon." The comments, which will likely draw a furious response from Pyongyang, follow a series of sexist and racist slurs by North Korea against the leaders of South Korea and the United States. SENT: 360 words, photos.

CHINA-MORE POLICE - China's capital boosts armed police patrols following a spate of attacks the government blames on terrorists seeking independence for the northwestern region of Xinjiang. SENT: 360 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA-SHIP SINKS - South Korea designates three crew members "martyrs" for giving their lives to save others as a ferry sank nearly a month ago. SENT: 430 words, photos.

INDIA-EMBROIDERY FACTORY BLAST - Police say an explosion at a small embroidery factory in western Indian has injured 33 people. SENT: 100 words.

WASHINGTON MONUMENT - More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument will reopen Monday for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused widespread damage. UPCOMING: About 600 words, photos, video.

SENATE-KEYSTONE PIPELINE - A widely popular bipartisan energy bill is falling victim to the Obama administration's continued indecision on the Keystone XL pipeline and Senate Democratic leaders' refusal to let Republicans force potentially politically damaging votes on divisive energy-environment issues. SENT: 560 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 2000 GMT Senate test vote.

OBAMA - Meets with President Jose Mujica Cordano of Uruguay; UPCOMING: 130 words by 12:30 p.m., photo.

HUMAN RIGHTS-PROSECUTIONS - The Justice Department wants to prosecute foreigners who committed human rights abuses in their countries and are hiding in plain sight in the U.S. It is encouraging refugees from those countries to help investigators here. But the cases are challenging, costly and not always successful. SENT: 930 words, photos.

POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

MICHAEL SAM-THE CAMERAS - When a sobbing Michael Sam celebrated his selection by the St. Louis Rams by hugging and kissing his partner, another man, it made real and physical that an openly gay athlete had taken an unprecedented step toward a NFL career. SENT: 920 words, photo.

HEALTH

HEALTHBEAT-VIRTUAL HOUSE CALLS - Virtual house calls are the latest twist on telemedicine. They're increasingly getting attention as a way to conveniently diagnose simple maladies, such as whether that runny nose and cough is a cold or the flu. Now patient groups and technology advocates say it's time to expand this digital care even more -- to patients with chronic diseases like Parkinson's or Alzheimer's that make a trip to the doctor more than just an inconvenience. UPCOMING: 750 words by 0000 GMT, photos.

BUSINESS

APPLE-DIFFERENT-THINKING CEO - Apple's potential purchase of headphone maker Beats Electronics is just the latest example of how much Tim Cook has deviated from Steve Jobs, who had so much confidence in his company's innovative powers that he saw little sense in spending lot of money on acquisitions. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1700 GMT.

BRITAIN-BSKYB- BSkyB, the London-headquartered satellite broadcaster, confirmed Monday that it is in early talks with 21st Century Fox to buy its pay television assets in Italy and Germany. SENT: 300 words.

HILLSHIRE-PINNACLE FOODS - Hillshire Brands is buying Pinnacle Foods, whose brands include Duncan Hines, Bird's Eye, Hungry Man and Aunt Jemima, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $4.23 billion. SENT: 340 words, photos, glance.

TECH

SATELLITE TRACKING - Inmarsat Plc, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, said it will offer free basic tracking services for planes flying over oceans in the hope of preventing another incident such as the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. SENT: 310 words.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

NEW SEASON - Television networks announce their schedules for next season. Coverage planned throughout the day.

EUROVISION DIVISION - It was the beard that divided a continent. The victory of whiskered drag queen Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest had celebrities from Nigella Lawson to Russell Brand posting bearded selfies on the Internet in tribute -- and Russian men snapping themselves going clean-shaven in protest. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 1600 GMT.

FILM-CANNES-PREVIEW - The Cannes Film Festival, which opens Wednesday, is much more than the heightened contest for the Palme d'Or. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

PROTECTING GODZILLA - As the monster returns to theaters May 16 in a big-budget reboot, Godzilla's attorneys say they hope their efforts to discourage misuse of the image of one of the planet's most recognizable characters are successful. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TONY WATCH-TYNE DALY'S TEAM - Twenty-five years ago while doing "Gypsy," Tyne Daly assembled a special group of people backstage. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MUSIC-PEPSI - Pepsi is pairing singers and filmmakers to release a visual album that celebrates soccer during the World Cup. SENT: 350 words, photos.

PHOTOGRAPHY

PERU-GOLD MINERS-PHOTO ESSAY - Now that the Peruvian government has declared the miners' work illegal, a climate of fear has descended on the gold fieldsSENT: 380 words, photos.

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