2014-05-14 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 1500 GMT:
-- TURKEY-MINING ACCIDENT (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent)
-- PALESTINIANS-LIFE IN EXILE (upcoming)
-- SEPT. 11 MUSEUM (sent; developing)
-- WIKILEAKS-MANNING-GENDER TREATMENT (sent)
-- ALZHEIMER'S-ANTIDEPRESSANT (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT)
-- THAILAND-THE HOLY CONE (sent)
PHOTOS: TURKEY MINE ACCIDENT (sent; developing); PALESTINIANS-LIFE IN EXILE (upcoming)
VIDEO: TURKEY_MINE (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:
TURKEY-MINING ACCIDENT - Women wailed uncontrollably, men knelt sobbing and others just stared in disbelief outside a coal mine in western Turkey as rescue workers removed a steady stream of bodies from an underground explosion and fire that killed at least 232 workers. The fate of some 120 miners remained unclear in one of Turkey's worst mining disasters. SENT: 970 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing, including more on mine safety and a lax mining culture in Turkey. No access to survivors so far. With MINE DISASTERS-GLANCE, a list of past disasters, 280 words, sent.
UKRAINE - The Ukrainian government reluctantly agreed to launch talks on decentralizing power Wednesday as part of a European-backed peace plan, but with no invitation for the pro-Russian insurgents who have declared independence in two eastern regions it was unclear what the negotiations might hope to accomplish. SENT: 970 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
PISTORIUS-TRIAL - He was ordered by the judge to undergo psychiatric tests, meaning that the double-amputee athlete's trial will be interrupted, possibly for two months. SENT: 730 words, photos.
NIGERIA-VIOLENCE - Villagers in an area of Nigeria where Boko Haram operates have killed and detained scores of the extremist Islamic militants who were suspected of planning a fresh attack, the residents and a security official said. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.
PALESTINIANS- LIFE IN EXILE - In a 1975 photo, Fathiyeh Satri presents her malnourished baby boy to a doctor at a clinic run by a U.N. aid agency. The picture is part of the agency's vast photo archive being digitized to preserve a record of what Palestinians call the "nakba," or catastrophe of their uprooting in the war over Israel's 1948 creation. About 1,000 words, photos past and present, including B&W from archive, including some of a family we also have today in color, plus others showing the exodus and early days at the camps.
VIETNAM-CHINA-PROTESTS - Anti-China mobs torch up to 15 foreign-owned factories and trash many more in southern Vietnam amid rising anger over China's recent installment of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters. SENT. 980 words, photos.
IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers moved to an ambitious new stage on Wednesday, with the two sides sitting down to start writing the text of a final deal.. SENT: 550 words, photo.
PAKISTAN-GANG RAPE - Pakistani police arrested a teacher at a Quranic school and his two friends on charges of gang raping a college student in the country's northwest, alleging he filmed the attack and may have blackmailed other victims, authorities said Wednesday. SENT: 320 words, photo.
THAILAND-THE HOLY CONE - Thailand's political lexicon has a new term: the Holy Traffic Cone. The term went viral this week after a series of vicious attacks on motorists who moved traffic cones that anti-government protesters had arbitrarily placed near rally sites. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SYRIA - A Syrian official on Wednesday welcomed the resignation of Lakhdar Brahimi as the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria, calling for the appointment of a "more objective" mediator. SENT: 320 words.
CZECH-US CORRUPTION - A court in the Czech capital has acquitted a former defense minister of bribery charges in a high-profile trial. SENT: 130 words.
PHILIPPINES-DISPUTED REEF - The Philippines has protested China's reclamation of land in a disputed reef in the South China Sea that can be used to build an airstrip or an offshore military base in the increasingly volatile region, the country's top diplomat and other officials say. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CHINA-DINNER PARTY RAIDED - Chinese police break up a dinner party attended by activists in the eastern city of Hangzhou and detain a dozen people, according to an activist. SENT: 210 words.
MALAYSIA-PLANE - Prime Minister Najib Razak calls for real-time tracking of planes and improving their communication system to prevent a repeat of the mysterious disappearance of Flight 370. SENT: 510 words.
PHILIPPINES-ITALIAN DIPLOMAT -- An Italian diplomat facing human trafficking and child abuse allegations in the Philippines denies any wrongdoing to prosecutors.. SENT: 330 words, photos.
DENMARK-CELEBRITY SNOOPING - Danish police say that two former reporters and the publisher of a local gossip magazine face preliminary charges of violating privacy laws. SENT: 130 words.
WIKILEAKS-MANNING-GENDER TREATMENT - In an unprecedented move, the Pentagon is trying to transfer convicted national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so she can get treatment for her gender disorder, defense officials said. SENT: 730 words, photo.
SAUDI-US TENSIONS - Hagel offered reassurances Wednesday of U.S. commitments to defend Persian Gulf allies amid tensions in the U.S.-Saudi relationship, including differences over how to help moderate rebel forces remove President Bashir Assad from power in Syria. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1830 GMT.
-US-PRIMARY RDP - Tea party favorite captures Nebraska's Republican primary in a modest victory for the embattled insurgent movement. SENT: 550 words, photos.
SEPT 11 MUSEUM - New York's new Sept. 11 museum is a monument to how the terror attacks that day shaped history, from its heart-wrenching artifacts to the underground space that houses them amid the remnants of the fallen twin towers' foundations. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
AGENT ORANGE-RESIDUE - During the Vietnam War, Air Force C-123 planes sprayed millions of gallons of herbicides over the jungles of Southeast Asia to destroy enemy crops and tree cover. Some veterans who flew in those planes after the war have been getting sick. The first in a series of public hearings will be held next week. UPCOMING.
HAITI-COLUMBUS SHIP - An underwater explorer will hold a news conference to discuss what he says is the long-sought wreckage of one of Christopher Columbus' original ships off northern Haiti. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT, photos, video.
BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT'S FRIENDS -- Friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber expected to testify in effort to suppress evidence. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from hearing.
TV STATION CRASH-MARYLAND - Baltimore County police are charging a man who they say slammed a stolen landscaping truck into a Baltimore-area television station with second-degree attempted murder. SENT: 130 words.
JACKIE KENNEDY LETTERS - Letters written by Jacqueline Kennedy to an Irish priest have revealed new details about her closely guarded private thoughts. The letters are set to be auctioned next month and could fetch up to $1.6 million. SENT: 130 words.
GAY MARRIAGE-IDAHO - Amber Beierle and Rachael Robertson say they'll be the first in line if Idaho starts issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday. SENT. 820 words, photos.
MALALA-AUCTION - Artist who painted Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education is auctioning the portrait to help further her cause. SENT: 400 words, photos, video; updates from midafternoon auction.
CHICAGO AIRPORT-GROUND STOP - Operations at Chicago's two airports are returning to normal after an electrical problem at a regional radar facility forced a shutdown of all incoming and outgoing flights. SENT: 130 words.
ALZHEIMER'S-ANTIDEPRESSANT (HOLD FOR RELEASE) - New research suggests a common antidepressant may slow production of one of the chief suspects behind Alzheimer's disease. UPCOMING: 600 words; HOLD FOR RELEASE 1800 GMT.
AUTISM-ADULT HEALTH - Autistic adults are much more likely than others to have depression, high blood pressure, obesity and additional health woes that may partly result from their social isolation, new research suggests. SENT: 480 words.
MERS MEETING - The spread of a puzzling respiratory virus in the Middle East and beyond is not a global health emergency despite a recent spike in cases, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. SENT: 450 words, photos.
MIGRATING HURRICANES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT) - Worldwide tropical cyclones, which are called hurricanes in the US, are migrating out of the tropics and poleward at rate of a bit more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) a decade, according to a new study that looks at where storms the last 30 peaked in strength. Global warming is partly to blame, but it's less an issue in the North Atlantic. UPCOMING: 500 words; HOLD FOR RELEASE at 1700 GMT.
EUROPEAN COURT-GOOGLE-Q&A - Some key issues to consider after a European court decision will require Google to sanitize its Internet search results to protect people who can demonstrate the information unfairly tarnishes their reputation. SENT: 640 words.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-STREAMING STICKS - This relatively new class of devices, known as streaming sticks, will do the job if cost or space is an issue. Each is about the size of a cigarette lighter and plugs right in to your TV's HDMI port. Here's a look at four streaming sticks. UPCOMING 900 words by 1 p.m.
BUSINESS and ECONOMY
TOBACCO FARMING-CHILDREN - You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report by an international rights group. SENT: 510 words, photo.
SKOREA-SAMSUNG-WORKPLACE SAFETY - Samsung Electronics Co. apologizes and promises compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia galvanized a movement to hold the company to account. SENT: 520 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA-RETIRE AT 70 - The Australian government's plan to raise the state pension age to 70 has been criticized as unfair for many. SENT: 390 words.
CHINA-DRUG BRIBERY - Chinese police accuse a British executive of GlaxoSmithKline of leading a sprawling scheme to bribe doctors and hospitals to use its drugs. SENT: 720 words, photos.
PETS-CANINE BLOODMOBILE -. Similar to the Red Cross vehicles for humans, the University of Pennsylvania's traveling veterinary lab goes to where the donors are to make it easier to give. SENT: 450 words, photos, video.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
SWEDEN-BENDJELLOUL DEATH - Malik Bendjelloul, director of the acclaimed "Searching for Sugar Man" documentary, was widely known for his enthusiasm, kindness and high spirits -- so the news Wednesday that he had taken his own life shocked colleagues around the world.
PEOPLE-SPACEY-THREATS - Kevin Spacey has asked a federal judge to imprison a Boston-area woman convicted of sending electronic messages that threatened to shoot, torture and disembowel the Oscar-winning actor. SENT: 130 words.
TV-CONAN O'BRIEN - Team Coco will continue to play for TBS for four more years. The network says Conan O'Brien will be sticking around with his late-night hour through 2018. SENT: 130 words.
FILM-GIA COPPOLA-PALO ALTO - It took a dark tale of teens and a pedophile in a Northern California suburb for Gia Coppola to become a filmmaker. UPCOMING: 690 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
FRANCE-CANNES FILM FESTIVAL -The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with a dose of classic French Riviera glamour. SENT: 370 words, photos, video. Will be updated with opening-day events.
MUSIC-NOW'S 50TH - Like a lot of music fans, Taylor Swift's relationship with the "Now That's What I Call Music" series stretches back more than a decade. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
SPRING ART AUCTIONS - A group of six Andy Warhol self-portraits from 1986 is expected to bring $25 million to $35 million at an auction at Sotheby's. The identical silk-screen images in different colors depict Warhol in his famous "fright wig." SENT: 290 words, photos.
BRITAIN-MONDRIAN - A major painting by modernist master Piet Mondrian is to be sold at auction for the first time with an estimated price of $22 million to $30 million. SENT: 130 words.