2014-05-16 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:
-- INDIA-ELECTIONS (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS (sent; developing)
-- KENYA-SECURITY WARNINGS (sent; developing)
-- TURKEY-MINING ACCIDENT (sent; developing)
-- GENERAL MOTORS-INVESTIGATION (developing)
-- ANXIOUS INVESTORS (developing)
-- KENTUCKY-FATAL HUNGER STRIKE (sent)
-- TERRIBLE TEETH (upcoming)
-- PHOTOS: TURKEY MINING ACCIDENT (sent, with text); SEPT. 11 MUSEUM (sent, with text); CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES (sent, with text); BALKANS FOODS (sent with text)
VIDEO: UKRAINE-THE REALIST (sent); TURKEY-FUNERAL (sent, with text); CALIFORNIA-WILDFIRES (sent); GAY-MARRIAGE-ANNIVERSARY (sent); FDR-WALKING-FOOTAGE (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:
INDIA-ELECTIONS - Opposition leader Narendra Modi will be India's next prime minister, winning the most decisive election victory the country has seen in more than a quarter century and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power, partial results show. The outcome is a crushing defeat for the Congress party, which is deeply entwined with the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.
INDIA-THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER - Born a tea seller's son, India's next prime minister long had his sights set on the top job. SENT: 840 words, photos.
INDIA-WANING DYNASTY - Indian voters show discontent with Gandhi dynasty with crushing defeat for Congress party. SENT: 920 words, photos. - INDIA-ELECTIONS-GLANCE - A look at some factors that helped opposition win Indian election landslide. SENT: 490 words, photo.
UKRAINE - Local patrols by steelworkers have forced pro-Russia insurgents to retreat from the government buildings they had seized in a major city in eastern Ukraine, giving residents hope that a wave of anarchy was over. A U.N. report raises concern about the increasing human rights abuses in eastern Ukraine as armed groups took advantage of the breakdown in law and order. SENT: 920 words, photo, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing.
NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS - Amid apparent security concerns, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan cancels a trip Friday to Chibok, the traumatized town from which Islamic extremists abducted more than 300 schoolgirls a month ago. SENT: 610 words, photos.
KENYA-SECURITY WARNINGS - Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre says that two explosions in Nairobi have killed at least four people. The attacks come the same week the United States and U.K. warned of possible terror attacks in Kenya. SENT: 701 words, photos.
TURKEY-MINING ACCIDENT - A Turkish mining company defends its safety record and senior Turkish officials deny allegations of lax government oversight four days after at least 284 people died in a coal mine explosion and fire. Officials say 18 miners remain missing. SENT: 810 words, photos, video.
CHINA-RUSSIA-GAS DEAL - China plans to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy Russian gas during a visit by President Vladimir Putin next week despite U.S. pressure to avoid undermining sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. SENT: 830 words, photos.
SKOREA-SAFETY-SOUL SEARCHING - One month after the ferry sinking there is a national debate over issues that have long been neglected as the country made its breakneck way from poverty, war and dictatorship to one of Asia's top economic, diplomatic and cultural powers. SENT: 870 words, photos.
BANGLADESH-FERRY SINKING - A ferry that capsized during a storm in central Bangladesh, killing at least 29 people -- and possibly many more -- was likely overcrowded when it went down, authorities say. SENT: 450 words, photos.
ISRAEL-POPE DIPLOMACY - When Pope Francis sets foot in the Holy Land at the end of the month, he'll be treading on diplomatic eggshells at virtually every stop. SENT: 900 words, photos.
VIETNAM-CHINA-PROTESTS - Vietnam's prime minister sends a text message to millions of citizens urging them to act in defense of the country's sovereignty following China's deployment of on oil rig in disputed waters. SENT: 745 words, photos.
-PHILIPPINES-CHINA PROTEST -- Filipinos and Vietnamese residents in the Philippine capital stage a joint protest against China's incursions into South China Sea territories claimed by their countries. By Oliver Teves. SENT: 490 words, photos.
CHINA-BABY-TRAFFICKING - China sentences 24 in baby trafficking case; ring leader given death sentence. SENT: 160 words.
CHINA-TIANANMEN DETENTION - Chinese authorities detain a human rights lawyer in an ongoing clampdown on journalists, scholars and lawyers ahead of the June 4 anniversary of the 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy protests. SENT: 500 words, photo.
CHINA-SUICIDE BOMBING - Chinese suicide bomber kills self, one other at village Communist Party meeting. SENT: 170 words.
BALKANS-FLOODS - Trapped on roofs as water rises, thousands wait for rescue from record floods in the Balkans. SENT: 370 words, photos.
EUROPE-GAYS - The head of Europe's leading human rights body is praising Conchita Wurst's Eurovision victory as a positive sign the freedom of expression is thriving, and that Europeans are "allowed to shock." SENT: 140 words.
LIBYA - Libyan security officials say fierce fighting is underway in the country's east between army troops believed to be loyal to a rogue general at the center of recent coup rumors and two militias influential in the city of Benghazi. SENT: 520 words.
IRAQ - Al-Qaida splinter group claims deadly attacks that killed 19 people in Iraq's capital, Baghdad. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 325 words, photos.
IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - Talks between Iran and six world powers hit a major snag Friday over the future size of a nuclear program that Tehran says it needs to expand to fuel atomic reactors, but which the U.S. fears could be used to make nuclear weapons. SENT: 490 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA-WHAT CRISIS - Australians divided on whether they have an economic crisis that needs tough budget medicine. SENT: 700 words.
RUSSIA-ROCKET LAUNCH - Russia's Proton-M booster rocket has failed and broken apart during a test launch, just months after a shake-up in the country's space agency that was meant to boost its dented image. SENT: 140 words.
BRITAIN-ROYAL-ARCHIVES - Official papers recording the purchase of Buckingham Palace -- for 28,000 pounds -- is going on display for the first time as part of an exhibition at Windsor Castle. SENT: 140 words.
BRITAIN-LITERARY GREATS - The British Library is putting hundreds of its most valuable literary resources online, from the Bronte sisters' childhood writings to William Blake's notebook. SENT: 140 words.
HAGEL-ISRAEL - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged to Israeli leaders Friday that the U.S. "will do what we must" to prevent the Jewish state's greatest fear of a nuclear-armed Iran. Hagel made the public pledge in a statement at talks in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 570 words, photos.
IMMIGRATION - Obama's new homeland security secretary suggests there may be changes to a much-criticized program that runs the names of people booked for local crimes through a federal immigration database. SENT: 680 words, photo.
KENTUCKY-FATAL HUNGER STRIKE - Family members of an inmate who starved himself to death at the Kentucky State Penitentiary recalled a hard-working man plagued by demons that ultimately led him to prison. James Kenneth Embry's ex-wife Mae Embry, and stepdaughter, Hope Keown learned of his death when they saw an Associated Press story in a newspaper. SENT: 950 words, photos.
FDR-WALKING FOOTAGE - Rare film footage that shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking has been donated to the Pennsylvania State Archives. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: developing, pursuing video.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - Some evacuation orders were lifted early Friday in an area near the fiercest of several wildfires in San Diego County, as crews building containment lines around the blazes hoped cooler temperatures will help them make further progress. SENT: 372 words, photos, interactive.
US- POLICE COMPENSATION - Police unions across the U.S. are pushing to allow officers who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder to collect disability benefits. SENT: 730 words.
US-HOSPITALS-IMMIGRANT AMENITIES - Diverse menus at some hospitals reflect the intense competition to attract one of health care's most desirable demographics - affluent, foreign-born patients with generous insurance coverage or cash to pay out of pocket. SENT: 700 words, photos.
GAY MARRIAGE-10 YEARS LATER - Tactics on gay marriage endure 10 years after first US same-sex couples tied the knot. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video.
HOT CELL DEATH - A lawyer for the mother of a veteran who died in a hot jail cell announces a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: updates from 1730 GMT news conference, then 350 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
AARON HERNANDEZ - Lawyers say former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, already jailed in connection with a 2013 shooting death, looks forward to proving his innocence on charges that he ambushed and gunned down two men after a chance encounter. SENT: 490 words, photos, video.
BOY-SLAIN-COACH-CHARGED - Clarkson University soccer coach charged with killing 12-year-old New York boy in 2011. SENT: 140 words.
GERMAN-GOOGLE - Germany's economy minister says Google may have such a dominant market position that a breakup of the company "must be seriously considered." SENT: 130 words.
GENERAL MOTORS-INVESTIGATION - The U.S. Transportation Department says it will make a major announcement on its investigation into General Motors safety issues. Two federal agencies have been investigating GM's delayed recall of 2.6 million small cars due to faulty ignition switches. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: developing.
GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL -General Motors is recalling about 8,200 midsize cars to fix a problem with the front brakes. It's the sixth recall announced by the company this week and the 24th this year. Since January, GM has recalled about 11.2 million cars and trucks. SENT: 250 words.
ANXIOUS INVESTORS - Wall Street has caught a case of the jitters. Employers are hiring at their fastest pace in 2 ? years, the economy is expected to expand by a robust 3.5 percent this quarter and earnings have hit a record. But you wouldn't know it the way many investors are acting. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
HOME CONSTRUCTION - U.S home construction surges in April to its highest pace in six months. But almost all that increase came from the volatile apartment sector, a sign that Americans are still struggling financially. SENT: 620 words, photo.
PORTUGAL-END OF A BUYOUT - A thousand days on from its near-economic collapse, Portugal is ready to stand on its own again and is promising not to go back to its bad old spend-happy ways. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.
OIL PRICES - The price of oil edges closer to $102 a barrel amid renewed tensions in Ukraine. SENT: 250 words.
WALL STREET - U.S. stock futures are up slightly ahead of the opening bell. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2100 GMT.
TERRIBLE TEETH - Faster, higher, stronger they may be, but Olympians wouldn't win many medals in a contest of dental health. Behind their buffed physiques lurks a dentist's nightmare. Says the IOC's dental director: "They have bodies of Adonis and a garbage mouth." By John Leicester. SENT: 950 words, photos.
GODZILLA-BRYAN CRANSTON - Bryan Cranston says he's excited to be part of "Godzilla 2014" but almost turned down the role because he was still working on 'Breaking Bad'" and he thought he had to follow with "something serious." UPCOMING: 300 words by 1600 GMT photos.
FILM-THE IMMIGRANT-PHOENIX-GRAY - In James Gray's "The Immigrant," a dismal tale of survival in New York in 1921, Joaquin Phoenix shifts through a labyrinth of identities, from savior to cad to pitiful loner. His performance is masterfully layered, though his character wasn't initially written that way. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
FRANCE-CANNES-DREAMWORKS AT 20 - Sitting on the terrace of the Carlton Hotel on the Cannes coastline, Jeffery Katzenberg gazes out at the teeming Croisette. It's familiar territory. "We roll big here," he says. "We've been doing this a long time." SENT: 650 words, photos.
CANNES WATCH-PACKAGE: The Associated Press is all over the Cannes Film Festival, from its glitzy premieres to the celeb parties and quirky moments in between. SENT: 820 words, photos.
GAMES-HALO - Master Chief is returning to the battlefield next year. Microsoft announces plans to release the video game sequel "Halo 5: Guardians" for the Xbox One and a "Halo" TV series to be produced by Steven Spielberg in fall 2015. SENT: 330 words, photos.
BRITAIN-WOLF HALL-Like its sharp-toothed, four-legged namesake, "Wolf Hall" is a fearsome beast. Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning best-seller about deadly intrigue at the court of King Henry VIII will soon be a BBC series with Tony winner Mark Rylance and "Homeland" star Damian Lewis. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
TV-MAYA RUDOLPH - There's no kitchen sink, but Maya Rudolph has thrown about everything else into the opening number of her special, "The Maya Rudolph Show," which premieres Monday on NBC. SENT: 250 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1600 GMT.
BRITAIN-PEOPLE-MICHELLE DOCKERY - "Downton Abbey" star Michelle Dockery is selling the eye-catching gown she wore to last year's Emmy Awards to help victims of the Syria civil war. SENT: 130 words, photos.
PEOPLE-HUNTER HAYES - Hunter Hayes is a platinum-selling, arena-headlining, Grammy-nominated country star, but he has the same questions about love as any other 22-year-old. By Kristin M. Hall. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
-- KENYA SECURITY -- NAI103-112 - scenes from Nairobi bombings.