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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1415 GMT
Associated Press
2014-05-19 11:22 PM

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1415 GMT:

-- CHINA-CYBERSPYING (sent; developing; incorporating JUSTICE-CYBER-ESPIONAGE, which will NOT be further updated)

-- UKRAINE-ELECTION IN THE EAST (upcoming)

-- BALKANS-FLOODS (sent; developing)

-- LIBYA (sent)

-- AT&T-DIRECTV (sent; developing with additional angles TBD)

-- ONLINE DATING-NEW WORLD (upcoming)

-- DICTIONARY-NEW WORDS (sent)

-- SYRIA-REBEL FOOTBALLER (sent; video upcoming)

-- GAY MARRIAGE-OREGON (sent; developing)

-- TV-NEW SEASON (upcoming)

PHOTOS: SORRY SILVERDOME (sent; with text)

VIDEO: PAMELA ANDERSON (sent, with text); BILLBOARDS 2014 (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:

TOP STORIES

CHINA-CYBERSPYING - The United States has brought first-of-its kind cyber-espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets. The indictment accuses the hackers of targeting the U.S. nuclear power, metals and solar products industries. The alleged victims are brand-name companies including Alcoa and Westinghouse. SENT: 450 words, photo. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1600 GMT, photos. Reporting in both the US and China. Additional elements of coverage TBD. This incorporates JUSTICE-CYBER-ESPIONAGE, which will NOT be further updated.

UKRAINE - Putin orders troops deployed near Ukraine to return to their home bases, while fighting continues in the eastern parts of the country. NATO says it didn't see any immediate movements to validate the latest assertions. SENT: 990 words, photos, interactive.

UKRAINE-ELECTION IN THE EAST - Usually a routine task, being on a local election commission has become downright dangerous in the east, according to Ukrainian police and election officials. UPCOMING: 1,150 words, photos by 1700 GMT.

BALKANS-FLOODS -Belgrade braced for a river surge Monday that threatened to inundate Serbia's main power plant and cause major power cuts in the crisis-stricken country as the Balkans struggle with the consequences of the worst flooding in southeastern Europe in more than a century. SENT: 590 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, focusing on a town that has become a ghost town; talking with people who are refusing to leave or can't leave.

LIBYA - Libya's army chief orders the deployment of Islamist-led militias to the capital, a day after the storming of the parliament building in Tripoli by a renegade general's troops. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.

IRAQ - A coalition led by Iraq's Shiite prime minister has emerged as the biggest winner in parliamentary elections, paving the way for him to try to form the country's next government. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

VIETNAM-CHINA - Watched over by riot police, hundreds of Chinese workers leave Vietnam on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea. SENT: 630 words, photos.

FBI AGENT DETAINED - A Pakistani judge Monday dismissed the case against an American FBI agent arrested over ammunition found in his luggage, a police officer said, defusing a case that had threatened to heighten tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan. SENT: 320 words.

TURKEY-MINE DISASTER - Turkish news reports say sensors pointed to high levels of toxic gas inside a coal mine days before Turkey's worst mining disaster, but company officials took no action. On Monday, prosecutors formally arrested two more people. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

SYRIA-REBEL FOOTBALLER - Syrian soccer player follows arc of Syria's war -- from protester to rebel in brutal Homs siege. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. UPCOMING: videos.

- SYRIA - Opposition activists say death toll from Syria's three-year conflict tops 160,000. SENT: 440 photos, photo.

BRITAIN-MISSING YACHT - The families of four missing British yachtsmen are imploring the U.S. Coast Guard to resume the search for the men, whose boat capsized in the mid-Atlantic. SENT: 290 words.

VATICAN FINANCE - The Vatican's financial watchdog agency said Monday that "corrective measures" were necessary at the Holy See's troubled bank to continue the path toward financial transparency and compliance with international norms. SENT: 260 words.

CAR BOMB - NIGERIA - A car bomb exploded in the Christian neighborhood of Nigeria's second most populous and mainly Muslim city of Kano, killing five people, hours before police discovered another massive car bomb in Kano's ancient mud city precinct on Monday. SENT: 390 words.

MEXICO-VIGILANTES - The government strategy to bring peace to violence-plagued western Mexico is replacing a local police force whose officers have been suspected of working for the cartel with another ill-prepared, possibly infiltrated group. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - Chinese survey ship to start mapping seabed off Australian coast in search for Malaysian jet. SENT: 340 words, photo.

NKOREA-PRO-WRESTLING - North Korea gets ready to rumble with international pro-wrestling match set for late August. SENT: 240 words.

SKOREA-SUBWAY EXPLOSION - An electrical problem causes an explosion at a South Korean subway station that slightly injured 11 people, an emergency official says. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 200 words.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - Malaysia's defense minister on Monday defended his military's failure to scramble a fighter jet to follow a Malaysian airliner when it veered off course and vanished two months ago. SENT: 630 words, photos.

CHINA-TRAIN STATION ATTACK -- China says it has launched an international manhunt for the alleged mastermind behind an attack at a train station last month blamed on extremists from the Muslim Turkic Uighur ethnic group. SENT: 700 words, photos.

INDONESIA-POLITICS - Indonesian presidential favorite Joko Widodo chooses former Vice President Jusuf Kalla as his running mate, making up a formidable ticket in July's elections in Southeast Asia's largest economy. SENT: 490 words, photos.

NKOREA-PRO-WRESTLING - The authoritarian nation locked in a long standoff with its neighbors and the United States over its nuclear bomb ambitions announces plans for an international pro-wrestling match in the capital, Pyongyang, in late August. SENT: 240 words.

MYANMAR-COPPER MINE KIDNAPPINGS - Two Chinese workers at a copper mine in Myanmar have been kidnapped by activists who are demanding the project be halted, the company and villagers saySENT: 250 words

CANADA-ROYAL VISIT - Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have been greeted by hundreds of people at Halifax city hall on the first full day of a four-day visit to Canada. Sent: 130 words. Upcoming: developing with details of visit.

GAY MARRIAGE-OREGON - A judge says he'll issue his ruling at noon on a constitutional challenge to the state's gay-marriage ban. SENT: 400 words, photos, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing from 1900 GMT ruling.

BUSINESS

AT&T-DIRECTV - Priming itself for the age of Internet-delivered video, AT&T Inc. says it will buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock, or $95 per share. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, with additional angles and details TBD. Likely: a chunky-text look at this year's Merger Mania -- it's the busiest year for corporate combinations since the dot-com era. We'll look at what's driving it, and what this wave of deal-making means for investors, employees and consumers.

AT&T-DIRECTV-GLANCE - If the deal goes through, here's what customers can expect. SENT: 290 words.

CONTRACT WORKERS - While the U.S. economy has improved since the end of the recession five years ago, substantial numbers of the new jobs are being filled by part-time and contract workers. Economists predict contract workers will play an even larger role in the years ahead. SENT: 700 words, photo.

NEW YORK TIMES-EXECUTIVE EDITOR - In her first public appearance since her dismissal from The New York Times, former executive editor Jill Abramson will speak to the class of 2014 at Wake Forest University. SENT: 130 words, photo.

PFIZER-ASTRAZENECA - The board of AstraZeneca rejects the improved $119 billion takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, a decision that leads to a sharp slide in the British company's share price as investors think it effectively brings an end to the protracted and increasingly bitter takeover saga. SENT: 950 words, photo.

OBAMA-FOREIGN BUSINESS - Obama is drawing attention to foreign investments in the United States, convening business leaders at the White House this week to advertise success stories in the face of continuing public anxieties over the economy. SENT: 860 words, photo.

SPORTS

RIO-WATER POLLUTION - Sailing's governing body may conduct independent water-quality tests in polluted Guanabara Bay, the sailing venue for the 2016 Rio Olympics that some describe as an "open sewer." The AP obtained documents that find a cleanup cannot be done soon. SENT: 850 words, photos

POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

ONLINE DATING-NEW WORLD - As the rise of smartphones has made people more comfortable with disclosing their locations, a new class of mobile dating applications has emerged. The apps span a range as broad as human desire itself. . UPCOMING: 900 words by 1800 GMT., photos.

SORRY SILVERDOME - Owner of decrepit Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., determined to cash in by auctioning thousands of items. SENT: 510 words, photos, video.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

TV-NEW SEASON - One day into the annual week where television's biggest networks reveal their programming plans and it was clear what the buzzword was going to be: "Eventize: " the desire to create big events that viewers need to watch immediately for fear of being left out of the cultural conversation. SENT: 980 words, photos.

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - A stream of stories from the Cannes Film Festival including coverage of Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" and David Michod's "The Rover." UPCOMING; photos, video.

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS - The King of Pop and a likely successor, prince of pop Justin Timberlake, ruled the Billboard Music Awards -- though Michael Jackson made a splash via hologram and Timberlake accepted his awards via video from overseas. SENT: 770 words, photos. With BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS-MOMENTS (sent, 780 words) and PHOTO GALLERY (sent).

JAPAN-RADIATION-COMIC - A popular manga comic is setting off a public debate in Japan about the health effects of radiation following the Fukushima nuclear disaster -- so much so the publisher issued a special edition Monday. SENT: 690 words, photo.

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