2014-05-21 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:
-- CHINA-RUSSIA GAS DEAL (sent; developing)
-- THAILAND (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE'S QUIET MAJORITY (upcoming)
--NIGERIA -EXPLOSIONS (sent; developing)
-- IRAN-ARRESTS-HAPPY (sent; developing; planning photos and video)
-- VETERANS-MEDICAL CARE (sent; developing)
-- CHILD PORN ARRESTS (sent; developing)
-- JUDGE NOMINEE-DRONES (sent; developing)
-- MISSOURI EXECUTION (sent; developing)
-- PLACENTA GERMS (upcoming)
-- SEPT 11 MUSEUM-TACKLING TRAUMA (sent; developing)
PHOTOS: THAILAND (sent)
VIDEO: SEPT. 11 MUSEUM (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:
CHINA-RUSSIA-GAS DEAL - China signed a deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth up to $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated Putin and expanding Moscow's ties with Asia. SENT: 810 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing on several fronts.
THAILAND-POLITICS - Thailand's powerful army chief assumes the role of mediator, summoning the country's political rivals for face-to-face talks one day after imposing martial law. Around Bangkok, martial law for now appeared to be playing out primarily behind closed doors. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
THAILAND'S SIGNIFICANCE - Thailand's political turmoil casts spotlight on its economic importance, colorful sights, and delicious culinary flavors. SENT: 700 words, photo.
UKRAINE'S QUIET MAJORITY - The Donetsk People's Republic is starting to smell. Rotting garbage is piling up in the hallways of the government office building seized by separatists. It's been six weeks since they took over the building, a week since they declared independence from Ukraine. But the authority of the alleged nation barely extends beyond their 10-story office tower and a few heavily armed checkpoints on roads leading into this industrial city 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the Russian border. In the streets, the separatist leaders and their followers are increasingly derided as a motley collection of heavily armed, barely employed misfits. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos by 1600 GMT.
UNITED STATES-EUROPE-UKRAINE - The crisis in Ukraine is giving Russia an opening to drive a wedge between the United States and Europe. SENT: 900 words, photos.
NIGERIA - EXPLOSION- Rescue workers with body bags dig into rubble of buildings destroyed by twin car bombs that exploded in a bustling marketplace and bus station in this central Nigerian city that killed at least 118. Most victims are women and children vendors from the market. The city is tense with fears the attack being blamed on Islamic extremists could inflame religious rivalry. SENT: 550 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by15 GMT, photos.
IRAN-ARRESTS-HAPPY - Police in Iran have arrested six young people for posting a video online of them dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy," showing them on state television as a public warning to youth in the Islamic Republic. SENT: 480 words. UPCOMING; planning video and photos.
UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA - The State Department says the U.S. may have to take a larger role in trying to ease the crisis in Venezuela. Kerry heads to Mexico to discuss potential next steps with officials there. SENT: 180 words.
EGYPT - A Cairo court convicts ousted President Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement and sentences him to three years in prison. SENT: 520 words, photos.
THAILAND-SUBWAY STABBINGS - A university student wielding a knife attacked riders aboard a subway train in Taiwan's capital on Wednesday, killing four people and injuring at least 21 others, police and local media said. SENT: 580 words, photos.
HOLY LAND-CHRISTIANS - Pope Francis arrives this weekend to the land where Christianity was born - and where Christians are disappearing. SENT: 980 words, photos.
CHINA-GETTING ITS WAY - The countries of Southeast Asia, beset by diverging interests and unwilling to attract Beijing's ire, tend to shun any collective action that might halt China as it relentlessly nudges forward in asserting its sovereignty in disputed seas. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
WCUP-BRAZIL ASSAULTS - With the World Cup just weeks away, there are troubling rises in muggings and robberies. SENT: 930 words, photos. With WCUP-BRAZIL ASSAULTS-GLANCE - Tips for travelers to avoid crime during the World Cup in Brazil. SENT: 160 words, photos.
EUROPEAN ELECTIONS - Voters in 28 countries on Thursday begin choosing the next European Parliament and helping determine the EU's future leaders and course. SENT: 1,160 words, photos. With EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - A brief look at what it is and what it does. SENT: 300 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN - Taliban fighters launched attacks in several Afghan provinces on Wednesday, killing at least 10 policemen and three civilians, officials said. SENT: 510 words.
BRITAIN-PRINCE CHARLES - Report: Prince Charles compared Vladimir Putin's actions to those of Adolf Hitler. SENT: 330 words, photo.
SWITZERLAND-NAZI SALUTE -- Switzerland's top court rules that a Nazi salute isn't illegal racial discrimination provided it's intended as a personal statement instead of a way to spread racist ideology. SENT: 300 words.
FRANCE-TRAINS TOO BIG -A look at a number of notorious engineering miscalculations, from a building top that could blow over in hurricane winds to jets that broke apart because of square windows. SENT: 550 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA-EGGS IN PANTS - Sitting on egg shells: Australia alleges airline passenger smuggled bird eggs in his pants. SENT: 170 words.
US VETERANS-MEDICAL CARE- Obama meets with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki over spiraling concerns about deaths and delay at hospitals for military veterans. The House, meanwhile, takes up a bill to grant Shinseki more authority to fire or demote senior executives. UPCOMING: 450 words. Developing from 1400 GMT Obama-Shinseki meeting.
JUDGE NOMINEE-DRONES - The Senate holds a critical test vote on Obama's appeals court nomination of a former Justice Department official who wrote the legal justification for the 2011 drone attack that killed American-born al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki. SENT: 820 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1900 GMT Senate test vote, photos.
US PRIMARY ROUNDUP - Two women easily won the Democratic nomination for the Senate in marquee primary votes in Georgia and Kentucky, states where the party hopes to pick off Republican seats, blunt an opposition surge nationwide and keep President Barack Obama's legislative agenda nominally alive for his final two years in office. Sent 670 words.
US CHILD PORN ARRESTS - Federal agents collecting a mountain of disturbing digital evidence in a recent child pornography investigation got a surprise when they identified an alleged collector: a police chief in a town north of New York City. As the operation expanded and the arrests piled up, so did the mainstream pedigrees of some of the defendants -- another police officer, a fire department paramedic, a rabbi, a nurse, a Boy Scout leader. SENT: 440 words, photo. UPCOMING: news conference scheduled for 1800 GMT, photo.
MISSOURI EXECUTION - A Missouri inmate with a rare condition that affects the blood vessels was handed a reprieve less than two hours before his scheduled execution, but the state may end up killing him later Wednesday if the U.S. Supreme Court says it can. SENT: 780 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
SEPT 11 MUSEUM-TACKLING TRAUMA - Behind the wrenching sights and sounds of the Sept. 11 museum lies a quiet effort to help visitors handle its potentially traumatizing impact. There even will be Red Cross counseling volunteers standing by as it opens to the public Wednesday. SENT: 710 words, photos, video.
PLACENTA GERMS - Doctors once thought a placenta was sterile. Now research shows a small but diverse community of germs lives even there -- and hints that the type may play a role in premature birth. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2000 GMT.
EVOLVING NEURONS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT) - Exotic sea creatures called comb jellies are reshaping how scientists view early animal development, especially how nature makes nerve cells. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT; 750 words, photos.
DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO - To appreciate Microsoft's latest tablet computer, you need to buy into the idea that one device can serve all your needs. The Surface Pro 3 works as a tablet when you want to watch video or read e-books. It works as a laptop when you need to get serious work done. By Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
RETAILERS-CHINA DOG TREATS - PetSmart is the latest major pet food retailer to say it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China because of ongoing fears that they are making pets sick. SENT: 250 words, photos.
CHINA-HOMEGROWN JET - Chinese plane maker Comac finishes 1st regional airliner, plans to deliver narrow-body in 2018. SENT: 470 words.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
SOUTH KOREA-PAUL MCCARTNEY - He has canceled his concert in South Korea next week due to the virus-caused illness that forced him to call off his entire Japan tour, organizers said Wednesday. SENT: 230 words, photos.
ABU DHABI-STAR WARS - A galaxy far, far away in Abu Dhabi: State-backed media hub says 'Star Wars' shoot underway. SENT:
FRANCE-KARDASHIANS - Wedding prep or family reunion? Kim, Kanye and Kardashian kin converge on Paris. SENT: 130 words, photos.
MOROCCO-HORSES OF GOD - 'Horses of God' follows path of 4 men from Moroccan slum to suicide bombers. SENT: 900 words, photos.
FRANCE-CANNES-MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS - The director of the "The Artist" is following up his best-picture Oscar winner with a gritty drama about the Chechen War. . SENT: 425 words, photos. With CANNES WATCH: EVA LONGORIA. SENT: About 200 words, photos.
TV-THE VOICE - Soulful rocker Josh Kaufman has the winning voice. The 38-year-old from team Usher was crowned the season six winner of NBC's "The Voice" on Tuesday. SENT: 135 words, photos.