2014-05-28 11:01 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:
-- OBAMA (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- THAILAND-A DARKER COUP (sent)
-- SANTA BARBARA RAMPAGE-MENTAL HEALTH (upcoming)
-- OBIT-ANGELOU (sent; developing)
-- SYRIA (sent; developing)
-- ISRAEL-VISITING MARONITES (sent; developing)
-- CLIPPERS-STERLING (sent; developing)
-- SALMONELLA OUTBREAK (upcoming)
-- ASTRONAUT TWINS (upcoming)
PHOTOS: BRAZIL-MINISTERING TO ADDICTS-PHOTO ESSAY (sent; with text) ITALY-CONGO ADOPTIONS (sent; with text)
VIDEO: US_CA_SHOOTING_VIGIL (sent); ND_GUARDING_GRAVES (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:
OBAMA-FOREIGN POLICY -- He uses a graduation address at West Point to recast U.S. foreign policy as an endeavor aimed at building international consensus and avoiding overreach when America acts alone. One day after Obama announce the post-war footing in Afghanistan, John Kerry previewed the international approach by describing a $5 billion fund for anti-terrorism that will allow the Defense Department to conduct expanded train and equip missions for troops in allied countries. It also may be used to help train Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. SENT: 810 words, photo, audio, video. UPCOMING: Developing from 1400 GMT Photos, video.
- POST COLD WAR FOREIGN POLICY GLANCE - How the Bushes and Clinton handled foreign policy.
- UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN-TIMELINE - Key dates in the US troop commitment in Afghanistan. SENT: 470 words, photo, video, audio.
- OTHER SIDEBARS ON MERITS.
OBAMA-IMMIGRATION -- By delaying presidential action to ease deportations until it's certain Congress won't pass a bill, Obama is significantly upping the ante on himself to deliver later in the year. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2100 GMT.
KERRY-SNOWDEN -- Kerry on Wednesday called Snowden a fugitive and challenged him to "man up and come back to the United States." SENT: 280 words, photo.
UKRAINE - Chechnya's regional leader says he hasn't sent any troops to fight alongside pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, adding that some Chechens may have gone there on their ownSENT: 680 words, photos.
SYRIA - Hundreds of Syrians desperate to vote for President Bashar Assad tried to rush their embassy near Beirut on Wednesday, scuffling with Lebanese troops using batons and sticks to beat them back as voting abroad started ahead of Syria's June 3 national election. SENT: 950 words, photos.
SYRIA-TRAINING REBELS The White House soon may sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebel forces, according to Obama administration officials. The move would significantly boost U.S. support for rebels seeking military help to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. SENT: 820 words, photos.
CHEMICAL WEAPONS-SYRIA - Members of an international fact-finding mission into alleged chlorine attacks in Syria are ambushed and briefly held by gunmen in rebel-held territory, the global chemical weapons watchdog saysSENT: 330 words, photos.
ISRAEL-VISITING MARONITES - The head of Lebanon's largest group of Christians, the Maronite Catholics, was making two politically charged stops Wednesday in his precedent-setting pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a trip that has been overshadowed by criticism back home. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: Develoing.
- POLAND-UKRAINE-PRIEST MISSING - Poland's foreign minister says that diplomatic efforts are being made to obtain the release of a Polish Catholic priest missing in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. SENT: 130 words.
THAILAND-A DARKER COUP - When Thailand's army last seized power in 2006, some called it "the smiling coup." This time is different. SENT: 1,380 words, photos.
- THAILAND-POLITICS -Thailand's new military junta airs videos on television stations nationwide showing some of the prominent political figures it has detained. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
- THAILAND-INTERNET - Thailand's new military rulers said that a sudden interruption of access to Facebook on Wednesday was not part of a censorship policy, but due instead to a technical hitch. SENT: 470 words.
SOMALIA-FEMALE SOLDIERS - Having joined the army two years ago, the mother of three Naeemo Abdi has endured challenges in her move from a conventional domestic role to life in the army. UPCOMING: 700 words, by 1500 GMT, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-CORRUPTION - If any country has a squeaky-clean image, it is New Zealand. Recent scandals in business, politics and sports, however, may put that reputation under threat. SENT: 720 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Masked Palestinian protesters hurl stones at policemen manning the gates of a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, prompting security forces to enter the compound and disperse the demonstrators. SENT: 330 words.
EGYPT - Egyptian authorities are scrambling to rescue the country's presidential election from a debacle of low voter turnout. SENT: 860 words, photos.
SKOREA-FIRE- A fire believed to have been set by a man with dementia suffocates 21 people and injures seven others at a South Korean hospital that specializes in dementia and palsy patients, police and fire officers say. SENT: 500 words, photos.
CHINA-XINJIANG - In a stadium filled with 7,000 people, a court in China's restive northwest region announces guilty verdicts for 55 people on charges of terrorism, separatism and murder. SENT: 460 words.
CHINA-SOCIAL MEDIA - China is targeting popular smartphone-based instant messaging services in a monthlong campaign to crack down on the spreading of rumors and what it calls infiltration of hostile forces, in the latest move restricting online freedom of expression. SENT: 470 words, photos.
LE PEN IN BRUSSELS - Marine Le Pen, the French shock winner in the European elections, comes to the home of the European Union, the very organization she blames for undermining France's economy, hamstringing its sovereignty and flooding it with poor immigrants. SENT: 300 words, photos.
CHINA-US-CYBER SPYING - China tries to cool a dispute with Washington over cyber spying, reminding the United States of its need for Chinese help over North Korea and appealing to it not to hurt cooperation in anti-terrorism and other areas. SENT: 280 words.
PAKISTAN - A leading faction within the Pakistani Taliban splits from the umbrella militant organization, a top commander says. SENT: 400 words.
BRAZIL-DRY SAO PAULO - As if Brazil doesn't have enough to deal with as the World Cup approaches, the worst drought in more than 80 years is hitting the country's largest city just as it prepares for the tens of thousands of foreigners expected at the tournament opener. UPCOMING: 615 words, photos.
INDIA-WORRIED MUSLIMS - With his long beard and white skullcap, Mohammed Naseem makes no secret that he's a devout Muslim in a country where Muslims are often persecuted. Now, after Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister following a landslide election victory, Naseem and other Muslims in this country of 1.2 billion are watching the direction of their nation with a mixture of caution and fear. SENT: 820 words, photos.
CHINA-TIANANMEN-DETENTIONS - Beijing police detain a Chinese news assistant for a Japanese newspaper in the latest in a string of detentions ahead of the 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. SENT: 520 words.
INDIA-TIBETAN MONK - A Tibetan monk who worked on 2008 documentary film critical of China's rule in the Himalayan region says he escaped Chinese police custody in 2012 and fled to India last week after hiding out for 20 months. SENT: 620 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-REFUGEE FIRE - A fire razes a tent used as a temporary shelter by survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, killing a woman and five of her children, including a 4-month-old girl SENT: 370 words, photos.
ITALY-CONGO ELECTIONS - Thirty-one children who had been blocked for months from leaving Congo with their adoptive parents arrived in Rome on Wednesday aboard an Italian government plane for a joyful, long delayed reunion with their new families. SENT: 210 words, photos.
POLAND-UKRAINE-PRIEST RELEASED - Poland's Foreign Ministry says that a Polish Catholic priest who was abducted in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine has been released. SENT: 130 words.
- IRAN-FACEBOOK - An Iranian prosecutor denies reports that a local judge ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court. SENT: 360 words.
SANTA BARBARA RAMPAGE-MENTAL HEALTH - The case points to the limitations of the state's emergency commitment law. To trigger it, there must be evidence a person is suicidal, intent of hurting others or severely delusional, and Elliot Rodger displayed none of the trouble signs when deputies came to his apartment. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1700 GMT.
SANTA BARBARA RAMPAGE-ONLINE REACTION - The troubled man who killed six people and then himself in a rampage near a California university last week has sparked a flurry of online discussion on a wide array of topics: violence against women, gun control, mental health, even news coverage itself. SENT: 810 words, photos.
ABORTION RESTRICTIONS - New laws across the South that require abortion doctors to have formal ties with local hospitals could force clinics to close in several states and severely limit women's access to the procedure. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT.
GUANTANAMO-COLE ATTACK -- Prosecutors are asking a military judge in Guantanamo Bay to reconsider his order that they share with defense attorneys details about a detainee's experience in secret CIA prisons after he was arrested in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. SENT, 150 words. UPCOMING: Updating after hearing beginning at 1400 GMT.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
OBIT-ANGELOU - Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
CELEB-NO KIDS POLICY - Kristen Bell has been leading a growing movement among Hollywood stars aimed at reducing media demand for paparazzi images of celebrity kids and she's using the plight of 8-year-old Suri Cruise as an example. SENT: 800 words, photos.
--CELEB-NO KIDS POLICY-PAPARAZZI-FIVE Qs: A look at the other side of the lens. SENT: 300 words.
MUSIC-ALICE COOPER - Alice Cooper feels that many of the contemporary male artists lack the glamour and over-the-top theatricality of being a rock star. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
JEOPARDY CHAMP - Julia Collins predicted in her eighth grade yearbook that she would someday be a "Jeopardy!" champion. The 31-year-old suburban Chicago woman has made good on her prediction, and then someSENT: 450 words, photos.
FAT WORLD (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 7:30 p.m.) - People everywhere are getting heavier and no country has seen a major drop in obesity rates for more than three decades, according to a new study published in the Lancet. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 0030 GMT; 400 words.
ASTRONAUT TWINS - When astronaut Scott Kelly embarks on a one-year space station stint next spring, his twin brother will be joining in from Earth, undergoing the same medical tests. Researchers hope to better understand the effects of prolonged weightlessness by comparing the space twin with the ground twin. UPCOMING: 940 words, photos
GOOGLE-SELF-DRIVING CARS - Google will build a car without a steering wheel. It doesn't need one because it drives itself. The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google says it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads. SENT: 360 words, photos.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
CEO PAY-MEDIA EXECS - Once again, media company CEOs are among the highest paid executives in the nation, occupying six of the top 10 earning spots according to an Associated Press/Equilar study. SENT: 600 words, photos
ALLERGAN-VALEANT - Valeant Pharmaceuticals adds more cash to its offer to buy Botox maker Allergan in a bid that could now be worth more than $50 billion. The Canadian drugmaker says it will now offer $58.30 and a portion of its stock for each Allergan share. SENT: 400 words.
-- NESTLE-VALEANT -- Nestle says it is paying $1.4 billion in cash for the rights to sell lip and wrinkle treatment Restylane and other skin products in the U.S. and Canada. SENT: 140 words.
CLIPPERS-STERLING - Donald Sterling and the NBA are headed toward a hearing that will determine if he remains owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Unless Shelly Sterling finds a buyer for the team first. The Clippers are soliciting bids ahead of the June 3 showdown with the NBA about Donald Sterling's ownership. But Sterling's latest comments in a filing to the NBA indicate he's girding for a fight even as his wife tries to sell the team. SENT.
FRENCH OPEN - Instead of looking forward to playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early. The American sisters both lost in the second round on Wednesday, each being outplayed by little-known opponents at Roland Garros. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
DIVORCE PARTIES - Divorce, it seems, has turned into a party -- special cakes and all. Event planners, bakers, lawyers and academics note the rise of "divorce parties," many with cakes featuring weapon-wielding brides or gloomy black frosting on inverted tiers. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BRAZIL-MINISTERING TO ADDICTS-PHOTO ESSAY - The immaculately dressed evangelical preachers begin their work when night falls in Rio de Janeiro. In the dark, they journey to the "cracklands" where addicts consume crack cocaine in open-air dens, areas well hidden from the eyes of tourists heading to Rio for the World Cup. With photo essay by Felipe Dana. SENT: 335 words, photos.