2014-05-29 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 1530:
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- VETERANS-HEALTH CARE (sent; developing)
-- MALAYSIA-PLANE (sent)
-- THAILAND (sent)
-- OBAMA-SPORTS CONCUSSIONS (sent, developing)
-- IMMIGRATION-CRIMINALS RELEASED (sent, developing)
-- AP POLL-MONEY AND DATING (sent, developing)
-- CLIMATE CHANGE-Q&A (upcoming)
-- HEALTHIER SCHOOL LUNCH (upcoming)
-- BRAD PITT ATTACKED (sent, developing)
-- GOOGLE-DIVERSITY DATA (sent)
PHOTOS: THAILAND POLITICS (sent, with text); PERU-MINING GHOST TOWN-PHOTO ESSAY (sent); UKRAINE (sent)
VIDEO: UKRAINE (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:
UKRAINE -- Ukraine's president says 14 troops, including a general, were killed when rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down military helicopter over Slovyansk amid heavy fighting around the insurgent-held city. SENT: 680 words, photos.
-- RUSSIA-NEW ALLIANCE -- The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan create an economic union that intends to boost cooperation between the ex-Soviet neighbors, a pact which is at the source of the crisis in Ukraine. SENT: 730 words, photo.
MALAYSIA-PLANE -- Investigators searching for the missing Malaysian jet rule out an area where acoustic signals were detected as the final resting place of the plane after an unmanned submersible found no trace of it. SENT: 760 words, photos.
-- MALAYSIA-PLANE-Q&A -- With officials failing to find Flight 370 in most likely crash zone, what happens next? SENT: 780 words, photos.
-- MALAYSIA-PLANE-UNION -- The union representing Malaysia Airlines employees is calling for the resignation of the airline's chief executive. SENT: 360 words, photo.
EGYPT-ELECTION-NEWS ANALYSIS -- The election of Egypt's former military chief, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, to the nation's presidency may be remembered for its central irony: He won in a historic landslide, only to shatter his image of invulnerability in the process. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.
-- EGYPT -- With nearly all votes counted, Egypt's former military chief wins a crushing victory over his sole opponent. SENT: 930 words, photos.
BRITAIN-QUEEN-D-DAY -- The queen's joints are creaky and her husband has recently battled serious illness, but the royal couple won't let aches and pains keep them away from a grand overseas commemoration: the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. SENT: 780 words, photos.
THAILAND-POLITICS -- Hundreds of Thai troops seal off one of Bangkok's busiest intersections in an attempt to crush a planned protest one week after staging a military coup. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SAUDI-VIRUS -- Death toll in Saudi Arabia from MERS virus rises to 186; 13 new fatalities in past 2 weeks. SENT: 130 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN -- Roadside bombs kill 4 in Afghanistan as helicopter crash in south kills NATO soldier. SENT: 330 words, photos.
PALESTINIANS-RECONCILIATION -- Palestinian president asks West Bank-based prime minister to form unity government. SENT: 290 words, photo.
KENYA-TERRORISM-CORRUPTION -- Corruption is weakening Kenya's ability to prevent a new rash of terror attacks threatened by Somali militants, officials and analysts say. SENT: 680 words, photos.
JAPAN-SOUTH CHINA SEA -- China's moves to stake out territory in the South China Sea are giving fresh impetus to a Japanese push to play a bigger role in regional security, adding to the growing strains between the two Asian rivals. SENT: 740 words, photos.
JAPAN-NORTH KOREA -- North Korea to conduct new investigation into fate of Japanese it abducted in 1970s, '80s. SENT: 300 words, photo.
CIA DRONES-PAKISTAN -- Just after midnight last Christmas, Pakistani officials say, two Hellfire missiles from a U.S. drone slammed into a house in Miramshah, Pakistan, killing four militants. SENT: 940 words, photo.
MYANMAR-FACTORIES FIRST -- Thilawa, a showcase industrial zone being built with Japanese aid, is part of plans to develop the Yangon region and its crumbling infrastructure as Myanmar rushes to shift from subsistence farming to export manufacturing. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
CHINA-ONE CHILD POLICY -- China planning for an extra 2 million babies per year as it allows more couples to have two kids. SENT: 300 words.
CHINA-KINDERGARTEN SHOOTING -- Gun goes off in Chinese kindergarten during police safety talk, injuring five. SENT: 150 words.
MOROCCO-HUMAN RIGHTS -- UN human rights chief urges Morocco to implement its laws and rules protecting rights. SENT: 300 words, photos.
NIGERIA-VIOLENCE -- Nigerian president vows to bring girls home, says Boko Haram threatens country's democracy. SENT: 800 words, photo.
NORTHERN IRELAND-MUSLIM REMARKS -- Northern Ireland's Protestant leader retreats from anti-Muslim remarks after heavy criticism. SENT: 340 words.
CAMBODIA-SEX TRAFFICKING -- Cambodian sex slavery activist leaves her US-based foundation after her background questioned. SENT: 130 words.
SUDAN -- Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith gives birth. SENT: 450 words.
INDIA-DEADLY GANG RAPE -- A group of men, including at least two police officers, raped and killed two teenage sisters in rural India then hung their bodies from a mango tree, authorities say, announcing the arrests of four men. SENT: 410 words, photos.
NEPAL-EVEREST -- The lone surviving member of the first expedition to reach the top of Mount Everest leads a rally marking the 61st anniversary of the achievement, a day after a memorial is held to remember the 16 Sherpa guides who died in an avalanche on the mountain last month. SENT: 320 words, photos.
VETERANS-HEALTH CARE -- Support for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki crumbles in Congress after the agency's independent inspector general documents systemic efforts throughout the 970 VA hospitals and clinics to hide long patient wait times. SENT: 700 words.
AP POLL-MONEY AND DATING -- A new Associated Press-WE tv poll turns up all kinds of contradictions when people lay out their thoughts on dating, especially when it comes to money and gender roles. SENT: 740 words, graphic.
HOT SAUCE CONTROVERSY -- Los Angeles County city votes to end dispute with Sriracha hot sauce maker. SENT: 370 words, photo.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
BRAD PITT ATTACKED -- A man was jailed on suspicion of battery after rushing up and touching Brad Pitt on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the movie "Maleficent," witnesses and police said, though Pitt was apparently unhurt and soon resumed signing autographs. SENT: 260 words, photos.
ANGELOU-CULTURAL IMPACT -- Maya Angelou made an impact on American culture that transcended her soaring poetry and searing memoirs. SENT: 870 words, photos, audio.
SPACEX-SPACECRAFT -- SpaceX is poised to unveil a new spacecraft designed to take astronauts to low-Earth orbit. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m., then 600 words from 10 p.m. unveiling, photos, video.
SCIENCE PRIZES -- Nine scientists have won awards for theories about the first moments of the universe, discoveries about the brain and techniques to let researchers see ever-tinier things. SENT: 330 words.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
GOOGLE-DIVERSITY DATA -- Google releases diversity data, concedes its largely white, male workforce should diversify. SENT: 700 words.
ECONOMY-GDP -- The U.S. economy was battered even more than first suspected by the harsh winter, actually shrinking from January through March. SENT: 670 words, photo.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS -- Applications for US unemployment benefits fell to 300,000 last week, near a 7-year low. SENT: 380 words, photo.
TYSON-HILLSHIRE BRANDS -- Tyson makes $6.2 billion offer for Hillshire Brands after Pilgrim Pride's $5.58 billion. SENT: 140 words.
APPLE-BEATS-TECH MEETS FASHION -- Beats Electronics' colorful, oversized headphones serve as a fashion accessory to cool kids riding the New York City subway, but as tech companies such as Apple, Samsung and others are discovering, wearable gadgets like smartwatches and Google Glass still have a long way to go to become trendy, must-have consumer items. SENT: 820 words, photo.
-- APPLE-BEATS ACQUISITION -- Apple is adding a little hip hop to its step with its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.
-- APPLE-BEATS ACQUISITION-5 THINGS TO KNOW -- The deal will give Apple a line of trendy headphones. SENT: 840 words.
AUTO RATINGS-COLLISION WARNING -- The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the only non-luxury car to earn the highest safety rating in new tests of high-tech crash prevention systems. SENT: 450 words, photo.
GLAZER-MAN UNITED-LEGACY -- Low-key response in Manchester to Glazer death; Fans still bitter over leveraged takeover. SENT: 900 words, photos.
PERU-MINING GHOST TOWN-PHOTO ESSAY -- A nearly half-century-old Amazon boomtown has gone bust with the government's recent crackdown on illegal gold mining. SENT: 380 words, photos.