2014-05-30 11:01 PM
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today.
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1445 GMT:
-- VETERANS-HEALTH CARE (sent, developing)
-- CLIPPERS-STERLING (sent, developing)
-- UKRAINE (sent, developing)
-- EXECUTION DRUGS (sent, developing)
-- SANTA BARBARA RAMPAGE (sent, developing)
-- INDIA RAPES (sent)
-- CHINA-TIANANMEN VOICES (sent)
-- GOOGLE-SCRUBBING SEARCH RESULTS (sent)
-- CLINTON-BENGHAZI (upcoming)
-- CANCER FERTILITY, HFR (upcoming)
PHOTOS: WORLD CUP-TATTOOS FANS (sent); BRAZIL-AMAZON RUINS (sent, with text)
VIDEO: GOOGLE_DRIVERLESS_CARS (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:
VETERANS-HEALTH CARE -- Obama says he plans to have a "serious conversation" with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki about whether he can stay in his job as the agency head apologized publicly for systemic problems plaguing the veterans' health care system. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: Obama meeting with Shinseki at 1415 GMT.
CLINTON-BENGHAZI -- Hillary Clinton responds to Republican complaints about the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. SENT: UPCOMING: 500 words.
HAGEL-ASIA -- Days after the U.S. and China traded new accusations of cyberspying, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is promising to press the same issues in a face-to-face meeting with a top military officer from Beijing this weekend. SENT: 540 words.
INDIA-RAPES -- India rape victim's mother beaten; police seek clues to fatal gang rape elsewhere in the state. SENT: 840 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
UKRAINE -- Monitoring body OSCE has lost contact with a second team in east Ukraine. SENT: 300 words, photos.
SYRIA -- Syrian activists say barrel bombs dropped on city of Aleppo killed nearly 2,000 this year. SENT: 300 words, photos.
EUROPE-GOOGLE -- Google to comply with European court ruling, CEO says company will do more "talking" in Europe. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1600 GMT, photo.
CHINA-TIANANMEN VOICES -- Twenty-five years after China's deadly attack on protesters in Tiananmen Square, those whose lives were changed that day call for the government to stop hiding what happened, and some cling to their democratic ideals. SENT: 1,500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video, timing uncertain.
CHINA-TIANANMEN DETENTIONS -- China detains another activist ahead of June 4 anniversary of 1989 crackdown. SENT: 370 words.
JAPAN-US DRONES -- The U.S. Air Force is deploying two of its most advanced, long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan to monitor nuclear activities in North Korea, Chinese naval operations in the region and assess the scope of natural disasters to assist humanitarian aid operations. SENT: 670 words, photos.
JAPAN-ECONOMY -- Japan's sales tax hike pushes core inflation rate to 3.2 percent in April, highest since 1991. SENT: 630 words, photos.
SOUTH KOREA-SHIP SINKS -- Second diver dies in search efforts inside sunken South Korean ferry; 16 people still missing. SENT: 260 words.
South Africa-Mine Deaths -- South African gold mine stops production after underground deaths of two workers. SENT: 300 words.
NORTHERN IRELAND-BOMB -- IRA firebomb hits Northern Ireland hotel in Londonderry; nobody injured amid swift evacuation. SENT: 350 words, photos.
CHINA-ACADEMIC CORRUPTION -- China arrests university admissions officer for allegedly taking bribes. SENT: 200 words.
CHINA-EARTHQUAKE -- Earthquake strikes southwestern China near the border with Myanmar, injuring at least 33. SENT: 190 words.
CHINA-XINJIANG -- China's president promises more jobs, schools in Muslim northwest to defuse tensions. SENT: 480 words, photo.
THAILAND-POLITICS -- An anti-coup activist calls for a weekend rally to defy the military government's ban on demonstrations, urging those opposed to the takeover to wear masks and be ready for cat-and-mouse chases with soldiers in the capital. SENT: 680 words, photos.
THAILAND-MCDONALD'S -- McDonald's is not loving it in Thailand as golden arches become part of anti-coup iconography. SENT: 150 words.
MALAYSIA-PLANE-SEARCHER -- With the origin of the underwater pings now in doubt and the search stalled, what do the officials heading up the hunt for Flight 370 have to say? SENT: 700 words, photo.
ISRAEL-WATER WOES -- After experiencing its driest winter on record, Israel is responding as never before -- by doing nothing. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -- Israeli military says it caught Palestinian suicide bomber at checkpoint en route to attack. SENT: 220 words.
BRAZIL-AMAZON RUINS -- Amazon ruins await adventurous visitors heading to Brazil's jungle for World Cup matches. SENT: 560 words, photos.
CUBA-US-TRADE -- US Chamber president says Cuba's economic reforms a good start, but urges more free market. SENT: 660 words, photos.
CAMBODIA-PROTESTS -- Cambodian court convicts 23 labor activists, but frees them with suspended sentences. SENT: 400 words, photos.
SPAIN-TERROR ARRESTS -- Spain arrests 6 suspected jihad recruiters in African enclave city of Melilla. SENT: 110 words.
BRITAIN-GDP-PROSTITUTION -- UK to include illegal drugs and prostitution in official estimates of economy. SENT: 260 words.
POLAND-JARUZELSKI FUNERAL -- Poland bids farewell to Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, its last communist leader. SENT: 420 words, photos.
US-EXECUTION DRUGS -- Texas can keep secret the name of its supplier for its execution drugs, the state attorney general determined after law enforcement argued that suppliers face serious danger. SENT: 600 words, photo.
SANTA BARBARA RAMPAGE -- Law officers who visited Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students near a Santa Barbara university were aware that he had posted disturbing videos but didn't watch them, and they didn't know about his final video detailing his "Day of Retribution" until after the deadly rampage, officials say. SENT: 450 words, photos.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING -- Federal prosecutors charge a man with trying to impede the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1800 GMT court hearing, photos, courtroom sketches, video.
GOOGLE-DRIVERLESS CARS -- Driverless cars were not legal, so what was Google's answer? An unorthodox lobbying campaign. SENT: 1,210 words, photos, video.
-- GOOGLE-SCRUBBING SEARCH RESULTS -- Google sets up system to erase unflattering personal information from European results. SENT: 720 words, photo.
SPELLING BEE -- A 1st in 52 years: Teens from New York, Texas declared co-champions at National Spelling Bee. SENT: 700 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
RED CARPET SECURITY -- Fans give energy to red-carpet movie premieres, but also present security challenges. SENT: 700 words, photos.
TV-HALT AND CATCH FIRE -- AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire" shares a home and more with "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad." But the creators of the new drama series about the 1980s battle for personal computer dominance say it has a voice and look all its own. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by noon.
MUSIC-THE BLACK KEYS -- The Black Keys get used to the unexpectedly bumpy ride of life at the top. SENT: 770 words, photos.
TONY WATCH-SARAH GREENE -- Sarah Greene's Broadway debut hasn't been exactly a demure, polite one. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon, photos.
CANCER FERTILITY, HFR -- Doctors may have found a way to help young breast cancer patients avoid infertility caused by chemotherapy. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1800 GMT, then 600 words by 1830 GMT. HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 1800 GMT.
SPACEX-SPACECRAFT -- A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the International Space Station unveils a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.
-- SPACEX- 5 THINGS TO KNOW -- Five things to know about SpaceX's flight plans. SENT: 340 words, photo.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
ZUCKERBERG-PHILANTHROPY -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to the San Francisco Bay Area's public school system. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.
-- ZUCKERBERG-PHILANTHROPY-GLANCE -- Biggest charitable donors in the tech space in 2013. SENT: 280 words.
CONSUMER SPENDING -- US consumer spending slipped 0.1 percent in April, first decline in a year after March gain. SENT: 540 words.
CONSUMER SENTIMENT -- The University of Michigan issues its index of consumer sentiment for May. UPCOMING: 130 words after 10:30 a.m. release of report.
CLIPPERS-STERLING -- Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for a record-breaking $2 billion. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.