2014-06-03 11:01 PM
Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. HIGHLIGHTING:
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:
-- CAPTURED SOLDIER (sent; developing); with profile and other elements.
-- OBAMA (sent; developing)
-- PRIMARY ROUNDUP (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- SYRIA (sent; developing)
-- THAILAND-POLITICS (note "Hunger Games" angle)
PHOTOS: CHINA-TIANANMEN-THEN AND NOW (sent); WORLD CUP-TATTOOED FANS-PHOTO ESSAY (sent)
VIDEO: NY_CRICKET (sent; with text and photos)
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 (all times EDT):
CAPTURED SOLDIER - Obama defends his decision to release five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for freeing an American soldier, saying his administration had consulted with Congress about that possibility "for some time." SENT: 800 words as CAPTURED SOLDIER-OBAMA; UPCOMING: CAPTURED SOLDIER developing and being further reported on a number of fronts, details TBD.
CAPTURED SOLDIER-BOWE BERGDAHL (profile) - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl always seemed to be searching for something to define his life. Growing up in the mountain town of Hailey, Idaho, Bergdahl was as likely to be found inside, at a local library, as he was to be spotted outside, riding his bicycle through the hills that border the small town. Home-schooled, Bergdahl would perform in a ballet. Or he'd join a fencing club. Or he'd dabble in foreign languages. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
CAPTURED SOLDIER-QATAR - Right up until the moment Bergdahl was freed, U.S. officials weren't sure the Taliban would really release him. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.
CAPTURED SOLDIER-CLINTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton gives measured defense of the Bergdahl-Taliban prisoner swap. SENT: 390 words, photos.
OBAMA - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, Obama says, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine. Obama is on a three-country swing through EuropeUkr. SENT: 860 words. UPCOMING: Updates after meeting with central European leaders; 880 words by 1900 GMT, photos, video, audio.
CHINA CYBERSPYING - In the two weeks since the Obama administration, with fanfare, accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets, they have yet to be placed on Interpol's public listing of international fugitives, and there is no evidence that China would even entertain a formal request by the U.S. to extradite them. SENT: 1100 words, photos.
UKRAINE -- Ukrainian troops launch an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advance through the city's outskirts, the nation's interior minister says. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 11 a.m., focusing on Poroshenko ahead of his inauguration.
- RUSSIA-UKRAINE - Russia's gas giant Gazprom hails progress in talks to resolve an impending Ukrainian gas crisis. SENT: 120 words.
SYRIA - Waving photos of their leader and dancing with flags, tens of thousands of Syrians pledged renewed allegiance to President Bashar Assad as they voted Tuesday across government-controlled parts of the country in a presidential election decried by the opposition as a charade. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video.
- SYRIA-ELECTION-CANDIDATES - A look at Assad and his challengers. SENT: 350 words, photos.
- SYRIA-TIMELINE - A look at key events in Syria's uprising. SENT: 750 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Israel's prime minister said Tuesday he is "deeply troubled" by the United States' decision to maintain relations with the new Palestinian unity government, urging Washington to tell the Palestinian president that his alliance with the Hamas militant group is unacceptable. SENT: 480 words, photo.
OBAMA-GLOBAL WARMING-TREATY HOPES - Obama's proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions might improve the chances of completing a global climate treaty but is unlikely to defuse demands by China, India and others for Americans to do more. SENT: 840 words, photos.
CHINA-TIANANMEN ANNIVERSARY - Beijing puts additional police on the street and detains government critics as part of a security crackdown on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the crushing of pro-democracy protests centered on the capital's Tiananmen Square. SENT: 740 words, photos.
- CHINA-TIANANMEN THEN AND NOW - Images of Tiananmen in 1989 and now. SENT: 150 words, photos.
HONG KONG-TIANANMEN MUSEUM - Organizers behind the June 4 Memorial Museum opened the exhibition in spite of resistance from neighboring tenants and it now attracts a steady stream of visitors, including many from mainland China curious about an event that's been all but erased from textbooks. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
THAILAND-POLITICS - Thailand's military rulers say they are monitoring a new form of silent resistance to the coup - a three-fingered salute borrowed from "The Hunger Games" - and will arrest those in large groups who ignore warnings to lower their arms. SENT: 510 words, photos.
SPAIN-KING ABDICATES - Spain's prime minister holds emergency cabinet meeting to prepare legislation allowing King Juan Carlos to abdicate and hand the crown to Prince Felipe. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
- THAILAND-CURFEW - Thailand's military junta lifts a curfew at three popular beach resorts. SENT: 220 words.
INDIA-TOILETS-RAPE RISKS - The lack of toilets across India is a glaring problem that threatens women's safety. SENT: 820 words, photos.
VIETNAM-CHINA-ECONOMIC STAKES - As standoff over rig deepens, Vietnam's China dependent factories worry; suppliers stay away. SENT: 900 words, photos.
NIGERIA-VIOLENCE - Nigeria's 10 generals and five other senior military officers are found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists. SENT: 420 words.
PAKISTAN - A Pakistan air force fighter jet crashed into the country's largest city after a technical fault Tuesday, killing two pilots and a civilian on the ground, authorities said. SENT: 180 words.
BRITAIN-PAKISTAN-POLITICIAN ARRESTED - British police have arrested leading Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain on suspicion of money-laundering. SENT: 300 words.
LIBYA - The newly-elected Libyan prime minister takes charge of his office with the help of an Islamic militia. SENT: 480 words.
FRANCE-REDRAWING THE MAP - The French government's plan to erase internal borders, cut bureaucracy draws ire. SENT: 130 words.
SRI LANKA-FLOODS - Officials say at least 22 people have died from two days of floods and mudslides triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains. SENT: 100 words.
TROPICAL WEATHER - A tropical depression is nearing southern Mexico's Pacific coast, where it's forecast to bring torrential rains. SENT: 130 words.
AUSTRALIA-WOMEN WARRIORS - More than 60 women have signed up for combat roles in the Australian military since gender restrictions were lifted last year from the most dangerous defense jobs, an official says. SENT: 360 words.
HUNGARY-MEDIA - A new proposal in Hungary to impose a heavy tax on media advertising revenues threatens the free press, journalists and analysts said Tuesday. SENT: 320 words.
PROSTITUTION RING-FORT HOOD -- A sergeant at Fort Hood in Texas who was a coordinator of the post's sexual assault prevention program faces charges he set up a prostitution ring involving cash-strapped female soldiers. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1900 GMT.
TEEN STOWAWAY - About an hour after a teen was discovered on a Maui runway last month, a nonplussed pilot preparing to depart tells air traffic controllers he will be a bit delayed because "a guy is seeming to have stowed away in the landing gear from San Jose to Maui." SENT: 600 words, photo.
GLOBAL WARMING-TRIBES -- Two of the Southwest's largest coal-fired power plants straddle the San Juan River in New Mexico, but one of them won't factor into the Obama administration's plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions because it is located on an American Indian reservation. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2100 GMT, photos.
GUN RIGHTS DEMONSTRATIONS-NRA - Companies, customers and others critical of Texas gun rights advocates who have brought military-style assault rifles into businesses as part of demonstrations supporting "open carry" rights now have a surprising ally: the National Rifle Association. SENT: 400 words.
DESTROYER DEPARTURE-SPAIN - A U.S. warship that's capable of shooting down ballistic missiles has started its voyage to its new home port in Spain. SENT: 130 words.
PRIMARY RDP - The struggle for control of the Republican Party moves to Mississippi, where the ultraconservative tea party movement has its best remaining chance to topple an establishment-backed candidate in a brutally fought Senate primary race. Mississippi is one of eight states holding primaries that will help determine whether Republicans have a credible chance of gaining the six Senate seats required to take control of the chamber from Democrats in November elections. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: updates as polls close. 800 words by 0100 GMT, photos,
--Polls close in most of Alabama, in Mississippi and in New Jersey at 0000 GMT, in South Dakota and New Mexico at 0100 GMT, in Iowa and Montana at 0200 GMT, and in California at 0300 GMT.
BRITAIN-3-PARENT EMBRYOS - Britain's fertility regulator says controversial techniques to create embryos from the DNA of three people "do not appear to be unsafe" even though no one has ever received the treatment, according to a new report released Tuesday. SENT: 450 words
SIERRA LEONE - EBOLA - Foreign mining company personnel have left the country while others are undergoing body temperature screening at work sites, company officials said Tuesday as the death toll from an Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone rose to at least five victims. SENT: 310 words.
PIRACY-ADVERTISING - Why does movie and music piracy continue to thrive online? Because crafty operators of criminal websites are siphoning advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
CRICKET CRAZE - Cricket, the international game of bats and balls that isn't baseball, is enjoying a surge of popularity in America, with the debut of a national league this spring and higher demand to build "pitches" across the country. SENT: 560 words, photos, video.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
CUBA-WOMEN DRUMMERS - Cuba women drummers overcome stigma, prohibition to break into male-dominated percussion scene.. SENT: 640 words, photos.
CAMBODIA-ANCIENT STATUES - Cambodia welcomes back three statues that had been in Western art collections after having been looted from a 1,000-year-old temple during the country's civil war. SENT: 670 words.
MUSIC-JIMMY PAGE - Since a Led Zeppelin reunion is out of the question these days, Jimmy Page has done the next best thing -- re-mastered the band's catalog. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1500 GMT, photos, video.
CHINA-ANGELINA JOLIE - Angelina Jolie says she and Brad Pitt won't tighten their security policies during publicity events after he was accosted on the red carpet in Los Angeles. SENT: 130 words, photos.
CHINA-TIANANMEN-THEN AND NOW - Tiananmen Square in the middle of Beijing has long been the center of political activity in China. But it is most well-known outside of China as the place where a student-led pro-democracy movement was crushed by the People's Liberation Army 25 years ago. Images from Tiananmen Square in 1989 and now. AP Photo package.
WORLD CUP-TATTOOED FANS-PHOTO ESSAY - The fanatic passion some Brazilian soccer fans feel for their favorite teams really gets under their skin - in the case of Delneri Viana, 83 times and counting. The 69-year-old retiree has that many tattoos extolling his love for Botafogo. SENT: 370 words, photos.
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