2014-06-06 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:
-- UKRAINE (Putin, Poroshenko meet) (sent; developing)
- D-DAY COMMEMORATIONS (sent; developing)
-- VODAPHONE-SURVEILLANCE (sent; developing)
-- ECONOMY (sent; developing)
-- CANADA SHOOTING (sent; developing)
-- SEATTLE CAMPUS SHOOTINGS (sent; developing)
-- AFGHANISTAN (sent; developing)
-- BERGDAHL NEWS GUIDE (upcoming)
-- GM INVESTIGATION-IF YOUR CAR QUITS (upcoming)
PHOTOS: D-DAY COMMEMORATIONS (sent; developing)
VIDEO: D-DAY COMMEMORATIONS (sent; developing)
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 GMT):
UKRAINE - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's newly elected leader have spoken of their desire for a quick end to hostilities in southeastern Ukraine at their meeting Friday at the D-Day commemorations in France, a Russian spokesman said. SENT: 460 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1600 GMT.
-- UKRAINE-POROSHENKO-Q&A-- SENT: 540 words, photos.
OBAMA-PUTIN -- Add another awkward chapter to the story of Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin's tense relationship. At the 70th celebration of D-Day, Obama seemed at first to go to some lengths to avoid talking with Soviet President Vladimir Putin. But then the pair had an informal conversation on the margins of the G-7 leaders luncheon. SENT, 150 words. UPCOMING, 600 words by 2000 GMT.
UKRAINE-POROSHENKO Q&A -- Who is the Chocolate King? SENT: 550 words, photos.
VODAPHONE-SURVEILLANCE - Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobil ephone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks Friday, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator's network without seeking permission. SENT: 560 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; also GLANCE highlighting most notable details frosm the report.
CANADA SHOOTING - A man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wounding of two others in a rare case of gun violence in eastern Canada is arrested early Friday. SENT: 820 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing
AFGHANISTAN - The leading Afghan presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt Friday when two bombs struck his convoy after a campaign event in the capital, a reminder of Afghanistan's fragility as it prepares for its first democratic transfer of power with foreign combat troops set to withdraw by the end of the year. SENT: 570 words, photos.
GERMANY-SPIES UNCOVERED -- Germany's foreign intelligence agency officially lifts the lid on some of its worst-kept secrets, acknowledging that half a dozen facilities around the country are in fact spy stations -- as anyone with Internet access could already figure out. SENT: 320 words, photos.
VATICAN-MIDEAST - Pope Francis is seeking to rekindle the dream of peace by bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together this weekend for a unique common prayer for peace in the Vatican gardens. SENT: 370 words.
THAILAND-POLITICS - Thai police warned online critics of the military junta that they will "come get you" for posting political views that could incite divisiveness, the latest reminder about surveillance of social media in post-coup Thailand. SENT: 710 words, photos.
PALESTINIANS-DEEPEST RIFT - Foes Hamas and Fatah managed to set aside some of their differences to form a Palestinian unity government, but the hardest part of reconciliation may still lie ahead. SENT: 900 words, photos.
NORTH KOREA-AMERICAN DETAINED - An American tourist has been detained in North Korea for allegedly committing an unspecified crime, the country's official news agency reported Friday. SENT: 390 words.
INDIA-CUSTODY KILLING - Seventeen Indian police officers were convicted Friday of kidnapping and killing a 22-year-old jobseeker in custody and could face the death penalty. SENT: 250 words.
INDIA-TEMPLE CLASH - Sikhs brandishing swords and sticks and shouting for a new homeland clashed with guards at the faith's holiest shrine in India, an official said. Six people were wounded. SENT: 250 words.
D-DAY-COMMEMORATIONS - Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, Vladimir Putin and thousands of veterans and other world leaders gather on beaches holding commemorations along Normandy's coast 70 years since the D-Day landings. SENT: 500 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.
OBAMA -- He returned to the hallowed battleground in what he called a "powerful manifestation of America's commitment to human freedom" that lives on in a new generation. SENT, 650 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.
D-DAY-NOTEBOOK - Scenes from the celebrations. UPCOMING: updated throughout the day.
D-DAY-THE LIBERATORS-RETURN - AP follows U.S. veterans on Omaha Beach as they honor their fallen comrades-in-arms, meet with French survivors. SENT: 580 words, photos.
D-DAY-EVENTS -- A look at events around the world commemoration the 70th anniversary of D-Day. SENT: 880 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updating throughout the day.
D-DAY-THE QUEEN - A look at key moments in Elizabeth's life that make World War II commemorations so important to her.
OBAMA and OBAMA-PUTIN - see WORLD section
BERGDAHL-NEWS GUIDE -- As details emerge about the soldier, the deal and how the rescue came together, the list of questions has only been growing. A look at what's known -- and unknown -- about saving Sgt. Bergdahl. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.
BERGDAHL-DECOMPRESSING-Q&A - Once released from captivity, a soldier like Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl enters a series of debriefings and counseling sessions. A look at how this plays out. SENT: 720 words, photos, interactive.
- AFGHANISTAN-BERGDAHL - Taliban spokesman says Bergdahl was treated well. SENT: 380 words.
CLINTON DOCUMENTS -- National Archives releasing another 2,000 pages of documents from the Clinton White House years. Mid-afternoon release time. UPCOMING, 300 words by 4 p.m.
- HILLARY CLINTON-CUBA - In new book, Hillary Rodham Clinton says she pushed to end decades-old embargo on Cuba. SENT: 550 words.
SEATTLE CAMPUS SHOOTING - A student who subdued and pepper sprayed a gunman who killed one at a Seattle university likely prevented further loss of life with his actions, police said. Authorities, who have a 26-year-old man in custody, were still searching for a motive. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing; seeking more details on the heroes and the suspect, among other angles.
TELEMEDICINE TAKES OFF - Doctors across rural America are increasingly seeking help in emergencies from video services that lets them connect with hospitals in bigger cities. SENT: 750 words, photo.
ECONOMY - U.S. employers add 217,000 jobs in May, notching a substantial gain for a fourth straight month and fueling hopes the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year. SENT: 500 words, photo.
GM INVESTIGATION-IF YOUR CAR QUITS-- The General Motors ignition switches blamed for dozens of crashes, some fatal, aren't the only reason a moving car can suddenly stall. It happened to Bill Van Tassel a couple of weeks ago, as he was steering his Mazda Miata around a turn on an interstate onramp. Van Tassel was better prepared than most folks: He's in charge of driver training programs at AAA. Here are his tips for what to do if your car's engine quits. UPCOMING: 800, by 4 p.m.
ECB ACTION-WILL IT WORK? - The European Central Bank took bold steps to protect Europe's fragile economic recovery, cutting interest rates and offering to pump more money into the financial system. SENT: 900 words, photo.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN-CEO - Even the CEO of Royal Caribbean admits that he once avoided cruises. "I had always thought 'I'm too sophisticated for this,'" Richard Fain says. That hesitation is a big stumbling block as Fain tries to lure more passengers onto the world's second-biggest cruise line. By Scott Mayerowitz. UPCOMING: 860 words by 10 a.m., photos, video.
TRIPLE CROWN FRENZY - Belmont Stakes officials say the possibility of the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years comes as they're unveiling a new program designed to attract fans even when history isn't on the line. SENT: 900 words, photo.
WCUP-AMAZON ANIMALS - Between the parents, the four kids, the dog, the two sloths, the python and the baby caiman, it's a tight fit in the Silva family's two-room floating home in the Amazon rainforest. SENT: 670 words, photos, interactive.
WCUP-STRIKE THREATS - A series of strikes by public transport workers, police, teachers and others across the nation is proving more disruptive than protests, and some fear could cause chaos during the tournament. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FERRET FORGIVENESS - Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration says it could hold a hearing by the end of the year on a measure that could make ferrets legal in the city once again. SENT: 470 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TONY-PREDICTIONS - It's been a year on Broadway so unpredictable that the only thing for certain at the Tony Awards on Sunday is that Hugh Jackman will be the host. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.
MUSIC-STAGE MISHAPS - Several artists attending the CMA Music Festival talk about their experiences falling off the stage. SENT: 780 words, photos.
- JANE FONDA-AFI - Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Lily Tomlin among those celebrating Jane Fonda at AFI ceremony. SENT: 460 words, photos.
ITALY-SINGING NUN - A singing nun who became an Internet star for her unadorned pop song performances in full habit triumphs at Italy's version of musical competition "The Voice." SENT: 130 words, photos.