2014-06-11 10:42 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 1430 GMT:
-- HOUSE LEADER DEFEATED (sent; developing)
-- IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- MILITANTS RISE-ANALYSIS (upcoming)
-- BERGDAHL-CONGRESS (sent; developing)
-- TRACY MORGAN-ACCIDENT (sent; developing)
-- SYRIA-SURVIVING THE BLOCKADE (sent)
-- OREGON SCHOOL SHOOTING (sent; developing)
-- ARCHAEOLOGY-OIL BOOM (upcoming)
-- WEALTH GAP-CONSTRUCTION BOOM (upcoming)
-- ARCTIC SPIES (sent)
-- WCUP-STADIUM'S BIG TEST (upcoming)
PHOTOS: Congressional upsets photo gallery; HOUSE LEADER DEFEATED-related spot staffing.
VIDEO: Trying to get video of Cantor today, but details TBD; other Cantor-related coverage planned.
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:
HOUSE LEADER DEFEATED - A little-known and under-funded tea party challenger crushes Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a stunning upset in a Republican primary election, denying the second most powerful man in the U.S. House of Representatives a place on the November ballot and riding a wave of conservative anger over calls to loosen immigration laws. SENT: 800 words, photos. Developing.
CANTOR-IMMIGRATION ANALYSIS - Immigration may have cost Cantor his election. His defeat almost certainly dooms the issue in the House. SENT: 720 words, photo.
IRAQ - Iraqi authorities are determined to recapture the northern city of Mosul after most of it was overrun by al-Qaida-inspired militants, the provincial governor said Wednesday after he fled the city along with half a million other residents. SENT: 640 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing with reporting on several fronts, details TBD.
MILITANTS RISE-ANALYSIS - It has been a week of stunning advances by Islamic militants across a belt of the Middle East. More than a decade after the U.S. launched its "war on terrorism," Islamic militant groups seem bolder than ever before, exploiting the erosion or outright collapse of central government control in a string of strategically vital nations. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 1900 GMT photos.
IRAQ-EU - The fall of the major northern Iraqi city of Mosul to insurgents must push the country's leaders to work together and deal with the "mortal threat" facing Iraq, the country's foreign minister said Wednesday. SENT: 400 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-IRAQ - As a Sunni Muslim insurgency gains ground in Iraq, the United States is pondering whether the violent march could be slowed with new leadership in Baghdad after years of divisive policies pushed by the Shiite prime minister. SENT: 960 words, photo.
EGYPT-SEXUAL ASSAULT - Bearing red flowers, Egypt's newly sworn-in president on Wednesday apologized in person to a woman who was sexually assaulted by a mob during weekend celebrations marking his inauguration. SENT: 620 words, photos.
EGYPT - A court convicts a prominent activist from Egypt's 2011 uprising for demonstrating without permit and assaulting a policeman, sentencing him to 15 years in prison. SENT: 640 words, photos.
EUROPE-TRANSPORT - Cabbies and train workers walked off the job on Wednesday, leaving traffic snarled in some of Europe's biggest cities as they protested changes to the travel industry that they say could endanger passengers and give untested upstarts an unfair advantage. SENT: 630 words, photos.
CHINA-INDIA - Amid fierce disputes with Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, China is reaching out to India in a warming trend that could help ramp up economic exchanges and dissipate decades of distrust between the two giant neighbors. SENT: 850 word, photos.
THAILAND-WORLD CUP HAPPINESS - Thailand's military junta, which promised to "return happiness to the people" after last month's coup, asked regulatory officials on Wednesday to find a way to allow the country's many soccer fans to watch the entire World Cup for free. SENT: 300 words, photos.
SPAIN-KING ABDICATES - Spain's Parliament on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of urgent government legislation allowing King Juan Carlos to abdicate this month and hand over his duties to Crown Prince Felipe. SENT: 330 words, photos.
SYRIA SURVIVING THE BLOCKADE - Over the course of the 700-day blockade, Zeinat Akhras's world shrunk to her living room and her kitchen. She survived reading books, eating plants -- and refusing to look in the mirror, because seeing her withered state might break her spirit. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
SYRIA - A rebel coalition in Syria dominated by Islamic factions announced a new push to dislodge fighters from a rival, al-Qaida-inspired group from the northern province of Aleppo, activists said Wednesday. SENT: 450 words, photo.
SOUTH KOREA-SHIP SINKS-MISSING OWNER - Thousands of South Korean police officers storm a sprawling church compound in their hunt for a fugitive billionaire businessman over April's ferry sinking. SENT: 590 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into Israel on Wednesday for the first time since rival Palestinian factions formed a national unity government, the Israeli military said. SENT: 320 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-US-TERROR SUSPECT - Philippine army troops and police capture a top Filipino commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group who is on the U.S. list of most-wanted. SENT: 370 words, photo.
ARCTIC SPIES - As climate change eats away at the ice covering the North Pole, Arctic nations are fishing for secrets in East-West spy games echoing Cold War rivalries. The military dimension remains important, but this time there's an economic aspect, too. SENT: 1,340 words, photos, map. Abridged version of 1,000 words also available.
FRANCE-FAR RIGHT FEUD - A Greek tragedy is playing out in the House of Le Pen, the seat of France's rising far right, with the wounded patriarch lashing out at his daughter, his political heir, in a feud over an anti-Semitic smear that goes to the heart of her efforts to broaden the party's support. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 1800 GMT.
EUROPE-TAX AVOIDANCE -- The European Union Commission's antitrust regulator is investigating deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with tax authorities in several European countries to see whether they amount to unfair state aid. SENT: 410 words.
CZECH-TURTLE SMUGGLING - Czech officials say airport customs authorities have seized 47 endangered turtles that a foreign national smuggled from Asia. SENT: 130 words.
JAPAN-AUSTRALIA-SUBMARINE - Japan and Australia agree to jointly develop stealth submarine technology, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushes his country toward a more assertive global military role. SENT: 480 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-CHILD LABOR - More children are doing harsh and dangerous work in Philippine villages hit by Typhoon Haiyan last November, the United Nation's labor agency says. SENT: 360 words, photos.
HONG KONG-CHINA-TENSIONS - Foreign business groups in Hong Kong join the city's billionaire tycoons in opposing a pro-democracy group's plans for an Occupy-style protest while activists burn copies of a policy document asserting Beijing's authority over the Asian financial center. SENT: 500 words, photos.
CHINA-CULT CRACKDOWN - China announces the roundup of hundreds of alleged cult members following a deadly attack in which a group of adherents beat a woman to death in a McDonald's restaurant. SENT: 280 words.
SRI LANKA-MEDIA - Sri Lanka's government has disrupted a training program for journalists from the country's former civil war zone, accusing them of being agents for the defeated Tamil Tiger separatists, a corruption watchdog says. SENT: 200 words.
CAMBODIA-US-CHILD ABUSE -- An American man sought in the U.S. on child sex allegations is convicted in Cambodia on charges that he sexually abused five boys at a Christian orphanage he ran. SENT: 200 words.
BERGDAHL-CONGRESS - Hagel faces angry lawmakers as the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the swap of five high-level Guantanamo Bay terrorism detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. SENT: 460 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1400 GMT House committee hearing.
FRIENDLY FIRE-NEWS GUIDE - The deaths of five Americans killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan stand as a fresh reminder of the dangers of friendly fire, an element of war that is older than the nation. SENT: 730 words, photos.
OREGON SCHOOL SHOOTING -- Despite beefed-up security, a teenage gunman carrying a rifle was able to walk into the gym of a high school with a gun, killing a student. Looking for details of how the shooting unfolded, motive, ID of shooter. SENT: 960 words.
TRACY MORGAN-ACCIDENT - The Wal-Mart truck driver charged in the fatal crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed his friend makes an initial court appearance. SENT: 200 words, photo. UPCOMING: updates from 1900 GMT hearing.
ARCHAEOLOGY-OIL BOOM - The oil boom has created a jobs bonanza for archaeologists, who must survey the land before a single spade of dirt can be turned. There's also a constant tension: Employees are trained to find important evidence of the past, but the companies that pay them would prefer not to turn up anything that gets in the way of profits. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
STRIPPERS-WEALTHY MEN DRUGGED - A crew of New York City strippers scammed wealthy men by spiking their drinks with illegal synthetic drugs, then driving them to strip clubs that ran up tens of thousands of dollars on their credit cards while they were too wasted to stop it, authorities said Wednesday. SENT: 350 words.
NASA-MARS TEST - NASA has postponed its plan to send a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars. SENT: 130 words.
ANCIENT FISH (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT) - New fossils are giving scientists their first good look at one of the earliest known fishes, and researchers say that helps show how animals evolved jaws. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT, 130 words, photo.
LEW-ECONOMY - Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the economy should grow at much stronger rates the rest of this year as the country overcomes the impact of a harsh winter. SENT: 140 words.
WEALTH GAP-HOME CONSTRUCTION -- Americans increasingly say they prefer to live near the centers of cities and towns, where commutes tend to be easier and culture, restaurants and entertainment close by. Yet land in many cities has surged in price. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, video.
EUROPE-TAX AVOIDANCE - The European Union's antitrust regulator has launched an investigation into tax deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with some European countries, the start of a wider push to keep multinationals from taking advantage of loopholes. SENT: 400 words, photos.
CHINA-STARTUP BOOM - China might seem an odd choice for young tech entrepreneurs. Perceptions, however, are changing. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
ALIBABA-11 MAIN - Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce company, is making its first appearance in the U.S. with the debut of 11Main.com, an invite-only online marketplace that showcases small business retailers. SENT: 540 words, photo.
GLOBAL STOCKS-FRAGILE FIVE - Brazil, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Turkey were dubbed the "Fragile Five." Now those countries look a lot more appealing to investors. SENT: 950 words, photos.
FOOD COMPANIES-ENVIRONMENT- Walmart, Coca-Cola, and General Mills are among a growing group of corporations insisting that farmers adopt sustainability practices to protect the environment and to ensure they have a plentiful supply of the raw materials they need. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2000 GMT.
JAPAN-TOYOTA-RECALL -- Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 650,000 vehicles in Japan and repeating a recall for problems with front passenger air bag inflators announced last year, seeking to fix some 2.27 million vehicles. SENT: 250 words.
See WORLD CUP DIGEST FOR FULL LIST OF STORIES
WCUP-STADIUM'S BIG TEST - The biggest question for Thursday's opening match of the World Cup isn't whether host Brazil can beat Croatia but how the unfinished and troublesome Itaquerao stadium will fare in its first ever encounter with a full-capacity crowd. Will the 61,600 spectators be safe? Will everything work? Not even World Cup organizers can be completely sure of the answers to those essential questions. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
WCUP-THE JERSEYS - The World Cup will be a carnival of color and fashion, from Brazil's bright yellow jerseys to the Netherlands' classic orange to Croatia's red checkered home kit and the superhero-inspired looks of Mexico. SENT: 700 words, photos.
WCUP-INDESTRUCTIBLE BALL - The founders of the One World Futbol project wanted to make sure kids didn't have to play with balls that were falling apart or ruined after a few weeks of play. In four years they have shipped more than 850,000 soccer balls to organizations in some of the most dire places on the globe. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos
THAILAND-WORLD CUP HAPPINESS - See line in WORLD section.
WCUP-ROUSSEFF SPEECH - President Dilma Rousseff appeals to Brazilians to support the World Cup. SENT: 670 words, photo.
WCUP-BRAZIL-SUBWAY STRIKE -- With a subway strike put on hold, traffic in Brazil's biggest city returns to its normal, congested nature, but there is no guarantee service will be on for the World Cup opening. SENT: 410 words, photos, video.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
GAMES-E3-SURPRISES - Can game makers still astonish? SENT: 530 words, photos, video.
FILM-TATUM-HILL - Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill star in the new film "22 Jump Street." SENT: 700 word, photos.
BRITAIN-CHRISSIE HYNDE - Her new record, "Stockholm," is her first without The Pretenders name tag. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
WOMEN IN FILM - Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington are among the honorees at Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Developing from ceremony that starts at 0200 GMT.
BRITAIN-JK-ROWLING - "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling waded into the world of Muggle politics Wednesday, announcing a $1.68 million donation to the campaign against Scottish independence. SENT: 320 words, photos.
AMAZON ART-KINSTLER PORTRAITS - SENT: 400 words, photos.