2014-06-12 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 1430 GMT:
-- IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- OBAMA-AL QAIDA (upcoming)
-- OPEC-PRECARIOUS BALANCE (sent; developing)
-- PAKISTAN (sent; developing)
-- TEEN BEHAVIOR (upcoming)
-- WORLD CUP (upcoming)
-- BUSH'S BIRTHDAY (sent; developing)
-- AMAZON-MUSIC (sent)
PHOTOS: MYANMAR-CHILD LABOR-PHOTO ESSAY (sent); WORLD CUP scene coverage (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:
IRAQ - The al-Qaida-inspired group that led the charge in capturing two key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq this week vows to march on to Baghdad, raising fears about the Shiite-led government's ability to slow the assault following the insurgents' lightning gains. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, videos, audio. UPCOMING: Developing on many fronts.
IRAQ-MILITARY - Despite years of training by the U.S. at the cost of billions of dollars, Iraq's military remains riven by sectarian discontents and corruption, easing the way for the militants' sweep. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 p.m.
UNITED STATES-IRAQ - The United States is preparing to send new aid to Iraq to help slow a violent insurgent march that is threatening to take over the nation's north. UPCOMING: Developing with new angles.
PAKISTAN - Missiles from U.S. drones slammed into militant hideouts overnight in northwestern Pakistan, killing 13 suspected insurgents and marking the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break, officials said Thursday. SENT: 630 words.
AFGHANISTAN-ELECTIONS - Afghan police and soldiers are manning checkpoints at almost every intersection, searching vehicles and banning trucks from the streets, tightening security ahead of a weekend presidential election. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SYRIA - A car bomb exploded in a pro-government neighborhood in the central Syrian city of Homs on Thursday, killing at least seven people, state media and activists said. SENT: 300 words.
SOUTH KOREA-SHIP SINK-MISSING OWNER - Here are some questions and answers about the raid in search of a fugitive billionaire businessman wanted in relation to the deadly ferry sinking in April and background factors. Why so many police? SENT: 680 words, photos.
BRITAIN-SECRET TRIAL - A British court ruled Thursday that the bulk of a terrorism trial can be held in secret on national security grounds, but rejected prosecutors' attempt to impose secrecy on the entire case, from the selection of the jury to the identity of the defendants. SENT: 600 words.
UKRAINE - Russia's foreign minister says the pro-Moscow separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine are ready for a cease-fire but that Kiev has to initiate the process. SENT: 290 words.
THAILAND-WORLD CUP HAPPINESS - The military junta that overthrew Thailand's elected government struck a blow for freedom Thursday -- the freedom to watch soccer. SENT: 780 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Preliminary autopsy findings show that a Palestinian teen killed during a lull in a West Bank confrontation between stone throwers and Israeli troops was killed by live ammunition, two human rights groups said Thursday. SENT: 400 words, photo.
GERMANY-HOLIDAY AFTER DEATH - Dying for a holiday, but can't fit one in? Not to worry -- a new European court ruling says vacation benefits are still valid after death. SENT: 120 words.
BALTICS-RUSSIA-TV WARS - Baltic countries mull joint Russian-language television channel to counter Kremlin propaganda. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.
QATAR MODESTY CAMPAIGN - Mariam Saleh is part of a campaign in the Gulf-Arab nation of Qatar that was spurred by locals who are fed up with the way many tourists and visitors dress. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-AUSTRALIA - Climate change could prove a touchy issue when Australia's conservative prime minister meets Obama in Washington. SENT: 650 words, photo. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1900 GMT after the 1455 GMT meeting, photos.
LIBYA - A Libyan security official says a suicide car bomber has targeted a checkpoint manned by troops loyal to a rogue Libyan general outside the eastern city of Benghazi, wounding three people. SENT: 130 words.
SWITZERLAND-HACKING ARRESTS - Swiss authorities say they have arrested a Swiss winemaker, a spy and two others on charges of hacking the computers of at least two journalists. SENT: 130 words.
MONACO-SECRET SON - The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of Paris Match magazine in a case involving Prince Albert of Monaco's secret son. SENT: 130 words.
TROPICAL WEATHER - Hurricane Cristina has rapidly strengthened to a major Category 4 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast. SENT: 110 words.
NKOREA-WEATHER SERVICE - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un complains about inaccurate weather service and old systems. SENT: 220 words.
OBAMA-AL QAIDA -- Obama's foreign policy doctrine is based on the notion that a splintered al-Qaida no longer poses a direct threat to the U.S. homeland and therefore limits the need for a direct American military response. But that limited approach is being tested by the al-Qaida affiliates. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2030 GMT.
CENSORING SURVEILLANCE -- The Obama administration has quietly been advising local police agencies not to disclose details about surveillance technology that local authorities are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1630 GMT, photos.
BERGDAHL-TALIBAN -- Despite the release of five Guantanamo Bay detainees in a swap for an American soldier, there are few indications the Taliban will enter peace talks any time soon after 13 years of war. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2130 GMT.
POLARIZED AMERICA - A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds Americans are divided by ideology and partisanship not only when they cast ballots, but also in choosing where to live, where to get their news and with whom to associate. SENT: 500 words, photo, graphic.
ROMNEY - Almost two years after his second failed White House bid, Romney has quietly sought kingmaker status in the GOP's fight for the U.S. Senate majority this fall and its quest to retake the White House in 2016. SENT: 500 words, photo.
GMO LABELING-NEW YORK - New York would be the largest state in the nation to require labels on food made from genetically modified crops under a proposal before state lawmakers. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2130 GMT.
BUSH'S BIRTHDAY - Former President George H.W. Bush can no longer use his legs, but he isn't letting that stop him from keeping a vow he made five years ago: to jump from an aircraft on his 90th birthday, which is Thursday. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2030 GMT.
BERGDAHL-FACEBOOK - In public Facebook posts written before he vanished from his military base in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl spoke of his frustration with the world, criticizing military commanders and musing about how to stop violence. SENT: 940 words, photos.
FACEBOOK-MURDER SOLICITATION - Authorities in central Alabama have arrested a 19-year-old woman they say tried to have someone she met on Facebook kill her family. SENT: 280 words.
PRIESTS ATTACKED - Police say one priest is shot and killed and another is wounded in an attack at a Catholic church in downtown Phoenix. SENT: 130 words.
TEEN BEHAVIOR (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT ) - Teens are fighting less, smoking less, drinking less, but playing video games much more -- so says the government's largest ongoing study of worrisome youth behaviors. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT.
SIERRA LEONE-EBOLA - The Sierra Leone government announced a state of emergency in the Kailahun district from the outbreak of the Ebola virus which has claimed 17 lives in this West African nation, banning public gatherings and closing schools. SENT: 260 words.
NASA-MARS TEST -- NASA plots possible next steps after unfavorable wind conditions forced it to miss a two-week window to launch a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo after 1700 GMT teleconference.
OPEC-PRECARIOUS BALANCE - The world oil market has set up quite nicely for OPEC. SENT: 890 words, photos. UPCOMING: New angles with a more spot news focus.
AMAZON MUSIC - Amazon is launching a music streaming service for its Prime members, adding yet another freebie to its popular free-shipping plan ahead of the expected unveiling of its first smartphone next weekSENT: 690 words, photos.
JAPAN-BOEING - Boeing inks a deal for five Japanese companies to manufacture key components for its twin aisle 777X jets but the contract doesn't include making the wings, which were a source of delays for the 787 Dreamliner. SENT: 460 words, photos.
DIGITAL LIFE-GADGET WATCH-HUAWEI PHONE - Gadget Watch: Huawei's Mate2 phone impressive for half the price of typical high-end phone. SENT: 830 words, photo.
WCUP-BRAZIL WATCHES - In remote Amazon villages, they're watching. On sun-drenched Copacabana beach, thousands will gather before a giant screen. In hole-in-the-wall bars, haughty high society clubs, and family living rooms across this continent-sized country, all eyes will be on the TV as the World Cup finally begins and Brazil takes on Croatia. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
WCUP-US MEDIA-FIVE QUESTIONS - Here are some media questions and answers heading into the World Cup. SENT: 650 words, photos.
BRAZIL IN THE US - As all eyes turn to Brazil for the World Cup, Brazilians in the U.S. are also gaining notice. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
MUSIC-CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITING - How many people does it take to write a hit song? If you're Pharrell, one. If you're Pitbull or Jason Derulo, probably eight -- and counting. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
TV-CNN'S STRUGGLE - CNN looks for a substitute when news doesn't deliver, but will 'original series' do the trick? SENT: 740 words.
GAMES-E3-VIRTUAL REALITY - While the lines to try virtual reality have been among the longest at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the buzzed-about technology isn't necessarily a dominating force at the annual gathering of the game industry, not when there are dozens of others queues -- and immediate financial prospects -- for traditional games. SENT: 620 words, photos.
MYANMAR-CHILD LABOR-PHOTO ESSAY -- Myanmar boy earns less than 4 cents for each basket of gravel he hauls. SENT: 450 words, photos.