2014-06-13 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:
-- IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- OBAMA-HOW WARS END (upcoming)
-- BERGDAHL (sent; developing)
-- AFGHANISTAN ELECTIONS (sent; developing)
-- THAILAND-TRAFFICKING'S TOLL (sent)
-- AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS (sent)
-- GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL (sent; developing)
PHOTOS: ARGENTINA-HORSE WHISPERER-PHOTO ESSAY (sent)
VIDEO: BERGDAHL RETURN (sent)
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 - Militants who seized large swaths of Iraq's Sunni heartland with lightning advances this week push into an ethnically mixed province, capturing two towns northeast of Baghdad as neighboring Shiite powerhouse Iran signals its willingness to confront the growing threat. The fresh gains by insurgents come as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government struggles to form a coherent response after the militant blitz plunged Iraq into its worst crisis since the withdrawal of U.S. troops. SENT: 990 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing on a number of fronts, including a separate on Al-Maliki's future as he tried to put together his coalition for a third term.
UNITED STATES-IRAQ -- In London, Kerry cites years of U.S. fighting in Iraq as a reason for considering new military action to battle a growing insurgency there but not in neighboring Syria's civil war. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
OBAMA-HOW WARS END -- As he announced plans to pull the last U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, he declared, "This is how wars end in the 21st century." But less than three weeks later, there is a sudden burst of uncertainty. What about the fast-moving Islamic insurgency now pressing toward Baghdad? Can keeping forces in Afghanistan for two more years prevent a similar backslide there, or are extremists simply lying in wait until the last Americans leave? UPCOMING: 700 words by 2030 GMT, photos.
- UN-IRAQ REFUGEES - U.N. says 800,000 Iraq refugees this year because of fighting between government and rebels. SENT: 120 words.
THAILAND-TRAFFICKING'S TOLL - Min Min Chan, 17, was too sick to eat, and his chest ached with each breath he sucked. Tens of thousands of invisible migrants like Chan are trafficked annually through Thailand. Next week, when a U.S. report on human trafficking comes out, Thailand may be punished for allowing that exploitation. SENT: 2,000 words, photos.
- THAILAND-POLITICS - Thai junta chief says temporary charter to be drafted, interim government set up by September. SENT: 350 words, photo.
AFGHANISTAN-ELECTION - Despite Taliban threats of violence, many Afghans vow to cast ballots in Saturday's presidential runoff vote with hopes that whoever replaces Hamid Karzai will be able to provide security and stability. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 1900 GMT.
EGYPT-SEXUAL ASSAULT - Egypt is asking YouTube to remove a video of a woman being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during a rally supporting the country's newly elected president. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
UKRAINE-RISING NATIONALIST - Militant bravado against pro-Russian separatists wins support for Ukraine radical. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-PLANE - Fifty-fifty, a Malaysian official says of how his country and Australia will split the bill for the increasingly massive search for the missing jetliner. Not so fast, Canberra responded. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.
SOUTH KOREA-POLITICS - South Korea's president replaces seven Cabinet members in an apparent bid to win back sagging public trust in her administration after April's ferry disaster. SENT: 320 words.
INDIA-DEFAMING MODI - Police in southern India arrest seven people, including four students, and charge them with defaming the country's new prime minister in a college magazine, officials say. SENT: 430 words, photos.
BRITAIN-SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUMMIT - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has joined actress Angelina Jolie and Britain's foreign minister in calling for an end to rape and sexual violence in conflict zones. SENT: 130 words.
ISRAEL-GAY PRIDE - Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens and others partied Friday through central Tel Aviv as tens of thousands of people took part in the city's annual gay pride parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East. SENT: 350 words, photos.
FRANCE-FACEBOOK DARE-DEATH - French police are warning young people about the dangers of a dare spreading on Facebook that has left a young man dead and another severely injured. SENT: 130 words.
MACAU-FERRY ACCIDENT - A high-speed ferry heading to Macau crashed into a breakwater in the Asian gambling hub's harbor Friday, leaving 58 people with minor injuries. SENT: 300 words, photos.
CHINA-OUTSPOKEN LAWYER - Chinese authorities say they have formally arrested a rights lawyer who is well known for his efforts to defend free speech, abolish labor camps and publicize abuses by police and Communist Party officials. SENT: 330 words.
HOLOCAUST-MUSICAL REDEMPTION - Edgar Krasa and several hundred fellow concentration camp inmates defied the Nazis through music. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS - Air traffic controllers are still working schedules known as "rattlers" that make it likely they'll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, more than three years after a series of incidents involving controllers sleeping on the job, according to a government report released Friday. SENT: 960 words, photos.
OBAMA - He is making his first presidential visit to Indian Country for a look at two sides of Native American life -- a celebration of colorful cultural traditions on the powwow grounds and a view of the often bleak modern-day conditions on tribal lands. SENT: 670 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from Obama event scheduled for 2045 GMT, photos.
IMMIGRATION -- Within minutes of Cantor's loss to a fellow Republican who ran fervently against "amnesty," much of Washington summarily declared an immigration overhaul dead in the water. But Obama insists that's premature. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1930 GMT, photos.
HILLARY CLINTON-REASONS TO RUN -- A look at how Hillary Clinton uses her new book to lay out reasons to run for president. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2030 GMT, photos.
BERGDAHL - He returns to the United States to continue his medical treatment. SENT: 630 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: UPCOMING: 750 words, new photos by 2200 GMT. Army news conference scheduled for 2000 GMT.
JAPAN-ENDANGERED EELS - The Japanese eel has been put on the international conservation "red list" in a move that may speed up Japan's push for industrial farming of the species. SENT: 590 words, photos.
GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL - General Motors is recalling more cars for problems with ignition switches. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING Developing.
ROKU CEO-Q&A - Netflix CEO Reed shared his views on the convergence of Internet video and television in a recent interview with the AP. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
CHINA-HOUSING SLUMP - China's housing prices marched almost straight up for 15 years, helping to drive an economic boom but pricing many families out of the market. Now the slump is dragging down economic growth that already was slowing. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.
SEE SEPARATE WORLD CUP DIGEST
SPAIN-BANKROLLING SOCCER - As austerity measures sap the life from health, education and welfare programs, Spain's soccer teams have been receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in government aid, an AP review of official documents shows. SENT: 1,800 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 words has also been sent.
- WCUP-WORLD WATCHES-PHOTO GALLERY - From slums to space, world tunes in to World Cup. SENT: 130 words, photos.
CLIPPERS-STERLING - Donald Sterling's team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA's former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, said a person familiar with Sterling's legal strategy. SENT: 470 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
GAMES-E3-NEXT-GENERATION GORE - Game makers at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo went for the jugular. That's not a metaphor about the competitive spirit at the video game industry's annual trade show. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video.
GAMES-E3-MULTIPLAYER - Multiplayer action has been part of video games going back to "Pong," and ever since home consoles went online, few major games are released without some way to compete or cooperate with friends. SENT: 470 words, photos.
THEATER-GARDEN OF DREAMS - This was the day they would be mentored by a Tony Award-nominated star. They had all overcome things teens should never have to -- cancer, stroke, pneumonia and kidney disease. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon, photos.
PEOPLE-Q&A-CHRIS NOTH - As a longtime supporter of the Rainforest Action Network, Chris Noth is excited to bring the organization's annual benefit back to New York. SENT: 700 words, photos.
ARGENTINA-HORSE WHISPERER-PHOTO ESSAY - There is no whip in sight, no shouting or loud jabs. Not even a firm hand on the reins. And yet Martin Tatta somehow persuades his beloved Milonga to join him in acrobatic feats, from handstands to other poses that even the most understanding horses rarely display.