2014-06-16 11:22 PM
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.
SUPREME COURT -- Meets to issue decisions, developing.
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1600 GMT:
-- IRAQ (sent, developing)
-- UNITED STATES-IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- KENYA-HOTEL ATTACK (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE-RUSSIA (sent, developing)
-- SCHUMACHER RELEASED (sent; developing)
-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)
-- BERGDAHL-TALIBAN (sent)
-- GPS TRACKING (sent)
-- FASTER CANCER DRUGS (upcoming)
-- DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-WORLD CUP ONLINE (upcoming)
-- WCUP-GREAT START
-- OBIT-CASEY KASEM
PHOTOS: WW1 TIMELINE-PHOTO GALLERY -- A look back at key events in World War I as seen from the AP Photo Archive. (sent)
VIDEO: IRAQ -- Hundreds of volunteers turn up in Baghdad and declare themselves ready to fight ISIL. (sent); WCUP-PROTESTS -- Raw: Rio police officer shoots live round near Cup protests. (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 (all times EDT):
KENYA-HOTEL ATTACK -- Dozens of Somali extremists wielding automatic weapons attacked a small Kenyan coastal town for hours, assaulting the police station, setting two hotels on fire, and spraying bullets into the street. At least 48 people were killed in an attack that met little resistance from Kenyan security forces. A police commander says gunmen pulled the town's men aside and ordered the women to watch as they killed them. SENT: 420 words, photos, video.
IRAQ -- Sunni militants capture a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria, compounding the woes of Iraq's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country's north. The fall of Tal Afar came just hours after Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed to retake very inch of territory seized by the militants in a lightning offensive that has plunged Iraq into its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.
IRAQ-FLEEING CHRISTIANS -- Many Iraqi Christians flee their homes, fearing for their fate as Sunni insurgents seized large swaths of land across northern Iraq. In leaving, they are emptying out communities that date back to the earliest days of Christianity in the biblical area of Ninevah, which included Chaldeans, Armenians and Assyrians. The Christian exodus adds another blow to Iraq's already diminishing fabric of ancient religious minorities. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.
SYRIA -- Two Syrian activist groups say an airstrike in a rebel-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo has killed at least 20 people, including children. SENT: 100 words.
UKRAINE-RUSSIA -- Russia cuts gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine. The decision does not immediately affect the gas flow to Europe, but could disrupt the long-term energy supply to the region if the issue is not resolved. SENT: 890 words, photos.
RUSSIA-CRIMEAN HOLIDAY -- When Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea earlier this year, it regained not only harbors for its navy and abandoned Ukrainian military bases but also long stretches of pebble beaches that were the summer destination of choice for millions of Soviet citizens. This summer, however, tourists need a push to go and some help in getting there. With Crimea's beaches eerily empty at the start of the summer season and the livelihood of many under threat, the Kremlin has come up with an ingenious way to attract tourists to the peninsula: It has asked state-controlled companies to get their employees to go there on vacation by paying for all or part of their trips. SENT: 980 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the abduction of three Israeli teens in his first public comments since they went missing in the West Bank four days ago. SENT: 630 words, photos.
SCHUMACHER RELEASED -- Formula One great Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left a French hospital where he had been receiving treatment since a skiing accident in December. A brief statement by his family and manager expresses gratitude to his medical team and says he will continue the "long phase of rehabilitation," hoping that this will be kept away from the public eye. SENT: 500 words, photos.
THAILAND-THE NEXT DEMOCRACY -- From the very outset of the coup he orchestrated, Thailand's military leader made a promise: There will be political reforms, and there will be a return to civilian rule and democracy. But now Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is identifying an obstacle that gets in the way of what he calls "fully functional democracy." ''We need to solve many issues ... even the starting point of democracy itself -- the election." The statement was the strongest sign yet of what many analysts suspect is the true aim of the May 22 coup: limiting the impact of future elections in Thailand by relying more on appointed institutions or some other formula to limit majority rule. SENT: 1200 words, photo.
EGYPT -- Egypt's Interior Ministry says clashes between security forces and Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi have left one policeman dead in southern Cairo. SENT: 130 words.
PAKISTAN -- Pakistani jets pounded targets in the country's northwest on Monday as the military waged an offensive against militant safe havens that killed 37 fighters, while insurgents fought back with a roadside bomb that killed six soldiers, the first army casualties of the operation, the military said. SENT: 890 words, photos.
VATICAN-TRAFFICKING -- Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury denounced human trafficking as a crime against human dignity Monday and pledged to combat it jointly -- finding common ground on a social issue amid deep theological divisions over the Anglicans' ordination of women bishops. SENT: 290 words, photo.
COLOMBIA-ELECTION -- President Juan Manuel Santos bills his re-election as a ringing endorsement of peace talks he is pursuing to end Colombia's long-running conflict. But many voters had a different priority: Keep Alvaro Uribe from returning to power. SENT: 750 words, photos.
CHINA-TIANANMEN ATTACK -- 3 people sentenced to death for planning deadly car ramming at Beijing's Tiananmen Gate. SENT: 380 words.
CATALAN INDEPENDENCE-UNLIKELY LEADER -- Artur Mas is the architect of a daring attempt to carve out a new European country by achieving independence for Catalonia, a wealthy region of northeastern Spain, including the city of Barcelona, that is fiercely proud of its language and distinct cultural traditions. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 12 p.m.
SRI LANKA-VIOLENCE -- Hard-line Buddhists hurled petrol bombs and looted homes and businesses in several Muslim towns in Sri Lanka, killing three Muslims and seriously wounding more than 50 people in the overnight attacks, authorities said Monday. SENT: 470 words, photos.
GUAM CRASH-STABBINGS -- The murder trial of a 22-year-old man charged with killing three Japanese tourists during a rampage on Guam last year opened Monday with the prosecution saying rage triggered the attack, while the defense argued the defendant was mentally ill. SENT: 550 words, photos.
CHINA-AI WEIWEI-INSTAGRAM -- Days after sparking a new Internet meme with photos of people brandishing their legs as guns, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei says his original posting on Instagram was a statement about the overuse of power in fighting terrorism. China is in the midst of an anti-terror campaign prompted by several high-profile attacks on civilians over the past year blamed on Muslim militants from the country's far western Xinjiang region. SENT: 340 words, photos.
CHINA-XINJIANG -- Three assailants with knives rush into a card room to attack people in China's western region of Xinjiang, in a clash that draws armed security forces, the government says. SENT: 200 words.
ALBANIA-MARIJUANA -- Authorities say suspected gang members have fired rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine guns at hundreds of police officers who tried to enter a lawless village in southern Albania as part of a crackdown on marijuana production. SENT: 250 words, photos.
WASHINGTON & POLITICS
UNITED STATES-IRAQ -- The Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday. Kerry also says U.S. drone strikes "may well" be an option. His comments came as the United States is increasingly concerned about the violence and destabilization of Iraq amid the advance of the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency. SENT: 700 words, photo.
BERGDAHL-TALIBAN -- Despite securing the release of five top detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, there are few indications that the Taliban will head into peace talks with the Afghan government any time soon. The peace process is virtually on hold anyway until it's clear who will succeed Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Results of the second round of the Afghan presidential election Saturday won't be known until July. It's also unclear what role the Obama administration can or is willing to play to coax the Taliban to the negotiating table. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
OBAMA -- Wrapping up a weekend away with his family, President Barack Obama returns to Washington on Monday, faced with an impending choice on how to act to stop violent insurgents bringing chaos to Iraq. The White House said Obama got several updates on the crisis in phone calls from National Security Adviser Susan Rice during his weekend stay with his wife, daughter Malia and friends in the Palm Springs area. Obama said as he left for the trip Friday that he told his national security team to come up with options for U.S. assistance to deal with the worst instability in Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in 2011. SENT: 425 words, photo.(backslash)
OBAMA-ECONOMY -- This was the year President Obama would go all in on the economy, elevating the struggles of the poor and the middle class to the top of his agenda. But that focus has been sporadic, overshadowed by foreign policy hot spots and controversial steps like the swap for a US prisoner of war. As Democrats demand that the White House lead with a unified economic message, Obama during the next several weeks is looking to cut through with an emphasis on working families, manufacturing, wages and the burdens of debt. The attention could be crucial in an election year where Democrats are hardly speaking with one voice on other top Obama issues like climate change and health care. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2100 GMT, photo.
CREDIT FIRM LAWSUIT -- Mississippi has sued credit reporting giant Experian, alleging sweeping errors in the company's data and routine violations of consumer protection laws. Mississippi's action - and a previously unreported multi-state investigation of credit bureaus led by Ohio - represent a significant new legal challenge to the industry. UPCOMING: 900 words by 10 a.m.
FASTER CANCER DRUGS -- A bold new way to test cancer drugs starts in hundreds of hospitals around the country. Like a medical version of speed dating, doctors will sort through multiple potential drugs and match patients to the one most likely to succeed based on each person's unique tumor gene profile. Drug companies, foundations and the federal government have teamed up on the first-of-a-kind effort. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT
GREENPEACE-TRADING LOSS -- Greenpeace International has acknowledged losing the equivalent of $5.2 million on a bet the euro would not strengthen against other currencies in 2013 -- but it did. The environmental group said the money was lost by an employee, since fired, who had hoped to benefit the organization. SENT: 300 words.
IMF-US-ECONOMY -- The International Monetary Fund foresees the U.S. economy growing a modest 2 percent this year, below its previous estimate of 2.7 percent. SENT: 130 words.
ALIBABA-IPO UPDATE -- Alibaba is pulling back the curtain a little bit, providing more information about its partnership structure and financials ahead of its planned initial public offering of stock. China's biggest e-commerce company filed in May for an initial public offering in the U.S. that could top the $16 billion that Facebook and its early investors raised in the social networking company's IPO two years ago.
STARBUCKS-EDUCATION -- Starbucks plans to announce a program Monday intended to help its baristas earn an online college degree. The company is partnering with Arizona State University to make the program available to 135,000 U.S. workers who work at least 20 hours a week. Employees will be able to choose from a number of educational programs, and won't be required to stay at Starbucks after earning the degree. SENT: 375 words, photo.
FOREIGN HOLDINGS -- Foreign buyers of U.S. Treasury securities increased their holdings in April to another record high even though China cut back on its holdings for a third straight month. SENT: 130 words.
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION -- U.S. manufacturing output rose in May after in shrinking in April, led by greater production of autos, computers and furniture. SENT: 130 words.
WORLD CUP -- ALSO SEE SEPARATE WORLD CUP DIGEST
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Neymar kicked Brazil into gear, Robin van Persie soared for one of the most spectacular goals you'll see, and Argentine wizard Lionel Messi conjured up something a little magical at the Maracana. Then there was Costa Rica's comeback against Uruguay. Expecting violent protests and unfinished stadiums, some rightly worried Brazil 2014 could be one of the most troubled World Cups ever. But with a glut of goals, plenty of the beautiful football Brazil promised and protests largely melting away, some now think it could be one of the best. UPCOMING: 750 words. By Gerald Imray. By 4 p.m. local time.
WCUP-WHAT TO WATCH -- Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to lead Portugal against Germany in one of the biggest games of the first week at the World Cup, saying his sore knee won't be a problem. The match at Salvador features two of the top teams in the world, with Germany ranked No. 2 and Portugal at No. 4. In the other Group G match Monday, Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. team is aiming to reverse its record against Ghana, which has ended the American run at the last two World Cups. SENT: 780 words, photos.
DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-WORLD CUP ONLINE -- World Cup games don't often line up well with the North American workweek, requiring trips to bars during times you should probably be at work. But for better or worse -- it's fun to go to a bar when you should be at work -- the options for watching games on computers and mobile devices are terrific for the 2014 World Cup. All the games are free to watch live or on replay for those with a cable subscription, and many are free for everyone. Is this progress? Probably. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.
WCUP-BRAZIL-PROTESTS -- Brazilian policeman shoots live round during anti-World Cup protest near Maracana stadium. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.
NBA FINALS FOLO -- Painfully denied 12 months ago by the Heat, this victory party was worth the wait. The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship, ending the Heat's two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the NBA Finals in five games. UPCOMING: 840 words, photos, video.
US OPEN -- They could've given Martin Kaymer the trophy before the weekend the way he ripped through Pinehurst No. 2 like he was playing the local muni. With a performance reminiscent of Rory McIlroy's domination at Congressional and Tiger Woods' romp around Pebble Beach, Kaymer blew away the field for an eight stroke victory in the sandhills of North Carolina, on a course that was as tough as advertised -- for everyone except the 29-year-old German.
OBIT-CASEY KASEM -- In pop culture, Casey Kasem was as sweet and dependable as a glass of warm milk and a plate of chocolate chip cookies, which only made the ugliness of his last few years of life seem more bizarre and tragic. The radio host of "American Top 40" and voice of animated television characters like Scooby-Doo's sidekick Shaggy died Sunday morning at a hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington. He was 82. He suffered from a form of dementia, and his three adult children from his first wife fought a bitter legal battle with Kasem's second wife, Jean, over control of his health care in his final months. SENT: 725 words, photos, audio, video.
BRITAIN FASHION MENSWEAR WEEK -- When it comes to dressing gentleman, few cities can rival the British capital. Steeped in a rich history of tailoring for kings, army generals and the world's wealthiest men, London is now being marketed as the home of men's fashion -- the original birthplace of the tuxedo jacket, the bowler hat and the three-piece suit, among other classic items. As menswear shows take place in London this week, a look at the city's famed tailors and fashion houses. SENT: 710 words, photos.
FILM-CLINT EASTWOOD -- The big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" is Clint Eastwood's 12th film as a director since turning 70. In an interview, Eastwood says of his remarkable late chapter: "I just never let the old man in." UPCOMING: 900 words by noon, photos.
THEATER-LOST COLE PORTER -- On June 27, a few lucky people will get to hear a collection of lost Cole Porter songs in a one-night-only premiere of "The Ambassador Revue" at The Town Hall near Times Square. It will be the first time the 1929 show has been staged outside Paris. UPCOMING: 630 words, photos.