2014-06-17 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 at 1600 GMT:
-- IRAQ (sent, developing)
-- KENYA-VIOLENCE (sent)
-- SEVERE WEATHER (sent, developing)
-- OBAMA-OCEANS (sent, developing)
-- HEPATITIS DRUG (upcoming)
-- EXECUTIONS (sent, developing)
-- CIRCUS ACCIDENT (sent, developing)
-- ARMED PRIESTS (upcoming)
-- GENERAL MOTORS-SALES (upcoming)
-- AMAZON-SMARTPHONE (upcoming)
-- WCUP-JAPANESE-BRAZILIANS (sent)
-- ART-PICASSO-HIDDEN PAINTING (sent)
-- NAMED FOR BROOKLYN (sent)
PHOTOS: WCUP-MEXICO-BLIND SOCCER-PHOTO ESSAY (sent); UAE-DUBAI CREEK-PHOTO ESSAY (sent); FRANCE TRAIN STRIKE (sent, with text)
VIDEO: US_HIDDEN_PICASSO (sent, with text); IRAQ BLAST (sent, with text)
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 -- Police said pro-government Shiite militiamen killed nearly four dozen Sunni detainees after insurgents tried to storm a jail and free them northeast of Baghdad. The Iraqi military, however, insisted the inmates were killed when the attackers shelled the facility. SENT: 850 words, photos.
UNITED NATIONS-IRAQ -- UN chief warns of risk of sectarian violence on a 'massive scale' in Iraq and beyond. SENT: 250 words, photos.
CHINA-MISSING PLANE-SUFFERING FAMILIES -- More than three months on, relatives of Flight 370 passengers endure daily pain, hold onto hope. SENT: 990 words, photos.
ARGENTINA-DEBT SHOWDOWN -- Argentina's president says it would be "not only absurd but impossible" to comply with U.S. court orders to pay cash to settle an epic $1.5 billion debt dispute, even after losing at the U.S. Supreme Court. SENT: 880 words, photos.
KENYA-VIOLENCE -- Extremist attack in Kenya leaves nine dead in same region as previous night's slaughter. SENT: 340 words, photos.
WEST AFRICA-EBOLA -- Seven people believed to have the Ebola virus have died in recent days in the first deaths reported in the Liberian capital since the outbreak began, a health official said. SENT: 330 words.
VIETNAM-CHINA -- Top Chinese diplomat to visit Vietnam this week as tension rises in the South China Sea. SENT: 400 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -- Israeli soldiers have arrested 41 more Palestinians in the West Bank, the army said, expanding the already massive search for three missing Jewish seminary students who disappeared last week. SENT: 440 words, photos.
EGYPT -- Egypt's new Cabinet is sworn in by newly elected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. SENT: 530 words, photos.
GERMANY-CROATIA-SPY CHIEF -- Germany charges former Croatian spy chief as accessory to murder in 1983 dissident killing. SENT: 130 words.
PHILIPPINES-KIDNAPPINGS -- Philippines forces capture Abu Sayyaf militant linked to kidnappings of American, Australian. SENT: 300 words, photos.
BRITAIN-IRAN -- UK's William Hague says 'circumstances are right' to re-open embassy in Iran as relations thaw. SENT: 300 words.
SYRIA -- Activists say car bomb explodes in eastern Syria near border with Iraq, killing 5 people. SENT: 300 words.
IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS -- With their July 20 target date for a nuclear deal only weeks away, Iran and six world powers are meeting to see if stubborn differences can be overcome. SENT: 730 words, photos.
FRANCE-ROMA -- French vigilante beating leaves Roma teen burglary suspect in coma, alarms government. SENT: 250 words.
FRANCE-TRAIN STRIKE -- French police clash with protesting train workers as weeklong strike over rail reform heats up. SENT: 350 words, photos.
BRITAIN-ONLINE SURVEILLANCE -- Civil liberties groups say UK spies bending rules to intercept Britons' online communications. SENT: 360 words.
INDIA-BUS ACCIDENT -- Two crowded buses fall into gorges in Indian Himalayan foothills, killing a total of 21. SENT: 210 words.
WORLD'S MOST VALUABLE STAMP -- Extremely rare British colonial postage stamp could set auction record -- again. SENT: 610 words, photo.
PAKISTAN -- Eight people killed as protesters backing anti-government cleric fight police in Pakistan. SENT: 350 words, photos.
VATICAN CORRUPTION -- Pope rails against corruption as Italy probes rise. SENT: 130 words.
BRAZIL-US -- US Vice President Biden meets Brazilian leader Rousseff in effort to thaw relations. SENT: 140 words.
ALBANIA-MARIJUANA -- Albanian police battle in firefight with heavily armed marijuana-growers in lawless village. SENT: 470 words, photos.
WASHINGTON & POLITICS
UNITED STATES-IRAQ -- Obama moves forces into Iraq to secure US interests as he weighs broader response. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, video.
UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN -- The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan says the U.S. has increased its surveillance over the Afghan-Pakistani border, as Pakistan pounds a militant stronghold with airstrikes. SENT: 830 words, photo.
HEPATITIS DRUG -- Sovaldi, a new pill for hepatitis C, cures the liver-wasting disease in 9 of 10 patients, but treatment can cost more than $90,000. Leading medical societies recommend the drug and patients are clamoring for it. But insurance companies and state Medicaid programs are gagging on the price. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2100 GMT, photo.
OBAMA-OCEANS -- Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world in the Pacific Ocean. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing from mid-morning Kerry remarks; then 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.
EXECUTIONS -- Three states -- Georgia, Missouri and Florida -- plan to hold executions in less than 24 hours this week that would be the first since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day.
SEVERE WEATHER -- A powerful storm with tornadoes ripped through northeast Nebraska, destroying more than half of the tiny town of Pilger, killing a 5-year-old child and injuring at least 19 people. SENT: 670 words, photos, video.
ART-PICASSO-HIDDEN PAINTING -- Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces, "The Blue Room," using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.
ARMED PRIESTS -- A priest responding to a break-in at a Roman Catholic church in a rough part of downtown Phoenix carries a handgun that ends up in the burglar's hands -- and is then used to kill a fellow priest who tried to help. The diocese says it has no policy on priests carrying guns, but some question whether clergy should be carrying a weapon. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2200 GMT, photos, video.
CIRCUS ACCIDENT -- Four injured circus acrobats to speak about hair-hanging accident that sent them plummeting. SENT: 280 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates from 4 p.m. news conference, then 400 words by 6 p.m., photos, video.
HEDGE FUND-INSIDER TRADING -- Brother of imprisoned ex-billionaire hedge fund founder faces his own insider trading trial. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Updates from hearing, timing unclear; 300 words by 2100 GMT.
WESTERN WILDFIRES -- Residents return as California wildfire tamed, while New Mexico blaze surges as fires challenge west. SENT: 450 words, photos, videos.
PRIESTS ATTACKED -- Police say priest was shot and killed with gun that was retrieved by colleague, taken by attacker. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.
FDA-TOO MUCH SALT -- Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty - a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. SENT: 810 words, photos, video.
- FDA-TOO MUCH SALT-GLANCE: Some of the saltiest foods. SENT: 120 words.
GENERAL MOTORS-SALES -- Consumers looking for a used vehicle aren't shying away from GM models -- even though GM has recalled more than 14 million cars and trucks this year. UPCOMING: 900 words by 11 a.m., photos.
- GM-RECALL-CONGRESS -- A look at the questions GM CEO Mary Barra will likely face in her second appearance before a House subcommittee investigating GM's recall of older small cars. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.
AMAZON-SMARTPHONE -- Amazon is hosting a splashy launch event in Seattle, and reports all over the Web seem to indicate the new product will be an Amazon smartphone. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m.
-AMAZON-SMARTPHONE-IMPACT -- With Amazon's pending smartphone debut, it threatens to become a force in yet another market where it didn't have a presence before. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m.
CLEAR CHANNEL-IHEART RADIO -- CEO: iHeart Radio revenue 'hundreds of millions' of dollars annually. SENT: 440 words.
BITCOIN-MAJORITY THREAT -- Bitcoin faces previously unimaginable threat: a takeover by a pool of 'miners.' SENT: 540 words, photo.
WORLD CUP -- ALSO SEE SEPARATE WORLD CUP DIGEST
WCUP-JAPANESE-BRAZILIANS -- Japanese-Brazilians struggle with identity despite long history in World Cup host nation. SENT: 1,330 words, photos.
WCUP-BRAZIL-MEXICO -- Brazil faces old rival Mexico, aiming to move closer to a place in the second round of its home World Cup. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
WCUP-BELGIUM-ALGERIA -- Belgium returns to its first World Cup in 12 years with a strong attacking lineup, seeking to stifle a resurgent Algeria lineup in their Group H opener. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m.
WCUP-RUSSIA-SOUTH KOREA -- With Belgium the big favorite in Group H, Russia and South Korea seemingly are fighting for second place when they begin their World Cup campaigns with a meeting in Cuiaba. UPCOMING: 650 words by 8 p.m.
WCUP-US-BROOKS -- John Brooks dreamed of scoring on late header and then he did for US in World Cup. SENT: 680 words, photos.
WCUP-AMAZON RIVER TRIP -- River trips provide great escape for World Cup fans heading to Brazil's Amazon city of Manaus. SENT: 700 words, photos.
WCUP-COLOMBIA-IVORY COAST -- World Cup knockout stage in sight for Ivory Coast, Colombia ahead of Group B tussle. SENT: 580 words, photos.
OBIT-TONY GWYNN-5 THINGS -- Five things to remember about sweet-swinging Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who dies at 54. SENT: 890 words, photos, video.
PEOPLE-MADONNA-TUPAC -- One of Tupac Shakur's old friends celebrated his birthday by seeing a new play inspired by his music. Madonna attended a preview of "Holler If Ya Hear Me" in New York City. SENT: 150 words, photo.
PAUL SIMON-EDIE BRICKELL -- Paul Simon, Edie Brickell due back in court in their disorderly conduct case. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Updates after 10 a.m. hearing.
PARENTING-PRIDE MONTH-BOOKS -- Books for parents, kids and teens on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning experience. SENT: 700 words, photos.
-PARENTING-DAVID LEVITHAN-Q&A -- 'Boy Meets Boy' author David Levithan on parenting and LGBT books for young people. SENT: 670 words, photo.
THEATER-CHRISTOPHER JACKSON -- Eighteen years after Tupac Shakur's death, Christopher Jackson finds himself singing Shakur songs on Broadway. UPCOMING: 650 words by 10 a.m., photos.
SMITHSONIAN-RALPH LAUREN -- The Smithsonian Institution is honoring Ralph Lauren for his efforts to fund the National Museum of American History's conservation of the flag that inspired the national anthem. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5 p.m., photos.
PEOPLE-MICHAEL STIPE -- Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will honor Ugandan gay rights activist John Abdallah Wambere at Logo network's "Trailblazers" event on June 23 in New York. SENT: 110 words, photos.
NAMED FOR BROOKLYN -- Maybe it's the ultimate sign that New York City's up-and-coming borough has finally arrived. Brooklyn is now one of America's most popular baby names. SENT: 530 words, photos.
WCUP-MEXICO-BLIND SOCCER-PHOTO ESSAY -- Mexico City soccer league is an outlet for blind and visually impaired players. SENT: 500 words, photos.
DUBAI CREEK-PHOTO ESSAY -- Beneath a glitzy skyline, Dubai Creek is the vibrant heart of a city transformed. SENT: 260 words, photos.