BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
Associated Press
2014-06-27 11:42 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 1600 GMT:

-- OBAMA-SYRIA (sent; developing as SYRIA-REBEL ATTRITION)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- IRAQ (sent; developing)

-- NIGERIA-CHILD DIVORCEE (upcoming; for use today or over the weekend)

-- NYC JAIL SUICIDES (sent; may develop)

-- UNITED STATES-LAND MINES (sent; developing)

-- WCUP-SOCCER SURGE (upcoming)



-- HUMAN REMAINS-SUITCASES (sent; developing)


-- ESPRESSO IN SPACE (upcoming)




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 GMT):


OBAMA-SYRIA - Obama is seeking to bolster U.S. efforts to train and arm select members of the Syrian opposition. SENT: 1,060 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from the Middle East with new slug and angles:

SYRIA-REBEL ATTRITION - Moderate Syrian rebels are buckling under the onslaught of the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria. Some rebels are giving up the fight, crippled by lack of weapons and frustrated with the power of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

UKRAINE - Ukraine's new president signed a trade and economic pact with the European Union on Friday, pushing his troubled country closer into a European orbit and angering Russia, which warned of unspecified consequences. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

IRAQ - Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday called on political blocs to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament sits next week, stepping up pressure on political leaders to set aside their differences and form an inclusive government in the face of Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

NIGERIA-CHILD DIVORCEE - She wore the scars of an abused woman anywhere - a swollen face, a starved body, and, barely a year after her wedding, a divorce. But for Maimuna Abdullahi, it all happened by the time she was 14. Maimuna is one of thousands of divorced girls in Nigeria, who were married as children and then got thrown out by their husbands or simply fled. UPCOMING: 1,900 words, with abridged version; photos, video. For use today or over the weekend.

NIGERIA-EXPLOSION - Nigeria's intelligence agency said it has been warning shopping complexes in Abuja for two weeks that Islamic extremists might attack them in the capital, where a blast at a mall killed 22 people this week. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SUDAN - The Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was overturned but who was detained again this week is now at the U.S. embassy for her own "safety." SENT: 130 words.

VATICAN-CHURCH ABUSE - The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defrocked, the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative. SENT: 130 words.

EU-TRADE DEALS-GLANCE - EU trade agreements offer Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia chance for growth, better government. SENT: 660 words, photo.

KOREAS-TENSIONS - North Korea says that leader Kim Jong Un has guided the test launches of its newly developed precision guided missiles, in a possible reference to three short-range projectiles South Korean officials say the North fired toward its waters a day earlier. SENT: 650 words, photos.

HONG KONG-CHINA-TENSION - Hundreds of Hong Kong lawyers dressed in black march in silence to protest a recent Beijing policy statement they say undermines the Asian financial hub's rule of law. SENT: 370 words.

INDIA PIPELINE BLAST - A state-owned gas pipeline explodes and bursts into flames, killing at least 15 people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of neighboring villages in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. SENT: 360 words, photos, video.

INDIA-TIGER ATTACK - A Bengal tiger snatched a man off a fishing boat in eastern India, dragging him away into a mangrove swamp as his children looked on in horror, the man's son said Friday. SENT: 280 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-DISASTER WARNINGS - The Philippines has passed a law that requires mobile phone companies to send early warnings to millions of people in the path of deadly typhoons, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in an effort to reduce high number of fatalities that occur almost every year. SENT: 220 words.

VIETNAM-AUSTRALIA-DEATH SENTENCE - State-controlled media say a court in southern Vietnam has sentenced an Australian citizen to death for possessing more than 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of heroin. SENT: 130 words.

SIERRA LEONE-EBOLA - Sierra Leone warned Friday that it is a serious crime to shelter someone infected with the ebola virus. SENT: 250 words.

BRITAIN-RAMADAN RUSH - Every year around the holy month of Ramadan, which starts this weekend, a wave of spectacularly rich Middle Eastern shoppers arrives in London and takes retail therapy to a whole new level - complete with an entourage of bodyguards, chauffeurs, and Gulf-registered Rolls-Royces and Ferraris flown in just for the occasion. SENT: 730 words, photos.

EUROPE-NEW LEADER - EU leaders on Friday were poised to nominate former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the 28-nation bloc's new chief executive, despite strong British opposition. SENT: 560 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED-GIRLS - Thousands of Filipino students from a Roman Catholic-run school for girls join a global campaign to free more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists in Nigeria. SENT: 280 words, photos.

CIGARETTE GRAPHIC WARNINGS - Indonesia this week joins more than 40 other nations or territories in requiring graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs. Here are some of the places where the pictorial health warnings have made headlines. SENT: 770 words, photos.

LEBANON SHATILA ELECTRICIAN - Abu Wadiyeh is responsible for making order out of chaos and ensuring that the camp's more than 20,000 residents can turn on their lights and televisions. SENT: 770 words, photos

NEW ZEALAND-STUDENT KEEPS HAIR - A judge rules that a New Zealand schoolboy need not cut his hair before returning to class and that his Catholic high school was wrong to suspend him for having long locks. SENT: 500 words, photos.


AP IMPACT: NYC JAIL SUICIDES - Investigative documents obtained by the AP on the 11 suicides in New York City jails over the past five years show that in at least nine cases, safeguards designed to prevent inmates from harming themselves weren't followed. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video, graphic.

FIREFIGHTERS KILLED - Reminders of the Granite Mountain Hotshots are spread throughout the crew's former firehouse in this Arizona community. In the year since the 19 men died doing what they loved, the firehouse has become a source of solace and heartache. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

FIREFIGHTERS KILLED-PHOTO ESSAY - A look at the ways people are remembering the Granite Mountain Hotshots. SENT: 240 words, photos.

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE-SUICIDE BARRIER - For John Brooks, the years of waiting for officials to come up with money for a suicide barrier on San Francisco's majestic Golden Gate Bridge have been agonizing. He has fought for one ever since his 17-year-old daughter, Casey, jumped from the rust-colored span in 2008. Brooks may get his wish on Friday as the bridge's board is set to vote on a $76 million funding package for a net. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updating from 1800 GMT meeting.

SOLDIER'S DAUGHTER KILLED - A judge will announce a jury's verdict into whether a former soldier convicted of killing his five-year-old daughter will be executed or sentenced to life in prison. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 500 words, photos.


UNITED STATES-LAND MINES - The Obama administration says the United States will no longer produce or acquire anti-personnel land mines and plans to join an international treaty banning their use. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

MIDEAST ENVOY - U.S. special Mideast envoy Martin Indyk is resigning after nearly a year of unsuccessful efforts to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Obama administration officials said Friday. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: Developing; photos.

UNITED STATES-CHINA - The United States will urge China to resume discussions on cyber security that were abruptly suspended after five Chinese military officers were charged with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets. SENT: 690 words.


ESPRESSO IN SPACE - Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine called ISSpresso. Astronauts have long grumbled about the tepid instant coffee they get in orbit. UPCOMING: 580 words, photo


GAY PRIDE PARADES-SPONSORSHIP- Corporations increase visibility this summer at gay pride parades around the country as same-sex marriage bans fall in the courts and polls show greater public acceptance of gay marriage. SENT: 850 words, photos.

ON THE MONEY-CAR BUYING - Auto websites -- once filled mostly with reviews and advice -- are getting more sophisticated, connecting potential buyers with dealers and offering instant price guarantees. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

CUMULUS-MEDIA-CEO-Q&A - As the CEO of Cumulus Media Inc., the nation's second-largest radio station owner, Lew Dickey Jr. is faced with a challenge. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.

SHOWBOAT CLOSING - Casino contraction hit Atlantic City again Friday, as the parent company of the Showboat Casino Hotel announced it will close the Mardi Gras-themed casino on Aug. 31. SENT: 550 words, photos.


DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-HARMAN KARDON-CLARI-FI - Bring back the equalizers! That's my conclusion after trying out Clari-Fi, a new technology from audio equipment maker Harman Kardon. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1630 GMT.


WCUP-US-BRING ON BELGIUM - Now that the U.S. has survived the so-called "Group of Death," it's time for sudden death: the knockout phase of the World Cup. The Americans play Belgium in the round of 16, hoping to show they're better that the U.S. team that lost in overtime to Ghana in the second round four years ago. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 400 words, photos, videos.

WCUP-SOCCER SURGE - A new, soccer-smart breed of fan is helping turn the United States into a country that finally seems to get what all the fuss is about UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

With: BC-US--PARENTING-GROWING UP SOCCER: Five people who love soccer and grew up playing the sport in America share their stories. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon, photos.


VAN DYKEN-SOCIAL MEDIA - Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken, her spine severed in an ATV accident, is gaining extra therapy through social media interactions. SENT: 840 words, photos.

FRANCE-WWI-TOUR DE FRANCE - Before sunrise on June 28, 1914, a pack of cyclists set off from Paris on the 12th Tour de France. Hours later, an Austrian archduke stepped out in Sarajevo and was assassinated in the street, igniting the carnage of World War I. Now, 100 years later, cycling's greatest race is paying special tribute to the millions who fought and died in what came to be known as the Great War. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


NORTH KOREA-POP CULTURE - North Korea's foreign ministry is declaring that the upcoming release of "The Interview," a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as a talk-show twosome recruited to assassinate Kim Jong Un, would be an act of war. This isn't the first time the nation's leadership has been poked at in pop culture. We list some examples. SENT: 500 words, photos.

WRIGHT-FILLING STATION -- Transportation history buff builds 1927 Frank Lloyd Wright vision of a proper service station -- featuring two fireplaces, a second-floor observation deck and two overhead gravity-fed tanks. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2100 GMT,photos.


PEOPLE-SHIA LABEOUF - Police say actor Shia LaBeouf was taken out of a New York City theater for being disorderly and yelling obscenities during the performance. It happened Thursday night at Studio 54 in Manhattan at the Broadway show "Cabaret." SENT: 320 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

TV-THE VIEW-CHANGES - Sherri Shepherd is leaving "The View" after seven years and freshman co-host Jenny McCarthy said she's right behind her, a major upheaval for the daytime talk show a month after creator Barbara Walters' retirement from on-camera duties. SENT: 330 words, photos.

TV-UNDER THE DOME - The fictional Maine town of Chester's Mill is "Under the Dome" for a second season, and author Stephen King, on whose novel the popular show is based, has written the first episode for this summer's run. SENT: 600 words, photos.

HIGH SCHOOL THEATER AWARDS - This year's host of the National High School Musical Theater Awards will certainly be comfortable handling the contest. After all, he won it three years ago. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BRITAIN-NEESON-NEPHEW - The nephew of actor Liam Neeson has suffered a serious head injury after falling from the top of a seaside phone booth. SENT: 130 words..


MEXICO CITY CIRCUS ANIMAL BAN-PHOTO GALLERY - Armed with a whip, Alex Fuentes performs with his five tigers every night, drawing oohs and aahs from children and their parents. His family has run a circus in Mexico City for decades, but a new municipal ban on the use of animals in circuses has him worried about its future. SENT: 260 words, photos.

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