BC-AP News Coverage Advisory
Associated Press
2014-06-30 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 1530 GMT:


-- VETERANS AFFAIRS (sent; developing)

-- IRAQ (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)


-- NKOREA-AMERICANS DETAINED (sent; developing)



-- GM COMPENSATION (sent; developing)


PHOTOS: IRAQ-RAMADAN (sent; with text)

VIDEO: Seeking video from United Emergency Landing

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:


VETERANS AFFAIRS - Obama on Monday will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups. SENT: 890 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 4:30 p.m. announcement, 850 words by 5:30 p.m., photos.

SUPREME COURT - BIRTH CONTROL - The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in the right of women to the birth control of their choice. UPCOMING this morning.

SUPREME COURT-UNION FEES - The Supreme Court says public sector unions can't collect fees from home health care workers who object to being affiliated with a union. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SUPREME COURT - EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATON - The Supreme Court will consider how hard government lawyers must negotiate with an employer to settle charges of job discrimination before filing a lawsuit. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SUPREME COURT-GAY THERAPY - The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to California's law that bars mental counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight. SENT: 130 words.

SUPREME COURT-SEPT. 11 LAWSUITS - The Supreme Court says lawsuits by victims' families and survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks can proceed, but without relatives of Osama bin Laden and businesses that allegedly supported al-Qaida before the terrorist attacks as defendants. SENT: 130 words.

SUPREME COURT-CROSS DISPUTE - The Supreme Court has declined to intervene in the long-running dispute over a war memorial cross in San Diego before a federal appeals court has its say. SENT: 130 words.

SUPREME COURT - CARBON FUEL STANDARDS - The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to California's first-in-the-U.S. mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SENT: 130 words.

MARINE DESERTION CHARGE - A Marine corporal who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq under mysterious circumstances is back in military custody and will face charges. SENT: 900 words, photos.


IRAQ - An al-Qaida breakaway group's formal declaration of an Islamic caliphate across the stretch of territory it controls in Syria and Iraq sparked celebrations among the group's followers Monday but condemnation and even ridicule from its rivals and authorities in Baghdad and Damascus. SENT: 970 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

UKRAINE - Ukraine's president faced a decision Monday on whether to extend a shaky cease-fire with pro-Russia rebels in the country's east, as European leaders pressed Russia to help de-escalate the simmering conflict. SENT: 560 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. Cease-fire order expires at 2000 GMT.

NKOREA-AMERICANS DETAINED - North Korea said it is preparing to try two Americans who entered the country as tourists for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against the country. SENT: 630 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - A panel of mental health experts has concluded that Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year, the chief prosecutor at the athlete's murder trial said Monday. SENT: 520 words, photos, video.

NKOREA-JAPAN-LIVES INTERRUPTED - A 13-year-old schoolgirl walking home after badminton practice. A 28-year-old restaurant employee sent by his boss to Vienna. A young couple on a date, driving to the beach to see the sunset. They are among the Japanese abducted by North Korea more than three decades ago, the subject of talks between Japan and North Korea in Beijing on Tuesday. Here are brief descriptions of the 12 known missing. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 10 a.m., photos.

SKOREA-SHIP SINKING-CHECKERED HISTORY - The company that operated the South Korean ferry that sank in April had a questionable safety record throughout its history, marred by frequent maritime accidents followed by sanctions from authorities. SENT: 1,370 words, photos.

IRAQ-RAMADAN - Waving pots and pans, police pushed back dozens of hungry Iraqi refugees as they rushed to seize free food, ending their first daylong fast of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in an encampment for the displaced. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CUBA-CATHOLIC MAGAZINE - Launched as a bulletin for Roman Catholics, Espacio Laical magazine became an unusually open and critical forum for debate in Communist-run Cuba. Now, the sudden departure of its two longtime editors may have endangered that status.UPCOMING: 760 words by 1 p.m., photos.

INDIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE - More than 100 rescuers carefully dug for survivors under a collapsed 11-story building in southern India on Monday, with hopes buoyed after six people were found alive two days after the tragedy. SENT: 280 words, photos, video.

NEW ZEALAND DIPLOMAT SEX CHARGES - A diplomat has evaded sexual assault charges in New Zealand by claiming diplomatic immunity and returning home. SENT: 270 words.

HONG KONG-CHINA-TENSION - Hong Kong is bracing for a massive protest march that organizers expect will attract more than 150,000 residents angered by Beijing's insistence that they won't get a genuine say in picking the southern Chinese financial hub's next leader. SENT: 500 words, photo.

BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING - Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and the paper's former royal reporter Clive Goodman will face a retrial on charges stemming from the phone hacking case. SENT: 270 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - At least 14 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel early Monday, the Israeli army said, the latest in an intensifying barrage from the Palestinian territory. SENT: 280 words.

UKRAINE-JOURNALIST KILLED - A veteran cameraman working for Russia's Channel One was killed in eastern Ukraine when a bus carrying journalists and soldiers' mothers was hit by gunfire, the station said Monday. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SYRIA - A barrage of mortar shells hit government-held areas of the northern city of Idlib on Monday, killing 14 people and wounding at least 50, Syrian state media said. SENT: 620 words.

PAKISTAN - Pakistan launches ground offensive against Taliban near Afghan border. SENT: 420 words, photos.

EGYPT - Three homemade bombs went off near Egypt's presidential palace in Cairo on Monday, killing two senior police officers and injuring 10 other people on the anniversary of the mass protests that led to the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. SENT: 480 words, photos.

CHINA-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN - A spreading anti-corruption crackdown launched by President Xi Jinping snares its most senior figure to date when a former top Chinese general is expelled from the ruling Communist Party to face bribery charges. SENT: 710 words.

CHINA-TRAIN STATION ATTACK - Prosecutors announce murder and terrorism charges against four people for a knife attack that killed 29 people at a train station, part of an upsurge in unrest the government blames on Muslim extremists. SENT: 320 words.

CHINA-XINJIANG -- Chinese courts in the far west, ethnic region of Xinjiang imprison 113 people for terrorism or other charges, according to the government. By Didi Tang. SENT: 460 words.

THAILAND-POLITICS - Thai authorities say they have revoked the passports of six people wanted on arrest warrants, including two who founded an anti-coup movement in exile, as the military junta continues to promote obeisance to its rule. SENT: 370 words.

AUSTRALIA-BISHOP CHARGED -- A senior member of Australia's Catholic Church has stepped down from his post after being charged with sexually abusing a teenage student decades ago, the church says. SENT: 180 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CORRUPTION - A Philippine anti-graft court enters a not guilty plea for the second of three prominent senators arraigned in the country's biggest corruption trial in more than a decade. SENT: 400 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-US-MILITARY EXERCISE - More than 100 Filipino and U.S. marines in assault amphibious vehicles conduct a mock assault on imaginary enemies in military drills on a beach in northwestern Philippines facing the South China Sea, where Manila is locked in a territorial dispute with China. SENT: 330 words.


RETHINKING POT-GETTING OFF THE GROUND - Customers can expect high prices, shortages and a dearth of stores when legal marijuana sales start in Washington state. SENT: 900 words, photos.

BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT'S FRIENDS - Federal trial begins for Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who is charged with obstruction of justice. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: updates from day's developments, then 300 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

NAVAL EXERCISES - About 25,000 military personnel from nearly two dozen countries around the Pacific are massing in Hawaii for the world's largest maritime exercises. Commanders of the this year's Rim of the Pacific exercise are holding a news conference Monday to discuss the maneuvers. SENT 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2100 GMT news conference, photos.

BILL GATES-LOS ALAMOS - Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, whose foundation helps fund cutting-edge research at Los Alamost National Laboratory, gets a private tour of the facility Monday. Among the projects his foundation supports at the lab is development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine. UPCOMING: Developing from 2100 GMT event.


OCEAN PLASTIC (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2000 GMT) -- Plastic junk is floating widely on the world's oceans, but there's less of it than expected, a study says. The effect on ocean life is not clear. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE at 2000 GMT, 400 words, photos.


GENERAL MOTORS-VICTIM COMPENSATION - Kenneth Feinberg says there is no limit on the total amount he can pay people harmed in crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches. The nation's top compensation expert also says GM won't have any say in the amounts he can offer people, which could include drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. SENT: 1000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SMART SPENDING-ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES - It's impossible to say yet if electronic cigarettes are healthier than regular fire-and-tobacco smokes, but they can save smokers hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1800 GMT, photos.


SUPREME COURT-GOOGLE PRIVACY - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal of a ruling that it pried into people's online lives through their Wi-Fi systems as part of its drive to collect information for its Street View mapping project. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS-GOOGLE GLASS - Google Glass is slowly becoming more common in sports as teams and broadcasters try to bring fans closer to the action. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


See World Cup Digest for full coverage plans.

WCUP-LOST OR ROBBED - Crime in Rio was on the rise before the games began and stories are now emerging of victims being blindsided by rip-offs and forced to replace lost passports. Some foreign consulates report spikes in tourist theft reports while others warn soccer visitors to beware of robberies and ATM card cloning. SENT: 800 words, photos.


BET AWARDS - Nicki Minaj says she was recently near death at BET Awards; Pharrell wins video of the year. SENT: 880 words, photos.

BRITAIN-MONTY PYTHON - The aging but still anarchic comedians speak to the press the day before the first of their 10 live farewell shows. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.

THEATER-FIRST WIVES CLUB - Revenge will be in the air in a few years when a musical version of "The First Wives Club" comes calling on Broadway. UPCOMING: 530 words by 10:30 a.m., photos.

CHINA-HILLARY CLINTON BOOK - A book importer in China said Monday it scrapped plans to distribute Hillary Rodham Clinton's memoir "Hard Choices," which talks about Chinese censorship and a dissident who took refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, due to sensitive content. SENT: 240 words, photos.

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