2014-07-01 11:42 PM
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1600 GMT:
-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)
-- IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- IRAQ-KURDISH FRONTIERS (upcoming)
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- SUPREME COURT-TERM (upcoming)
-- HEALTH OVERHAUL-DATA DISCREPANCIES (upcoming)
-- NIGERIA (sent; developing)
-- WCUP-US (sent; developing both spot and feature angles with this afternoon's game)
-- WCUP-CAMEROON-MATCH FIXING (sent; developing)
PHOTOS: WORLD CUP coverage (sent; developing)
VIDEO: US_NY_SUBWAY ACROBATS (sent; with text and photos)
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):
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS- A Palestinian from the militant group Hamas is shot dead during an arrest raid in the West Bank hours after the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who Israel says were abducted and killed by the militant group more than two weeks ago. SENT:880 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAQ - Hopes for the quick formation of a new Iraqi government were dashed Tuesday when the first session of parliament failed to make progress and was forced to disband after less than two hours when minority Sunnis and Kurds walked out. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
UKRAINE - Ukraine renewed its attacks against armed pro-Russia separatists Tuesday after the president called off a unilateral cease-fire, carrying out air and artillery strikes against rebel positions in eastern Ukraine. SENT: 530 words, photos.
IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL-CHILD DEATH - When authorities found an 11-year-old Guatemalan boy's body about a mile from Texas' southern border, they also discovered his brother's Chicago phone number scribbled on the inside of his belt buckle. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAQ-KURDISH FRONTIERS - As Islamic extremists seek to sweep away borders in their advance across the Middle East, Kurds in northern Iraq appear to be in the process of digging a new one, asserting their claim to hotly disputed territory and expanding their semi-autonomous region in a bid for greater autonomy or outright independence. SENT: 850 words, photos.
TURKEY-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS - Turkey's ruling party on Tuesday nominated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to run in Turkey's first directly elected presidential race in August, announcing his candidacy to thousands of cheering supporters.
TURKEY-ERDOGAN - After more than a decade in power, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan dominates Turkish politics like a one-man-show. SENT: 880 words, photos.
NIGERIA-VIOLENCE - A car bomb exploded in a market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri on Tuesday morning, and dozens of people are feared dead, witnesses said. SENT: 680 words, photo.
PISTORIUS TRIAL - Testimony in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius focused Tuesday on a pillar of the prosecution's case -- the screams that neighbors heard on the night that the athlete killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. SENT: 340 words, photos.
SOUTH SUDAN-CONFLICT - An aid agency says health facilities have been attacked in South Sudan in contravention of international law since December, leaving at least 58 people dead, some of whom have been shot in their hospital beds. SENT: 130 words.
FRANCE-SARKOZY - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was detained Tuesday and reportedly questioned by financial investigators in a corruption probe that could cloud his chances of a political comeback.
VATICAN-GODFATHER MORATORIUM - A southern Italian archbishop has proposed a 10-year moratorium on the naming of godfathers in a bid to stem the way mob bosses use the "padrino" system to spread their influence and authority to the next generation. SENT: 280 words.
JAPAN-MILITARY - Japan took a step away from an American-drafted constitution that has long kept its military shackled, approving a plan to allow greater use of a force that was vanquished at the end of World War II. SENT: 540 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-NEWS ZEALAND SEX CHARGES - Malaysia confirms that a junior military official at its diplomatic mission in New Zealand returned home in disgrace using diplomatic immunity after being charged with sexual assault. SENT: 560 words.
JAPAN-NKOREA-ABDUCTIONS - Japanese and North Korean envoys discuss a possible deal to ease Tokyo's sanctions on the North in return for resolving questions about the fate of abducted Japanese citizens. SENT: 520 words, photos.
IRAN-SOLAR ENERGY - In a village nestled in the arid hills of rural Iran, government-subsidized solar panels on the rooftops of homes provide needed electricity and a shining symbol of efforts by the Islamic Republic to wean itself off fossil fuels and nuclear power. SENT: 700 words, photos.
HONG KONG-CHINA-TENSION - Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents march through the streets of the former British colony to push for greater democracy in a rally fueled by anger over Beijing's recent warning that it holds the ultimate authority over the southern Chinese financial center. SENT: 570 words, photos.
KOREAS-TENSIONS - South Korea rejects North Korean proposals to reduce tensions including the cancellation of annual South Korean military drills with the U.S., saying they were insincere. SENT: 280 words.
INDONESIA-CORRUPTION - An anti-graft court sentences Indonesia's former top judge to life imprisonment for corruption and money laundering. SENT: 280 words, photos
INDIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE - Rescuers pulled seven more survivors from under the concrete ruins of a collapsed 11-story building on Tuesday, three days after it toppled and killed at least 29 people in southern India, officials said. SENT: 120 words, photos.
CHINA-SECT CRACKDOWN - A leader of a Chinese religious group whose members are accused of beating a woman to death in a McDonald's restaurant is sentenced to four years in prison, an official news agency reports. SENT: 250 words.
PHILIPPINES-FIGHTER JETS - The Philippine president says his country's ill-equipped military will receive its first new fighter jets in nearly a decade next year to help defend the country's territory. SENT: 260 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-NATIONAL ARTIST CONTROVERSY - The Philippine president defends his decision not to appoint award-winning actress Nora Aunor as a national artist, saying doing so would send the wrong message that illegal drugs are acceptable. SENT: 380 words, photo
BRITAIN-ROLF HARRIS - Australia-born TV entertainer Rolf Harris faces new allegations of sex abuse after being convicted of a string of indecent assaults on teenage girls. SENT: 130 words.
RUSSIA-CLOCKS - Russia's legislature, often accused of metaphorically turning back the clock, has decided to do it literally -- abandoning the widely disliked policy of keeping the country on daylight-saving time year-round. SENT: 130 words.
SUPREME COURT-BIRTH CONTROL - Both parties have found encouragement from the ruling. SENT: 850 words, photos.
SUPREME COURT-BIRTH CONTROL-OTHER CHALLENGES The Supreme Court has left in place lower court rulings in favor of businesses that object to covering all methods of government-approved contraception. UPCOMING: Developing, and being folded into overnight mainbar, but not a big separate story.
SUPREME COURT TERM - A wrap-up on the just-completed term of the high court. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2100 GMT, photo.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-DATA DISCREPANCIES - The government's health care fraud watchdog says millions of people who signed up for coverage under the new health care law have data discrepancies that could affect their coverage and subsidies. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2100 GMT.
OBAMA-IMMIGRATION - Obama's abrupt shift from seeking immigration legislation to pursuing a go-it-alone executive strategy raises expectations among immigration advocates that Obama may have trouble satisfying while setting up a clash with House Republicans who've already threatened to sue him. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SUPREME COURT-FALSE CLAIMS ACT - The Supreme Court will consider whether a whistleblower can move forward with a lawsuit claiming defense contracting giant KBR Inc. falsely billed the government for work in Iraq. SENT: 130 words.
SUPREME COURT-PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION - The Supreme Court will take up the pregnancy discrimination claims of a package delivery driver for UPS who was refused a light duty assignment so she could continue working while pregnant. SENT: 130 words.
SUPREME COURT-GAS PRICE FIXING - The Supreme Court will consider whether a group of energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis. SENT: 130 words.
SUPREME COURT-LABOR BOARD - The Supreme Court has asked appeals courts to take another look at two cases involving disputes decided by the National Labor Relations Board. SENT: 130 words.
POLICE OFFICER-CANNIBALISM - A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women. SENT: 450 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updating from ongoing hearing then 600 words by 2000 GMT, photos, video.
TROPICAL WEATHER - A tropical depression that formed off the coast of Florida is expected to strengthen and soon become the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. SENT: 120 words.
SUBWAY ACROBATS - The underground acrobats who flip, somersault and pole-dance among subway riders as trains roll are drawing a new audience: police. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.
LOST AND FOUND LEG - A woman who found a prosthetic leg on a Washington state beach has returned it to its owner. SENT: 120 words.
SICKLE CELL TREATMENT (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT) - Bone marrow transplants reversed severe sickle cell disease in most adults involved in a small study by government scientists. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT.
HEALTHBEAT-BUYING TIME FOR LUNGS - There is no fully functioning artificial lung to buy time for someone awaiting a transplant, like patients who need a new heart can stay alive with an implanted heart pump or those with failing kidneys can turn to dialysis. So one patient's doctors gambled on an emergency fix. UPCOMING 900 words by 2100 GMT, photos, video.
TOURNIQUET REVIVAL - The tourniquet, one of the world's oldest and most easily used medical tools, is making a comeback on American streets after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan showed how a simple, 20-second procedure could save lives. SENT: 750 words, photo, video.
SUPERSIZED TVS - Americans are replacing their once-enviable 55-inch (140 -centimeter) TVs with even bigger screens that can be almost double that size. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photo.
HOLIDAY INN CEO-5 QUESTIONS Richard Solomons, CEO of Intercontinental Hotels since July 2011, talks about how the worldwide hotel market is growing, what guests want and how to get free Wi-Fi. UPCOMING: 680 words by noon, photo.
PORT LABOR - The contract that keeps thousands of dockworkers on the job at West Coast ports from San Diego to Seattle is expiring, but don't expect a disruption in the billions of dollars of trade that crosses the waterfront -- at least not yet. SENT: 340 words.
VEGAS HILTON-NEW OWNER - The storied former Las Vegas Hilton, famous for staging Liberace and more than 800 sold-out Elvis Presley concerts in the 1960s and 1970s, has a new name and owner. SENT: 450 words.
SKOREA-SAMSUNG-CHINA LABOR - Samsung says an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours. SENT: 280 words.
JAPAN-ECONOMY - Japan's economy is slowing following a sales tax hike but not as badly as some economists feared, according to two business surveys. SENT. 640 words, photos.
DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-GOOGLE ANDROID WEAR - In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerized wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
WCUP-US -- They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from far away, and they say they are ready. The Americans try to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 when they play Belgium on Tuesday. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Game starts at 2100 GMT.
WCUP-CAMEROON-MATCH FIXING - Cameroon's football federation said it will investigate allegations of match-fixing by its team at the World Cup and the possible existence of "seven bad apples" in the squad. SENT: 260 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-PBS-CAVETT'S WATERGATE - PBS is marking the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's resignation by running a documentary on the Watergate scandal seen through the prism of Dick Cavett's late-night talk show at the time. SENT: 900 words, photos.
FILM-Q&A-MCCARTHY-FALCONE - Even though she does things like throw ketchup packets at him in their latest movie, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone have been paired in love and in comedy since they were aspiring performers at the Groundlings, the Los Angeles improv school. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
MUSIC-NICKEL CREEK - The trio of musicians from Nickel Creek grew up performing together, but ultimately it was the nearly seven years spent concentrating on their own separate musical interests that made returning to the stage together all the more exciting. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1600 GMT, photos, video.
BRITAIN-RICHARD ARMITAGE - It's a long way from Middle Earth to 17th-century Massachusetts, but Richard Armitage has made the journey -- and found a surprising link. SENT: 600 words, photos.
THEATER-THE ILLUSIONISTS - Magic will be take center stage on Broadway this winter in a new, high-paced show but don't expect just one illusionist with a trick up his sleeve. Try seven. SENT: 680 words, photos.