2014-07-03 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 1630 GMT:
-- ECONOMY (sent; developing)
-- AIRPORT SECURITY (sent; developing with new angles)
-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)
-- TROPICAL WEATHER (sent; developing)
-- FIREWORKS-DROUGHT (sent)
-- OBAMA-IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD (upcoming)
-- BLACKWATER TRIAL (upcoming)
-- EXPRESS SCRIPTS-COMPOUND DRUGS (sent; developing)
-- HOW MUCH ALCOHOL (upcoming)
PHOTOS: INDIA-A CITY'S BACKYARD-PHOTO ESSAY (sent; with text); TROPICAL WEATHER coverage (sent; developing)
VIDEO: US_STREET-YOGA (sent; with text and video); TROPICAL WEATHER coverage (sent; developing)
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:
ECONOMY - U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008. SENT: 610 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing with new details, additional angles.
SUBARU-RECALL - Subaru is recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid. For about half the vehicles, it's the second recall for the same problem. SENT: 200 words.
AIRPORT SECURITY - U.S. intelligence officials are concerned that al-Qaida is trying to develop a new and improved bomb that could go undetected through airport security. SENT: 780 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing; angles and timing TBD.
UGANDA-TERRORIST THREAT - The U.S. Embassy in Uganda warned on Thursday of a specific threat by an unknown terrorist group to attack the country's only international airport. SENT: 230 words, photos.
OBAMA-IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD -- Obama is scheduled to go to Texas next week to raise money for Democrats, and Republicans like the Texas governor are encouraging him to visit the US-Mexico border, site of the "humanitarian crisis" of children making the life-threatening journey on their own to America. But Obama is reluctant to do so because of the political nightmare such a visit could turn in to. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2100 GMT, photos.
BLACKWATER TRIAL -- In three days of testimony, Matthew Murphy became the first Blackwater security guard to testify against his former associates in a case expected to last for months. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - The Israeli military bolstered forces along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday in response to intensifying rocket fire as tensions remained high over the deaths of three Israeli teenagers and an Arab youth who Palestinians allege was killed in a revenge attack. SENT: 770 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAQ- Islamic militants have released at least 30 Turkish truck drivers who they captured in Iraq last month, relatives and a private Turkish news agency said Thursday. SENT: 270 words. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.
INDIA-IRAQ-NURSES - An official says dozens of Indian nurses who have been stranded at an Iraqi hospital are safe but are being forced to move to a new area controlled by Islamic militants. SENT: 250 words.
SYRIA - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched across eastern Syria near the border with Iraq on Thursday, seizing towns, villages and the country's largest oil field as rival rebel factions gave up the fight, activists said. SENT: 660 words.
UKRAINE - Ukraine's president shook up the leadership of his struggling military on Thursday, appointing a new defense minister and top general tasked with stamping out the corruption that has left the country's armed forces faltering before a pro-Russian insurgency. SENT: 550 words.
JAPAN-NKOREA - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a tentative step toward improved relations with North Korea on Thursday by announcing his government will lift some of its sanctions in response to the North's decision to re-open a probe into the fate of at least a dozen Japanese believed to have been abducted by North Korean agents decades ago.SENT: 900 words, photos.
JAPAN-MILITARY-ROUNDTABLE TOKYO - Three experts discuss Japan's decision to reinterpret its constitution to allow greater use of military force. SENT: 750 words, photos.
CHINA-XI'S REACH-ANALYSIS - The ouster of one of China's top military figures reflects Communist Party leader Xi Jinping's determination to impose his personal authority on a far more ambitious scale than his recent predecessors. s SENT: 1,120 words, photos.
SKOREA-CHINA-SUMMIT - The Chinese president's visit to South Korea snubs North Korea, bolsters booming trade with Seoul and sends Washington a message of Beijing's growing influence. SENT: 920 words, photos.
PISTORIUS-TRIAL - Oscar Pistorius is a "paradox" whose past triumphs as a sprinter crossing the finish line contrast sharply with the daily, severe limitations, a physician testifies. SENT: 370 words, photos.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-KONY -- The African troops hunting him down in the jungles of Central Africa say Joseph Kony has gone into "hibernation" -- becoming more elusive -- and that the mission is over only when he is captured or killed. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.
CANADA-OIL TRAIN DISASTER - It's been a year since a runaway oil train slid silently down a hill in the middle of the night and derailed in a series of deadly explosions that devastated the town and its people. "We're still in the midst of the tragedy," says the parish priest. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.
NETHERLANDS-BLACK PETE - An Amsterdam court says the figure known as "Black Pete" -- the sidekick to the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus -- is a negative stereotype of black people and the city must rethink its involvement in holiday celebrations involving the figure. SENT: 280 words.
JAPAN-WEEPING POLITICIAN - A video clip of a weeping Japanese politician accused of dubious spending goes viral, leaving many outraged and puzzled. SENT: 380 words, photos.
NIGERIA-ATHEIST - A Nigerian atheist released from the mental ward to which his Muslim family committed him by force said Thursday he is getting death threats for blaspheming against Islam. SENT: 550 words.
MYANMAR-VIOLENCE - Buddhist mobs on motorbikes drive through Myanmar's historic city of Mandalay in a second night of attacks on minority Muslims that leaves two people dead, 14 injured and raises fears of wider violence, officials say. SENT: 660 words.
MALAYSIA-NEW ZEALAND-SEX CHARGES - A Malaysian military official who is being sent back to New Zealand to face sexual assault and burglary charges will no longer be protected by diplomatic immunity, New Zealand officials say. SENT: 470 words.
EUROPE-IRAN - A European Union court annuls sanctions placed by the 28-nation bloc on a leading Iranian university because of its alleged involvement with the country's nuclear program. SENT: 340 words.
TROPICAL WEATHER - Hurricane Arthur is forecast to sweep by the coast of North Carolina's islands on the morning of Independence Day, one of the busiest tourist days of the year. While the storm was expected to stay off the coast of New England, Boston moved its annual Boston Pops Fourth of July concert and fireworks up a day, and many other locations were rearranging plans. SENT: 780 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing and updating throughout the day; photos, video.
FIREWORKS-DROUGHT - While some places in the West ban fireworks altogether, or greatly limit what you can light off when conditions are ripe for fire, other states are going in the opposite direction. SENT: 900 words, photos.
HAMPTONS-ALCOHOL BAN - The Hamptons are known for swanky cocktail parties and sweeping vineyards, but swigging booze on another main attraction - the beach - could soon be history in part of the one town where it's still legal. SENT: 510 words, photos.
BOURBON STREET SHOOTINGS - A man identified by Louisiana police as a "person of interest" in connection with a weekend shooting in New Orleans turns himself in to police and is jailed on unrelated charges. SENT: 770 words, photos.
CHILDREN STABBED - A man accused of killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring a 7-year-old girl in a New York City public housing building elevator has pleaded not guilty. SENT: 130 words.
OBIT-ZAMPERINI - An Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, has died. Louis Zamperini was 97. SENT: 400 words, photos.
EXPRESS SCRIPTS - COMPOUND DRUGS - America's largest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, is dramatically scaling back its coverage of compounded medications, saying most of the custom-mixed formulas are ineffective or overpriced. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
HEADBANGING DANGERS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 0101 GMT) It turns out heavy metal music really can be hazardous for your health. German doctors report the case of a headbanging aficionado who sustained a brain bleed after going to a Motorhead concert. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 0101 GMT, 350 words.
HAITI-VIRUS OUTBREAK - A new scourge is afflicting Haiti. It's chikungunya, a rarely fatal but intensely painful mosquito-borne virus spreading rapidly in the Caribbean and parts of Latin America. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.
- HAITI-VIRUS OUTBREAK-GLANCE - A look at the chikungunya virus and its spread in Latin America and the Caribbean. SENT: 340 words.
PHILIPPINES-MERS-VIRUS - Philippine health authorities urge Muslim Filipinos to postpone their annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia due to worries about MERS, the often deadly respiratory virus. SENT: 210 words, photos.
NO PLANET (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1900 GMT) - A new study says one of the first planets outside our solar system that seemed to have the right temperatures for life is not a planet, but a cosmic masquerade. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1900 GMT, 130 words.
ISRAEL-MOLECULE SCANNER - An Israeli inventor creates a scanner that he says could change the way we shop and take care of ourselves - by reading the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. SENT: 680 words, photos.
SEE WORLD CUP DIGEST FOR FULL COVERAGE PLANS
WCUP COLOMBIA EUPHORIA - The euphoria in soccer-mad Colombia is deafening, and wonderfully contagious, ahead of Friday's do-or-die World Cup match with host Brazil. SENT: 900 words, photos.
TOUR DE FRANCE - Cycling's greatest race gets going Saturday, with an unusual start-off point: Bucolic English countryside. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
MUSIC-OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW - Old Crow Medicine Show had their biggest hit of their career by adapting an unfinished Bob Dylan song into "Wagon Wheel," which became a staple in both Americana and country music. SENT: 350 words by 1600 GMT, photos, video.
MEXICO-OPERATIC TENOR - Mexican tenor Javier Camarena is making a quick trip home after hitting some high notes on the road. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m., photos.
MUSIC-FANIA RECORDS TURNS 50 - Fania Records, which has been compared to Motown Records because of its success and acceptance in the United States and Latin America, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
AUCTIONED OSCAR - The organization that hosts the Academy Awards has sued over the recent auction of a 1942 Oscar awarded to the art director of "My Gal Sal" and is seeking to buy back the statuette for $10. SENT: 170 words.
INDIA-A CITY'S BACKYARD-PHOTO ESSAY - With temperatures reaching 100 degrees every day, India Gate - the colonial park in the center of New Delhi - is a temperate escape for the middle-class and working-class - the kind of people who don't have their own backyards, and can't afford air-conditioners and generators during power blackouts. SENT: 640 words, photos.