2014-07-29 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 1445 GMT:
-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE (sent, developing)
-- IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD (upcoming)
-- AIRLINES-IMPROVING SAFETY (upcoming)
-- DEBT STUDY (sent)
-- NCAA-CONCUSSION LAWSUIT (sent, developing)
-- CLIPPERS-STERLING FUTURE (sent)
-- ESCAPING EMAIL
PHOTOS: KH122 -- Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City;
VIDEO: GAZA_EXPLOSION_AFTERMATH: Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats targeted symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City early Tuesday in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. CALIFORNIA_WILDFIRES: Firefighters in northern California are battling two huge wildfires. One destroyed at least 13 homes. The other is burning in Yosemite National Park.
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:
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -- A senior PLO official proposed a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire Tuesday in the Gaza war, saying he spoke in the name of Hamas, but was contradicted a short while later by a spokesman of the Islamic militant group. In Gaza, a health official said at least 100 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes and tank shelling Tuesday, as Israel escalated its military campaign. The official, Ashraf al-Kidra, said the day's death toll was expected to rise. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, videos, interactive. Developing.
IRAN GAZA -- Iran's supreme leader calls on Muslims from around the world to help arm Gaza Palestinians in their fight against Israel. SENT: 200 words, photos.
UKRAINE -- Shelling in at least three cities in eastern Ukraine has hit a home for the elderly, a school and multiple homes, adding to a rapidly growing civilian death toll. The use of unguided rockets in fighting between government troops and pro-Russian separatist rebels has been causing a notable increase in casualties in recent days and drawn criticism from the U.N. and rights groups. SENT: 800 words, photos. Developing.
AFGHANISTAN -- A powerful cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. SENT: 375 words, photos.
EGYPT --Egyptian troops killed seven suspected militants and arrested five as part of an ongoing offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, where the military has been trying to quell a spreading insurgency by Islamic militants, an army spokesman said. SENT: 330 words.
LIBERIA-EBOLA -- The West African airline that transported a passenger sick with Ebola last week says it's now suspending flights to the two cities hardest hit by the disease. SENT: 130 words.
BRITAIN-TALK TO ME -- It's a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers. Now a new campaign called Talk To Me wants to change London's image as one of the loneliest places in Britain. SENT: 550 words, photos.
CAMBODIA-KHMER ROUGE TRIAL -- The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime will inch forward again as a U.N.-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing Wednesday against a pair of defendants in their 80s on genocide and other charges. SENT: 880 words, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-STRANDED PASSENGERS -- A group of Air New Zealand passengers were stranded for a third night after being repeatedly told their plane was delayed due to mechanical problems. The upside? They're in Hawaii. And every passenger is getting 1,000 New Zealand dollars ($850) in compensation. SENT: 320 words.
MEXICO EARTHQUAKE -- A strong earthquake has shaken eastern Mexico, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.3 quake was centered in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, about 260 miles east-southeast of Mexico City. SENT: 180 words, developing.
SKOREA-SHIP SINKS-STUDENTS -- South Korean teenagers who survived April's ferry sinking said Tuesday they are still haunted by the disaster that killed dozens of their friends, and demanded that crew members be punished for abandoning the passengers and fleeing the ship. SENT: 450 words.
PHILIPPINES-COMMUNIST REBELS -- Communist guerrillas on Tuesday freed four police officers they abducted from a police station in the southern Philippines three weeks ago, the military said. SENT: 200 words.
EUROPE-KOSOVO-ORGAN TRAFFICKING -- A special European Union prosecutor says there are "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking during the 1998-99 Kosovo war. SENT: 500 words, photos.
CHINA-SECURITY CZAR -- China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders. SENT: 570 words, photos.
AUSTRIA-DEADLY COWS -- Cow herd kills German woman hiker in Austria, police say bovines apparently riled by her dog. SENT: 100 words.
PHILIPPINES-ABU SAYYAF -- Death toll climbs to 23 in Abu Sayyaf attack on villagers in southern Philippines. SENT: 130 words.
GERMANY-SYNAGOGUE ATTACKED -- Police say a synagogue in the western German city of Wuppertal was attacked with petrol bombs overnight, but nobody was injured. SENT: 100 words.
NEPAL-BUDDHIST MONK -- Nepal's government says it will allow the body of a revered Tibetan Buddhist monk to be brought into the country and cremated. SENT: 130 words.
AUSTRALIA-TERROR CHARGES -- Australian police have obtained arrest warrants for two Australians who are fighting with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria after one posted photographs of the other posing with severed heads of Syrian soldiers. SENT: 220 words, photos.
RUSSIA-AIRPORT EVACUATED -- Airport in Russia's second-largest city evacuated, reportedly because of a bomb threat. SENT: 130 words.
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD -- Both parties in Congress confer behind closed doors on efforts to pass widely varying proposals for dealing with the tide of Central American youths arriving in the U.S. Neither the House nor Senate are willing to give President Obama the full $3.7 billion he wants, but anywhere between $1 billion and $2.7 billion could win approval when lawmakers return in September from a month of campaigning. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2000 GMT. With: AP POLL-IMMIGRATION: Results from new poll on immigration.
CONGRESS-ISRAEL -- Israel proves to be the one topic that unites lawmakers in both parties as Congress scrambles to provide Tel Aviv with another quarter billion dollars' worth of missile defense technology fend off Hamas rockets. SENT: 860 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, 850 words by 2100 GMT, photo.
SENATE ELECTIONS-EXPORT BANK -- It's the most unlikely of campaign issues. Most voters probably aren't familiar with the Export-Import Bank. Yet Democrats seeking re-election in toss-up states are talking about the bank on the campaign trail, portraying it as a job creator that must be protected against tea party ideologues. The Ex-Im Bank provides loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to foreign buyers of U.S. products. Congress must renew its charter before October to keep it functioning, and questions about that future are splitting Republican lawmakers. SENT: 730 words, photo.
HEPATITIS DRUG -- A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. In less than six months, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis C pills combined, according to new data from IMS Health. The prospect of a real cure, with fewer nasty side effects, is enticing thousands of patients to get treated for the first time. But clinical and commercial successes have triggered scrutiny for the drug's manufacturer, California-based Gilead Sciences Inc., which just reported second-quarter profits of $3.66 billion, a net margin of 56 percent. SENT: 980 words, photo.
US-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-PEACE CAMP -- Noa Epstein worries about the safety of her husband, a reservist in the Israeli army as war smolders in the Gaza Strip. But, still carrying memories of a transformative summer camp experience nearly two decades ago, she knows there is another side to the conflict. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-MAINE -- In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is quickly becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SMALL PLANE-CRASH -- Sheriff: 9-year-old Georgia girl who was struck by crashing plane on Florida beach has died. SENT: 130 words.
SEPT 11 MEMORIAL-CROSS -- A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by an atheist group seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center's wreckage. SENT: 120 words.
LIGHTNING STRIKES -- A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror. SENT: 775 words, photos, video.
DEBT STUDY -- More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study by the Urban Institute. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 600 words.
AIRLINES-IMPROVING SAFETY -- More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. SENT: 960 words.
CHINA-MICROSOFT -- China's anti-monopoly agency announces an investigation of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies. SENT: 545 words.
SWITZERLAND-EARNS-UBS -- Swiss bank UBS reports second-quarter rise in profit, settles German tax case. SENT: 300 words, photos.
JAPAN-MCDONALD'S -- McDonald's in Japan is increasing its checks on chicken from suppliers in China and Thailand after allegations a Chinese supplier sold expired chicken. It says the scare will hurt its earnings. SENT: 270 words.
HOME PRICES -- U.S. home prices rose in May from a year earlier at the weakest pace in 15 months as sales remain modest in the spring buying season. SENT: 350 words.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
HEPATITIS DRUG -- A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. SENT: 930 words, photos.
VATICAN-POPE-TRIP -- The Vatican has confirmed the dates for Pope Francis' second trip to Asia, a weeklong visit Jan. 12-19 to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. SENT: 130 words, photos.
ESCAPING EMAIL -- Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email. The 30-year-old entrepreneur who teamed up with college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago is trying to change the way people connect at work with a new startup, Asana. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
CLIPPERS-STERLING FUTURE -- The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.
NCAA-CONCUSSION LAWSUIT -- The NCAA agrees to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports. SENT: 1200 words, photos.
DOPING-AMALAHA -- 16-year-old Nigerian female weightlifting gold medalist fails drug test at Commonwealth Games. SENT: 280 words, photos.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY -- Despite its flawless superhero pedigree, there's always been some apprehension about "Guardians of the Galaxy." Since the president of Marvel Studios first teased the possibility of making a movie based on the out-there comic book about a team of intergalactic do-gooders, the proposition has been called risky -- by critics, by fans and by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige himself. UPCOMING: 675 words by 1800 GMT, photos, video.
TV-HONORABLE WOMAN-GYLLENHAAL -- The eight-hour miniseries "The Honorable Woman," airing on SundanceTV, is a meditative thriller that probes a woman's inner life and a global trouble spot. It exposes timeless truths while remaining as up-to-the-minute as each clash between Israelis and Palestinians. And it stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, who delivers the most nuanced yet full-bodied performance you're likely to see. SENT: 650 words, photos.
NKOREA-PHOTOS-HAPPY CAMPERS -- Summer camp in North Korea? It's got one -- and it's got everything from giant water slides and a private beach to video games and volleyball courts. Oh, and, of course, a big bronze statue of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il surrounded by adoring children. SENT: 280 words, photos.