2014-08-04 10:42 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:
-- CUBA-SECRET INFILTRATION (sent)
-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent, developing)
-- CHINA-EARTHQUAKE (sent, developing)
-- EBOLA AMERICANS ( sent, developing)
-- WEST AFRICA-EBOLA (sent, developing)
-- NEPAL-FLOODING (sent, developing)
-- BANGLADESH-FERRY ACCIDENT (sent, developing)
-- AIRLINES-HIGHER FARES (upcoming)
-- WWI-GREAT WAR-REMEMBRANCE (sent)
-- HOLLYWOOD DIVERSITY (sent)
PHOTOS: THE WEEK THAT WAS LATIN AMERICA PHOTO GALLERY (sent); CHINA-EARTHQUAKE-PHOTO GALLERY (upcoming, with text); MIDEAST-PALESTINIANS (sent, with text); ASIA-PHOTO-SHOWCASE (sent)
VIDEO: MIDEAST ATTACK (sent, with text); UK_POPPIES (sent); US_SOUTHERN_CALIFORNIA_STORMS (sent, with text) ; US_OH_TOLEDO_WATER_TESTS (sent, with text); WESTERN_WILDFIRES (sent, with text); IRAQ_DISPLACED; US_NY_BODY_ART; US_CUBA_TRAVELERS
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):
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -- An Israeli-declared temporary cease-fire and troop withdrawals slow violence in the Gaza war, though an attack on Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-DIPLOMACY -- France says Israeli rights don't justify Gaza civilian 'massacre,' hints at imposed peace. SENT: 230 words, photo.
CHINA-EARTHQUAKE -- Rescuers find scores of survivors as they dig through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days. SENT: 660 words, photos, video.
BANGLADESH FERRY ACCIDENT -- A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsizes in central Bangladesh, killing at least two people and probably many more as horrified villagers watch from the shore, authorities say. SENT: 420 words, photos.
WEST AFRICA-EBOLA -- Ebola outbreak changes daily life in Liberia: people no longer shake hands, taxis carry fewer people, cremations ordered. Nigeria confirms second case of Ebola. SENT: 340 words, photos. Developing.
NEPAL-FLOODING -- Rescue workers in eastern India urgently evacuate tens of thousands of people after a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks and submerge scores of Indian villages. Authorities in Nepal said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried in Saturday's landslide. SENT: 400 words, photos.
UKRAINE -- A Russian border security official says more than 400 Ukrainian soldiers crossed into Russia, according to a report from the Interfax news agency. It wasn't immediately clear why the soldiers entered Russia, with both sides giving conflicting accounts. SENT: 520 words, photo.
US-RUSSIA-PLANE -- The U.S. military says one of its reconnaissance aircraft mistakenly veered into Swedish airspace as it attempted to avoid an encounter with Russian planes over the Baltic Sea. SENT: 130 words.
GERMANY-RUSSIA-DEFENSE DEAL -- The German government revokes permission for the delivery of a field exercise simulator to the Russian military. SENT: 310 words, photo.
WWI-GREAT WAR-REMEMBRANCE -- British and German leaders will gather in this intimate cemetery where former foes lie buried in plots alongside one another for the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of World War I. SENT: 570 words, photos, video; then updates throughout the day after morning ceremonies in Liege, Belgium, Glasgow and London.
IRAQ -- Tens of thousands from Iraq's minority Yazidi community flee their homes after Sunni militants capture their towns in the latest offensive to expand the territory of their self-styled caliphate. Iraq air force to back Kurds fighting Islamists. SENT: 340 words, photos, video.
SYRIA -- Thousands of Lebanese civilians and Syrian refugees crammed in cars and pickup trucks flee from a border town overrun by militants from neighboring Syria as more Lebanese soldiers die in the fighting. SENT: 530 words, photos.
CHINA-CONTROLLING THE NARRATIVE -- When a remote village in China's far west exploded in the worst ethnic violence since 2009, it took the government nearly one whole week to put out an exact death toll. Given Beijing's tight grip on the minority region, it isn't clear when, if ever, a full or independent accounting might emerge. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.
CHINA-FACTORY EXPLOSION -- The death toll for an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory rises to 75 people, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility. SENT: 680 words, photos.
LIBYA -- Libya's parliament opens in eastern city as militias pound each other in the capital. SENT: 680 words.
AFGHANISTAN -- An Afghan election official says representatives of both presidential candidates have now joined the audit of ballots from the June election runoff. SENT: 250 words, photos.
THAILAND-SURROGACY -- The Australian government considers intervening in the case of a sick Down syndrome baby left with a Thai surrogate mother by Australian biological parents. SENT: 710 words, photos
RUSSIA-FREE SPEECH -- An artist's call for more autonomy for the Russian province of Siberia draws a quick reaction from authorities, who remove all mention on the Internet. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.
THAILAND-CENSORSHIP -- Censors under Thailand's military junta ban a city-building simulation computer game, saying it could hurt the country's security, a video game distributor says. SENT: 330 words.
SOUTH-SUDAN-PEACE-TALKS -- Officials say that peace talks between warring sides in South Sudan have resumed. SENT: 130 words.
GUAM CRASH-STABBING -- A jury convicts a Guam man of murdering three Japanese tourists in a crash and stabbing rampage last year that hurt 11 others. SENT: 430 words.
BOTSWANA-ELEPHANTS -- No sign of an elephant in all of two minutes, a tourist teased the guide at Botswana's Chobe National Park, home to tens of thousands of elephants. Such teasing wouldn't be possible in other parts of Africa, where recent years have yielded dire news about ivory poaching in Africa. UPCOMING: 850 words by 10:30 a.m., photos.
LIBYA-EVACUATIONS -- British warship evacuates 110 citizens from Libya as evacuations of foreigners continue. SENT: 260 words, photos.
ASIA-STORM -- Typhoon worsening monsoon in Philippines is forecast to linger, raising fears of more flooding. SENT: 150 words, photos.
TROPICAL-WEATHER -- Tropical Storm Bertha strengthens over open Atlantic after brushing the Turks & Caicos Islands, but it's unlikely to make landfall in the U.S. SENT: 380 words, photos.
WASHINGTON & POLITICS
CUBA-SECRET INFILTRATION -- An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using health and civic programs to provoke political change. A new Associated Press investigation finds the operation put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail. SENT: 2,500 words, photos, video, interactive.
CUBA-SECRET INFILTRATION-5 FINDINGS -- Five findings about USAID programs in Cuba. SENT: 350 words.
AP VIDEO US_CUBA_TRAVELERS -- An AP investigation reveals that USAID ran an HIV clinic in Cuba as a front to recruit potential political activists against the Communist regime. SENT.
OBAMA-AFRICA -- President Barack Obama's conference with nearly 50 African heads of state opens, but much of his attention will be on urgent overseas crises. SENT: 780 words. UPCOMING: Updates from events throughout the day. 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
GUANTANAMO-COLE-ATTACK -- A Guantanamo detainee accused of orchestrating the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole is pressing his demand for documents detailing his treatment while he was held for several years in secret CIA prisons. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1300 GMT hearing.
EBOLA AMERICANS -- A second American missionary stricken with Ebola is expected to fly Tuesday to the U.S. for treatment, following a colleague who was admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit SENT: 880 words, photos, video, audio.
EBOLA-5 THINGS TO KNOW -- Five things to know about Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 700 people. SENT: 350 words, photos, video.
EBOLA-US GOVERNMENT -- The nation's top infectious disease official says there's hope that a vaccine against Ebola will be available as early as next July. SENT: 140 words.
TOLEDO-WATER PROBLEMS -- A water ban that had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water has been lifted. SENT: 150 words, photos, video.
EXECUTION DRUGS -- As executions gone awry from Ohio to Arizona draw scrutiny and criticism, two of the nation's most prolific death penalty states -- Missouri and Texas -- are quietly administering lethal doses using the powerful sedative pentobarbital. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo.
HIDDEN CASH-NEW YORK -- Pez dispensers buried on New York City beaches contain something even sweeter than candy: cold, hard cash. SENT: 140 words
BODY-PAINT ARTIST-NYC LANDMARKS -- A body-paint artist creates a remarkable series of photographs in which her models are camouflaged against New York City's landmarks. SENT: 360 words, photos, video.
AIRLINES-HIGHER FARES -- The average roundtrip ticket within the U.S., including taxes, reached $509.15 in the first six months of this year, up nearly $14 from the same period last year. Airfare has gone up 10.7 percent in the past five years -- after adjusting for inflation -- according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Airlines Reporting Corp. UPCOMING: 700 words by 10:30 a.m., photos.
PORTUGAL-TROUBLED BANK -- Portuguese bank collapse and rescue revives questions about eurozone stability. SENT: 800 words, photos.
PHELPS COMEBACK -- Sitting on the deck at his beloved Meadowbrook, Michael Phelps glances toward the pool where he was once afraid to put his face in the water. "This is me," he said, a slight smile curling off his lips. "This is home." By Paul Newberry. Sent: 1,140 words, photos.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
HOLLYWOOD DIVERSITY -- A new study tallying whether Hollywood movies reflect what America looks like in real life finds that Hispanics are significantly underrepresented on screen. Less than 5 percent of actors in top films are Hispanic, even though Hispanics make up some 17 percent of the U.S. population and buy 25 percent of movie tickets. It also finds that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen. SENT: 830 words, photos.