2014-08-05 11:01 PM
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)
PALESTINIANS-DEATH IN GAZA (sent)
EBOLA AMERICANS (sent; developing)
UKRAINE (sent; developing)
CHINA-EARTHQUAKE (sent; developing)
AFRICA SUMMIT (sent; developing)
PRIMARY ELECTION (developing)
GUANTANAMO-COLE ATTACK (sent; developing)
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them:
PHOTOS: XDL105 -- Local residents sit near an entrance to a bomb shelter as they exit to get some fresh air during a short cease fire in Petrovsky district in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine; XAW125 -- Villagers walks through rubbles from destroyed houses following a massive earthquake in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian County in southwest China's Yunnan Province.
VIDEO: GAZA_WAR_CEASEFIRE: A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas meant to last at least three days and end nearly a month of fighting went into effect in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning. CHINA_EARTHQUAKE_AFTERMATH: Rescue teams search for survivors as they dig through thousands of collapsed homes following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed hundreds and left thousands homeless on Sunday.
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 Israel-Hamas cease-fire, meant to last three days, went into effect on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip, setting the stage for talks in Cairo aimed at reaching a broader deal on a sustainable truce and the rebuilding of the battered coastal territory. SENT: 730 words, photos, video. Developing.
PALESTINIANS-DEATH IN GAZA -- The airstrike that crushed the Najam family home in this refugee camp set in motion a grim but increasingly familiar process as the Gaza war claims victim after victim. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.
AUSTRALIA-ISRAEL -- Australia's government makes its strongest criticism yet of its staunch ally Israel over the monthlong war in Gaza, calling the shelling of U.N. schools "indefensible." SENT: 210 words, photo.
UKRAINE --Ukrainian troops advance into the western suburbs of Donetsk as rebels take up sniper positions close to the city center, signaling an impending battle for the main city under insurgent control. The wild card is whether Russia will come to the rebels' rescue. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1500 GMT, photos, video.
RUSSIA-SANCTIONS -- Russia may not be feeling the full bite of U.S. and EU sanctions yet, but tensions over Ukraine are already exposing cracks in the Russian economy. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1900 GMT, photos, video.
CHINA-EARTHQUAKE -- Rescuers race to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and has left thousands homeless. SENT: 680 words, photos, video, audio
AFGHANISTAN --Germany's military says that 15 troops have been wounded in an attack on an Afghan military base, including a German brigadier general. It says one NATO soldiers has been killed. SENT: 310 words. Developing.
BANGLADESH-FERRY-ACCIDENT -- High waves and strong currents prevent rescuers from launching a search operation for a ferry that capsized a day earlier in central Bangladesh, leaving at least 125 people presumed dead. SENT: 270 words, photos.
SOUTH AFRICA-QUAKE -- A 5.3 earthquake has shaken buildings in Johannesburg and surrounding areas. There are no immediate reports of casualties following the tremor. The U.S. Geological Survey says it had a magnitude of 5.3. The quake was also felt in Pretoria, the South Africa capital, and Hartbeespoort, a nearby resort town. SENT: 250 words.
FRANCE-MIGRANTS -- With unprecedented waves of migrants swarming into Europe from Africa and the Middle East, tensions in France are reaching a boiling point. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1900 GMT, photos, video.
THAILAND-SURROGACY -- A Thai surrogate mother left with a Down syndrome baby who was abandoned by his Australian biological parents says she would be happy to have the baby's healthy twin returned, especially because of her concern over reports that the father is a convicted sex offender. SENT: 130 words.
BRITAIN-PLANE EMERGENCY -- Police: 1 person detained at Manchester Airport on suspicion of bomb hoax. SENT: 130 words. Developing.
TURKEY-ELECTION -- There's little question that Recep Tayyip Erdogan will win Turkey's first direct presidential election this month. The only question is what he is doing to win it. UPCOMING: 600 words by 12 p.m.
NEW ZEALAND-NO SNOW -- Winter rolls into its third month in New Zealand, and Nick Jarman says he's going stir crazy as he stares out at driving rain on the ski area he runs. It has not opened for a single day this season, and Jarman says there may not be enough snow to open at all this year. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
LIBYA -- Libyan lawmakers, gathered far from the country's chaos and warring militias, elect a judge as the new parliament speaker. SENT: 310 words.
SYRIA -- The Lebanese army says unknown gunmen have opened fire at a bus carrying soldiers in northern Lebanon, wounding seven. SENT: 140 words.
CHINA-BEIJING COAL BAN -- China's smog-plagued capital announces plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020. SENT: 220 words.
JAPAN-MILITARY -- China's growing airspace and maritime activities have escalated tension in area waters, Japan's Defense Ministry says in an annual report, stressing the need for its military to play a greater role both inside and outside the country. SENT: 410 words, photos.
CHINA-CANADA-STEALING SECRETS -- Chinese authorities investigate two Canadians citizens on suspicion of stealing state secrets about China's military and national defense research, state media say. SENT: 200 words.
WASHINGTON & POLITICS
AFRICA SUMMIT -- President Barack Obama is announcing $14 billion in commitments by U.S. businesses to invest in the continent of Africa. Obama speaks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, which is bringing together African heads of state and American business leaders to find ways to boost economic ties. It comes on the second day of a U.S.-Africa summit involving nearly 50 African heads of state. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developments from 1845 GMT. remarks, 700 words by 4:30 p.m., photos.
AFRICA SUMMIT-DINNER: President Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama welcome nearly 50 Africa heads of state to a tented State Dinner on the South Lawn, with Lionel Richie as the entertainment. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 p.m., White House arrivals, dinner, 500 words by 0000 GMT, photos.
GUANTANAMO-COLE ATTACK -- The Guantanamo detainee accused of orchestrating the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen is asking a military judge to order an MRI of his brain. His lawyers say the scan will help doctors determine if the man's memory loss could be the result of post-traumatic stress or physical damage caused by harsh treatment in secret CIA prisons. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates after morning hearing, 500 words by 1900 GMT, photo.
CUBA-SECRET INFILTRATION -- Public health advocates and U.S. lawmakers are highly critical of the Obama administration's use of an HIV-prevention workshop in Cuba for political purposes, saying such clandestine efforts put health programs at risk around the world. The program, funded and overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development, deployed nearly a dozen young people from Latin America to Cuba to recruit political activists. An Associated Press investigation found the operation put the foreigners in danger not long after an American contractor was arrested in Cuba for doing secretive work. SENT: 1,045 words, photos, video
AMERICANS EBOLA -- The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa is en route to Atlanta. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates after the plane lands in Atlanta.
EBOLA-AIRLINES -- As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows, airlines around the globe closely monitor the situation but have yet to make any drastic changes. SENT: 750 words, photo.
MISSOURI EXECUTION -- Missouri inmate Michael Washington is set to be executed in the first lethal injection since one went awry in Arizona, which marked the third such problematic execution in the U.S. this year. By Jim Suhr. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1900 GMT, photos. Will be updated from court action, execution scheduled for 0401 GMT, Wednesday.
NIXON-RESIGNATION TAPES -- Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words. For three decades, that version of one of the nation's largest and most-dissected political scandals largely gathered dust -- until this week. SENT: 600 words, photos.
TROPICAL WEATHER -- Bertha weakens to a tropical storm just a day after becoming a hurricane as it moves northward in the Atlantic, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast. SENT: 130 words.
WEALTH GAP-U.S. ECONOMY -- Economists have long argued that rising economic disparities have held back the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession. Now, an analysis by the ratings agency Standard & Poor's confirms it. SENT: 540 words, photos.
GANNETT-SPINOFF -- Gannett is splitting its broadcast and publishing business in two, joining other major media players in allowing fast growing TV and digital operations to operate more freely. SENT: 430 words.
U.S.-AFRICA BUSINESS TIES -- They export BMWs and birdseed and lots in between. Their middle class is growing fast enough to entice the likes of Marriott and Wal-Mart. No longer is Sub-Saharan Africa, long a symbol of war, famine and corruption, an economic basket case. The question is: Can all of this endure? SENT: 1,240 words, photos.
ECONOMY-SERVICES -- The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for July. In June, U.S. services firms expanded but at a slightly slower pace than in May. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report 10 a.m., 350 words by 1545 GMT., photo.
FACTORY ORDERS -- The Commerce Department reports on U.S. factory orders in June. In May, orders to U.S. factories fell, ending three months of gains, pulled down by falling demand for military and transportation equipment. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m., 400 words by 1500 GMT photo.
FINANCIAL MARKETS -- European stock markets rise after a survey indicated the recovery there is gaining traction. But Wall Street is expected to dip on the open and Asian markets mostly retreated after data showed a weakening in China's services industries. SENT: 390 words.
HOME PRICES -- U.S. home prices rose in June by the smallest year-over-year amount in 20 months, slowed by modest sales and more properties coming on the market. SENT: 200 words.
F1-ECCLESTONE TRIAL -- German court has dropped the bribery case against Bernie Ecclestone in exchange for a $100 million payment from the Formula One chief. SENT: 500 words, photos.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES -- The filmmakers behind the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot were initially shell shocked when fans didn't deem their radical digital redesign of the sewer-dwelling superheroes to be totally tubular. Unlike the puppety renditions from the 1990s film trilogy, the new Ninja Turtles were painstakingly created by combining human motion-capture performances with computer-generated wizardry. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.
FILM REVIEW-TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. By The Hollywood Reporter. UPCOMING Tuesday: 600 words by 2100 GMT, photos.
TV-PLEASE LIKE ME-THOMAS -- "I float around," says Josh Thomas, "and I've just been very lucky." The 27-year-old Australian comedian is trying to account for his success in what he'd argue is the absence of any grand ambition or strategy. But look at him: a star Down Under and the leading man, writer and executive producer of his own half-hour comedy-drama, "Please Like Me," which is beginning its second season. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
PEOPLE-DIANA-GABALDON -- When she first saw raw scenes from the TV adaption of her "Outlander" book, Diana Gabaldon caught something. It was a line of dialogue she says her "fans consider iconic," one they would miss and that had been left out. By Lauri Neff. SENT: 380 words, photos, video.