2014-08-08 11:01 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:
-- IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- UNITED STATES-IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)
-- EBOLA EMERGENCY (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent)
-- UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN (sent; developing)
-- TROPICAL WEATHER (sent; developing)
-- MYANMAR-MALNOURISHED ROHINGYA
-- LOVING TELEVISION (sent)
-- MUSIC-MEGHAN TRAINOR (sent)
-- OBIT-WWII VET-HITLER'S HAT (sent)
PHOTOS: IRAQ (sent; developing); TROPICAL WEATHER (sent; developing); GREECE CINEMA-PHOTO GALLERY (sent)
VIDEO: IRAQ (sent; developing); TROPICAL WEATHER (sent; developing); ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (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 (all times GMT):
IRAQ - Iraqis on Friday welcomed the U.S. airlift of emergency aid to thousands of people who fled to the mountains to escape Islamic extremists and called for greater intervention, as U.S. warplanes struck the militants for the first time. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.
UNITED STATES-IRAQ -- Two FA-18s drop two bombs on ISIL artillery and the truck towing it outside Irbil near US personnel in Iraq, with Obama making good on threat to renew military action there as the Islamic State group threatens American interests in northern Iraq and threatens what he called "genocide" on religious minorities. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, videos.
HAGEL-IRAQ -- He says that if Islamic militants threaten U.S. interests in Iraq or the thousands of refugees who fled to a mountaintop, the U.S. military has enough intelligence resources to clearly single out the attackers and launch effective airstrikes. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1800 GMT. and then likely will be folded into United States-Iraq as the day goes on.
OBAMA-IRAQ-ANALYSIS - The president's authorization of airstrikes against militants in Iraq threatens to upend his legacy as the commander in chief who ended the long, unpopular war. SENT: 900 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel on Friday, refusing to extend a three-day truce after Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock. SENT: 940 words, photos, videos, interactive.
EBOLA EMERGENCY - The World Health Organization declares the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. . SENT: 640 words, photos, videos.
EBOLA-PREVIOUS OUTBREAKS - When Ebola hit Uganda two years ago -- the third outbreak in a dozen years -- the quick reactions by authorities and ordinary people helped snuff out that outbreak in East Africa with only 16 deaths. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 1700 GMT.
UKRAINE - At least three civilians were killed and 10 others were wounded in overnight shelling of the main rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Analytical look at the insurgency, details and timing TBD.
SOUTH SUDAN - South Sudan residents residing in a U.N. camp are living in knee-deep, sewage-contaminated floodwater, forcing some families to sleep standing up so they can hold their children out of the water, an aid group said Friday. SENT: 490 words, photos.
MYANMAR-MALNOURISHED ROHINGYA - Myanmar's child malnutrition rate was already among the region's highest, but it's an increasingly familiar sight in the country's westernmost state of Rakhine, which is home to almost all of the country's 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN -- Feuding candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election have agreed at U.S. prodding to resolve their differences in what appears a diplomatic victory for Washington. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: 850 words by 2 p.m.
PISTORIUS-TRIAL - The chief defense lawyer delivers final arguments in the athlete's murder trial. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.
TURKEY-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - For the first time in its history, Turkey is directly electing its president on Sunday in a contest considered a turning point for the country of 76 million people. SENT: 930 words, photos. With TURKEY-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES - SENT: 660 words, photos and TURKEY-ELECTORAL PROCESS - SENT: 520 words.
CHINA-INVESTIGATORS TRIAL - A British investigator who is on trial with his American wife on charges of illegally trading in personal details of Chinese nationals testifies Friday that he bought such information from other consulting companies. SENT: 870 words.
ASIA-SECURITY TALKS - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and top diplomats from Europe and Asia are meeting to discuss regional security issues this weekend. SENT: 830 words, photos.
THAILAND-POLITICS - Thailand's military-dominated interim legislature holds its first meeting since it was appointed by the junta following a coup more than two months ago. SENT: 230 words, photos.
CAMBODIA-POLITICS - Opposition lawmakers in Cambodia end a 10-month boycott of parliament. SENT: 210 words.
TROPICAL WEATHER - The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore in the overnight hours Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while a second system close behind it strengthened and was on track to pass north of the islands sometime Sunday morning.SENT: 1,080 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing; 800 words, photos, video.
FACEBOOK-RAPE EVIDENCE -- A New Jersey judge will review the Facebook page of an alleged rape victim after a request from the suspect's lawyer. A look at how Facebook is used in criminal court proceedings and privacy concerns. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT.
OBIT-WWII VET-HITLER'S HAT - WWII vet who found Hitler's top hat dies at 88; New Yorker was subject of a documentary. SENT: 580 words, photo.
DEFENDING THE FDA - As an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, Gregg Gonsalves traveled to Washington to challenge the FDA. His group, ACT UP, staged protests and pressured FDA leaders into speeding up the approval of experimental drugs for patients dying of AIDS. A quarter century later, Gonsalves still travels to Washington, but with a different agenda: to defend the FDA. UPCOMING: 950 words, photo by 1600 GMT.
CAN-AM SPYDER INVESTIGATION - U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles. SENT: 280 words.
MALAYSIA-AIRLINE OVERHAUL - Malaysia's state investment company plans to make Malaysia Airlines fully government owned, removing it from the country's stock exchange. SENT: 570 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-AIRLINE OVERHAUL-Q&A - Overhauling Malaysia Airlines: What could struggling carrier look like 5 years from now. SENT: 640 words, photos.
CHINA-MONOPOLY CRACKDOWN-AUTOS - Toyota Motor Corp. says that Chinese anti-monopoly regulators are looking at its Lexus luxury unit in a spreading investigation of foreign automakers. SENT: 450 words.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
LOVING TELEVISION - Television is growing in stature, propelled by both art and technology. SENT: 770 words, photos.
MUSIC-MEGHAN TRAINOR - Singer Meghan Trainor has breakthrough with body acceptance song 'All About That Bass' SENT: 460 words, photos.
MUSIC-MILEY-CYRUS - An all-grown up Miley Cyrus a little naughty, a little nice in return to Nashville. SENT: 600 words, photos.
MUSIC-Q&A-FEMI KUTI - Nigerian recording artist Femi Kuti was shaped by his legendary father, but he's a softer version. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
BILL WATTERSON COMIC-AUCTION - Artwork from "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson's three-day return to comics will be auctioned to benefit Parkinson's disease research. SENT: 120 words.
GREECE CINEMA-PHOTO GALLERY - The global switch to digital projection will cost independent operators here tens of thousands of dollars, with many saying they will be forced out of business. . SENT: 140 words, photos.