2014-08-11 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 1600 GMT:
-- IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- UNITED STATES-IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- IRAQ-MISSING YAZIDIS (upcoming)
-- GAZA-JOURNALISTS (upcoming)
-- GAZA-BLOCKADE (upcoming)
-- EBOLA (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI (sent; developing)
-- TONY STEWART-CRASH (sent; developing)
-- IMMIGRATION-ONE FAMILY'S REUNION (sent)
-- AUTO SAFETY-MISSED DEADLINES (upcoming)
-- TV-AL-JAZEERA AMERICA (sent)
PHOTOS: ADAPTIVE ROWING-PHOTO GALLERY (sent); SUPERMOON-PHOTO GALLERY (sent)
VIDEO: us_calif_police_beating (sent); us_mo_looting (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:
UNITED STATES-IRAQ - Senior U.S. officials say the Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq. Previously, the U.S. had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government in Baghdad. SENT: 620 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: UPCOMING, 880 words by 1900 GMT.
IRAQ --- Backed by the main Shiite coalition, Iraq's president snubs incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picks another Shiite politician to form the next government, bringing a fierce political fight for power even as the country battles the Sunni militant insurgency in the north. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1900 GMT, photos, video.
IRAQ-MISSING YAZIDIS - The worried father scanned the trucks and jeeps full of children and families as they rumbled across the river -- hoping he would see his lost son among them. As tens of thousands of members of Iraq's Yazidi minority fled marauding militants, perhaps hundreds of men, women and children went missing in the chaos. Now as they return to the relative safety of Iraq's Kurdish region, distraught survivors search desperately for their loved ones. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
GAZA-JOURNALISTS - Foreign journalists have faced a number of such obstacles in covering Gaza, but say they believe that on the whole they managed to fairly cover the story. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
GAZA-BLOCKADE -- Mohammed al-Telbani lost his life's work during the Gaza war after Israeli shells slammed into his four-story cookie factory. As he contemplates starting over, he looks to Cairo where negotiators from Israel and Hamas are trying to reach a new border deal for blockaded Gaza. Al-Telbani and others in Gaza say anything short of a complete opening of Gaza's borders, after seven years of closure by Israel and Egypt, will do little to change their lives. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war held into Monday morning, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo. SENT: 570 words, photos, interactive. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1500 GMT, photos, interactive.
EBOLA - Of the three non-Africans known to have Ebola, and all three have received an experimental drug, and all three are alive. Of the 1,700 Africans who have gotten Ebola, none has been given the drug and more than half are dead. Spain's announcement that it has obtained a dose of the drug to treat a Spanish missionary raises a host of ethical issues. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
UKRAINE - Rocket shells slam into a high-security prison Monday in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, igniting a riot that allowed more than 100 prisoners to flee, authorities in eastern Ukraine say. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAN-NUCLEAR - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani offered his harshest criticism yet Monday of hard-liners opposed to making a deal over its contested nuclear program with world powers, saying they should go "to hell." SENT: 410 words, photos.
SAUDI-EGYPT - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met late Sunday in Saudi Arabia with one of his strongest international supporters, King Abdullah, to talk about key security issues impacting the region. SENT: 710 words.
VATICAN-ASIA - When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance, travelling to Asia as the world's most visible and popular Catholic missionary. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
SOUTH CHINA SEA IMPASSE - Despite U.S. and Asian calls for self-restraint and new impetus for the resolution of territorial disputes involving China, a high-profile Asian security summit ended over the weekend where it began, with no solution of the rifts in sight. SENT: 860 words.
AUSTRALIA-ISLAMIC STATE - An Australian newspaper publishes a photograph of a child it said was the son of an Australian convicted terrorist holding aloft the severed head of a Syrian soldier. SENT: 400 words.
KOREAS-TALKS -South Korea proposed high-level talks with rival North Korea next week to discuss resuming reunions of Korean War-divided families, a proposal that could lead to the easing of tensions after months of North Korean missile tests and heated rhetoric from both countries. By Jung-Yoon Choi. SENT: 360 words.
KENYA-CIRCUMCISION - At least 12 men from other tribes have been forcibly circumcised since the start of the season in August. Others have sought refuge in police stations to avoid facing the knife. SENT: 650 words, photos.
ITALY-ANTI-CORRUPTION SCHOOL - Italians take new approach to tackle easy-going attitudes to fraud: anti-corruption school. SENT: 720 words, photos.
NEPAL-GAY PARADE - Tooting horns and ringing chimes, hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites paraded through Nepal's capital Monday for a colorful celebration of Gaijatra, a Hindu festival to remember the dead that is gleefully overtaken each year by the country's gay community. SENT: 780 words, photos.
KOREAS-TALKS - South Korea proposes high-level talks with North Korea next week on family reunions. SENT: 360 words.
NORWAY-CHESS FEUD - Former world champion Garry Kasparov is hoping to oust the head of the World Chess Federation in a bitter contest on the sidelines of an international tournament in Norway. SENT: 250 words.
GUANTANAMO-SEPT 11 TRIAL -- Military prosecutors are asking a judge to reconsider his decision to try one of the men accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terror attacks apart from the other four. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1700 GMT.
KOCHS EN ESPANOL - Looking to help conservatives, Koch brothers reach out to Hispanics in bid to patch Republican gap. SENT: 950 words, photos.
GOVERNOR-ILLINOIS-CAYMAN ISLANDS - Bruce Rauner's financial holdings in the Cayman Islands promise to be a recurring theme in the race for Illinois governor. SENT: 600 words, photos.
POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI - A day of anger over a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in suburban St. Louis turned to mayhem as people looted businesses, vandalized vehicles and confronted police who sought to block off access to several areas of the city. SENT: 910 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.
HIGHWAY PATROL-WOMAN PUNCHED - The woman whose videotaped beating by a California Highway Patrol officer sparked outrage says she believes the officer was trying to kill her. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.
IMMIGRATION-ONE FAMILY'S REUNION From reunion to reality: Honduran family navigates new life after a decade of separation. SENT: 1,600 words, photos, video. ABRIDGED version of 910 words.
DEATH PENALTY-OHIO - A federal judge has extended a months-long moratorium on executions in Ohio into next year as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty. SENT: 270 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
PEACEKEEPER KILLINGS-ARREST - A Lebanese-born man suspected in the deaths of two Irish United Nations peacekeepers in 1980 is due for a hearing in immigration court. SENT: 130 words.
NEW ORLEANS SHOOTINGS - New Orleans police were investigating a drive-by shooting Monday that killed a man and an 18-year-old woman and wounded five other people, three of them children. SENT: 180 words, photos, video.
AUTO SAFETY-MISSED DEADLINES - An AP review of the 15 petitions filed by drivers since 2010 found that regulators missed the legal deadline to respond 12 times, a record that concerns safety advocates. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
DEPARTMENT STORE-DISCRIMINATION -- The upscale retailer Barneys agrees to pay $525,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship New York City department store. SENT: 430 words.
DEFENDING THE FDA -- As an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, Gregg Gonsalves traveled to Washington to challenge the Food and Drug Administration. A quarter century later, Gonsalves still travels to Washington, but with a different agenda: to defend the FDA. UPCOMING: 950 words, photo by noon.
TONY STEWART-CRASH - Investigators reconstructing Stewart dirt track crash probing lighting, track conditions. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing, including details on investigation and more on the driver who was killed.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-AL-JAZEERA AMERICA - Al-Jazeera America marks its first anniversary on the air next week, and if you haven't watched much, you're not alone. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos.
GAMES-CALL OF DUTY-ADVANCED WARFARE - It feels like a well-armed Christmas morning at Sledgehammer Games. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 p.m., photos, video.
ADAPTIVE ROWING-PHOTO GALLERY - The reflection of oars hitting the water shimmer in the early morning light as Juan Carlos Gil, 32, of Miami, rows along the Indian Creek waterway during a training session. Gil, who has cerebral palsy, and is legally blind, is participating in the adaptive rowing program offered at the Miami Beach SENT: 220 words, photos.
SUPERMOON-PHOTO GALLERY - Lunar show illuminates world's skies. SENT: 100 words, photos.