2014-08-13 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:
-- GAZA-JOURNALIST KILLED (sent; developing)
-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- UKRAINE-UNLIKELY WARRIORS (sent)
-- EBOLA-MISSIONARIES (upcoming)
-- HILLARY CLINTON-OBAMA (sent; developing)
-- ROBIN WILLIAMS-SAN FRANCISCO (upcoming)
-- LAUREN BACALL-APPRECIATION (sent)
-- SALT-HEART HEALTH (HOLD FOR RELEASE)
-- SMALLBIZ-AUTISTIC OWNERS (sent)
PHOTOS: PHILIPPINES-FLYING TRAPESE SCHOOL-PHOTO GALLERY ; SUMMER CROQUET-PHOTO GALLERY -
VIDEO: SMALLBIZ-AUTISTIC OWNERS (sent; with text and photos).
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):
GAZA-JOURNALIST KILLED - An AP video journalist and a freelance Palestinian translator assisting him were killed in an ordnance explosion Wednesday while working on an assignment about the aftermath about the recent war in the Gaza Strip. SENT: 880 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Palestinian negotiators mull over an Egyptian proposal to end the month-long Gaza war with Israel, as the clock on the latest 72-hour cease-fire ticks down. SENT: 380 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAQ - Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday he will not relinquish power until a federal court rules on what he called a "constitutional violation" by the president to replace him with a member of his own party. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.
IRAQ REFUGEES-NEBRASKA - Half a world away from the turmoil in Iraq, the largest concentration of Yazidis in United States is trying desperately to rescue their relatives. The first members of the religious minority group came the Lincoln, Nebraska, in the 1990s, and more than 200 families have now made it their home. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT.
ISRAEL-CAPTURED SOLDIERS - An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers - even at risk of killing them - is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians. SENT: 850 words, photos.
UKRAINE-UNLIKELY WARRIORS - Patriotic fervor -- and a draft -- drives ordinary Ukrainians to become unlikely warriors. SENT: 830 words, photos.
UKRAINE - At least 12 militiamen fighting alongside government troops against pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have been killed in an ambush, a spokesman for their radical nationalist movement said Wednesday. SENT: 370 words, photos.
EBOLA-MISSIONARIES - We have a Skype interview with David Writebol, the missionary who recently returned to the U.S. after helping treat Ebola patients in Liberia and whose wife is now being treated for the deadly virus in Atlanta. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. interview.
EBOLA - An official in Sierra Leone says another of the country's leading physicians has died from Ebola. SENT: 200 words.
SWITZERLAND-TRAIN DERAILMENT - Swiss police say at least two train cars have derailed in the Alps after a landslide on the tracks. One carriage was hanging off a steep ravine. SENT: 60 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
EGYPT - Egypt's deposed President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday denied that he ordered protesters killed during an uprising in 2011, in his first lengthy speech to a court as his year-old retrial draws to an end. SENT: 280 words, photo.
BANGLADESH-FERRY SINKING - The owner of a Bangladesh ferry that sank earlier this month with more than 100 people dead or missing was arrested Wednesday after weeks in hiding, officials said. SENT: 260 words, photos.
INDONESIA-US WOMAN DEAD - The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend. SENT: 300 words, photos.
FRANCE-MONT BLANC -Five French climbers died and a sixth was missing Wednesday on France's Mont Blanc, after a night of snow and wind on Europe's tallest mountain. SENT: 210 words, photos.
POPE-KOREA-5 THINGS TO KNOW - Here are five things to know about Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea, which gets under way with Francis' departure Wednesday from Rome and arrival in Seoul on Thursday morning. SENT: 850 words, photo.
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD - As the U.S. struggles with a flood of Central American migrants, especially unaccompanied children, one fact stands out: Few are from Nicaragua, the poorest country in the region . UPCOMING: 810 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-TRAIN ACCIDENT - A Philippine commuter train rammed through a concrete barrier at the end of the rail line and rolled into a busy intersection on Wednesday, injuring scores of passengers and damaging vehicles, officials said. SENT: 470 words, photos.
CHINA-DRUG CRACKDOWN - An actor has become the latest Chinese celebrity to face drug charges in a wave of detentions that an official said Wednesday is one of China's sternest crackdowns on illegal drug use in two decades. SENT: 590 words, photos.
ATHENS-OLYMPICS-10 YEARS LATER - In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. SENT: 950 words, photos
CHINA-HIGH SCHOOL IN AMERICA - Chinese high school students are opting to study in the U.S. amid a rise in Chinese incomes and hopes that doing so will give them an advantage in landing a coveted spot at an American college. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.
HILLARY CLINTON-OBAMA - She holds a book-signing of her memoir as Obama's secretary of state and joins her former boss at a vacation party. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2130 GMT, more on merits.
POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI - Nights of unrest have vied with calls for calm in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was killed by police, while the community is still pressing for answers about the weekend shooting. SENT: 870 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.
GUANTANAMO-SEPT 11 TRIAL - Sept. 11 war crimes judge ponders way forward after severing 1 defendant's case from other 4. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates after hearing begins at 2 p.m., then 500 words by 2100 GMT.
TEXAS EXECUTION-SOFFAR - Attorneys for one of Texas' longest-serving death row inmates are seeking an unusual clemency and freedom for him before the inoperable cancer they say he's now suffering soon takes his life. UPCOMING: 700 words by evening, photo.
ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-TEXAS - A trial is wrapping up over new abortion restrictions that would leave only seven Texas facilities where women could legally end a pregnancy. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing from hearing, to begin at 1500 GMT.
SALT-HEART HEALTH (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT.) - A large international study challenges the advice for most people to cut back on salt. Unless they have high blood pressure, the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health, and too little or too much may do harm, the study suggests. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT, 800 words.
AMAZON-MOBILE PAYMENTS - Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets. SENT: 620 words.
CORAL REEF MAPPING -- The technology that has produced satellite and street-view images of locales worldwide is now being applied to coral reefs. SENT: 600 words, photo.
SMALLBIZ-AUTISTIC OWNERS - People with autism find purpose, income and joy by starting their own small businesses. SENT: 1,550 words, photos, video.
JAPAN-ECONOMY - The Japanese economy shrank at an annual pace of 6.8 percent in the second quarter after spending got slammed by a sales tax hike that kicked in from April, government figures show. SENT: 470 words, photos.
CHINA-MONOPOLY CRACKDOWN-AUTOS - General Motors Co.'s main China joint venture has joined automakers that say they have been contacted by Chinese anti-monopoly regulators as part of an investigation of the industry. SENT: 320 words.
PETS-JEALOUSY - When Maggie, a long-haired sheltie, comes home from the groomer, she gets praise and attention galore -- from everyone but fellow four-legger Stormy, who head-butts her until the salon salute ends. UPCOMING: 620 words, photos.
TIMES SQUARE CHARACTERS-WARNING - Bright red police leaflets warning Times Square tourists that photos with costumed characters are free, and tipping is optional, are taking a bite out of the bottom line for the cast of Elmos, Mickey Mouses, SpongeBobs and Statues of Liberty. SENT: 450 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
ROBIN WILLIAMS - SAN FRANCISCO - Bay Area people got used to seeing the actor at restaurants and stand-up clubs, even handing out treats to children at his house, with a topiary dinosaur looming in the yard, at Halloween. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1600 GMT.
ROBIN WILLIAMS-LIFE - Fellow comedians and others in Williams' life talk about what made him so great, what made him who he was and why audiences connected as well as what they knew about the final months of his life. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2200 GMT, photos.
LAUREN BACALL-APPRECIATION - Appreciation: Lauren Bacall, a black-and-white screen goddess of the shadows. SENT: 640 words, photos.
JUSTIN BIEBER ARREST - He is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to lesser charges stemming from his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street drag race. Hearing set for 1:30 p.m. in Miami. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT.
MUSIC-DURAN DURAN - Nick Rhodes is on the phone to talk about Duran Duran's concert film collaboration with director David Lynch that's slated for a one-night-only theatrical engagement next month. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
Q&A-KIM-KARDASHIAN - Kim Kardashian reveals whether baby North said mama or dada first; desire to explore tech world. SENT: 800 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-FLYING TRAPESE SCHOOL-PHOTO GALLERY - You feel scared, but when you let go, it's fun: Filipinos flying high from trapeze. SENT: 150 words, photos.