2014-08-15 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:
-- POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI (sent; developing)
-- POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-MILITARY GEAR (sent; may develop)
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- SKOREA-POPE (sent; developing); note also SKOREA-POPE'S ENGLISH (sent)
-- EBOLA-THE HUNGRY (upcoming)
-- EBOLA (sent; developing)
-- IRAQ (sent; developing)
-- UNSHAKABLE MARKETS (upcoming)
-- JOHNNY CASH-DYESS COLONY (upcoming)
-- MUSIC-MICHAEL CERA (sent)
-- SEAWORLD - KILLER WHALE ENVIRONMENT (sent; developing)
PHOTOS: POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI (sent; developing); SKOREA-POPE (sent; developing)
VIDEO: POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI coverage (sent; developing); SKOREA-POPE (sent); RUSSIA_AID_CONVOY (sent)
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):
POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI - Developing details on background of six-year police veteran Darren Wilson, the officer named today as the one accused of shooting an unarmed black teen. . Other plans as the day develops. SENT: 900 words, photos, video, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing.
POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-MILITARY GEAR - Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies. SENT: 610 words. UPCOMING: May develop.
SEAWORLD-KILLER WHALE ENVIRONMENT - SeaWorld says will build new, larger environments for killer whales at its theme parks, and will fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild.SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
UKRAINE - Russia let Ukrainian officials inspect an aid convoy on Friday and agreed to let the Red Cross distribute the aid around the rebel-held city of Luhansk, easing tensions and dispelling Ukrainian fears that the aid operation is a ruse to get military help to separatist rebels. SENT: 560 words, photos, video.
IRAQ - Iraq's top Shiite cleric urges Iraqis to unite after embattled Nouri al-Maliki stepped downs as prime minister, reviving hopes for the formation of a new government that could take on a growing insurgency by Sunni militants. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.
EUROPE-IRAQ - France's decision this week to arm Kurdish fighters in the battle against Islamic militants marked a turning point in Europe's wavering stance on Iraq, with an EU emergency meeting on Friday seeking to forge a unified response to the Sunni insurgents' advance. SENT: 710 words, photos.
SKOREA-POPE - Pope Francis calls for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism that stifles the spirit during his five-day trip to South Korea. In the newly rich and hyper-competitive country, that might be a hard sell. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.
KOREAS-RELIGIOUS DIVIDE - While Pope Francis is being welcomed by millions of South Korean Catholics, Christianity has been largely quashed north of the border. SENT: 940 words, photos.
SKOREA-POPE'S ENGLISH - Pope's broken English, on display for first time in South Korea, endears him to crowd. SENT: 310 words, photos.
SKOREA-POPE-OUTLOOK - A look ahead at Pope Francis' day Saturday in South Korea. SENT: 520 words.
EBOLA-THE HUNGRY- -- The deadly Ebola virus sweeping parts of West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods in and out of some hard-hit areas, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for many people who are going hungry because of a disease that has killed more than 1,000 people. UPCOMING; with photos.
EBOLA - The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people has turned parts of West Africa into a medical battle zone and could last up to six months, Doctors Without Borders warned on Friday as a worker on the front lines in Liberia acknowledged that the true death toll is unknown. SENT: 450 words UPCOMING: Developing.
EBOLA-PLANT MEDICINES - It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories. SENT: 790 words, photos, video.
- YOUTH OLYMPICS-EBOLA - Three athletes from Ebola-affected nations not allowed to compete at Youth Games in China. SENT: 670 words, photos.
- LIBERIA-PRESS FREEDOM - Liberian police seal newspaper office, try to detain publisher for critical coverage. SENT: 140 words.
PAKISTAN - Government supporters pelt an opposition leader's convoy with stones and shoes as the cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan led a march headed to the capital. SENT: 700 word, photos, video.
SOUTH SUDAN - After a lull of several weeks, fighting broke out in South Sudan on Friday. SENT 540 words.
INDONESIA-US WOMAN DEAD - American couple charged with murder after body of the woman's mother found stuffed in suitcase in Bali. SENT: 690 words, photos, video.
CUBAN RAFTER CRISIS -- In the 20 years since Fidel Castro set off a high-seas humanitarian crisis by encouraging an exodus of 35,000 islanders, more than 26,000 other Cubans have risked their lives crossing the Florida Straits. This year's number could double last year's. UPCOMING: 830 words, photos.
PAKISTAN-AMERICAN ABDUCTED - Al-Qaida urged the family of an American aid worker it abducted in Pakistan three years ago to demand that the U.S. government negotiate a prisoner exchange for his release. SENT: 280 words.
PANAMA CANAL CENTENNIAL - Panama marks canal's 100th birthday amid rising concerns over waterway's delayed expansion. SENT: 790 words, photos.
INDIA-INDEPENDENCE DAY - Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday that India had been shamed by rapes and attacks against women. SENT: 440 words, photos.
JAPAN SHRINE VISITS - Two Japanese Cabinet ministers pay respects at a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted criminals. SENT: 610 words, photos.
HONG KONG-FAKE OBIT - Hong Kong media magnate appears in video to counter rival paper's fake obit of him. SENT: 330 words, photo.
AUSTRALIA-THAILAND-SURROGACY - Media: U.S. and Australian couples prevented from leaving Thailand with surrogate babies. SENT: 470 words.
NORWAY-CHESS-DEATHS - Grim end to Chess Olympiad as player dies mid-game, another found dead at hotel. SENT: 130 words.
FRANCE-THE OTHER D-DAY - France paid tribute Friday to Allied troops -- including veterans from the U.S. and French colonies in Africa -- who landed 70 years ago on Mediterranean shores to liberate French land from Nazi occupation. SENT: 330 words, photos.
HILLARY CLINTON-OBAMA -- A look at some of the other issues where Clinton may break with Obama. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
SUPERVALU-DATA BREACH -- The grocery chain Supervalu says it may have suffered a data breach at stores in as many as five states. SENT: 530 words.
UNSHAKABLE MARKETS - It's been a bad news summer. But you wouldn't know by looking at major economies and stock markets. Neither death, destruction nor disease has shaken them -- at least not yet. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1500 GMT, photos
CHINA-INTERNET CRACKDOWN -- The founder of a web marketing company pleads guilty to helping delete Internet posts and spreading false information to make money and gain followers, Chinese media report. SENT: 530 words.
FERRARI AUCTION - A rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO once owned by a famed racing driver and Olympic gold medalist has sold for $34.65 million. SENT: 130 words. Seeking photo.
SPACE STATION - A commercial cargo ship has ended its monthlong space station visit. SENT: 230 words, photos, video.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
JOHNNY CASH-DYESS COLONY - Without Cash's notoriety, it would be a lot tougher to save places like the Dyess Colony, a one-time government-built collective which reopens its administration building and Cash's boyhood home Saturday. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.
MUSIC-MICHAEL CERA - Michael Cera last week released an indie folk album -- quietly, almost as unassuming as the actor himself. UPCOMING: 400 words, sent, photos.
HOLLYWOOD'S REAL-PEOPLE AGENT - Talent agent casts against type in filling films, TV shows with the "real people' of Hollywood. SENT: 840 words, photos.
MUSIC-FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE - It hasn't been all fun and games for country music's party boys Florida Georgia Line. SENT: 350 words, photos.
BROADWAY HELPS HOMELESS - 'It was an awesome, awesome moment' -- Broadway stars sleep rough to help homeless UPCOMING: 700 words by 11 a.m., photos.
HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS GRANTS - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out nearly $2 million in grants to nonprofit groups Thursday night. SENT: 380 words, photos.