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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT
Associated Press
2014-08-18 11:01 PM

Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1445 GMT:

-- POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI (sent; developing)

-- IRAQ (sent; developing)

-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)

-- GAZA-INVISIBLE WOUNDS (sent)

--UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- EBOLA-THE CAREGIVERS (SENT)

-- SOLAR-BIRDS SCORCHED (UPCOMING)

-- MCDONALD'S IMAGE (UPCOMING)

PHOTOS: POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI (sent; developing); ALABAMA ALLIGATOR (sent; with text)

VIDEO: POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI (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:

TOP STORIES:

IRAQ - Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex. SENT: 680 words, photos.

POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI - Missouri's governor ordered the National Guard to Ferguson, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew. SENT: 850 words, photos, video, interactive. UPCOMING: News conference with family attorney and the outside medical examiner at 1430 GMT; National Guard expected to start arriving.

Also planned: a piece on the unusual level of federal involvement and why that's happening, and a profile of the district attorney who's handling the case; he comes from a family of police officers and his father was killed in the line of duty.

POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-STATE INVESTIGATION - After a week of violent clashes, Missouri authorities leading the investigation into the police shooting are increasingly facing questions about whether their eventual findings can be seen as credible among residents who are highly distrustful of the people in charge. SENT: 890 words, photo.

- POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-NEWSGUIDE - UPCOMING: 520 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Palestinian and Israeli negotiators taking part in Egypt-mediated talks on a sustainable truce and solution for the Gaza Strip harden their positions as a five-day cease-fire is set to expire at midnight on Monday. SENT: 560 words, photos, video.

GAZA-INVISIBLE WOUNDS - The emotional wounds, though sometimes hidden, can be seen in the grim statistics of the conflict. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

GAZA-HAMAS CRACKDOWN - Gaza's ruling Hamas placed dozens of activists from the rival Fatah movement under house arrest during the Gaza war and shot several in the legs for not staying indoors, Fatah officials said Monday. SENT: 680 words.

UKRAINE - Ukraine claimed Monday that rebels in the east of the country fired rockets and mortars on civilians trying to flee from the region's intense fighting. SENT: 280 words, photos.

EBOLA CAREGIVERS - Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. SENT: 800 words, photos.

EBOLA - Some of the people who fled an Ebola quarantine center in a Liberian slum when it was looted over the weekend are again under observation at a hospital Monday, a health official said. SENT: 250 words, photos.

SKOREA-POPE-TWO VIEWS - Pope Francis gets crash course in tangled inter-Korean politics, achieves English linguistic victory during his whirlwind trip to South KoreaSENT: 910 words, photos, video.

SKOREA-POPE - Pope Francis wraps up his first trip to Asia by challenging Koreans -from the North and the South - to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided peninsula. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-MILITIA - The presence of armed militia members working on their own in a region known for human smuggling, drug smuggling and illegal immigration has added one more variable to an already complex and tense situation. UPCOMING: 700 words.

CUBAN RAFTERS-GIRL IN PHOTO - Haunted by her face: Photographer tries crowd-sourcing to solve Cuban rafter mystery. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GIGANTIC ALLIGATOR - A group of Alabama hunters are celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot (4.5-meter)-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms). SENT: 130 words, photos.

IRAN-QUAKE - A strong, magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported. SENT: 200 words.

PAKISTAN-CRIPPLED-CAPITAL - Twin protests demanding the Pakistani government step down have wreaked havoc in the capital. SENT: 680 words, photos.

NEPAL FLOODING - Authorities in Nepal and neighboring India sent food, medical supplies and tents Monday to areas where monsoon floods have displaced thousands of people and killed at least 180 in recent days. SENT: 400 words, photos.

KENYA-POLICE ABUSE - An international human rights group says there is strong evidence that the Kenya Anti-Terror Police Unit has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. SENT: 130 words.

TURKEY-GERMANY-SPYING- Turkey summons German envoy over reports of spy agency eavesdropping. SENT: 280 words.

MYANMAR-UNSPOKEN NAME - Myanmar's downtrodden Rohingya Muslims have been denied citizenship, targeted in deadly sectarian violence and corralled into dirty camps without aid. To heap on the indignity, Myanmar's government is pressuring foreign officials not to speak the group's name. SENT: 940 words, photos.

COLOMBIA-BULLFIGHT FIGHT - Apprentice matadors are nearly two weeks into a hunger strike pressing for the blood sport's reinstatement. SENT: 570 words, photos.

INDIA-WILDLIFE THREATENED - Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller. And activists say scores of the country's lesser-known species are vanishing from the wild as a result. SENT: 800 words, photos.

EU-BRITAIN-ASSANGE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved.SENT: 300 words, photos, video.

FRANCE-MONT BLANC - The mayor of the French city of Chamonix says two climbers and an experienced guide have died in a fall in Mont Blanc. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-RUSSIA - Russian army helicopters land in northern China to take part in multinational anti-terrorism drills, underscoring continuing close ties between Beijing and Moscow despite tensions with the West over Ukraine. SENT: 390 words.

INDONESIA-BOAT SINKS - Rescuers safely recover 13 more people from a tourist boat that sank after hitting a reef in central Indonesia, but are searching for a Dutch man and an Italian woman who are still missing, officials say. 380 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-SOUTH CHINA SEA - The Philippines will file a new diplomatic protest with China complaining about frequent patrols by Chinese ships in the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs says. SENT: 340 words.

JAPAN-SYRIA - Japan is looking into reports that a Japanese man may have been detained by militants in Syria, the foreign ministry says. SENT: 260 words.

FRANCE-SAUDI ROBBERY - Armed robbers ambushed a Saudi prince's diplomatic convoy on its way to an airport commonly used for private jets, raiding a Mercedes for valuables then torching and abandoning the vehicle, police and prosecutors said Monday. SENT: 250 words, photos.

OBAMA - He meets with national security advisers and later with Attorney General Eric Holder during a two-day break from a summer vacation, during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans. SENT: 410 words, photos.

OBAMA-VACATION-DAUGHTERS - In a first for Obama family summer vacations, neither teenager is spending the entire holiday with her father. SENT: 540 words, photos.

SCIENCE

MAN-MADE EARTHQUAKES - A new federal study finds that the man-made earthquakes aren't nearly as strong or as bad as they sound. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT, 500 words.

SPACE STATION - Two Russian astronauts conduct a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. UPCOMING: Spacewalk scheduled to begin around 1400 GMT.

BUSINESS /ECONOMY

MCDONALD'S IMAGE - As Americans become fussier about their diets, the world's largest burger chain is more aggressively pushing back against an image that is threatening to chip away at its dominance. UPCOMING: 1,200 words. UPCOMING: Photos.

GOOGLE-10 YEARS AFTER IPO - Google's IPO 10 years ago launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

SOLAR-BIRDS SCORCHED - New estimates for the Ivanpah solar plant, an innovative year-old $2.2 billion solar project with Google as a major investor, say thousands of birds are dying yearly, roasted by the concentrated sun rays from more than 300,000 mirrors. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

CHINA-MONOPOLY CRACKDOWN-AUTOS - China's government says it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly laws and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry. SENT: 540 words, photos.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

MUSIC-SMOKEY ROBINSON -- After five decades in show business, the man who shaped Motown with instantly recognizable hits like "My Girl" and "Tears of a Clown" says he can't stop writing. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

MET LABOR DISPUTE - New York's Metropolitan Opera has reached tentativedeals with two of its largest unions while negotiations continue with 10 more unions in hopes of averting a lockout. SENT: 370 words.

PHOTOGRAPHY

MEXICO-FEMALE JOCKEYS - Two female apprentice jockeys at Mexico City's horse track dream of becoming full-fledged jockeys. By Sean Havey. SENT: 585 words, photos.

- MEXICO-HORSE RACING-PHOTO GALLERY - SENT: 320 words, photos.

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