BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT
Associated Press
2014-08-26 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 1445 GMT:

-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -- Sent, developing.

-- UKRAINE -- Sent, developing.

-- UNITED STATES-SYRIA -- Sent, developing.

-- BURGER KING-TIM HORTONS -- 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:


ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -- Officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main groups fighting in Gaza, said Tuesday they have reached a deal with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians. There was no immediate Israeli comment. SENT: 350 words, photos, videos. Developing.

UKRAINE -- The presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for talks Tuesday, meeting face-to-face for the first time since June on the fighting that has engulfed Ukraine's separatist east. SENT: 800 words, photos. Developing.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA -- The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT.

IRAQ -- A parked car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital as the Shiite-led government struggles to dislodge Sunni militants from areas in the country's west and north. SENT: 360 words, photos.

A DEATH IN BOTSWANA -- The July 30 death of a former stalwart in Botswana's ruling part who defected, in what police say was a road accident, highlighted brewing tensions in a country known for being having one of the most stable governments on the continents. UPCOMING: 800, words, photos by 1700 GMT.

INDIA-JEWISH CENTER -- Rabbis from across Asia on Tuesday celebrated the reopening of a Jewish center targeted by rampaging Pakistani gunmen who stormed through Mumbai on a 60-hour killing spree in 2008. SENT: 380 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER -- Cristobal moved away from the Bahamas after strengthening into a hurricane, leaving a swath of soaked Caribbean islands and at least five fatalities in its wake. SENT: 590 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-MARIE -- Hurricane Marie weakened to a Category 2 storm early Tuesday but continued kicking up high swells along Mexico's northern Pacific coast and threatened to raise dangerous waves along the Southern California coast. SENT: 280 words, photos.

BRAZIL-PRISON RIOT -- A two-day prison uprising in southern Brazil has ended after the death of five inmates. SENT: 140 words.

VETERANS-HEALTH CARE -- No proof that delays in Veterans Affairs care caused Phoenix veterans to die, government investigators say. SENT: 450 words, photo.

SOCIAL MEDIA OPINIONS -- Tired of that friend or relative who won't stop posting or tweeting political opinions? Online loudmouths may be annoying, but a new survey suggests they are in the minority. Upcoming: 490 words by 1530 GMT.


BURGER KING-TIM HORTON'S -- Burger King says it struck a deal to buy Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, a move that would give the fast-food company a stronger foothold in the coffee and breakfast market. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates after conference calls beginning at 1400 GMT.

AP ECONOMIC SURVEY -- Economists appear to be of two minds about Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. They agree with her that the job market still isn't healthy. Yet the latest Associated Press survey of economists finds that most also fear the Yellen Fed will wait too long before raising interest rates. UPCOMING: 950 words by 1400 GMT.

AIR CRASHES COMPENSATION -- Families of passengers who were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine are starting to sort through the long process of gaining compensation for their loss. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

DURABLE GOODS -- Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July but much of the strength came from a huge surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders actually fell. SENT: 590 words, photo.

UNITED NATIONS-E-CIGARETTES -- The U.N. health agency recommends that nations regulate electronic cigarettes and ban them from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders. SENT: 350 words, photo.

POLICE SHOOTING-THE RITUAL -- The choir sang, the preachers shouted and the casket stayed closed. The body was taken to the cemetery, and Michael Brown was laid to rest. Thus went the most recent enactment of "the ritual" -- the script of death, outrage, spin and mourning that America follows when an unarmed black male is killed by police. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

FREEH-CAR CRASH -- Former FBI director Louis Freeh was seriously injured in a single-car crash in Vermont, authorities said. SENT: 170 words, photo.


EMMYS -- The Emmys welcomed all sorts of movie stars to television's biggest awards show: Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Spacey, Mark Ruffalo. Yet they were all sent home empty-handed as the Emmys opted for the tried and true. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

EMMYS-REVIEW -- Cheery, brisk and efficient -- the Emmycast seemed to fall in step with the style of host Seth Meyers. SENT: 700 words, photos.

EMMYS-FASHION -- The gowns came in all shapes at Monday's Emmy Awards, dominated by reds, blues and whites. SENT: 490 words, photos.

TV-FALL SEASON-10 BEST -- It's a time-honored rite harking back to an era of black-and-white TVs and the trio of networks whose programs they delivered: the grand unveiling of new fall fare. A look at 10 new fall TV shows worthy of a first-night look. Upcoming: 900 words by 11 a.m., photos.

TV-FALL SEASON-5 WORST -- While the new broadcast season will bring many potential delights, a handful of fall entries fall far short. Fair warning from a critic looking out for you. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m., photos.

TV-FALL SEASON-WOMAN POWER -- "The Good Wife," ''Homeland," ''Scandal," ''Nurse Jackie" and, well, "Girls" are just a few of the shows that put women front and center. And this fall, even more women are stepping up. UPCOMING: 650 words by 11 a.m., photos.

CHINA-FILMS AND CENSORSHIP -- This weekend's raid by authorities to shut down an independent film festival in Beijing was the latest sign that China's leadership under Xi Jinping is tightening the screws on the kind of expression it opposes. Filmmakers say such harassment and censorship is stifling the creativity of the country's documentary film industry. SENT: 860 words, photos.


CUBA-AT THE BEACH-PHOTO GALLERY -- Havana residents travel by 1950S car, bus, even horse-drawn carriage to cool off at the beach. By Ramon Espinosa. SENT: 300 words, photos.

MYANMAR-SHWEDAGON SWEEPERS-PHOTO ESSAY -- Every evening, more than a dozen men and women walk in a tight row in front of Myanmar's most revered Buddhist pagoda, sweeping the vast marble terrace in unison in hopes of keeping it clean for barefoot pilgrims. It's a chore they carry out eagerly, an effort to gain merit. SENT: 280 words, photos.

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