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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT
Associated Press
2014-08-27 11:22 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.

-- OBAMA-SYRIA -- Upcoming.

-- HOSTAGE FREED-CURTIS -- Sent, developing.



-- GIRL WITH UZI -- 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 -- An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.

ISRAEL-SYRIA -- Activists say Syrian rebels have captured a border crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights after deadly clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces. SENT: 295 words.

OBAMA-SYRIA -- One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he decided he first wanted congressional approval. But the White House is suggesting that standard may not apply as Obama again contemplates strikes on Syria, this time against extremist targets. UPCOMING, 600 words by 2000 GMT.

UNITED STATES-IRAQ -- United States plans another humanitarian aid mission in Iraq, this time in Amrili, populated mainly by Shiite Turkmen where 15,000 civilians are trapped under siege by the Islamic State. SENT, 525 words. UPCOMING, 650 words by 1930 GMT.

VENEZUELA-BULGING WAISTLINES -- Venezuela's socialist government is sounding the alarm about growing waistlines in a country where record food shortages are making it harder to put healthy meals on the table, prompting many people to fill up on empty calories. SENT: 660 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-STRUGGLING ECONOMY -- Afghanistan's economy, vastly supported by international military spending and aid since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion to topple the Taliban, finds itself struggling on the precipice of what could be an uncertain future. SENT: 850 words, photos.

ASIA-VANISHING HERITAGE -- Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok's Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. SENT: 1370 words, photos.

UKRAINE -- Pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday after three days of heavy shelling, the town's mayor said, capturing new territory far from most of their battles with government troops. SENT: 890 words, photos.

EBOLA-LATHER CHALLENGE -- A young man stares into the camera and names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a plastic bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water -- part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

GERMANY-EBOLA -- A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone arrives in Germany for treatment in a Hamburg hospital, officials say. SENT: 360 words.

PAKISTAN -- A Cabinet minister urges Pakistan's two key opposition figures leading mass rallies outside parliament to back off their demand for the prime minister's resignation in ongoing talks with the government. SENT: 400 words, photos.

LIBYA -- The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias. SENT: 130 words.

FRANCE-LAGARDE-CORRUPTION -- Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister. SENT: 360 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-FUTURE -- Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. SENT: 960 words, photos.

CONFLICT ZONES-FREELANCERS -- Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all shared one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist." SENT: 940 words.

HOSTAGE FREED-CURTIS -- Journalist Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the United States on Tuesday, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months, his family said. SENT: 270 words, photos, video.

POLICE SHOOTING-BUILDING TRUST -- In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust -- holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ISLAMIC STATE-AMERICAN KILLED -- An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said. SENT: 750 words, photo, video.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-STORM SURF -- Surfers and gawkers crowded beaches Tuesday while workers hurried to fortify beaches and sandbag low-lying areas against flooding from the serious surf expected to peak Wednesday, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. SENT: 490 words, photos.

KID WITH UZI -- The shocking death of a shooting instructor after a 9-year-old girl opened fire with an Uzi has many debating laws that regulate kids and guns. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1800 GMT.

COMMON CORE-JINDAL -- In his boldest move yet to bolster his White House hopes, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sues the Obama administration to block the Common Core education standards. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2000 GMT


MALAYSIA AIRLINES OVERHAUL -- Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers. SENT: 500 words.


TWITCH-VIDEO GAMES AS SPECTATOR SPORT --Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." But today there's Twitch, the online network that attracts millions of visitors, most of whom watch live and recorded footage of other people playing video games --in much the same way that football fans tune in to ESPN. SENT: 860 words.

HACKERSPACES -- At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with computer chips, pens, pads and tools while the room is abuzz with the chatter of would-be inventors hoping to change the world -- or just make cool things. They are part of a growing global movement of so-called hackerspaces. SENT: 690 words, photos, video.


TEEN FASHION DESIGNER -- After taking a sewing class at the age of 9, Isabella Rose Taylor discovered a love for fashion design. Four years later, at age 13, she's selling items from her fall line in Nordstrom stores across the country and will have a show at New York Fashion Week. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon.


DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-TELEVISION BINGEING -- It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see how technology has changed our television-viewing habits. Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching -- going through several episodes in a single stretch, rather than one a week. I know what I'll be doing this Labor Day weekend. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m., photos.

ITALY-VENICE FILM FESTIVAL -- Stars start arriving on the Venice Lido as the 71st annual film festival opens with the world premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman," a twisted comedy that stars Michael Keaton -- best known for playing an iconic superhero -- as an actor burdened by his fame for playing an iconic superhero. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. Will be updated.

PEOPLE-KEVIN SPACEY -- He has lied, cheated and killed, but "House of Cards" President Frank Underwood isn't done yet. Next he's going to sing. Two-time Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey will show off his vocal talents at a one-night-only gala concert in Washington. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 a.m., photo.

JAPAN-4K GODZILLA -- At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition. The effort with "4K" technology is carefully removing scratches and discoloration from the films and also unearthing hidden information on the reel-to-reel. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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