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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1530 GMT
Associated Press
2014-08-28 11:42 PM

Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1500 GMT:

-- PEOPLE-JOLIE-PITT (sent, developing)

__ UKRAINE (sent, developing)

-- SYRIA-ISLAMIC STATE (sent)

-- EBOLA (sent, developing)

-- ECONOMY-GDP (sent, developing)

-- MALAYSIA PLANE (sent)

CHINA LANDSLIDE (sent), PREVENTING FALLS (sent), AUSTRALIA-WOOLLY SHEEP (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:

WORLD

UKRAINE -- "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," the country's president declared Thursday, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council. Reports from analysts to separatist rebels to NATO and U.S. officials backed up that assessment. SENT: 890 words, photos, video. Developing.

SYRIA-ISLAMIC STATE -- As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day. SENT: 970 words, photos.

EBOLA -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known, the World Health Organization said Thursday. SENT:

MALAYSIA PLANE -- The massive undersea search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean could be extended farther south based on new satellite analysis. SENT: 650 words.

FRANCE-OPENING FOR BUSINESS -- Facing horrendous poll numbers, Francois Hollande has cast his lot: The French president who once denounced global finance and vowed a 75-percent tax on millionaires has now shaken up his Socialist government to quell dissent from his left flank -- and appointed a well-heeled former investment banker as his new point man on the economy. SENT: 780 words, AP photos

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday. SENT: 530 words, photos.

JAPAN-WAR CRIMINALS -- China and South Korea on Thursday urged Japan to stick to history and reflect on its wartime aggression after Tokyo confirmed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony honoring more than a thousand World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions. SENT: 570 words, photos.

SKOREA-DOGS-DYING DELICACY -- For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. But the 58-year-old's lifelong experience with a food eaten for centuries in Korea is about to become history. SENT: 930 words, photos.

CHINA-LANDSLIDE -- Six people died and 21 others were missing after a landslide hit a village in southwestern China, Chinese state media reported Thursday. SENT: 100 words, photos, video.

AUSTRALIA-WOOLLY SHEEP -- Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday that Shaun lost 23.5 kilograms (52 pounds) of wool at his first haircut. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

EU-SUMMIT-GENDER -- EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next half decade, and after years of paying lip service to increasing equality between the sexes, the problem of disparity is still plain for all to see at these meetings -- where are the women? SENT: 750 words, photos.

INDIA-BANKING ON THE POOR -- India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders. SENT: 300 words, photos.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

PEOPLE-JOLIE-PITT -- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says. SENT: 340 words, photos. Developing.

THEATER-BROADWAY PREVIEW -- The coming Broadway season has a bit of something for everyone -- a musical by Sting, an SUV full of magicians, the incomparable Hugh Jackman, the regal Helen Mirren, a musical set in a funeral parlor, and not one, but two Gyllenhaals. Here's a look at some highlights to the upcoming 2014-15 season. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

ITALY-VENICE FILM FESTIVAL -- With the acclaimed "The Act of Killing," documentary-maker Joshua Oppenheimer looked into hell. Now he returns to the Venice Film Festival with "The Look of Silence," which tackles the same topic as the earlier film -- mass political slayings that still haunt Indonesia decades on -- from a new perspective. By Jill Lawless. Photos, video.

FILM-SUMMER BOX OFFICE -- The summer box office will sputter to a close this weekend, finishing about 15 percent down from last year's summer. Here are five takeaways from Hollywood's lackluster season. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

REALITY STAR-RAPE CHARGE -- A Louisiana firearms company is moving on without one of its founders, a reality TV personality who has been charged with raping a child. Red Jacket Firearms says it has legally separated from Will Hayden. SENT: 130 words, photo

WASHINGTON

OBAMA-SYRIA -- President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? SENT: 940 words.

US

GIRL WITH UZI -- The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos, audio.

BACK TO COLLEGE-READING'S HOPE -- Long seen as a way out of poverty, higher education eludes most students at Reading High. The public schools here are plagued by low test scores in reading, math and science; the school district has one of the highest dropout rates in the state. But Reading's Alvernia University is placing a $10 million bet that it can help kids in one of the nation's poorest cities get ready to do college work. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

ECONOMY-GDP -- After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated. SENT: 660 words, photos.

UNEMPLOYMENT -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong. SENT: 360 words, photos, glance.

AMERICANS' ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: SURVEY -- Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health. SENT: 590 words.

CANADA-TIM HORTONS -- News this week that Burger King will buy Tim Hortons served as a bittersweet reminder of how beloved the homegrown chain is in Canada, where 75 percent of the all the coffee sold at fast food restaurants comes from "Timmy's," as it is affectionately known. SENT: 780 words, photos.

VISUAL SEARCH -- It's a shopaholic's killer app. Point your phone's camera at the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing, take a picture, and then receive a slew of information about the shades along with a link that lets you order them. Companies are working to perfect "visual search." UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by noon.

HEALTH/SCIENCE

PREVENTING FALLS -- Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke. The experiment is among techniques being studied to prevent falls, the leading cause of injury in older adults. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.

HOUSEHOLD GERMS, HFR --No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria that come from, well, your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows you'll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too. HFR at 1800 GMT on Thursday. With AP Photo.

SPORTS

NKOREA-SPORTS DIPLOMACY -- A Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician arrives in North Korea with a former NFL lineman and more than a dozen martial artists for the first big sports event featuring well-known foreigners since Dennis Rodman's controversial basketball game earlier this year. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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