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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT
Associated Press
2014-08-29 11:01 PM

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:

-- UKRAINE (sent, developing).

-- BRITAIN-TERROR THREAT (sent, developing)

-- SYRIA-FOREIGN FIGHTERS (upcoming)

-- OBAMA FOREIGN POLICY (sent).

-- MALAYSIA AIRLINES OVERHAUL (sent, developing).

-- EBOLA-COLLEGE STUDENTS (sent).

PHOTOS: AFGHANISTAN PAINTBALL (sent), PAPUA NEW GUINEA VOLCANO (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:

TOP STORIES:

UKRAINE -- Pro-Russia separatists, relaxed and well-equipped, held firm control on Friday of the strategic coastal town of Novoazovsk, a day after Ukraine claimed tanks and armored vehicles had invaded from Russia. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. Developing.

ISRAELI-MISSING AMERICAN -- Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week. SENT: 340 words, photos, video.

EUROPE-UKRAINE -- European Union foreign ministers on Friday were set to weigh adopting a tougher stance on the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia. SENT: 320 words. Developing.

UNITED NATIONS-SYRIA-REFUGEES -- The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday. SENT: 510 words, photos.

FIJI PEACEKEEPERS -- Forty-four Fijian soldiers working as U.N. peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group in Syria Friday while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels, according to the two Pacific nations. SENT: 720 words,

GERMANY-MERKEL IN CONTROL -- Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. It might seem like enough to put any leader into trouble. But Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity remains sky-high -- with nobody in sight to touch her. SENT: 780 words, photo.

EBOLA -- Senegal has recorded its first case of Ebola in an outbreak that is ravaging its West African neighbors, the Ministry of Health said Friday. SENT: 550 words, photos.

IRAQ-BESIEGED TOWN -- As Islamic militants rampaged across northern Iraq in June, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli decided to stay and fight. SENT: 700 words, photos.

HONG KONG DEMOCRACY SHOWDOWN -- Hong Kong's simmering summer of discontent gets even hotter Sunday when Beijing is expected to recommend restricting the first direct elections for the Chinese-controlled financial hub's leader. SENT: 830 words, photos.

MEXICO-CHILD MIGRANT OVERLOAD -- The largest crackdown by Mexican authorities on illegal migration in decades has decreased the flow of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route. SENT: 1200 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-PAINTBALL -- The arrival of recreational paintball to Afghanistan may seem peculiar to outsiders, especially in a country that's known decades of war. But it shows the rise of a nascent upper and middle class looking for a diversion with the time to spare, as well as the infusion of American culture into the country. SENT: 650 words, photos.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA VOLCANO -- Several communities were evacuated and some international flights were diverted Friday after a volcanic eruption on Papua New Guinea. SENT: 160 words, photos.

MYANMAR-RUNAWAY BEAUTY QUEEN -- A Myanmar beauty queen who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has run off with the $100,000 jeweled crown, a South Korea-based pageant said Friday. SENT: 410 words, photo.

ICELAND-VOLCANO -- Iceland authorities say there's been a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system. SENT: 310 words, photo.

NICARAGUA-MINERS TRAPPED --Rescuers worked Friday to reach at least 25 miners trapped in a gold mine landslide in northern Nicaragua. SENT: 230 words.

SYRIA FOREIGN FIGHTERS -- The Obama administration has offered a wide range of assessments of the threat to U.S. national security posed by the Islamic State group; most agencies agree the immediate threat is a lone-wolf operation. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, glance by 1800 GMT.

RUSSIA FUND SANCTIONS -- As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

OBAMA-FOREIGN POLICY -- Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict. SENT: 810 words photos, video.

GIANT AFRICAN SNAILS -- The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. SENT: 790 words, photos.

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

MALAYSIA AIRLINES-OVERHAUL -- Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. SENT: 690 words, photos, video.

ECUADOR-DIGITAL MONEY -- Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which the government cannot control. SENT: 590 words, photo.

STOCKS-SELL OR BUY? -- Is it time to cash out of stocks? The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and with each record close, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. If only you had done that in the crashes that began in 2000 and 2008, you might be a lot richer. SENT: 1400 words.

CONSUMER SPENDING -- U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed. SENT: 660 words, photo.

US

EBOLA-COLLEGE STUDENTS --College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate their campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. SENT: 820 words, photos.

OKLAHOMA EXECUTION -- An autopsy on an Oklahoma inmate who died after his troubled execution was halted concluded that he was killed by the lethal drugs, but it doesn't explain why he writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after the process began. SENT: 680 words, photos.

SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY -- The Sept. 11 memorial plaza will be open on the night of the attacks' anniversary this year, marking the first time the general public will be able to visit ground zero on the commemoration date. SENT: 440 words, photos.

LAUNDRY LOVE -- Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in her life: doing laundry, thanks to a faith-driven movement that helps the homeless and financially struggling by washing their dirty clothes for free. SENT: 690 words, photos, video.

MANATEES-ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Boaters, businesses and environmentalists are debating whether the manatee should retain its listing as an endangered species. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

GINSENG POACHING -- Federal prosecutors are cracking down on poaching ginseng, the roots of a plant popular in Asia that can fetch more than $900 a pound. SENT: 750 words, photos.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

PEOPLE-JOAN RIVERS -- Joan Rivers remained in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. SENT: 480 words, photos, video.

PEOPLE-MILEY CYRUS DATE --The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail. SENT: 390 words, photo.

CHINA-JACKIE CHAN -- A Taiwanese actor arrested on drug charges along with the son of Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan was released Friday after two weeks in detention, amid a broad anti-drug crackdown in China's capital that has ensnared several celebrities. SENT: 390 words.

FERGUSON-HIP-HOP -- Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the police shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. UPCOMING: 900 words by 10 a.m., photos.

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