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Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:
— MIDEAST TALKS
— TURNER FIELD-FALL
— SUPERSTORM-LEGAL HELP
— HEALTH CARE-RATE SHOCK (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 12:01 a.m. WEDNESDAY):
PHOTOS: CHINA POLLUTION-TOURISM
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today and notable pieces that we sent in the past eight hours (all times EDT):
MIDEAST TALKS: Talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians resume Wednesday; curtain raiser will outline changes over the past five years, including the Arab Spring, which made countries on Israel’s borders less stable, and a sharp increase in settlements in the West Bank. UPCOMING: About 950 words by 1 p.m. EDT, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS: Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners ahead of the talks; timing uncertain — could be late afternoon or early evening EDT. SENT: 550 words. UPCOMING: about 750, with photos, video.
EGYPT: The government holds back, Islamist sit-ins grow. We will have a story on the largest encampment, where supporters of the ousted president have established an Islamist autonomous zone, and where some aspects of life embody Muslim Brotherhood ideals of religious piety and segregation of the sexes. UPCOMING: About 1,100 words by 2 p.m. EDT, photos.
EUROZONE RECOVERS: The 17-country eurozone may be turning a corner. Official figures due Wednesday are expected to show the currency bloc emerged from recession. UPCOMING: 700 words by 12:30 p.m. EDT
POPE-SOCCER: Two big-name Argentines meet: Pope Francis and Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi. SENT: 110 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon EDT, photos.
KERRY: He will seek to allay the concerns of Brazil’s top leaders about U.S. surveillance in their country while highlighting the expanding relationship the U.S. is nurturing with the economic powerhouse in Latin America. Kerry will have talks with Brazilian officials, including President Dilma Rousseff, on Tuesday. SENT. 600 Words. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. lunch.
CHINA-ROOFTOP VILLA: A medicine mogul spent six years building his own private mountain peak and luxury villa atop a high-rise apartment block in China’s capital, earning the unofficial title of “most outrageous illegal structure.” Now, authorities are giving him 15 days to tear it down. SENT: 600 words, photos.
JAPAN-TSUNAMI SHIP: A stranded fishing boat that became a symbol of the devastation of Japan’s 2011 tsunami has long divided a northeastern coastal city — between those who wanted to keep it as a monument of survival and those who wanted a painful reminder gone. SENT: 510 words, photos.
CHINA-POLLUTION-TOURISM: China, one of the most visited countries in the world, has seen sharply fewer tourists this year — with worsening air pollution partly to blame. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
SPAIN-BOTCHED RESTORATION: A Spanish artist who became famous because of her botched restoration of a Christ fresco in a small-town church is opening an exhibit of her art and has reached a merchandising deal with the town that owns the church. UPCOMING: 120 words planned by 11 a.m. and 400 words by 12 p.m., photos.
THAILAND-ONLINE CHATS — Thai police seek to monitor chats on mobile app for criminal activity. SENT: 500 words, photos.
BURNED BODIES-KIDNAPPED GIRL: Note: Keyword changed overnight from Missing Children because the children have been found. We are pursuing unanswered questions of how teen was taken captive, whether she tried to escape, how she didn’t know about her mother and brother being killed. SENT: 800 words, photos, interactive on key players in the investigation. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m. EDT
BACK TO SCHOOL-WHAT COLLEGE COSTS: Even with the lower interest rates on student loans that Obama signed into law, students are eyeing bills that are growing on just about every line. SENT: 460 words, photo.
FIREFIGHTERS KILLED: A dispute over the benefits given to families of the 19 elite firefighters who died this summer in the line of duty has caused an angry division in Prescott. UPCOMING: 700 words expected by noon EDT, photos.
SUPERSTORM-LEGAL HELP: Nearly 10 months after Superstorm Sandy, some mobile legal clinics that sprang up to help people apply for aid and navigate bureaucracy are still operating, and the issues have become increasingly complex. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon ET, with photos.
POWERBALL JACKPOT: Public employees on the Jersey shore who had one of three winning tickets in last week’s $448 million Powerball jackpot gather for a news conference. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words within 20 minutes of 2:30 p.m. ET news conference; 400 words by 4 p.m. ET, with photos.
PINE RIDGE RESERVATION-ALCOHOL: Tribal members on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will vote on whether to legalize alcohol and allow the Oglala Sioux Tribe to sell it. SENT: 740 words, photos. Results may be in by 10 p.m. EDT and story will be updated after that.
JESSE JACKSON JR-MERCY PLEA: Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s supporters are trying to persuade a judge to have mercy on him and his wife Sandi after they were convicted of corruption when they are sentenced for misusing campaign funds. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m. EDT. (asterisk)Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday in WDC(asterisk)
FORT HOOD SHOOTING: More testimony; not known who will testify today. UPCOMING: Hearing gets underway 10 a.m. EDT. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 p.m. EDT, about 500 words by 4 p.m. EDT.
MANNING-WIKILEAKS: As Manning’s sentencing hearing continues, the defense focuses on his supervisors’ failures. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from court proceedings. 500 words by 6 p.m.
AFGHANISTAN MASSACRE: A military judge considers arguments on whether the entire team of Army lawyers prosecuting Bales should be dismissed, threatening to delay Bales’ sentencing for the deaths of 16 civilians in Afghanistan. UPCOMING: 500 words and file photos by noon EDT. Will be updated by 5 p.m. EDT, but won’t go beyond 600 words.
IDAHO WILDFIRES. Crews fight a fast-moving wildfire threatening a remote Idaho hamlet. Some residents ignore a mandatory evacuation order and stay with their homes. SENT: 900 words, photos, online video. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon EDT; live photos by 5 p.m. EDT, online video.
BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S FRIENDS : Two college friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect face arraignment on charges of disposing evidence. SENT: 130 words. Developing from 2p court hearing. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4p ET but will ultimately be combined with BOSTON MARATHON-SHOOTING-FLORIDA.
BOSTON MARATHON-SHOOTING-FLORIDA: The father of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned by investigators about his ties to one of the Boston marathon bombing suspects is scheduled to speak about what he has learned about his son’s death. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. news conference; 400 words expected by 3 p.m., photos from news conference. Will ultimately be combined with BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S FRIENDS.
STILETTO STABBING: Bond hearing for Ana Trujillo, charged with murder for allegedly fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto shoe. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing; 350 words by 1 p.m. EDT.
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
REPUBLICANS-NO COMPROMISE: Congress has abysmal approval ratings, and polls suggest that most voters want the divided government to seek out compromise. Yet the no-holds-barred attitude on display in some places as members of Congress hold recess town hall gatherings offers an ominous forecast of the legislative battles ahead this fall and underscores how little political incentive many Republicans have to compromise. UPCOMING: 850 words by 2 p.m., Photos.
VOTER ID: Watching for legal challenges/reaction to North Carolina’s strict voter law, one of the first passed since the Supreme Court stripped the Voting Rights Act of federal oversight of several states. The ACLU has already said it will sue, arguing that requiring photo IDs for voters suppresses traditional Democratic constituencies from turning out, especially blacks, young, elderly and poor. The state NAACP has a news conference at 9:30 a.m. UPCOMING: To be determined.
NJ SENATE: Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan lead pack in party primaries to fill Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 a.m. polls opening; About 500 words after polls close at 8 p.m. ET; 600 words when winners are called.
NYC MAYOR’S RACE-DEBATE: The top five Democratic candidates for New York City mayor face off in debate. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 7 p.m. ET debate; 700 words by 9 p.m., with photos.
TEEN MAYOR: Voters in the small Utah city of Roy vote in a primary mayoral election that includes an 18-year-old man arrested in 2012 in a plot to blow up his high school. The teen says he is rehabilitated. UPCOMING: 500 words and file photos by noon EDT. Will be updated late Tuesday with results, but won’t go beyond 500 words.
HEALTH CARE-RATE SHOCK (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 12:01 a.m. WEDNESDAY): More than 19 million people who now buy their own health insurance may experience rate shock next year when President Barack Obama’s new health care law kicks in, concludes a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. HOLD FOR RELEASE 12:01 AM ET Wednesday. Word count TBD after we see the report.
MARS FOOD MISSION: Six researchers who have spent nearly four months simulating what it’s like to live and work on Mars are emerging from their experiment on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano. The NASA-funded study is researching what foods astronauts might eat during a mission to Mars. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 p.m., photos.
JUMPING ROBOT: Creating the Carl Lewis of robots: Researchers’ work at Penn could be applied to military searches, supply transport. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1 p.m. ET, photos, video.
BLACKOUT ANNIVERSARY-RELIABILITY: Regulators have imposed millions of dollars in civil penalties against energy companies that risk the dependability of the U.S. electrical grid since new rules following the 2003 Northeast blackout made such fines possible, including a record $25 million fine for a power failure in Florida, according to an AP review of annual reports and a database. SENT: 780 words, photos, graphic.
– BLACKOUT ANNIVERSARY-GLANCE – The day the lights went out: A look at the blackout of 2003.
TURNER FIELD-FALL: Authorities identify a fan who died after falling more than 60 feet from an upper-level platform at Atlanta’s Turner Field as a 29-year-old man. An autopsy is planned for Tuesday, and our story will be updated with any preliminary results or details from man’s family. AP has interview with man’s mother, who provided details about how he was in the smoking section and it was slippery in the area due to rain. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m. EDT, photos, online video.
HOUSTON ASTRODOME’S FUTURE: The fate of a plan to renovate the Houston Astrodome, an iconic stadium that’s fallen into disrepair since it was shuttered four years ago, might be in the hands of voters this fall. Meeting is to start at 11 a.m. EDT. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m. EDT, file photos.
AGING AMERICA-GENERATIONAL TRAINING: Companies around the country are turning to training to close generational divides among workers of vastly different ages. UPCOMING. 1100 words, photos.
LEAN-IN CIRCLES. The Lean-In foundation, launched last spring along with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book of the same name, says that well over 7,000 circles have been formed — in all 50 states and at least 50 countries. “It’s exceeded everyone’s expectations,” says Sandberg, who started it all. “But we still have a long way to go. We’re trying to change people’s minds.” UPCOMING: 1000 words by 2 p.m., fresh photos.
SPERM DONORS-PARENTING RIGHTS: A child custody case involving “The Lost Boys” actor Jason Patric and his ex-girlfriend has grown into a heated battle in the California Legislature about whether certain sperm donors should be granted parental rights. SENT: 860 words. UPCOMING: Developing from hearing scheduled for noon EDT.
PEOPLE-OPRAH WINFIELD: She says she’s “sorry” that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland. SENT: 360 words, photos.
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