Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.
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Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:
– EGYPT, text, photos and video (developing)
– ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (developing)
– MANNING-WIKILEAKS (developing)
– VIETNAM-DANGEROUS SCRAP (sent)
– JESSE JACKSON JR. SENTENCING (developing)
– PROSTATE CANCER (HOLD FOR RELEASE)
PHOTOS: MIDEAST EGYPT coverage
VIDEO: EGYPT coverage; RARE BRAIN INFECTION, GOOGLE BEACH MAPPING, STANFORD VIRTUAL LAB
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):
EGYPT – Police move in with deadly force to remove supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi from two encampments. Clashes break out elsewhere in Cairo and in the provinces. Banks, Giza pyramids closed. SENT: 1,300 words, photos and video. SENT: Photo Gallery. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos, video. Rolling leads during the day, based on developments. Also: Newsguide, Timeline, other separates as warranted.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israel and Palestinians hold their first formal peace talks on home turf in five years. SENT: 920, photos of newly released Palestinians. Talks begin at about 11 a.m. EDT, lead planned. UPCOMING: 900 words, ETA dependent on duration of talks.
BAHRAIN: security forces deployed in force throughout the capital early Wednesday ahead of nationwide opposition protests that authorities have warned they will “forcefully confront.” SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: Word count, ETA depending on developments.
EUROPE ECONOMY: Official figures show the longest-ever recession in the eurozone is over, with a 0.3 percent growth rate of the 17 nations that use the euro. Story focuses on a Spanish company hiring again and we’re adding more details and color, and a glance on the countries that are still trouble for the continent’s economy. SENT: 800 words, photos.
INDIA-SUBMARINE: Some of the 18 sailors aboard are dead and others are trapped after the second explosion in three years on the same submarine in India. SENT: 690 words, photos.
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS: In announcing a pullout from Somalia after 22 years, Doctors Without Borders says armed groups are killing and abducting aid workers. And in a scathing indictment of Somalia’s leadership, the Nobel prize-winning aid group says civilian leaders condone or even support the attacks. The pullout goes against the narrative of a Somalia emerging from decades of anarchy and violence amid military gains against Islamist insurgents, but underscores the violence that persists. SENT: 460 words. UPCOMING; 750 words after noon EDT conference call, photos.
KOREAS-TENSION: North and South Korea move closer to reopening a jointly run factory park but provided no indication when the shuttered complex might resume work. The development, while not conclusive, marks an improvement on six past failed rounds of talks, the last of which ended in a scuffle. SENT: 575 words, photos.
ASIA-TYPHOON: Tens of thousands of people are evacuated as a powerful typhoon thunders into southern China after shutting down the bustling Asian financial center of Hong Kong and sinking a cargo ship. SENT: 410 words, photos.
NIGERIA VIGILANTES: A color story about a vigilante force that has arisen as a backlash against Boko Haram, the armed Islamist movement in northern Nigeria. UPCOMING: Up to 800 word by noon EDT, photos.
NKOREA-DETAINED AMERICAN: Kenneth Bae, the latest of several Americans jailed by North Korea in recent years, has already waited longer for his freedom than any of the others had to. But as his health deteriorates, Washington and Pyongyang appear unable to negotiate, each wary of giving concessions to the other. SENT: 1200 words, photos.
VIETNAM-DANGEROUS SCRAP: In one of the Vietnam War’s grimmest legacies, there were at least 500 casualties last year in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from unexploded bombs and other ordnance, according to activists and government databases. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
UPS PLANE CRASH. A UPS cargo plane crashed Wednesday morning in an open field just outside an airport in Birmingham, Ala. . SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Continuing developments; word count and ETA TBD. Video planned, and more photos.
MANNING-WIKILEAKS: Manning is expected to give a statement during the sentencing phase of his court-martial. . UPCOMING: 700 words. Developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing.
BURNED BODIES KIDNAPPED GIRL: Barely 48 hours after her rescue, Hannah Anderson went online to answer questions about everything from her favorite color to how she was abducted. SENT: 900 words moved, photo. UPCOMING: 750 words with a new approach by 3 p.m. EDT.
HEPATITIS C OUTBREAK: Former hospital technician accused of infecting dozens of patients with Hepatitis C through tainted needles is expected to plead guilty to 14 federal drug charges. SENT: 430 words, photo, interactive. UPCOMING: 9:30 a.m. EDT hearing; 10:30 ET US attorney briefing. Short update following hearing and briefing. 500 words by 2 p.m. ET.
WESTERN WILDFIRES: A fast-moving Utah wildfire consumes at least a dozen homes and threatens hundreds of others near the mountain resort town of Park City. SENT: 900 words, more than a dozen photos, video. UPCOMING: 700 words with a new approach by 3 p.m. EDT, fresh photos.
INDIAN CHILD WELFARE DISPUTE: A South Carolina couple in the middle of a legal dispute over their adoption of a Cherokee Indian girl hold a press conference in Oklahoma a day after the state’s governor said she would not act soon to extradite the girl’s birth father who has been ordered to hand over his daughter. UPCOMING: 130 words after 11 a.m. EDT newser, approx. 600 words by 3 p.m. EDT, photos
BARGES VS KAYAKS: After decades of heaping scorn and pollution on its urban river, Chicago is joining other cities around the country in a push to open waterways for kayaking and other recreational activities. But the Chicago River is still an industrial highway for towboats and tugboats hauling cargo barges. No major accidents have been reported, but there have been near-misses. And first-time kayakers setting off on their own have drawn comparisons to kids playing on railroad tracks or riding bikes on expressways. UPCOMING: 900 words by noon EDT, photos, video.
FORT HOOD SHOOTING: Testimony continues. Story will be updated throughout the day on merits, depending on testimony. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates on merits after trial gets underway at 10 a.m. EDT.
REAL HOUSEWIVES-CHARGES: Teresa and Joe Giudice of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” are arraigned in federal court in New Jersey. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 2:30p EDT HEARING; 250 words within 20 minutes of end of hearing. Up to 400 words on merit, by 430p ET.
ROCKEFELLER SENTENCING: Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, 52 , who posed as a member of the Rockefeller family, sentenced for the 1985 murder of his landlord Jonathan Sohus. . UPCOMING: Developing, details TBD. NOTE: Possible it could be delayed/rescheduled
BLACKOUT ANNIVERSARY-MEMORIES. About 50 million people lost power Aug. 14, 2003, when a tree branch touching high-power transmission lines in Ohio started an outage that cascaded across a broad swath from Michigan to New England and Quebec. Ten years later, The Associated Press asks: Where were you during the blackout of 2003? SENT: 1225 words, file photos, video.
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
JESSE JACKSON JR. SENTENCING: He and his wife are sentenced for misusing $750,000 in campaign money on everything from a gold-plated Rolex watch and mink capes to vacations and mounted elk heads. . SENT: 460 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. EDT hearing
POSTAL SERVICE-PRIORITY MAIL: Postal Service announces changes to its priority mail program as part of its efforts to raise revenues. UPCOMING: News conference at 11:30 a.m. EDT; Filing on merits.
EMBASSY SECURITY-MESSAGES: In a secretive chat rooms and on encrypted Internet message boards, al-Qaida fighters have been planning and coordinating attacks — including a threatened if vague plot that U.S. intelligence officials say shuttered the U.S. diplomatic posts for more than a week. Experts say it’s highly unlikey that al-Qaida’s top leader, Ayman al-Zawahri or his chief lieutenant in Yemen actually go online or even pick up a phone, but their underlings can, using either technology so sophisticated that it avoids NSA detection — or just old-fashioned couriers. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 2 p.m.
POLITICS: Republican National Committee meeting in Boston. 10 a.m. EDT; Covering and writing on merits.
OBIT-GERMOND: Jack W. Germond, the portly, cantankerous columnist and pundit who covered 10 presidential elections and sparred with colleagues on TV’s “The McLaughlin Group,” dies at the age of 85. SENT: 900 words.
OBAMA-VACATION: His fourth summer vacation on the tony Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard is humming along with golf games and basketball. But two key players are missing: daughters Malia and Sasha. Obama recently joked about feeling lonely at the White House because the girls were spending part of another summer away at an undisclosed camp. About 300 words by 1 p.m.
PROSTATE CANCER (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 5 p.m. EDT): A hormone-blocking drug used to treat urinary problems can lower men’s chances of developing prostate cancer by 30 percent, a large federal study finds. Experts say it could prevent tens of thousands of cancers each year. HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 5 p.m. EDT: 650 words.
HEALTHBEAT-CONSCIOUS BRAIN (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m. EDT): Researchers have created a tool to peek inside the brain and measure levels of consciousness in people presumed to be in a vegetative state — offering the hope that one day doctors might track this mysterious state as easily as they can check blood pressure. About 600 words, HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m. EDT.
BRITAIN-CAT DNA: A British university says that its newly created DNA database of British cats has helped convict a killer, illustrating how even pets’ genetic material can be a boon to forensic scientists. The University of Leicester says its catalogue of 152 felines’ DNA buttressed the prosecution case against David Hilder, who was convicted of manslaughter last week. SENT: 130 words; 450 words by 11 a.m. (pursuing photos but don’t know prospects yet)
STANFORD VIRTUAL LAB. Experiments are under way at Stanford University to determine if immersive technology can result in more empathy for the environment. As AP’s Haven Daley explains, the research uses the latest in virtual reality equipment. SENT: video.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-CONSUMER DRONE: Unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, are revolutionizing warfare. Now, some of that technology is coming home from the war, to amuse us and give us an aerial perspective on our surroundings. I’ve been trying out a helicopter-type drone called the Phantom this summer. It’s been an eye-opener in many ways. By Peter Svensson. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 11 a.m. EDT, photos, video.
GOOGLE – BEACH MAPPING: One step at time, crews from Google Maps are walking all 825 miles of Florida’s coastline. The company has partnered with Florida’s tourism agency, Visit Florida, to create a beach view for the state’s beaches. SENT: video. UPCOMING: 900 words by 11 a.m. EDT, photos.
AIRLINE MERGERS-CONSUMERS: The government has moved to block the latest airline merger – but for fliers, it’s already too late. The past decade has seen the largest transformation of the airline industry in a generation. SENT: 800 words, photos.
PARENTING-WIGGLES: A little girl growing up today has no shortage of female role models — senators and CEOs, astronauts and secretaries of state. And now, female Wiggle. Emma Watkins, the first woman to join the Australian group — a sort of fab four of the preschool set — is making her U.S. debut in a nationwide tour starting Saturday and on new episodes of “Ready, Steady, Wiggle!” debuting on Sprout on Aug. 19. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 11 a.m., photos.
FILM-OPRAH WINFREY: She returns to acting after 15 years in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” UPCOMING 800 words by 1:30 p.m., photos.
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