Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.
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Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1430 GMT:
– EGYPT, text, photos and video (developing)
– ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (developing)
– MANNING-WIKILEAKS (developing)
– VIETNAM-DANGEROUS SCRAP (sent)
– 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 1500 GMT, 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 1600 GMT 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 1600 GMT, 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, Alabama. SENT: 375 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 1330 GMT. 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: 600 words moved, photo.
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 1400 GMT.
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
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 1800 GMT.
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 1700 GMT.
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 2100 GMT: 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, 1800 GMT.
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 1500 GMT, photos, video.
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.
FILM-OPRAH WINFREY: She returns to acting after 15 years in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” UPCOMING 800 words by 1:30 p.m., photos.