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:
– AFGHANISTAN MASSACRE
– FORT HOOD SHOOTING
–BACK TO SCHOOL-SCHOOL NURSES
PHOTOS: OLD CAR AUCTION NEBRASKA (13 photos, with video and text); WEDDING WITNESSES (14 photos, with video and text)
VIDEO: LIVER_TRANSPLANTS (with text, photo) NE-CLASSIC-CARS (with text, 13 photos), MICH-BEAR-GIRL (text sent yesterday; video could stand alone)
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):
OBIT-LEONARD: Elmore Leonard, best-selling chronicler of schemers, clever conmen and casual killers, dies. SENT: 1200 words, six photos UPCOMING: Writethru with a more featurey approach by 11a EDT.
EGYPT: Egypt arrests the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, a blow to the Islamist group as it struggles to keep up its street protests over the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. Today will examine the future of the Brotherhood. SENT: 850 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 3 p.m, photos, video.
Also: Expecting sidebar with a wider take on crackdown on Western journalists believed to be sympathetic to the Brotherhood. Some beaten, taking into custody.
PAKISTAN-MUSHARRAF: Pakistan’s former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf is indicted in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto; the first time any army chief in Pakistan has been charged with a crime. SENT, 850 words, photos, audio. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1 p.m., photos, audio. With TIMELINE
CIA IRAN: Pursuing: On the 60th anniversary of the 1953 coup that ousted Iran’s democratically elected president, the CIA formally acknowledged the U.S.’s key role with the British intelligence agency Mi6; documents show the CIA prepared for the coup by helping organize protests and plant stories against Mossadeq. WDC pursuing, with an explanatory tilt.
AUSTRALIA BOAT SINKS: Rescuers pulled more than 100 suspected asylum seekers to safety on Tuesday after their boat sank in the Indian Ocean. SENT: 370 words, photos.
BRITAIN-NSA SURVEILLANCE: The British government broke its silence Tuesday about the detention of a journalist’s partner for nine hours at Heathrow Airport, defending the action and saying authorities “have a duty to protect the public and our national security.” SENT: 750 words, photos.
SOUTH AFRICA-MANDELA-KING: The speaker, one of the world’s most recognizable black leaders, was addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress when he quoted America’s top civil rights leader, words that were first delivered in a speech whose 50th anniversary comes next week. “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last,” Nelson Mandela said to a standing ovation. Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. never met but they fought for the same cause at the same time on two continents. UPCOMING: 950 words. By noon EDT.
PISTORIUS-NEWSGUIDE: An explanatory piece that dissects the case, more than six months before the murder trial is scheduled to begin, from what’s been revealed thus far from the prosecution and from the defense, and highlighting where the versions clash. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon EDT, photos.
With: PISTORIUS-SETTLEMENT: A lawyer for the family of Oscar Pistorius’ slain girlfriend said Tuesday that representatives of the two families were in contact, possibly over an out-of-court settlement that would compensate Reeva Steenkamp’s parents for her killing by the double-amputee Olympian.
HAITI-INVESTOR BLUES: New businesses have opened all over Haiti since a January 2010 earthquake devastated much of the country, and officials say more are on the way. But many foreign investors who’ve come looking to open businesses complain they have to struggle with a lack of loans and too much red tape even as Haiti’s government desperately courts development. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 1 p.m., photos.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR: The operator of Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant says highly radioactive water has leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks there — its worst leak yet from such a vessel. SENT: 700 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-FLOODS: Flooding caused by some of the Philippines’ heaviest rains that submerged more than half the capital begins receding but authorities evacuate thousands of residents along Manila’s overflowing rivers and brace for more chaos in outlying provinces. At least eight people have died, including four who drowned north of Manila. SENT: 750 words, photos.
INDONESIA-VIRGINITY TEST: Indonesian officials on Tuesday dismissed as excessive and unethical a proposal by an education official on Sumatra island that would require female senior high school students to undergo virginity tests to discourage premarital sex and protect against prostitution. SENT: 330 words, photo.
GAZA-CRUMBLING TREASURES: Gaza is one of the most crowded territories on earth, and the rapid spread of its urban sprawl is endangering sites spanning 4,500 years, from Bronze Age ramparts to colorful Byzantine mosaics, experts say. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
CHINA-BO XILAI-FALLEN STAR: Setup on trial of Bo Xilai, powerful party boss of the megacity of Chongqing. SENT: 1360 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN MASSACRE: Nine Afghan civilians have been flown in to Washington state to testify as sentencing begins for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians during pre-dawn raids in two villages last year. Bales will be fighting for a chance at parole after pleading guilty to avoid the death penalty. SENT: 670 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from jury selection beginning at 11 a.m. EDT; 750 words; photos, video staffing.
MANNING-WIKILEAKS: Judge is expected to begin deliberations today and could announce a sentence — up to 90 years — today or tomorrow. A sidebar planned on what the sentence means for future leak prosecutions, another that looks at Fort Leavenworth, the prison where Manning is likely to serve his sentence. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. ET hearing; word count TBD on merits.
FORT HOOD SHOOTING: When Hasan gets a chance to present his own defense (possibly this afternoon, or Wednesday), will he try to argue he was justified and defending his religion? Will he call himself to the stand? We take a look at how he may present his case, and what he can and cannot say. SENT: 670 words, photo. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 10a ET. It is not yet known exactly when prosecutors may rest. Updates throughout the day; 750 words. Not known exactly when prosecution will rest.
AUSTRALIAN PLAYER-RANDOM SHOOTING: Authorities plan to charge a group of teens who allegedly killed an Australian baseball player out for a jog in his girlfriend’s neighborhood with first-degree murder. The community’s police chief says their motive was chillingly simple: They were bored and killed for fun. SENT: 500 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 2:30 p.m. hearing. 600 words by 4 p.m., photos, video
SHOOTING OUTSIDE PRESCHOOL: A woman whose former boss was convicted of fatally shooting her husband outside a suburban Atlanta preschool in 2010 is set to be sentenced after she was convicted of lying to authorities. SENT: 130 words. Developing from ongoing sentencing hearing.
CALIFORNIA PRISONS HUNGER STRIKE: Officials begin force- feeding inmates on a hunger strike in California after a federal judge approves the emergency measure. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words with updates by 3 p.m. EDT.
LEGAL POT: So you want to be in the legal pot industry in Colorado? Open your checkbook. Colorado’s pot-regulating agency launches three days of hearings on a proposal to charge $5,000 just to apply to be in the business. Operational licenses could cost as much as $14,000. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m. EDT.
WILDFIRES: Wildfires burn across the West, forcing people from their homes and taxing firefighting resources. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words with developments by 3 p.m. EDT.
SAME SEX TEEN ARREST: A Florida teen accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend is back in jail after prosecutors withdrew a plea deal. SENT: 130 words.
BOSTON MARATHON SHOOTING-FLORIDA: The father of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned about his connection to one of the Boston marathon suspects meets with the Florida prosecutor who has promised to review the events that led to Ibragim Todashev’s death. UPCOMING: Expected by 5 p.m. Word count TK; length on merits.
FBI-ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING: The FBI is training police departments around the country on how to prepare for and respond to active shooter crises SENT: 1100 words, photos.
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
RUBIO-HEALTH CARE: Rubio told a packed banquet hall of the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club that he viewed a number of policy issues as threats to the American dream: onerous taxes, burdensome regulations — and, above all, Obama’s health care law. On a six-city, three-day swing through North Florida last week, Rubio barely mentioned immigration, the issue most closely associated with him
DIGITS: Parents across the United States have a lot of love for their children’s teachers. So says a new survey of parents whose children completed kindergarten through 12th grade in the past school year. It shows that 82 percent of parents rate their child’s teachers as excellent or good, and just 5 percent rate them as poor. And parents were almost universal in saying that teacher quality is a central factor in determining the quality of education a child receives. SENT: 560 words.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL-SCHOOL NURSES: Sure “Nurse Zak’s” health office at Elma Primary School in suburban Buffalo has all the Band-Aids and ice packs and cotton balls expected in a place tasked with treating the bumps, bruises and paper cuts of school life. But today, school nurses might suction tracheostomies, clean gastrostomy tubes, monitor wearable insulin pumps, keep track of inhalers and EpiPens, give medicine for ADHD and seizures and dispense birth control. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1:30 p.m. EDT. Photos.
HEALTHBEAT-LIVER TRANSPLANTS: Where you live can affect your chances of getting a liver transplant, and your risk of dying while waiting. The nation’s transplant network says it’s time to make the system fairer – and it may take a cue from how politicians redraw voting maps SENT: 930 words, photo, video.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-TIVO ROAMIO DVRs: The Roamio family of DVRs, the fifth-generation TiVos, hit stores and websites on Tuesday and give you much more than what you can get through your cable or satellite company. SENT: 1500 words, photos.
INDIA-ECONOMY: Indians returning from abroad bring nearly 3,000 flat screen televisions into the country a day, turning airport luggage belts into revolving electronics displays. A stiff new customs duty aims to sink that popular trade as officials scramble to halt a dizzying plunge in the rupee
WORLD CUP TICKETS: They go on sale today; we’re covering.
OBAMA-MIAMI DOLPHINS: Forty years late, the Miami Dolphins finally are honored at a White House ceremony for their perfect 1972 season, the only NFL team to achieve that record. After going 17-0 and winning the Super Bowl in 1973, the team never made it to the White House. President Richard Nixon was immersed in the Watergate scandal back then and White House visits by victorious professional and collegiate sports teams were not as common as they are today. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. appearance; 500 words by 3:30 p.m. EDT. 500 words, photos, video, audio.
GAY MARRIAGE-CHURCHES: With growing support for gay marriage among the public and in the courts, some churches fear they may soon be forced to provide services for same sex couples. Some are changing their bylaws, statements of faith and facility rental policies to clarify their views on marriage. UPCOMING
AL-JAZEERA LAUNCH: We’ll cover the launch at 3P EDT.
TV-DIVERGENT NEWS: Despite decades-long prophecies of doom, network evening newscasts remain a vital part of television’s landscape, collectively reaching more than 22 million people each weeknight. Often, Williams’ newscast is more popular than NBC’s prime-time programming. Now there’s a creative push to distinguish broadcasts that once seemed interchangeable. SENT: 1080 words, photos.
OLD CAR AUCTION-NEBRASKA: A Chevrolet dealership owner who has held onto new cars and trucks that didn’t sell for decades is putting his trove of vintage vehicles on the market. Visitors from a dozen countries are coming to an auction next month or will bid online for the cars, which are new or like new. SENT: 1000 words, 13 photos, video.
WEDDING WITNESSES: Two wedding photographer’s at New York City’s City Hall have served as witnesses for thousands of couples, a duty that serves both to market their services and share in what is often the happiest day of people’s lives. SENT: 500 words, 14 photos, video.
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