BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15,1st Ld-Writethru


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.


Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:

— SYRIA Coverage (sent; developing)

— PERU – WAR SCARS (sent, with photo gallery)

— CUBA-SWIMMING TO FLORIDA (sent; new angle planned today)


–NKOREA-DENNIS RODMAN (sent; may develop)




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 (all times EDT):


SYRIA — Israel and the U.S. conducted a joint missile test over the Mediterranean on Tuesday, an apparent display of military prowess as the Obama administration seeks congressional support for strikes against the Assad regime. SENT: 440 words, photos. UPCOMING: About 1000 words by 3 p.m. EDT, photos.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA — Congress holds public hearing on Obama’s request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria in response to last month’s alleged sarin gas attack. SENT: 1100 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Will be updated from Obama meeting with congressional leaders at 9:45 a.m. EDT, Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing from Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at 2:30 p.m..

OBAMA — Facing roadblocks at home and abroad, Obama heads to Europe seeking support for Syria strike among world leaders assembled for the Russia-hosted G-20 summit. SENT: 1000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from Obama meeting with congressional leaders at 9:45 a.m. EDT, Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing from Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at 2:30 p.m. Obama leaves Washington at 8:45 p.m. About 1000 words, photos.

UN-SYRIA-REFUGEES — The civil war in Syria has forced over 2 million people out of the country and over 4 million others are displaced within its borders, making Syrians the nation with the largest number of people torn from their homes right now, U.N. officials said Tuesday. SENT: 540 words, photos.

EGYPT-SINAI IN TURMOIL — An Egyptian doctor once close to Osama bin Laden has emerged as a major player in Egypt’s Sinai, working to unify multiple al-Qaida-inspired militant groups there to fight the country’s military, as the lawless peninsula emerges as a new regional theater for jihad since the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president, according to Egyptian intelligence and security officials. UPCOMING: 1400 words by 4 p.m. EDT, file photos.

ISRAEL-JERUSALEM MAYOR — Mayor Nir Barkat presides over perhaps the most complicated city in the world — deeply divided between Arab and Jew, religious and secular, rich and poor, and claimed as capital by both Israelis and Palestinians. But Barkat says Jerusalem is thriving and the key is keeping its various fragments united. With peace negotiators discussing a potential future partition of Jerusalem, Barkat emphatically says the city can’t be split. “It will never function, it will never work. It is a bad deal,” says the former high-tech entrepreneur. “Doing a bad deal is worse than no deal.” UPCOMING: 700 words by 12:30 p.m. EDT, photos.

PUTIN INTERVIEW — AP and a Russian TV network sit down with Putin on Tuesday for an all-formats interview ahead of the summit, which begins Thursday. UPCOMING: EMBARGOED for 1 a.m. (CQ) WEDNESDAY EDT release (NewsNow will be sent at that time, followed by full story), with photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-MANDELA —South Africa’s president said Tuesday that he was pleased Nelson Mandela had gone home from a hospital, saying it indicated the progress that the anti-apartheid leader had made even though he remains in critical condition. SENT 350 words, photos, video

GERMANY-AUSCHWITZ INVESTIGATION — The special prosecutors’ office that investigates Nazi war crimes is recommending charges against dozens of alleged former Auschwitz guards, opening the possibility of a new wave of trials almost 70 years after the end of World War II. SENT: 630 words, photos.

PERU-WAR SCARS — A decade after a truth commission determined 70,000 Peruvians were killed in what was often a dirty war targeting civilians, the remains of less than a fifth of the disappeared have been found, war crimes convictions are few and reparations slow in delivery. SENT: 1160 words (mainbar) and-or 300 words (text to accompany 24-picture photo gallery), photos.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR — The Japanese government says it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station. The decision is widely seen as an attempt to show that the nuclear accident won’t be a safety concern just days before the International Olympic Committee chooses between Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid as the host of the 2020 Olympics. SENT: 950 words, photos.

NKOREA-DENNIS RODMAN — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman lands in North Korea and says he plans to hang out with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time and maybe bridge some cultural gaps — but not be a diplomat. Rodman arrives just days after Pyongyang rejected a visit by a U.S. envoy who had hoped to bring home Kenneth Bae, an American missionary jailed there. SENT: 750 words, photos.

TURKEY-NYC WOMAN Turkish man stands trial for killing a New York City woman during her solo vacation in Istanbul. SENT: 360 words.

CHINA-NO MORE ABALONE — The shark’s fin, bird’s nest and abalone are gone from the offerings at Beijing’s Xiang E Qing restaurant — a favorite of Communist Party cadres just months agoChina’s high-end restaurants have gone into crisis under leader Xi Jinping’s campaign to crack down on the kinds of party extravagances that have angered ordinary Chinese. SENT: 680 words, photos.

INDIA-SONIA GANDHI — India’s most powerful politician, Sonia Gandhi, leaves for the United States for a health check. SENT: 250 words.

INDONESIA-MISS WORLD PROTEST — Muslim hard-liners stage a protest in the country’s capital to try to stop the holding of the Miss World pageant this weekend on the resort island of Bali. SENT: 300 words.

AUSTRALIA-GAY MARRIAGE — Prime Minister Kevin Rudd mounts a spirited defense of same-sex marriage only days out from Australian elections. SENT: 500 words, photos.

INDIA-FOOD BILL — India plans to subsidize wheat, rice and cereals for some 800 million people under a $20 billion plan to cut malnutrition and ease poverty. The Food Security Bill guarantees citizens a legal right to food. SENT: 380 words.

NEW ZEALAND-WARMEST WINTER – New Zealand experiences its warmest winter on record as Antarctic winds stay away. SENT: 230 words, photo.

INDIA-DOWRY DEATHS — An Indian report says a woman dies every hour in disputes over how much her family has paid in dowry to the groom for her marriage. SENT: 260 words.

SWEDEN-OBAMA-WALLENBERG — The family of World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg says it will ask President Barack Obama for help in their quest to find out what happened to the Swedish diplomat who vanished after being arrested by Soviet forces in 1945. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 10:30 a.m. EDT


CUBA-SWIMMING TO FLORIDA — Today’s angle likely to focus on changes that are enabling older people to accomplish greater physical feats; and is there something specific about swimming vs. other sports that makes this more feasible. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated from news conference planned for 11 a.m. EDT; 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.

POT LEGALIZATION-MEDICAL MARIJUANA — The Justice Department’s conditional approval of voter-approved recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington could hasten the end of medical marijuana schemes in Montana and other states Industry analysts say medical marijuana may survive in a handful of states where it is well regulated, such as Colorado. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m. EDT, photos.

FLOAT TRIP SHOOTING — A Missouri murder case is the latest to put a spotlight on “castle doctrine” laws, which allow the use of deadly force to protect property. Missouri is among at least 30 states that have enacted the statues, which supporters say protect gun rights but others insist promote vigilantism. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1 p.m. EDT, photos.

NEW BAY BRIDGE — The new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge opens to traffic after years of delays and cost overruns. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.

FLASH FLOOD RESCUES — Dozens of people were forced from their homes after a flash flood inundated a Rhode Island apartment complex. SENT: 210 words, video.

RACIAL SLURS-TRIAL — A federal jury rejects the argument that use of the N-word among blacks can be a culturally acceptable term of love and endearment, deciding its use in the workplace is hostile and discriminatory no matter what. Jurors who last week awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages to a black employment agency worker return to court to decide on punitive damages. SENT: 615 words. UPCOMING: 615 words by 2 p.m.; update from deliberations by 5 p.m.

NAVAL ACADEMY-SEXUAL ASSAULT — A hearing to help determine whether three former U.S. Naval Academy football players will face a court-martial could be nearing its end in the case of a midshipman who claims she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus party in 2012. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from hearing resuming at 8 a.m.; 600 words by 2 p.m.

DOCTOR’S DAUGHTER-WATERBOARDING — A judge holds an evidentiary hearing in the case of a Delaware pediatrician accused of “waterboarding” his 11-year-old daughter. UPCOMING: Hearing begins at 10 a.m.; 500 words by 6 p.m. (Perhaps sooner depending on how long hearing lasts.)

NANNY-BABY KILLED —An Irish nanny accused of killing a 1-year-old girl in her care is due in court for a hearing on her lawyer’s motion to dismiss the charges against her. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. court hearing; about 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.

PLANE INTO HOME-LAWSUITS — Lawyers for families suing over the deadly 2009 crash of Flight 3407 near Buffalo will get a look at an internal airline review and hear a whistle-blower’s account of problems at Colgan Air. A federal judge has denied the carrier’s attempts to block access. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m. EDT.


TRAIN SAFETY DELAYS: Rail industry lobbying to delay implementation of law requiring technology to prevent the most catastrophic types of train collisions. SENT: 1350 words, photos.


MICROSOFT-NOKIA — Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.’s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market. SENT: 860 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated around 9:30 a.m. EDT.


— NOKIA DEMISE — A portrait of the Finnish company’s rise and fall — from making rubber boots to becoming the world’s largest handset seller and its recent struggles to compete with smartphones. UPCOMING: 500 words expected around 11 a.m EDT.


BEZOS-WASHINGTON POST — Jeff Bezos is hoping the strategic approach that’s made Amazon such a success will help revive the struggling Washington Post. In his first interview since announcing his $250 million purchase of the storied newspaper last month, Bezos told the Post that three ideas have propelled Amazon’s success: Put the customer first. Invest. And be patient. SENT: 110 words.

LOBSTER MARKETING — Maine is pumping millions into lobster marketing in bid to boost sales and slumping prices. UPCOMING: 625 words by 12 p.m., photos.


MISS AMERICA-ARRIVALS — Miss America contestants make their debut on the Atlantic city boardwalk as the pageant returns to this resort after a six-year run in Las Vegas. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 pm. EDT, photos.

PEOPLE-KATIE COURIC — Katie Couric is getting married to her financier boyfriend John Molner. SENT: 110 words.


FILM-TORONTO PREVIEW — Every best picture winner since 2007 has played at the Toronto International Film Festival, from “No Country for Old Men” to last year’s winner, “Argo.” While other late summer festivals can claim to have been first with many Academy Award winners, Toronto is the largest, most expansive launch pad of the fall moviegoing season. But at Toronto, Oscar is far from the only rage. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 2 p.m., photos.

TV-AMERICAN IDOL — Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. are joining Keith Urban as “American Idol” judges next season. Fox TV announced the revamped panel Tuesday, along with a new role for original judge Randy Jackson. Jackson, who stepped down as a panelist after last season, will serve as in-house mentor to the show’s contestants. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10:30 a.m. EDT, photos.

TV-LEBRON-STARZ-SITCOM: LeBron James is joining forces with Starz and the man behind classic shows like “The Cosby Show” to create a sitcom that will touch on something he knows a lot about — “Survivor’s Remorse.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 640 words, photos.

JAPAN-AMERICAN SINGER — Leaving San Francisco, singer Chris Hart has made himself at home in “J-pop.” His album of cover versions of Japanese pop tunes is rising on the charts. And the crooner is scoring on this nation’s equivalent of “American Idol,” being billed as a genius who understands the musical soul of Japan. SENT: 750 workds, photos.


US OPEN — Last year’s U.S. Open finalists, champion Andy Murray and runner-up Novak Djokovic, try to reach this year’s quarterfinals Tuesday, while defending women’s champion Serena Williams plays at night. UPCOMING: Will be updated from day session starting at 11 a.m. EDT; night session at 7 p.m. EDT. 900 words, photos.

OLY–ROGGE’S FAREWEL — Twelve years after taking over an IOC recovering from its worst ethics scandal, Jacques Rogge is leaving with the Olympic body in much sturdier shape but facing serious challenges. The 71-year-old Belgian steps down as president on Sept. 10 after steering the International Olympic Committee through a period of relative stability that spanned three Summer Olympics and three Winter Games. UPCOMING: 1,800 words by noon EDT, photos.

— With:

— OLY–Rogge’s Farewell-Q&A.


At the Nerve Center, news producers Karen Mahabir, Kelly King, Jerome Minerva and Marco Mulcahy can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, Swayne Hall (ext. 1900.) Expanded AP Content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact apcustomersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477.

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