BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

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:


— FEDERAL RESERVE (sent; developing)


— BUDGET BATTLE (upcoming)




— TROPICAL WEATHER (sent; developing)



VIDEO: TROPICAL WEATHER coverage; possible on Canada-Train-Bus Collide (breaking)

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):


NAVY YARD SHOOTING-SENSE OF SAFETY — These people are trained to be alert, fight in wars, target an enemy and keep the nation safe. But twice in just five years an armed person has nonchalantly passed through the layers of security and opened fire, killing people going about their daily business, shattering a perception that these installations — place that embody the strongest military in the world — are somehow safer. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m.

NAVY YARD SHOOTING-HAGEL — He has newser at 11:15, announces next steps in Navy yard shooting investigation


BUDGET BATTLE — Moving on to Plan B, House GOP leaders appear likely to give tea party lawmakers a chance to use a routine temporary government funding bill to try to muscle the Senate into derailing Obama’s health care law . SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p. m., photos.

OBAMA — He pushes his economic agenda to top corporate executives while cautioning Republicans not to precipitate a government shutdown or a debt default. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: updates from 10:45 a.m. speech, 650 words by noon, photo.

OBAMA-CLIMATE CHANGE — His plans to curb gases blamed for global warming get airing at House energy panel hearing before skeptical lawmakers. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 10:15 a.m. hearing, 850 words by noon, photos.

OBAMA-SETBACKS — Embarrassing diplomatic rebuke by Brazil has compounded an already troublesome stretch at home and abroad. SENT: 750 words, photo.


MISSING VEHICLE-BODIES— Two cold cases have long puzzled a rural Oklahoma town. In the 1970s, a group of teens vanished after telling their parents they were going to a football game, never to be seen again. In the 1950s, a couple disappeared into thin air. Now, in a single day, the three teens and couple were found accidentally, their cars submerged in a lake. The town wonders: How could they have been so close, yet undetected, for so long? SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

VIDEO CONFESSION-CAR ACCIDENT — A man is expected to admit in court what he already confessed in an online video: that he caused a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 10 a.m. court hearing, then 400 words by noon, photos, video.

HOME INVASION-GIRL ABDUCTED — Authorities search for a 14-year-old girl kidnapped from her home in suburban Atlanta. Police have said she was taken during a robbery. SENT: 300 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 500 words with a new approach by 2 p.m.

COLORADO FLOODING-INSURANCE — Flood insurance was a hard sell in a state beset by years of destructive wildfires, but tens of thousands of Coloradoans wish they had it after last week’s storms. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m.

COLORADO FLOODING-AGRICULTURE — Surging waters swept away barns, silos and fences and left houses covered in mud. SENT: 750 words, photos.

ALASKA-OIL CHECK — The worst of the recession will be very much felt by Alaskans Wednesday when the amount of their annual check from the state’s oil-wealth fund is announced. SENT: 520 words. UPCOMING: will be updated after dividend announcement at 3 p.m.

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA-SORORITIES — Several hundred people march at the University of Alabama to oppose racial segregation among the school’s Greek-letter social organizations. SENT: 400 words, photos.

GLBT SUBURBAN SUMMIT — Advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youths are putting an emphasis on those living in suburban and rural communities at a national leadership summit. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m.

MARTIN LUTHER KING PAPERS-AUCTION – MLK Jr.’s personal secretary is selling a collection of materials from the early days of the civil rights movement, including a typed page from his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. SENT: 950 words, photo, video.

THINGS TO KNOW-POWERBALL – With latest Powerball jackpot up to estimated $400 million, some facts about the game. SENT: 410 words, photos.

GAY JURORS — A multibillion-dollar case between two giant pharmaceutical companies grappling over arcane antitrust issues has unexpectedly turned into a gay rights legal tussle. SENT: 580 words.


CANADA-TRAIN-BUS COLLIDE — A Via Rail passenger train and a transit bus have collided at a crossing in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, and a fire official tells a television station that there are “multiple fatalities.” BREAKING; DEVELOPING. Details TBD.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Thousands of stranded travelers finally manage to leave Acapulco as relief supplies start pouring into the flood-struck resort city. The death toll from the weekend’s twin tropical storms rises to 57. And forecasters say more rain is on the way for both of Mexico’s coasts. SENT: 900 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: lead by 10:30 a.m.

SYRIA — Human Rights Watch issues a report with details showing the presumed flight path of the rockets used in the chemical weapons attack led back to a Republican Guard base in the same area, new evidence to suggest the regime was behind the attack. However Russia says Syria has given it materials that Damascus says show the attack was carried out by rebels. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 950 words with more details and our own reporting on the issue.

SYRIA-ALEPPO PRISON – . Aleppo’s central prison has been under siege for five months by rebels trying to free the inmates – but instead, it’s turned into a grueling battle of attrition, much like Syria’s civil war at large. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

DUBAI-SYRIA-REFUGEE ARTISTS — On the divided world for Syrian artists brought to Dubai by their gallery to continue their work, still deeply connected and influenced by the bloodshed they left behind. SENT: 850 words, photo.

FRANCE-CHILD BEAUTY PAGEANTS – French Senate votes to ban child beauty pageants as part of women’s rights law. SENT: 495 words, photos. UPCOMING: More details, reaction

BRITAIN-VEIL DEBATE — Ajudge ruled that a female Muslim defendant may stand trial wearing a face-covering veil — but must remove it when giving evidence. The case has reignited a debate about Muslim veils that has flared across Europe, sparking protests and exacerbating religious tensions in several countries. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1 p.m., photos.

— BRITAIN-VEIL DEBATE-GLANCE — A look at countries around the world where veils and headscarves are regulated, restricted or banned. UPCOMING: 800 words, by 1 p.m., photos.

ITALY-SHIP AGROUND-TOURISM — Now that the luxury ship has been set upright, the day is closer when workers involved in removing the Costa Concordia will leave, and tourists will stop coming to gawk at the wreckageUPCOMING: 600 words by 1 p.m., photos.

EGYPT-MORSI — He has spoken to his family by telephone for the first time in the more than two months, a lawyer says. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

ITALY-BERLUSCONI — A Senate committee is scheduled to vote on whether to kick him out of parliament because of his conviction for tax fraud – a decision that could have broad ramifications for the stability of the government. UPCOMING: 800 words expected after Senate begins voting at about 2:30 p.m

SKOREA-PROFESSIONAL PROTESTERS — On South Koreans who go to unusual lengths to express their anger. SENT: 1200 words, photos,

FRANCE-PICKPOCKETING PROBLEM — French police have arrested a gang of pickpockets who dressed like tourists in order to target visitors — mostly Asian tourists — to Paris’ most famous museums and monuments. SENT: 245 words, photos.

CHINA-BO XILAI-VERDICT – Court says verdict to be delivered Sunday. SENT: 760 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA POLITICS — Tony Abbott is sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CHINA-WOMAN IN WELL — A woman who spent 16 days at the bottom of a well says she survived by eating raw corn and drinking rainwater. SENT: 280 words.

CHINA-RICH MAN HACKED— Police detain a laborer who approached China’s second-richest man to ask for a job and then attacked and injured him when he denied the request, state media say. SENT: 200 words, photos.


FEDERAL RESERVE— The Fed issues a statement and updated economic forecasts before Bernanke holds a news conference. The Fed is expected to announce the first reduction in its $85 billion a month in bond purchases despite mixed data on the economy. SENT: 980 words, photos. UPCOMING: New version with 130 words after the statement is released at 2 p.m.; 500 words by 2:30 p.m.; 850 words by 5 p.m.


— FED FORECASTS — The Federal Reserve’s latest quarterly forecasts for short-term interest rates, unemployment and economic growth. UPCOMING: 130 words after the forecasts are released at 2 p.m. 300-400 words by 3 p.m.; other sidebars.

YELLEN-FED — Janet Yellen emerges as the front runner to be Fed chief. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m.

STARBUCKS-GUNS — Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms. SENT: 580 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing more details on the PR bind that Starbucks faces and other spot developments. ETA and length TBD.

TOYS R US-HOT TOYS —Toys R Us’ annual list of “hot” toys that the company is betting kids will want around holiday time. SENT: 370 words.

COAL WOES — Coal production and consumption have been declining in the U.S., and stricter regulations that could all but prohibit building new coal plants are expected this week. . UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon, photos.

HEALTH BENEFITS – EMPLOYEE SHOPPING — Walgreen Co. is joining a growing push from big businesses to shift more responsibility for finding insurance onto their employees as health care costs continue to climb. SENT: 860 words, photos.


DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-NEW IPHONES — Passcodes are such a pain that I’ve relaxed the security settings on my Android phone. I’m willing to forgo the extra safety, just so I’m asked to punch in the code less often. When I got my hands on Apple’s new iPhone 5S, one of the first things I tried was a feature that allows you to bypass the passcode using a fingerprint. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.


— DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-NEW IPHONES-WHAT’S NEW AND OLD. A detailed comparison of the new iPhones with last year’s iPhone 5.





HEALTHBEAT-VIRUS TEST (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m.)— Duke University researchers are developing a blood test to finally distinguish between viral and bacterial infections, hoping to cut the dangerous overuse of antibiotics and speed the right diagnosis. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m., 750 words.

MICHELLE OBAMA — She wants less advertising of sweet and salty foods to kids, more of healthier options. She convenes White House summit on food marketing to children. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: 790 words after 1:20 p.m. event, photos.

FOOD UNIVERSITY-HEALTHY PLATES — Inspired by the federal government’s “MyPlate” dietary guidelines, the University of New Hampshire created its own image of what a healthy plate should look like and had it printed on 1,300 dining hall dishes. SENT: 780 words, photos, video.


SPACE STATION — A second private company is set to make its first-ever supply run to the International Space Station. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words developing from 10:58 a.m. launch, photos.


LEARY PAPERS – What a trip: Timothy Leary’s files, many never published, available at NY Public Library. SENT: 530 words, photos.

PETS-FOSTERS — You nurse and nurture, live with and love an animal in your home. After a few weeks or months, you turn it over to someone or return it to a shelter. Watching a foster pet leave the nest can be rewarding, but you are probably still going to cry your eyes out. SENT: 700 words, photo.

COMICS-HERO WITH A BOTTLE – For some heroes, power comes from the stars or a mutation or a secret experiment gone awry. Ruben, the protagonist of Dark Horse Comics’ ‘Buzzkill,’ needs only to tip back a beer or take a prescription pill in large amounts. SENT: 370 words.


TV-EMMYS PREDICTIONS — The AP’s Frazier Moore and Lynn Elber pick who will — and should — win. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 11 a.m., photos.

TV-DEXTER’S EXIT — Dexter Morgan’s life seemed well-ordered when we met him, including that serial killer thing. That turned out to be unsustainable. The character played by Michael C. Hall is much different now as it prepares for its finale this weekend. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.

NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS-NONFICTION — A pair of best-selling works by staff writers for The New Yorker, Lawrence Wright’s “Going Clear” and George Packer’s “The Unwinding,” were among 10 books chosen for the nonfiction long-list of the National Book Awards. SENT: 290 words.


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