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:
— KENYA (sent; developing)
— UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY coverage (sent; developing)
— BUDGET BATTLE-ANALYSIS (upcoming)
— WARMING CERTAINTY (upcoming)
— VATICAN-TWO POPES (sent; more upcoming)
— CITIZENSHIP DENIED-MISTAKE (upcoming)
PHOTOS: KENYA coverage (sent; developing) NICARAGUA-SWEET 15 PARTY (sent; with short text)
VIDEO: KENYA COVERAGE (sent; developing); LOST PICKFORD FILM (sent)
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):
KENYA-MALL ATTACK — A morgue official says they’re expecting up to another 60 or so bodies as security forces continue to battle terrorists in what they say is a final push to rescue the last hostages. Explosions, gunfire heard. Militant group tweets that fighters still “holding their ground.” Meantime, the country’s foreign minister says “two or three Americans” were among attackers. Unclear what claim is based on. US State Dept. says it can’t confirm or deny. AP reporters inside, outside Kenya trying to verify. DEVELOPING.
OBAMA-UN – He is expected to signal his willingness to engage with the new Iranian government if Tehran makes nuclear concessions. Also at the U.N. is Rouhani, who has been making friendly gestures toward the U.S. Will he and Obama meet? If so, it would be the first such high-level exchange in more than 30 years. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: urgent updates from 10:10 a.m. Obama speech; 850 words by noon; photos.
ROUHANI-UN – His speech could well be after 5 p.m. EDT — he is No. 7 on the afternoon list, and speeches start at 3 p.m.
NOTE: Those stories will be filed as separates initially and will later be combined into one story, likely slugged UNITED STATES-IRAN.
UN-WORLD REAX — Reaction to Obama and Rouhani speeches. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m.
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders on Tuesday to stop fueling the bloodshed in Syria with weapons and get both sides to the negotiating table to end the “biggest challenge to peace and security in the world.” SENT: 500 words, photos. DEVELOPING; details TBD.
IRAN-SANCTIONS – The complications of Iran’s sanctions-hit economy also represent the challenges faced by Iran’s new president in persuading the West to ease the embargoes. SENT: 1040 words, photos.
IRAN-NUCLEAR-WHO WANTS WHAT-GLANCE – There’s a wide gap between what Iran seeks from the West and what it is willing to concede. A look at who wants what, and what each may be willing to give in return. SENT: 845 words, photos.
.UN PROTEST — Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani will join Iranian-Americans and human rights activists to protest Rouhani’s attendance. UPCOMING: Updates from 11 a.m. rally; 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.
UNITED STATES-SYRIA – Kerry meets separately with Lavrov and the head of the Syrian opposition. Kerry hopes to nail down a U.N. Security Council resolution to enforce the deal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons and to persuade the opposition to join negotiations toward a political resolution of the civil war. UPCOMING: developing from 4:30 p.m. meeting, 700 words by 6:30 p.m.
SYRIA – As Syria’s civil war rages into its third year, millions of children in the country are at risk of malnutrition and face severe food shortages, an international aid organization has warned. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1000 words by noon.
VATICAN-TWO POPES – Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican to publish a lengthy letter to one of Italy’s most well-known atheists. Excerpts of the letter were published Tuesday by La Repubblica, the same newspaper which just two weeks ago published a similar letter from Pope Francis to its own atheist publisher. It’s a melding of papacies past and present that has no precedent. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 a.m.; 800 words by 11:30, photos.
PAKISTAN – A major earthquake struck Tuesday in southwestern Pakistan, killing two people and sending others fleeing into the streets and praying for their lives as buildings swayed, officials said. SENT: 350 words.
EGYPT — The Muslim Brotherhood rejects a court ruling to ban it, while authorities persist with their crackdown, raiding a mainly Islamist village near the Pyramids in a search for men suspected in the brutal killings of police officersUPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m.
RUSSIA-GREENPEACE — Russian investigators say they will file piracy charges against some Greenpeace activists who tried to climb onto an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic. SENT: 370 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1 p.m.
INDIA-GANG RAPE – Lawyers for four men sentenced to death for raping and murdering a young woman on a New Delhi bus challenged the verdicts at a hearing. SENT: 350 words, photos.
SKOREA-FIGHTER JETS – South Korea has rejected Boeing Co.’s bid to supply 60 fighter jets in the country’s largest-ever weapons purchase. SENT: 570 words, photos.
CHINA-NKOREA – China has tightened restrictions on North Korea by issuing a long list of weapons-related technology and materials banned from export to its neighbor. SENT: 820 words.
CHINA-BO XILAI-APPEAL — The politician has appealed his guilty verdict, a person close to the case said, in a rare move that is unlikely to change the outcome. SENT: 430 words, photos.
BUDGET BATTLE-ANALYSIS – Under relentless pressure from their right wing, Republicans are picking a risky fight with Obama they know they will lose. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
OBAMA-HEALTH CARE- Obama and Bill Clinton will discuss the health care law at a session sponsored by Clinton’s foundation. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Obama-Clinton meeting scheduled for 5 p.m.; 800 words by 6 p.m., photos.
DIGITS: Two recent polls show majority of Americans want compromise on budget deal and think a government shutdown would harm the economy. SENT: 600 words.
BOSTON MAYOR – Voters pick the two candidates who will compete to succeed Mayor Menino. SENT: 260 words. UPCOMING: Polls close at 8 p.m., 130 words by 8:15 p.m.; 500 words when race is called, photos.
BLOOMBERG-EUROPE-CITY INNOVATION — The New York mayor is offering European cities millions of dollars to be government groundbreakers, tapping his personal fortune to extend his cities-as-civic-laboratories campaign overseas as the end of his own tenure nears. SENT: 520 words, photo.
CITIZENSHIP DENIED-MISTAKE — For more than two decades the U.S. government rejected citizenship claims in part because of article 314 of the Mexican Constitution. The problem is there are only 136 articles in that country’s constitution. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.
NAVAL ACADEMY-SEXUAL ASSAULT – The Defense Department estimates thousands of sexual assaults go unreported, and some say the training ground for future military leaders is a natural starting point to tackle the problem. UPCOMING: 1,150 words by 2 p.m., photos.
JACKSON-AEG SUIT – Michael Jackson, forever alive on music videos, will be the star of closing arguments by his mother’s lawyers in the civil negligence case against concert giant AEG Live LLC as they sum up evidence after a grueling 21-week trial. SENT:500 words. UPCOMING 130 words at first break, possibly 2 p.m. or later; 500 words by 4:30 p.m. Court is supposed to start at 1 p.m. but may be delayed by move to new courtroom.
INDIAN CHILD WELFARE DISPUTE — A South Carolina couple has been awarded custody of a toddler after years of fighting in tribal and U.S. courts to raise the daughter they adopted years ago. But as her father, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation, vows to assess his legal options, advocates question if the legal system has failed the child. SENT: 700 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photos.
COLORADO FLOODS – Biden tours Colorado flood, assures survivors that government shutdown won’t affect aid. SENT: 520 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.
COLORADO FLOODING-THE POOR – The disaster hit rich and poor alike, but some residents will be able to afford to wait and rebuild, while others will not. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
NAVY YARD FUNERALS — Some of the victims are laid to rest. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m. 500 words by 9 p.m. Services are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
GENIUS GRANTS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 12:01 a.m.) — The MacArthur Foundation will announce its 2013 “genius grants.” UPCOMING: 750 words will move as an HFR at 5 p.m., embargo will lift at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, photos.
NEW $100 BILLS — The federal government is printing the new, colorful $100 bills in Texas ahead of an Oct. 8 circulation release. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.
ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND-HEADQUARTERS – We talk to workers and residents of the Illinois city of Decatur where agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Company is based about its decision to look for a new location for its headquarters. SENT: 770 words, photos.
GUATEMALAN MASSACRE — Trial set to begin for a former member of an elite Guatemalan military force suspected of carrying out a 1982 massacre. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6:30 p.m. EDT, 600 words by 9:00 p.m. EDT, photos.
PEOPLE-DINA LOHAN – Lindsay Lohan’s mother has court appearance to answer drunken driving charges. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates from 10 a.m. hearing, 400 words by 2 p.m., photos.
WARMING CERTAINTY Top scientists say they are about as certain that global warming is a real, man-made threat as they are that cigarettes kill. But for some non-scientists, that’s just not good enough. That could be a problem for the U.N. panel that is meeting in Stockholm to complete a report on global warming. UPCOMING: 780 words by 2 p.m.
MEASURING FIRE – Federal researchers have been working on a system to measure and predict the destructiveness of wildfires. SENT: 650 words, photo.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-NEW SURFACE — Is Microsoft’s new Surface a tablet or a laptop? I’m not quite sure, but it certainly is a lot easier to type on than an iPad. SENT: 770 words, photos.
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE – The private Conference Board reports on consumer confidence for September. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m., 400 words by 11:15 a.m.
HOME PRICES – Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller reports on home prices in July. SENT: 510 words, photo.
BURGER KING-LOWER CALORIE FRIES – Burger King launches a new crinkle-cut french fry that it says has 20 percent fewer calories than its regular french fries. SENT: 850 word, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-ANTARCTIC FLIGHTS— New Zealand’s flagship airline plans to fly planes to Antarctica that pilots would land on an ice runway. The flights would be for scientists and their support crews, and the airline says it has no plans to begin commercial trips. SENT: 520 words, photos.
SOLO TREK — A 28-year-old British adventurer became the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean Monday, arriving in Adak in Alaska’s Aleutians after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea. SENT: 340 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m
SMITHSONIAN-MUPPETS — Miss Piggy is finally joining Kermit the Frog in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Jim Henson’s Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too. UPCOMING: 130 words by 11 a.m., when announcement takes place. 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.
CANINE GRADUATION PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center marks its one-year anniversary with a graduation ceremony for 16 canines newly trained in fields such as police work, search-and-rescue and cancer detection. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.
LOST PICKFORD FILM – A carpenter found the only known copy of a 1911 Mary Pickford movie that marked a turning point in the silent film star’s career. SENT: 640 words, photos, video.
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