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:
— UNITED STATES-SYRIA (sent; developing)
— OBAMA-HEALTH CARE (sent; a different angle from yesterday’s spot story)
— LIBYA-MILITIA RULE (upcoming)
— GREECE-MYSTERY GIRL (sent; developing)
— BART STRIKE (sent; developing)
— SPONGEBOB GRAVESTONE REMOVED (sent; developing)
— VATICAN-CRICKET (sent; developing)
— FILM-BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (upcoming)
PHOTOS: GAZA’S POOREST-PHOTO ESSAY (sent; with text); BART STRIKE (sent; developing); BEAUTIFUL CHINA (sent; with text)
VIDEO: BART STRIKE (sent; developing); OKLA_WWII_VETERAN (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):
UNITED STATES-SYRIA -Kerry ho lds news conference in London; he’s attending meeting of 11 nations from the West and Mideast. They want to Assad, who is showing new strength against Syria opposition, to step down. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: updates from 10:15 a.m. news conference. 950 words by noon, photos.
GREECE-MYSTERY GIRL – A top Greek prosecutor has ordered an emergency nationwide investigation into birth certificates issued in the past six years after a girl was discovered living with alleged abductors at a gypsy camp. SENT: 280 words.
LIBYA – MILITIA RULE – In two years, Libya has gone from the dictatorial rule ofGadhafi to the anarchy of the militias. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 4 p.m., photos.
THAILAND FIRE – A Thai appeals court today acquitted a nightclub owner of responsibility for a fire that killed 67 people on New Year’s Day in 2009, reversing a lower court’s ruling. SENT: 230 words, photo.
UN-RIGHTS-CHINA – Faced with a U.N. review of its human rights, China acknowledged today that it still faces shortcomings but insists it has reduced poverty and has deepened judicial reforms and protections of ethnic minorities. SENT: 460 words, photos.
PAKISTAN-AMNESTY-DRONES – Amnesty International calls on the U.S. to investigate reported civilian casualties from CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and compensate victims. SENT: 970 words, photos.
ISRAEL-MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS — The mayor of Jerusalem fights for his political survival in a closely watched re-election race that is the centerpiece of nationwide municipal elections. . SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TROPICAL WEATHER – Authorities move hundreds of people as Hurricane Raymond looms off Mexico’s already storm-ravaged southern Pacific coast. SENT: 500 words, photos.
JAPAN-CHERNOBYL MAYOR – One mayor – a doctor who treated children with cancer after Chernobyl – is so worried about radiation from Fukushima that he is opening schools in his town nearly 300 miles away to children living near the facility. SENT: 950 words, photos.
BRAZIL-BLACK BLOC – The Black Bloc protesters argue like similar anarchist groups in Europe and the U.S. that only violent action can lead to real change. SENT: 990 words, photos.
INDIA-SCHOOLCHILDREN DEATHS – School principal and husband charged with murder over food poisonings of 23 students. SENT: 270 words.
AUSTRALIA-GAY MARRIAGE – Provincial lawmakers for the territory that includes Australia’s capital vote to allow same-sex marriage, but the federal government says it will try to stop gay weddings from happening. SENT: 580 words.
BRUNEI-ISLAMIC LAW – Brunei’s sultan announces that a new Islamic criminal law that could include penalties like amputation for theft and stoning for adultery will be enforced in six months. SENT: 400 words.
BRITAIN-BOMB HOAX-BRIDEGROOM – A bridegroom who made a hoax bomb threat rather than admit he’d neglected to book the venue for his wedding has been sentenced to a year in jail. SENT: 240 words.
ROMANIA-NETHERLANDS-ART HEIST – Three Romanians have pleaded guilty to stealing seven paintings, including works by Picasso, Monet and Matisse, from a Dutch museum in a daring daytime raid. SENT: 380 words, photos.
VATICAN-CRICKET – The Vatican has officially launched its cricket club, an initiative aimed at forging ties with teams of other faiths. SENT: 360 words, photos.
MYANMAR-SUU KYI – The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time political prisone has finally collected the EU’s 1990 Sakharov Prize for human rights. SENT: 120 words, photos.
OBAMA-HEALTH CARE – As questions mount over the health care website’s failure, insider interviews and a review of technical specifications by the AP find a mind-numbingly complex system put together by harried programmers who pushed out a final product that was tested by the government, not private developers with more expertise. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
BART STRIKE – Limited service beginning at morning rush after a tentative agreement is reached. SENT: 720 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 750 words with new approach, photos, video by noon.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SHOOTING – Trying to find out more on the student who opened fire.. SENT: 770 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, video by 3 p.m.
SPONGEBOB GRAVESTONE REMOVED — Officials at a cemetery that removed a slain Iraq war veteran’s towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone to meet with her family today. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: TBD.
CHURCH ABUSE-MINNESOTA – On a woman who went public with claims that archdiocese leaders in St. Paul mishandled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo by 1 p.m.
DETROIT BANKRUPTCY – Is there a doubt that Detroit is bankrupt? A judge starts a trial Wednesday to settle the issue. We preview. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.
PRISON-MISTAKEN RELEASE – Law enforcement officials discuss their investigation into the case of two convicted murderers who used bogus papers to get out of prison. UPCOMING: Developing from noon news conference; 800 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.
SUPERSTORM SANDY-RECOVERY — New York City officials detail the city’s progress since Superstorm Sandy. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
LYSTERIA-CANTELOUPE – Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers are expected to plead guilty today under a deal with federal prosecutors in the 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after noon hearing.
LEGION OF CHRIST — The disgraced Roman Catholic order the Legion of Christ asks a federal judge in Providence to dismiss a case brought against it by the son of a retired Yale professor. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1 p.m.
COLORADO SHOOTING – The battle over what evidence can be used against Holmes is turning to the testimony of bomb technicians and explosives experts. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos, video by 2 p.m.
MISSOURI-TEEN SEX ASSAULT CASE — A “Justice for Daisy” rally is planned in a town at the center of a case involving a teen girl who says she was raped by an older boy from her high school in 2012UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., photos. Rally begins at 7 p.m.
BABY HOPE — The man charged with sexually assaulting and smothering 4-year-old “Baby Hope” in 1991 is due in court to find out if he whether he’s been indicted. UPCOMING: 500 words after appearance, timing uncertain.
GAY MARRIAGE-LAWSUIT-DEATH – A man who helped lead a challenge to Ohio’s ban on gay marriage has died. He had suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease. SENT: 120 words.
WWII VETERAN-POW MEDAL – With little pomp and circumstance, a 94-year-old received the Prisoner of War Medal, Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge. SENT: 580 words, photos.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR CONCERT- A 90-year-old pianist who survived the Holocaust will perform a song with Yo-Yo Ma that was written in the concentration camp where he was imprisoned. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m., then 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
REPUBLICANS-VA-NJ – This fall’s governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey offer a tale of two Republican parties. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos
CHRISTIE-GAY MARRIAGE POLITICS – How his decision to stop fighting the legality of gay marriages in his state could play out in his political future. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
KIDS-FLAVORED CIGARS – Small cigars flavored to taste like candy or fruit are popular among teens, according to the first government study to gauge their use. SENT: 320 words.
NOKIA-NEW DEVICES – Nokia is expanding its lineup of Windows phones and introducing its first tablet computer. SENT: 490 words.
– APPLE-NEW IPADS – Apple is expected to roll out new versions of iPads in preparation for holiday shopping season. SENT: 660 words, photo.
AGING AMERICA-SEARCHING FOR WORK – A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds older people reporting great difficulty finding work and feeling that their age is a factor. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 5 p.m., photos.
ECONOMY – —U.S. employers add just 148,000 jobs in September, suggesting the job market was weakening before a 16-day partial government shutdown. Still, the September gain was enough to lower the unemployment rate, which comes from a separate survey. The Labor Department says the rate fell to 7.2 percent, from 7.3 percent. SENT: 520 words. UPCOMING: 700-800 words by 10:30 a.m.
POP CULTURE / LIFESTYLES
BEAUTIFUL CHINA – Adorning buses and trains in cities such as London, the international marketing effort “Beautiful China” has been derided as particularly inept at a time when record-busting smog has drawn attention to the environmental and health costs of China’s unfettered industrialization. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
FILM-BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR – What will U.S. audiences make of “Blue is the Warmest Color?,” which took Cannes by storm? The film, a three-hour exploration of a lesbian romance, has stunningly long and explicit sex scenes and an NC-17 rating. UPCOMING: 950 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TV-COMBS’ REVOLT – Sean Combs’ new Revolt channel has brought a new outlet for music to television. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.
BRITAIN-OBIT-NOEL HARRISON – British actor and musician Noel Harrison, who sang the Academy Award-winning ballad “The Windmills of Your Mind,” has died at 79. SENT: 200 words, photo.
CHINA-REALITY SHOWS— Chinese authorities are cracking down on how often broadcasters can air reality, dating and talent shows such as the Chinese versions of “American Idol” and “The Voice,” which draw huge audiences. SENT: 300 words, photos.
PEOPLE-KARDASHIAN-WEST – Marriage is coming after the baby carriage for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. SENT: 120 words.
GAZA’S POOREST-PHOTO ESSAY – Salih Alwadiya lives with his 20 children near a sewage plant. The 61-year-old and his family are among the poorest people in impoverished Gaza Strip. SENT: 20 photos; 420 words.
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