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:

— HEALTH OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS (sent; developing)

— GERMANY-US SPYING (sent; developing)

— POLL-ONLINE BULLYING (sent, with photos and video)

— NUTRITIONAL LABELS (sent, with photos and video)





— BOEING 747-THE END? (sent)


PHOTOS: MEXICO-CLOWN CONVENTION PHOTO GALLERY and MEXICO CLOWN PORTRAITS PHOTO GALLERY (both sent; these are separate but related galleries) http://apne.ws/16wKmgu and http://apne.ws/1adp6z2

VIDEO: NUTRITIONAL LABELS (sent, with text), ONLINE BULLYING (sent, with text); BARNEYS LAWSUIT (sent; with text)

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):


HEALTH OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS – The principal contractors responsible for the health insurance website are testifying before a congressional committee today. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. hearing; 1,000 words by 11:30 a.m., photos.

OBAMA-IMMIGRATION – Obama presses Congress to act on immigration overhaul. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon, photos.

TRANSGENDER HEALTH BENEFITS – A growing number of Fortune 500 corporations are expanding their health care benefits to cover gender identity disorder. But challenges remain. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 10 a.m., photos and video.


GERMANY-US-SPYING – Germany’s Foreign Ministry summons the U.S. ambassador following allegations that American intelligence may have targeted Merkel’s cellphone. Meanwhile we ask world leaders elsewhere what they think and develop numerous other threads. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SAUDI-WOMEN-ROADBLOCKS AND MILESTONES – On Saudi women’s new campaign for the right to drive.. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 5 p.m.

SENEGAL-GAYS IN EXILE – Story about a dozen gay Gambian men stranded in a country where homosexuality is illegal. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1 p.m., photos.

MYANMAR-BAD GUY BLUES – In a dimly lit alley on a cramped side street, the bad guys cluster together, plotting their next move. They stalk a quarry that is becoming ever more elusive: a day’s work. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-A DOLLAR A DAY – Despite billions of dollars from abroad to develop this impoverished country, eight out of every 10 working-age Afghan remain unskilled day laborers. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ROMANIA-COMMUNIST PRISONS – A former commander of a communist labor camp in Romania was charged with genocide for his alleged role in the deaths of 103 political prisoners, prosecutors said today. SENT: 360 words.

RUSSIA-US SPY PROBE – Russia on Thursday angrily dismissed espionage accusations against a Russian cultural exchange official in Washington. SENT: 390 words, photo.

PORTUGAL-MISSING GIRL – Portugal’s public broadcaster says prosecutors are reopening the police investigation into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann. SENT: 220 words.

GERMANY-AFGHANISTAN – Afghanistan’s top defense official says he’s confident a security deal on keeping U.S. and other international troops in his country after 2014 will be approved by an important national assembly, the Loya Jirga of tribal elders. SENT: 120 words.

KENYA-MALL ATTACK – A Kenyan official says police want to question two journalists and the chief executive of their publication for an investigative report which suggested that four terrorists may have escaped after killing 67 people in the mall attack. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 a.m. EDT, photos.

MADAGASCAR-ELECTION — Madagascar will hold elections on Friday that organizers hope will end political tensions that erupted in a 2009 coup and help lift the aid-dependent country out of poverty. UPCOMING: 400 words by 12 p.m., photos.

AUSTRALIA-WILDFIRES – A pilot trying to fight one of several raging Australian wildfires dies when his plane crashes,the second fatality resulting from the fires. SENT: 460 words, photos, audio.

MALAYSIA-NKOREA-LEADER’S DOCTORATE – A Malaysian university faces public criticism for awarding an honorary doctorate in economics to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose country is among the poorest in the world. SENT: 440 words.

KOREAS-TENSIONS- North Korea plans to allow six detained South Koreans to return home, officials in Seoul say. SENT: 480 words.

UNITED STATES-INDONESIA FORESTS – Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests, but environmentalists are unconvinced. SENT: 930 words, photo.

BRITAIN-OBIT-CARO – Sculptor Anthony Caro, whose industrial yet playful metal creations helped abstract sculpture gain global acclaim, has died at the age of 89. SENT: 450 words, photo.


IOWA-GOP DIVISIONS – Veteran Iowa Republicans are working wrest back control of the state GOP from tea partyers and libertarians. UPCOMING: 880 words by 2:30 p.m.


HIGH SCORE-BULLYING COMPLAINT – Texas is one of just a few states that doesn’t have a mercy rule for 11-man high school football. Despite frequent huge wins by powerhouse teams, there isn’t much momentum to change that in a state where football dominates and high schools play by college rules. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photos.

FIRST FLIGHT FIGHT – Ohio, North Carolina and now Connecticut fight for first flight rights. UPCOMING 500 words by 3 p.m.

GIRL’S SUICIDE-BULLYING — Officials and attorneys hold a 9 a.m. EDT news conference with the mother of a Florida girl who committed suicide after authorities say she was bullied. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m.; 500 words by noon.

VANCOUVER SCHOOL AMMO – An 11-year-old middle school student accused of bringing a handgun, more than 400 rounds of ammunition and several knives to his Vancouver, Wash., school was arrested Wednesday night, police said. SENT: 230 words.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FIRST RESPONDERS — Officials worry state-created fund for first responders and workers affected by the Newtown shooting may not be enough. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m.

WORLD TRADE CENTER-CONCOURSE — A concourse underneath the World Trade Center site that has been closed since 2001 reopens. UPCOMING: updates from 11 a.m. event, then 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.

SUPERSTORM-PHOTO EXHIBITION – An upcoming exhibition on the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy features photographs by amateurs and professionals, many of whom were personally affected by the storm. SENT: 540 words, photos

FESTIVAL FATIGUE – Residents of this Lake Michigan town have grown weary of hosting so many festivals. SENT: 700 words, photos.

AARON HERNANDEZ-COUSIN — A cousin of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez is due in court for a pretrial conference. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2 a.m., updates from 2 p.m. conference, then 400 words by 5 p.m.

CLINTONS AWARD – Bill and Chelsea Clinton will receive awards at an event celebrating the centennial of the Harvard School of Public Health. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5:30 p.m.


NUTRITIONAL LABELS – A nutritional rating system using gold stars affixed to price labels on grocery store shelves appears to have shifted buying habits. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.


TIVO-SHOWS-ON-THE-GO — TiVo is enabling a feature that lets people watch recorded movies and shows while they’re away from home. The feature comes with higher-end models of TiVo’s Roamio digital video recorders, but wasn’t working when the devices launched in August. SENT: 280 words.


FOSSIL FUELS-INVESTORS – Some of the nation’s largest pension funds — including California’s State Teachers’ Retirement System and the New York City Pension Fund — are asking major fossil fuel companies to consider how climate change concerns and regulations may affect their long-term profitability. It’s a more moderate offshoot of the campaign to urge divestment from such stocks, but still another push for change. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 11 a.m.

BOEING 747-THE END? – For decades, the Boeing 747 was the Queen of the Skies. But the glamorous double-decker jumbo jet that revolutionized air travel and shrank the globe could be nearing the end of the line. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

TOYOTA LAWSUIT — An Oklahoma jury considers whether Toyota is liable in a 2007 crash in which an Oklahoma woman was killed and another injured. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., photo.

BARNEYS LAWSUIT – A civil rights group is seeking a meeting with the CEO of Barneys New York in the wake of racial profiling claims by two shoppers at the high-end department store. SENT: 510 words, video.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 last week. SENT: 420 words.


WORLD SERIES – Spot coverage from 8:07 p.m. start. And:

WORLD SERIES-RAMPING UP REPLAY – By next season, Major League Baseball is expected to greatly expand instant replay to review most every call except for balls and strikes. This makes the World Series the last time umpires will basically be on their own. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.

SUPER BOWL-PREPARATIONS — Organizers of the first cold-weather outdoor Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium meet to discuss plans for the February game. UPCOMING: Event begins at 8:30 a.m., then 130 words by 10 a.m., more on merits.

JAPAN-STADIUM PROTEST – Japan is scaling down the planned main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics following an uproar from some prominent architects who think it’s too big and expensive. SENT: 350 words, photo.


POLL-ONLINE BULLYING – A new poll finds a growing awareness among teenagers and young adults about harm from online meanness and cyberbullying, as well as a slight increase among those willing to tell a parent or sibling. SENT: 940 words, photos, video.

HALLOWEEN-WHAT THE FOX SAYS — What does the fox say? Ka-ching for Halloween costume sellers and two Norwegian brothers. UPCOMING by 11 a.m.: 750 words, photos.


FILM-OSCARS DROPOUTS — Oscar season has begun with a game of musical chairs. Anticipated films expected to be awards contenders including “The Monuments Men,” ”Foxcatcher” and “Grace of Monaco” have shifted release dates out of the fall and into 2014. But breathing room is still hard to come by with “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” emerging as early heavyweights. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.


MEXICO-CLOWN PORTRAITS-PHOTO GALLERY – Clowns at a convention in Mexico’s capital agreed to sit down for formal portraits. Despite their elaborate face paint, weird wigs and rubber noses, they reveal a slice of the humanity they seek to entertain – happy and sad, pensive and exuberant, playful and macabre, male and female. SENT: photos, 80 words.

MEXICO-CLOWN CONVENTION-PHOTO GALLERY – A behind-the-scenes look at the four-day gathering. SENT: photos, 220 words.


At the Nerve Center, news producers Amir Bibawy, Caleb Jones and Barbara Whitaker can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, ext. 1900. For graphics and interactives, ext. 7636. 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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