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:
— EUROPE-US SPYING (sent; developing)
— LEADERS AND THEIR PHONES (sent)
— SPY CHIEF-TWITTER (sent)
— HEALTH CARE ANALYSIS (upcoming)
— SHOPPING FOR HEALTH CARE (upcoming)
— FOOD SAFETY-ANIMALS (sent)
— JONBENET LAWSUIT (sent; developing)
— GRENADA-US INVASION (upcoming)
— TV-MTV TO GO (sent)
–CARDINALS FATIGUE (upcoming)
PHOTOS: SUPERSTORM SANDY-THEN AND NOW (sent; additionally, full-size individual photos are in the AP Images archive, numbered NYR301-NYR338.)
VIDEO: SHOPPING FOR HEALTHCARE (upcoming; 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):
EUROPE-US SPYING – Senior German officials will travel to the U.S. “shortly” to talk with the White House and the NSA about spying allegations, including how Merkel’s cellphone was allegedly monitored by the NSA. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. Later in the day, likely will fold in NSA-FOREIGN COUNTRIES story noted below.
NSA – FOREIGN COUNTRIES – Two Western diplomats say U.S. officials have briefed them on documents obtained by Snowden that might expose the intelligence operations of their respective countries and their level of cooperation with the U.S. SENT: 560 words.
LEADERS AND THEIR PHONES – A chunky-text look at how some world leaders are trying to cope following allegations of massive electronic monitoring by the NSA. SENT: 860 words, photos.
HEALTH CARE ANALYSIS – Congressional Republicans are waging war against a hapless website and hoping it leads to the destruction of Obamacare, the health care program they loathe so fervently they can’t stop talking about it. As a tactic, it’s less likely to succeed than this autumn’s self-wounding decision by Republicans to force a partial government shutdown and flirt with default on the national debt. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m.
OBAMA – He opens six weeks of intense political fundraising for Democrats. UPCOMING. Obama speaks at NY event at 3:45 p.m.; 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.
SPY CHIEF-TWITTER – Former NSA chief Michael V. Hayden learned a lesson about eavesdropping aboard an Amtrak train to Newark: Don’t talk on the phone where people can hear you. SENT: 340 words.
SHOPPING FOR HEALTH CARE – People shop around for deals on everything from cars to clothes to computers. Now, they’re doing it more with health care. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 11 a.m., photos and video. WITH:
SHOPPING FOR HEALTH CARE-TIPS. UPCOMING: 200 WORDS BY 11 a.m.
FOOD SAFETY-ANIMALS – Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the FDA is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer. SENT: 450 words.
JONBENET LAWSUIT – The 1999 grand jury indictment will be released today, and should shed more light on why prosecutors decided against pursuing charges against her parents. SENT: 580 words, photo. UPCOMING: xxx
DOCTOR’S WIFE DEATH – The mistress of a Utah doctor accused of murder is scheduled to take a much-anticipated turn on the witness stand Friday. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
STATE FAIR-ACCIDENT – Folo on the accident that injured five. SENT: 450 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-FIRST RESPONDERS — If there is an increase in applications for assistance, officials are concerned the balance may not be sufficient. UPCOMING: About 500 words by 1 p.m..
DETROIT BANKRUPTCY – A judge holding a rare trial about Detroit’s bankruptcy case could hear testimony from Police Chief James Craig before breaking for the weekend. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated; timing uncertain.
TRIBAL GAY MARRIAGE-OKLAHOMA – In conservative Oklahoma, there isn’t a way for most same-sex couples to marry. But the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe’s laws are silent on whether gay marriage is permitted. SENT: 800 words, photos.
HORSE CARRIAGE-POLITICS – Animal activists who say horses have no place mixing in NYC traffic now have the backing of both leading candidates for mayor. SENT: 800 words, photos.
WHITE SUPREMACISTS KILLED – More than two years after a 10-year-old California boy fatally shot his sleeping neo-Nazi father, a judge will consider where the child should spend his sentence for second-degree murder. SENT: 730 words. UPCOMING: 600 words from morning sentencing.
BELMONT, N.C. – A gunman surrendered to authorities after releasing three people he held hostage in a North Carolina drugstore early Friday after a robbery attempt, police said. SENT: 300 words.
ARMORY SHOOTING – A Tennessee National Guardsman is awaiting charges in the shooting of two of his superiors at an armory north of Memphis. SENT: 360 words, photos, video.
BABY’S BODY RECYCLING PLANT — A worker sorting trash at a Southern California recycling center finds a dead baby girl on a conveyor belt. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING 300 by noon.
GREECE-MISSING GIRL – Bulgarian authorities say DNA tests have confirmed that a 35-year-old Roma woman is the mother of a mysterious girl in Greece known as Maria. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing with breaking news.
GRENADA-US INVASION — The U.S. military celebrates the 30-year anniversary of operation “Urgent Fury” in which 7,000 U.S. Marines and Army paratroopers invaded this tiny Caribbean island and toppled a post-coup military government. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.
SAUDI-WOMEN DRIVING – Saudi officials stepped up warnings on Friday over plans by women to challenge the male-only driving rules in the ultraconservative kingdom, saying that even online support for the protest could bring arrest. SENT: 500 words, photos
JAPAN-NUCLEAR 10 MISTAKES – A string of mishaps at Fukushima is prompting concern that another disaster could be in the making. SENT: 850 words, photos.
EGYPT-COMEDIAN – After more than four months’ absence, satirist Bassem Youssef returns to the airwaves today with his popular weekly “El-Bernamg.” We’ll be watching to see if he mocks the military or kowtows to them. UPCOMING: length TBD, by 5 p.m.
PORTUGAL-FINANCIAL CRISIS – Portuguese postal workers opposed to the national mail service’s planned privatization are walking off the job for 24 hours. SENT: 130 words.
AUSTRALIA-WILDFIRES – The government staunchly rejects arguments that climate change is causing the wildfires ravaging parts of eastern Australia following a record hot start to the spring season. SENT: 670 words, photos.
RUSSIA-KHODORKOVSKY – The jailed former oil tycoon marks 10 years since his arrest, which has become a key turning point in Russia’s recent history. SENT: 620 words, photos.
CHINA-BO XI LAI – A court upholds his conviction and life sentence in the final decision of one of China’s most politically charged trials in decades. SENT: 850 words, photos.
KASHMIR-BORDER ATTACKS – Indian and Pakistani troops fire machine guns and mortar shells over the border in Kashmir, wounding at least 12 people — including children — as the disputed region sees some of the most serious tensions in a decade. By Aijaz Hussain. SENT: 380 words, photos.
HUNGARY PAINTED VILLAGE – Gypsy artists from across Europe have been creating large murals on the outside walls of 33 homes. SENT: 660 words, photos.
VATICAN VIPS – VIP access at the Vatican comes with a price, but it’s not as high as you might think. SENT: 720 words, photos.
SHUTDOWN POLITICS-ARKANSAS – State Democrats hope standing with the president during the 16-day federal government shutdown could reverse their fortunes. UPCOMING: 820 words by 2 p.m. EDT, photos.
CRUZ-2016 – After returning to wildly supportive crowds in Texas, the tea party senator heads to a more skeptical crowd in Iowa. SENT: 890 words, photos.
HEPATITIS A RISK-COMMUNION – The bishop of the Fargo Catholic Diocese might have exposed hundreds of churchgoers to the hepatitis A virus. SENT: 340 words.
TOYOTA LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA — A judge says a settlement to award punitive damages has been reached in a case that blamed sudden acceleration in a Toyota Camry for a wrongful death. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
STARWOOD HOTELS-CEO INTERVIEW – We go biking with him to talk about Starwood’s efforts to position itself as the world’s biggest luxury hotel group and what hotels can do to keep their best guests loyal. SENT: 1,580 words, photos.
CARDINALS FATIGUE – Maybe it’s all the talk about the “Cardinal Way,” as if the St. Louis Cardinals invented fundamental baseball. Whatever the reason, there are growing signs that Cardinal fatigue has set in. UPCOMING: 750 words, photo.
TV-MTV TO GO – There’s a new technological milestone for television happening today. MTV is releasing a full season of its new series about a downtrodden high school football team on its mobile application a week before the first episode is seen on TV. SENT: 450 words.
TV-BLACKLIST – They set “The Blacklist” in Washington, but in truth it inhabits a Manhattan studio where “Law & Order” lived for two decades. Judging from its out-of-the-gate robust ratings, good reviews and swift full-season pickup, this new NBC crime thriller could be settling in for a long stay of its own. SENT: 820 words, photos.
MEXICO-CROSSOVER COMEDIAN – With a career spanning three decades, Derbez is a living legend for Mexicans as well as the generations of Latinos who left in masses searching for employment in the U.S. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.
PHOTO GALLERY: SUPERSTORM-THEN AND NOW – One year into the recovery, we revisited some of the locations hit hardest by the storm. SENT: 320 words, with photo gallery of memorable images from the storm coupled with current photos now showing the same spot and recovery.
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