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-NSA SURVEILLANCE (sent; developing)
— PREVENTING SHUTDOWNS (upcoming)
— STATE OF THE GOP (sent)
— CURBING KIDS ONLINE (sent)
— SYRIA-CHRISTIANS (upcoming)
— MILITARY FAT TEST (upcoming)
— CHRIS BROWN ARREST (sent; developing)
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-NSA-SURVEILLANCE – The NSA vacuumed up information on more than 60 million calls made in Spain in a 30-day period, monitoring the numbers and duration of the calls but not the content, a Spanish newspaper reported. The report came as Spain summoned the U.S. ambassador. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing as we look at what Europe is or isn’t going to do about the continuing revelations and what Obama did or didn’t know.
BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING -Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are due to go on trial today on charges of hacking phones and bribing officials while at the now-shuttered Murdoch tabloid. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SYRIA-CHRISTIANS – On beleaguered Christians of Syria, among the groups most wary of the rebels and see Assad as the lesser of two evils. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 5 p.m. photos.
BRITAIN-STORM – A major storm with hurricane-force winds is lashing southern Britain, causing flooding and travel delays including the cancellation of roughly 130 . SENT: 590 words, photos.
EGYPT – Gunmen killed three policemen as suspected Islamic militants waging an insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula increasingly spread their campaign to mainland Egypt. SENT: 450 words.
VATICAN-MYANMAR – Pope Francis has a private audience with Myamnar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner. UPCOMING: 350 words.
AFGHAN-TALIBAN LEADER – The whereabouts of a Taliban leader who was reportedly freed by Pakistan in an effort to jump start peace negotiations between the Islamic militant movement and the Afghan government will be a key item on the agenda of talks between leaders of the two countries. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4 p.m.
CHINA-NEW CITIZENS – Three Chinese activists from a group that urges fellow citizens to embrace their constitutional rights stand trial. SENT: 500 words, photos.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR – The top regulator urges the head of the utility that runs the crippled Fukushima plant to take “drastic steps” to mitigate a spate of mishaps. SENT: 450 words, photos.
KUWAIT-WATER PIPE WOES – One of the traditional pleasures of the Middle East – leisurely puffing on a water pipe filled with aromatic tobacco – is being decried by Islamic conservatives as liberal Western decadence. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CHINA-SNUB DIPLOMACY – Norway makes an odd target for China’s ire. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
CHINA-TIANANMEN-CAR FIRE- A sport-utility vehicle plows through crowds in front of Beijing’s Forbidden City and then crashes and catches fire, killing three occupants and two tourists and injuring 11 tourists and security officers, police say. SENT: 570 words, photos.
CHINA-HOSPITAL PROTEST – Several hundred hospital workers in white coats and surgical masks stage a rare protest against attacks on medical workers. SENT: 380 words, photos.
BANGLADESH-OPPOSITION PROTEST – New political violence kills at least 15 people in four days. SENT: 370 words, photos.
THAILAND-POLITICS – Prosecutors seek an indictment against a former prime minister and his deputy for their alleged roles in the deaths of demonstrators during a 2010 crackdown on anti-government protests. SENT: 430 words.
AUSTRALIA SHARK ATTACK – A woman was mauled by a small shark as she snorkeled off Australia’s remote northwest coast. SENT: 260 words
POLAND-OBIT-MAZOWIECKI – Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Eastern Europe’s first democratic prime minister after communism, key adviser to Poland’s Solidarity freedom movement and U.N. human rights envoy to Bosnia in the 1990s, has died. He was 86.SENT: 1,170 words, photos.
PREVENTING SHUTDOWNS – There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that the Statue of Liberty and Yosemite stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns. But it’s a tough sell. Without the risk of a shutdown, there’s no telling how long politicians might put off making hard budget decisions. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
HEALTH OVERHAUL – Republicans plan to seek answers from Sebelius on the Obama administration’s troubled start for its health care website. SENT: 850 words, photos, audio, video.
FARM BILL – Congress eyes the price of milk, election year politics as lawmakers begin talks on a $500 billion farm bill. SENT: 770 words, photos.
– FARM BILL-GLANCE – Food stamps, crop insurance and other issues in the bill. SENT: 600 words.
OBAMA-FBI – Obama speaks at the installation of new FBI director James Comey. UPCOMING: developing from noon ceremony. 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.
STATE OF THE GOP – A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR – With no incumbent in the race, 35 candidates and an ongoing experiment with an alternative voting system still rare nationwide, anything is possible. SENT: 760 words, photos.
MILITARY-FAT TEST – On debate over the Defense Department’s body fat test. Those who fail are sent to what troops call the pork chop platoon and often not promoted, even after they lose the weight and pass the test. UPCOMING: 900 words
DETROIT BANKRUPTCY – Michigan’s governor is scheduled to testify today in a trial to determine whether Detroit is eligible to fix its troubled finances in bankruptcy court. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from court resumption at 9 a.m.; governor to take the stand at 1 p.m.
ELLIS ISLAND – The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States is about to resume receiving visitors for the first time since Superstorm Sandy’s surge gushed into New York Harbor. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. reopening; 500 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.
SUPREMACIST SETTLEMENT – Leaders in a small North Dakota town have approved a moratorium on new construction in a move a white supremacist says unfairly targets him. SENT: 320 words.
HOMELESS PORTRAYAL-STUDENT SUSPENDED — Pa. high school student is suspended after dressing as homeless man for drama assignment. UPCOMING: 560 words, photos.
STATE FAIR-ACCIDENT — A man who was operating a carnival ride when it abruptly restarted as people got off, injuring five, is set to appear in court. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: TBD words after 2 p.m. court hearing.
NJ KILLING-BITE MARK — A man who has spent 18 years in prison in New Jersey for murder could find out whether he is to be set free due to questions about bite mark evidence used at his trial. By David Porter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130 word update from 2 p.m. court hearing, 500 words by 5 p.m.
AUTOS-RELIABILITY RANKINGS Japan’s lock on Consumer Reports’ annual vehicle reliability rankings is starting to ease. Six of the top ten brands were Japanese this year, down from eight a year ago, and the magazine is no longer recommending the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord V6 or Nissan Altima sedans UPCOMING: 350 words by 1 p.m.
WORLD SERIES – Jonny Gomes reached the major leagues nine months after a heart attack. After a decade as a journeyman, he’s a World Series star. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Game 5: Boston at St. Louis, 8:07 p.m.
CURBING KIDS ONLINE, HFR – Doctors 2 parents: Limit kids’ tweeting, texting & keep smartphones, laptops out of bedrooms. #goodluckwiththat. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 11 a.m., photo.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
CHRIS BROWN ARREST – He is to appear in court on a felony assault charge, the latest legal trouble for the R&B singer already on probation because of a violent outburst against his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. We’ll try to determine how this latest arrest might affect his career and the Rihanna case, as well as try to learn more about what happened in the most recent fight in Washington. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 600 words after court appearance scheduled at 1 p.m. but could be much later.
MICHAEL JACKSON DOCTOR – The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail today after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence. SENT: 530 words.
BRAZIL-BANNING BIOGRAPHIES – Critics say the superstar singer Caetano Veloso has become a mascot for censorship by speaking out in favor of a controversial law that gives celebrities the right to pull the plug on unauthorized biographies. UPCOMING: 980 words by 1 p.m. EDT. With photos.
TV-NASHVILLE-PANETTIERE — With her success on ABC’s “Nashville,” Hayden Panettiere has cleared two hurdles: Left behind her signature past role as the Cheerleader, and moved from teenage starlet to fulfledged grownup actress. UPCOMING: 750 words by 11 a.m., photos.
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