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:
— NSA SURVEILLANCE (sent; upcoming)
— CONGRESS-HEALTH CARE CONFUSION (sent)
— TEXAS ABORTION (sent; new angle upcoming)
— SYRIAN REFUGEES-CAMP LIFE (sent)
— EGYPT-MORSI TRIAL (upcoming)
— MASCOT MISHAP (upcoming)
— NYC MARATHON PROFILES (upcoming)
— SNAPCHAT-CEO Q&A (upcoming)
PHOTOS: MIDEAST SYRIAN REFUGEES CAMP LIFE (sent; with 1,700-word text story plus an upcoming 150-word text block for use with the photos if desired); INDIA-DIWALI PHOTO ESSAY (sent; with 360-word text story)
VIDEO: HEALTH OVERHAUL-FACES (sent; with text); OYSTER REEF RESTORATION (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):
NSA SURVEILLANCE – Germany’s top security official says he will try and find a way for Edward Snowden to speak to German officials. SENT: 560 words. UPCOMING: Reporting on various angles; details TBD. With Kerry comments about going too far.
EGYPT-TRYING MORSI The trial opens Monday, presenting serious challenges for the military-backed authorities. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 4 p.m.
SYRIAN REFUGEES-CAMP LIFE – Refugees in Zaatari are increasingly putting down roots, creating an elaborate camp economy in a tough, enclosed world. By Karin Laub. SENT: 1,690 words, 32 photos. UPCOMING: SYRIAN REFUGEES-CAMP LIFE-PHOTO GALLERY, 150 words, also noted in PHOTOGRAPHY section below.
– SYRIAN REFUGEES-CAMP LIFE-GLANCE – Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees: 100,000 people, 2,500 shops, three schools, three hospitals. SENT: 260 words, photos.
SYRIA-MILITANT LEADER — The head of the al-Qaida-linked group fighting to Assad was once a teacher of classical Arabic who joined the insurgency after he moved to Iraq, regional intelligence officials say. . UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.
WORLD-CELLPHONES-PLANES – Airlines and regulators across the globe are digesting the implications of the FAA’s decision to loosen restrictions on the in-flight use of electronics, something one academic says is likely to lead to an international relaxation of the rules. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6 p.m.
IRAQ – Violence across Iraq killed 979 people in October, the United Nations said today, a monthly death toll that is the same as the figure for September. SENT: 370 words.
BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING – Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson sent an email telling a news editor to “do his phone” in relation to an alleged target of phone hacking, a British prosecutor said today. SENT: 610 words, photos.
CHINA-CROWDFUNDING JOURNALISM – Journalist Yin Yusheng is testing whether crowdfunding from online donations can give him a stable income for his work. SENT: 850 words, photos.
CHINA-TIANANMEN CAR FIRE – China’s top security official blames a little-known militant group for this week’s suicide car crash, renewing Beijing’s disputed claim that the country faces a significant, organized terrorist threat. SENT: 640 words, photo.
THAILAND-POLITICS — Thailand’s parliament moves a step closer to granting amnesty to people involved in a wrenching political conflict, prompting thousands to protest in the streets and renewing fears of violence. SENT: 500 words, photos.
BRITAIN-SODA TAX – Slapping a 20 percent tax on soda in Britain could cut the number of obese adults by about 180,000, according to a new study. SENT: 450 words.
KENYA-MOSQUE LEADERS TARGETED – In August 2012, a leader of a Kenyan mosque with extremist followers was shot dead as he drove through the streets of Mombasa. Fourteen months later, his successor at the mosque met the same fate. There have been no arrests. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 12 p.m., photos.
ZAMBIA-CHINA – Zambia’s relationship with China is growing quickly, spurring development but also frictionUPCOMING: 750 words by 11 a.m., photos.
AUSTRALIA-MISSING VOTES — Almost 1,400 Senate ballots cast at September federal elections are missing. SENT: 390 words.
INDONESIA-WORKERS’ STRIKE — Laborers strike for a second day to demand more benefits and higher pay. SENT: 260 words, photos.
SINGAPORE-NEWSPAPER HACKING – A purported Anonymous member breaches a blog linked to Singapore’s leading newspaper. SENT: 370 words.
TEXAS ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-LAWSUIT – Following in all formats on developments now that a third of the abortion clinics in Texas can no longer perform the procedure. We will be out at a clinic that will not be able to perform abortions today. We also will be at a clinic that will likely have to take an influx of patients. And, we are examining what’s next and what this ruling means for the overall fate of the law. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.
WITH: TEXAS ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-LAW: Sidebar explaining the different provisions of the Texas law and how it compares to Roe v. Wade and other similar laws around the country.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-FACES – Amid problems with the website, the Obama administration is now asking happy users to let their pictures be used. We talk with two of them. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.
MARIJUANA TAXES – Nearly a year after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, voters are deciding how to tax it. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.With: MARIJUANA TAXES-GLANCE — A look at how state pot taxes could look compared with other “sin taxes”
DOCTOR’S WIFE-DEATH – The murder trial of a Utah doctor charged in his wife’s death is resuming with testimony from medical experts about how they believe the 50-year-old woman died. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing through the day.
NAVY KICKBACKS — A former civilian employee of the Navy who admitted he was a ringleader of a kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million is sentenced in federal court in Rhode Island. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 2 p.m., photos
CONGRESS-HEALTH CARE CONFUSION – Think you’re confused by the nation’s new health care law? It’s roiling Capitol Hill behind the scenes, too. SENT: 820 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-IRAQ— al-Maliki meets with Obama in what Baghdad hopes will be a fresh start in a complicated relationship. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. meeting; 750 words by 5 p.m.
BUDGET BATTLE-REPUBLICAN GROUPS_Virtually unknown outside Washington, a growing coalition of hardline conservative groups has seized control of the Republican agenda. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 3 p.m. , photos.
OBAMA-BIDEN BOOK – A new book asserts the idea of replacing Biden with Hillary Rodham Clinton was floated in Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, but the former White House chief of staff denies it. SENT: 220 words, photos.
VIRGINIA GOVERNOR-McAULIFFE – If he wins the Virginia governor’s race on Tuesday, Terry McAuliffe will achieve what eluded him four years ago: his first elected position after a political career marked by a stint as a national Democratic Party chairman and the distinction of being a Clinton family confidant. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.
SHUTDOWN POLITICS-KING – Rep. Peter King wants even the Boy Scouts to know he’s upset with his Republican Party. SENT: 810 words, photos.
NYC MARATHON-PROFILES – For some of the nearly 50,000 runners who will start Sunday’s New York City Marathon, the broader events overshadowing this year’s race are very personal — from a surgeon who operated on victims of the Boston bombings to a mother who lost her home to Superstorm Sandy. Vignettes of some of those runners. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by 5 p.m.
MASCOT MISHAP – The Missouri Supreme Court is weighing whether the “baseball rule” — a legal standard that protects teams from being sued over fan injuries — should also apply to injuries caused by mascots or others tasked with engaging the fans. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 p.m., photo.
UCONN-SEXUAL ORIENTATION — Members of the national champion Connecticut women’s basketball team post a video message to support female athletes regardless of their sexual orientation. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.
SNAPCHAT-CEO Q&A – Evan Spiegel dropped out of Stanford University, three classes shy of graduation, to work on Snapchat. The fast-growing mobile app lets users send photos, videos and messages that disappear a few seconds after they are received. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 12 p.m.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-LG TABLET – For a short time, LG had the distinction of having the rare 8-inch tablet with a high-resolution screen. But then Apple came along and stole the spotlight when it unveiled a new iPad Mini with an even better screen. UPCOMING 900 words by noon, photos planned.
CHINA-WTO-RARE EARTHS – China says it opposes the release of a WTO report about its export curbs on rare earths — exotic minerals used in mobile phones and other high-tech products. SENT: 420 words.
WAL-MART-HOLIDAY – The world’s largest retailer is pulling forward by nearly a month seven big deals on items like TVs and tablets that were originally reserved for the day after Thanksgiving and so-called Cyber Monday. SENT: 580 words.
ANIMAL MEDICINE FOR HUMANS — What do Siberian tigers and post-menopausal women have in common? The answer will be presented by top physicians and veterinarians gathering Saturday. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.
OYSTER REEF RESTORATION – On one of the largest oyster reef restoration projects in the United States. The idea is to help rebuild a reef that once filled some 400 acres and now barely exists. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.
ANTARCTICA-MARINE SANCTUARY – The nations that make decisions about Antarctic fishing fail for a third time to agree on a plan that would create the world’s largest marine sanctuary. SENT: 270 words.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
BOOKS-DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN – Goodwin’s new book. “The Bully Pulpit,” fulfills her longtime dream of writing about the Progressive era. UPCOMING: 1,800 words by noon, photos.
BANKSY-JERK OR GENIUS – Which is he? The debate continues as the secretive street artist ends his self-announced monthlong residency in New York . SENT: 780 words, photos.
MORIAH FILMS – One Hollywood film studio has commanded only A-list talent since its inception, and they all worked for free. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.
BRAZIL-BIOGRAPHY BATTLE – Superstar singer Caetano Veloso is weighing in on a very public fight over a law that gives Brazilians the right to tightly control any works made about them. SENT: 990 words, photos.
SYRIAN REFUGEES-CAMP LIFE-PHOTO GALLERY — Sprawling shantytown for Syrian refugees to be transformed into a city. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos by 1 p.m. NOTE: The photos and a 1,690-word text story have been sent, noted in the WORLD section above. This second piece is a text block for use with the photos if desired.
INDIA-DIWALI PHOTO ESSAY – Millions of Indians stock up on firecrackers, hand out sweets and adorn their homes with glowing lanterns and sparklers ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. .SENT: photos, 360 words.
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