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. EST:

— HEALTH OVERHAUL PROBLEMS-SECURITY (sent; with today’s separate spot coverage)


— ELECTION ROUNDUP (upcoming; with strong separates on NYC and DETROIT mayors)



— BLACK FILMS (sent)


— MUSIC-CMA AWARDS (sent; developing tonight)

— TWITTER HATERS (upcoming)


PHOTOS: AFGHAN US JUNK (upcoming: 21 photos, with text story)


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 EST):


HEALTH OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS – Sebelius back to Capitol Hill for fresh grilling on health care as lawmakers’ worries grow. SENT: 700 words; UPCOMING: Updates from 10 a.m. hearing. 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-SECURITY- Obama administration officials are facing mounting questions about whether they cut corners on security testing before launching online health insurance markets. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-PREEXISTING ANXIETIES – Concern is mounting for a vulnerable group of people who were supposed to be among the health law’s earliest beneficiaries. SENT: 920 words.

OBAMA – Obama to pitch health care law in Texas, drawing attention to high rate of uninsured. SENT: 540 words. UPCOMING from 5:40 p.m. EST event, 650 words by 7 p.m., photos.

SUPREME COURT-TOWN BOARD PRAYER – A challenge to prayers at the start of a New York town’s council meetings is the Supreme Court’s latest attempt to find the appropriate role for religion in government. SENT: 420 words. UPCOMING: updates after 10 a.m. arguments, 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

CENSUS-POVERTY – The number of poor people in America is greater than officially recognized by the government, encompassing 1 in 6 residents, according to an alternative measure being released by the Census Bureau. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.


ELECTION-ANALYSIS – Electability and pragmatism won. Ideology and purity lost. An AP News Analysis. SENT: 930 words, photos.

ELECTION RDP – Election results flash warning signs for 2014: for Republicans on the shutdown (Virginia), for Democrats on health care (Virginia), and for the tea party, which lost Alabama and in Virginia. N.J. Governor Chris Christie’s giant win means the spotlight will be on him and the target will be on his back. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: 850 words with fresh approach and details by 5 p.m., photos.

NYC MAYOR – A folo today hitting specifically on all the big differences between de Blasio and Bloomberg. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

DETROIT MAYOR -When Mike Duggan recites the oath of office as Detroit’s first white mayor in four decades, he may — in a way — give the eulogy to a period of racial divide that has defined much of the city’s past. SENT: 920 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.


AFGHANISTAN-US JUNK – In contrast to what it did in Iraq, the U.S. military is scrapping most of its equipment that’s not worth shipping home. The Afghans say the insurgents can easily find timers and other tools without the US leftovers and vital equipment is being destroyed that could be used by security forces and to improve lives of ordinary people. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, 21 photos by 4 p.m.

ISRAEL-LIEBERMAN TRIAL Hard-line Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman looks set to emerge as a new and unpredictable player in the US-backed Mideast peace efforts after being cleared in a corruption trial, further complicating an already troubled negotiating climate with the Palestinians. SENT: UPCOMING: 850 words by noon.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS — One of the biggest challenges in this week’s talks on Iran’s nuclear program will be winning over two tough audiences that won’t be at the table: hard-liners in Tehran and Washington. SENT: 360 words, photo.

IRAN-NUCLEAR-FACT CHECK — An examiniation of Israel’s claims over Iran’s nuclear program. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

MIDEAST-KERRY – He wades again into the nitty-gritty of faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. SENT: 970 words, photos.

ITALY-KNOX – In her third Italian murder trial, a court-appointed expert testified today that the alleged murder weapon shows a new DNA trace that belongs to Knox and not the victim. SENT: 600 words, photos.

EGYPT – A court today upheld a ruling that banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets confiscated, the state news agency reported. SENT: 590 words.

SWITZERLAND-CONGO-GOLD – Swiss prosecutors confirmed today that a criminal investigation has been opened against one of the world’s largest processors of precious metals over allegations that it laundered gold obtained through war crimes. SENT: 440 words.

CUBA-HOMESICK HIJACKER – Nearly 30 years after hijacking a U.S. airliner, William Potts heads home to face U.S. justice. SENT: 530 words, photo. UPCOMING: 550 words with departure. Eds: Flight due to leave at 10 a.m. EST.

QATAR-JAILED AMERICANS – An American couple charged with starving to death their adopted daughter was allowed to leave a Qatar jail today as they pursue their legal battles. SENT: 320 words.

FRANCE-NAPOLEON’S WILL – The only known copy of the will of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte has sold at auction for $483,000 — more than twice the expected price. SENT: 120 words.

KENYA-ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME – The illegal cutting of timber and the poaching of elephants and rhinos are part of a “rapidly escalating environmental crime wave” that international governments must combat by increasing cooperation, police and environmental officials said today. SENT: 540 words.

CHINA-EXPLOSIONS – A series of small explosions kill one person and injure eight others outside the provincial headquarters of the ruling Communist Party. SENT: 350 words, photos.

CHINA-TRIAL BY TV – A string of televised confessions of high-profile figures signals a new tactic by Chinese authorities in their campaign to scrub what they describe as harmful, illegal or false information from the public domain. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CHINA-BLIND LAWYER -The mother and brother of blind activist Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng fly to the U.S. for a family reunion amid concerns for the health of another relative imprisoned in China. SENT: 310 words, photos.


SOLITARY CONFINEMENT-RIKERS ISLAND – A review finds that mentally ill inmates in New York City’s most notorious jail are too often placed in solitary confinement — in some cases for thousands of days at a time. UPCOMING: 130 words by noon, 800 words by 12:15 p.m.

LAW LICENSE FIGHT – Disgraced former journalist Stephen Glass is asking the California Supreme Court today to let him practice law despite fabricating numerous articles SENT: 740 words.

GED CHANGES – Americans who passed part, but not all, of the GED test are rushing to finish the high school equivalency exam before a new version rolls out in January. SENT: 910 words, photos, video, graphic.

ARIZONA BORDER FENCE – A plan by Arizona lawmakers to build a mile of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money may be declared dead after more than three years. SENT: 320 words.

IMPORTED DRUGS — Two people charged with participating in a scheme to illegally import millions of dollars of drugs for plastic surgery and chemotherapy into the United States are scheduled enter pleas in federal court, part of an FDA enforcement effort to keep prevent importation of cheap, foreign drugs into the U.S. marketplace. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3:30 p.m., 500 words by 5 p.m.

MISTAKEN RELEASE — Prison officials are set to discuss prisoner release procedures with lawmakers in the wake of the escape of two convicted murderers who were set free with forged documents. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m. EST. Hearing begins at 10 a.m.

SKAKEL APPEAL – Judge weighs whether to grant bail to Kennedy cousin Skakel after ordering new trial. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 10 a.m. hearing, then 500 words by noon, photos.

NH DEATH PENALTY – NH Supreme Court to rule on fate of NH’s only death row convict in Manchester police shooting. SENT: 260 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1 p.m. ruling release, then 500 words by 5 p.m.

SON OF SAM LOOPHOLE – N.Y. court to decide whether mom who killed kids deserves part of their estate despite “Son of Sam law” preventing people from profiting from crimes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from hearing starting at 10:30 a.m., then 600 words by 4 p.m., photos

AARON HERNANDEZ-GIRLFRIEND – Hernandez’s girlfriend makes another scheduled court appearance after being charged with perjury. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 2 p.m. hearing, then 350-400 words by 4:30 p.m.

INDIAN CHILD WELFARE DISPUTE – Attorneys for the adoptive parents of a 4-year-old girl caught up in a custody dispute have filed paperwork in Oklahoma seeking $1 million in legal fees from the Cherokee Nation and the girl’s biological father, who has dropped all legal claims to his daughter. SENT: 350 words.

BOSTON MARATHON-LIMB MAKERS – Eight people who lost one or both legs in the attack have come to United Prosthetics. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.


ASTEROID HIT (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m.) – Three science studies look at the Chelyabinsk meteor, which scared the US government into practicing for a space rock splashing near Washington. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE at 1 p.m., 700 words, photos

UN-GLOBAL WARMING – World carbon dioxide pollution levels in the atmosphere are accelerating and reached a record high in 2012, the U.N. weather agency said today. SENT: 300 words.

DINOSAUR DISCOVERY UTAH — A new tyrannosaur that predated the tyrannosaurus-rex has been discovered in southern Utah. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video by 3 p.m.


VENEZUELA-SICK HEALTH CARE – Experts say the lack of equipment and supplies is costing lives in this oil-rich nation where the constitution enshrines the promise of universal health care. SENT: 1,290 words, photos


TWITTER IPO-TWITTER HATERS – How can Twitter sustain its growth and attract advertisers when its social networking service turns so many people off? UPCOMING: 900 words by 1 p.m.

TWITTER IPO-KEY FIGURES – A chunky text look at the five key figures in Twitter’s brief history. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 3 p.m.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-TABLETS – Samsung Electronics Co. has a new goal after overtaking Apple in smartphones: it wants to be world No. 1 in tablet computers too. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 390 words.


ECONOMY-JOBS The monthly U.S. jobs report is the most closely watched gauge of the economy. But the October report due Friday will also be one of the most unreliable. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 p.m.


BLACK FILMS — Like seldom before, African American stories are being told on the big screen without white protagonists. But many say this should be part of Hollywood’s regular output, not an occasional aberration. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

SWEDEN-FEMINIST MOVIE RATING – Theaters in equality-minded Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it. SENT: 980 words, photo.

MUSIC-CMA AWARDS – Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves are the top nominees for the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards tonight. UPCOMING: 600-word laydown by 10a, photos. TONIGHT: Developing from an 8p show and will be updated throughout the three-hour ceremony, beginning with an arrivals lead by 7:45p and concluding with a wrapup story by 11:20p.

MUSIC-STAND UP FOR HEROES – Their faces are young and strong, but their bodies sit in wheelchairs or stand on artificial limbs. The wounded servicemen are waiting to rehearse their set ahead of today’s “Stand Up for Heroes,” the annual fundraising benefit that supports wounded veterans through the Bob Woodruff Foundation. SENT: 470 words.


CHARLIE TROTTER — Autopsy scheduled today; unsure if we will get results. Also pursuing more on his health, other details. UPCOMING: TBD.

PETS SCHOOL DOGS — Schools have taken lots of measures to prevent violence. Kristi Schiller thinks some special dogs might do the trick. SENT: 800 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-MYANMAR-ROHINGYA EXHIBIT – U.S. Holocaust Museum highlights plight of Myanmar’s downtrodden Rohingya Muslims. SENT: 780 words, photos.


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