Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.
Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1630 GMT:
— US-ELECTIONS (with strong separate on mayor)
— AFGHANISTAN-US JUNK (upcoming)
— ASTEROID HIT (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT)
— BLACK FILMS (sent)
— SWEDEN-FEMINIST MOVIE RATING (sent)
— MUSIC-CMA AWARDS (sent; developing tonight)
— TWITTER HATERS (upcoming)
— SOLITARY CONFINEMENT-RIKERS ISLAND (upcoming)
PHOTOS: AFGHAN US JUNK (upcoming: 21 photos, with text story)
VIDEO: BOSTON MARATHON LIMB MAKERS (with text and photos)
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:
OBAMA – Obama to pitch health care law in Texas, drawing attention to high rate of uninsured. SENT: 315 words. UPCOMING from 2040 GMT event, 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. SENT 123 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2100 GMT.
US ELECTION-ANALYSIS – Electability and pragmatism won. Ideology and purity lost. An AP News Analysis. SENT: 930 words, photos.
US ELECTIONS: The re-election victory of New Jersey’s pragmatic Republican governor and the defeat of an ideological Republican firebrand in the Virginia gubernatorial contest are being studied for indications that U.S. voters — in at least two critical states — may be turning away from the radical, anti-government tea party vision for the country’s future. SENT 715 words. Photos, video.
NYC MAYOR – A folo today hitting specifically on all the big differences between de Blasio and Bloomberg. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2100 GMT. SENT: 800 words, photos.
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 2100 GMT.
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 1700 GMT.
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 1600 GMT.
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 1800 GMT, 600 words 1900 GMT.
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.
SKAKEL APPEAL – Judge weighs whether to grant bail to Kennedy cousin Skakel after ordering new trial. UPCOMING: 1500 GMT hearing, then 500 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
NEW HAMPSHIRE DEATH PENALTY – New Hamphshire Supreme Court to rule on fate of the state’s only death row convict in Manchester police shooting. UPCOMING: Updates from 1800 GMT ruling release.
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, 1800 GMT 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 1800 GMT, 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 2100 GMT.
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 1900 GMT.
TWITTER IPO-KEY FIGURES – A chunky text look at the five key figures in Twitter’s brief history. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 2000 GMT.
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.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
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 1830 GMT.
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 1500 GMT, photos. TONIGHT: Developing from an 0001 GMT show and will be updated throughout the three-hour ceremony.
UNITED STATES-MYANMAR-ROHINGYA EXHIBIT – U.S. Holocaust Museum highlights plight of Myanmar’s downtrodden Rohingya Muslims. SENT: 780 words, photos.