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:

— IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS (sent; developing)

— PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON (sent; developing)




— JFK-WHERE IS IT NOW (sent; developing)


PHOTOS: PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON (sent; more developing)

VIDEO: PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON (sent; more 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 EST):


IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS – Four world powers are dispatching their top diplomats to add their weight to negotiations aimed at putting initial limits on Iran’s ability to make atomic weapons. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words with new approach by noon.

IRAN-NUCLEAR-CRITICS — From Israel to Iran: a look at critics raising their voice over push toward nuclear deal. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by noon.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON – One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines today, killing at least four people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and knocking out power and communications in several provinces. But the nation appeared to avoid a major disaster because the rapidly moving typhoon blew away before wreaking more damage, officials said. SENT: 940 words, photos, video.

ARAFAT’S DEATH — The Palestinian team that has been investigating Yasser Arafat’s 2004 death says Israel is the only suspect, but provides no new evidence backing up those claims. SENT: 750 words, photos, video. UPCOMING. 900 words with more details by 2 p.m., fresh photos.

UNESCO-US – The United States has lost its voting rights at UNESCO after an official said it missed a crucial deadline, two years after halting its dues payments to protest the decision to make Palestine a member. SENT: 950 words, photos.

ITALY-MIGRANT DEATHS – Police in Sicily say they have detained a Somali man who has allegedly organized a ship crossing of migrants from northern Africa to Europe that ended up in a shipwreck off a southern Italian island, killing more than 365 people. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: TBD.

UGANDA-AIDS – Uganda’s president tested for HIV in public today to encourage millions of untested people to check their status. SENT: 510 words, photo.

EGYPT-SUEZ CANAL – An official at Egypt’s Suez Canal says a U.S. aircraft carrier and a destroyer have crossed the waterway from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. SENT: 120 words.

KOSOVO WAR CRIMES – An EU prosecutor today indicted 15 former ethnic Albanian rebels suspected of torturing, mistreating and murdering civilians detained in central Kosovo during the 1998-99 war against Serbia. SENT: 480 words.

CHILE-NERUDA DEATH – Forensic experts say no traces of chemical agents have been found in the bone remains of Chile’s Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. SENT: 80 words.

MALDIVES ELECTION – Maldives voters on Saturday choose a new president for their vulnerable new democracy. SENT: 540 words.

MEXICO-VIGILANTES – Vigilantes say their war against the three-year reign of a brutal cartel has reached a tipping point. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 4 p.m., photos.

ASIA-RECORD METH YEAR – Seizures of crystal meth and methamphetamine pills reached record highs in East and Southeast Asia in 2012. SENT: 490 words, photos.

TAIWAN-CHIANG SCHOOL THREAT – The great-grandson of Taiwanese leader Chiang Kai-shek has been charged with making threats against people at his former school, but he says his comments were related to boxing practice. SENT: 300 words.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR-TANK WOES – Workers, officials and experts interviewed by the AP say the quality of Fukushima storage tanks and their foundations suffered because of unavoidable haste, but the operator’s plan to build more reliable replacements remains unclear. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.


HEALTH OVERHAUL-APOLOGIES – The Obama administration now faces the challenge of following up on the president’s “I’m sorry” statement with a concrete rescue plan for people who lost their health insurance coverage despite his promise that they would be protected under the new law. UPCOMING. 700 words by 4 p.m.

HEALTH CARE POLITICS_The new health care law’s seemingly endless problems are giving congressional Republicans a much-needed boost of energy, helping them move past the government-shutdown debacle and focus on a theme for next year’s elections. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 2 p.m.

OBAMA_The unemployment report came out better than some expected, and Obama is heading to the Gulf Coast to make the case that more exports equals more jobs. Then he goes to Miami for three Democratic fundraisers. UPCOMING. Remarks at Port of New Orleans at 1:10 p.m. 800 words, by 4 p.m.

OBAMA-GAY RIGHTS_Moments after the Senate passed a historic measure to outlow workplace discrimination against gays, activists turned their attention toward Obama and a long-sought executive order that would have the same effect, though on a much smaller scale. SENT: 680 words, photo.


TALLEST SKYSCRAPER DILEMMA — One World Trade Center in New York has reached its powerfully symbolic height of 1,776 feet and become the tallest building in the country. Or has it? A committee of architects with authority on world building heights is set to decide. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1 p.m. (decision NOT expected today).

GAY MARRIAGE-METHODISTS – The Rev. Frank Schaefer is being put on trial this month by the United Methodist Church, accused of violating its rules on marriage by officiating his son’s 2006 same-sex marriage in Massachusetts despite rules against doing so. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.

STREETCAR RENAISSANCE – Long after the streetcar was driven to the edge of extinction in America by the automobile, cities are spending millions putting them back in. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photo.

ROCKY TOP TOWN – If the truck-stop town of Lake City agrees to change its name to Rocky Top, developers promise to build a Disney-style interactive, 3-D animated theater; a Branson, Mo.-style live music venue; and an indoor-outdoor waterpark and a 500-seat paddleboat restaurant on a to-be-constructed artificial lake. UPCOMING: 800 words. With a glance listing some other famous towns to have changed their names for publicity.

CONFEDERATE CONTROVERSY — A Florida school board will consider renaming Nathan Bedford Forrest high school, a majority-black school whose namesake was an officer in the Confederate army. UPCOMING: Developing from evening board meeting, 600 words by 8 p.m.

CYBERSECURITY-NAVY — The integration of mechanical and combat systems into one network aboard Navy warships presents cybersecurity problems for the modern Navy, but there’s no evidence a Navy ship has ever been hacked, according to one of the Navy’s top cybersecurity officials. UPCOMING: 400 words by 9 a.m.

DETROIT BANKRUPTCY — Closing arugments about the state of Detroit’s bankruptcy case begin before a bankruptcy judge, who now must decide if the case can proceed. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

INJURY REHAB-MILITARY – Since 2010, more than 300 injured military members from all branches of service have received care alongside college and pro athletes at Athletes Performance, an injury rehabilitation center. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

SOCIAL MEDIA SITE-WITNESSES -Authorities are investigating an anonymous social media account that they say has been identifying witnesses in violent Philadelphia crimes with the stated intention of trying to “expose rats.” SENT: 360 words.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-TRANSPARENCY — Newtown investigator seeks stay of order to release 911 recordings from school shooting. SENT: 360 words. UPCOMING: Hearing starts at 10 a.m., then 400 words by 1 p.m.

NAVY YARD SHOOTING — The Florida family of a victim of the Washington Navy Yard shooting is suing the federal government, saying officials allowed for lax security that led to the massacre. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. news conference, 600 words by 2 p.m.

SAC CAPITAL — A plea hearing is held in New York in the criminal case against SAC Capital Advisors. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Hearing starts at 3 p.m., then 400 words by 6 p.m.


HEAD LICE-SCHOOLS – Some schools are adopting less restrictive head lice policies that allow children with live bugs in their hair to return to the classroom until the end of the day. SENT: 850 words, photo.

– HEAD LICE-TIPS – Some tips for treating head lice. SENT: 500 words.

TRANS FAT-Q&A – Some questions and answers about trans fats and why the FDA is phasing them out. SENT: 650 words, photo.

BRITAIN-RICKETS – The childhood disease that once caused an epidemic of bowed legs and curved spines during the Victorian era is making a shocking comeback in 21st-century Britain. SENT: 600 words, photo.


POLAND-COAL AND CLIMATE – With coal-reliant Poland hosting U.N. climate talks, the fossil fuel industry will get a rare chance to play a more visible role in the global warming debate. SENT: 600 words, photos.


TWITTER-IPO-BY THE NUMBERS – Beyond 140 characters: Interesting numbers from Twitter’s IPO. SENT: 300 words.

BERNANKE – He speaks about how investors affect a financial crisis, during a speech in Washington at the International Monetary Fund. Followed by Q&A UPCOMING: 130 words off text of speech to be released at 3:30 p.m.; more on merits, probably 400-500 words by 5 p.m.

ECONOMY – The U.S. economy added 204,000 jobs in October, an unexpected burst of hiring during a month in which the federal government was partially shut down for 16 days. SENT: 720 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m.

CONSUMER SPENDING – U.S. consumers slowed their spending in September, even as overall income grew at solid pace for the second straight month. SENT: 460 words.

VOLKSWAGEN INVESTIGATION – U.S. safety regulators are investigating thousands of Volkswagen SUVs because the headlamps and other outside lights can fail with little warning. SENT: 210 words.

BOEING 777X-MACHINISTS — The leader of Boeing Co. machinists tells hundreds of union workers night that he will see whether he can stop a vote on a proposed new eight-year contract agreement that Boeing says will determine whether much of its new 777X jet is built in the Puget Sound area. SENT: 560 words.

ON THE MONEY-THANKSGIVING TRAVEL – There’s not much good news for fliers this Thanksgiving. Planes and airports will be packed and you might have to sit apart from a loved one, unless you pay extra. But don’t fret: There are some things you can do to make your trip more pleasant, or to at least buffer the damage if things go wrong. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.


JFK-WHERE IS IT NOW – From the limousine to Air Force One, many key items in the searing images from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are available for public viewing 50 years later. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from morning tour of plane, then 500 words by 1 p.m.

TIPSY TURKEYS – Joe Morette, who is raising about 50 Thanksgiving turkeys this year, has been giving his birds beer instead of water; he thinks it makes them fatter, more flavorful and juicier. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.


TV-CBS-BENGHAZI – CBS says it was misled by a “60 Minutes” source who claimed he was on the scene of a 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, when it turns out now that he was not there. Reporter Lara Logan said today that CBS apologizes to viewers and will issue a correction Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

GAMES-XBOX ONE-KINECT — Like a stubborn family member or insubordinate employee, Xbox One owners might need to tell their fancy new console what to do more than once. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BOOKS-THREE CUPS OF TEA – An insurance company will pay $1.2 million to a charity co-founded by “Three Cups of Tea” author Greg Mortenson in a settlement over the legal costs of a lawsuit and an investigation into Mortenson and the Central Asia Institute, attorneys involved in the settlement said. By Matt Volz. SENT: 450 words, photo.


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