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:
– PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON (sent; developing)
– ETHANOL’S ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE (sent; new story upcoming today)
– HEART DISEASE-NEW GUIDELINES (HOLD FOR RELEASE)
– THE END OF THANKSGIVING (upcoming)
– TOUR BUSES-SEAT BELTS (upcoming)
– TALLEST SKYSCRAPER DILEMMA (sent; developing)
– STREETCAR RENAISSANCE (upcoming)
– GLAMOUR AWARDS (sent; note Malala angle)
– BRAVES STADIUM (new angle upcoming)
PHOTOS: TYPHOON coverage; LOST IN LIMA-PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO: TYPHOON coverage
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):
PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON – Aid is coming to Tacloban, sent by the Philippine government and countries around the world. But the scale of the disaster and challenges of delivering the assistance means few in this city, strewn with debris and corpses, have received any help. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.
PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON-ECONOMY – Under a reforming president, the Philippines emerged as a rising economic star in Asia but the trail of death and destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan has highlighted a key weakness: fragile and patchy infrastructure after decades of neglect and corruption. SENT: 820 words, photos.
— PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON-AID-GLANCE — Foreign governments and agencies announce a major relief effort to help victims of the Philippine typhoon. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— PHILIPPINES-TOLL-GLANCE — Latest casualty figures and damage reports.
— PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON-SNAPSHOTS — Snapshots from the disaster zone. SENT: 360 words, photos.
— DEADLY NATURAL DISASTERS-GLANCE — Natural disasters in the last decade that had death tolls greater than 10,000. SENT: 200 words, photos.
ETHANOL’S ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE – The ethanol era has proved far more damaging to the environment than the government has acknowledged, an AP investigation found. As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they touched off a cascade of unintended consequences. SENT: 4,200 words, photos, graphic, video, interactive. An abridged version of 1,350 words has also been sent. A separate advisory, BC-US–Ethanol’s Environmental Damage, ADVISORY, details full coverage.
- ETHANOL’S ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE-PUSHBACK – Fierce response from the ethanol industry. SENT: 840 words.
- ETHANOL-ETHANOL-7 THINGS – Seven things you need to know about ethanol, the green energy source with some dirty secrets. SENT: 300 words.
ETHANOL-LOSING GRASSLANDS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 12:01 a.m. WEDNESDAY) – Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, more than 1 million acres of the Great Plains are giving way to corn fields as farmers transform the wild expanse that once served as the backdrop for American pioneers. An AP investigation finds that this expansion of the Corn Belt is fueled in part by America’s green energy policy, which requires oil companies to blend billions of gallons of corn ethanol into their gasoline. Ethanol has become a top use for corn in America. SENT in advance: 1100 words, photos, graphic. Hold for release at 12:-01 a.m. Wednesday
HEART DISEASE-NEW GUIDELINES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 4 p.m.) – The first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes call for twice as many Americans — a third of all adults — to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. The new advice is a radical change: Instead of aiming for a certain cholesterol number, it urges a broader look at heart risks and identifies groups for whom treatment does the most good. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE at 4 p.m., 850 words, photo. With Heart Disease-New Guidelines-Glance.
BUSINESS and ECONOMY
THE END OF THANKSGIVING – Last Thanksgiving Day, Kimberly Mudge Via’s mother, sister and nieces left in the middle of their meals to head for the mall. Now, Via says she’ll never host Thanksgiving dinner for her relatives again. That scene could become more common in homes across the country. Black Friday shopping, the annual rite of passage on the day after Thanksgiving, continues to creep further into the holiday as more stores open their doors a day early. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11:30 a.m.
WAL-MART-HOLIDAY -. The world’s largest retailer says it will start to offer its holiday blockbuster deals at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving at its stores, two hours earlier than last year. SENT: 440 words.
MORTGAGES-LATE PAYMENTS – Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments. SENT: 450 words
CHINA-ECONOMY – China’s leaders promise a bigger role for the free market in the country’s state-dominated economy as they try to overhaul a worn-out growth model. SENT: 970 words.
SKOREA-SAMSUNG-NEW OS— Samsung is in a quiet push to make its Tizen operating system a part of the technology lexicon as familiar as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. SENT: 800 words, photos.
APPLE-SAMSUNG-TRIAL — The latest round in Apple and Samsung’s bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins in a courtroom a few miles from Apple’s Silicon Valley headquarters. SENT: 620 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated
TALLEST SKYSCRAPER-DILEMMA – An expert committee of architects is set to announce whether New York’s new World Trade Center tower or Chicago’s Willis Tower is the tallest building in the U.S. SENT: 130 words and GLANCE. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. news conference, then 700 words by 4 p.m., photos including gallery of world’s tallest buildings, graphic.
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, photo, by noon.
ERODING VILLAGE – An Alaska village’s efforts to move from its badly crumbling location have come to an indefinite halt because of a power struggle between two factions in the Yup’ik Eskimo community. SENT: 700 words, photos.
MADOFF FRAUD-TRIAL – As a trader at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, David Kugel learned that investments that Madoff claimed to be making for clients were fiction, but he always kept his mouth shut. SENT: 830 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect to argue for easing of prison restrictions. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 10 a.m. hearing, then 400 words by 1 p.m.
ALEC BALDWIN-STALKING CASE – He is to faceoff with a Canadian actress charged with stalking him. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.
NAVY VETS-SCAM CHARGES — Defense begins case, may call defendant in trial of man charged in $100 million fraud investigation of Navy Veterans charity. UPCOMING: Court starts at 8:30 a.m., 400 words by 11 a.m.
AIR FORCE-ASSAULT — Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, the former chief of the service’s sexual assault prevention office, faces trial on a charge of groping a woman outside a bar. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing, 350 words by 4 p.m.
MISS TEEN USA EXTORTION — A 19-year-old computer science student is expected to enter a guilty plea to hacking the computers of Miss Teen USA and other women. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.
LAX SHOOTING-TSA AGENT — Public memorial service for slain TSA officer. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m.
TRIBES-PUBLIC SAFETY — A commission formed as part of a law to combat crime on American Indian reservations is set to release a report on public safety in Indian Country. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
TOUR BUSES-SEAT BELTS – A drunken driver going the wrong way on a California highway slammed head-on into a bus carrying passengers to Las Vegas, killing 19 in the fiery wreckage. Investigators of the 1968 accident said a lack of seat belts contributed to the high death toll, but 45 years later, safety advocates are still waiting for the government to act. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m. EST, photos.
SUPREME COURT-DUKE LACROSSE – The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from three former Duke University lacrosse players who were among those falsely accused of raping a stripper. SENT: 130 words.
OBAMA-IRAN – The Iranian nuclear deal Obama covets may now depend on his ability to keep a lid on hard-liners on Capitol Hill and an array of anxious allies abroad. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-SUCCESS STORY – Medicaid is the underdog of government health care programs. But it’s turning into a rare early success story for Obama’s technologically challenged health overhaul SENT: 840 words, photo.
OBAMA-CTFC – He is nominating a top Treasury Department official to run the independent agency that regulates the futures and options market. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 3:15 p.m. announcement. 500 words by 5 p.m., photo.
MICHELLE OBAMA-HIGHER EDUCATION – She is joining the president’s efforts to get the United States on track to have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:15 a.m. event.
LEBANON-KIDNAPPINGS —Lebanon has seen a dramatic spike in kidnappings in an unusual knock-on effect from the civil war in neighboring Syria. Gangs whose usual business of cross-border smuggling has suffered amid Syria’s fight have turned instead to snatching well-off Lebanese businessmen for ransoms. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 5 p.m.
EGYPT — Morsi has his first extensive meeting with lawyers, consulting in prison with a team from his Muslim Brotherhood over his ongoing trial on charges of inciting murder. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MOROCCO-ALGERIA-SAHARA DISPUTE- A nasty spat over the disputed region of Western Sahara is boiling over anew. SENT: 860 words, photos.
ISRAEL-CHINA – Netanyahu may have to choose between supporting victims of Palestinian violence or risking a diplomatic rift with China. SENT: 1,200 words photo.
CYPRUS-LOOTED ICONS – The largest haul of looted, centuries-old church icons, frescoes and mosaics ever repatriated to Cyprus were officially welcomed Tuesday after a nearly four-decade journey. SENT: 420 words, photos.
SENEGAL-LESBIAN RAID – A women’s rights activist says Senegalese police have detained five women accused of violating the country’s anti-gay law, highlighting increased pressure on suspected lesbians. SENT: 130 words.
THAILAND-POLITICS – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra issues a plea to protesters to end their street demonstrations after opposition leaders called for nationwide civil disobedience and a three-day general strike. SENT: 450 words, photos.
BANGLADESH-GARMENT PROTEST – Riot police fire tear gas to battle thousands of stone-throwing garment workers in a during a protest over wages that closes at least 200 factories and leaves dozens of people injured, police say. SENT: 500 words, photos.
CAMBODIA-LABOR PROTEST – Police fire live ammunition during clashes with protesting garment workers, killing a bystander and injuring at least 20 people, rights groups say. SENT: 360 words, photos.
NEPAL-STRIKE – Opposition activists set fire to a bus and attack cars during a transport blockade that empties highways, strands thousands of travelers and is aimed at disrupting next week’s elections. SENT: 280 words, photos.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR – Japan’s flagging anti-nuclear movement gets a boost from two former prime ministers who are calling for atomic power to be phased out following the Fukushima disaster. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 600 words, photos.
MYANMAR-OIC – Hundreds of Buddhists march through the streets to protest an upcoming visit by a high-level delegation from the world’s biggest Islamic political bloc. SENT: 420 words, photos.
SPAIN-PIANIST PROSECUTED – Spanish prosecutors want to send a young pianist to jail for over seven years after a neighbor accused her of causing psychological damage and noise pollution. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m.
BIG CAT FOSSIL (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 7:01 p.m.) – Scientists have unearthed the oldest big cat fossil in Tibet, suggesting the now-extinct predator evolved in Asia and spread out. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 7:01 p.m., 350 words, photo.
BRAVES-STADIUM – Mayor Kasim Reed’s decision to let the Braves walk underscores the challenges facing cash-strapped cities nationwide as they weigh the risks and rewards of using taxpayer money to help finance major sports venues. SENT: 1,2000 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach by 5 p.m.
POP CULTURE AND LIFESTYLES
GLAMOUR AWARDS – Of all the prominent women who appeared onstage at the Glamour Women of the Year awards, 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai stood out. SENT: 890 words, photos.
TV-AMAZON – Amazon is taking a page from Netflix’s playbook and creating its own streaming content. UPCOMING: 800 words by10:30 a.m., photos.
FILM-JENNIFER LAWRENCE-GLASS CASTLE – Jennifer Lawrence will not only star in the upcoming film adaptation of Jeanette Walls’ 2005 best-selling memoir “The Glass Castle,” the project will also mark her first time as a producer. SENT: 280 words.
FILM-BLACK AND WHITE — Black-and-white movies are rare, but perhaps not as much as they might seem. A list. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m., photos.
BOOKS-LETTERMAN-MCCALL – Hear David Letterman, who knows something about comedy, pay tribute to the comic artistry of Bruce McCall. SENT: 1,280 words.
LOST IN LIMA-PHOTO GALLERY – The dusty, chaotic peripheries of this capital city of 9 million people bulge with dirt-poor peasants, many of them transplants from the Andean highlands who pour in every day, unprepared for life in the big city. SENT: photos, 360 words.
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