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 (sent; developing)

— PHILIPPINES-THE WATER WALL (sent; with spot coverage)


— SCHOOLS-FOOD ALLERGIES (sent; developing)

— WHITEY BULGER (sent; developing)

— CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR (sent; developing)

— AFGHANISTAN-OPIUM (sent; new angle upcoming)

— TAKEOUT WARS (upcoming)


— ART AUCTIONS (upcoming; developing)

–AIRPORT ALLIGATOR (sent; developing)


VIDEO: TYPHOON COVERAGE (sent); SECRET SUBMARINE (sent; with text) DIGITAL MUSEUMS (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 EST):


HEALTH OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS – A House oversight panel is delving into technical issues.On the hot seat: a Medicare official who presented an overview back in the spring, and commented, “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” SENT: 540 words. UPCOMING: developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing, 750 words by noon, photos.

UNITED STATES-IRAN – The Obama administration is pleading with Congress to allow more time for diplomacy with Iran but faces sharp resistance from Republican and Democratic lawmakers. SENT: 870 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 3 p.m., photos.

HOMELAND SECURITY-NOMINATION – Jeh Johnson goes before a Senate panel considering his confirmation. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from hearing, which started at 10 a.m.

HEALTH CARE WEBSITE MODEL – The model whose face appeared on the much-maligned Obama health care website says she felt intimidated by harsh public criticism of the program . SENT: 130 words, photo.


PHILIPPINES-THE WATER WALL – No one was prepared for the wall of water that was headed for them. Homes that had not flooded for generations filled with water, washing away families or leaving them to contemplate their deaths as sea water rose toward the ceiling. SENT: 1,660 words, video.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON – Looting turns deadly, gunfight breaks out as slow pace of typhoon aid efforts spur desperation. SENT: 940 words, photos, video, interactive.

UPCOMING: New angle planned for mainbar: —A rundown single-story building with filthy floors at Tacloban’s ruined airport has become the area’s main medical center for victims of last week’s gigantic typhoon. It has little medicine, virtually no facilities and very few doctors. What it is not short of are patients. 1,100 words by 12 p.m. photos, videos.

– PHILIPPINE-TYPHOON-DEATH TOLL – Conflicting death tolls, as seen in Philippine typhoon, not unusual. SENT: 380 words, photos.

– PHILIPPINES-TOLL-GLANCE – The latest information on deaths and damage from Haiyan. SENT: 220 words.

– GLOBAL CLIMATE – U.N. report says 2013 cyclone activity near average, despite devastation of Haiyan. SENT: 370 words, photo.

SOMALIA – DEADLY STORM – The United Nations says more than 100 people are feared dead after a rare tropical cyclone hit northern Somalia. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: TBD.


AFGHANISTAN-OPIUM – It’s the new planting season for poppies in Afghanistan, which saw its biggest harvest ever last season, according to a new U.N. report. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 1,100 words with strong details, interviews with poppy farmers by 5 p.m., photos.

CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR – With no clear legal path to force Mayor Rob Ford out, the Toronto City Council is grasping for ways to shunt the larger-than-life leader aside. SENT: 1,220 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after morning City Council meeting.

BRITAIN-DEAD SPY — A spy whose naked, decomposing body was found inside a padlocked gym bag likely died in an accident, British police say. SENT: 520 words, photo.

AFRICA-CORRUPTION – A new poll of Africans in 34 countries across the continent finds that nearly one-third of people have been forced to pay bribes including for medical treatment, according to a report released Wednesday. SENT: 300 words.

EGYPT – Morsi accuses the military chief who deposed him of treason and insists the country cannot return to stability until the coup is reversed and those behind it are tried. SENT: 730 words, photos.

IRAQ – Attacks targeting security forces and Shiites marking a major religious ritual kill at least 21 people. SENT: 420 words, photos.

GAZA-BATTLE ANNIVERSARY – Thousands of Hamas security men staged a military parade in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday in a massive show of force marking the anniversary of an eight-day battle against Israel last year. SENT: 480 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS – Palestinian teenager kills Israeli soldier in stabbing attack in north of country. SENT: 420 words, photo.

UKRAINE-TYMOSHENKO — Ukraine’s parliament delayed a key vote on the release of jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko. SENT: 460 words, photos.

CHINA-NATIONAL SECURITY – China’s plan to create a new security committee demonstrates President Xi Jinping’s success in cementing his authority as Communist Party leader, analysts say. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

THAILAND-POLITICS – After two weeks of noisy protests, the message from the streets of Bangkok is clear: There will be no immediate homecoming for Thailand’s most polarizing political figure, Thaksin Shinawatra. SENT: 920 words, photos.

SRI LANKA-COMMONWEALTH – Sri Lanka plays host this week to leaders from dozens of Commonwealth nations at a summit it hopes will eclipse three decades of grim history. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

INDIA-RAPE COMMENTS – India’s top police official apologizes for saying, “If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it. ” SENT: 290 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-POLITICS – Kevin Rudd, who twice won and lost the leadership of Australia’s government during the past six years, quits politics. SENT: 200 words, photo.

KASHMIR-CURFEW – Police and paramilitary soldiers use batons and fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of Muslims participating in religious processions in the Indian portion of Kashmir. SENT: 220 words, photos.

SPAIN-OIL DISASTER – A Spanish court acquitted all three people charged in the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker off Spain’s northwestern coast 11 years ago. SENT: 330 words.

BRITAIN – PRINCE CHARLES – He has been heir to the throne since he was 3. And now Prince Charles is ready to claim his state pension. But Charles, who turns 65 Thursday, has not yet started the job he was born to fill as Britain’s king. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— BRITAIN-PRINCE CHARLES-PHOTO GALLERY — Prince Charles over the years. SENT: photos and text.

SWITZERLAND-PINK STAR DIAMOND — Sotheby’s auctions “The Pink Star,” a vivid and flawless 59.60-carat diamond estimated to be worth more than $60 million. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 4 p.m.


OBESITY-NEW GUIDELINES – New obesity treatment guidelines will push doctors to measure BMI more frequently, suggest face-to-face weight counseling, and work with patients to aim for longer-lasting weight loss. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photo

SCHOOLS-FOOD ALLERGIES – A bill offering financial incentives to states if schools stockpile epinephrine, considered the first-line treatment for people with severe allergies, is on Obama’s desk, and he’s expected to sign it. SENT: 780 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated with bill-signing, no time yet announced.


ETHANOL-LOSING GRASSLAND – Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, more than 1 million acres of the Great Plains are giving way to cornfields as farmers transform the wild expanse that once served as the backdrop for American pioneers. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, graphic, interactive. UPCOMING: New story today, details TBD.

WHITEY BULGER – Relatives of people killed by James “Whitey” Bulger will finally get a chance to describe their loss as a federal judge convenes a two-day hearing to consider his sentence for decades-old slayings. SENT: 270 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 10 a.m. start of hearing, then 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.

GAY MARRIAGE HAWAII — Hawaii’s governor signs a bill legalizing gay marriage, capping the islands’ two-decade fight over the issue and allowing the state to benefit from same-sex wedding tourism. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

JFK ANNIVERSARY-WHAT REMAINS – A 1930s-era movie theater along a street of shops. A county hospital that treats hundreds in its emergency room each day. An old red brick home along a street of aging bungalows. A bustling city airport. The sites associated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, as he rode through downtown Dallas are scattered throughout the city and beyond. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos. Can be used as a standalone or with the large package; see separate advisory.

ROOFTOP SOLAR PHOENIX – On a high-stakes fight over rooftop solar power that is being closely watched by utilities around the country and could affect the future of the booming industry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by noon.

CATHOLIC BISHOPS-KURTZ – The new leader of Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S. champions the conservative ideology that the freewheeling new leader of Catholics everywhere says takes up too much of the faithful’s focus SENT: 770 words, photos.

BALDWIN-STAKING CASE — A Canadian actress accused of stalking Alec Baldwin may take the stand in her own defense. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

SECRET SUBMARINE. – The nuclear-powered NR-1, launched in Groton in 1969, was one of the most secretive vessels in the U.S. undersea force. The Navy is collecting pieces of it for an exhibit at a submarine museum. SENT: 780 words, photos, video.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION-TEXAS — Attorneys will argue over a race-based University of Texas admissions plan five months after the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to a federal appeals court. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6 p.m., photos. Hearing begins at 4:30 p.m.

FAMU HAZING — Eight defendants charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major are expected to tell a judge whether they will accept plea deals. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. hearing.

HOMESICK HIJACKER — William Potts is scheduled to enter a plea to air piracy charges stemming from his 1984 U.S.-to-Cuba jetliner hijacking, for which he has already served more than 13 years in a Cuban prison. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.

IMMIGRATION-ISRAEL BOMBING — A Chicago-area woman accused of failing to tell immigration authorities about her role in a deadly bombing in Israel makes an appearance in Detroit federal court. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 400 words after 1 p.m. hearing.

NAVY VETS-SCAM CHARGES — Attorneys in the Cleveland trial over an alleged $100 million, cross-country veterans charity fraud present closing arguments a day after the defendant decided against testifying. SENT: 360 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates after trial resumes at 8:30 a.m., then 500 words by 4 p.m.

AIR FORCE-ASSAULT — A jury hears additional testimony in the misdemeanor battery trial of an Air Force officer who once led the branch’s sex-assault response team and is now accused of groping a woman at a bar. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

AIRPORT ALLIGATOR — How do you get an alligator to the airport? Take him on the train. Chicago police are seeking a woman who allegedly brought a gator to O’Hare on the city’s public transit system after they find surveillance images of the trip. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos, by 2 p.m.


ART AUCTIONS – Records are being broken with remarkable speed in the world of high-priced art. More feverish bidding is expected tonight when a provocative double-panel painting by Andy Warhol comes up at Sotheby’s. UPCOMING: 450 words by 12 p.m., photos.

FILM-RUCKUS RATINGS – The Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings system has lately come under scrutiny for its standards in violence, language and sexuality. It’s a confluence of criticism that has the movie industry’s ratings system on the defense. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-LADY GAGA – There’s just one way to escape the blitz surrounding Lady Gaga’s new album: completely unplug from society. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NEWSEUM-ANCHORMAN — Ron Burgundy and his “Channel 4 News Team” land at the Newseum for a new exhibit, just weeks before “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” starts in theaters. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.


REPUBLICANS’ LOCAL FOCUS – House Republicans are shrugging off GOP’s national image problems, focusing instead on small electorate back home. SENT: 800 words, photo.


VIETNAM-RARE MAMMAL – A camera trap in a forest in central Vietnam has managed to snap a photo of one of earth’s rarest mammals, the saola, which hadn’t been seen in 15 years. SENT: 290 words, photos.

INDONESIA-UNDERWATER DISCOVERY – A new fish of the flasher wrasse species with striking orange color and rounded fins has been found in Indonesia’s coral reefs. SENT: 280 words. Trying for photo.


APPLE SAMSUNG TRIAL – Opening statements begin in the trial to determine how much Samsung owes Apple for infringing Apple patents on 13 products. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

THE NEXT TWITTER – Twitter’s scintillating stock market debut whetted investors’ appetite for a new generation of rapidly growing startups such as AirBnB, Uber, Snapchat, Pinterest, Box, Dropbox, Scribd, Flipboard and King.com. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 12 p.m.


TAKEOUT WARS – There’s a war over takeout. Eat24, GrubHub Seamless, Delivery.com and a growing list of smaller companies are changing the way people order food. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 2 p.m.

— TAKEOUT WARS -DELIVERY SERVICES — A quick look at emerging online delivery services trying to change the way people receive goods as varied as plant fertilizer, iPads, prepared meals and wine. Upcoming: 250 words by 2 p.m.

LINCOLN-NEW SUV— After a bumpy start to its reinvention as a luxury brand, Lincoln hopes to smooth things out with a graceful new SUV. SENT: 600 words.

INDIA-AIRLINE DEALS — India has become a hot ticket for international carriers since opening its airline industry to foreign investors last year. SENT: 950 words, photos.


RODRIGUEZ LAWSUIT — Procedural hearing in Alex Rodriguez’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball over his suspension. UPCOMING: Hearing starts at 9:30 a.m.; coverage on merits.

HURD-DRUG CONSPIRACY — Former Chicago Bears player Sam Hurd to be sentenced in Texas after pleading guilty in April to trying to buy cocaine and marijuana to set up a drug-distribution network. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.


ARGENTINA-CANCER BEAUTY – For women dealing with cancer, even looking in the mirror can be difficult. An international program offers help. SENT: 490 words, photos.

DIGITAL MUSEUMS – The Smithsonian is working with 3D printing technology as part of a strategy to make some of its 137 million objects available in schools or research centers nationwide. SENT: 940 words, photos, video.

PETS TRICK TRAINING – When a dog can do tricks like reading, driving or the “Hokey Pokey,” it can be the life of the party and even earn a few bucks on the side. UPCOMING: 720 words, photos by noon.


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