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 1545 GMT:
— PHILIPPINES-THE WATER WALL (sent; with spot coverage)
— WHITEY BULGER (sent; developing)
— CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR (sent; developing)
— AFGHANISTAN-OPIUM (sent; new angle upcoming)
— ART AUCTIONS (upcoming; developing)
–AIRPORT ALLIGATOR (sent; developing)
PHOTOS: TYPHOON COVERAGE (sent; developing); ARGENTINA-CANCER BEAUTY (sent; with text); BRITAIN-PRINCE CHARLES PHOTO GALLERY (sent); AFGHANISTAN-OPIUM (upcoming; with text)
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:
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. Developing with congressional hearing.
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 2200 GMT, photos.
CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR – Toronto’s City Council debates a motion that calls on Mayor Rob Ford to take a leave of absence and get help for his admitted drug use. With no clear legal path to force Ford out, the council is grasping for ways to shunt the larger-than-life leader aside.SENT: 900 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 2100 GMT.
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.
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 1500 GMT start of hearing, then 500 words by 2000 GMT, 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: 517 words, photos. UPCOMING: will be updated with governor signing bill.
CATHOLIC BISHOPS – 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 2100 GMT.
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.
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 1500 GMT 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 1800 GMT hearing.
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 1900 GMT.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
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 1730 GMT, 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.
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 2030 GMT.
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: 800 words by 2300 GMT.
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.
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.