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 CARE OVERHAUL (sent; developing)
— CHINA POLITICS (sent)
— CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR (sent; developing)
— REVENGE PORN (sent)
— LAX SHOOTING (sent)
— PORCH SHOOTING (upcoming)
— SOCHI-TIGHT SECURITY (sent)
PHOTOS: BRAZIL-INDIGENOUS GAMES (sent; with text)
VIDEO: TWIN’S GIFT (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 (all times EST):
HEALTH OVERHAUL_The political fallout from growing public antipathy toward Obama’s health care rollout reaches a crescendo as Republicans engineer a House vote on letting insurers continue selling their pre-Obamacare policies to both old and new customers. Democrats newly nervous about winning re-election counter with their own measure a day after the president tries to give them cover by delaying forcing people to switch to his plan. SENT: 880 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Time of vote uncertain; Obama White House meeting, time uncertain. 1,000 words by 4 p.m.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-INSURANCE— An explainer on why the insurance industry may have trouble doing what Obama has asked. UPCOMING, 750 words, 5 p.m.
HEALTH PROBLEMS-Q&A – Some questions and answers about proposed changes in the health care law. SENT: 990 words, photo.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-OLD AND SICK – Among the concerns surrounding the rollout of Obama’s health care overhaul was that too few young, healthy people would sign up – a problem that could undermine the financial viability of the federal law. SENT: 900 words, photos.
HEALTH CARE-ROMNEY – He accuses Obama of being “dishonest” about problems with his health-care rollout and says that a similar program in Massachusetts when he was governor was given a slower, more methodical launch. SENT: 130 words.
ETHANOL – The Obama administration is expected to announce new regulations involving a blending formula for ethanol. UPCOMING, time uncertain.
POSTAL PROBLEMS – The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $5 billion over the past 12 months. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CHINA-POLITICS — China announces a loosening of family planning rules that limit many couples to a single child in the first substantial change to the unpopular policy in nearly three decades, as leaders seek to address a rapidly aging population. SENT: 400 words, photo. SENT: 660 words, photo.
CHINA-ONE-CHILD TIMELINE — Key events in the history of China’s family planning policy. SENT: 200 words.
SYRIA – The tiny and impoverished Balkan nation of Albania was emerging today as a likely location for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 3 p.m.
CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR – Toronto city council looks to strip mayor of some of his powers amid stream of revelations. SENT: 980 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updating from City Council meeting starting at 9:30 a.m.
Also: TORONTO MAYOR-10 THINGS TO KNOW. UPCOMING.
EGYPT – Hundreds of Morsi supporters rally a day after the expiration of a military-enforced state of emergency. Today will be a test of whether the Muslim Brotherhood can increase the numbers at demonstrations now that a 7 p.m. curfew has been lifted. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 11 a.m.
VATICAN-POPE — Pope Francis canceled his morning audiences because of a cold, the first time the industrious pope is known to have slowed his busy schedule due to illness. SENT: 345 words, photo.
RUSSIA-NEWSPAPER-GAY LAW — Russia’s media oversight agency aims to take a newspaper to court over an article about a homosexual teacher in what appears to be the first case prepared against a publication under the country’s law on gay propaganda. SENT: 380 words.
JAPAN-KENNEDY – Caroline Kennedy arrives in Tokyo to take up position as U.S. ambassador. SENT: 430 words, photos.
SOUTH AFRICA-TOMBSTONE MICROCHIPS — Amid a rash of tombstone thefts from cemeteries in Johannesburg, a company will be offering relatives of the deceased a high-tech solution: microchips that can be inserted into the tombstone that will sound off an alarm and send a text message to their cell phones if the monuments are disturbed. UPCOMING: 400 words.
NIGERIA-EMERGENCY RULE – As a six-month state of emergency is extended for another six months in three Nigerian states to combat an Islamic insurgency, business owners who live far from the fighting say it’s been creating havoc for their businesses and local economies. UPCOMING: 600 words.
SRI LANKA-COMMONWEALTH – Sri Lanka’s president opens the Commonwealth summit with a speech that invokes Buddha, apparently gently chastising nations that question Sri Lanka’s commitment to democracy and human rights. SENT: 480 words, photos.
MYANMAR-POLITICAL-PRISONERS – Myanmar’s president pardons 69 political prisoners. SENT: 350 words.
MALDIVES-ELECTION – Voters will choose between their first democratically elected leader and the longtime autocrat’s brother in a presidential runoff on Saturday. SENT: 600 words.
AUSTRALIA-US DOCTOR – Australian prosecutors drop manslaughter charges against an American surgeon to end an eight-year legal wrangle that has reached the nation’s highest court. SENT: 450 words.
MALAYSIA-TOURIST SLAIN – A Taiwanese tourist is shot dead at a secluded island resort off Borneo and his wife apparently kidnapped by unidentified assailants, Malaysian police say. SENT: 270 words.
AUSTRALIA-BRANDI BRANDT – Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt is extradited from Los Angeles to Sydney to face cocaine conspiracy charges. SENT: 200 words.
CZECH-MEDICAL MARIJUANA – The Czech Republic legalized medical marijuana use this year, but maintained strict restrictions on growing, selling and importing it. SENT: 990 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON – A week later there is immense need along this coast, much of it untouched by an aid effort that is struggling against clogged airports, blocked roads and a lack of manpower. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: TBD.
TYPHOON-FORGOTTEN TOWN – Helicopters crisscross the skies constantly but they have yet to drop off any aid for the desperate residents of Marabut, who are starting to wonder if they ever will. SENT: 750 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON-WORKERS ABROAD – Many of the more than 10.5 million Filipinos abroad – some 10 percent of the country’s population – are desperately dialing phone numbers that don’t answer in the typhoon zone. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
TYPHOON-FILIPINO SAILORS – For 300,000 Filipino sailors working on the world’s high seas, getting news has been an agonizing challenge. . SENT: 750 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON-ECONOMY – Typhoon damage forecast to cut Philippine growth rate this year to between 6.5 and 7 percent. SENT: 410 words, photo.
REVENGE PORN – Should posting a nude picture of an ex online be a felony? Or protected speech under the First Amendment? It’s called “revenge porn,” and it’s legal in all but two states. Now some are looking to change that. SENT: 1,130, photos.
LAX SHOOTING — Screener Gerardo Hernandez lay bleeding from his chest as paramedics waited nearby, ready to help but unable to because police said it was too dangerous to enter the terminal where a gunman had shot four people. It would be 33 minutes before the TSA officer received first aid; for all but five of those minutes, there was no threat from the SENT: 950 words, photos.
KENNEDY IN FLORIDA – Four days before he was assassinated, Kennedy spent five hours in Tampa — subject of a new documentary by a local filmmaker. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.
PORCH SHOOTING — Prosecutors are planning to announce whether they’ll charge a suburban Detroit homeowner in the shooting death of a 19-year-old woman on his porch.The shooting has prompted calls for justice and a thorough investigation from civil rights groups. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. news conference; 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.
LA SCHOOLS MOLESTATION — A former third grade teacher agrees to plead no contest to 23 charges that he fed his students cookies containing his own semen in a bizarre molestation case that rocked the nation’s second-largest school district and forced schools across the nation to take a hard look at how they deal with sexual abuse allegations. SENT: 510 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.
FALL FROM PLANE – Authorities in South Florida have resumed searching for a man who a pilot said fell out of his small plane into the Atlantic Ocean near Miami. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: TBD.
CONVICTED KILLER-CLEMENCY — A Connecticut woman imprisoned for the past 27 years for murder is freed four years early after state officials took the rare step of granting her clemency. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: updates from release time around 10 a.m., then 450 words by 1:30 p.m., photos.
DENVER CHILD ABUSE — Parents accused of child abuse for allegedly keeping their four sons in an apartment littered with feces scheduled to appear in court and enter pleas. SENT: 220 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by noon.
MISSISSIPPI-REFINERY EXPLOSION – Authorities were investigating the cause of an early Friday explosion and fire at a southern Mississippi refinery that killed one worker and injured another. SENT: 300 words.
CRASHES-HORSES KILLED – Authorities say two motorists were injured and six horses killed in a series of crashes after the horses got loose from a western Ohio farm. SENT: 130 words.
NIGHTCLUB FIRE – The nonprofit group working to build a memorial at the site of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people is having trouble raising money for the project, even as work has already begun to build it. SENT: 820 words, photos.
FRONT YARD GRAVE — An Alabama man removes his wife’s body from his front yard after a lengthy fight with officials to keep her buried there. The man says his wife will be cremated instead. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video by 4 p.m.
BOY’S BATMAN WISH — A 5-year-old who is fighting leukemia, gets a chance to fulfill his dream of being Batman. Make-A-Wish foundation will transform San Francisco into Gotham city for a day, with hundred volunteers. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m. To be updated when Miles receives key to the city from the mayor at 2 p.m.
TWIN’S GIFT – Two twins have breast cancer, and now they are sharing a medical rarity: One has donated skin and fat tissue for the other’s breast reconstruction. SENT: 590 words, photos, video.
DUELING DINOS-AUCTION — Action house says two fossilized dinosaur skeletons to be sold next week could snare $7 million to $9 million. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.
DROUGHT PLAN – Federal agencies will provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture. SENT: 650 words, photo.
JAPAN-CLIMATE CHANGE – Japan drastically scales back its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, possibly complicating efforts to forge a global climate change pact. SENT: 750 words, photos.
GAMES-NEW-CONSOLES – New video consoles from Sony, Microsoft face changed entertainment, gaming landscape. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.
RETAILERS-SILICON VALLEY – Target Corp. is among a growing number of old-line retailers opening tech offices in Silicon Valley. The goal? To replicate the nimbleness of the startup culture so they can stay on top of new technology. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: video.
BART STRIKE — Bay Area Rapid Transit officials are planning a special meeting where officials will discuss a problem that has surfaced with a labor contract that had recently settled a transit dispute. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
VOLKSWAGEN-UNION – A top Volkswagen labor official says a pending decision about union representation for workers at the automaker’s lone U.S. plant will have no bearing on whether the company will decide to add the production of another vehicle there. The world’s third-largest automaker, which is mulling whether to make a new SUV in Mexico or Tennessee, shocked Southern union foes by engaging in talks with the United Auto Workers about creating a German-style “works council” at the Chattanooga, Tenn., plant. By Erik Schelzig. SENT: 610 words, photo.
CHINA-ECONOMY – China’s leaders pledge to open state-dominated industries wider to private competition and ease limits on foreign investment in e-commerce and other businesses in a sweeping reform plan aimed at rejuvenating a slowing economy. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 9:30 a.m. EST.
INDIA-PAKISTAN-GOOGLE AD – An emotional advertisement for Google’s search engine has become a hit in India and Pakistan by referring to a traumatic period in the history of the South Asian archrivals. The “Reunion” commercial has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube. SENT: 130 words.
RUBIO AND THE RIGHT – Stung by conservative backlash early this year, Sen. Marco Rubio has spent recent months emphasizing his opposition to abortion and gay marriage and soon will shift his focus to promoting a get-tough foreign policy as he seeks to convince skeptical Republicans that he’s more than just the senator who championed comprehensive immigration reform. UPCOMING, 700 words, 4:30 p.m.
LOUISIANA-GOP DIVISIONS – The Republican Party’s identity crisis is veering off script in a special congressional election in northern Louisiana. SENT: 830 words, photos.
SOCHI-TIGHT SECURITY – The organizers of the Sochi Olympics have introduced some of the most extensive identity checks and sweeping security measures ever seen at an international sports event, raising concerns that they are stifling dissent and violating privacy. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
POP CULTURE AND LIFESTYLES
ROCK YOUR MOCS — Today is “Rock Your Mocs” Day. Coinciding with Native American Heritage Month in the U.S., the social media campaign that was started by a New Mexico student three years ago has gone global. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.
BRAZIL INDIGENOUS GAMES – Welcome to the 12th Indigenous Games being held in Brazil’s Amazon region, a cultural as much as athletic event. SENT: 670 words, 15 photos.
PLAYBOY SCULPTURE – A 40-foot-high Playboy bunny logo that had upset some residents of the West Texas town of Marfa will be removed from a sculpture and hauled to a Dallas museum, where it will be displayedSENT: 460 words, photo.
FILM-Q&A – ALEXANDER PAYNE – Alexander Payne is equal parts filmmaker and film buff. SENT: 780 words, photos.
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