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:


— TERRORIST DOUBLE AGENTS (sent; developing)






— SEVERE WEATHER-THANKSGIVING (version sent under SEVERE WEATHER slug; new details incorporating Macy’s parade and weather issues are upcoming)


— TV-SOUND OF MUSIC (upcoming)

PHOTOS: AFGHAN VOTERS-PHOTO ESSAY (upcoming; with text); IRAN-HOSTAGES REAX (then-and-now; sent; with text) BOSNIA-POND VANISHES (sent; with text); AIRPORT CHAPLAINS (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):


IRAN-SELLING THE DEAL – Even before Iran’s envoys could pack their bags in Geneva after wrapping up a first-step nuclear deal with world powers, Rouhani was opening a potentially tougher diplomatic front: Selling the give-and-take to his country’s powerful interests led by the Revolutionary Guard. An AP analysis by Brian Murphy. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by noon.

CONGRESS-IRAN – Many in Congress are skeptical, if not outright hostile, to the deal reached by Iran and world powers over the weekend in Geneva. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.

IRAN-HOSTAGES REAX – Dozens of former Iranian hostages had varied reactions to what is being billed as a trust-building agreement designed to yield a more comprehensive deal. SENT: 850 words, photos.

VATICAN-EVANGELIZATION – Pope Francis issued the mission statement for his papacy Tuesday, outlining how the Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a more missionary and merciful church that gets its hands dirty as it seeks out the poor and oppressed. SENT: 840 words, photo.

FRANCE-PROSTITUTION – France’s government is pushing one of Europe’s toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FRANCE-CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – France sending 1,000 troops to Central African Republic to prevent “collapse.” SENT: 500 words.

NORTHERN IRELAND – Northern Ireland’s police have heightened security in Belfast, deploying roadblocks to deter car bombs, following the first such failed attack on the capital in a decade. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m.

ITALY-KNOX — The prosecution continues its summations in the murder retrial of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

SYRIA – Syrian state TV says a suicide car bombing outside a bus station near Damascus has killed at least 15 people. SENT: 60 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

INDIA-GIRL SLAIN – A court sentences two married dentists to life in prison for killing their 14-year-old daughter and their housekeeper, resolving a 5-year-old case that polarized Indians. SENT: 290 words, photos.

RUSSIA- BATTLE FOR UKRAINE — Russia’s vigorous efforts to keep Ukraine within its orbit stem from a complex of strategic, emotional and cultural issues. As prospects for Ukraine signing an association agreement with the European Union deteriorate and Kiev focuses on improving ties with Moscow, a look at some of what’s at stake. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BRITAIN-SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE – An independent Scotland would continue to use the pound sterling as its currency, remain in the European Union and join the NATO military alliance, Scotland’s government said today. SENT: 410 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON-COCONUTS AND CALL CENTERS – The storm smashed both coconut plantations and call centers that field customer service gripes from around the world, a blow that will ripple for a long time.

GUATEMALA-ANTIGUA DECLINE – This city has long been Guatemala’s top tourist destination as an oasis from the country’s crime and violence. That’s changing. SENT: 780 words, photos.

HONDURAS-ELECTIONS – Voters give the National Party four more years in the presidency, officials say. SENT: 670 words, photos.

THAILAND-POLITICS – Protesters force the closure of several government ministries and vow to take control of state offices nationwide. SENT: 670 words.

— THAILAND-POLITICS-Q&A — Questions and answers about Thailand’s political unrest. SENT: 680 words.

JAPAN-SECRECY LAW – A proposed state secrecy law in Japan that imposes stiffer penalties — on bureaucrats who leak secrets and journalists who seek them — is spurring a public outcry. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

CHINA-ASSERTING AIRSPACE – China’s new air defense zone in the East China Sea further asserts its territorial claims over disputed islands but isn’t expected to immediately spark confrontations with foreign aircraft. SENT: 790 words, photos.

CHINA-AIRCRAFT CARRIER — China’s sole aircraft carrier departs for its first-ever sea trials in the South China Sea. SENT: 240 words.

BANGLADESH-ELECTIONS – Bangladesh’s opposition blocks roads, railways and waterways to protest government plans to hold a general election on Jan. 5. SENT: 440 words, photos.

NEPAL-BUDDHA – Archaeologists say they have discovered traces of a wooden structure dating from the sixth century B.C. that they believe is the world’s oldest Buddhist shrine. SENT: 290 words.

NEW ZEALAND-CLIMATE REFUGEE – A New Zealand judge rejects a man’s claim that he should be granted refugee status because of climate change. SENT: 360 words.

PAKISTAN-TURKISH TV – The Ottoman Turks never expanded their empire as far as today’s Pakistan, but some here fear their descendants are now launching a cultural invasion – via popular soap operas. SENT: 860 words, photos.

BOSNIA-POND VANISHES – There’s a gigantic moonlike crater where a pond used to be. It’s like something from a science fiction movie: a sinkhole swallowed the water, the fish and even nearby trees. SENT: 380 words, photos.

HAITI-MADONNA – Sean Penn says ex-wife Madonna is in Haiti to visit aid projects of his humanitarian group. SENT: 290 words, photo.


TERRORIST DOUBLE AGENTS – In the early years after 9/11, the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then sent them home to help the U.S. kill terrorists, current and former U.S. officials say. SENT: 1,370 words, photo, video. UPCOMING, 1,100 words with new details by 1 p.m.

OBAMA-FRUSTRATED CHIEF OF STAFF_On how White House chief of staff Denis McDonough has had to deal with the fallout from the health care law rollout. “I’ve had too much humble pie,” he says. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m., photos.

OBAMA – He will tout progress in spurring a lasting economic recovery as he concludes a West Coast trip that has blended policy with politics. SENT: 90 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 3:15 p.m. speech; 600 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-BIRTH CONTROL — The health care law is headed for a new Supreme Court showdown over companies’ religious objections to the law’s birth-control mandate. Word likely coming on whether court will take case. SENT: 680 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.


SEVERE WEATHER – Snow and ice are forecast for the northeast of the country as a deadly storm that started on the West Coast last week gathers steam today and powers toward the East in time for Thanksgiving. SENT: 780 words, photos. Will be folded into SEVERE WEATHER-THANKSGIVING, noted in HOLIDAYS, during the day.

KEY WEST-CUBA FLIGHTS – More than two years after Key West was granted approval to begin operating flights to Cuba, not a single plane to the island has taken off. UPCOMING: 900 words by noon, photo, video.

BIRD STRIKE-EMERGENCY LANDING – Plane bound for Salt Lake City returns to San Diego after hitting bird shortly after takeoff. SENT: 140 words, video.


FINICKY DINNER GUESTS – At homes across the country this Thanksgiving, tables will be set to accommodate everyone from vegans and vegetarians to those trying to eat like a caveman. UPCOMING. 900 words by 11 a.m., photos.

THANKSGIVING – TRAVEL BY BUS -With free Internet connections, tickets as cheap as $1 and decent legroom, companies like Megabus and BoltBus are luring holiday travelers disenchanted with the hair-pulling rituals of airports and driving. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.

SEVERE WEATHER-THANKSGIVING — Stormy weather Wednesday and high winds Thursday may hamper the balloons set to fly in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The storm may also disrupt the plans of millions of Thanksgiving travelers. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo, by 2 p.m.

FASHION-SHOPPING FOR YOURSELF – Holiday shopping is a whole lot of gift shopping, apparently often for yourself. What are the items on the self-shopper’s list this year? UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

THANKSGIVING BUG FEAST – A unique — or rather “eww-nique” — Thanksgiving feast is going to be served up in the Audubon Insectarium’s “Bug Appetit” kitchen. On the menu are oven-roasted crickets, cornbread stuffing with mealworms and a bug-filled pumpkin pie. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.

SKI RESORT COMFORT FOOD – Forget fresh arugula and grilled chicken salad. Ski resorts this season are bringing back warm, hearty comfort foods. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.

SENIOR SKIERS – The number of skiers on the far side of 50 – some on the very far side – has been creeping upwards each year. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.

SEE TECH and ENTERTAINMENT sections for more holiday-related stories.


DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-CONSOLES GIFT GUIDE – Millions of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners are getting their first taste of what to expect from this new generation of high-powered video games. Which machine is the right one for whom? UPCOMING: 750 words by noon, photos.

DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-GAMES GIFT GUIDE. A selection of new video games worth considering. UPCOMING: 850 words by noon, photos.


MEN’S WEARHOUSE-JOS A BANK – Men’s Wearhouse is turning the tables on its recent pursuer, offering to buy Jos. A. Bank for approximately $1.54 billion. SENT: 490 words.

WTO-TRADE DEAL – Negotiators have failed to craft the first global trade deal in more than a decade, the director-general of the World Trade Organization said today. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.

SKOREA-HYUNDAI-GENESIS – Hyundai has revamped the luxury Genesis sedan for the first time since 2008, attempting to elevate its brand and grab a bigger share of U.S. car sales. SENT: 700 words, photo

FORD-ESCAPE RECALLS — Ford is recalling the Escape small SUV to fix oil and fuel leaks that can cause fires. SENT: 130 words.


FRANCE-CONTRACEPTIVE – A French contraceptive maker said today its morning-after pill is ineffective when taken by women who weigh more than 80 kilograms (176 pounds). SENT: 560 words.


COMET ISON – Astronomers update with photos and predictions of the fate of new Comet ISON as it nears the sun on Thanksgiving. UPCOMING: NASA teleconference at 1 p.m.; 400 words by 3 p.m., photos


AIRPORT CHAPLAINS – The 350 or so airport chaplain jobs around the world are highly sought after among the clergy. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.


TV-SOUND OF MUSIC – It’s been more than a half-century since a broadcast network has dared to mount a full-scale musical for live TV. But on Dec. 5, NBC will air “The Sound of Music Live!” with Carrie Underwood in the starring role of Maria. A look behind the scenes and at rehearsals to guarantee the hills come alive. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by noon, photos.

— TV-SOUND OF MUSIC-INTRODUCTION: Carrie Underwood and her four co-stars recall their first acquaintance with the “Sound of Music” phenomenon. UPCOMING by noon: 350 words.

—TV-SOUND OF MUSIC-BUTTERFLIES: Carrie Underwood and her co-stars anticipate the butterflies they’ll feel when showtime arrives. UPCOMING by noon: 200 words

THEATER-EATING AT SLEEP NO MORE – A new restaurant opening this week in New York has more than just good food on the menu. The British theater company Punchdrunk unveils a chic eatery as part of its immersive, genre-bending show “Sleep No More,” promising patrons yummy roasts, savory pies and something else. SENT: 650 words, photo.

INTERNATIONAL EMMYS – Britain’s Sean Bean and Brazil’s Fernanda Montenegro took the top acting honors at the International Emmy Awards. SENT: 970 words, photos.


HKN–EDDIE PELLS-112613 – For a preview of what the evidence on Day 1 of an NHL concussions trial might look like, type in “NHL brawls” in YouTube and pick from any of the 481,000 choices offered there. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6 p.m., photos.

PHILIPPINES-PACQUIAO – Despite returning like a hero, Manny Pacquiao says he has no money to keep his promise to help typhoon victims because Philippine revenue authorities have frozen his bank accounts. SENT: 300 words.

BRAVES STADIUM — County officials are expected to approve a deal to build a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves in a suburb north of the city. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 p.m. Developing from 7 p.m. meeting.


AFGHAN VOTERS-PHOTO ESSAY — Afghan voters line up to register to choose first new president to replace Hamid Karzai, who has held office since shortly after Taliban were ousted. UPCOMING: photo gallery, 500 words by 2 p.m.


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