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:
— MANDELA MOURNING (sent; developing)
— DATA WARS (sent)
— GM CEO (brief sent; developing)
— SCHOOL SHOOTING-THE FIRST YEAR (sent)
— HEPATITIS C-REGULATIONS (upcoming)
— MISSING GROUP-NEVADA (sent; developing)
— WINTRY WEATHER (sent; developing)
— EUROPE-COMET LANDING (brief sent; developing)
— SERBIA-ENEMY AT HOME (sent)
— NEWLYWED MURDER TRIAL (sent; developing)
— FIG-LYSACEK OUT (sent)
PHOTOS: MANDELA COVERAGE (sent; developing); NORTH KOREA-DABBLING WITH CAPITALISM (sent; with full text story); ); PHILIPPINES-JUSTIN BIEBER (sent; with full text story)
VIDEO: MANDELA coverage (sent; developing); SANTA SCHOOL (sent; with text); CT-NEWTOWN-SCIENTIST (sent; with SCHOOL SHOOTING-THE FIRST YEAR text); ROBOTIC ARM (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):
MANDELA MOURNING – Obama exhorted the world to embrace Mandela’s universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators in a South African stadium. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing; details TBD.
– MANDELA MOURNING-QUOTE BOX. SENT: 440 words, photos.
– MANDELA-VIPS AT MEMORIAL-GLANCE. SENT: 640 words.
OBAMA-MANDELA – Obama praised Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century. The crowd erupted in applause each time Obama’s name was mentioned or his image was shown on the screen. SENT: 500 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: Developing with some broadening from Washington; details TBD.
– OBAMA-MANDELA-TEXT – Text of Obama’s remarks. SENT: 1,880 words.
OBAMA-CASTRO – Obama shook hands with Castro at Mandela’s service, a simple gesture that stoked talk of a possible rapprochement between the leaders of two Cold War foes. SENT: 340 words, photos.
MANDELA-PRISON ISLAND – The island jail was where Mandela became a worldwide symbol of resistance.. Today Robben Island is the nation’s most inspirational tourist attraction – a striking example of Mandela’s reconciliation in action. SENT: 850 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-IRAN – Kerry testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the status of negotiations with Iran aimed at disabling Tehran’s developing capability for producing nuclear weapons. UPCOMING: Developing from afternoon hearing. 700 words by 5 p.m., photo.
EGYPT-MOUSSA INTERVIEW – Egypt’s best known diplomat says a constitution drafted by a 50-member panel he chaired offers unprecedented guarantees for democracy, individual freedoms and gender equality. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
UKRAINE-PROTESTS – Top Western diplomats head to Kiev to try to defuse a tense standoff between President Viktor Yanukovych’s government and thousands of demonstrators. SENT: 520 words, photos.
NKOREA-DABBLING WITH CAPITALISM – The Rason special economic zone is intended to be a petri dish of capitalism. But a visit to Rason makes it clear that North Korea is not so desperate to revive its moribund economy that it will risk major reforms or political shifts. SENT: 1,540 words, photos, video.
THAILAND-UNDOING DEMOCRACY – The leader of protesters vying to overthrow Thailand’s democratically elected prime minister says his movement will establish a parallel. The rebellious claims are outlandish, and anything but democratic. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
THAILAND-POLITICS – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she will not resign ahead of national elections set for Feb. 2SENT: 670 words, photos.
SERBIA-ENEMY AT HOME – Serbia is in the grips of a crisis of domestic violence that experts say is being fed by chronic poverty, the trauma of wartime atrocities and a culture where brutality against women is traditionally hushed up. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-VIOLENCE – Two French soldiers have been killed in combat in Central African Republic’s capital, the first French casualties five days into a stepped-up military intervention in the restive former colony. SENT: 470 words, photos.
NOBEL PRIZES – A chemical weapons watchdog, the discoverers of the Higgs particle and other winners of the 2013 Nobel Prizes collect their awards at twin ceremonies in Oslo and Stockholm. SENT: 450 words, photos.
– NOBEL PRIZES-NUMBERS – The Nobel Prize ceremonies by the numbers. SENT: 380 words.
– NOBEL GLANCE 2013 – A look at the laureates and their achievements. SENT: 520 words, photo.
CHINA-NOBEL – Five years after his detention, the United States is calling for the release of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. SENT: 480 words, photos.
CHINA-TEACHER EXPELLED – A Chinese law professor says he has been expelled from his college because he refused to recant his article calling for constitutional rule in China. SENT: 420 words.
JAPAN-KENNEDY – U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy visits Nagasaki. SENT: 200 words, photos.
KASHMIR-RIGHTS PROTEST – Activists and families stage sit-in protests in Indian-held Kashmir to demand justice for torture and rape victims. SENT: 340 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-JUSTIN BIEBER – He arrives in the Philippines, where he has launched a campaign to help victims of last month’s killer typhoon. SENT: 460 words, photos.
SENATE-NOMINATIONS -Democrats waste little time after lowering the threshold for defeating Republican filibusters to start stacking the nation’s second-most powerful court with Obama’s nominees. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. vote. 800 words by noon, photo.
IRS COMMISSIONER – Obama’s 74-year-old nominee to head the IRS faces tough questions at his confirmation hearing. SENT: 590 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing. 650 words by 3 p.m., photo.
MEDICARE-DOCTORS PAY – In what’s become almost an annual crisis, doctors caring for Medicare beneficiaries face a steep cut in payments. But this time, Congress seems eager to find a permanent fix. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo by 2 p.m., photo
SUPREME COURT-AIR POLLUTION – Court hears arguments in case involving EPA rule requiring states with coal-fired power plants to limit emissions that drift into northeastern states. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.
BIDEN-MENTAL HEALTH – He is to announce $100 million in mental health funding as Newtown anniversary approaches. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:45 p.m. announcement. 300 words by 5 p.m., photo.
PLASTIC GUNS -Congress’ easy renewal of an expiring ban on undetectable plastic guns belies the larger reality that major new firearms restrictions have little chance of enactment anytime soon. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-THE FIRST YEAR – It has been a painful and frenetic year. Now, the people of Newtown are bracing for the day everyone here simply calls 12/14. SENT: 1,950 words, photos, video.
– SCHOOL SHOOTING-REFLECTIONS – Quotes from people connected to the shootings. SENT: 590 words, photos.
MISSING GROUP-NEVADA – Rescue teams racing against the clock and the bitter cold worked into the night and were hoping to resume an aerial search today for a couple and four children who have been missing since Sunday when they went to play in the snow in the remote mountains of northwest Nevada. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; 700 words by 5 p.m.
WINTRY WEATHER – Residents along the East Coast and in the Appalachians wake up to snow, prompting officials to tell some government workers and schoolchildren to stay home for the day. SENT: 540 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing through the day; 600 words by 2 p.m.
PENSION CRISIS-CHICAGO – They mayor warns about what could happen if the state Legislature doesn’t deal with Chicago’s multibillion-dollar pension problem. SENT: 900 words, photo.
DETROIT BANKRUPTCY-ART – City-owned art at the Detroit Institute of Arts could be up for sale because of the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, but some are looking for ways to keep it in Detroit. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video.
NEWLYWED MURDER TRIAL — Testimony begins in the trial of a Montana woman accused of pushing her newlywed husband off a cliff. By Matt Volz. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
RICIN LETTERS-TEXAS — A Texas woman is expected to plead guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to Obama and Bloomberg. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 2 p.m.
OKLAHOMA EXECUTION — An inmate convicted of the rape and murder of two elderly women more than 26 years ago is to be executed. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo, after 6 p.m. execution.
MISSOURI EXECUTION — Missouri is set to execute a man who killed a businessman who stopped to help a stranded car in 1994. UPCOMING: 600 words after 12:01 a.m. execution.
TERROR SUSPECTS-CONNECTICUT — Two men extradited from Britain are expected to change their pleas on charges they supported terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya by operating websites to raise cash, recruit fighters and solicit items such as gas masks. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
KETCHIKAN MAIL — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is demanding answers after the U.S. Postal Service decided to fly mail for the southeast Alaska community of Ketchikan 200 miles for sorting in Juneau before it is flown back to Ketchikan for delivery. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon.
KISSING SUSPENSION – A 6-year-old boy has been suspended from a Colorado school for kissing a girl on the cheek. SENT: 110 words.
HEPATITIS C OUTBREAK-REGULATIONS — Prosecutors are working on policy recommendations to prevent future outbreaks, a project that dovetails with other similar efforts spurred by the criminal case. UPCOMING: 700 words by 12 p.m., photos.
EUROPE-COMET LANDING – The European Space Agency has set a tentative date for the first landing of a spacecraft on a comet. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CLIMATE CHANGE-RESPONSE – When it comes to climate change, local officials have a message for Washington: Lead or get out of the way. SENT: 850 words, photos.
ROBOTIC ARM -Titan Arm’s creators say the apparatus is designed for ordinary people – those who need either physical rehabilitation or a little extra muscle for their job. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.
DATA WARS – As the U.S. government tracks cellphone and Internet activity in search of terrorists, it’s instigating a battle with powerful technology companies that do much the same thing in search of profits. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
FRANCE-SURVEILLANCE LAW – The French government, which was among the most vocal critics of U.S. spying practices, is now coming under fire for trying to expand its own digital surveillance capabilities. SENT: 510 words.
FRANCE-GOOGLE MUSEUM — Google is opening a cultural center — an actual, brick-and-mortar place where people can meet face to face and look at tangible art. It’s in France, where the online giant overwhelmingly dominates the search engine market but has faced resistance from cultural circles. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 400 words.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-SMARTPHONES GIFT GUIDE
NEW YORK — Many people no longer wait until their phone contracts expire to upgrade their smartphones. There are plenty to choose from, depending on budgets and features desired. By Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: 900 words by noon, photos.
GENERAL MOTORS CEO – General Motors product development chief Mary Barra has been named the company’s new CEO, the first female head of a U.S. car company. SENT: 380 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
WORKPLACE EQUALITY, HFR – A new Pew study looks at the gap in pay between young American women and their male counterparts. UPCOMING: 700 words at 5 p.m., for release at 12:01 a.m.
NASDAQ HANGOVER – The Nasdaq is up 35 percent this year. But while other major indexes have celebrated all-time highs again and again, the Nasdaq remains nearly 20 percent below its dot-com peak. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.
VOLCKER RULE – U.S. banks will be barred in most cases from trading for their own profit under a federal rule set to be approved today. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after Fed votes, around 11 a.m.; 600 words.
LULULEMON CHAIRMAN — The founder of Lululemon is stepping down as chairman after raising ire with his comments about the body types of potential buyers of the retailer’s yoga pants. SENT: 420 words.
ASIA-US-TRADE DEAL – The United States and 11 other nations negotiating a free trade zone stretching from Chile to Japan fail to reach a final agreement , but indicate they are closing in. SENT: 420 words.
FIG-LYSACEK OUT – The reigning Olympic figure skating champion announced today that a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in Sochi. SENT: 820 words.
UN-SPORTS AND HOMOPHOBIA – Jason Collins, Martina Navratilova and LGBT rights activists speak out on sports and homophobia as the world marks International Human Rights Day, in a clear reference to the approaching Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.
FLORIDA A&M-ACCREDITATION — Florida A&M University officials are about to learn if the school will be taken off probation after the hazing death of a marching band member. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m. Timing of decision uncertain.
TED TURNER-BRAVES — Media mogul Ted Turner tells the AP that he hopes Atlanta turns the site of his namesake stadium into green space. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m., photos.
SANTA SCHOOL. – How does Santa learn to chortle “Ho, ho ho!” and listen to the wishes of children all over the world? He goes to Santa SchoolSENT: 600 words, photos, videow=dsa
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