BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

RESENDS to add upcoming time for YE-WALL STREET-2014-PREVIEW

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:


— GAY MARRIAGE-UTAH (sent; developing)

— RUSSIA-PUSSY RIOT (sent; new angles focused on Putin upcoming)


— HOLIDAY TRAVEL-WEATHER (sent; developing)

— HOLIDAY HEARTS (upcoming)


— WALL STREET-2014 PREVIEW (upcoming)


PHOTOS: HOLIDAY TRAVEL (sent; developing)

VIDEO: PANCHO CLAUS (with text, 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 – Last-minute health insurance shoppers called help lines and attended enrollment events as a key deadline in the nation’s new health law arrived. Others let the date pass without making a decision. Today is the last day for people in most states to enroll for health insurance coverage if they want it to begin Jan. 1. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m.

HEALTH CARE-NEWS GUIDE – As the clock ticks toward the Jan. 1 start of insurance coverage under Obama’s program, a look at the law’s broad strokes, its brush with disaster and the roots of a possible rebound. SENT: 1360 words, photo, interactive.

OBAMA-NATIONAL SECURITY AIDE — State Department official Jake Sullivan interrupted a trip with Hillary Clinton last summer, when he secretly jetted to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman to meet with officials from Iran, people familiar with the trip said. The meeting is one of the Obama administration’s earliest known face-to-face contact with Iran and reveals the administration’s outreach to the Islamic republic started far earlier than had been reported. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, by noon.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-IMMUNITY — Meet Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., the only Democrat in Congress who has voted against the Affordable Care Act from its passage into law through its many Republican-driven efforts to repeal or change it. He’s part of a fading group of Southern Democrats who represent conservative districts. UPCOMING: 900 words, by noon.

MILITARY BENEFITS – After a barrage of protests from the military community, lawmakers said they’ll review the cut next year and possibly reverse it. A look at what members of the armed forces get now and the debate over it. SENT: 1,430 words, photos.


GAY MARRIAGE-UTAH – A federal judge decides whether to block gay weddings that have been taking place since Friday in Utah after a ruling declared the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. SENT: 600 words; UPCOMING: 800 words, expected by 2 p.m. after court hearing, photos.

NO TUITION INCREASES – A growing number of schools are promising fixed-rate tuition — a guarantee that students will pay a single rate for four or even five years. UPCOMING: 900 words by noon, photos.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL-WEATHER —A steady diet of freezing rain and cold temperatures means parts of the country socked by a weekend storm will be covered with ice through Christmas and beyond. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m, photos.

SUPERSTORM-RECOVERY – NEW YORK — Nearly 14 months later, thousands of residents are still struggling to get funds to rebuild that were promised by the federal government. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m., photos.

PLANE OFF TAXIWAY-DETROIT – A Delta jet headed to Atlanta has slid off a taxiway at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. No one was hurt. SENT: 100 words.

MORMON FOOD STORAGE – Storing away enough food and water in case of disaster, job loss or something worse is one of the fundamental teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church recently announced a series of changes to the 101 church-owned food storage centers in the U.S. and Canada that sell pre-canned and prepackaged food to its members to make the food safer. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video by 10:30 a.m.

APOLLO 8 ANNIVERSARY – Re-enactment of Apollo 8’s Christmas Eve broadcast from December 1968 set to begin at 11 a.m. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

GULF OIL SPILL-TRIAL — Lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses will file briefs summing up their arguments for the second phase of a civil trial over the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

TONSILLECTOMY-BRAIN DEAD GIRL – The family of a girl on life support is expected to appear with hospital officials in court to announce the name of the independent physician they have chosen to provide a second opinion. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m. EST after court hearing, photos.

VEGAS CHRISTMAS – Las Vegas has mostly shelved its attempt to rebrand itself as a family-friendly wonderland except during the holiday season, when room vacancies soar. In an attempt to lure tourists, Las Vegas casinos are staging increasingly elaborate holiday events. SENT: 700 words, photos.

AARON HERNANDEZ – He is due for hearing in murder case. SENT: 120 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words after 2 p.m. hearing.


RUSSIA-PUSSY RIOT – Two jailed members were released today following an amnesty law that both described as a Kremlin public relations stunt ahead of the Winter Olympics. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing with a piece on Putin controlling the messaging; details TBD.

THAILAND POLITICS – Anti-government protesters surround a Bangkok stadium trying to physically block political parties from registering for February polls. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BRAZIL-POLICE VIOLENCE – American Liz Martin is raising the alarm for the millions of visitors set to flood into Brazil for the World Cup and Olympics: Watch out for the police, who are notoriously ruthless and corrupt UPCOMING: 1000 words by noon, photos.

IRAQ – A new wave of attacks across Iraq killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens today as the government pressed on with its offensive to hunt down al-Qaida-linked militants in the country’s volatile western desert. SENT: 430 words.

SYRIA – Government forces widened a bombing campaign in rebel-held areas of northern Syria today, striking one of the main border towns near Turkey and killing 15 people, said activists. SENT: 580 words.

ISRAEL-TRAINING MANDELA -— Israel’s state archive publishes a 50-year-old letter that says Mossad spy service unwittingly offered paramilitary training to a young Nelson Mandela in 1962, and releases documents showing a tense relationship between the Israel and apartheid-era South Africa. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m.

DUBAI- AMERICAN ARRESTED – An American man detained for months in the United Arab Emirates and seven co-defendants were fined and sentenced to jail today after being convicted in connection to a satirical video about youth culture in Dubai. SENT: 450 words.

DUBAI-CHRISTMAS – Just days before Christmas, an artificial snow company is doing brisk business delivering faux flurries to Dubai homes, and Christmas trees and Santas are out in force. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CHINA-MAO ANNIVERSARY – Mao Zedong remains revered 120 years after his birth as a hero who restored national pride even as China moves ever further from his vision of a communist society. SENT: 860 words, photos.

CHINA-CHURCH CRACKDOWN – Lawyers and Christian churchgoers say they were blocked from meeting in a central Chinese county to commemorate Christmas and draw attention to the detention of a pastor and his aides. SENT: 460 words.

NKOREA-RODMAN – He leaves North Korea without answering questions from the media on whether he met with leader Kim Jong Un. SENT: 160 words, photos.


HOLIDAY HEARTS – Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year. UPCOMING: 850 words by 11 a.m.

NUT ALLERGIES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 4 p.m.) – A new study gives reassurance that women who eat nuts or peanut butter during pregnancy are not raising the risk that their children will have nut allergies. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE at 4 p.m.; 410 words, photo.


YE-WALL STREET-2014-PREVIEW – While 2013 was great for stock investors, next year isn’t going to be as kind. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.

GM-BARRA PROFILE – As a second-generation GM employee and the first woman to lead a global automaker, it’s up to Mary Barra to ensure that the company prospers for a new generation of 212,000 employees spread over 23 time zones. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photo.

FED-100th ANNIVERSARY – Here are five ways the Fed has evolved over the past century. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m., photos.


APPLE- CHINA – Apple and China Mobile announced a long-anticipated agreement today to bring the iPhone to the world’s biggest phone company. SENT: 620 words, photos. UPCOMING: New angles, details TBD.

DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-TELEVISION ON THE ROAD – A look at gadgets and services that let you keep up with live and recorded TV shows while on the road. UPCOMING: About 900 words, photos.


FIG–TONYA AND NANCY -THE IMPACT – The assault nearly 20 years ago led to a soap opera that practically created tabloid television journalism, taking what had for decades been a niche sport and putting it squarely into the media mainstream. SENT: 850 words, photos.


– FIG–TONYA AND NANCY -THE TOURS. How skating tours benefited from Tonya-Nancy skating scandal. SENT: 890 words, photos.

– FIG–TONYA AND NANCY -TV. From legit competitions to bogus creations, TV wanted more skating after Tonya and Nancy saga. SENT: 670 words, photos.


PANCHO CLAUS – This Tex-Mex Santa, borne from the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is now an adored Christmas fixture in many Texas cities. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.


ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR – Jennifer Lawrence edged out Miley Cyrus by one vote in THE AP’s annual survey for Entertainer of the Year. SENT: 510 words, photos, video.


BOLIVIA-CHOLITA TRAFFIC COPS-PHOTO GALLERY – A city in Bolivia’s highlands has hired Aymara women dressed in traditional multilayered Andean skirts and brightly embroidered vests to work as traffic cops and bring order to its road chaos. SENT: photos, 280 words.


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