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.
Several enterprise stories that moved recently in the Associated Press report have been resent for use during the final weeks of the year. They are listed in the separate Enterprise for Year-End Use advisory.
Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EST:
— HEALTH OVERHAUL (sent; developing)
— GAY MARRIAGE-UTAH (sent; developing)
— EGYPT (sent; developing)
— SPACE STATION (sent; developing)
— WHITE SANTA (upcoming)
— JIMMY STEWART MUSEUM (upcoming)
— 5 THINGS TO KNOW-NORAD TRACKS SANTA (sent)
PHOTOS: PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON CHRISTMAS (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):
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
HEALTH OVERHAUL – Now what? For those who were able to navigate the HealthCare.gov website, there’s still work to be done to make sure success online leads to actual coverage come the new year. There’s advice, too, for those who missed the deadline and don’t yet have plans to be insured come Jan. 1UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.
With: HEALTH OVERHAUL-WHAT NEXT TIPS: A glance with three “things to do next” for those who made the deadline, and those who missed it.
HEALTH CARE-HISTORY LESSONS — Although multiple problems have snarled the rollout of Obama’s health care law, it’s hardly the first time a new, sprawling government program has been beset by early technical glitches, political hostility and gloom-and-doom denouncements. UPCOMING: 1,070 words by 11:30 a.m., photo.
MANCHIN-DEMOCRATS — Many locals around here see Sen. Joe Manchin as one of them, so much so they greet the 30-year veteran of West Virginia politics by his first name more often than by his title. But in the Senate, the 66-year-old upstart stands out as a rare breed: A back-slapping, gun-owning Democrat who attracts widespread support from working class whites in an increasingly Republican state. UPCOMING: 960 words by 11:30 a.m., photo.
VETERANS-HOMELESSNESS – Obama’s administration has pledged to eliminate homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. So communities such as Boston are aggressively hitting the streets with offers of housing, treatment and hope. SENT: 1,800 words, photos.
GAY MARRIAGE-UTAH – As a court in Denver considers whether to halt gay marriages in Utah, some 700 couples wait warily, wondering what happens to their newfound unions. The rush to the altar could be halted, yet the future of gay marriage in the state and the country is no clearer. As the Utah case and others make their way through the court system, all eyes will be on the U.S. Supreme Court, which could see take up the issue as soon as next year. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.
– GAY MARRIAGE-OHIO – Ohio death certificate ruling may just be beginning of effort to strike down statewide ban on same-sex marriage. SENT: 700 words, photos, audio.
TONSILLECTOMY-BRAIN DEAD GIRL — A family goes before a judge on Christmas Eve, asking for a third opinion and fighting to keep their daughter on life support. The hospital says there is no blood flowing to her brain, and she cannot live. SENT: 500 words, video. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
MARINE ADOPTION — A U.S. Marine is among a group of “children” being adopted in a special Christmas Eve ceremony in suburban New York. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.
EGYPT – The Egyptian government brands the country’s main Islamist group a terrorist organization after a powerful explosion believed to be from a car bomb rocks a police headquarters in a city north of Cairo, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens. SENT: 930 words, photos.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-FIGHTING – An African Union peacekeeper from the Republic of Congo was killed over the weekend in Central African Republic by a Christian militia, underscoring the growing peril that international forces are facing in the troubled nation. SENT: 630 words, photos.
SOUTH SUDAN-VIOLENCE – The UN say it has discovered a mass grave containing about 75 bodies in South Sudan, evidence of the wave of ethnic killings taking place in the world’s newest country over the last week. SENT: 390 words, photos
NIGERIA VIOLENCE – Nigeria’s military is in hot pursuit of Islamic extremists who abducted soldiers’ wives and children when they attacked a barracks in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said today. SENT: 560 words.
PAKISTAN – A bomb scare delayed the first hearing in a high treason case against former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf today. SENT: 600 words, photos.
CHINA-CHURCH CRACKDOWN – A group of rights lawyers and churchgoers supporting a jailed Chinese Christian pastor are attacked by hired thugs on Christmas Eve at his house in central China, his wife and two lawyers say. SENT: 590 words.
RUSSIA-PUSSY RIOT KRASNOYARSK, Russia – Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot are reunited a day after being freed from prison, and say they want to set up a human rights organization. SENT: 270 words, photos.
INDONESIA-TSUNAMI CAVE – A cave discovered near the source of Indonesia’s massive earthquake-spawned tsunami contains the footprints of past gigantic waves dating back up to 7,500 years, a rare natural record that may help prepare future generations for similar disasters. SENT: 690 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON CHRISTMAS – A series of vignettes from survivors of the typhoon, looking at what Christmas means to them this year. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.
BRITAIN-TRAVEL DELAYS – LONDON – A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. SENT: 210 words.
NORTHERN IRELAND-PEACE TALKS – Overnight talks in Belfast fail to produce an agreement to resolve deep-seated divisions over parades and flags that triggered widespread rioting in Northern Ireland. SENT: 360 words.
BOSNIA-DISPUTED HOUSE – Bosnian Serb authorities have postponed plans to demolish a house where Serb soldiers had burnt alive 53 Bosniak civilians at the start of Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. SENT: 120 words.
BANGLADESH-FACTORY FUND – A $40 million fund is being set up for victims and families of those killed in the Bangladesh factory collapse. SENT: 280 words.
CHINA-VACCINE WORRIES – China investigates drug maker and suspends vaccine after several babies die. SENT: 560 words, photos.
HEARTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Deanna Kremis and her two teenage sons, ages 13 and 17, all share an inherited heart condition and all three have had life-saving heart transplants in the past few years. SENT: 1,140 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video.
TREATING RAPED TEENS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 4 p.m.) – It almost sounds sadistic — making rape victims as young as 13 relive their harrowing assault over and over again. But a new study shows it works surprisingly well at eliminating their psychological distress. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE at 4 p.m., 550 words
SPACE STATION – Two space station astronauts ventured out on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk Tuesday, hoping to wrap up urgent repairs to a cooling system. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. 700 words after spacewalk ends around 1:30 p.m.
KIDS AND TABLETS – A growing number of parents are buying tablets for their kids. Makers are taking notice, but so are some experts who question the educational value of tablets.. UPCOMING: 1,100 words.
VIDEO GAMES-RECORD HOLDER – Michael Thomasson is the newly crowned world record holder for having the largest collection of video games — some 11,000, gathered over 31 years. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: Photos.
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. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
RELIGION/POP CULTURE / LIFESTYLES
WHITE SANTA – When this Christmas season brought a torrent of debate over whether Jesus was a white man, it struck a sacred nerve. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 11 a.m. .
CHURCH SIGN HUMOR – Pastors are finding that joking about religion is serious business, and it’s easy to cross a line. SENT: 930 words, photos.
BLUE CHRISTMAS – Across the U.S., churches are increasingly catering to the spiritual needs of those struggling to get through the holidays with Blue Christmas services. SENT: 550 words, photos.
5 THINGS TO KNOW-NORAD TRACKS SANTA – Five things to know about the holiday tradition. SENT: 390 words, photos.
CANDLESTICK PARK ARRESTS – Police say 30 people were arrested during the 49ers’ final regular season game at Candlestick Park. SENT: 130 words.
JIMMY STEWART MUSEUM — Things had been looking gloomy for the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pennsylvania, until benefactors large and small stepped in to save the struggling venture. UPCOMING: 500 words by 12 p.m., photos.
OBIT-LATEEF – Grammy-winning musician and composer Yusef Lateef, one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz, has died. SENT: 630 words, photo.
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