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:
— DEEP FREEZE (sent; developing)
— FALLUJAH-US VETS (sent)
— GATES-BOOK (sent; developing)
— VENEZUELA-ACTRESS SLAIN (sent)
— SCHOOL DISCIPLINE (sent; developing)
— RODMAN-NKOREA (sent; developing)
— HITZLSPERGER-GAY (sent; developing)
— THINKING POSITIVE HFR, (upcoming). HOLD FOR RELEASE until 2 P.M.
— CUTTING CALORIES, HFR, (upcoming). HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12:01 A.M. THURSDAY.
PHOTOS: DEEP FREEZE COVERAGE; ECUADOR-DEVILS FESTIVAL-PHOTO GALLERY (sent); FALLUJAH-US VETS (sent)
VIDEO: VENEZUELA-ACTRESS SLAIN (sent; with text); RODMAN-NKOREA (sent)
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):
VENEZUELA-ACTRESS SLAIN – The slayings of popular soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her ex-husband have outraged Venezuelans, triggering a wave of calls on social media for action. SENT: 810 words, photos, video.
IRAQ – Iraq’s prime minister is urging all those who joined al-Qaida and now face a siege by his troops in the western Anbar province to give up their struggle, hinting of a possible pardon if the militants give up the fight. SENT: 620 words, photos.
EGYPT – The trial of Egypt’s former Islamist president on charges of inciting murder was adjourned today until next month, after bad weather prevented a helicopter flight from bringing Morsi to court. SENT: 510 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS – A Palestinian militant was killed in an explosion in the Gaza Strip, a health official said, prompting an Islamic group to threaten attacks against Israel. SENT: 290 words, photos.
NIGERIA VIOLENCE – Gunmen shouting “God is great” fired into worshippers at a mosque in the village of the powerful governor of northern Kano state, witnesses said today. Police said three people were killed. SENT: 480 words.
INDIA-US DIPLOMAT ARREST – India chipped away at America’s diplomatic perks today, ordering the envoys to obey local traffic laws and warning that a popular U.S. Embassy club violates diplomatic law because it is open to outsiders. SENT: 540 words, photo.
INDIA-TRAIN FIRE – Fire and smoke engulf three cars of an Indian passenger train, killing nine people as they sleep in the latest tragedy to hit the country’s vast railway network. SENT: 330 words.
JAPAN-FOOD POISONING – Hundreds of people fell sick across Japan after eating frozen food that may have been tainted with a pesticide. SENT: 400 words, photos.
FRANCE-KAZAKH BANKER – Kazakh ex-banker turned dissident, who is wanted in four countries, faces extradition from France. SENT: 840 words, photos.
CANADA-TRAIN DERAILMENT – A derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continues to burn, and officials are preparing to launch aerial surveillance while more than 100 residents remained evacuated from their homes. SENT: 530 words, photo.
CHEMICAL WEAPONS-SYRIA – Chemical weapons watchdog urges Syria to intensify efforts on stockpile disposal. SENT: 125 words.
SWEDEN-SYRIA-JOURNALISTS ABDUCTED – Two Swedish journalists who were abducted in Syria in November have been released. SENT: 330 words.
SOUTH SUDAN-PATH TO PEACE – After receiving eye surgery from American doctors, a South Sudanese man sat with other patients who belonged to tribes he once considered enemies and they spoke about their newly restored vision — both their eyesight and how they now perceive members of other ethnic groups as potential friends, not sworn enemies. SENT: 860 words, photos. SENT: 880 words, photos.
FRANCE-MUSLIM VEIL – A French court has convicted a woman for insulting police who ticketed her for wearing a face-covering Muslim veil, banned by French law. SENT: 130 words.
NIGERIA-VIOLENCE – Gunmen attack village of Kano governor who defected from Nigeria’s ruling party and three people were killed. SENT: 480 words.
RODMAN-NKOREA – Dennis Rodman sings “Happy Birthday” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before leading a squad of former NBA stars onto the court at a Pyongyang stadium for a game Rodman says is part of his “basketball diplomacy.” SENT: 660 words, photos.
ITALY-QUAKE ARRESTS – Italian police arrest four people accused of bribery over contracts to rebuild quake-damaged l’Aquila. SENT: 130 words.
CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA – China says it’s beefing up its police powers in the disputed South China Sea and requiring foreign fishermen to ask Beijing’s permission to operate within most of the vast, strategic waterway. SENT: 660 words.
SKOREA-SUPER JUNIOR-FAMILY KILLED – The leader of popular South Korean boy band Super Junior bids farewell to his father and grandparents, who died in a suspected murder-suicide this week. SENT: 300 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA-ASYLUM SEEKERS – The government refuses to comment on a newspaper report that Australia is buying lifeboats to carry asylum seekers back to Indonesian islands. SENT: 410 words.
JAPAN-FOOD POISONING – Hundreds of people fell sick across Japan after eating frozen food that may have been tainted with a pesticide. SENT: 420 words, photos.
POLAND-HOLOCAUST MOVIE – German Oscar-winning director’s movie about a Jewish boy struggling to survive the Holocaust has its world premiere in Warsaw. SENT: 330 words.
BRITAIN-HELICOPTER CRASH – Authorities in England are investigating the crash of a military helicopter that killed four U.S. Air Force crewmembers. SENT: 460 words, photos, video.
POLAND-KATYN MASSACRE – Report by US witness to exhumation of Poles killed on Stalin’s orders found in US archives. SENT: 130 words.
GERMANY-FRANCE-NAZI MASSACRE – German authorities have charged an 88-year-old former member of an SS armored division with 25 counts of murder for allegedly taking part in the largest massacre in Nazi-occupied France. SENT: 140 words.
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
GATES-BOOK – The White House is bristling over former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new memoir accusing Obama of showing too little enthusiasm for the U.S. war mission in Afghanistan and sharply criticizing Biden’s foreign policy instincts. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 12:30 p.m. photo op; 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.
UNEMPLOYMENT-POLITICS – The struggle over whether to renew expired jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed is as much about providing aid to out-of-work Americans as it is about drawing the first political bright line of an election year that has the economy as a central theme. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
OBAMA-NSA SURVEILLANCE – Obama opens two days of meetings on his review of U.S. government surveillance programs. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
OBAMA-PROMISE ZONES – Obama to announce federal government investment in five ‘Promise Zones,’ focusing on income inequality. SENT: 110 words.
2014-HOUSE-COMEBACKS – A group of former members of Congress is hoping 2014 will be the year of the comeback. SENT: 990 words, photos.
SCHOOL DISCIPLINE – Obama’s administration is issuing new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school rules. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.
NUCLEAR SECURITY – The number of countries possessing the makings of a nuclear bomb has dropped by almost one-quarter over the past two years, but there remain “dangerous weak links” in nuclear materials security that could be exploited by terrorist groups, according to a study released. SENT: 600 words.
NATURAL GAS EXPORTS – Critics say U.S. plans to increase exports of liquefied natural gas could accelerate fracking boom. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.
CHINESE TYCOON – A Chinese tycoon visits New York City to sing, help burned women and talks of having a plan to buy The New York Times. SENT: 560 words, photos.
DEEP FREEZE – The arctic blast is easing its grip on much of the United States after breaking records that were more than a century old. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, interactive, video.
FALLUJAH-U.S. VETS – Fallujah’s recent fall to al-Qaida-linked forces has touched a nerve among service members who fought and bled there in 2004. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.
GIFFORDS SHOOTING ANNIVERSARY – The three-year anniversary of the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords will be marked today with bell-ringing, flag-raising and other ceremonies. SENT: 550 words, photo. Will be updated from morning events, photos, video.
HAWAII-SHRINKING BEACHES – Some property owners want to be able to be build a seawall, but scientists say that could lead to sand disappearing from the nearby coastline, including Sunset Beach, home to some of the world’s top surfing contests. SENT: 850 words, photos.
MUGSHOTS LAWSUIT — A settlement is reached in Ohio in a federal lawsuit against websites that make money by posting mugshots of people who’ve been arrested. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.
SHOOTING-NJ MALL — The suspects in a fatal carjacking at a New Jersey mall make their first court appearance. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 450 words by 11 a.m.
MOB-FINANCIAL FRAUD — Prosecutors lay out basics of their case against reputed mob figures to open a trial alleging they took over a publicly traded company and gutted it. UPCOMIING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
CHRIS BROWN-ARREST — Singer Chris Brown is expected to return to court in Washington for a status hearing in a case in which he’s accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Court hearing begins at 2:15 p.m.; 400 words by 4 p.m.
MISSING INVESTMENT ADVISER — The banker accused of losing millions of investors’ dollars before he vanished and went into hiding is to appear in court for a bond hearing. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.
KIDS’ FITNESS – The Centers for Disease Control says just one in four young teens meet U.S. fitness guidelines, but most aren’t total couch potatoes. SENT: 480 words, photo.
ARKANSAS-LT GOVERNOR-ETHICS – House GOP leader says impeachment ‘inevitable’ if Lt. Gov. Mark Darr doesn’t resign. SENT: 740 words, photos.
THINKING POSITIVE HFR – A quirky new study shows patients’ expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after taking medication. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m. HOLD FOR RELEASE until 2 p.m. THIS STORY MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST OR POSTED ONLINE BEFORE 2 P.M.
CUTTING CALORIES, HFR: – Some of the nation’s largest food companies have cut their calories — by the trillions, according to a new study. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m. HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12:01 A.M. THURSDAY. THIS STORY MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST OR POSTED ONLINE BEFORE 12:01 A.M. THURSDAY.
GADGET SHOW-TVS – TV manufacturers and content companies are banking on the mainstream adoption of Ultra HD TVs. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.
– GADGET SHOW-GADGET WATCH-RAZER WRISTBAND – Game machine and accessory maker Razer launches Nabu smart wristband. SENT: 310 words, photo.
ADP – A private survey shows U.S. businesses added the most jobs in a year in December, powered by a big gain in construction jobs. SENT: 230 words, photo.
MADOFF FRAUD-JPMORGAN – JPMorgan Chase to pay steep price for not reporting Madoff fraud suspicions: $2.5 billion. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video
HITZLSPERGER-GAY – A former World Cup player from Germany became the biggest name in soccer to come out as gay, saying he wants to break down the stigma of homosexuality in sports. SENT: 490 words, photos.
HALL OF FAME – Baseball writers could elect a quartet of players to the Hall of Fame for the first time in more than a half-century. SENT: 750 words, photos.
WCUP-AIR TRAVEL WOES – Brazilian authorities seem unsure about how to handle the crunch of 500,000 international visitors expecting to rely on air travel for the month-long tournament that starts in June. SENT: 640 words, photo.
-VALCKE-2022 WCUP – FIFA secretary general Valcke says 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be held in June or July. SENT: 80 words.
SCHUMACHER – Investigators say they have ruled out problems with Schumacher’s skis and trail conditions in the devastating crash that left the Formula One great with critical head injuries. SENT: 320 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 a.m., photos.
IDITAROD-NETWORK DEAL – The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will again have a presence on national television after race organizers signed a deal with the Sportsman Channel. SENT: 540 words, photos.
STAR SPANGLED BANNER – The original manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the flag that inspired the song’s lyrics are being reunited at the Smithsonian in Washington. SENT: 550 words, photos.
BRITAIN-FILM AWARDS – Nominations are announced for the British Academy Film Awards, regarded as an indicator of likely Oscars success. SENT: 130 words, SENT: 550 words, photos.
PEOPLE-LILY TOMLIN — In New Year’s nuptials, Lily Tomlin ties the knot with four-decade partner and collaborator. SENT: 140 words, photos.
HOW TO REACH US
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