Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.
Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1530 GMT:
— CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS (sent; developing)
— OBAMA-NSA SURVEILLANCE (sent; developing)
— HAGEL-NUCLEAR FORCES (sent; developing)
— IRAQ (sent; developing)
— TURKEY-DOCTORS UNDER FIRE (sent)
— AIRLINES-NEW PLANE BINGE (sent)
— RODMAN-NKOREA (sent; developing)
— FILM-2014 PREVIEW (upcoming)
— GAMES-2014 PREVIEW (upcoming)
PHOTOS: IRAQ (sent; developing)
VIDEO: CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS (sent; developing)
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:
CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS – He plans a news conference one day after his administration was linked to what appears to the deliberate creation of highway traffic jams as political retribution for a mayor who didn’t endorse him. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: updates from news conference at 1600 GMT, photos, video.
CONGO ADOPTIONS – Dozens of American are in limbo after Congolese authorities suspended foreign adoptions and ordered reviews even of already finalized cases. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
HELICOPTER CRASH — The search continues for a sailor who has been missing since a Navy helicopter with five crew members aboard crashed in the ocean off the Virginia coast. SENT: 330 words.
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
OBAMA-NSA SURVEILLANCE – The president is expected to restrict NSA access to Americans’ phone records and rein in spying on foreign leaders, according to people familiar a White House review of the government’s surveillance programs. Obama could unveil his highly anticipated decisions as early as next week. SENT: 900 words, photos.
HAGEL-NUCLEAR FORCES – Hagel is making a rare visit to an Air Force nuclear missile base, hoping to boost morale among the Air Force men and women who operate, maintain and safeguard the nation’s Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles. SENT: 795 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2230 GMT, photos.
US-SOUTH SUDAN —Two-and-a-half years after midwifing South Sudan’s birth, the United States may be powerless to prevent the world’s youngest nation from falling apart. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1700 GMT.
UNITED STATES-IRAN-SANCTIONS BATTLE – A summary of arguments for and against new sanctions against Iran. SENT: 900 words, photos.
REPUBLICANS-COMPASSION – GOP leaders are using the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty to offer a series of policy proposals that would shift anti-poverty programs to the states, promote job training and offer tax incentives for low-income workers. SENT: 530 words, photo.
IRAQ – A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military recruiting center in Baghdad today, killing at least 21 people in an attack likely meant to send a message to the government and would-be army volunteers over the Iraqi troops’ ongoing push to retake two cities overrun by al-Qaida militants.
AP EXCLUSIVE: TURKEY-DOCTORS UNDER FIRE – While some medics this summer complained of mistreatment as they treated protesters against the Turkish government, the extent of the harassment has now become much clearer in interviews with the AP. SENT: 1,960 words, photos.
CHINA-FORCED ABORTION – Although China has recently announced an easing of its one-child policy, local governments are still ordered to comply with population quotas, and continue to meet them though forced abortions. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video.
– CHINA-ZHANG YIMOU – Chinese director Zhang Yimou fined $1.2 million for flouting one-child family planning rule. SENT: 400 words, photo.
RODMAN-NKOREA – He apologizes for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.
– DETAINED AMERICAN-SEATTLE – Sister of detained man says Rodman hurting efforts to free her brother. SENT: 630 words.
SYRIA – A powerful car bomb exploded near a school in a central province today, killing at least 16 people and causing massive damage to a residential area, Syrian state media and an opposition watchdog said. SENT: 700 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS – Palestinians threw rocks Thursday at a West Bank hotel, shattering windows and breaking up a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists. SENT: 550 words, photos.
CUBA FIDEL CASTRO – Cuban news media say former President Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time since April. SENT: 130 words.
RUSSIA-CAR KILLINGS – A series of unexplained killings in southern Russia involving booby-trapped bombs has further heightened security fears ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. SENT: 510 words.
IRAN-NUCLEAR – Nearly seven weeks after signing a landmark nuclear deal, representatives of Iran and six world powers hope to reach agreement this week on its implementation. SENT: 900 words.
LEBANON-BOOKSTORE FIRE – Thousands of books that lined the walls of the Saeh Library became the latest victim of Lebanon’s swelling tensions, largely a result of the civil war in neighboring Syria. SENT: 900 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA-HEAT WAVE – While North America freezes, the Southern Hemisphere is experiencing other weather extremes as heat records are being set around Australia after the hottest year ever. SENT: 760 words, photos.
ITALY-KNOX – Amanda Knox’s appeals trial continues with ex-boyfriend’s defense team giving final summations. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.
ITALY-KNOX TRIAL-PRIMER — A look at the history of the what’s ahead in the Knox trial. SENT: 890 words.
DENMARK-CINNAMON ROLLS – Some tasty pastries were found to violate the European Union’s spice rules, which put limits on an ingredient that can cause liver damage. SENT: 420 words, photos.
GADGET SHOW-SMART CARS – At the International CES gadget show this week, a French company is starting to sell a driverless shuttle in the U.S., and Harman is showing off how drivers can make use of Google Glass while behind the wheel. Ford, too, is displaying a solar-powered hybrid that it says will get 100 miles to the gallon. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.
GADGET SHOW-GADGET WATCH-BLACKBERRY CLONE – If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. SENT: 480 words, photos.
IBM-WATSON – IBM said it’s investing over $1 billion to give its Watson supercomputer its own business division. SENT: 115 words, photos.
AIRLINES-NEW PLANE BINGE – Airlines are on the largest jet buying spree in the history of aviation. SENT: 1,190 words, photos, video.
FRANCE-AMAZON – If the French Senate gets its way, retail giant Amazon and its online peers won’t be able to offer free book deliveries in France anymore. SENT: 310 words.
FILM-2014 PREVIEW -The plot of the coming movie year . It will begin with mostly the dregs of Hollywood’s output, then swell with the super hero blockbusters of summer, and finally enter the annual autumn twilight of awards contenders. But Hollywood always has a few tricks up its sleeve. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1830 GMT, photos.
GAMES 2014 PREVIEW – The usual suspects are back in new video game installments in 2014 — but this year they’ll also be joined be some shadowy newcomers. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1830 GMT, photos.
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