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:
— EGYPT (sent; developing)
— NIGERIA-ANTI-GAY LAW (sent, developing)
— BUDGET BATTLE (sent; developing)
— NSA SURVEILLANCE (sent; developing)
— CHRISTIE-STATE OF STATE (sent; developing)
— DRUG TUNNEL ROBOTS (upcoming)
— SOUTH SUDAN (sent, developing)
— GRIDIRON GREATS-EXHIBITION (sent)
— FOREIGN-BASED BOURBON (sent)
— AUSTRALIAN OPEN-IT’S HOT (sent)
PHOTOS: EGYPT (sent, with text); BERLIN FASHION (sent); AUSTRALIAN OPEN (sent)
VIDEO: CALIF. BEARS-TAHOE (sent); NY VINTAGE FOOTBALL CARDS (sent, with text); POLICE HOMELESS DEATHS (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):
EGYPT – Military helicopters were buzzing overhead and hundreds of thousands of soldiers and police were deployed as Egyptians voted on a new constitution in a referendum that will pave the way for a likely presidential run by the nation’s top general. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,100 words with a new approach by 3 p.m.
– EGYPT-CONSTITUTION-GLANCE – A look at key articles in the draft charter. SENT: 690 words, photos.
– EGYPT-QUOTE BOX – Voices of Egypt’s voters on draft constitution. SENT: 450 words, photo.
SOUTH SUDAN – A military spokesman in South Sudan says 200 people fleeing warfare died after a boat crossing the Nile River sank. SENT: 740 words.
CHINA FACTORY FIRE – A fire at a shoe factory in eastern China kills at least 16 people, state media say. SENT: 210 words.
FRANCE PRESIDENT’S SEX LIFE – Hollande’s complex personal life — and what it means to be the first lady in modern society — may get a full airing as he answers questions for the first time since a tabloid reported he was having an affair with an actress. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from news conference beginning at 10:30 a.m.
KERRY VATICAN – Kerry is meeting with a top Vatican diplomat, but isn’t expected to see the pope. SENT: 130 words.
THAILAND-POLITICS – Thailand’s political crisis ground on as the country’s prime minister reiterated her refusal to quit as protesters trying to topple her administration blocked key roads in the heart of Bangkok for a second day. SENT: 610 words, photos.
– THAILAND-POLITICS-Q&A — Questions and answers about the political unrest. SENT: 800 words, photos.
VIETNAM-US-RETURNED HELMET – On Tuesday, four U.S. veterans returned a helmet in a ceremony northwest of Hanoi that stressed the need for peace and reconciliation. SENT: 350 words, photos.
TRINIDAD-HUNTING BAN – Officials have temporarily transformed Trinidad and Tobago into a no-trapping, no-hunting zone to give animals breathing room and allow wildlife surveys. SENT: 670 words, photos.
IRAN-NUCLEAR – UN nuclear agency to meet Jan. 24 to seek agreement on supervising pact between Iran and six world powers. SENT: 380 words.
NEW ZEALAND-DOTCOM POLITICAL PARTY – Indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom says he’s launching a political party in his adopted home of New Zealand to contest the country’s general election this year. SENT: 520 words, photo.
KUWAIT-SYRIAN AID – Relief aid officials are hoping wealthy Gulf states and other international donors gathering for a major fundraising drive in Kuwait will step up their giving to help Syrians affected by the country’s civil war. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m.
SYRIA-REFUGEES – Fear, confusion and a poor flow of information has prevented many Syrian refugees flooding into Lebanon from knowing where to turn to for assistance. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 p.m.
CHINA-HOME VIDEO – China’s video industry is confident it can beat piracy and persuade the public to pay for online content. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
CHINA-BABY TRAFFICKING – A Chinese court convicts a doctor of baby trafficking and sentences her to death with a two-year reprieve, after the obstetrician admits in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them to human traffickers. SENT: 300 words.
SERBIA-SLAIN JOURNALIST – Two Serbian former senior secret service officials have been arrested in the killing of a prominent independent Serb journalist and publisher nearly 15 years ago. SENT: 130 words.
NIGERIA-ANTI-GAY LAW – Local and international groups fighting AIDS warned that a new Nigerian law criminalizing same-sex marriage and gay organizations will jeopardize the fight against the deadly disease. SENT: 450 words, photo.
NIGERIA-VIOLENCE – A car bomb exploded at a military checkpoint in a busy urban commercial area in northeast Nigeria. SENT: 400 words.
DUBAI-WOLF OF WALL STREET – Censors have cut about 45 minutes from the high-finance extravaganza “The Wolf of Wall Street” for Dubai audiences, or a quarter of the film, leaving many viewers confused about the sequence of events and disappointed. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 2 p.m.
IRAQ – Iraqi officials say bombings and a drive-by shooting have killed six people in Baghdad, including a judge. SENT: 180 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS – Israeli police pull over Palestinian prime minister’s convoy in West Bank for speeding. SENT: 130 words.
LEBANON – An Al-Qaida-linked group in Lebanon vows to strike at Iran and Hezbollah over death of its leader. SENT: 130 words.
ASIA-DISPUTED WATERS – China has insisted it will regulate fishing in the disputed South China Sea under its laws despite protests by neighboring countries, a Philippine official says. SENT: 230 words.
PHILIPPINES-MARCOS WEALTH – A Philippine court decision ordering the widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to relinquish more than $100,000 in jewelry is a victory for Filipinos and shows that crime does not pay, an official says. SENT: 400 words, photos.
MYANMAR-ELEPHANTS – Wildlife monitors have accused Myanmar of failing to protect elephants after finding 30 tusks and thousands of pieces of ivory for sale at a market near China. SENT: 130 words.
RUSSIA-US-JOURNALIST EXPELLED – Russia bars journalist for the U.S-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty from the country for five years over a visa infraction, a charge the journalist described as “a bureaucratic trickery” to keep him out of the country. SENT: 730 words.
ROMANIA-COMMUNIST CRIMES – Former Communist prison commander charged with genocide denies charges, says he has no regrets. SENT: 150 words.
CHINA-HOLIDAY TRAVEL – Authorities expect Chinese to make 3.6 billion trips during the 40-day Chinese New Year travel period that starts Thursday. SENT: 130 words.
TURKEY-POLICE RAIDS – Turkish media say police have carried out raids in six Turkish cities, detaining several people allegedly linked to al-Qaida, including an employee of a prominent Islamic charity. SENT: 130 words.
CZECH-EXPLOSION – The Czech Foreign Ministry says Palestinian authorities have apologized for illegal weapons discovered at the Palestinian embassy complex in Prague where a possibly booby-trapped safe killed the ambassador. SENT: 130 words.
BRITAIN-AFGHAN ATHEIST – Afghan man granted asylum in Britain on grounds he faces persecution for atheism. SENT: 130 words.
BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL – US producer James Schamus to chair Berlin film festival jury, also featuring Christoph Waltz. SENT: 130 words.
GERMANY-NSA SURVEILLANCE – Top German lawmaker presses for ‘no-spy’ accord with US, says failure would be unacceptable. SENT: 110 words.
BRITAIN-INDIA-TEMPLE RAID – UK orders inquiry into whether British special forces played role in deadly Indian temple raid. SENT: 140 words.
PUERTO RICO-TEACHERS’ STRIKE – Puerto Rico teachers gather outside public schools as they launch a two-day strike. SENT: 130 words.
MEXICO-VIGILANTES – Mexico’s attorney general says federal forces have clashed in at least one case with vigilantes as it tries to restore order in the western state of Michoacan after days of violence. SENT: 130 words.
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
BUDGET BATTLE – The sales job is on for a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill to pay for the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 p.m.
– BUDGET BATTLE-GLANCE – Quick glance at $1.1T spending bill offering relief to Pentagon, many domestic programs. SENT: 230 words.
OBAMA-ECONOMY – Ready to put an economic spotlight on his State of the Union address, Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and making a case that, even against a divided Congress, he can still be relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery. SENT: 620 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo by 1:30 p.m.
NSA SURVEILLANCE – Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans’ phone records to help the NSA’s surveillance programs. SENT: 1,000 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. Senate Judiciary hearing; 800 words with new approach by 5 p.m.
JOBLESS BENEFITS-POLITICS – When federal emergency unemployment benefits expired last month, the effects ran deep in a Colorado county marked by two exit ramps off of Interstate 15. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
OBAMA-HEAT – Obama welcomes 2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat to White House to honor them on their second-straight title. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:55 p.m. event; 200 words, photos by 4 p.m.
CHRISTIE-STATE OF STATE – Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme. SENT: 540 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. speech; 700 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.
CHEMICAL SPILL-WEST VIRGINIA – Downtown businesses and restaurants began to reopen after water was declared safe to drink in portions of West Virginia’s capital, but life has yet to return to normal for most of the 300,000 people who haven’t been able to use running water in the five days since a chemical spill. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 950 words by noon.
THEATER SHOOTING-FLA – Authorities say an argument over texting leads to man being fatally shot at Florida movie theater. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.
BEANIE BABIES CREATOR-SENTENCING – H. Ty Warner will be sentenced in Chicago for tax evasion after more than a decade hiding $25 million in income from Swiss bank accounts. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING-GAY SENIORS – Affordable housing for gay seniors opens in Philadelphia; only two other U.S. cities offer such units. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.
LITTLE ROCK DESEGREGATION – If Little Rock can’t completely solve the problem of racial imbalances in schools, can anyone? UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.
XGR–MCAULIFFE SPEECH – In speech to lawmakers, McAuliffe seeks to expand state’s Medicaid eligibility. SENT: 570 words, photos.
SCHOOLS CLOSED-WATER DISPUTE – Schools are closed in a one-stoplight South Texas town after the city shut off their water amid a dispute over the bill. SENT: 830 words, photos.
POLICE-HOMELESS DEATHS – Emotions flow as California officers are acquitted in the death of homeless man who struggled with police. SENT: 940 words, photos.
MARIJUANA VIDEO-ARREST – A Connecticut man faces drug charges after police say he posted a YouTube video of himself giving a tour of his marijuana “garden.” SENT: 140 words.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING-TOPLESS PHOTOS – Empire State Building files $1 million lawsuit against photographer over topless photos. SENT: 120 words.
DRUG TUNNEL ROBOTS – The U.S. Border Patrol unveils its latest technology to search drug tunnels — a wireless, camera-equipped robot that can do the job in a fraction of the time while keeping agents safer. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos, video by 4 p.m.
BLUE METH – The federal Department of Homeland Security in Albuquerque, N.M., says distributors are selling methamphetamine tinted blue in the Four Corners region. SENT: 110 words.
ROTAVIRUS VACCINE – Studies find new vaccines against rotavirus seem safer and carry less risk of bowel problem. SENT: 450 words.
AUTO SHOW-PERFORMANCE CARS – From a hot new edition of the Corvette Stingray with a staggering 625 horsepower to a version of the tiny Volkswagen golf that promises zero to 60 mph acceleration in 4.9 seconds, power and performance are everywhere at the Detroit auto show. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video by 1 p.m.
RETAIL SALES – US retail sales rise just 0.2 percent in December, but traditional holiday shopping weak. SENT: 470 words.
HOLIDAY SALES – A major retail trade group says holiday sales rose 3.8.percent, just below the group’s 3.9 percent forecast. SENT: 120 words.
FOREIGN-BASED BOURBON – Kentucky bourbon remains authentically American, whiskey insiders maintain — even when some of its distillers answer to foreign companies. SENT: 870 words, photos.
EARNS-JPMORGAN – JPMorgan Chase said Tuesday that its profits fell 7 percent in the fourth quarter, hampered by more legal woes. SENT: 300 words, photo.
EARNS-WELLS FARGO – Fourth-quarter profit for Wells Fargo & Co., the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, jumps 11 percent as a steep drop in mortgage lending was offset by increased interest income. SENT: 240 words.
CHRYSLER INVESTIGATION – US safety agency adds Dodge Durango to probe of ceiling fires in Jeep Grand Cherokees. SENT: 130 words.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN-IT’S HOT – A heat wave at the Australian Open has players fainting, icing their heads and struggling to play. SENT: 550 words, photos.
GRIDIRON GREATS-EXHIBITION – The Metropolitan Museum of Art is presenting a pop-up exhibition celebrating football’s history through the ages with vintage trading cards. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.
THEATER-VALENTINE ROMEO AND JULIET – Content provider Screenvision and the new company BroadwayHD have teamed up to broadcast the recent Orlando Bloom-led production of “Romeo and Juliet” to movie theaters across the country. SENT: 630 words, photos.
TV-DICK WOLF’S EMPIRE – A new novel from Dick Wolf joins his TV empire. SENT: 860 words, photos.
BOOKS-MELTZER’S HEROES Novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer is no stranger to heroes. SENT: 300 words.
TV-REALITY SERIES-THE CHAIR – Pittsburgh-based reality series ‘The Chair’ focuses on director’s role in film projects. SENT: 580 words, photo.
TV-SETH MACFARLANE – Seth MacFarlane brings his love of science to Fox in new ‘Cosmos’ show. SENT: 140 words, photos.
TV-AISHA TYLER – There’s no time for a pregnant pause for ‘Archer’ star Aisha Tyler. SENT: 370 words.
MUSIC-ROSANNE CASH -Rosanne Cash’s trips south inspire her first new songs in seven years. SENT: 710 words, photos.
BUZZ BOOKS 2014 – An industry newsletter is offering free digital previews of books by Lemony Snicket, Barbara Ehrenreich and dozens of others. SENT: 130 words.
MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-FATHER AND SON – Bishop Paul, PJ Morton feel like Grammy winners, as father and son each earn nods this year. SENT: 450 words, photos.
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