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:
— 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)
— AUSTRALIAN OPEN-IT’S HOT (sent)
PHOTOS: EGYPT (sent, with text); BERLIN FASHION (sent); AUSTRALIAN OPEN (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:
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 2000 GMT.
– 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 1530 GMT.
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 1900 GMT
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 2100 GMT.
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: 400 words, photos.
OBAMA-ECONOMY – Ready to put an economic spotlight on his State of the Union address, Obama is making a case that, even against a divided Congress, he can still be relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery. SENT: 400 words, photo.
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.
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: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 2000 GMT speech.
THEATER SHOOTING-FLA – Authorities say an argument over texting leads to man being fatally shot at Florida movie theater. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING-GAY SENIORS – Affordable housing for gay seniors opens in Philadelphia; only two other U.S. cities offer such units. SENT: 400 words, photos, video.
POLICE-HOMELESS DEATHS – Emotions flow as California officers are acquitted in the death of homeless man who struggled with police. SENT: 500 words, photos.
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 2100 GMT.
ROTAVIRUS VACCINE – Studies find new vaccines against rotavirus seem safer and carry less risk of bowel problem. SENT: 450 words.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BOOKS-MELTZER’S HEROES Novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer is no stranger to heroes. SENT: 300 words.
TV-SETH MACFARLANE – Seth MacFarlane brings his love of science to Fox in new ‘Cosmos’ show. SENT: 140 words, photos.
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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