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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

January 23, 2014

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.


Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them:

-- GAY MARRIAGE-VIRGINIA (sent; developing)

-- JUSTIN BIEBER ARRESTED (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA PEACE TALKS (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)


-- LUFTHANSA HEIST (sent; developing)

-- DETROIT-IMMIGRATION (sent; upcoming)


-- MAC TURNS 30 (upcoming)

PHOTOS: UKRAINE coverage (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:


GAY MARRIAGE-VIRGINIA - In Virginia, a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, the new attorney general has concluded that a ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Pursuing various angles including what the legislature might do, what the implications are both in the state and more broadly. SENT: 560 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, including from 1600 GMT news conference; 800 words by 12:30 p.m. , photos.

LUFTHANSA HEIST - A federal racketeering indictment has been issued in the 1978 Lufthansa robbery at New York’s Kennedy International Airport, a notorious heist featured in the Martin Scorcese movie “Goodfellas.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1530 GMT.; may develop further.

DETROIT IMMIGRATION - Gov. Rick Snyder will announce a plan Thursday to ask the Obama administration to set aside thousands of work visas to entice talented immigrants to live and work in bankrupt Detroit. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1500 GMT news conference.


JUSTIN BIEBER ARRESTED - Police in Miami Beach say pop singer Justin Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing on a number of fronts, including a closer look at Bieber and his recent history.

CHINA-REGULATING MICROFILMS - Chinese authorities are requiring makers of online films to gain licenses and report their content before it is posted, tightening regulation of what in recent years has been a more freewheeling genre than China’s traditional film industry. SENT: 500 words, photos.


SYRIA-PEACE TALKS - A U.N. mediator meets separately with Syrian government and opposition delegations to see how to proceed — if at all — after an acrimonious beginning to Syrian peace talks. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING Timing uncertain.

SYRIA - Al-Qaida chief urges rival Islamic groups in Syria to end their infighting. SENT: 400 words.

SYRIA-INDISPENSIBLE IRAN - It’s the regional heavyweight that few want at the table, but without it any attempt to end the Syria war may be worthless. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UKRAINE PROTESTS - Protesters in Ukraine’s capital extinguished burning barricades shielding them from the police on Thursday, enforcing a tenuous peace as an ultimatum issued by the opposition to the president was set to expire with no sign of compromise. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates through the day. With GLANCE on key figures.

DAVOS FORUM - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday his country is ready to do business and honor a deal to curb its nuclear program, in a speech aimed at persuading world leaders of Tehran’s willingness to engage the global community. SENT: 650 words, photos.

ROUHANI’S TWEETS - He has attracted 170,000 Twitter followers, but he acknowledged Thursday that he doesn’t write his own posts — his “friends” deserve the credit for that. SENT: 200 words.

INDIA-RAPE PUNISHMENT - Indian police arrest 13 men after a 20-year-old woman says she was gang-raped on the orders of a village council because she fell in love with a man from a different religion. SENT: 370 words.

PISTORIUS-SETTLEMENT - An out-of-court settlement following months of negotiations between Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers and representatives of the parents of his slain girlfriend could work against the Olympic athlete at his March murder trial, a legal expert said Thursday. SENT: 720 words.

ITALY-CONCORDIA -Experts have boarded the Costa Concordia cruise liner to investigate whether there is more to the ship’s sinking than is contained in prosecutors’ case against its captain. SENT: 120 words, photos.

EGYPT - Egypt’s military-backed interim president said Thursday that the country’s uprisings have put an end to the police state and to abuses, part of a campaign to rebrand the security forces amid a heavy handed crackdown on Islamists and other critics of the government. SENT: 750 words, photos.

THAILAND-ROLES REVERSED - The extraordinary role reversal of Suthep Thaugsuban underscores not only the cyclical nature of Thai politics, but the total lack of progress toward bridging a political divide that has plagued the country for nearly a decade. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

AFRICA-PROTECTING WILDLIFE - New laws with stiff penalties, more military training for rangers and new technology like drones with thermal cameras are all aiding African governments in the fight to protect rhinos and elephant from poachers. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

MYANMAR-MUSLIM MASSACRE - Buddhist mobs killed at least 40 Muslims when they stormed a village in western Myanmar last week, hunting down residents with knives, a human rights group said Thursday, citing witness testimony and a wide network of sources on the ground. SENT: 620 words.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Hundreds of Christians went on a rampage in Central African Republic’s capital, as the country prepared to inaugurate a new interim president Thursday. SENT: 550 words, photos.

GLOBAL DEMOCRACY REPORT - Civil rights and liberties around the world declined for the eighth straight year, according to a pro-democracy watchdog group. SENT: 700 words, photos.

WAR CRIMES-KOSOVO - Three high-ranking Serbian officials had their sentences trimmed Thursday for atrocities in Kosovo, but Yugoslav war crimes appeals judges upheld key elements of a lower court’s finding that leaders in Belgrade orchestrated crimes against humanity in Kosovo in 1999. SENT:

CANADA-QUEBEC FIRE - Quebec provincial police say at least three people are dead and about 30 are missing in a fire that destroyed a seniors’ residence in eastern Quebec. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

BRITAIN-GIRLS CHOIR - Canterbury is not the first British cathedral to set up a girls’ choir. But as mother church of a communion struggling with the role of women in the church, its move has special resonance. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.

BRITAIN-POVERTY TV - A smash hit reality show featuring welfare recipients has stirred up a storm of controversy in Britain. SENT: 750 words, photos

ITALY-BERLUSCONI - Prosecutors say they are investigating the former premier for allegedly attempting to derail investigations into his infamous “bunga bunga” parties. SENT: 120 words.

THAILAND COLD SPELL - Thailand’s capital has seen its coldest temperatures in three decades. SENT: 200 words.

AUSTRALIA-UNEXPLAINED CASH - An American man has been charged after 5.7 million Australian dollars ($5 million) in cash was found in suitcases in a Sydney apartment. Police allege it is one of the biggest cash hauls of crime proceeds in Australian history. SENT: 250 words, photos.

THAILAND-TOURIST DEATH - Park rangers in Thailand have found the body of an American tourist who was apparently trampled to death by elephants in a reserve outside Bangkok, police say. SENT: 250 words.


SPYING IN HINDSIGHT - A growing number of former intelligence and law enforcement officials are questioning the current scope of the NSA’s data gathering programs. UPCOMING 870 words, photos by 10 a.m.

NSA SURVEILLANCE - A sharply divided government task force urges Obama to shut down the NSA’s bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans’ calling records, the AP has learned. SENT: 890 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates from 1900 GMT announcement, 1,000 words by 2100 GMT, photos.



SESAME STREET-HEALTH - Bert and Ernie jump rope and munch apples and carrots, and Cookie Monster has his namesake treat once a week, not every day. Can a Muppets mini-makeover improve kids’ health, too? SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

FDA-CARAMEL COLORING - The FDA says it is conducting new studies of the safety of caramel coloring in soft drinks and other foods, even though previous research has shown no identifiable health risk. SENT: 550 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.


MAC TURNS 30 - Apple revolutionized computing when it unveiled the Macintosh personal computer 30 years ago Friday. UPCOMING: About 900 words by 2 p.m., photos.

DIGITAL LIFE-APP WATCH-BETWEEN - If ever in doubt about your guy’s commitment to a relationship, ask him if he would commit to an app. A growing number of young couples in Asia are sharing special moments in the privacy of Between, a tight networking app that links only two people. SENT: 780 words, photos.

CHINA-LENOVO-IBM - China’s Lenovo Group is buying part of IBM’s server business for $2.3 billion. SENT: 560 words, photos.


JAPAN-TOYOTA - Toyota remains world’s top-selling automaker for second straight year in 2013, beating GM. SENT: 400 words, photos.


TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-WRAPUP- Roger Federer didn’t bother concealing his preference for semifinal winners at the Australian Open. Now the pressure’s on Federer, with an immense obstacle looming: Rafael Nadal. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-MANNING’S RING - Peyton Manning is the only player on either the Broncos or Seahawks with a Super Bowl ring, and his teammates are jealous. UPCOMING: 750 words by 7 p.m., photo.

FBN--SUPER BOWL 2014-TRANSPORTATION - Years of planning have focused on the challenge of moving people around the New York region for the Super Bowl. As the game nears, the question remains: Will enough of the estimated hundreds of thousands of visitors abide by organizers’ wishes and leave their car keys at home? SENT: 850 words, photos.


TBILISI, Georgia — The father of the Georgian luger killed during a training run at the Vancouver Games laments that his country will have no one competing in Olympic luge next month in nearby Sochi. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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