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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

October 2, 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 at 1600:

-- EBOLA (sent; developing)


-- OBAMA (sent; developing)

-- TURKEY-ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)


-- SAUDI-HAJJ (sent; developing)

-- SECRET SERVICE (sent; developing)

-- STUDENT PROTEST-US HISTORY (sent; developing)


VIDEO: HONG_KONG_PROTESTS (sent; with text and photos); TX_EBOLA_VOX (sent; with text and photos); MAINE_HARVEST (sent; with text and photos)

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 GMT):


EBOLA - Health officials in Texas say about 80 people are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola, those who came in contact with the infected man and their contacts. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

EBOLA-LIBERIA-US-NEIGHBORHOOD - Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old Liberian neighbor when she began convulsing. She was 7 months pregnant. Still, no ambulance came for her amid the country’s Ebola epidemic, so they hoisted her in a taxi cab for the hospital. Duncan fell ill only after traveling to visit his family in the United States SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

FINANCIAL MARKETS - Global stock markets are lower amid worries about the strength of U.S. and European recoveries and the first American case of Ebola. SENT: 440 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2100 GMT.

- BRITAIN-EBOLA CONFERENCE - Britain and Sierra Leone hold a one-day conference in London to appeal for more money and resources to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. SENT: 350 words.

- EBOLA-TIMELINE - Timeline for first case of Ebola diagnosed in U.S. SENT: 130 words, photos.

- AUSTRALIA-EBOLA - Australia raises Ebola donation to $16 million, but won’t send personnel for fear of infection. SENT: 300 words.


HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST - Tensions mounted ahead of the Thursday deadline set by students for the city’s Beijing-backed chief executive to step down - part of broader demonstrations pushing for electoral reforms for the Asian financial center. SENT: 740 words, photos, video, interactive.

HONG KONG-PROTEST-ECONOMY - Hong Kong protests cause short-term pain, longer-term risks for role as business hub. SENT: 910 words, photos.

HONG KONG-PROTEST APP - Many of the demonstrators are glued to the smartphone app FireChat, which lets them communicate even if cellphone networks jam or go down. SENT: 280 words, photos.

HONG KONG-PROTEST OPTIONS - As street protests grow in Hong Kong, the options for city and national authorities to defuse the unrest are narrowing. A chunky-text look. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TURKEY-ISLAMIC STATE - Turkey’s parliament is considering a motion Thursday to give the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. SENT: 560 words, photos. UPCOMING: developing from 1200 GMT meeting.

INDIA-KASHMIR-FLOOD ANGER - As winter nears, anger mounts among Kashmir flood victims over Indian government disaster response. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

GERMANY-BERLIN-MAYOR - Palestinian-born Raed Saleh is seeking to become Berlin’s first immigrant mayor. SENT: 630 words, photos.

MEXICO-CARTEL ARREST - Hector Beltran Leyva, the purported head of the drug cartel allegedly started by his family, becomes the fourth brother to fall as Mexican soldiers stage a raid to grab him. SENT: 730 words, photos.

- MEXICO-CARTEL ARREST-GLANCE - A look at detentions and killings of major Mexican drug chiefs in recent years. SENT: 300 words.

SAUDI-HAJJ - Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was Ebola-free as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BULGARIA-EXPLOSION - Fifteen people were confirmed dead in a blast at an explosives decommissioning factory in northwestern Bulgaria. SENT: 130 words.

THAILAND-TOURIST DEATHS - Thai police say two workers from Myanmar have confessed to killing two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found last month on a beach on the scenic island of Koh Tao. SENT: 330 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER - Tropical Storm Simon forms in the Pacific off Mexico’s southwestern coast. SENT: 120 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-SHARK ATTACK - Man seriously injured in shark attack off Western Australia coast. SENT: 350 words.

BRITAIN-ROYALS-PRESS - Prince William and his wife Kate are threatening to take legal action against a photographer they say has been monitoring their toddler son Prince George. SENT: 130 words.


SUPREME COURT — High court opens new term and could announce some decisions on cases it will review. Developing.

SUPREME COURT -HEADSCARVES - The Supreme Court will consider whether retailer Abercrombie & Fitch’s refusal to hire a woman wearing a Muslim headscarf was religious discrimination. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

OBAMA — He is delivering an economic address Thursday that the White House has long been planning to frame the midterm campaign’s closing arguments. SENT: 480 words, photo. Obama speech at 1615 GMT. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

ROMNEY - Almost two years after his Election Day drubbing, Mitt Romney is the Republican man in demand. SENT: 740 words, photo.

MILITANTS-RECRUITING AMERICANS - Community members and law enforcement officials are on a mission to stamp out terror recruiting in Minneapolis, home to the largest Somali population in the United States. SENT: 880 words, photos.

BATTLING EPISCOPALIANS - America’s oldest Episcopal seminary has been thrown into disarray over what some faculty members say is their dean’s bullying, intimidating leadership style. SENT: 770 words, photos.


DRUG COMPANIES-DOC PAYMENTS- Although it’s called “Open Payments,” the government’s new website doesn’t make it easy to find out whether your doctor is getting freebies, travel or other financial benefits from drug companies and medical device manufacturers. SENT: 660 words, photo.


JOB MARKET’S MYSTERIES - Just how healthy is the U.S. job market? Despite steady hiring and falling unemployment, the question remains a subject of sharp debate and considerable uncertainty on the eve of the September jobs report. UPCOMING: 900 words by 12:00 p.m.

EUROPE-ECONOMY - European Central Bank’s governing council meets to set monetary policy for the eurozone. SENT: 510 words. UPCOMING: will be updated after rate decision expected by 8:45 a.m.; European Central Bank head Draghi news conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m.


SMART STADIUM - The 49ers hope to demonstrate that everything from steering fans to their parking spots before the game to identifying the least congested bathrooms on the way out can be handled by just one app. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.


IOC-OSLO - The IOC will not reopen the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Olympics, even though only two cities are left in the troubled race following Oslo’s withdrawal. SENT: 760 words, photo

COWBOYS-SPILLMAN - Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn’t been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month. SENT: 520 words, photo, video.


REAL HOUSEWIVES-CHARGES - The married stars of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” are due for a dose of unscripted reality. SENT: 230 words, photos. UPCOMING: Sentencing hearing scheduled for 10 a.m.

MUSIC-ARETHA FRANKLIN - Aretha Franklin says her new album brings out an excitement she hasn’t felt since 1982 and the music feels as good as Marvin Gaye’s seminal “What’s Going On?” album. SENT: 475 words, photos.

TV-GREEN-NINJA TURTLES - Seth Green has been a fan of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” since childhood. Now the versatile actor-entertainer-producer is adding Turtle Hero to his resume as he becomes the voice of Leonardo on the Nickelodeon animated series. SENT: 830 words, photos.

GAMES-ALIEN ISOLATION - “Alien: Isolation,” a video game out Tuesday, aims to pay interactive tribute to the seminal 1979 sci-fi horror movie. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

BRITAIN-BANKSY - Authorities in southern England were embarrassed but defensive Thursday after telling workers to destroy a mural they later realized was created by the internationally famous graffiti artist Banksy. SENT: 280 words, photos.


BRAZIL-TRASH PICKERS-PHOTO ESSAY - It’s hard work, but a living, and now the pickers at the sprawling Estrutural dump have to worry about how they’ll survive once the open-air landfill closes. SENT: photos, 580 words.

CZECH-CHIMNEY CLIMBERS - Sky’s no limit for Czech chimney climbers seeking thrills and spectacular views. SENT: photos, 220 words

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