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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT

BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT

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

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Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1445 GMT:




Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today and notable pieces that we sent in the past eight hours (all times GMT):


MIDEAST TALKS: Talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians resume Wednesday; curtain raiser will outline changes over the past five years, including the Arab Spring, which made countries on Israel's borders less stable, and a sharp increase in settlements in the West Bank. UPCOMING: About 950 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS: Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners ahead of the talks; timing uncertain -- could be late afternoon or early evening EDT. SENT: 550 words. UPCOMING: about 750, with photos, video.

EGYPT: The government holds back, Islamist sit-ins grow. We will have a story on the largest encampment, where supporters of the ousted president have established an Islamist autonomous zone, and where some aspects of life embody Muslim Brotherhood ideals of religious piety and segregation of the sexes. UPCOMING: About 1,100 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

EUROZONE RECOVERS: The 17-country eurozone may be turning a corner. Official figures due Wednesday are expected to show the currency bloc emerged from recession. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1630 GMT

POPE-SOCCER: Two big-name Argentines meet: Pope Francis and Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi. SENT: 110 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

KERRY: He will seek to allay the concerns of Brazil's top leaders about U.S. surveillance in their country while highlighting the expanding relationship the U.S. is nurturing with the economic powerhouse in Latin America. Kerry will have talks with Brazilian officials, including President Dilma Rousseff, on Tuesday. SENT. 600 Words. UPCOMING: Developing from lunch.

CHINA-ROOFTOP VILLA: A medicine mogul spent six years building his own private mountain peak and luxury villa atop a high-rise apartment block in China's capital, earning the unofficial title of "most outrageous illegal structure." Now, authorities are giving him 15 days to tear it down. SENT: 600 words, photos.

JAPAN-TSUNAMI SHIP: A stranded fishing boat that became a symbol of the devastation of Japan's 2011 tsunami has long divided a northeastern coastal city -- between those who wanted to keep it as a monument of survival and those who wanted a painful reminder gone. SENT: 510 words, photos.

CHINA-POLLUTION-TOURISM: China, one of the most visited countries in the world, has seen sharply fewer tourists this year -- with worsening air pollution partly to blame. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

SPAIN-BOTCHED RESTORATION: A Spanish artist who became famous because of her botched restoration of a Christ fresco in a small-town church is opening an exhibit of her art and has reached a merchandising deal with the town that owns the church. UPCOMING: 120 words planned by 11 a.m. and 400 words by 12 p.m., photos.

THAILAND-ONLINE CHATS -- Thai police seek to monitor chats on mobile app for criminal activity. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FORT HOOD SHOOTING: More testimony; not known who will testify today. UPCOMING: Hearing gets underway 1400 GMT. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1700 GMT, about 500 words by 2000 GMT.

MANNING-WIKILEAKS: As Manning's sentencing hearing continues, the defense focuses on his supervisors' failures. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from court proceedings. 500 words by 2200 GMT

AFGHANISTAN MASSACRE: A military judge considers arguments on whether the entire team of Army lawyers prosecuting Bales should be dismissed, threatening to delay Bales' sentencing for the deaths of 16 civilians in Afghanistan. UPCOMING: 500 words and file photos by 1600 GMT. Will be updated by 2100 GMT, but won't go beyond 600 words.

BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT'S FRIENDS : Two college friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect face arraignment on charges of disposing evidence. SENT: 130 words. Developing from 1800 GMT court hearing. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT but will ultimately be combined with BOSTON MARATHON-SHOOTING-FLORIDA.

BOSTON MARATHON-SHOOTING-FLORIDA: The father of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned by investigators about his ties to one of the Boston marathon bombing suspects is scheduled to speak about what he has learned about his son's death. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 1500 GMT news conference; 400 words expected by 1900 GMT, photos from news conference. Will ultimately be combined with BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT'S FRIENDS.

VOTER ID: Watching for legal challenges/reaction to North Carolina's strict voter law, one of the first passed since the Supreme Court stripped the Voting Rights Act of federal oversight of several states. The ACLU has already said it will sue, arguing that requiring photo IDs for voters suppresses traditional Democratic constituencies from turning out, especially blacks, young, elderly and poor. UPCOMING: To be determined.


MARS FOOD MISSION: Six researchers who have spent nearly four months simulating what it's like to live and work on Mars are emerging from their experiment on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano. The NASA-funded study is researching what foods astronauts might eat during a mission to Mars. UPCOMING: 550 words by 2100 GMT photos.

JUMPING ROBOT: Creating the Carl Lewis of robots: Researchers' work at Penn could be applied to military searches, supply transport. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1700 GMT, photos, video.


TURNER FIELD-FALL: Authorities identify a fan who died after falling from an upper-level platform at Atlanta's Turner Field. An autopsy is planned for Tuesday. AP has interview with man's mother, who provided details about how he was in the smoking section and it was slippery in the area due to rain. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photos, online video.


PEOPLE-OPRAH WINFIELD: She says she's "sorry" that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland. SENT: 360 words, photos.