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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT,ADVISORY

BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT,ADVISORY

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 1445 GMT:

-- KENYA-UNIVERSITY ATTACK (sent; developing)

-- FRANCE-PLANE CRASH (sent; developing)

-- YEMEN (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA (sent; developing)


-- IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS (sent; developing)

-- MENENDEZ PROBE (sent; developing)

-- CALIFORNIA DROUGHT (sent; developing)

-- RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS (sent; developing)


-- CUBA-AIRBNB (sent)









KENYA-UNIVERSITY ATTACK (sent; developing)

TAIWAN-LED FARMING-PHOTO GALLERY - Taiwan harnessing LED tech edge to expand into pesticide-free indoor farms. SENT: 16 photos, 320 words.

IRAN-FADING BOATHOUSES-PHOTO ESSAY - AP PHOTOS: As interest wanes, time slowly washing away Iran's famed public bathhouses. SENT: 18 photos, 300 words.




KENYA ATTACK - upcoming; ETA uncertain.


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:




KENYA-UNIVERSITY ATTACK - Al-Shabab gunmen attacked a college in northeast Kenya early Thursday, targeting Christians and killing at least 15 people and wounding 60 others, witnesses said. The president said it is now a hostage situation. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video. UPCOMING : Developing. With KENYA-UNIVERSITY ATTACK-THE LATEST, an alternative-format, running approach in parallel with the mainbar; either may be used. Sidebars may develop.

FRANCE-PLANE CRASH - French authorities find second black box recorder from German jet crash, prosecutors say. SENT: NewsAlert. Upcoming: Developing.

YEMEN - Despite airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition, Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies push their advance and capture the presidential palace in Aden following heavy clashes in this southern coastal city, while to the east, al-Qaida militants profit from the turmoil roiling the country and seize Mukalla, another major port. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1900 GMT.

SYRIA - Syrian rebels and fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front capture the only functioning border crossing with Jordan and three nearby military posts, prompting government bombing raids on the area. SENT: 480 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SEAFOOD FROM SLAVES - Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar probing labor abuses, slavery in seafood industry exposed by AP. SENT: 580 words, photos.

IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS - Officials are still negotiating over Iran's nuclear program in Switzerland, and there's nothing certain about how talks will wrap up. SENT: 540 words, photos,video. UPCOMING: Will be updated after remarks scheduled for 1905 GMT, photos.

RUSSIA-TRAWLER SINKING - A Russian trawler sinks in just 15 minutes in waters off Russia's Far Eastern coast, killing at least 54 crew members. SENT: 310 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

IRAQ-CLEARING TIKRIT - After a month of ferocious battles that finally pushed Islamic State militants out of Tirkrit, a dangerous calm has decsended on this northern Iraqi city as the military's explosives experts fan out to remove booby traps and bombs left behind by the extremists. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT.

CUBA-AIRBNB - Airbnb comes to Cuba in major expansion of US business on communist island. SENT: 900 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a government proposal to route the West Bank separation barrier through church properties in a scenic valley outside of Jerusalem, a long-running case that has drawn the interest of Pope Francis. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

AFGHANISTAN - A suicide bomber attacks an anti-corruption demonstration in eastern Afghanistan, killing 16 people and wounding 60.. SENT: 240 words.

EGYPT - Islamic militants attack an army checkpoint in the restive north of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 15 soldiers and wounding 19. SENT: 170 words.

RUSSIA-GAYS UNDER PRESSURE - Alevtina lost her teaching job after being outed by an anti-gay activist, part of a wave of anti-gay sentiment in Russia. The hardening of lines, which came after passage of a law banning gay "propaganda," is thrown into stark relief by an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. SENT: 720 words, photo.

MEXICO-OIL PLATFORM FIRE - A huge blaze twisted and blackened an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, but the state-run Pemex oil company said it managed to avert any significant oil spill. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

SERBIA-CROATIA - Serbian and Croatian officials on Thursday sought to defuse tensions that soared after a Serb far-right leader burned a Croatian flag while defying orders to return to a U.N. war crimes tribunal. SENT: 300 words, photos.

JAPAN-US MILITARY - U.S. Navy hopes rule changes will free Japanese to operate more globally with more partners, as Tokyo shifts its defense priorities to face China's military in contested waters. SENT: 620 words, photos.

GULF-SANDSTORM - Sandstorm descends on Gulf cities, reducing visibility and diverting flights. SENT: 120 words, photo.

VATICAN-HOLY THURSDAY - Pope acknowledges exhaustion of priests -- including himself -- in final days of busy Holy Week. SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SKOREA-SHIP SINKS -- Relatives of South Korean ferry disaster victims shave heads, reject government compensation proposal. SENT: 350 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON -- A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean weakens after reaching Philippine waters. SENT: 260 words.

HONG KONG-WOMEN KILLED -- A British banker accused of the murders of two Indonesian women appears briefly in a Hong Kong court. SENT: 310 words, photos.

INDONESIA-CHILD ABUSE -- A court sentences a Canadian teacher to 10 years in jail on charges of sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1300 GMT.

NEPAL-DOCTORS STRIKE -- Thousands of doctors in Nepal return to work, ending a strike after the government bowed to their demands for medical reforms. SENT: 200 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-PRINCE HARRY - British Prince Harry reports for duty in Australia next week for month-long army exchange. SENT: 460 words, photo.




MENENDEZ PROBE - After indicting prominent Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, federal prosecutors face the burden of proving that the gifts and favors at the center of the case were corrupt transactions between a politician and donor rather than reflections of a close friendship dating back decades. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updating from 1700 GMT court appearance, other details, photos.

SENATE LEADERSHIP FIGHT - A very public spat between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats is dashing the party's hopes for a drama-free succession in the wake of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's retirement. SENT: 630 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT - We'll take a look at how the drought is (or isn't) affecting different people in different places across the state. The vast majority of people haven't done much of anything to curb their water use, and so the governor is upping the ante with the prospect of higher water rates. Will this finally prompt change? UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video by 2200 GMT.

RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS - Indiana lawmakers announce changes they plan to make to the state's new religious-objections law aimed at quelling widespread criticism from businesses and others who have called the proposal anti-gay, as lawmakers in Arkansas scramble to revise that state's own religious-objections legislation amid cries that it could permit discrimination. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach, developing from afternoon legislative sessions.With POLL-RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS (sent); RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS-NEWS GUIDE (sent); RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS-Q&A (upcoming); BKC-FINAL FOUR-RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS (sent and developing)

FREEZER BODIES-DETROIT - A 35-year-old Detroit mother has been arraigned in the slayings of two of her children whose bodies were found in a deep freezer. SENT: 130 words, photo.

MYSTIC PIZZA-TAX EVASION - Mystic Pizza owner faces possible prison time after pleading guilty to federal tax charges. SENT: 120 words.

PEOPLE-SNOOP DOG - Texas state trooper cited for posing for photo with Snoop Dogg at South by Southwest festival. SENT: 130 words.




ANTS-JUNK FOOD - Study finds some urban ants have more taste for human food than others. SENT: 300 words, photo.




GOOGLE-PAYING FOR CONTROL - Google may have to pay more than half a billion dollars for an unorthodox stock split aimed at ensuring co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin retain control over the Internet's most profitable company. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 550 words, photo.




EXXON-CEO INTERVIEW-ARCTIC DRILLING Q&A - The oil industry is ready to safely tap the oil and gas in the U.S. Arctic, despite the risks and the industry's history of mishaps, says Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press. That oil will be needed soon, Tillerson says, to meet the world's growing demand for energy. UPCOMING: 1,400 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

MCDONALDS WORKERS - McDonald's pay bump won't likely ease pressures over labor issues. SENT: 650 words, photos.

VIETNAM-SHOE FACTORY STRIKE -- Ending a weeklong strike that turned into a rare challenge to Vietnam's communist authorities, workers in a Nike and Adidas shoe factory end their protest over retirement payouts after the government agrees to demands. SENT: 350 words




TV-WOLF HALL -- "Wolf Hall," a miniseries based on the Hilary Mantel novel and its sequel about 16th-century powerbroker Thomas Cromwell, debuts Sunday with stars Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

TV-GRACE HELBIG SHOW -- Grace Helbig -- whose YouTube channel, "It's Grace," is the repository of her comic videos playing to more than 2 million subscribers -- is branching out: "The Grace Helbig Show" premieres Friday on E. Entertainment. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TV-AMERICAN ODYSSEY -- North African rebels, private mercenaries, greedy corporations and activists demonstrating against the 1 percent -- the scenes from NBC's new drama "American Odyssey" are torn straight from today's headlines and address a growing national sense of paranoia that all is not right with the country. SENT: 650 words.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER -- He might be one of the world's most famous designers, but Jean Paul Gaultier doesn't seem to like fashion any more. SENT: 700 words, photos.

THEATER-PETER SARSGAARD -- Peter Sarsgaard arrives for lunch at a restaurant near his home with a copy of "Hamlet" as he prepares for the title role. SENT: 700 words.

MUSIC-ANDY SUMMERS -- Police guitarist Andy Summers clarifies love for Sting despite candid remarks made in band documentary. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OLD YANKEE STADIUM LETTERS-AUCTION -- The giant letters that spelled "Yankee Stadium" atop the original Bronx ballpark failed to find a buyer at an auction in New York. SENT: 125 words, photos.

LETTERMAN-FRANKEN - Sen. Al Franken urges longtime friend David Letterman to run for US Senate in Indiana. SENT: 130 words.

Updated : 2021-09-26 08:58 GMT+08:00