Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:
-- MALAYSIA PLANE (sent; developing)
-- MALAYSIA-PLANE-LIMITS OF TECHNOLOGY (sent)
-- WASHINGTON MUDLSIDE (sent; developing)
-- GENERAL MOTORS RECALL-DOZING WATCHDOG (upcoming)
-- GAY MARRIAGE - MICHIGAN (sent; developing)
-- MARRIAGE-HEART HEALTH (sent)
-- KIDS-HIGH CHOLESTEROL (sent)
-- OBAMA (sent; developing)
-- VERMONT BUS STRIKE (sent)
-- ISRAEL-US VISAS (upcoming)
PHOTOS: AFGHAN-WOMEN LAWMAKERS-PHOTO ESSAY (sent; with text); HAITI-DROUGHT (sent; with text)
VIDEO: WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE coverage, including UPCOMING interview with a survivor.
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 EDT):
MALAYSIA-PLANE - Australian officials moved the search area for the lost Malaysian jetliner 680 miles to the northeast Friday following a new analysis of radar data, and planes quickly found multiple objects in the new zone. Five out of 10 aircraft hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 found objects of various colors Friday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. It said it was not clear whether the objects were from the plane, and photos of them would be analyzed overnight. SENT: 1,420 words, photos, video, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing.
MALAYSIA-PLANE-TECHNOLOGY LIMITS -The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has presented two tales of modern technologyHere is a look at how, so far, technology has aided or hindered the search effort. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.
- MALAYSIA PLANE-SEARCH - A list of the countries taking part and what they have sent to help the operation overseen by Australia from a military base near the southwestern city of Perth. SENT: 130 words, photos.
- MALAYSIA PLANE-NEW GUIDE - Latest information on search in southern Indian Ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines jet. SENT: 370 words
ISRAEL-US-VISAS - With the United States irked at Israel over its settlement policies and the lack of progress in peace talks, an obscure diplomatic classification has emerged as a new sticking point between the two allies. Israel is pressing to join the U.S. Visa Waiver Program -- a prestigious club of nations whose citizens don't need a preapproved visa to visit America. The U.S. says Israel has not qualified for the special status. At the same time, Israel has seen a spike in the number of young people and military officers rejected entry to America. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 p.m
POPE-PENTECOSTALS - The video, recorded on an iPhone, lasts less than eight minutes. The message is simple: We're brothers despite our differences. Yet, religious leaders say this informal greeting from Pope Francis has reset relations between the Roman Catholic Church and one of its fiercest competitors around the world -- Pentecostals. UPCOMING: 1,230 words by noon.
VATICAN-BANK - The ousted president of the Vatican bank has come out swinging, accusing the bank's board of causing "grave damage" to the Holy See by firing him. SENT: 130 words.
UNITED NATIONS-SYRIA-RIGHTS - The U.N.'s top human rights body voted overwhelmingly to renew its war crimes investigation in Syria for another year Friday. SENT: 330 words, photos.
EGYPT - Hundreds of Egyptian protesters have taken to the streets, some clashing with security forces, to protest the decision by former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to run in upcoming presidential elections. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
SYRIA-FEARFUL ARMENIANS - When hundreds of residents of the postcard-pretty coastal Syrian village of Kassab fled this week, it was the third time since 1900 that ethnic Armenians there felt they had no choice but to run for their lives. SENT: 900 words, map graphic of Kassab.
MYANMAR-VIOLENCE - Soldiers and police patrol streets in western Myanmar after Buddhist mobs attacked offices and residences of international aid workers, prompting the evacuation of almost all non-essential staff. SENT: 510 words, photos.
CRIMEA-TATARS - While the Crimean Tatar leadership has so far adopted a policy of sit and wait, neighborhood delegates have given the tightly knit local communities both an active role to play in their self-defense and a mandate to stay calm. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m.
TURKEY-ERDOGAN EVERYWHERE - As Turks prepare to vote in local elections Sunday, Erdogan is the only show in town. SENT: 950 words, photos.
HAITI-DROUGHT - A drought is ravaging northwestern Haiti, a deeply impoverished region isolated by a lack of roads that even in the best of times can barely feed itself. SENT: 660 words, photos.
CUBA-FOREIGN INVESTMENT - Cuba convenes an extraordinary session of parliament this weekend to consider a proposed new law that aims to make it more attractive for foreigners to do business with the island. SENT: 780 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-TAX COLLECTOR - The sharp-shooting bureaucrat in charge of getting Filipinos to pay their fair share of taxes couldn't have chosen a higher profile target: Manny Pacquiao, the world champion boxer and hero to millions. SENT: 900 words, photos.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR - A worker dies in a mudslide at the Japanese nuclear plant devastated by the 2011 tsunami, in the first death during efforts to control and decommission the facility. SENT: 310 words, photos.
INDIA-ELEPHANT ABUSE - A 14-year-old elephant whose abuse outside a Hindu temple inspired a protest by Paul McCartney is still living in horrific conditions, with shackles around his legs and regular beatings, an animal rights group said Friday. SENT: 320 words, photos.
THAILAND-POLITICS - Two grenades are fired into Thailand's anti-corruption office, police say. SENT: 340 words.
CHINA-WAR REMAINS - The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean War return home more than 60 years after an armistice ended the fighting. SENT: 420 words, photos.
INDIA-AIR FORCE CRASH - An Indian Air Force C-130J Hercules cargo plane crashes during a routine training mission, killing all five crew members on board. SENT: 500 words.
SRI LANKA-INDIA - Sri Lanka is releasing Indian fishermen detained for poaching to thank India for abstaining from a vote by the U.N.'s top human rights body to launch an investigation into alleged abuses during Sri Lanka's civil war, an official says. SENT: 220 words.
H&M-ANTI-SEMITISM COMPLAINT - Fashion retailer H&M has pulled a vest from its shelves worldwide after accusations its design, which featured a menacing skull in the center of a Star of David, was anti-Semitic. SENT: 130 words.
OBAMA - He seeks to reassure Saudi Arabia that the United States is not abandoning Arab allies despite troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, greater energy independence back home and nuclear talks with predominantly Persian Iran. Obama meets with King Abdullah at his desert camp, a 30-minute helicopter ride from the capital city of Riyadh. SENT: 590 words, photo. UPCOMING: Desert arrival scheduled for 10:45 a.m.; 1000 words by 2 p.m.
NUCLEAR MISSTEPS - Investigators dubbed them "the librarians," four Air Force nuclear missile launch officers at the center of a still-unfolding scandal over cheating on proficiency tests. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: A probable folo, details TBD.
- NUCLEAR MISSTEPS-FINDS SO FAR - A look at nuclear force security lapses revealed so far. SENT: 600 words.
- NUCLEAR MISSTEPS-RESIGNATION LETTER - Nuclear missile base commander writes in resigning: 'We let the American people down on my watch.' SENT: 690 words, photo.
CLINTON DOCUMENTS -- The National Archives releases 2,500 pages of documents from Clinton White House, including records from two aides, the ex-president's farewell address and other topics. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
CONGRESS-RUSSIA -- Congress is close to sending Obama legislation providing $1 billion in loan guarantees to cash-strapped Ukraine and giving the administration broad authority to levy more sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea. SENT: 460 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.
BENGHAZI INVESTIGATION -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says there was no "stand down" order to the military on the night of the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. But a House GOP chairman is certain that's not the case, and his committee is questioning officials who were on the ground in Tripoli and Benghazi that fateful night. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m.
AP POLL-HEALTH OVERHAUL - Public support for Obama's health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. SENT: 850 words, photo.
HAGEL-CYBERSECURITY --He delivers speech on cybersecurity at Fort Meade. UPCOMING: 200 words by 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE - Authorities on Friday will officially update the number of people killed. With 90 still officially missing, the previously released number of 25 bodies found will almost certainly spike - making the Oso disaster one of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history. SENT: 840 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updating from first news conference at noon; 700 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.
GAY MARRIAGE - MICHIGAN - Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS - He is planning to take questions from reporters at his first news conference in more than two months. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: News conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m.; 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.
VERMONT BUS STRIKE - In this lakefront city once nicknamed the People's Republic of Burlington for its liberal politics and social services, a long bus strike is testing the community's ability to care for its neediest and youngest. SENT: 900 words, photos.
HANFORD VAPORS - A contractor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has identified two possible sources of fumes that have sickened 18 workers over the past two weeks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site. SENT: 140 words.
PEANUT BUTTER DUMPED - Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall. SENT: 460 words.
SAVING ROSIE'S FACTORY - A group trying to save the Michigan factory where Rosie the Riveter became an icon of American female empowerment during World War II needs to raise another $1.5 million by May 1 to save it from the wrecking ball. SENT: 480 words.
REPUBLICANS-INTERNET GAMBLING - Three Republican governors who weren't invited to GOP super donor Sheldon Adelson's political gathering in Las Vegas this week are nonetheless trumpeting their agreement with him against Internet gambling. SENT: 630 words, photo.
HOUSE-MICHIGAN-ROGERS - Seven-term Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, the outspoken chairman of the House Intelligence Committee in a time of widening global security crises, has decided to give up Congress for a career in broadcasting. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m.
MARRIAGE-HEART HEALTH - Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem. SENT: 570 words, graphic.
KIDS-HIGH CHOLESTEROL - There's fresh evidence that many young people could be headed for heart trouble. A study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams. SENT: 500 words.
GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL-DOZING WATCHDOG - For years, the U.S. government told worried owners of the Chevrolet Cobalt and other GM small cars that it didn't have enough information about problems with unexpected stalling to establish a trend or open an investigation. But an AP review indicates otherwise. UPCOMING: 1900 words by 10 a.m., photos, video, timeline.
TESLA FIRES - The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog has closed an investigation into Tesla electric car battery fires after the company agreed to install more shields beneath the cars. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
MCDONALD'S-COFFEE - McDonald's is offering free coffee to its customers for a limited time as competition for the breakfast crowd intensifies. SENT: 380 words.
DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-OFFICE ON IPAD -- A look at Microsoft's new Office app for the iPad. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
CHINA-HOLLYWOOD MOVIES - Captain America and Spiderman are seeking to dominate the Chinese box office in the coming weeks, proving that all a U.S. patriotic hero needs to overcome Chinese leeriness of foreign films is the promise of big money. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FILM-CINEMACON-WARNER BROS - Footage of the sci-fi drama "Transcendence" previewed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas shows an eerily convincing Johnny Depp as a terminally ill scientist turned unruly machine. SENT: 730 words, photos.
TV-FOX-BARTIROMO - Political junkies have plenty of choices on Sunday morning television. That's not the case for those who follow business, a niche that Maria Bartiromo hopes to fill starting this weekend on Fox News Channel. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
TV-EVA MARIE SAINT - Oscar-winning star Eva Marie Saint could act like Hollywood royalty but proves down-to-earth in a TCM special and interview UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m., photos.
FILM-CHAVEZ-ROSARIO DAWSON - Playing Dolores Huerta in the biopic "Cesar Chavez" doesn't seem enough for Rosario Dawson. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2 p.m., photos.
AFGHAN-WOMEN LAWMAKERS-PHOTO ESSAY - A selection of portraits of women lawmakers in Afghanistan. SENT: 300 words, 16 photos.
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