BC-AP News Digest 7:15 am


Associated Press

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 5:30 AM

The world at 7:15 a.m. Times are EST.

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— OBAMA — President hosts breakfast for veterans at 9 a.m., participates in wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery at 11 a.m.



TACLOBAN, Philippines — Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced an unimaginably huge recovery effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine. Police guarded stores to prevent people from hauling off food, water and such non-essentials as TVs and treadmills, but there was often no one to carry away the dead — not even those seen along the main road from the airport to Tacloban, the worst-hit city along the country's remote eastern seaboard. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video, audio, interactive.


MANILA, Philippines — Hours before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, authorities had evacuated 800,000 people and sent them to sturdy evacuation centers — churches, schools and public buildings. But the brick-and-mortar structures were simply no match for the jet-force winds and massive walls of waves that swept away everything in their path. The tragedy is another reminder that nature's fury is sometimes so immense that it can overwhelm even the most diligent preparations. Combine that with a string of unfortunate circumstances — some man-made — and the result is a disaster of epic proportions. By Christopher Bodeen and Oliver Teves. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON PHOTO GALLERY — Typhoon leaves behind devastation. SENT: 130 words, 10 photos. Will be updated with new photos throughout the cycle.

— PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON-AID GLANCE — Government agencies begin worldwide relief effort. SENT: 540 words, photo.

— PHILIPPINES-VITAL STATISTICS-GLANCE — Some facts about the Philippines and its people. SENT: 450 words, photo.

— PHILIPPINES TYPHOON-BABY — Baby's birth amid debris brings cheers in typhoon-devastated Philippine city. SENT: 160 words, photo.


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the major powers were unified on an Iran nuclear deal during weekend talks in Geneva but the Iranians were unable to accept it. He also said critics of the diplomatic effort should withhold their comments until a deal is reached. SENT: 630 words, photos.


TEHRAN, Iran — Iran says a deal has been reached in talks in Tehran with the U.N. atomic watchdog on expanded monitoring of Iranian nuclear sites, in a move that could boost wider negotiations over Tehran's atomic program. By Ali Akbar Dareini. SENT: 400 words, photo.


LANCASTER, Calif. — When Jerral Hancock came home from the Iraq war missing one arm, with another that barely worked and a paralyzed body that was burned all over, he was a hero to Lancaster, Calif. However, he was forgotten by many until the students in Jamie Goodreau's U.S. history classes learned about how he got stuck in his mobile home when his handicapped-accessible van broke down. Or how some of his home's hallways were too narrow for his wheelchair. Now, six months later, the students have closed escrow on a $264,000 property and the community is pitching in to help build it. By John Rogers. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.


A standalone glance at Veterans Day events around the nation. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day with 800 words by 9 p.m., photos.


WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of Chinese students are flocking to U.S. colleges and universities, helping drive the number of international students studying in America to record levels. An analysis conducted by a nonprofit group, whose findings are being released Monday, also found all-time high numbers of American students studying abroad, although there are far fewer and they tend to do much shorter stints than students coming to the United States. SENT: 600 words, photos, graphic.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University's archive of historic comic strips and graphic arts started in 1977 in two classrooms in the basement of the journalism school. Now with more than 300,000 original comic strips and other items from the likes of Charles Schulz, Bill Watterson, Walt Kelly and many others, the collection recently moved into its own prominent 30,000-square-foot home on campus. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 920 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — The first year of automatic, across-the-board budget cuts didn't live up to the dire predictions from the Obama administration and others who warned of sweeping furloughs and big disruptions of government services. The second round just might. Several federal agencies found lots of loose change that helped them through the automatic cuts in the 2013 budget year, but most of that money has been used up. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.



WARSAW, Poland — A U.N. climate conference expected to bring participants closer to a new global climate pact in 2015 opens in Poland, a coal-mining nation often regarded as a roadblock to climate policy in Europe. By Monika Scislowska. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 a.m.


BRUSSELS— U.S. and European negotiating teams resume talks Monday on what could become the biggest trade agreement in history: the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. It's supposed to free up cross-Atlantic commerce in everything from cosmetics and automobiles to services, with one Washington think tank predicting as many as 750,000 new U.S. jobs as a result. The bargaining sessions will take place against the backdrop of European pique over American electronic espionage, but negotiators for both sides say the talks shouldn't be affected: the economic stakes are just too big. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 8 a.m.


BANGKOK — Thailand's Senate convened a highly charged session to determine the fate of an amnesty bill that could pave the way for the return of self-exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra. Nearly 7,000 police officers are deployed around the Parliament and the prime minister's office where thousands of protesters continued to rally against the bill. SENT: 540 words, photo.


BEIJING — As Chinese career trajectories go, wealthy businesswoman Wang Ying's has taken an unusual turn. She has quit her job as head of a private equity fund — to become a full-time political critic. As China's ruling party holds a major economic reform planning meeting this week, it faces rising expectations from private entrepreneurs who feel a simmering anger at being treated as just a resource to provide wealth and tax revenue and want a voice in how society is run. By Gillian Wong. SENT: 980 words, photos.


MARIEL, Cuba — It's a small, dusty hamlet with squat homes along narrow streets. Life moves slowly, seemingly made lethargic by the baking tropical sun. Now sleepy Mariel, a town made famous decades ago by a sudden, mass maritime exodus, is poised to become a lynchpin of the Cuban economy when a huge new, modern port and special economic zone open around year-end. By Andrea Rodriguez. SENT: 870 words, photos.



MERRICK, N.Y. — Kvetching over knishes. It's being heard in delis, diners, bodegas and wherever the Jewish snack food of choice is sold. Ever since a fire at a Long Island factory billed as the world's biggest maker of the fried, doughy pillows of pureed potatoes, lovers have been forced to look harder to feed their knish habit. It's become a case of shock and oy to devoted followers who may have to wait months before there's any relief to what has become a real knish crunch. By Frank Eltman. SENT: 500 words, photos.


— PAKISTAN-HAQQANI MILITAT KILLED — A senior leader of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network, one of the most feared militant groups fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan, is shot dead on the outskirts of Islamabad. SENT: 510 words, photo.

— BROOKLYN SHOOTING — Police: Suspect shoots 3 people to death in Brooklyn before killing himself. SENT: 120 words.

— FALLING SATELLITE — ESA: Research satellite that ran out of fuel caused no damage after re-entering atmosphere. SENT: 130 words, photo.

— CANADA PLANE CRASH — A plane crashes in northwestern Ontario, killing five. Two people survived, police say. SENT: 110 words.

— RUSSIA SPACE LANDING — A Russian space capsule carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts returned to Earth from the International Space Station in a flawless landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. SENT: 250 words, photo.

— MANHATTAN PARK — Teen suspect in custody after 2 are injured in shooting during apparent robbery attempt at midtown ice rink. SENT 630 words, photos.

— NETHERLANDS-MUSIC-MTV EMA — Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and others perform at MTV's Europe Music Awards. SENT: 420 words, photos.

— WILDCAT ATTACK — Worker killed by wildcat at Oregon sanctuary this weekend identified, described as experienced. SENT: 500 words.

— TV-CBS-BENGHAZI — CBS' "'60 Minutes" apologizes for flawed Benghazi report and its discredited source. SENT: 100 words.

— PARTY SHOOTING — Gunfire erupts at Houston-area house party, killing 2 teens, wounding many others. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— HEALTH CARE POLITICS — Republicans seize on health law's growing problems to slam Democrats, brighten hopes for 2014. SENT: 940 words, photos, video, interactive.

— THE NANNY STATE — They're coming for our trans fat —does that mean salt and soda are up next? Not necessarily. SENT: 780 words, photos, video, audio.