Changes the days some stories will move; adds AFGHAN WAR-NUMBED BY NUMBERS, removes SEPT 11-FLIGHT 93.
The following outlines AP coverage plans in all formats leading up to the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks:
Sent Friday, Sept. 7
NEW YORK — Sheila Birnbaum is known in legal circles across New York as the "queen of torts" for her prowess in sorting out complicated legal cases. But she may be up against her most daunting task to date: distributing $2.7 billion to ground zero responders and others who became ill after being exposed to dust and ash from the collapsed World Trade Center, even as questions remain about which diseases are covered and how many victims are still out there. By Alex Katz.
— SEPT 11-HEALTH-GLANCE — Facts about the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
Moving Saturday, Sept. 8
AFGHAN WAR-NUMBED BY NUMBERS
WASHINGTON — It was another week at war, another string of American casualties, and another collective shrug by a nation weary of a conflict in faraway Afghanistan. Many by now have grown numb to the sting of losing soldiers such as Shane W. Cantu, of Corunna, Mich., who was 10 on 9/11 and died last week of shrapnel wounds in the remoteness of eastern Afghanistan, not far from the getaway route Osama bin Laden took when U.S. forces invaded. American troops are still dying in Afghanistan with regularity — 31 a month on average, or one per day, so far this year — that does not always register beyond their hometowns. National attention is drawn, briefly, to grim and arbitrary milestones like the 1,000th death in Afghanistan. But days, weeks, months and years pass with little public — or political — focus on the individuals behind the statistics. By National Security Writer Robert Burns.
— SEPT 11-SUSPECTS-Q&A — An update on the Sept. 11 war crimes trial. It's been five months since a chaotic nine-hour arraignment, and the military trial for the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four co-defendants is still bogged in preliminaries. AP photos.
Moving Sunday, Sept. 9
NEW YORK — Construction on the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is still unfinished, and so are the plans for financing future operations at the site. Congress has balked, so far, at a request to provide a third of its $60 million per year budget, and memorial officials say its fiscal security will rely partly on completion of a large museum now being built in a cavern below the memorial plaza. By David B. Caruso and David Porter.
— SEPT 11-CONSTRUCTION-GLANCE — A look at how rebuilding is progressing at the World Trade Center site. AP photos, graphic, interactive.
COMING HOME-NEW MEDICINE
BOSTON — Scientists are growing ears, bone and skin in the lab, and doctors are planning more face transplants and other extreme plastic surgeries. Around the country, the most advanced medical tools that exist are now being deployed to help America's newest veterans and wounded troops. An Associated Press review of progress from a government-funded effort found surprising feats of surgery and bioengineering. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione.
AP photos, video. Eds: Sent in advance for use Monday and will be available online Sunday morning.
Moving Monday, Sept. 10
NEW YORK — The Sept. 11 anniversary ceremony at ground zero has been stripped of politicians this year. But can it ever be stripped of politics? For the first time, elected officials won't be allowed to speak Tuesday at an occasion that has allowed them a solemn turn in the spotlight — a change made in the name of avoiding politics, but rapped by some as a political move in itself. It's a sign of the entrenched sensitivity around Sept. 11 a decade after New York and the nation began crafting the rites and protocols of commemorating the terror attacks. From the first anniversary in 2002, the date has been fraught with tension over how to remember an event woven into America's political landscape and leadership without politicizing the memory of the dead. By Jennifer Peltz.
— SEPT 11-PENNSYLVANIA — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pays his respects to the 40 passenger and crew who gave their lives while attempting to wrest control of hijacked-Flight 93 from terrorists intent on crashing into Washington. AP photos, video.
Moving Tuesday, Sept. 11
NEW YORK — Much like a new era began for America after the attacks of 2001, the commemorations that have been held each year since then come of age on the 11th anniversary of the disaster, with families and survivors grieving at ground zero, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon. By Meghan Barr.
AP photos, video, interactives.
— SEPT 11-COMMEMORATIONS-GLANCE — A look at the many different ways the anniversary is marked around the globe. AP photos.
— SEPT 11-WASHINGTON — Coverage of Pentagon commemorations or remarks by the president or defense officials. AP video.
— SEPT 11-PENNSYLVANIA — Coverage of Pennsylvania commemorations. AP photos by Gene Puskar, video.
The AP photo team will have fresh photos of the World Trade Center site over the weekend. On Tuesday, the AP will have photo coverage beginning at daybreak. There will be two pool positions at the site, in addition to coverage of the Tribute in Light Tuesday night.
SEPT 11-CONSTRUCTION — A look at how rebuilding is progressing at the World Trade Center site.
SEPT 11-MEMORIAL-COSTS — Construction on the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is still unfinished, and so are the plans for financing future operations at the site.
SEPT 11-ANNIVERSARY — Video staffing at ground zero and Pentagon.
— Interactive and print graphic on progress at the World Trade Center site: /2012/world-trade-center/