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

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today's coverage highlights as we see them:

-- PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent; developing)

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE-HITTING THE WATER (sent)

-- UKRAINE-TRAPPED BETWEEN POWERS (sent)

-- SECRET CUBAN TWITTER HEARINGS (sent; developing)

-- PARTIES-DIMINISHED ROLES (upcoming)

-- BUDGET CUTS (upcoming)

-- HAGEL-CHINA (sent; developing)

-- BRITAIN-IRISH PRESIDENT (sent; developing)

-- SHARPTON-FBI (upcoming; developing)

-- DYING PIGS (upcoming)

-- AT-HOME MOTHERS (sent)

PHOTOS: BRITAIN-IRISH PRESIDENT (sent; developing)

VIDEO: UKRAINE_FIGHT (sent; with text and photos); DEAF_BLIND_TECHNOLOGY (sent; with text and photos)

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:

WORLD

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - Oscar Pistorius broke down in sobs and howls while testifying at his murder trial Tuesday, forcing the court to adjourn as the star athlete was describing the moments he said he first realized he had shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home last year. SENT: 540 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - Search crews in the Indian Ocean failed to pick up more of the faint underwater sounds that may have been from the missing Malaysian jetliner's black boxes whose batteries are at the end of their life. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

MALAYSIA-PLANE-HITTING THE WATER - The way the missing Malaysia Airlines plane hit the Indian Ocean makes a big difference to the teams undertaking the painstaking search for the wreckage. Here are some possible scenarios. SENT: 800 words, photos.

UKRAINE-TRAPPED BETWEEN POWERS - As top diplomats from Russia and the United States have met in Europe's capitals to decide Ukraine's fate, there's been a conspicuous absence: a representative from Ukraine. SENT: 930 words, photo.

UKRAINE - Ukrainian security forces on Tuesday drove pro-Russian protesters out of the regional government headquarters in Kharkiv that they had seized and arrested about 70 of them, the country's leader said. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.

BRITAIN-IRISH PRESIDENT- Ireland's head of state begins the first state visit by his country to Britain, another sign of how Northern Ireland's peace process has transformed relations between two one-time enemies. SENT: 420 words, photos.. UPCOMING: Will be updated with more details, photos and videos after arrival for Windsor Castle banquet around 1800 GMT.

EGYPT-WOMEN'S RIGHTS - Months after the passage of Egypt's new constitution, women are worrying whether their new rights will be implemented. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-SHOOTING INVESTIGTION - A senior Afghan official says the policeman who opened fire on two AP journalists, killing one and seriously wounding the other, has been transferred to Kabul as Afghan authorities step up the investigation. SENT: 130 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Israel's foreign minister on Tuesday warned the Palestinians that a planned prisoner release will not happen as long as they pursue what he called a "provocative" bid to join U.N. agencies. SENT: 430 words, photos.

SYRIA - Syrian state media say Iran has sent 30,000 tons of food supplies to help President Bashar Assad's government deal with shortages amid civil war. SENT: 130 words.

EGYPT - Security officials in Egypt say they shut down telephone and Internet networks to the southern province of Aswan for several hours, as authorities moved to try to end a bloody tribal feud that killed 25 people the past week. SENT: 130 words.

EUROPE-DATA COLLECTION - The European Union's top court on Tuesday dealt a blow to law-enforcement agencies' spying on phone and internet records, saying the lives of citizens should not be "the subject of constant surveillance." SENT: 430 words.

GERMANY-DUAL CITIZENSHIP - Germany's Cabinet has approved legislation under which immigrants' children will no longer be forced to choose between German nationality and that of their parents. SENT: 130 words.

SOUTH AFRICA-HONEYMOON SLAYING - A British man accused of arranging the killing of his wife on their honeymoon was charged with murder in South Africa on Tuesday, hours after arriving from Britain following a lost battle to avoid extradition. SENT: 460 words, photos.

ISRAEL-RUNNER BARRED - Israel's high court on Tuesday upheld a decision to prevent an Olympic runner from leaving the Gaza Strip to participate in a marathon, highlighting Israel's tight restrictions on travel in and out of the Hamas-ruled territory. SENT: 540 words, photos.

QUEBEC ELECTION - Quebec voters gave a resounding no to the prospect of holding a third referendum on independence from Canada, handing the main separatist party in the French-speaking province one of its worst electoral defeats ever. SENT: 500 words, photos.

THAILAND-RED SHIRTS - As Thailand is entering the hottest month of the year, the country's simmering political turmoil is expected to heat up, both in court and on the streets. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PEACHES GELDORF - British police are investigating the unexplained death of 25-year-old celebrity Peaches Geldof and say they will hand their findings to a coroner. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MYANMAR-ROHINGYA-PERSECUTION Severe shortages of food, water and medical care for Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar are part of a long history of persecution against the religious minority that could amount to "crimes against humanity," a U.N. human rights envoy said, an allegation denied by the government. SENT: 610 words.

WASHINGTON

SECRET CUBAN TWITTER HEARINGS - The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development begins a series of appearances on Capitol Hill before lawmakers asking questions about his agency's secret "Cuban Twitter." SENT: 720 words. UPCOMING: Developments from 1425 GMT hearing. 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

HAGEL-CHINA - Pentagon chief and his Chinese counterpart face off over Beijing's position with regards to territorial disputes in the region. SENT: 880 words, photos, audio.

PARTIES DIMINISHED ROLES - Millionaires and billionaires are increasing their influence in federal elections, forcing the parties to play more limited roles, and raising questions about who sets the agenda in campaigns. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

UNITED STATES-IRAN - Reports of multibillion-dollar oil talks between Iran and Russia are emerging as the latest obstacle to a comprehensive pact eliminating the threat of an Iranian nuclear arsenal. SENT: 900 words.

CONGRESS-UNEMPLOYMENT - Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House. SENT: 760 words, photo.

IRAN-AMBASSADOR - The Senate approved a bill to bar a former hostage-taker tapped to be Iran's ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States. SENT: 500 words.

US

SHARPTON-FBI - The Rev. Al Sharpton holds a news conference a day after a website claims the activist and TV commentator worked as an FBI informant decades ago, recording conversations with members of Mafia crime families. UPCOMING: Developing from 1330 GMT, news conference.

KILLER WHALE CAPTIVITY — Animal rights activists and tourism officials face off during a legislative hearing that would prohibit San Diego's SeaWorld and other wildlife parks from keeping orca whales in captivity in California. SENT: 490 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words from legislative committee hearing by 2000 GMT.

STABBING DEATH-STILETTO HEEL - Jurors are expected to soon get the case of a Houston woman accused of stabbing to death her boyfriend with the stiletto heel of her shoe. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updating from testimony resuming at 1415 GMT.

CAPITOL LOCKDOWN - The attorney for the family of a Connecticut woman killed by police on Capitol Hill six months ago says her autopsy found she was shot multiple times from behind, including a shot to the back of the head. SENT: 250 words.

HILLARY CLINTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is kicking off a series of West Coast appearances this week with a keynote speech at a San Francisco conference for marketing professionals. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 2000 GMT.

TEXAS-MEXICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES - The Texas Board of Education is mulling adding a Mexican-American course as an official high school elective. SENT: 650 words.

POLITICS

CONNECTICUT SENATE-KENNEDY — Ted Kennedy Jr. is expected to announce a run for Connecticut state Senate. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT, update from event scheduled for 6 p.m., photos.

SCIENCE

GROWING BODY PARTS - In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab. SENT: 780 words, photos.

PARALYSIS TREATMENT - Study: Electrical implant helps paralyzed men move their legs but doctors warn it isn't a cure. SENT: 650 words, photos.

TECH

DEAF-BLIND TECHNOLOGY- On a pilot program run by the FCC that provides low-income deaf-blind indivduals with the latest telecommunications devices and special training. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

RHAPSODY-SUBSCRIBERS — Music subscription service Rhapsody International says its paying subscribers have grown 63 percent to 1.7 million over the past year. SENT: 150 words.

FINLAND-NOKIA-MICROSOFT — Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the $7.3 billion deal. SENT: 135 words.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

DYING PIGS - A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1600 GMT, photo.

POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

PARENTING-AT-HOME MOTHERS - The Pew Research Center issues a report about stay-at-home mothers, analyzing trends and comparing ages, education and economic characteristics with mothers who work outside the home. SENT: 500 words.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

TV-MAD MEN-WEINER - The looming end has taken root in the "Mad Men" conversation for fans, even as they mark time for the 14 new installments of the final season. SENT: 960 words, photos.

TV-INNER FISH - Neil Shubin would like to introduce you to your family tree, the one with roots reaching back more than 3 billion yearsUPCOMING: 650 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

TV-DAVE CLARK FIVE - The Dave Clark Five gets its due in a new PBS documentary. SENT: 650 words, photos.

HONG KONG-CHINESE CUP AUCTION - A Shanghai collector bought a rare Ming Dynasty cup that's touted as the "holy grail" of China's art world for $36 million. SENT: 350 words, photos.