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 1630 GMT:

-- OBAMA (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA-SLAIN JOURNALIST (sent; developing)


-- ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE - GAYS (sent; developing)

-- EBOLA-AMERICANS (sent; developing)




-- BOOKS-MINECRAFT (upcoming)



VIDEO: NKOREA-MYSTERIOUS VOLCANO (sent; with text and photos); MAINE WITHOUT LOBSTER (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:


OBAMA - Lashing out at Russia, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cast Moscow's aggression in Ukraine as a threat to peace in Europe. He vigorously vowed to come to the defense of NATO allies that fear they could be Vladimir Putin's next target. SENT: 770 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, 800 words by 1930 GMT, photos, video.

UKRAINE - The office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin are in agreement on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, but there is no immediate indication that the fighting would stop. SENT: 660 words, photos.

NATO - When Obama and other NATO leaders assemble here for a key summit meeting, their No. 1 goal will be an old and familiar one: protecting vulnerable alliance members from Russia, without goading the Kremlin into military action. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

SYRIA-SLAIN JOURNALIST - Obama says the U.S. won't be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to "degrade and destroy" the group. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BLOCKING JIHADIS - Global drive to block jihadis from fighting in Syria, Iraq; cyberspace is the new front line. SENT: 1,150 words, photo. UPCOMING: May develop.

SOMALIA-US ATTACK - Somali authorities are trying to verify whether the leader of al-Shabab was killed or wounded in a U.S. airstrike, a government spokesman said Wednesday. SENT: 340 words, photos.

APNEWSBREAK: IRAN-NUCLEAR - A new and seemingly promising U.N probe of allegations that Iran worked on atomic arms stalls, diplomats say, leaving investigators not much further than where they started a decade ago. SENT: 660 words.

NKOREA-MYSTERIOUS VOLCANO - Fresh off their third visit to Mount Paektu, two British scientists studying the mountain in an unprecedented joint project with North Korea say details of the "millennium eruption" and data that could help predict the volcano's likelihood of erupting again may finally be coming to light. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

JAPAN-POLITICS - Japan's prime minister picks a record-matching five women for his Cabinet, sending the strongest message yet about his determination to revive the economy by getting women on board as workers and leaders. SENT: 780 words, photos.

JAPAN-POLITICS-WOMEN - Japan names five women to the Cabinet. How are other countries doing? SENT: 330 words, photo.

INDONESIA-FUEL PRICE DILEMMA - The first item on the to-do list of Indonesia's president-elect: how to wean the country off fuel subsidies that make gasoline almost as cheap as bottled water. SENT: 890 words, photos.

FIJI MILITARY UNDER SCRUTINY - For years, Fiji's tiny military force has carried out two high-profile tasks: Leading coups, and peacekeeping. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

AS-THAILAND-SURROGACY-NEWS GUIDE - Here's a look at the controversies, some of the ethical dilemmas they have raised and the Thai military government's new draft law that is expected to outlaw the business of surrogacy. SENT: 580 words, photo.

RUSSIA-JOURNALIST KILLED - Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency says one of its photojournalists has died in eastern Ukraine. SENT: 120 words.

MONGOLIA-RUSSIA -President Vladimir Putin holds talks with his Mongolian counterpart on Wednesday during a five-hour working visit to a traditional friendly neighbor. SENT: 540 words, photo.

BRITAIN-BOY-BRAIN TUMOR - The British parents who took their critically ill son for treatment abroad head to see him at a hospital in southern Spain. SENT: 350 words, photos.

CHINA-ENGINEERING HARMONY - China's tighter grip on restive minority in far west undermines talk of ethnic integration. SENT: 1,450 words, photos.

CHINA-JAPAN - President Xi Jinping tends to huge bouquets and gunners fire salutes as China commemorates Japan's World War II surrender. SENT: 720 words, photos.

JAPAN-WHALING - Japan is seeking to resume Antarctic whaling next year under a revised research program that would involve fewer killings and only minke whale. SENT: 230 words.

AUSTRIA-CALF KILLS FARMER - A farmer who was attacked by a nearly grown calf has died, the third person killed in Austria by cattle in a little more than a month. SENT: 130 words.


EBOLA-AMERICANS - After weeks of battling Ebola, a North Carolina missionary plans to talk publicly for the first time about her fight to survive the deadly virus. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: Updating from 1500 GMT news conference.

- EBOLA - A British man infected with the deadly Ebola virus is released from a London hospital after making a full recovery. SENT: 140 words.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE - GAYS - Organizers of the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade say they're ending a ban and allowing a gay group to march under its own banner for the first time. SENT: 420 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

SOYBEAN FIELD SLAYING - One of North Carolina's longest-serving death row inmates has been freed from prison, a day after a judge overturned his conviction because of new DNA evidence in the case. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

PORCH SHOOTING - A suburban Detroit man who shot an unarmed woman on his porch could come face-to-face with her parents as he receives his sentence for second-degree murder. SENT: 130 words, photos.

DETROIT BANKRUPTCY - An attorney for Detroit is set to resume his opening statement at the city's historic bankruptcy trial. SENT: 130 words, photos. KANSAS CITY SHOOTINGS - Kansas City police are investigating if a man arrested Wednesday in the assault of hotel guests in the north of the city was involved in the earlier fatal shooting of three people and critical wounding of two others on the south side of town.

REPUBLICANS 2016-CHRISTIE-MEXICO - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie steps into the international spotlight, trying out his famous blunt talk in a new role as diplomat and would-be president. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: Updates from events starting at 2 p.m., 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.


GADGET SHOW - Samsung's new smartphones aren't getting bigger, but one will have a side display for quick access to the flashlight, Twitter, news and frequently used apps. SENT: 780 words.


CVS-NAME CHANGE - As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned. SENT: 570 words, photo..

US-EUROPE-WHO EARNS MORE? - Compare unemployment rates, and America's job market looks much stronger than Europe's. But jobless rates aren't the whole story. By some measures, Europe is doing better. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon.


BASKETBALL'S OFFICIAL LANGUAGE - No language barrier: At FIBA World Cup, speaking basketball leaves nothing lost in translation. SENT: 740 words, photos.


PETS-HOT CARS - Experts say hundreds, maybe thousands, of pets die each year when left in a closed car on a hot day. UPCOMING: 620 words, photo.


BOOKS-MINECRAFT — For parents seeking a way to get their kids to stop playing "Minecraft" and other video games, there is a solution: "Minecraft" books. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.

CELEB HACKING-PRIVACY - Periodic cases of hacking fuel outrage, but there's no retreat from digital engagement nor any imminent promise of guaranteed privacy. SENT: 850 words, photos.

- CELEB HACKING - Keep private pictures private, never upload them online. That's the advice experts offer after hackers broke into female celebrities' personal accounts. SENT: 660 words, photos.

FILM-TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL - The commodity most sought at the Toronto International Film Festival is buzz. UPCOMING: 800 words by 6 p.m., photos.

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL-THE CUT - Fatih Akin's "The Cut" is the first movie by a director with Turkish roots to tackle an issue long taboo in the country: the Armenian genocide. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-CMA AWARDS - Nominees for the Country Music Awards nominations are announced. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m., photos.

FASHION WEEK-KICKOFF - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week kicks off a day early with an athletic show of style by Athleta and little black dresses with a military twist. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos. Will update by 9 p.m.

THEATER-MICHAEL CERA - It's official: Michael Cera has come out — as a New Yorker. UPCOMING: 750 words by 10 a.m., photos.

BOOKS-STREISAND - A new coffee table book will feature more than 200 Barbara Streisand photos, many never seen by the public. But the price is high: More than $700. SENT: 130 words, photos.