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September 12, 2014

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 at 1645 GMT:

-- TURKEY-ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)

-- MIDTERM ELECTIONS-ISLAMIC STATE (upcoming)

-- PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent; developing)

-- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-COUNTING THE DEAD (sent)

-- PALESTINIANS-HUMAN SHIELDS (sent)

-- PAKISTAN-MALALA SHOOTING (sent; developing)

-- OBIT-PAISLEY (sent; developing)

-- SCHOOL SHOOTER-ESCAPE (sent; developing)

-- FIVE CHILDREN KILLED (sent;)

-- TV-LATE NIGHT-NO WOMEN (sent)

-- FASHION WEEK-WEIRD AND WONDERFUL (sent)

PHOTOS: PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent; with text and video); CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-COUNTING THE DEAD (sent; with text and video)

VIDEO: PISTORIUS TRIAL (sent; with text and video); COUNTING THE DEAD (sent, with text and photos); VINTAGE BASEBALL (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 (all times EDT):

ISLAMIC STATE

TURKEY-ISLAMIC STATE - The United States on Friday pressed Turkey to harden its borders against fighters and funding flowing to the Islamic State militant group, and sought clarity on how far Ankara is willing to go to help a worldwide coalition destroy the insurgent threat. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing into a big-picture story; Kerry news conference scheduled for 2030 gmt.

SYRIA-AIRSTRIKES — The Pentagon is preparing for airstrikes likely next week in Syria by flying manned and unmanned aircraft over the region once more troops get to Irbil, likely early next week. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT.

MIDTERM ELECTIONS-ISLAMIC STATE — Candidates are grasping at anything that can be a difference-maker. For some Senate Democrats, that means questioning Obama’s proposed plans to combat the Islamic State group. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

OBAMA-WAR POWERS - White House confident in legal basis for expanded fight against Islamic State without Congress. SENT: 1,150 words, photo.

ISLAMIC STATE-ASSAD’S FUTURE - Assad may welcome airstrikes by the United States and its allies against the Islamic State group in Syria, but he will be wary of the ultimate result of such a military intervention — his potential downfall should he become the next target. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

AUSTRALIA-TERRORISM - The Australian government raised its terrorism threat level to the second-highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by Islamic State movement supporters. SENT: 550 words, photos.

- FRANCE-IRAQ - Iraq’s new prime minister says France has agreed to take part in airstrikes as part of an international effort to target the Islamic State group. SENT: 130 words, photos.

- GERMANY-ISLAMIC STATE - German authorities ban all activity on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. SENT: 130 words.

WORLD

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing. SENT: 920 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing; separate reaction piece and glance are planned.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-COUNTING THE DEAD - AP tally: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic before UN peacekeeping mission comes Monday. SENT: 1,960 words, with abridged version of 950 words, photos, video, graphic.

PALESTINIANS-HUMAN SHIELDS - There is growing evidence that Hamas militants used residential areas as cover for launching rockets at Israel, at least at times. Even Hamas now admits “mistakes” were made. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-MALALA SHOOTING - Pakistan’s army says it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot by the Taliban in the country’s northwest. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

OBIT-PAISLEY - The Rev. Ian Paisley, the divisive Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast, his wife said. He was 88. SENT: 1400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

UKRAINE- Government and rebel forces exchange dozens of prisoners captured during fighting in Ukraine, as part of a cease-fire agreement sealed earlier this month. 550 words, photos.

WEST-RUSSIA SANCTIONS - The United States and Europe slap new sanctions on Russia, deepening penalties on lucrative energy and arms companies, as well as close associates of Putin. UPCOMING, time uncertain.

RUSSIA-SANCTIONS - EU details list of targets in new sanctions: oil companies, banks, arms firms and lawmakers. SENT: 710 words.

NKOREA-DETAINED AMERICANS - A U.S. citizen arrested in North Korea for allegedly tearing up his visa and seeking asylum will go before the North’s Supreme Court this weekend in a trial almost certain to end quickly with a guilty verdict. SENT: 970 words, photos.

BRITAIN SCOTLAND CELEBRITIES - Scotland’s independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter. SENT: 740 words, photos.

SWEDEN ELECTION - After eight years of tax cuts and pro-market reforms, Sweden’s left is projected to make a comeback. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FIJI-SYRIA-PEACEKEEPERS - Freed Fijian troops call home and then celebrate after release from two weeks of captivity. SENT: 460 words, photos.

CHINA-DEADLY ATTACK - A Chinese court sentences three men to death and a woman to life imprisonment after convicting them of terrorism and murder. SENT: 390 words, photos.

INDIA-PAKISTAN-FLOODING - Pakistan’s military says it has expanded the rescue and relief operation as flood waters hit more districts in the country’s Punjab province. SENT: 130 words, photos.

VIETNAM-ADOPTIONS - Vietnam and the United States will soon resume limited inter-country adoptions, both nations say. SENT: 450 words.

THAILAND-POLITICS — Thailand’s coup leader-turned-prime minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha makes his first major policy statement. SENT: 650 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-KIDNAPPING - China warns its citizens not to travel to the Philippines after a Chinese teenager who worked in a family-run store was kidnapped. SENT: 220 words.

SRI LANKA-SAINT - Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka’s first Roman Catholic saint during his trip next year, making good on his promise to give Asia more saints as models for the faithful, Sri Lankan and Vatican officials said Friday. SENT: 320 words.

WASHINGTON

CREDIT CARD THEFT - Justice Department officials are pressing for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-DEPORTATIONS DOWN - Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion. SENT: 810 words, photos.

US

SCHOOL SHOOTER-ESCAPE — A teenager convicted of killing three students at an Ohio high school scrambles over a fence to escape a state prison with two other prisoners and is caught nearly six hours later while hiding by a nearby church. SENT: 580 words, photo, video.

NAVY JET CRASH - Pentagon officials say two U.S. Navy jets have crashed into the western Pacific Ocean. One pilot was rescued and a search is on for the other. SENT: 130 words.

BUSINESS /ECONOMY

OLIVE GARDEN-BREADSTICKS - Olive Garden is hurting itself by piling on too many breadsticks, according to an investor that’s disputing how the restaurant chain is run. SENT: 440 words, photo.

JAPAN-WOMEN - Empowerment of women and equal opportunities are crucial for driving a stronger global economic recovery, and for revitalizing Japan, the head of the International Monetary Fund says. SENT: 710 words, photos.

ATLANTIC CITY-CASINO REVENUES — New Jersey reports on how much money the fledgling Internet gambling industry is taking in at the 6-month mark, along with figures on the amount won by traditional brick-and-mortar casinos. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2:30 p.m.; 500 words by 4 p.m., glance.

SPORTS

NFL-SPONSORS - Major brand sponsors of the NFL are taking a wait-and-see approach to the league’s handling of its Ray Rice video controversy. SENT: 650 words, photo.

RICE - A look at whether he could ever make a comeback. UPCOMING.

POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER - After 200 years, Smithsonian still uncovering fragments of the original Star-Spangled Banner. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

MAYA ANGELOU MEMORIAL - Friends and admirers gather at Riverside Memorial Church for tribute to Maya Angelou, who died last spring. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT, photos, video.

TV-LATE NIGHT-NO WOMEN - No females ‘at this time’: Why Kathy Griffin, other women are shut out as late-night TV hosts. SENT: 780 words, photos.

FASHION WEEK-WEIRD AND WONDERFUL - Modern dancers, writhing in the dark in front of giant weather-themed video installations. A one-act celebrity-studded play, spoofing the fashion industry. Miley Cyrus, not twerking, but making jewelry with children’s beads. A guy mowing a fake indoor lawn in fishnet tights. We didn’t need to tell you that Fashion Week isn’t only about hemlines and tailoring, did we? UPCOMING: 800 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

TV-SNL-MICHAEL CHE - NBC says a correspondent on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” is joining “Saturday Night Live.” SENT: 120 words.

NY FASHION WEEK-KEY SHOWS - Here’s a look at the spring collections of some of the best-known names. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

TV-Q&A-THE REAL CAST - Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley say their new talk show, “The Real,” will live up to its name. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-NICHOLAS SPARKS - Nicholas Sparks’ romance-drama novels have already found a second life as film adaptations. Now the best-selling author is turning to television. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

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