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September 18, 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 1530 GMT:

-- BRITAIN-SCOTLAND (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA (sent; developing)

-- CONGRESS-ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)

-- UNITED STATES-UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- EBOLA (sent; developing)

-- CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES (sent; developing)

-- ALIBABA IPO-TECH CHAMPIONS (sent)

-- DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-APPLE IOS 8 SOFTWARE (sent)

PHOTOS: BRITAIN-SCOTLAND (sent; with text and video); PERU-UNEARTHING THE BODIES-PHOTO GALLERY (sent; with text); CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES (sent; developing)

VIDEO: SCOTLAND POLLS (sent); AUSTRALIA ARRESTS (sent);

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:

TOP STORIES:

BRITAIN-SCOTLAND Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state. SENT: 700 words, photos, video, interactive. Polls close at 2100 GMT; results expected by 0005 GMT Friday.

- SCOTLAND-WHAT’S AT STAKE - Breaking up is hard to do, especially after 307 years. What’s at stake for Scotland, and what are the practical results of a Yes or No referendum vote? SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

- BRITAIN-SCOTLAND EXPLAINED - A guide to Scotland as vote begins on ending three-century marriage with United Kingdom. SENT: 640 words, photos.

SYRIA - Islamic State fighters backed by tanks have captured 16 Kurdish villages over the past 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border, prompting civilians to flee their homes. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

CONGRESS-ISLAMIC STATE — Obama’s request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants expected to be approved in the Senate. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

UNITED STATES-UKRAINE — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked the U.S. to give his soldiers lethal military equipment in its battle against Russian-backed separatists, saying that one cannot win the war or keep the peace with blankets and night vision goggles. Senior administration officials said President Barack Obama will announce $46 million in new security assistance for the Ukrainian military when he meets later with Poroshenko, but will stop short of the request for lethal aid.SENT: 480 words, photo. UPCOMING: Poroshenko meets Obama at 1800 GMT; developing.

AUSTRALIA-TERRORISM - Police say they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video.

EBOLA — The people of Sierra Leone stock up on food to prepare for a three-day lockdown during which all residents must stay at home to fight the spread of Ebola, as the World Health Organization says more than 700 new cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words with new approach by 1800 GMT, photo.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA - North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. SENT: 820 words, photo.

FIJI-ELECTION - International observers endorse the landmark Fiji election as credible, although most smaller political parties said they would not accept what appeared to be a decisive win for the South Pacific country’s military ruler. SENT: 390 words, photos.

NIGERIA-TORTURE - Amnesty International says Nigeria’s police and military routinely torture women, men and children as young as 12 with beatings, shootings, rape, electric shocks and pliers used to pull out teeth and nails. SENT: 130 words.

LIBERIA-REBEL COMMANDER - A spokesman for Belgium’s prosecutors says police have arrested a high-ranking member of the rebel movement. SENT: 130 words.

ISRAEL-UNCERTAIN GOLAN - Collapse of UN peacekeeping mission on Golan Heights marks new era on Israel-Syria front. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

IRAQ - Iraqi authorities say attacks have killed 12 people in and around Baghdad. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CHINA-CIVIL SOCIETY - China cracks down on missing passengers’ relatives, churches and other forms of civil society. SENT: 950 words, photos.

VATICAN-CARDINAL DISPUTE - Five high-ranking cardinals have taken one of Pope Francis’ favorite theologians to task over an issue dear to the pope’s heart and critical to the Vatican’s upcoming two-year study on family issues. SENT: 130 words.

BRAZIL-ELECTION - Front-running presidential candidate Marina Silva tells the AP that she taps into deep voter discontent over a broken political system. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER - After a day of widespread looting of stores, police step up patrolling overnight in the resort area of Los Cabos, where thousands are still without water or electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

CHINA-MINORITY SCHOLAR - A Muslim Uighur scholar accused of separatism seeks to show that his writings and classroom lectures were not a campaign to split his native Xinjiang region from China. SENT: 950 words, photos.

WHALING-JAPAN - An international whaling conference votes against Japan’s plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan vows to go ahead anyway. SENT: 130 words.

THAILAND-TOURIST DEATHS - Thailand’s military ruler apologizes for suggesting that foreigners visiting the country’s world-famous beaches might be unsafe wearing bikinis in the wake of the killing of two British tourists this week. SENT: 220 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-PARLIAMENT JUDGES - Bangladesh’s parliament now has the authority to impeach Supreme Court judges. SENT: 250 words.

VIETNAM-POLICE BRUTALITY - A Vietnamese court sentences four policemen to up to 17 years in prison for beating a suspect to death, in an unusually harsh punishment for police brutality. SENT: 330 words.

PHILIPPINES-CYBERSEX - Philippine authorities say they have arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide. SENT: 210 words.

NORWAY-BREIVIK’S FATHER - Father of Norwegian mass murderer Breivik speaks of guilt in rare public appearance. SENT: 390 words, photos.

SYRIA-EDUCATION - Nearly 3 million Syrian children are not attending school due to the civil war raging in their homeland, an international charity group said Thursday. SENT: 230 words.

BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY - Duchess of Cambridge cancels Malta trip due to morning sickness; Prince William to go instead. SENT: 120 words, photo.

DEMOCRATS-BESIDES CLINTON — Despite cheers for Hillary Rodham Clinton on her first trip to Iowa in more than six years, some Democrats there haven’t shed the gnawing desire for someone else. SENT: 790 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - An out-of-control wildfire that is threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California is showing explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres. SENT: 440 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are due in court for a status hearing. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from 1400 GMT hearing, then 500 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

SCIENCE

OBAMA-CLIMATE CHANGE - Amid a dizzying array of crises that converge next week at the U.N. General Assembly, Obama will attend a summit on climate change, where world leaders will seek to build momentum for a make-or-break global treaty to be finalized next year in Paris. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2200 GMT.

TECH

DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-APPLE IOS 8 SOFTWARE - The scores of new features in Apple’s software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity. The free update is available starting Wednesday. SENT: 940 words, photo.

- DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-APPLE IOS 8 SOFTWARE-NOW OR LATER - Some things to consider on whether to upgrade to iOS 8 now or wait. SENT: 240 words, photo

ALIBABA IPO-TECH CHAMPIONS - Alibaba Group’s U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China’s state-dominated economy. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

ALIBABA IPO-INSIDERS — Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale. SENT: 950 words.

NEWS CORP-GOOGLE ANTITRUST — The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google’s protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition. SENT: 140 words.

OBAMA-SOLAR PANELS — The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House says. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases. SENT: 220 words, photo.

BUSINESS /ECONOMY

FEDERAL RESERVE - The Federal Reserve has made clear that record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months. Enjoy the easy money while it lasts. SENT: 1,000 words, photo, interactive.

- YELLEN -Federal Reserve chair speaks at a conference of the Corporation for Enterprise Development. Topic: The importance of asset building for low- and middle-income households. UPCOMING: 130 words after speech begins at 8:45 a.m., 300 words by 9:30 a.m., photo.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS - The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits drops by a sharp 36,000 last week, a sign that the job market is strengthening. SENT: 320 words, photo.

HOME CONSTRUCTION - U.S. home construction plunges in August, led by steep decline in the pace of building apartments. SENT: 490 words, photo.

EUROPE-ECONOMY - The European Central Bank launches a new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more — but low demand for its super-cheap money shows the difficulty it faces in trying to revive a stalling economy. SENT: 600 words, photo.

— EUROPE-YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT — Some 200 companies pledge to create new work and training opportunities for Europe’s young jobseekers, of which one out of four is unemployed. SENT: 380 words

INDIA-CHINA - Chinese President Xi Jinping vows to bring prosperity to Asia and create opportunities for the world as he and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi began talks Thursday. SENT: 720 words, photo.

ARGENTINA-DEFAULT — Federal appeals court in Manhattan hears from lawyers for U.S. hedge funds upset that a judge allowed payments to be made through a Citibank branch in Argentina to bondholders who swapped their bonds at a discount after Argentina’s 2001 economic collapse. UPCOMING: Hearing starts at 2 p.m., then 500 words by 6 p.m.

HORSE-POWERED FARMING - Horse-powered farmers cite a number of reasons for eschewing engines: Horses don’t use fossil fuels, their manure contributes to the farm’s fertility, and they cost less than tractors.SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

VIXEN WORKOUT - A new women’s only hip-hop workout is putting the moves on fitness and self-esteem. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.

IG NOBEL PRIZES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 7 p.m.) Ig Nobel prizes, the annual award for sometimes inane but often surprisingly practical scientific discoveries, are announced. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon; HOLD FOR RELEASE at 7:30 p.m., photos.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE WIN - A Silver Spring teacher has become the third contestant to win more than $1 million on “Wheel of Fortune.” SENT: 130 words.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

BOOKS-THREE CUPS OF TEA - ‘Three Cups of Tea’ author Greg Mortenson plans reluctant return to public view. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: photos, video. With THREE CUPS OF TEA-FACT OR FICTION.

TV-SNL-HAMMOND - A familiar face — former cast member Darrell Hammond — is taking over for a familiar voice at “Saturday Night Live.” SENT: 160 words.

PEOPLE-SPACEY-THREATS - A woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey as been sentenced to more than four years in prison. SENT: 130 words.

BOOKS-JOAN RIVERS — A tribute to Jewish food being published in December will include memories, and jokes, from a well-known expert — Joan Rivers. SENT: 500 words, photo.

TV-NCIS NEW ORLEANS - The “NCIS” franchise expands to the Big Easy with a series set in New Orleans starring Scott Bakula and CCH Pounder. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 a.m., photos, video

TV-Q&A-MICHAEL SHEEN - Michael Sheen likes variety. His most recent role is of sex researcher Dr. William Masters on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” The show airs its season-two finale later this month. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-BETTY BUCKLEY - Tony-winning stage-musical veteran Betty Buckley teams with producer T Bone Burnett for the album “Ghostlight.” UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m., photos.

MILAN FASHION WEEK-WATCH - Milan Fashion Week moves into its second day with highlights to include Emporio Armani, Fendi, Moschino and Prada. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

PEOPLE-ZACHARY QUINTO — Zachary Quinto got his big acting break on the NBC’s “Heroes,” but he’s ruling out any role in the “Heroes Reborn” miniseries due to air next year. SENT: 250 words, photos, video.

MUSIC-GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL-WORLD LEADERS - The leaders of India, Bangladesh, Norway and the United Nations are set to appear at the Global Citizen Festival headlined by Jay Z on Sept. 27 in New York’s Central Park. SENT: 125 words.

BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY - Prince William will replace his wife, Kate, on this weekend’s official visit to Malta because the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is still suffering from acute morning sickness. SENT: 110 words, photos.

PERU-UNEARTHING THE BODIES-PHOTO GALLERY - This remote Andean hamlet was a ghost town for three decades, inhabited only by the buried bodies of nearly two dozen villagers slain by security forces who considered them rebel sympathizers. Forensic investigators recently came to dig up those the remains. SENT: 480 words, photos.

HOW TO REACH US

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