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:

-- JOURNALIST SLAIN (upcoming)

-- BRITAIN-JOURNALIST SLAIN (sent; developing)

-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)

-- AMERICANS-EBOLA (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- BANK OF AMERICA SETTLEMENT (sent; developing)


-- POLIO (upcoming)


-- TV-EMMYS (upcoming)

PHOTOS: ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing); SYRIA (upcoming, archival images)

VIDEO: DROUGHT-HONEYBEES (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 GMT):


JOURNALIST SLAIN —GlobalPost CEO is quoted as saying Islamic State demanded $132.5 million ransom for kidnapped photojournalist James Foley. More on raid, possible look at military options.

BRITAIN-JOURNALIST SLAIN - Experts say police and security services are using voice-recognition software and other technology, as well as human tips, as they scramble to identify the militant recorded on a video showing the killing of American journalist James Foley. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

JOURNALIST SLAIN-CONGRESS- The beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. SENT: 840 words.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - An Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills three senior leaders of the Hamas military wing in what is likely to be a major blow to the organization's morale and a significant scoop for Israeli intelligence. SENT: 1,130 words, photos. UPCOMING: video; story overall developing.

QATAR-PALESTINIANS - Qatar, home to Hamas boss and funder of Gaza Strip, criticized amid cease-fire talks' collapse. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

AMERICANS-EBOLA - At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus is to be discharged from an Atlanta hospital. SENT: 220 words. UPCOMING: Updates after 1500 GMT news conference, photos, video; expanding with more reporting on how medical treatment achieved the recovery.

EBOLA - Calm returned Thursday to the slum in Liberia's capital that was sealed off in the government's attempt to halt the spread of Ebola. But now the tens of thousands of residents worry about getting food. SENT: 570 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Some Russian trucks in a massive aid convoy have begun to clear customs at a rebel-held border crossing in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian border guard service said Thursday. SENT: 280 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

UNITED STATES-IRAQ-Q&A - US is intensifying airstrikes in Iraq but details on how it is done are sometimes thin. SENT: 720 words, photos.

SYRIA - One year after the deadly chemical attack on rebel-held areas outside Damascus, the victims and their families have yet to see those behind the mass killings held responsible, a human rights group says. SENT: 620 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing with more details, archival photos.

JAPAN LANDSLIDE - Japanese police said the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima city rose to 39 on Thursday with 51 people still missing, as search efforts continued in the devastated area. SENT: 210 words.

THAILAND-JUNTA'S PRIME MINISTER - Thailand's army ruler nominated for new post as prime minister, three months after coup. SENT: 880 words, photo.

CHINA-CULT ATTACK - Five people go on trial for allegedly beating a woman to death in a McDonald's outlet in eastern China after they unsuccessfully try to recruit her into their cult, a court says. SENT: 180 words.

BRAZIL-MAID LAW - A newly strengthened law aims to extend some of Brazil's generous labor protections to the more than 6 million maids, nannies, eldercare givers, gardeners and caretakers who work in privates homes. SENT: 790 words, photos.

INDONESIA-ELECTION CHALLENGE - Indonesian police fire tear gas to disperse protesters trying to get close to a court set to rule on a challenge to the legality of last month's elections. SENT: 230 words.

PAKISTAN - Pakistani officials hold first talks with two opposition groups whose supporters have been demanding the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud. SENT: 470 words, photos.

SAFRICA-ORANGE DEATH - Two men in rural South Africa are suspected of killing a farmworker with oranges, police said Thursday. SENT: 150 words.

IRELAND-OBIT-REYNOLDS - Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland, dies. SENT: 140 words, photo.

CHINA-MONGOLIA - Mongolia hopes for better access to China's ports as Chinese President Xi Jinping conducts a two-day visit to the nation sandwiched between China and Russia. SENT: 480 words, photos.

INDONESIA-US WOMAN DEAD - Police investigating an American couple suspected of killing the woman's mother at a resort hotel say the three had a disagreement over who was paying for the rooms, but that a motive for the crime has not been established. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CAMBODIA-FLOODING - Flooding in Cambodia has killed at least 45 people since last month, officials say. SENT: 70 words.

SKOREA-DARK SIDE OF THE NOODLE - In countries where entire supermarket aisles are devoted to instant noodles, it is stunning news: A U.S. study involving more than 10,000 South Korean adults has found that excessive consumption of ramen can be hazardous to your health. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

- NOODLE STUDY-QUOTES - Reactions from around Asia to study linking instant noodles to health hazards. SENT: 360 words.



MARINE-DESERTION CHARGE - A Marine who mysteriously disappeared in Iraq 10 years ago is due in military court after an investigation into whether he deserted his unit. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT'S FRIENDS — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to plead guilty to impeding the investigation. SENT: 370 words, photo. UPCOMING: updates from 1800 GMT hearing, then 500 words by 2100 GMT., photos.

HARVARD-THAI STUDIES — A bid for a Thai Studies program at Harvard is coming under criticism from an alumnus who says former Thai government officials involved in the fundraising are characterizing it as a way to promote the monarchy. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1900 GMT.

GAY VEGAS - While gay couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they - and their money - are more than welcome to the many other activities Sin City has to offer. SENT: 850 words, photos.

OBIT-SZOKA - Edmund Szoka, who was the former governor of Vatican City and the head of the Detroit archdiocese, has died at age 86. SENT: 240 words.


POLIO (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT) - New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle worrisome outbreaks of polio. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT; 750 words.


BANK OF AMERICA SETTLEMENT - The Justice Department has announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis. SENT: 290 words. UPCOMING: Developing; broader look on whether customers, communities will benefit from the money being paid out.

AIRLINES-FIRST CLASS MEALS - To win the hearts of business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs. SENT: 580 words.

RUSSIA-MCDONALDS - Russia's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Urals after safety complaints. SENT: 250 words.


TV-EMMYS - If it walks like a drama and talks like a drama and yet calls itself a comedy, that's just fine with the Emmy Awards. UPCOMING: 700 words by sent, photos.

PEOPLE-LAVERNE COX - Laverne Cox realizes she is having a winning moment as a transgender actor in entertainment — including a recent Emmy nomination — and she hopes her story will continue to inspire others. SENT: 330 words, photos.

MUSIC-MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS-BOY BANDS - Get ready for another potential OMG boy band moment: 5 Seconds of Summer is about to make its debut on the MTV Video Music Awards. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 a.m., photos.

THEATER-ROSTAM BATMANGLIJ - The music heard when you first file into the Cort Theatre to see "This Is Our Youth" is no mere canned, off-the-shelf tune. UPCOMING: 650 words by 10 a.m., photos.

PEOPLE-SERENA WILLIAMS - She replaced her tennis racket with a microphone at a karaoke event a week ahead of the U.S. Open. SENT: 300 words, photos.

BRITAIN-AMY WINEHOUSE - Amy Winehouse is to be commemorated with a statue in the London neighborhood where she lived and worked. SENT: 130 words.