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 1430 GMT:

-- BUDGET BATTLE (sent; developing)

-- MIDEAST-INSIDE THE BROTHERHOOD (sent)

-- CAPSIZED BOAT (sent; developing)

PHOTOS: INSIDE THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD (sent; with text)

VIDEO: AUSTRALIA-KANGAROO IN AIRPORT (sent; with text)

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):

WASHINGTON

BUDGET BATTLE - Senate leaders try to scrape together a bill to avert a default and reopen the government. Could be another long day. SENT: 890 words. UPCOMING: Urgent updates after House convenes at 10 a.m., Senate at noon. 1000 words by 1900 GMT, photos, video.

BUDGET BATTLE-FUTURE CHALLENGES - Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand of brinkmanship — perhaps repeatedly. SENT: 1,270 words, photo.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - Six world powers are taking a closer look at what Iran is describing as a possible breakthrough deal that could ease suspicions it is interested in nuclear arms. SENT: 430 words, photos.

LAOS PLANE CRASH - Thailand's foreign ministry says an internal flight in neighboring Laos has killed all 44 people aboard. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

PAKISTAN - Pakistan police say suicide bomber kills 8, including provincial government minister. BREAKING.

MIDEAST-INSIDE THE BROTHERHOOD - AP reporters got rare access to the Rantisi family, the closest thing to a royal clan in the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza, at a time when the group is under siege throughout the region. SENT: 2,000 words, abridged version 1,200 words, photos.

ITALY-NAZI FUNERAL - Italy today marked the 70th anniversary of the roundup and deportation of Jews from Rome's ghetto amid deep anger over the late Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke and his Holocaust-denying final statement. SENT: 700 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-EARTHQUAKE - The earthquake that killed at least 144 people also dealt a serious blow to the region's historical and religious legacy. SENT: 700 words, photos, graphic, video.

JAPAN TYPHOON - A typhoon caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes before sweeping up the Pacific coast, grounding hundreds of flights and disrupting Tokyo's transportation during the morning rush. At least 17 deaths were reported and nearly 50 people were missing. SENT: 520 words, photos, video.

ASIA-TYPHOON— Officials say Typhoon Nari killed six people in Vietnam, left seven others missing and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes. SENT: 190 words.

CHINA-EVERETT AVALANCHE - An Australian tourist and three Tibetans have died in an avalanche on Mount Everest, state media said. SENT: 170 words.

ANTARCTIC SANCTUARY - The U.S. government shutdown is threatening a long-awaited deal to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in Antarctica. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-WILDLIFE SHELTER - On the thousands of animals in dire straits that have found refuge in a South African shelter seeking to help indigenous creatures. SENT: 760 words, photos.

CHINA-MASS PROTEST - Thousands of people protested over the government's response to recent floods, some of them throwing bricks and clashing with police, leading to arrests, an official newspaper said today. SENT: 480 words.

FRANCE-FAMILY EXPELLED - France will investigate the treatment of a 15-year-old girl who was detained by police in front of her fellow students so she could be expelled to Kosovo with her family as illegal immigrants. SENT: 320 words.

RUSSIA-OPPOSITION LEADER - A Russian court suspends a five-year prison sentence for a top opposition leader but upholds his conviction for theft. SENT: 250 words, photos. SENT: 650 words, photos.

RUSSIA-NETHERLANDS-DIPLOMAT ATTACKED - A Dutch diplomat was beaten up by two men who barged into his apartment. SENT: 600 words.

CAMBODIA-KHMER ROUGE TRIBUNAL - Cambodia's trial of the Khmer Rouge's two surviving leaders begins hearing closing statements. SENT: 670 words, photos.

MYANMAR-BOMB-BLASTS - A man arrested in the Myanmar hotel bombing that injured an American woman had been under surveillance for alleged involvement in the planting of a second device found at a restaurant the next afternoon, police say. SENT: 430 words, photos.

SKOREA-SHIP SINKS - A cargo ship hits a seawall and partly sinks; nine killed, two missing, eight rescued. SENT: 240 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-KANGAROO IN AIRPORT - Kangaroo hops past perplexed passengers in Australian airport, hangs out in terminal shop. SENT: 150 words, video.

CAPSIZED BOAT - Four women died and 10 other people were taken into custody after a boat with more than a dozen people aboard — including Haitian and Jamaican nationals — capsized early today in the waters off South Florida. SENT: 340 words. UPCOMING: Story describing how common this is and describing the perilous nature of the journey, as well as spot developments; seeking video of rescue from Coast Guard but unsure of prospects. Timing and length TBD.

WIKIPEDIA-FEMALE SCIENTISTS - On a Wikipedia "edit-a-thon" this week to address the dearth of entries about women in the fields of science and technology. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

TECHNOLOGY-SELF TRACKING - A growing category of devices and software applications promises to measure the mundane details of our daily lives. SENT: 940 words, photos, video.

DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-LG SMARTPHONE - On the G2 and the G Pad 8.3, the flagship smartphone and tablet from LG Electronics Inc. SENT: 640 words, photos.

BUSINESS

MICROSOFT-WINDOWS TUNEUP - Microsoft is updating its Windows 8 system to address some of the complaints and incorporate other feedback. UPCOMING: About 1,000 words by 1900 GMT, photos planned.

GM-PICKUP TRUCK PRICES — Analysts say it's a common marketing ploy: An automaker increases prices and then boosts discounts to give customers the feeling that they're getting a deal. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1500 GMT.

TOYOTA-CEO INTERVIEW - The CEO of Toyota's North American operations visited the AP to discuss the company's outlook, the U.S. auto sales boom, the attitude of young buyers toward cars and other topics. SENT: 2,100 words, photos.

SPORTS

JAPAN-STADIUM PROTEST - A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to reduce the size of the spaceship-like main stadium approved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. SENT: 550 words, photos.

POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

FASHION-Q&A-IMAN - Supermodel Iman didn't plan on becoming a prominent voice for black models and entrepreneurs, but since it happened that way, she'll use the pulpit she's been given. She hopes her 13-year-old daughter is listening. SENT: 620 words, photos.

FOOD-DISCOVERING BRAZIL - Alex Atala is out to transform the lackluster image of Brazilian cuisine. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS - Thomas Pynchon, Jhumpa Lahiri and George Saunders were among the finalists Wednesday for the National Book Awards. SENT: 500 words.

BOOKS-VERONICA ROTH - The author best get ready for a busy next six months. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TV-REIGN-ADELAIDE KANE - In between Kane's schoolgirl years in Perth and her starring role on the CW's "Reign" (premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT), there was a teenage stint on the Aussie soap "Neighbours." Then her ramen-and-odd-jobs struggles in Los Angeles four years ago as she tried to break into the big time. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FILM-CHIWETEL EJIOFOR - Chiwetel Ejiofor arrived, he thought, prepared for the first day of shooting "12 Days a Slave." SENT: 800 words, photos.

SKOREA-FILM-ABDUCTED CHRISTIANS - A new drama examines religious conviction in a country that sends out many of the world's Christian missionaries. SENT: 650 words, photos.