Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.


Several enterprise stories that moved recently in the Associated Press report have been resent for use during the final weeks of the year. They are listed in the separate Enterprise for Year-End Use advisory.


Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1545 GMT:




-- HOLIDAY SHOPPING (upcoming)

-- FBN-SUPER BOWL 2014-THE ACTS (upcoming)




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:


HEALTHBEAT-HAND AND FACE TRANSPLANTS - Signing up to become an organ donor is about to get more complicated than just checking a box on your driver's license. The government is beginning to regulate the new field of hand and face transplants just like it does standard organ transplants. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2200 GMT.


MENTAL HEALTH ORCHESTRA — The entertainment for Burlington's First Night celebration on New Year's Eve will include an orchestra designed to be a musical home for people with mental illness and their supporters. SENT: 450 words, photos.

TRANSGENDER STUDENT LAW — With a law that spells out the rights of transgender students set to take effect in California, school districts are reviewing training, teaching guidelines, rules and even locker room layouts. But the law could end up suspended within days of its Jan. 1 launch if a referendum to repeal it qualifies for the November ballot. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1800 GMT.

WORLD RECORD PEPPER - Ed Currie's peppers are hot enough to leave even the most seasoned spicy food aficionado crimson-faced, flushed with sweat. Last month, The Guinness Book of World Records decided Currie's peppers were the hottest on Earth. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2100 GMT photos.


SOUTH SUDAN-VIOLENCE — Fighting persists in parts of South Sudan's oil-producing region as African leaders try to advance peace talks between the country's president and the political rivals he accuses of attempting a coup. SENT: 676 words, photos.

TURKEY-CORRUPTION PROBE — After a decade of dominance over Turkey's political scene, a rapidly developing corruption and bribery scandal has for the first time left Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan looking off balance and not in control of the political reigns. SENT: 130 words; UPCOMING: 700 words by 1630 GMT, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-UPRISING FEARS - A spate of violent Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in recent weeks raises concerns in Israel that it may be on the verge of a new type of Palestinian uprising. The incidents appear to be a collection of individual acts, making it difficult for Israeli leaders to respond or even identify their exact cause. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SENEGAL-CHILD BEGGARS - A tragic fire that killed dozens of street beggars focuses attention on the tens of thousands of Senegalese Islamic religious pupils who are forced to double as street beggars. By Krista Larson. SENT: 1,450 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-AMERICAN ABDUCTED - A 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida more than two years ago appeals to President Barack Obama a in a video released Thursday to negotiate his release, saying he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten." By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 400 words, photo.

PAKISTAN — A suspected American drone fired two missiles at a home in a northwestern tribal region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, killing at least three foreign militants, Pakistani intelligence officials say. SENT: 500 words, photo.

RUSSIA-ARAFAT'S DEATH — Russian scientists say their probe has found that late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had died of natural causes and not from radioactive poisoning. SENT: 300 words.

MYANMAR-PORTRAITS-TRIBES IN TRANSITION— Tribal ways — dress, festivals, even languages — passed down through countless generations are vanishing in the course of one as the long-isolated country of Myanmar opens its doors wider to the outside world. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.

THAILAND-POLITICS — Thailand's election commission urges the government to delay upcoming polls as clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters kill a police officer and injure nearly 100 people, adding to political turmoil threatening to tear apart the country. SENT: 650 words, photos.

JAPAN-YASUKUNI — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pays his respects at a shrine honoring Japan's war dead in a move that draws sharp rebukes from China and South Korea. SENT: 670 words, photos.


TAMING ONLINE COMMENTS — Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, the scourge of the Internet. Some sites are banning comments altogether. SENT: 860 words, photo.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING - The first numbers are in on the holiday shopping season, which has been marked by bigger discounts and smaller crowds. By Mae Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2200 GMT, photos


FBN-SUPER BOWL 2014-THE ACTS - A closer look at some the of entertainment acts that will perform in and around the Super Bowl. How will they prepare for the cold weather, and what steps need to be taken to make sure they perform at a Super level? UPCOMING: 600 words, photos


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