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:

-- CANADA-SHOOTING (sent; developing)


-- WHITE HOUSE FENCE JUMPER (sent; developing)




-- SYRIA (sent)

-- PEOPLE-Q&A-MICK JAGGER (upcoming)


-- EBOLA-SWAT TEAMS (upcoming)

-- WHITE HOUSE FENCE JUMPER (sent; developing)


-- TEEN DATING ABUSE (upcoming)

-- CHINA-ZUCKERBERG (sent; with video)

-- PENGUINS-CANADIAN ANTHEM (sent Wednesday night)


-- TRAVELING ASHES (sent; developing)

-- PEOPLE-Q&A-MICK JAGGER (upcoming)





-- EBOLA DOGS (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 (all times GMT):


CANADA-SHOOTING - The mother of the man identified as the Ottawa gunman tells the AP she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son. In a brief and tear-filled telephone call Thursday, Susan Bibeau said she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack. "Can you ever explain something like this?" she said. "We are sorry." SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. Sidebars planned; details TBD.

PENGUINS-CANADIAN ANTHEM - The Pittsburgh Penguins played "O Canada" before their game Wednesday night against Philadelphia to pay tribute to a Canadian soldier killed during an attack in Ottawa. SENT: 130 words Wednesday night.

ON THE ROAD IN NORTH KOREA - AP Exclusive: On bumpy, 7-day North Korea road trip, glimpses of tough lives and determinationSENT: 2,300 words, photos, interactive. An abridged version of 720 words also moved.

SYRIA - U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

TEENAGE JIHADIS-TRAVEL - For teens with passports, travel to Syria — or anywhere else — can be surprisingly easy. SENT: 720 words, photos.

ISLAMIC STATE-MONEY - The Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are earning about $1 million a month just from black market oil sales. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Jerusalem's mayor calls for a tough crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, saying violence will not be tolerated in his city. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 11 a.m.

GAZA-TROUBLED RECONSTRUCTION - Gaza rebuilding slowed by trickle of aid, political rivalries, technical snags. SENT: 660 words, photos.

BRAZIL-ELECTION-COURTING MIDDLE CLASS- Brazil's tightest presidential race in decades is in the hands of the lower middle class, which accounts for 35 percent of voters. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. With BRAZIL-POOR VOTERS-PHOTO GALLERY. SENT: 200 words, photos.

HONG KONG-THE DECIDERS - Exclusive, some say opaque, election committee at heart of Hong Kong democracy standoff. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

- HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST-KENNY G - Smooth jazz star Kenny G insists he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, after Beijing signaled its displeasure over his inharmonious visit and repeated concerns about meddling by external forces. SENT: 435 words, photo.

NKOREA-US DETAINEES - The U.S. government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts say. SENT: 580 words, photos.

KASHMIR-MODI VISIT - Shops and businesses close in Indian-controlled Kashmir as separatists protest a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. SENT: 190 words, photos.

UAE-MIGRANT WORKERS - Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates say their employers beat them with sticks or cables, punched and slapped them. SENT: 660 words.

MALAYSIA-NEW ZEALAND-SEX CHARGES - Malaysia's foreign ministry says a military official accused of assaulting a woman in New Zealand will be returned there Friday to face trial. SENT: 270 words.

POLAND-CLIMATE TALKS - Coal-rich Poland ready to block Europe's new, ambitious climate deal if no compromise found. SENT: 740 words.

DUBAI-PLASTIC SURGERY TOURISM — Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ITALY-DANCING PRIESTS - A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. SENT: 240 words, photos.

PERU-COIN TOSS MAYOR - A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box. SENT: 100 words.


EBOLA - WHO has news conference at 1400 GMT to update on situation, whether it believes any new measures should be taken. Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of an isolation because they have no food. UPCOMING: Developing.

EBOLA-CREMATION FEARS - Even as Liberians get sick and die of Ebola, many beds in treatment centers are empty because of the government's order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims be cremated. The edict violates Liberians' values and cultural practices and has so disturbed people that the sick are often being kept at home and, if they die, are being secretly buried, increasing the risk of more infections. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1600 GMT, photos, video.

EBOLA-SWAT TEAMS - The government is readying special Ebola squads — likened to public health SWAT teams — to rush to any U.S. city where there are new cases of the disease. In the meantime, other teams are helping prepare hospitals in the most likely cities. A look at these health squads. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1900 GMT, photo, video.

EBOLA HOSPITAL - The hospital where a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected with the virus says its revenue and patient roles have plummeted. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

EBOLA-AP POLL - Most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. SENT: 900 words, photos. With EPOLA-AP POLL-METHOD - How the poll was conducted. SENT: 200 words.

EBOLA DOGS - The husband of the Spanish nursing assistant who beat Ebola says his wife now knows that authorities killed their dog Excalibur while she was in the hospital and is questioning that decision. SENT: 130 words.


WHITE HOUSE-FENCE JUMPER - Additional charges were filed Thursday in the case of the 23-year-old Maryland man who scaled the White House fence. SENT: 380 words, photos, audio. UPCOMING: Developing; likely court appearance Thursday but details TBD.


PTSD LEGAL DEFENSE - Mexico considers legal argument of PTSD; psychological wound increasingly used in US courts. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BORDER DEATHS - The number of immigrants who died crossing the desert from Mexico into Arizona has dropped significantly in the last year amid shifting immigration trends that made the Rio Grande Valley in Texas the deadliest border location in 2014. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1600 GMT.

POLICE SHOOTING-ST. LOUIS - Relatives of Vonderrit Myers Jr., the 18-year-old killed by a St. Louis police officer on Oct. 8, will release results of an independent autopsy Thursday afternoon. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing; 500 words by 2000 GMT.

RURAL WATER SYSTEMS - A remote Alaska Native village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems with $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. SENT: 610 words, photo.

CIRCUMCISION LAWSUIT - A judge is dismissing a second lawsuit filed by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during a botched circumcision. SENT: 130 words.

TRAVELING ASHES — A Maine woman who enlisted the help of strangers on social media to scatter her son's ashes all over the world is sending him on a new journey: to space. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words; timing uncertain.


CHINA-ZUCKERBERG China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delights an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese. SENT: 560 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words in chunky text style by 1500 GMT, photos.


EUROPE-BANKS TEST - Europe's biggest banks are facing a day of judgment as the European Central Bank prepares to unveil the results of a yearlong search through the dark corners of their finances. SENT: 780 words, photos.

RUSSIA-TOTAL CEO KILLED — Russian investigators announced Thursday that they have detained four more employees of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport following a plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil company Total and three crew members. SENT: 300 words


WCUP-WATCHING THE WOMEN - The Women's World Cup kicks off in Canada in June - and if the favored U.S. advances far, expect some more massive TV audiences. SENT: 960 words, photos.


DISABLED ARTIST-EXHIBITION - Judith Scott was born with Down's s syndrome. She was largely deaf and mute and institutionalized for 35 years. On Thursday, a solo exhibition of her intricate sculptures of yarn, fabric and other fibers tightly wrapped around an array of found objects opens at the Brooklyn Museum. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-Q&A-MICK JAGGER - One project the rock icon is behind is the documentary "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," which airs Monday on HBO. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

THEATER-THE LAST SHIP - The actors in Sting's musical "The Last Ship" have plenty of pressure these days. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-CHARLI XCX - Charli XCX took a break from touring Wednesday night to perform at an unlikely venue: a high school gymnasium. SENT: 350 words, photos, video.

HIGH-CEZANNE - The High Museum in Atlanta is getting ready to host an exhibition called Cezanne and the Modern. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800 GMT, photos