Editors: Retransmitting to remove CUBA-WHERE'S FIDEL; this is being held for another cycle. Adds video/photo highlights.

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:



2016 DYNASTY POLITICS (upcoming)

BUSH HOSPITALIZED (sent, developing)

SEVERE WEATHER-SOUTH (sent, developing)










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):


KILLINGS BY POLICE-BERKELEY — A suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him at a gas station late Tuesday, police said. SENT: 300 words, photos. Developing, video upcoming.

BUSH HOSPITALIZED — Ex-President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital as 'precaution' after shortness of breath. SENT: 130 words, photo.

SEVERE WEATHER-SOUTH — Severe weather slams the southern U.S. two days before Christmas, killing at least four people, flipping cars, knocking out power to thousands and damaging several homes and businesses. SENT: 510 words, photos.

BLOOD DONATIONS-GAYS — Federal officials have moved closer to overturning a decades-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but activists say the proposed alternative would continue to stigmatize men who have sex with men. SENT: 750 words, photo.

ORPHANAGE FOR A DAUGHTER — A few hours before she was buried in the 2010 Haiti earthquake in Haiti, 19-year-old Britney Gengel texted her parents her last wish: "I want to move here and start an orphanage." Nearly five years later, her parents have fulfilled Britney's wish. SENT: 600 words, photo

MARIJUANA-HOMELESS — Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of homeless people coming to Colorado. SENT: 800 words, photos.

HEALING SPRINGS — More than 230 years after gravely wounded British soldiers swore to its supernatural healing powers, people still flock to drink the water of South Carolina's Healing Springs, which were officially deeded to the Almighty God in 1944. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

POPE-PHILADELPHIA-PREPARATIONS — The pope's trip to Philadelphia is nine months away, but planning for his visit is already in high gear. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


ISLAMIC STATE —Islamic State group militants captured a Jordanian pilot after shooting down his warplane while conducting airstrikes over Syria, Jordan said Wednesday, in the extremists' first successful downing of an aircraft from the international coalition waging an air campaign against the group. SENT: 560 words, photo, video.

IRAQ-YAZIDI GRAVES — A handful of Yazidis who fled this tiny northern Iraqi hamlet when Islamic State militants overran it in August have returned to learn the fate of their missing relatives, after Kurdish fighters drove out the extremists in recent days. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TSUNAMI-A FAMILY REBORN — Ten years after the tsunami swept their young son and daughter again, Jamaliah and Septi Rangkuti say they have found their children in orphanages. Many question whether the children truly belong to the couple, but the family believes they were brought back together by God. SENT: 2,500 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,600 words has also moved.

NKOREA-MYSTERY OUTAGE — North Korea's microscopic corner of the Internet has had a rough couple of days, suffering seven outages in the last 48 hours, according to one Web traffic monitor. SENT: 630 words, photos.

HOLY LAND-CHRISTMAS — Christian pilgrims descend on Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

CUBA-CHURCH — Christmas comes at Cuba at a historic high point in relations between the Catholic Church and a communist state that maintained decades of hostility toward religion. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

ISRAEL-POLITICS — Israel's police said Wednesday they are investigating dozens of public figures and politicians in a major corruption case that could impact upcoming elections. SENT: 310 words.

NIGERIA-EXECUTIONS — Rights group: UN should try to stop Nigeria executing soldiers who refused to fight extremists. SENT: 330 words.

TUNISIA-ECONOMIC CHALLENGES — The newly elected president of Tunisia faces deep-seated economic problems as he takes power in the country that blazed the trail in the Arab Spring. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1400 GMT.

POLAND LOST ARCHITECTURE — Many splendid pieces of Warsaw's architecture are gone or disfigured forever — victims of war or communism. But now a team of historians and architects are constructing miniature replicas of Warsaw's lost architectural gems. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

CUBA-VINTAGE CARS —Cubans are hoping that the normalization of relations with the U.S. will end a five-decade drought of new cars and parts in the country. SENT: 900 words, photos.

HONG KONG-INCENSE TREE — A farmer in Hong Kong's suburbs is trying to keep a legendary scent alive on the last commercial plantation of agarwood trees, used to make incense, perfume and medicine. SENT: 900 words, photos.

INDIA-REBEL VIOLENCE — Police says the death toll in rebel violence in India's remote northeast rises to 52. SENT: 130 words, photo.

JAPAN-POLITICS — Japan parliament re-elects Abe as prime minister following victory in snap election. SENT: 620 words, photos.

SKOREA-KOREAN AIR-ARREST — Prosecutors to arrest Korean Air ex-official over 'nut rage,' current official for cover-up. SENT: 390 words, photo.

EGYPT-TATTOOS — In Egypt, where tattoos are widely considered taboo, organizers have held a convention to challenge stereotypes and show-off the ink designs as an art form. SENT: 300 words, photos.

RUSSIA-NATO — Senior Russian official says NATO behind Ukraine's move to drop its nonaligned status. SENT: 400 words.

RUSSIA-SYRIA — Senior Russian diplomat meets with Syrian ambassador to discuss prospective Syria peace talks. SENT: 130 words.

INDIA-ACID ATTACK — Closed-circuit cameras capture 2 men flinging acid on a woman in crowded market in New Delhi. SENT: 130 words.


2016-DYNASTY POLITICS — Again? Really? There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

CIA TORTURE REPORT-MISMANAGEMENT — The Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program and the spy agency's official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation, including the brutality and effectiveness of its methods and the agency's secret dealings with the Bush White House, Congress and the media. Both reports largely agree on one major CIA failure: the agency's mismanagement of the now-shuttered program. SENT: 990 words, photo. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1600 GMT.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD — The Homeland Security Department is experimenting with a new way to track immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally and then released into the U.S.: GPS-enabled ankle bracelets. SENT: 620 words, photo.

IMMIGRATION-ARIZONA SHERIFF — In case involving President Obama's immigration program, judge rejects sheriff's lawsuit. SENT: 380 words.


SONY HACK-THE IMAGE — Sony's flip-flop decision on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields. SENT: 500 words, photos.

GLOBAL RECALLS — When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally. But when an unsafe car needs to be recalled, that global coordination breaks down — in part because governments do not demand it. SENT: 900 words, photos. An expanded version of 1,600 words will also run.

RUSSIA-ECONOMY — Russia's central bank has made another move to shore up the ruble, offering hard currency loans to help companies and banks service their debts. SENT: 360 words, photos.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS — Applications for US unemployment aid dip to 280,000, lowest level in 7 weeks. SENT: 350 words, photo.


FILM-TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT — No filmmakers have better documented working class lives like the Dardenne brothers, who have continually returned to their Belgian hometown of Seraing to dramatize the daily struggles to get by. In their latest, "Two Days, One Night," they work with a bigger star, Marion Cotillard, than they ever have before. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1600 GMT.

FILM-AMY ADAMS — Amy Adams plays Margaret Keane, the painter of those tiny waifs with big eyes, in Tim Burton's new movie, "Big Eyes." The actress said she didn't connect with the character when she first read the script, but then she read it again, later, and everything came into focus. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

FILM-MARK WAHLBERG — Mark Wahlberg's role in "The Gambler" as a brilliant but troubled English professor gave him particular anxiety. The actor and producer dropped out of school after the 8th grade, and only recently went back to get his diploma. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

PEOPLE-KATT WILLIAMS — Comedian Katt Williams is expected to be arraigned on a felony robbery charge filed after a celebrity photographer accused him and Suge Knight of stealing her camera in September. UPCOMING: 130 words, photos. Developing from an 1630 GMT court hearing.

CHINA-JACKIE CHAN'S SON — Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan said he feels shame for his son, who has been indicted by Beijing prosecutors on a drug charge and could be jailed for up to three years. SENT: 340 words.