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 1500 GMT:

-- OBAMA-ISLAMIC MILITANTS (sent; developing)

-- THE LONG WAR (sent)

-- DENVER TERRORISM CHARGE (sent; developing)

-- BRITAIN-SCOTLAND (sent; developing)

-- HAWAII HOMELESS (sent; developing)

-- MISSING CHILDREN-FATHER DETAINED (sent; developing)

-- OZONE REBOUNDS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1815 GMT)

-- AUTOS-FIVE SMART THINGS (upcoming)

PHOTOS: OBAMA coverage (upcoming)

VIDEO: us_children_missing_father (sent); OBAMA coverage (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 (all times GMT):

ISLAMIC STATE

OBAMA-ISLAMIC MILITANTS - In an address to Americans Wednesday, Obama will outline an expanded military and political effort to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, possibly including airstrikes in Syria, officials said. The president will also urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad. SENT: 1100 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day and after 0101 GMT speech. 1000 words by 0200 GMT, photos, video, audio. A SEPARATE COVERAGE ADVISORY WILL MOVE LATER THIS MORNING.

KERRY-IRAQ: With a new Iraqi government finally in place and a growing Mideast consensus on defeating insurgent threats, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presses Iraq's Shiite leader to quickly deliver more power to wary Sunnis — or jeopardize any hope of defeating the Islamic State group. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

MIDEAST-COALITION-ISLAMIC STATE - U.S. officials have already made clear that Washington envisions its Sunni Arab allies, plus NATO member Turkey, playing a leading role in any united front against the militants of the Islamic State group. Here's a look at what they could offer. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

THE LONG WAR - Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, this was supposed to be a season of relief, with Iraq managing on its own and most U.S. troops finally ending their combat duty in Afghanistan. Instead, Americans are bracing for another upsurge of engagement against Islamic extremists in a region where one war blurs into another. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

DENVER TERRORISM CHARGE - A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad was expected to plead guilty Wednesday to trying to help the Islamic State militant group in Syria. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: updated after 1700 GMT hearing.

WORLD

BRITAIN-SCOTLAND - Prime Minister David Cameron abandoned party politics for pure emotion Wednesday, imploring Scots not to break his heart by voting to become independent from the United Kingdom. SENT: 380 words, photos.

SCOTLAND-CURRENCY OPTIONS - New currency for a new country? Scotland faces range of options, risks if it breaks from the UK. SENT: 1,060 words, photos

FIJI-UN PEACEKEEPERS - Fiji may have jumped the gun by saying its 45 captured U.N. peacekeepers would soon be released by Syrian insurgents. SENT: 710 words, photo.

CHEMICAL WEAPONS - SYRIA - The global chemical weapons watchdog says a toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year. SENT: 250 words.

INDIA-PAKISTAN-FLOODING - Thousands of people flee their homes in Pakistan as monsoon flooding that has already inundated the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir coursed down onto the plains, causing a major river to breach its banks. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.

PISTORIUS TRIAL-THE VERDICT - The verdict on whether Pistorius intentionally killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp is expected to take hours, or even days. A look at how it might unfold. SENT: 750 words, photos.

- PISTORIUS TRIAL-GLANCE - How judge will present verdict, what happens next. SENT: 700 words, photos.

JERUSALEM-VIOLENCE - While the world's attention was focused on the airstrikes and rockets over Gaza and Israel this summer, a wave of violence hit the streets of Jerusalem - and is still roiling parts of this divided city at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. SENT: 910 words, photo.

PHILIPPINES-MUSLIM REBELS - The president of the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines proposes giving Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TUNISIA-TROUBLED ELECTIONS - Extremist threat hangs over Tunisia vote sealing democratic transition in Arab Spring's cradle. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Ukraine's president promises Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to rebellious regions in the pro-Russia east, where separatists have been battling government troops for almost five months. SENT: 550 words, photo.

HAITI-PRISON BREAK - Haiti prison outbreak forces security overhaul of overcrowded, chaotic system. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-TOURISTS-SEX ASSAULTS - The owner of a New Zealand tourist lodge has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting 16 guests, most of whom were from overseas, police said Wednesday. SENT: 230 words.

FRANCE-TOPLESS ACTIVISTS - A Paris court on Wednesday threw out a legal complaint against nine activists who bared their breasts in a protest at Notre Dame Cathedral. SENT: 220 words, photos.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR - A nuclear power plant in southern Japan wins regulators' approval under new safety standards imposed after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a key step toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules. SENT: 390 words, photos.

MYANMAR-MISSING CLIMBER— Helicopters begin an aerial search for two mountaineers who lost contact with their base camp after scaling what has long been considered Myanmar's tallest peak. SENT: 240 words.

AUSTRALIA-TERRORISM - Australian police arrest two men for allegedly preparing to fight in Syria, recruiting jihadists and raising money for an al-Qaida offshoot group, as a national spy chief warns that Australia may elevate its terrorism threat to its second-highest level within days. SENT: 570 words.

VIETNAM-CHINA-SEA DISPUTE - Vietnam accuses Chinese authorities of beating several of its fishermen and demanded severe punishment for those involved. SENT: 340 words.

PHILIPPINES-POPE - In Asia's bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the pop star treatment. SENT: 250 words, photos.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE - A strong earthquake hits off the coast of eastern Indonesia's Sulawesi island, causing panic among residents, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage or threat of a tsunami. SENT: 190 words.

BRITAIN-BURIED STONEHENGE - A high-tech survey reveals that there is more to Stonehenge than meets the eye, finding previously unknown monuments. SENT: 250 words.

US

MISSING CHILDREN-FATHER DETAINED - Authorities expect to charge a South Carolina man in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led them to a secluded dirt road in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

TRANSGENDER COLLEGE APPLICANTS - Some women's colleges revisit admission policies to allow transgender applicants. SENT: 900 words, photos. With TRANSGENDER COLLEGE APPLICANTS-GLANCE.

MISSOURI EXECUTION - A Missouri inmate convicted in a 1998 robbery and double murder is put to death Wednesday, the eighth execution in the state this year and the 10th since November. SENT: 680 words, photo.

TEXAS EXECUTION - The U.S. Supreme Court was being asked to keep convicted killer Willie Trottie from the Texas death chamber Wednesday evening for the slayings 21 years ago in Houston of his former common-law wife and her brother. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700 GMT, photos; developing later in the day.

SEPT 11-MUSEUM DONATIONS - Since the National September 11 Memorial Museum's May opening, about 135 victims' families, survivors, first responders and others have come forward to donate items to add to its collection, curators say. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SCIENCE

OZONE REBOUNDS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1825 GMT) - There's some unusual good news about the environment. The world's protective ozone layer is recovering, a United Nations panel of scientists said for the first time in a report released Wednesday. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEEASE, 1615 GMT, 500 words, photos.

TECH

DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-APPLE'S NEW GADGETS - As computerized wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

APPLE-PAYMENTS - Pay with a tap, not a swipe: Apple introduces digital wallet service Apple Pay. SENT: 930 words, photos.

AUTOS-5 SMART THINGS - Cellphones that warn drivers when people are crossing the street in front of them. Bicycles and cars that communicate with traffic lights. Sensors in cars that quickly warn other drivers of black ice, potholes or other hazards. A low-priced camera system that brings high-tech automatic braking to the masses. Cameras that catch HOV lane cheaters. All of these technologies could be saving time, or lives, in just a few years. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1600 GMT, photos, video.

BUSINESS /ECONOMY

DOLLAR GENERAL-FAMILY DOLLAR - Dollar General is going hostile with its $9.1 billion bid for Family Dollar after its rival repeatedly rejected previous offers. SENT: 400 words, photo.

BOURBON'S ELDER STATESMAN - Jimmy Russell is to bourbon as B.B. King is to the blues. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SPORTS

RICE VIDEO - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell insists no one at the NFL saw graphic videos of Ray Rice beating his fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator until this week. But as the controversy intensifies, domestic violence advocates call for his ouster for not acting sooner and the spotlight heats up in California, where the 49ers face a decision about whether to discipline a player arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

FILM-TOM HARDY - Tom Hardy may be built like a boxer, but, man, can he talk. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.

TV-ROOSEVELTS - Behold this saga of bygone titans, a trio on an epic scale who share the same name. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.

NY FASHION WEEK-WATCH - New York Fashion Week enters its second to last day with shows by Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson and red-carpet favorites. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-FASHION ROCKS - The 2014 Fashion Rocks was all about booing and booty. SENT: 240 words, photos.

TV-ANGLOPHILE ACORN - Here's an offbeat mystery: Why did Detective Hercule Poirot's final U.S. small-screen bow come not on his familiar stage, PBS, but on a niche website devoted to streaming British whodunits and dramas? UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m., photos.

THEATER-GILLIAN ANDERSON - If you can't get to London in time to catch Gillian Anderson constantly in motion onstage in "A Streetcar Named Desire," her orbit is about to get larger. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10 a.m., photos.

FILM-Q&A-CHASTAIN-MCAVOY - James McAvoy says when he showed up to the set of "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," he didn't realize the film would be broken up into three versions of a married couple whose relationship falls apart after a tragedy. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.

PEOPLE-RJ MITTE -For R.J. Mitte, playing Walter White Jr. in AMC's "Breaking Bad" was definitely art imitating life. SENT: 350 words, photos.