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 at 1415 GMT:

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- AMERICAN FREED-SYRIA (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA (sent; developing)


-- CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE (sent; developing)

-- EMMYS (sent; developing)

-- OBAMA (sent)

-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)



-- US OPEN (developing)



VIDEO: ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; with text and photos); EBOLA (sent; with text and photos).

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:

Top stories:

UKRAINE — A column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has crossed into southeastern Ukraine, away from where most of the intense fighting has been taking place, a top Ukrainian official says. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates as warranted.

AMERICAN FREED-SYRIA — As the U.S. mourns an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the U.S. finds some relief with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SYRIA — Syria's foreign minister warns the U.S. not to conduct airstrikes inside Syria against the Islamic State group without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression. SENT: 700 words, photos.

EBOLA — A Liberian doctor who got experimental Ebola drug has died. SENT: 280 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1500 GMT.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Gaza fighting rages despite claims of new cease-fire efforts; 7 killed in Gaza. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IRAQ — Iraqi premier-designate says militias must work within government framework, not independently. SENT: 330 words.

POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-FUNERAL — Funeral services are held for 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer has reignited a worldwide discussion on civil rights and race relations in the U.S. SENT: 480 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Developing from 1500 GMT funeral.

SPOTLIGHT ON SHARPTON — The prominent civil rights activist Al Sharpton returns to Ferguson, Missouri, today to deliver the eulogy for Michael Brown, following a weekend protest march in New York. Upcoming: 800 words.

FRANCE-NEW GOVERNMENT — France's president dissolves the Socialist government amid acrimony in the Cabinet over the nation's stagnant economy. SENT: 450 words, photo.

IRAN-ISRAEL-DRONE — Iran state TV shows off purported Israeli drone allegedly downed by Revolutionary Guard. SENT: 670 words, video, photos.

LIBYA — Fearing spillover of Libya violence, neighbor states discuss efforts to disband its militias. SENT: 400 words, photo.

FRANCE-WWII LIBERATION — French leader Hollande kicks off commemorations for 70th anniversary of liberation of France. SENT: 130 words.

INDIA STAMPEDE — A pre-dawn stampede kills 10 people as tens of thousands of Hindus were worshipping in an annual procession in central India. SENT: 230 words.

MYANMAR-DRUG BUST — Myanmar's navy seizes more than 2 million Ecstasy pills on a trawler off the southern coast in what an official says is the biggest haul of the drug in the country's history. SENT: 150 words, photos.

THAILAND-SIX-LEGGED LIVESTOCK — Farmers in this village in Thailand's poorest region led a precarious and backbreaking existence when they depended on growing rice. Then they discovered bugs. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

JAPAN-SONY — Sony's PlayStation Network service for video games was unusable from Sunday until Monday afternoon after being flooded by an online attack. SENT: 180 words.

IMMIGRATION — Immigration has become a top concern this summer for voters across the country. The issue has the potential to affect campaigns in unpredictable ways that hold risks for members of both parties and for President Obama. SENT: 870 words, photos.


E-CIGARETTES-HEART ASSOCIATION — The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. SENT: 670 words, photo.


BURGER KING-TIM HORTONS — Burger King in talks to buy Tim Hortons, creating new publicly listed company based in Canada. SENT: 430 words, photos.

GERMANY-ECONOMY — Analysts: ECB may do more stimulus as German business confidence falls. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— NEW-HOME SALES — US new-home sales drop 2.4 percent in July to annual rate of 412,000. SENT: 430 words, photo.


DIGITAL LIFE-A CLOSER LOOK-READING TABLETS — A tablet is a tablet, right? Booksellers Barnes & Noble and Amazon would disagree. Here's a closer look at Barnes & Noble's Nook tablet, which came out Wednesday, and Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT., photos.


US OPEN — The last major of the pro tennis circuit begins today on New York. SENT: 670 words. UPCOMING: Updates through the day, photos.

FANTASY EXPLOSION-LEGAL — With the billion-dollar fantasy market infused with games that look more like rolls of the dice than intricate skill-based propositions, some legal experts believe it's time to review the 2006 federal law that was written specifically to protect fantasy sports. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BOOKS-TIM HOWARD — The next round: American soccer player Tim Howard of World Cup fame has a book deal. SENT: 130 words.


EMMYS — Emmys in 26 major categories will be presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Nokia Theatre, hosted by Seth Meyers and broadcast live on NBC. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 400 words with pre-show updates with arrivals color by 2130 GMT. Wrap-up stories of about 900 words will move soon after the conclusion of the show.

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS — Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.

BOOKS-FALL PREVIEW — So many memoirs: Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Poehler among those with fall books. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: Photos.