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December 1, 2014

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:

-- OBAMA-FERGUSON (sent; developing)

-- SUPREME COURT-FACEBOOK THREATS (upcoming)

-- UNITED NATIONS-POWER AND PARALYSIS (upcoming)

-- JAPAN-CLIMATE-FINANCING COAL (sent)

-- PERU-CLIMATE TALKS (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA-INSIDE KOBANI (sent; second of a five-part series)

-- DEFENSE SECRETARY (upcoming)

-- GERMANY-STUDENT KILLED (sent; developing)

-- RUSSIA-JAILED AMERICAN (sent)

-- CONGRESS-WHAT’S NEXT (sent; developing)

-- HOLIDAY SHOPPING-CYBER MONDAY (sent; developing)

-- NASA-ORION TEST FLIGHT (upcoming)

TALKERS/READERS:

-- SYRIA-INSIDE KOBANI (sent)

-- SUPREME COURT-FACEBOOK THREATS (sent; developing)

-- RUSSIA-JAILED AMERICAN (sent)

-- INDIA-BUS ASSAULT VIDEO (text sent; seeking video)

-- GERMANY-STUDENT KILLED (sent; developing)

-- HOLIDAY SHOPPING-CYBER MONDAY (sent; developing)

-- GIRL SCOUTS GO DIGITAL (sent)

-- CHINA-GAY DATING APP (sent)

-- CHEETAH ROBOT (sent)

-- FRANCE-BOSSES PROTEST (sent)

PHOTOS: SYRIA-INSIDE KOBANI (sent); HONG KONG PROTESTS (sent); NETHERLANDS-SEEING THE LIGHT (sent); INDIA-RAGPICKER FAMILY (sent)

VIDEO: SYRIA-INSIDE KOBANI (sent; with text); HONG KONG PROTESTS (sent; with text); CHEETAH ROBOT (sent; with text)

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):

FERGUSON

OBAMA-FERGUSON - Obama discusses the situation in Ferguson with his Cabinet, civil rights leaders, law enforcement officials and others. The White House says he will focus on his administration’s review of federal programs that provide military-style equipment to law enforcement agencies. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from early afternoon meetings, 650 words by 2200 GMT, photos.

WORLD

NIGERIA-VIOLENCE -- Twin blasts rock the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, targeting a market where two female suicide bombers killed 70 people a week ago. This time, female bombers were also used, a witness says. SENT: 500 words, photos.

JAPAN-CLIMATE-FINANCING COAL - Japan’s ‘clean’ coal projects highlight lack of rules for UN climate money, The Associated Press has found. SENT: 1,590 words, photos. A 1,000-word abridged version has also been sent.

SYRIA-INSIDE KOBANI - An exclusive report shot by a videojournalist shows how Kurdish fighters, backed by small numbers of Iraqi peshmerga forces and Syrian rebels, are locked in what they see as an existential battle against the Islamic State group. SENT: 550 words by 5:30 a.m., photos, video. Second in a five-part series.

UNITED NATIONS-POWER AND PARALYSIS - The Ebola epidemic and the war in Syria have cast a spotlight on the inadequacies of the United Nations as it tries to operate in a globalized world with a power structure that hasn’t changed since 1945. UPCOMING: 1,600 words by 1700 GMT, photos. An 800-word abridged version is also available.

—UNITED NATIONS-FIVE PROBLEMS— A look at the top problems impeding the U.N.’s operations.

INDIA-BUS ASSAULT VIDEO - A video showing two sisters in northern India hitting back at men who allegedly harassed them on a crowded bus has drawn huge attention in a country where hundreds of thousands of women silently endure sexual harassment daily. SENT: 260 words.

GERMANY-STUDENT-KILLED - A newly published surveillance video on Monday showed the fatal attack on a young woman after she defended two teenage girls from male harassment — a death that has been mourned with candlelight vigils across Germany. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. Note: the video is not available.

HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST - Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters clash with police to try to step up movement, 40 arrested. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.

CHINA-DEMOCRACY-TWO ISLANDS - An electoral pummeling for Taiwan’s pro-Beijing party and a new spike in democracy protests in Hong Kong deliver a reality check to China’s President Xi Jinping just when he was riding a wave of high-profile diplomacy. SENT: 900 words, photos.

RUSSIA-JAILED AMERICAN - Last year, he tried to bring NFL superstar Tim Tebow to Moscow to play for his American football team. Now, accused of breaking a window, American businessman Mike Zaltsman shares a packed jail cell with drug dealers. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

NETHERLANDS-UKRAINE PLANE - Dutch authorities say they are loading wreckage recovered from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine onto trucks and transporting it to the Netherlands for investigation. SENT: 130 words.

TURKEY-RUSSIA - As Putin visits, Russia and Turkey to downplay differences, focus on economic ties. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

CHEMICAL WEAPONS-SYRIA - Syria’s vice foreign minister denied Monday that his government ever used chemical weapons or chlorine during the country’s brutal civil war and warned that terror groups are using such weapons. SENT: 300 words.

ISLAMIC STATE - Iraqi officials say militants with the Islamic State group have attacked a checkpoint along the border with Syria, killing at least 15 Iraqi border policemen. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SKOREA-FISHING SHIP SINKS - Rescuers searched Monday for 52 people missing after a South Korean fishing ship they were working on sank in the Bering Sea, an official said. At least one person died. SENT: 320 words.

PERU-CLIMATE TALKS - Negotiators from more than 190 countries get together Monday in Lima for the last main stop of the U.N. climate negotiations on the road to a planned global warming deal in Paris next year. SENT: 440 words, photo.

QATAR-ADOPTION CASE - American couple’s representative criticizes Qatari travel ban, says red tape delaying exit. SENT: 620 words, photos.

IRELAND-IRA GRAVE - Forensic experts have begun a high-tech search for the unmarked grave of a man killed and secretly buried decades ago by the Irish Republican Army. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

INDIA-MAOIST ATTACK - At least 13 paramilitary troops were killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in central India on Monday, police said. SENT: 200 words.

POLAND-GAY MAYOR - Poland gets its first openly gay mayor in elections with record number of LGBT candidates. SENT: 350 words, photos.

FRANCE-PRESIDENT’S PRIVATE LIFE - Five members of the French president’s private staff are being transferred amid questions over who took recent photos in a gossip magazine purporting to show Hollande with a French actress inside the Elysee Palace. SENT: 330 words.

AFGHANISTAN-SECURITY OVERHAUL - Facing an intensified Taliban insurgency, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani plans to fire senior civilian and military leaders in the country’s most volatile provinces to reinvigorate the battle against militants, officials tell The Associated Press. SENT: 600 words, photos.

UKRAINE-VIRTUAL LEARNING - War in eastern Ukraine has forced schools in rebel-held areas to think imaginatively how best to educate their kids while keeping them safe. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-OBIT-IAN PLAYER - South African conservationist Ian Player, the brother of golfer Gary Player and a key figure in building the region’s rhino population from a perilously small number half a century ago, has died. SENT: 270 words.

NETHERLANDS-SEEING THE LIGHTS - See the light: Amsterdam art festival illuminates historic canals. SENT: 130 words, photos.

WASHINGTON

SUPREME COURT-FACEBOOK THREATS - In a far-reaching case that probes the limits of free speech over the Internet, the Supreme Court considers whether violent and threatening rap lyrics posted on Facebook deserve protection under the First Amendment. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. arguments, 750 words by 2000 GMT, photo.

DEFENSE SECRETARY - Rebuffed by its favored candidate, Michele Flournoy, the White House now seems to be looking at Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to fill a job few seem to want, given its short leash to carry out defense policy and a short lifespan. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2100 GMT, photos.

POLITICS

EDUCATION-POLITICS - Republicans are pushing to fix the landmark Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. SENT: 920 words, photos.

US

PRISON CONTRABAND CONTROVERSY - The kingpin inmate in a corruption scandal at a Baltimore jail that involved dozens of fellow inmates and guards, including four women he impregnated, is expected to take the stand. UPCOMING: Developing from 1500 GMT hearing. On merits.

TENEMENT MUSEUM-ESL WORKSHOPS - A New York City museum invites immigrants learning English to learn about immigrants of the past by visiting their restored tenement apartments and then sharing and talking about their own experiences. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SCIENCE

NASA-ORION TEST FLIGHT - NASA’s quest to send astronauts out into the solar system begins with a two-laps-around-Earth test flight this week. Thursday’s debut of the new Orion spacecraft will lack a crew and last just 4½ hours, but authorities hope the capsule eventually will take humans to Mars. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

TECH

CHINA-GAY DATING APP - Chinese ex-police boss starts gay dating app, gets $30 million investment and official praise. SENT: 890 words, photos, video

DIGITAL LIFE-GIFT GUIDE-SMARTPHONE BUYING GUIDE - A guide to choosing a phone, including which operating system to pick and how much to pay. SENT: 850 words, photos.

CHEETAH ROBOT - Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a robot modeled after the fastest land animal. Researchers say it may have real-world applications, including for prosthetic legs. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

BUSINESS /ECONOMY

HOLIDAY SHOPPING-CYBER MONDAY - Cyber Monday is traditionally the busiest online shopping day of the year, but it’s in danger of losing its crown as more people shop online during other days. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updating throughout the day.

AMAZON-WAREHOUSE - All year Amazon has been investing in ways to make shipping faster and easier to prepare for this holiday season.

FRANCE-BOSSES PROTEST - French bosses, fed up with taxes and red tape, take lesson from unions and take to the streets. SENT: 130 words.

EUROPE-EURO HELP - If that creme brulee in a Paris cafe seems a bit cheaper for U.S. tourists next summer, they may have the European Central Bank to thank for it. SENT: 780 words, photos.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

BRITAIN-SUSAN BOYLE - Singing sensation Susan Boyle has her first boyfriend at age 53 — a Connecticut doctor she met on her recent U.S. tour who may soon visit her in Scotland. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

FILM-WILD-CHERYL STRAYED - When she hiked more than 1,000 miles through California and Oregon wilderness, Cheryl Strayed didn’t expect to end up in Hollywood. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.

TV-GIRLFRIENDS GUIDE - The Bravo channel’s first scripted series, the smartly crafted “The Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” is delivering an early holiday gift to viewers that should be opened immediately. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m., photos.

FILM-NY CRITICS AWARDS - The New York Film Critics Circle announces its awards for the best in film in 2014, one of the first major honors of Hollywood’s awards season. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

PHOTOGRAPHY

INDIA-RAGPICKER FAMILY - A photo package shows a family of ragpickers who lived in a rented shanty near a landfill in New Delhi. SENT: 380 words, photos.

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