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 1600 GMT:

-- MANDELA-INTERPRETER (sent; developing)

-- FIGHTING FOR UKRAINE (sent)

-- BUDGET BATTLE (sent; developing)

-- BRITAIN-SAMANTHA LEWTHWAITE (developing)

-- UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS (sent; developing)

-- BREAST CANCER-EXERCISE (sent; developing)

-- GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS (developing)

PHOTOS: ARGENTINA BLUE VIRGIN-PHOTO GALLERY (sent)

WORLD

MANDELA-INTERPRETER - The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service says he saw "angels" at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

MANDELA MOURNING - Mourners continue file past Mandela's coffin as it lies in state for the second day. SENT: 130 words, photos.

MANDELA-PROFILES - Chunky-text profiles of some of the mourners waiting to honor Mandela as they contemplate the future of their country. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video by noon.

BRITAIN-SAMANTHA LEWTHWAITE - She came to the public eye in Britain as the widow of a terrorist bomber, a sympathetic figure whose late husband had done her wrong. But after disappearing from view for several years, Samantha Lewthwaite re-emerged completely transformed — moving to Africa and forging alliances with the al-Shabab terrorist network. UPCOMING: 2,200 words, photos by 1800 GMT.

FIGHTING FOR UKRAINE - The European Union, spurned by Urkaine's president, is embracing protesters who are seeking to oust him. SENT: 600 words, photos.

UKRAINE - EU foreign policy chief says Ukraine's president intends to sign EU association agreement. SENT: 520 words, photos.

BUDGET BATTLE — House Republicans rally behind a modest budget pact that promises to bring a temporary halt to budget brinkmanship in Washington and ease automatic budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies for a second straight year. SENT: 800 words, photo.

KERRY - Kerry travels to the Middle East on his ninth trip of the year, a visit that comes amid few, if any, tangible signs of progress and Palestinian unhappiness with the security plan. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2100 GMT.

SYRIA - A spokesman for Syria's main Western-backed rebel group says a U.S.-British decision to suspend nonlethal aid to opposition fighters in northern Syria was taken impulsively and in haste. SENT: 340 words, photos.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-VIOLENCE - African peacekeepers fired into the air in Central African Republic's chaotic capital, trying to disperse a huge mob bent on hunting down and killing Muslims taking refuge in a church compound. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.

INDIA-ACID ATTACKS - Victims of acid attacks in India want more government action to prevent such violence, saying a new law to restrict the acid sales is being ignored. SENT: 700 words, photos.

INDIA-HOMOSEXUALITY - India's law minister says the government has not abandoned efforts to make homosexuality legal, saying the country must take swift action to challenge a Supreme Court decision banning same-sex relations. SENT: 440 words, photos.

THAILAND-THAKSIN'S HEAVY HAND - The shadow of Thailand's former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, is receding as the country's crisis deepens but analysts say Thaksin's wealth, powerful allies and devoted following among the rural masses mean he'll continue to exert significant influence. SENT: 1,380 words, photos.

THAILAND-POLITICS - Thai protesters have cut off power to prime minister's offices, demand police leave premises. SENT: 530 words, photos.

RUSSIA-PUTIN - Putin is defending his government's promotion of conservative values, chiding the West for treating "good and evil" equally. SENT: 270 words, photos.

RUSSIA-OFFSHORE COMPANIES - Putin has announced a crackdown on Russian companies registered in offshore jurisdictions. SENT: 330 words, photo.

HONG KONG-CELEBRITY TUTORS - Celebrity tutors are thriving in Hong Kong's pressure cooker race for university admission. The private tutorial school industry has grown rapidly in recent years and by some estimates 85 percent of high schoolers are getting tutoring in a market worth $60 million. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY - As visitors descend upon Bethlehem this holiday season, they will notice a different look for the Church of the Nativity. Wrapped in scaffolding, the basilica located at the traditional site of Jesus' birth is undergoing a much-needed face-lift after 600 years. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CHINA-PILOTING IN SMOG - China is asking pilots to master low-visibility landings in Beijing, where heavy smog is delaying flights. SENT: 520 words, photo.

CHINA-CHURCH CRACKDOWN - Fifteen Chinese lawyers begin a hunger strike to protest being blocked from meeting a Christian pastor and several of his aides who were detained in a crackdown highlighting the ruling Communist Party's often prickly attitude toward religious groups. SENT: 320 words.

CHINA-BOY'S EYES REMOVED - A 6-year-old Chinese boy whose eyes were gouged out in an attack more than three months ago is discharged from a hospital in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, where he was successfully fitted with prosthetic eyes. SENT: 210 words, photo.

JAPAN-ECONOMY- Japan's Cabinet approves billions of dollars of stimulus spending in a supplementary budget meant to perk up a faltering economic recovery and cushion the impact of a sales tax hike next April. SENT: 580 words, photos.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-APPLE - A Seoul court rejects Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets. SENT: 480 words.

CHINA-BAD BANK IPO - A Chinese bad-debt management company's shares soars in their Hong Kong debut, highlighting strong investor appetite for a business that will flourish if the world's No. 2 economy stumbles. SENT: 420 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-WAR CRIMES - Bangladesh's Supreme Court has cleared the way for the execution of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes. SENT: 660 words, photos.

DRONES 101 - U.S. aviation schools and student pilots are preparing for an expected boom in drone-flying jobs. SENT: 800 words, photos.

HEALTH

BREAST CANCER-EXERCISE - Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can curb the joint pain that leads many women to quit taking medicines that lower their risk of a recurrence. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.

SCIENCE

SPACE STATION - NASA is scrambling to figure out what's wrong with a key cooling unit on the International Space Station that shut down. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo by 11 a.m.

TECHNOLOGY

DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-TABLETS GIFT GUIDE - There was a time if you wanted a good tablet computer, you got an iPad. There's now plenty of competition from Android and Windows tablets. Here's a guide to picking what's right. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by noon.

BUSINESS

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year. SENT: 450 words.

RETAIL SALES - U.S. consumers ramped up spending in November, signaling growing confidence in the economy during the holiday shopping season. SENT: 410 words.

FUTURE SMARTPHONES - This may be remembered as the year smartphones got duller. Smartphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this lull, but it will probably be at least another year or two before their efforts yield breakthroughs. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by noon.

ENTERTAINMENT

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS - The searing historical epic "12 Years a Slave" and the con-artist caper "American Hustle" lead the 71st annual Golden Globes with seven nominations each. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 1700 GMT.

- GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS-SNUBS AND SURPRISES. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1900 GMT.

- GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS-QUOTES. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT.

- GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS-LIST. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1700 GMT.