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October 6, 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 at 1615 GMT:

-- UNITED STATES - EBOLA (sent; developing)

-- SUPREME COURT-GAY MARRIAGE (sent; developing)

-- HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS (sent)

-- MILITARY SURPLUS (upcoming)

-- UNFINISHED RECALL (upcoming)

-- HEWLETT-PACKARD SPLIT (sent; developing)

-- BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S FRIEND (sent; developing)

-- VIDEO GAME SCHOLARSHIPS (sent)

-- ESCAPE THE ROOM (upcoming)

-- SYRIA-LEBANON-WARTIME WINERIES (sent)

PHOTOS: EGYPT-EID-PHOTO GALLERY (sent); LEBANON-SYRIA WARTIME WINERIES (sent; with text)

VIDEO: JAPAN_TYPHOON (sent; with text and photos); VIDEO GAME SCHOLARSHIPS (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:

EBOLA

UNITED STATES-EBOLA - Ahead of a White House meeting on the Ebola outbreak, federal health officials say the U.S. is weighing whether to institute extra screening at U.S. airports where travelers from Ebola-stricken African nations may be arriving. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

WORLD

HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS - Student-led protests for democratic reforms shrink but a few hundred demonstrators remain camped out in the streets. SENT: 810 words, photos.

HONG KONG-TIANANMEN LEGACY - The legacy of the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square looms larger in Hong Kong than in mainland China, where the Communist Party has virtually erased all public mention of it. SENT: 1,080 words, photos

SYRIA - Kurdish forces defending a Syrian town near the Turkish border clashed with the Islamic State group on Monday after repelling a wide-ranging jihadist assault the day before in battles that left dozens dead on both sides. SENT: 820 words, photos.

CYPRUS-TURKEY PEACE TALKS - Cyprus on Monday warned that plans by Turkey to search for oil and gas in waters where it has already licensed companies to drill could derail reunification talks on the ethnically split island. SENT: 330 words.

TURKEY-OIL SMUGGLING - Turkey oil smugglers say crackdown aimed at punishing Islamic State group has ended boom times. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

KASHMIR-BORDER VIOLENCE - Tens of thousands flee along Kashmir border as India, Pakistan trade fire; 9 civilians killed. SENT: 540 words, photos.

- KASHMIR-EID PROTESTS - Anti-India protests erupt across Indian-controlled Kashmir during celebrations marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. SENT: 510 words, photos.

KENYA-INTERNATIONAL COURT - Kenya president to step down from office during International Criminal Court hearing this week. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

PACIFIC TYPHOONS - A powerful typhoon that washed three American airmen in Okinawa out to sea, killing at least one, slams central Japan. SENT: 530 words, photos, video.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE - A clandestine grave on the outskirts of a Mexican city where police clashed with student protesters contained 28 bodies but the remains are too damaged for immediate identification, state officials said. SENT: 630 words, photos.

INDONESIA-IS SPREADS - A businessman who proclaims himself leader of the Indonesian chapter of the Islamic State group says he has personally overseen the departure of scores of fighters from this Southeast Asian nation to Syria and Iraq. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

BRITAIN-MISSING GIRL - A woman who was accused of sending Internet abuse to the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann has been found dead in a hotel room. Her death has revived debate about media responsibility and how best to respond to online “trolls.” SENT: 320 words, photos.

VATICAN-FAMILY - Pope Francis urged bishops on Monday to speak their minds without fear about contentious issues like contraception, gays, marriage and divorce at the start of a two-week meeting aimed at making the church’s teaching on family matters relevant to today’s Catholics. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CYPRUS-TURKEY-PEACE TALKS - Cyprus says Turkey’s gas search plans off the island’s coast could upend reunification talks. SENT: 140 words.

IRAN-JOURNALISTS - The National newspaper says Iran has released its correspondent Yeganeh Salehi on bail, while her husband, Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, remains in detention. SENT: 140 words.

PALESTINIANS-GAZA RECONSTRUCTION - A senior official says the Palestinian unity government will hold its first Cabinet meeting in Gaza this week. SENT: 130 words, photos.

POLAND-NATO - NATO’s new secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, is in Poland on his first foreign trip since starting the job last week. SENT: 140 words, photos.

THAILAND-KING - Thailand’s 86-year-old king undergoes surgery to remove his gallbladder and is now in stable condition with normal blood pressure and heart rate. SENT: 370 words, photos.

US

SUPREME COURT-GAY MARRIAGE - The Supreme Court has cleared the way for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage in the United States by turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions, effectively making gay marriage now legal in more than half of American states. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

BIDEN-FACT CHECK - Vice President Joe Biden’s public critique of the role Turkey, the UAE and others played in facilitating the rise of the Islamic State group may have irked key U.S. allies, but his comments reflect what the Obama administration and regional experts have long asserted about the tangled allegiances in the region. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2000, photo.

FBI- KHORASAN GROUP - An al-Qaida cell in Syria that was targeted in American military airstrikes last month could still be working on a plan to attack the United States or its allies and is “looking to do it very, very soon,” the head of the FBI says. SENT: 350 words.

MILITARY SURPLUS - An AP examination of diverse array of local and state agencies with limited police powers that have gotten military surplus under controversial Pentagon program getting more scrutiny since police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. UPCOMING: 980 words, photos.

BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S FRIEND - Opening statements in the trial of a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. SENT: 230 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1700 GMT.

SCIENCE

FEW HURRICANES - This is the slowest start to the Atlantic hurricane season in 20 years with every factor in hurricane development shutting them down. But the Pacific has gone wild. UPCOMING: 300 words.

NOBEL-MEDICINE - U.S.-British scientist John O’Keefe and Norwegian married couple May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser win the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering the “inner GPS” that helps the brain navigate through the world. SENT: 390 words, photos.

- NOBEL-MEDICINE-GLANCE - A look at winners of 2014 Nobel Prize in medicine: John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser, Edvard Moser. SENT: 170 words.

BUSINESS /ECONOMY

UNFINISHED RECALL — Ominous-sounding letters. Facebook messages. Telephone calls. General Motors has tried them all. Yet fewer than half of the roughly 2.36 million people still driving small cars with defective and potentially deadly ignition switches have had them replaced. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

HEWLETT-PACKARD-SPLIT - Hewlett-Packard is splitting itself into two companies, one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data storage, servers and software, as it aims to drive profits higher. SENT: 580 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing, with broader analysis planned.

— FORD-INVESTIGATION — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models. The probe covers 938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as the 2011 Mercury Milan. SENT: 150 words.

— CHRYSLER-RECALL — Chrysler is recalling more than 31,000 full-size commercial vans to fix a problem with the headrests. SENT: 100 words.

TRUMP CASINOS - The Trump name will be coming off the shuttered Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City. SENT: 510 words.

POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

VIDEO GAME SCHOLARSHIPS - Once derided as domain of slackers, video game playing now scholarship worthy, school says. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

ESCAPE THE ROOM - Real-life room escape attractions have been popping up in North America over the past few years and are poised to cross into the theme park and haunted attraction market. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.

CUBA-CRICKET - On this island of baseball fanatics, a tiny but passionate group of men is trying to win Cubans over to cricket. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SYRIA-LEBANON-WARTIME WINERIES - Wine-makers in Syria and Lebanon soldier on despite civil war, Islamic extremism. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

TV-GUIDICES ANDY COHEN - Days after their sentencing, Teresa and Joe Guidice appear on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live: One-on-One With Teresa and Joe.” UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

LADY GAGA-TONY BENNETT-VEGAS - Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are set to take the stage at The Cosmopolitan casino on New Year’s Eve. SENT: 200 words.

PEOPLE-DOWNEY-AIR FORCE BASE - Actor Robert Downey Jr. made a surprise appearance at an Ohio Air Force base for a screening of his new movie. SENT: 130 words, photo.

TV-NAIL’D IT — The canvas is small but the creativity is big on “Nail’d It,” Oxygen’s new competition series for nail artists. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

TV-THE FLASH - When Grant Gustin got the lead of The CW series “The Flash” as Barry Allen, his wait to begin shooting was anything but quick. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1800 GMT, photos, video.

MUSIC-JASON ALDEAN - Jason Aldean isn’t just a country singer. He’s a celebrity. Tuesday. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FASHION-Q&A-BETTY HALBREICH - Clothes and how to wear them have been a constant in Betty Halbreich’s life for most of her 86 years. Good thing she landed a job as a personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman nearly four decades ago. Still working, Halbreich has written a memoir. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

MUSIC-LECRAE - Lecrae is dubbed a Christian rapper, but he considers himself a rapper who happens to be Christian. SENT: 460 words, photos.

TV-FREAK SHOW - After scoring its highest ratings with “Coven,” the “American Horror Story” franchise is treated to a feature-film styled Hollywood premiere for the new season, subtitled “Freak Show.” UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

TV-AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Hollywood rolled out the red carpet Sunday for the premiere of “Freak Show,” the fourth season of FX’s “American Horror Story” series. SENT: 350 words, photos.

PHOTOGRAPHY

EGYPT-EID-PHOTO GALLERY - Egypt, weary after years of political turmoil, rejoices during Eid al-Adha holiday. SENT: 210 words, photos.

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