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 1530 GMT:
-- HEALTH OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS (sent; developing)
-- GERMANY-US SPYING (sent; developing)
-- SAUDI-WOMEN-ROADBLOCKS AND MILESTONES (upcoming)
-- SENEGAL-GAYS IN EXILE (upcoming)
-- BOEING 747-THE END? (sent)
PHOTOS: MEXICO-CLOWN CONVENTION PHOTO GALLERY and MEXICO CLOWN PORTRAITS PHOTO GALLERY (both sent; these are separate but related galleries) http://apne.ws/16wKmgu and http://apne.ws/1adp6z2
VIDEO: NUTRITIONAL LABELS (sent, with text), ONLINE BULLYING (sent, with text); BARNEYS LAWSUIT (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):
HEALTH OVERHAUL-PROBLEMS - The principal contractors responsible for the health insurance website are testifying before a congressional committee today. SENT: 1200 words. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day.
OBAMA-IMMIGRATION - Obama presses Congress to act on immigration overhaul. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
GERMANY-US-SPYING - Germany's Foreign Ministry summons the U.S. ambassador following allegations that American intelligence may have targeted Merkel's cellphone. Meanwhile we ask world leaders elsewhere what they think and develop numerous other threads. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
SAUDI-WOMEN-ROADBLOCKS AND MILESTONES - On Saudi women's new campaign for the right to drive. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 2100 GMT.
SENEGAL-GAYS IN EXILE - Story about a dozen gay Gambian men stranded in a country where homosexuality is illegal. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
MYANMAR-BAD GUY BLUES - In a dimly lit alley on a cramped side street, the bad guys cluster together, plotting their next move. They stalk a quarry that is becoming ever more elusive: a day's work. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN-A DOLLAR A DAY - Despite billions of dollars from abroad to develop this impoverished country, eight out of every 10 working-age Afghan remain unskilled day laborers. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
ROMANIA-COMMUNIST PRISONS - A former commander of a communist labor camp in Romania was charged with genocide for his alleged role in the deaths of 103 political prisoners, prosecutors said today. SENT: 360 words.
RUSSIA-US SPY PROBE - Russia on Thursday angrily dismissed espionage accusations against a Russian cultural exchange official in Washington. SENT: 390 words, photo.
PORTUGAL-MISSING GIRL - Portugal's public broadcaster says prosecutors are reopening the police investigation into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann. SENT: 220 words.
GERMANY-AFGHANISTAN - Afghanistan's top defense official says he's confident a security deal on keeping U.S. and other international troops in his country after 2014 will be approved by an important national assembly, the Loya Jirga of tribal elders. SENT: 120 words.
KENYA-MALL ATTACK - A Kenyan official says police want to question two journalists and the chief executive of their publication for an investigative report which suggested that four terrorists may have escaped after killing 67 people in the mall attack. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
MADAGASCAR-ELECTION -- Madagascar will hold elections on Friday that organizers hope will end political tensions that erupted in a 2009 coup and help lift the aid-dependent country out of poverty. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
AUSTRALIA-WILDFIRES - A pilot trying to fight one of several raging Australian wildfires dies when his plane crashes, the second fatality resulting from the fires. SENT: 460 words, photos, audio.
MALAYSIA-NKOREA-LEADER'S DOCTORATE - A Malaysian university faces public criticism for awarding an honorary doctorate in economics to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose country is among the poorest in the world. SENT: 440 words.
KOREAS-TENSIONS- North Korea plans to allow six detained South Koreans to return home, officials in Seoul say. SENT: 480 words.
UNITED STATES-INDONESIA FORESTS - Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests, but environmentalists are unconvinced. SENT: 930 words, photo.
BRITAIN-OBIT-CARO - Sculptor Anthony Caro, whose industrial yet playful metal creations helped abstract sculpture gain global acclaim, has died at the age of 89. SENT: 450 words, photo.
TIVO-SHOWS-ON-THE-GO -- TiVo is enabling a feature that lets people watch recorded movies and shows while they're away from home. The feature comes with higher-end models of TiVo's Roamio digital video recorders, but wasn't working when the devices launched in August. SENT: 280 words.
BOEING 747-THE END? - For decades, the Boeing 747 was the Queen of the Skies. But the glamorous double-decker jumbo jet that revolutionized air travel and shrank the globe could be nearing the end of the line. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
TOYOTA LAWSUIT -- An Oklahoma jury considers whether Toyota is liable in a 2007 crash in which an Oklahoma woman was killed and another injured. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2000 GMT, photo.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 last week. SENT: 420 words.
WORLD SERIES - Spot coverage from 0007 GMT start.
JAPAN-STADIUM PROTEST - Japan is scaling down the planned main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics following an uproar from some prominent architects who think it's too big and expensive. SENT: 350 words, photo.
HALLOWEEN-WHAT THE FOX SAYS -- What does the fox say? Ka-ching for Halloween costume sellers and two Norwegian brothers. SENT: 750 words, photos.
FILM-OSCARS DROPOUTS -- Oscar season has begun with a game of musical chairs. Anticipated films expected to be awards contenders including "The Monuments Men," ''Foxcatcher" and "Grace of Monaco" have shifted release dates out of the fall and into 2014. But breathing room is still hard to come by with "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" emerging as early heavyweights. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
MEXICO-CLOWN PORTRAITS-PHOTO GALLERY - Clowns at a convention in Mexico's capital agreed to sit down for formal portraits. Despite their elaborate face paint, weird wigs and rubber noses, they reveal a slice of the humanity they seek to entertain - happy and sad, pensive and exuberant, playful and macabre, male and female. SENT: photos, 80 words.
MEXICO-CLOWN CONVENTION-PHOTO GALLERY - A behind-the-scenes look at the four-day gathering. SENT: photos, 220 words.