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:
-- SYRIA (sent; developing)
-- THE KURDS Q&A (upcoming)
-- EBOLA (sent; developing)
-- EBOLA PREPARATIONS (sent)
-- HEALTH OVERHAUL-WAIVERS (upcoming)
-- NOBEL-PHYSICS (sent; developing)
-- HONG KONG-PROTESTS-MURKY CHARACTERS (upcoming)
-- SUPREME COURT-MUSLIM BEARD (upcoming)
-- DISTRACTED DRIVING (sent)
-- FILM-Q&A-BILL MURRAY (upcoming)
PHOTOS: SYRIA (sent; developing);
VIDEO: SWEDEN_BABY (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 (all times EDT):
SYRIA - The Islamic State group is about to capture the Syrian border town of Kobani, Turkey's president said Tuesday, as outgunned Kurdish forces struggled to repel the extremists with limited aid from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. SENT: 680 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
THE KURDS Q&A - Spread across Iraq, Iran, Syria and Iran, the Kurds are probably the largest group in the Middle east without a country of their own. Now they are in a deadly battle with the Islamic State militants in two of those countries. A look at who they are. UPCOMNG: 500 words.
IRAQ ANALYSIS - Three months into the aerial campaign launched by the U.S. in Iraq, the Islamic State group continues to make modest gains in parts of the country where the Iraqi military is increasingly buckling as the militants adjust their tactics to the evolving battlefield. UPCOMING.
MOROCCO-RETHINKING POT-GOING LEGAL - Morocco, top hash provider, mulls legislation to break marijuana taboo and legalize growing. SENT: 1,500 words, photos. An abridged 700-word version also moved.
HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS - Hong Kong protests thin out as territory's government agrees to talk with student leaders. SENT: 920 words, photos.
HONG KONG-PROTESTS-MURKY CHARACTERS - In the chaos of mass street protests, murky characters come into play. Local media alleged that triad gangsters, paid demonstrators, police pretending to be protest leaders, and even a stuntman feigning suicidal tendencies arrayed themselves against the Occupy Central movement. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
SKOREA-DEFECTORS SEND MONEY - Phones smuggled into N. Korea allow defectors to hear from families, and get them cash. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.
KOREAS-TENSION - Warships from the rival Koreas exchange warning shots after a North Korean ship briefly violated the disputed western sea boundary, a South Korean defense official says. SENT: 280 words, photos.
RUSSIA-PUTIN'S BIRTHDAY - Russian President Vladimir Putin is celebrating his 62nd birthday in the wilderness of Siberia as supporters from across Russia create tributes in his honor. SENT: 350 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-UIGHURS - Human rights groups urge Malaysia not to deport 155 ethnic Uighur migrants, including 76 children, back to China, fearing they could face persecution. SENT: 310 words.
MYANMAR-POLITICAL PRISONERS - The Myanmar government pardons 3,073 prisoners as part of an amnesty, a month before a summit of regional leaders convenes in the country. SENT: 470 words, photos.
KASHMIR-BORDER VIOLENCE - Indian and Pakistani troops fire bullets and mortar shells across the border between Kashmir and Pakistan for a second day. SENT: 130 words.
IRAN - President Hassan Rouhani calls for more academic freedom in Iran's universities, saying restrictions stifle innovation and breed sycophancy. SENT: 290 words.
CHINA-DENGUE OUTBREAK - The dengue virus kills six people and infects more than 21,000 in southern China's worst outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted disease in about two decades. SENT: 180 words.
MYANMAR-THAI HELICOPTER - Three people who were on board a Thai rescue helicopter that disappeared 10 days ago were safe Tuesday afternoon after walking "many miles" to reach a Myanmar village, a foundation searching for them said. SENT: 250 words.
EBOLA - The Spanish nurse infected with the Ebola virus changed the diaper for a priest infected with the virus and collected material room after he died, and some health care workers complain they didn't get sufficient training for caring for Ebola patients. People who came in contact with the patient and the nurse are placed under quarantine but have shown no signs of becoming ill. SENT: 900. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2000 GMT, photos, video.
EBOLA-PREPARATIONS - Ebola has yet to infect a single person on U.S. soil. But health care providers are worried enough that they are taking a wide variety of precautions. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.
SUPREME COURT-MUSLIM BEARD - The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether an Arkansas prison is violating the religious liberty of a Muslim prisoner by barring him from growing a half-inch beard. UPCOMING: Developing, 600 words by 1800 GMT.
OBAMA - Less than a month away from the midterm elections, Obama's campaign schedule is getting off to a late start. SENT: 640 words, photos.
BIDEN - As Biden seeks to fashion himself as a credible alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, his latest missteps have rekindled questions about his ability to serve as commander in chief. SENT: 850 words, photos.
GOVERNOR-NEW MEXICO-SPANISH - Spanish-language debate for New Mexico governor candidates part of trend to woo Latino voters. SENT: 530 words, photos.
DRUG TRAFFICKING-CARTEL -- An associate of one of the world's most notorious drug kingpins heads to trial in New Hampshire, charged with conspiring to distribute more than a ton of cocaine and other drugs for the Sinaloa cartel. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2100 GMT
GAY MARRIAGE-2016 POLITICS - The Supreme Court's decision to reject appeals from five states that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage reignited a debate inside the Republicans who are weighing a possible White House bid for 2016. SENT: 840 words, photos.
- GAY MARRIAGE-SOUTH - Same-sex marriage comes to the South for the first time; why this region was the last holdout. SENT: 700 words, photos.
NOBEL-PHYSICS - Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, Shuji Nakamura win Nobel Prize in physics for LED lights. SENT: 590 words, photos.
COFFEE GENES - How much coffee do you drink every day? A huge study has identified genes that may influence that. SENT: 320 words, photo.
SPACE STATION - Two astronauts are taking a spacewalk 260 miles up. They're performing NASA's first routine maintenance outside the International Space Station in more than a year. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: Developing; walk expected to last until 1900 GMT.
SILICON VALLEY UPHEAVAL - Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. SENT: 850 words, photo.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK - It's not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer their fair share of intrusions into their computer systems, too. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1800 GMT.
RETAIL-HOLIDAY FORECAST - Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to America's largest retail industry trade group. SENT: 460 words.
STARBUCKS-COLLEGE TUITION -- Starbucks says more than 1,000 of its workers have enrolled for an upcoming fall semester at Arizona State University to take advantage of a program that helps pay for their tuition. SENT: 480 words.
EUROPE-AMAZON-TAX PROBE - The European Union's competition authority is opening a formal investigation of Amazon's European corporate income tax practices. SENT: 130 words.
DISTRACTED DRIVING - Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. SENT: 760 words, photos.
-DISTRACTED DRIVING-GLANCE: Ratings of voice-activated car infotainment systems. SENT: 280 words.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-Q&A-BILL MURRAY - In his first lead role in years, Murray tries his most technically challenging performance yet, one with a coarse Brooklyn accent and a debilitating stroke. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
TV-CBS-SYRIA - CBS' Clarissa Ward slips into Syria to interview two Westerners turned jihadists, including an American from the Midwest. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1900 GMT, photos.
GAMES-WORLD OF TANKS - "Fury" is rolling into "World of Tanks." UPCOMING: 500 words by 1800 GMT photos.
TV-GIUDICES-ANDY COHEN - Not all was revealed in Bravo's joint interview with Teresa and Joe Giudice. SENT: 610 words, photos.
OBIT-SELDES - Marian Seldes, the Tony Award-winning star of "A Delicate Balance" who was a teacher of Kevin Kline and Robin Williams, a muse to playwright Edward Albee and a Guinness Book of World Records holder for most consecutive performances, died Monday at 86. SENT: 620 words, photos.
MUSIC-DOVE AWARDS - Hillsong United, Lecrae and Mandisa are up for artist of the year at the 45th annual Dove Awards on Tuesday night along with NEEDTOBREATHE, Casting Crowns and Switchfoot. UPCOMING: 200 words by 0230 GMT.