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 1545 GMT EST:
-- IMMIGRATION LAWSUIT (sent; developing with reaction and new angles)
-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)
-- DENMARK SHOOTINGS (sent; developing)
-- HAITI-CARNIVAL ACCIDENT (sent; developing)
-- ISLAMIC STATE (sent)
-- EUROPE-TERROR TRACKING (upcoming)
-- IRAQ-DEFENDING KIRKUK (sent)
-- ISRAEL-NETANYAHU SCANDAL (sent; developing)
-- DEFENSE SECRETARY (sent; developing).
-- PRESIDENTIAL RACE-BUSH-BROTHERS (upcoming)
-- FDA-FEMALE SEX PILL (sent)
-- DOGS-WESTMINSTER-WHAT'S IN A NAME (sent)
-- DOG SHOW (upcoming)
-- TV-MODERN FAMILY-ONLINE (sent)
-- OSCARS OVERSEAS-PRINCESS ANIMATION (sent)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
-- IRAN-NUCLEAR-GOOD DEAL? (sent)
PHOTOS: MARDI GRAS LUNDI GRAS (sent); BRAZIL-CARNIVAL-PHOTO GALLERY (sent); WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing.)
VIDEO: US_WV_TRAIN DERAILMENT (sent); WINTER_WEATHER (sent; developing)
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:
UKRAINE - The Ukrainian presidential office on Tuesday called on the European Union and NATO to condemn the Russia-backed rebels for violating the cease-fire after the rebels claimed to have taken the key transportation hub of Debaltseve. SENT: 820 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
DENMARK-SHOOTINGS - Denmark's domestic intelligence service has acknowledged that prison officials alerted the agency last year to the suspected gunman in last weekend's shooting attacks that killed two people and wounded five in Copenhagen. SENT: 890 words, photos, video.
- DENMARK-SHOOTINGS-GUNMAN-BIO BOX - SENT: 210 words, photo.
ISLAMIC STATE - Egypt's president says that creating a U.N.-backed coalition is the best course of action to rid Libya of Islamic extremists. SENT: 700 words, photos.
EUROPE-TERROR TRACKING - France is tracking hundreds of people believed to be sleeper cells for terror organizations. In an interview with the AP, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve laid out what has become an increasingly urgent question for European intelligence services: How to trace the moment when someone transforms from a disgruntled criminal into a terrorist and, more long term, how to block the first steps toward radicalization. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 2100 GMT.
IRAQ-DEFENDING KIRKUK - Iraq's Shiite militias rush to defend oil-rich Kirkuk from Islamic State, test Kurdish claims. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
ISRAEL-NETANYAHU SCANDAL - Israel's Netanyahu and his wife facing new scandal over bloated expenses in their residence. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
EGYPT - Egypt's military prosecution has referred ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and more than 190 others to a military tribunal, known for swift and harsh verdicts. SENT: 130 words.
HAITI CARNIVAL ACCIDENT - At least 20 people were killed during a Carnival parade in Haiti's capital early Tuesday when a music group's float hit a low-hanging power line, causing them to be electrocuted, officials said. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAN-NUCLEAR-GOOD DEAL? - Deal or no deal: Iran nuclear accord not as good as Netanyahu wants, but not a bad as he says. SENT: 870 words.
ZIMBABWE-DOGS FOR SALE - Some people in Zimbabwe see dollar signs when they see a dog. Dog-breeding, much of it illegal, is an increasingly big business in the southern African country. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 1700 GMT.
TURKEY-POLICE POWERS - Turkey debates a security bill that would give police greater search and arrest powers. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
KOSOVO-SOUR ANNIVERSARY - Kosovo's joy has turned to despair as nation marks anniversary of independence declaration. SENT: 920 words, photos.
GERMANY-ANTI-ISLAM PROTESTS - German anti-Islam protests fizzle, but fear of Muslim immigrants continues to fester. SENT: 620 words, photos.
CUBA-US POLITICS - Senator says next round of US-Cuba talks to take place next week; he's optimistic on progress. SENT: 290 words, photo.
KENYA-AIDS-ADOLESCENTS - International groups: AIDs number 1 killer of adolescents in Africa and 2nd globally. SENT: 130 words.
BOB HEWITT TRIAL - Bob Hewitt trial: Mother of alleged rape victim says her daughter is lying. SENT: 500 words, photos.
CHINESE NEW YEAR MAP - Online interactive graphic captures China's massive Lunar New Year migration, and more. SENT: 360 words, photo.
CHINA-DAMPENED NEW YEAR - Deadly stampede leads Chinese authorities to cancel or curtail some Lunar New Year events. SENT: 340 words, photos.
VENEZUELA-BODYGUARDS AT RISK - Bodyguard life in high-crime Venezuela: 'An ungrateful profession that leaves you with scars'. SENT: 790 words, photos.
INDONESIA-AUSTRALIA-EXECUTIONS - Indonesia postpones the transfer of eight convicted drug smugglers, including seven foreigners, to a prison island for execution. SENT: 430 words, photos.
CHINA-MYANMAR-REFUGEES - Tens of thousands of refugees from Myanmar's ethnic region of Kokang have fled into the neighboring Chinese province of Yunnan over the past week amid fighting between militant rebels and government troops. SENT: 300 words.
CHINA-CORRUPTION - A former top official accused of taking bribes in return for government positions is under criminal investigation, Chinese prosecutors say. SENT: 330 words, photos.
PLANNING NOTE: The federal government is closed Tuesday because of weather.
IMMIGRATION LAWSUIT -- The White House plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocks Obama's executive orders on immigration and gives a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aimed at permanently stopping the action. The first of the orders -- to expand a program protecting young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children -- was set to start taking effect Wednesday and advocates insist the judge's ruling is only a temporary setback. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BUDGET-DEFENSE - Efforts to boost Pentagon spending at a time of terrorist threats and Islamic State are putting newly empowered congressional Republicans in a bind. SENT: 580 words, photos.
DEFENSE SECRETARY: Ash Carter is sworn in as secretary of defense. UPCOMING: Developing from 1600 GMT White House event, 300 words by 1930 GMT, photos.
PRESIDENTIAL RACE-BUSH-BROTHERS - As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush prepares to deliver a major speech on foreign policy on Wednesday, he's sure to face questions about how his leadership as president would compare with his brother's_George W. Bush, who guided the nation after 9/11 and took it to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. UPCOMING: 850 words by 0001 GMT, photos
WINTER WEATHER - A snow and ice storm blasted parts of the Mid-Atlantic and the South early Tuesday, creating treacherous road conditions and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. SENT: 350 words, photos, video.
MUSLIM LEADER ARREST - Suburban Chicago imam charged with sexually assaulting woman at Islamic school. SENT: 159 words.
TRAIN DERAILMENT - West Virginia train derailment: fires burn for hours, smoke rising from derailed tanker cars. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated as developments warrant.
ISLAMIC SCHOOL DEFACED - The FBI is investigating the source of offensive graffiti at the Islamic School of Rhode Island. SENT: 130 words.
FEMALE SEX PILL-FDA - The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost female libido are resubmitting their drug to federal health regulators. SENT: 750 words.
REFINERY STRIKE-IMPACT - A three-week strike at 11 U.S. refineries is so far doing little to slow production of gasoline and other fuels. Rising oil prices, not the walkout, are driving gasoline prices higher. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
PORT LABOR - US labor secretary looks to untangle West Coast port labor dispute amid massive cargo backup. SENT: 470 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
GREECE-BAILOUT - Despite all the tough talk of ultimatums and games of poker, Greece and its creditors in the 19-country eurozone are still expected to cobble together some sort of deal that will allow the country to remain a member of the euro currency. Investors and European policymakers are not panicking despite a breakdown in talks between the two sides over the new Greek government's attempt to renegotiate its financial bailout. SENT: 830 words, photos.
CHINESE LOBSTER BOOM - Fresh from Maine: US lobsters are becoming a New Year delicacy for China's rising middle class. SENT: 820 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video planned.
DOG SHOW - Presidents Day for dogs: Portie, with White House bloodlines, leads early polls at Westminster. UPCOMING: Developing tonight.
DOGS-WESTMINSTER-WHAT'S IN A NAME - A look at what goes into those stately, fun, cute and quizzical names of the dogs at Westminster. SENT: 400 words, photos.
DOG SHOW-PATTY HEARST'S WIN - Famed and infamous heiress Patty Hearst back in news, her dog posts early win at Westminster. SENT: 280 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
TV-MODERN FAMILY-ONLINE - How to keep the "modern" in "Modern Family" in its sixth season? Create an episode that plays out completely on a computer and in the realm of social media. SENT: 650 words, photos.
OSCARS OVERSEAS-PRINCESS ANIMATION - The princess laughs and floats in sumie-brush sketches of faint pastel, a lush landscape that animated film director Isao Takahata has painstakingly depicted to relay his gentle message of faith in this world. SENT: 760 words, photos.
FILMING SHAKESPEARE'S CANNON - Colm Feore's mad title role in Shakespeare's "King Lear" last year in Canada will live on. It will kick off a massive initiative by the Stratford Festival to film and broadcast all of Shakespeare's plays over the next 10 years. SENT: 590 words, photo.
BOOKS-PHARRELL WILLIAMS - Pharrell Williams has deal for 4 picture books, starting with 'Happy,' showing kids worldwide. SENT: 130 words, photo.