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 1500 GMT:
-- UNITED STATES-AL QAIDA (sent; developing)
-- EUROPE-MIGRANTS SUMMIT (sent; developing)
-- EUROPE-MIGRANTS-THE BOAT (upcoming)
-- YEMEN (sent; developing)
-- SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL (sent; developing)
-- MILITARY-CYBERSECURITY (sent; developing)
-- BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING (sent; developing)
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT:
-- PETRAEUS SENTENCING (sent; developing)
-- SECRET SERVICE (sent; developing)
-- MAMMOTH DNA (upcoming)
-- FILM-FIFTY SHADES (sent)
-- FILM-AVENGERS (upcoming)
-- CHINA-FUNERAL STRIPPERS (sent)
SUDAN NILE FISHERMEN PHOTO ESSAY - Afloat on the 2 Niles with the fishermen of Khartoum. SENT: 17 photos, 430 words.
CHILE VOLCANO - Calbuco volcano erupts in southern Chile for first time since 1972; nearby town evacuated. SENT: 330 words, photos, video.
US-OH-NO SHOOT - As body cameras find a place in policing, some officers seek them out on their own. SENT: 850 words as OFFICER DIDN'T SHOOT, photo, video.
US SF SOUNDBOX CLUB - San Francisco symphony attracts younger audience with hip, tech-friendly night club. SENT: 530 words as NOT FATHER'S SYMPHONY, photos, video.
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today and some notable pieces that we sent in the past three hours (all times GMT):
UNITED STATES-AL QAIDA - An American and an Italian held hostage by al-Qaida, as well as two Americans working with the terror group, were inadvertently killed in U.S. counterterrorism operations earlier this year, the White House said Thursday. SENT: 250 words. DEVELOPING.
SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL - Five months after she was nominated by Obama to serve as attorney general, Loretta Lynch will finally get her confirmation vote in the Senate. SENT: 490 words, photo. UPCOMING shortly: 700 words. Final vote expected around 2000.
MILITARY-CYBERSECURITY - A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out publicly for the first time that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. SENT: 755 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1800 speech by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
PETRAEUS SENTENCING - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, is being sentenced for giving the woman classified information on war strategy while she worked on the book. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates after 1830 sentencing.
SECRET SERVICE - A government watchdog says a security alarm at the Texas home of former President George H.W. Bush was broken for at least 13 months before the Secret Service fixed it. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS-SUMMIT- European Union leaders are discussing plans to double financial sources to save lives in the Mediterranean where hundreds of migrants have drowned in recent days, and to capture and destroy vessels which could be used for trafficking, according to a draft statement prepared for Thursday's summit. SENT: 750 words, photos. With video ITALY MIGRANTS. With EUROPE-MIGRANTS - Malta honors dead of Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster as smugglers face questioning (sent).
EUROPE-MIGRANTS-THE BOATS - Decrepit wooden fishing boats are the hottest commodity for smugglers transporting Syrian, African and Asian migrants on dangerous voyages from Libya to Europe. But as Italy pleads with the U.S. to supply drones that can identify the boats before they're packed with refugees, smugglers are turning to a newer and more dangerous tactic: launching rubber dinghies crammed with people that sometimes start deflating before they reach Italy. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1700, photos.
AFRICA-DREAMS OF EUROPE - Lured by the possibility of making a decent living in Europe, many Africans are undeterred by hundreds of recent fatalities in the Mediterranean Sea and intend to make what Ethiopia's leader calls "the death journey." UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 1600.
YEMEN - Yemen's defiant Shiite rebels pressed their offensive in the country's south, apparently ignoring an overture from Saudi Arabia earlier this week, while the kingdom's warplanes continued to target their positions Thursday, officials said. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
FRANCE-ATTACK THWARTED - Investigators are searching for possible accomplices in the planned attack on a church uncovered when the suspect apparently shot himself by accident, France's prime minister said Thursday. SENT: 180 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
NETHERLANDS-UKRAINE PLANE - Dutch police criticize anthropologist for showing images of MH17 victims. SENT: 370 words.
JAPAN-WAR SHRINE - Japan ministers' war shrine visit upsets China a day after Abe's meeting with President Xi. SENT: 400 words, photos.
ARMENIA-SLAUGHTER CENTENNIAL - Armenians still haunted by Turkish massacres 1 century later; demand genocide recognition. SENT: 620 words, photos.
CHINA-FUNERAL STRIPPERS - China to crack down on performances by strippers at rural funerals. SENT: 130 words.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - The brutality and impact of the Boston Marathon bombing is brought home to jurors as survivors describe their injuries and loved ones of those who died describe their loss. SENT: 520 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from penalty phase.
ISLAMIC STATE-AMERICANS-MINNESOTA - A detention hearing is set for Thursday in federal court in St. Paul for four of the six Minnesotans who are accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from morning hearing.
DWARF PLANET MISSION - A NASA spacecraft that recently reached the dwarf planet Ceres is ready to begin its mission. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo.
MAMMOTH DNA (HOLD FOR RELEASE, noon)- Scientists are getting their best look yet at the DNA code for the wooly mammoth, thanks to work that could be a step toward re-creating the extinct beast. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 1600 350 words. Photo expected
TRADE - Backers of Obama's trade agenda hope a Senate committee's endorsement will help overcome partisan divides in the House. UPCOMING: 640 words, photos. Updates after House committee meeting that began at 1300.
CHINA-US-VOLVO - The all-new Volvo XC90 and the premium plug-in hybrid S60L rolling off the assembly lines in Volvo's main Chinese factory in Chengdu are the first made-in-China cars to be exported to the United States. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CUBA-NBA - The NBA is the first U.S. professional league to visit sports-crazy Cuba since the declaration of detente between the Cold War enemies late last year. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-AVENGERS -- The stage is set for a brewing ideological conflict between Iron Man and Captain America in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" that will come to a head in next year's "Captain America: Civil War." UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800, photos.
FILM-AVENGERS-NEWCOMERS - The Avengers get some new, hostile company in "Age of Ultron" in a pair of mysterious and enhanced twins, played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and a sinister robot with delusions of grandeur, played by James Spader. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1800, photos.
FILM-FIFTY SHADES - Husband of E L James to pen script for 'Fifty Shades' sequel; 1st movie made $568.8M worldwide. SENT: 130 words.
NEW WHITNEY - A look at the new home for the Whitney Museum of American Art, right near Manhattan's High Line. SENT: 850 words, photos.
PEOPLE-LADY GAGA - Lady Gaga to receive inaugural 'Contemporary Icon' award at Songwriters Hall of Fame. SENT: 130 words, photo.
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