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 1430 GMT:
-- FRANCE-PLANE CRASH (sent; developing)
-- ITALY-MIGRANTS-SURVIVOR (upcoming)
-- BRITAIN-ELECTION (sent; developing)
-- ISRAEL-POLITICS (sent; developing)
-- PROPHET CARTOON CONTEST SHOOTING (sent; developing)
-- HOMEGROWN TERROR THREATS (upcoming)
-- CALIFORNIA DROUGHT (sent; developing)
-- SELF-DRIVING BIG RIG (sent; developing)
-- SPACEX ESCAPE TEST (sent; developing)
-- PREEMIE SURVIVAL (upcoming)
-- TV-FOX-FAULKNER (upcoming)
-- FILM-JACK BLACK (upcoming)
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
-- SELF-DRIVING BIG RIG (sent; developing)
-- HEALTHBEAT-SMARTPHONE MICROSCOPE (upcoming)
-- FAST FOOD DELIVERY (upcoming)
-- PETS-DOGS CANCER STUDY (upcoming)
-- GEENA DAVIS-BENTONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL (sent)
-- BRITAIN-MUSIC SCIENCE (sent)
FRANCE-MIGRANTS PHOTO GALLERY - Migrants' journey doesn't end at Europe's borders. SENT: 15 photos, 290 words.
SKYWRITER-PHOTO GALLERY - Peace, love: Skywriter's cloudy words and good vibes captivate New Orleans. SENT: 15 photos, 320 words.
GERMANY STORM - Tornado causes widespread damage in northeast German town. SENT: 5 photos, 120 words.
US DRONE POACHING - Drones and computers stop ivory poaching. SENT.
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today and notable pieces that we sent in the past three hours (all times EDT):
FRANCE-PLANE CRASH - French air accident investigators say that the co-pilot on Germanwings Flight 4525 tried a controlled descent on another flight that morning. SENT: 880 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ITALY-MIGRANTS-SURVIVOR - A 17-year-old Gambian survivor of a deadly Mediterranean rescue recounts the frantic moment when more than 100 people aboard a deflating dinghy tried to climb aboard a rescue ship and dozens fell into the sea, drowning. The boy's recollections describe the scene that was captured on video by a crew member of the rescue ship and obtained by AP. UPCOMING, with photos. With ITALY-MIGRANTS - The U.N. Security Council prepares to hear first-hand about the Mediterranean migrant crisis and EU proposals to target the smugglers fueling it. SENT: 400 words, photos. Upcoming: 600 words, photos.
BRITAIN-ELECTION - As Britain's political leaders spent a final day campaigning Wednesday, the election race drew to a bumpy close for the U.K. Independence Party, which suspended a candidate for saying he would shoot his Conservative opponent. SENT: 430 words. photos . UPCOMING: Developing.
ISRAEL-POLITICS - Netanyahu is racing against the clock to put together a governing coalition or else face a scenario by which he would be forced out of office. SENT: 500 words, photo. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1500 GMT.
NIGERIA-KIDNAPPED GIRLS - The military says Nigerian troops have rescued 25 more children and women from Boko Haram as they continued to attack and destroy the extremists' camps in a forest stronghold. SENT: 330 words.
BURUNDI-POLITICAL TENSIONS - East African Community ministers travel to Burundi to help end turmoil. SENT: 260 words, photos.
ISLAMIC STATE-DISPLACED PEOPLE - Conflicts and violence worldwide displaced a record 38 million people in 2014, with 2.2 million Iraqis alone forced to flee the Islamic State group, a Norwegian humanitarian group report released Wednesday revealed. SENT: 340 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN - An Afghan court sentences four men to death and eight to 16 years' imprisonment each for their role in the brutal mob killing in March of a woman in Kabul after bogus claims that she had burned a copy of the Quran -- a slaying that shocked the nation and spurred calls for authorities to ensure women's rights to equality and protection from violence. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1500 GMT.
NETHERLANDS-CANADA WWII - Canadian soldiers gets military burial in the Netherlands 70 years after death during WWII. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
UKRAINE - Five Ukrainian government troops battling separatist forces in the east have been killed in one of the worst single days of bloodshed since a cease-fire was declared in February, military officials said Wednesday. SENT: 340 words.
BRITAIN-FLASH CRASH TRADER - British financial trader accused of helping to set off a "flash crash" on Wall Street in 2010 from his London home claimed Wednesday he was just good at his job as he fights extradition to the U.S. SENT: 250 words.
ROYAL BABY - Prince William, wife Kate take newborn princess and son Prince George to their country home. SENT: 130 words.
HOMEGROWN TERROR THREATS - The Texas attack represents a manifestation of do-it-yourself terrorism, where plots are smaller in scale and therefore harder to detect, even in the Internet era. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2000 GMT, photo.
PROPHET CARTOON CONTEST SHOOTING - Gunman's final tweet, hashtag hinted at Texas assault on cartoon contest. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT - Cities and communities across drought-stricken California must slash water use as much as a third under regulations coming to the State Water Resources Control Board for a vote. SENT: 400 words.
BALTIMORE-POLICE DEATH - Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will announce a new partnership between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - Testimony to resume.
UNITED STATES-SAUDI ARABIA - Kerry says he hopes to win pause in Yemen's civil war, heads to talks in Saudi Arabia. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Updates after 1630 GMT arrival, 750 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
SELF-DRIVING BIG RIG - Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads -- in this case Nevada's highways -- not only for testing, but business, too. SENT: 610 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
FEDERAL RESERVE-YELLEN - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks on "finance and society" at the International Monetary Fund. SENT: 350 words, photos.
FAST FOOD DELIVERY - McDonald's this week joined several other fast food chains that are testing delivery in the latest signal that restaurant chains bending over backward to make themselves even more convenient to drive up sales. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1500 GMT.
SPACEX ESCAPE TEST - SpaceX has chalked up another test flight, this one for the capsule it will use to carry astronauts into orbit. SENT: 520 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
PREEMIE SURVIVAL (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT) - They can weigh as little as a pound yet force some of the toughest choices in all of medicine. Extremely premature babies face extreme differences in how hard hospitals try to save them, a new study finds. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT, 700 words.
HEALTHBEAT-SMARTPHONE MICROSCOPE (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT) - Scientists look at how smartphones can help diagnose diseases remotely in parts of the world that don't have high-tech equipment. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT, 740 words, photos.
PETS-DOGS-CANCER STUDY - Scientists are studying thousands of golden retrievers to find out why their lifespans have gotten shorter over the years and why cancer is so prevalent. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 1400 GMT.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-JACK BLACK - Of all the so-called 'Frat Pack' - the group of comedy stars that included Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and others - Jack Black has transitioned into one of the most interesting second phases: He's turned out to be an exceptional character actor. His latest is the black comedy 'The D Train.' By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
GEENA DAVIS-BENTONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL - Geena Davis launches film fest in Bentonville, Arkansas, focused on women and diversity. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: Pursuing photos.
PEOPLE-MIRANDA LAMBERT - Miranda Lambert becomes Country Living's first cover girl. SENT: 120 words, photo.
BRITAIN-MUSIC SCIENCE - The impact of hip-hop's arrival on the pop music scene eclipsed that of the Beatles-led British invasion of 1964, a computer analysis of 17,000 songs has found. SENT: 320 words, photo.