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Good morning! 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:

-- SKOREA-SHIP SINKING (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING (sent; developing)


-- NYPD INTELLIGENCE (sent; developing with new details and approach)



VIDEO: FERRY_AERIALS, SKOREA_FERRY; BOSTON_UNFINISHED BUSINESS (sent; with text and photos); SCHOOL_DRESS_CODE (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:


SKOREA-SHIP SINKING - A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. SENT: 930 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing on a number of fronts, including witness accounts, search continuing though it's uncertain how long today, efforts to determine the cause.

UKRAINE - A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drives into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators, dampening the central government's hopes to re-establish control over restive eastern Ukraine. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1900 GMT.

NATO-UKRAINE - NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday. SENT: 350 words, photos.

UKRAINE-GENEVA TALKS - As turmoil shakes eastern Ukraine, Thursday's high-level Geneva talks on the crisis take place under a hanging sword of urgency. A look at the parties, their positions and their levers of power. . UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 1900 GMT.

PISTORIUS TRIAL - His lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense. SENT: 630 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - As a robotic submarine dives into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives storm out of a teleconference meeting to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person. SENT: 590 words, photos.

MALAYSIA PLANE-COMPENSATION - Some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas. . SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

NIGERIA EXPLOSION - Officials say suspected Islamic militants killed 20 people including a traditional ruler in northeast Nigeria in four attacks across the country in three days. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING - Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has acknowledged that he listened to hacked voicemail messages while he was editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

ALGERIA-DYSFUNCTIONAL ELECTIONS - Many young Algerians lack loyalty to a political system run by an aging man too frail to show up for a single campaign event. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-CUBAN DOCTORS - Cuban doctors increasingly are a flashpoint for the unrest that has rocked Venezuela. SENT: 980 words, photos.

EGYPT-CONTROLLING MOSQUES - Egyptian authorities are tightening their grip on mosques, removing thousands of clerics and laying down restrictions on sermons in a move to control the message amid the crackdown on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood. SENT: 1,3600 words, photos.

EGYPT - An ultraconservative Islamist who is an ally of Morsi was convicted Wednesday of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a U.S. citizen, receiving a seven-year prison sentence. SENT: 230 words.

SYRIA -Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army said in a statement Wednesday, in an unusual move at a time of tensions between the desert kingdom and Damascus. SENT: 360 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-BUS ACCIDENT - At least five people are killed and 15 others injured when a passenger bus rams a stalled truck. SENT: 140 words, photos.

INDIA-BUS FIRE -Indian police say at least six people are burned to death and another 12 seriously injured when a bus catches fire in southern India. SENT: 110 words.

INDIA-TRAIN ACCIDENT - A passenger train derails in northeastern India, injuring dozens of passengers. SENT: 150 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-YEMEN - New Zealand's Prime Minister says a New Zealand man and an Australian man with links to terrorism were killed in November during a drone strike in Yemen. SENT: 460 words.

AUSTRALIA-PREMIER QUITS - The leader of Australia's most populous state quits as premier in the face of mounting evidence that he failed to declare a 3,000 Australian dollar ($2,800) bottle of wine that arrived as a gift on his Sydney doorstepSENT: 400 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-ROYALS - Prince William, wife Kate and baby George arrive in Sydney to kick off Down Under tour. SENT: 180 words, photos.


BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - Questions about security come back into play after authorities accuse a man of carrying out a hoax by bringing a rice cooker in a backpack near the finish line on the anniversary of the bombings. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: updates from 10 a.m. BAA news conference, 10 a.m. court hearing for actual bombing suspect. 500 words by 4 p.m.

PRISON-NO SHOW -Convicted of armed robbery, Mike Anderson was sentenced to 13 years and waited on instructions on how to report to prison. They never arrived, and so he went about his life: getting married, having children, filing taxes and starting a business. He finds himself behind bars and fighting for his release after the Missouri Department of Corrections noticed the mistake. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

NYPD INTELLIGENCE - The move by new New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could just be the first step in his broad re-examination of the massive post 9/11 intelligence-gathering machine built by his predecessor. UPCOMING 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

GAY MARRIAGE-OKLAHOMA - Lawyers for a gay couple seeking to overturn Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban, and the clerk who denied granting them a license, are headed to a federal appeals court. UPCOMING.

TEXAS EXECUTION — Execution of Jose Villegas for the 2001 fatal stabbings of a Corpus Christi woman, her 3-year-old son and her mother. UPCOMING: Developing from execution scheduled after 2300 GMT; photo.


GUN CONTROL-CONGRESS - Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.


SUPREME COURT-POLITICAL SPEECH - Can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime? That debate makes its way to the Supreme Court next week. SENT: 900 words, photos.


DIABETES COMPLICATIONS - In the midst of a nasty epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Diabetes may be on the rise, but the rates of diabetes-related heart attacks, strokes and other complications are dropping dramatically. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT.

ASIA-VIRUS - A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the Philippines has isolated a health worker who tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. SENT: 410 words.

ON THE MONEY-MEDICATION REMINDERS - Many doctors are recommending smartphone apps that send reminders to patients to take their medications and record when they take each one. UPCOMING by 1700 GMT.


AUTO SHOW-TOYOTA CAMRY - Shaken by the advances of sportier rivals such as the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation. SENT: 650 words, photos.

AUTO SHOW-MUSTANG 50th — Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honor the pony car's 50th anniversary. The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year the Mustang first went on sale. SENT: 130 words, photo.

AIRLINES-HELPFUL FUEL PRICES - The spike in jet fuel to above $3 a gallon helped instill an attention to costs and the bottom line that had long been missing at the big airlines. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1500 GMT, photos.

SMALLBIZ-MINORITY BUSINESS MENTORS - A growing number of organizations are partnering with large companies to mentor minority-owned businesses, helping them become big businesses themselves. UPCOMING: 1,400 words by 1730 GMT, photos.

JAPAN-BITCOIN - The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application. SENT: 380 words.


DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-OLD MEETS NEW - Even as Microsoft plunges toward a future revolved around touch-screen devices, it is steering its Windows operating system to be more like its mouse-based predecessors. UPCOMING: 850 words by noon, photos.


THEATER-DANIEL RADCLIFFE - The former "Harry Potter" star is greeted by a burst of applause whenever he appears on Broadway. He's bracing for more this fall. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

TV-DISNEY CHANNEL-JESSIE - The Disney Channel series "Jessie" has surprises planned for its third season. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

SILVERSTONE-KIND MAMA -Alicia Silverstone talks about her new book, "Kind Mama," and the interest and controversy surrounding her attachment parenting philosophy. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1900 GMT, photos, video.

MUSIC-MADE IN AMERICA - Jay-Z joins Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce the Made in America festival is coming to the city. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1900 GMT, photos. Will be updated.

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