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 1600 GMT:
— TWITTER IPO (sent; developing)
— PAKISTAN-TALIBAN (sent; developing)
— FDA-TRANS FAT (sent; developing)
— GAY RIGHTS-SENATE (sent; developing)
— ARAFAT’S DEATH (sent; developing)
— JAMAICA-DOMINO EFFECT (sent; with photos)
PHOTOS: SOCHI-TORCH IN SPACE (sent; with text); TWITTER IPO (sent; developing)
VIDEO: TWITTER IPO (sent; developing); WOMEN IN COMBAT (upcoming; with text and photos); TRANS FATS (upcoming); PRIVATE CAVE OWNER (sent; with text, 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 GMT):
TWITTER-IPO – Twitter begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange after the short-messaging service raised about $1.8 billion with its initial public offering, signaling strong investor demand. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2100 GMT; will be updated throughout the day.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-HOW TO TWEET – With Twitter back in the news because of an initial stock offering, you might be deciding it’s finally time to start tweeting. Here are the basics. SENT: 800 words.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-TWITTER TERMS – SENT: 300 words, photo.
TECH TEST-AMAZON KINDLE FIRE – On the heels of Apple’s new, lighter iPad, Amazon has come out with a full-size tablet that weighs even less yet sports a sharper display and a lower price tag. SENT: 980 words.
LOVERSPY HACKER – It’s not just the federal government intercepting your communications. It could be a nosy relative or jealous partner. SENT: 570 words, photo.
FDA-TRANS FAT – The FDA will require the food industry to gradually phase out trans fats, saying they are a threat to Americans’ health. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: More details from news conference.
GAY RIGHTS-SENATE – The Senate is headed for a historic vote on legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. SENT: 750 words, photo. UPCOMING: Final vote 1830-1900 GMT.
PAKISTAN-TALIBAN – The Pakistani Taliban choose the man who planned the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai as the group’s new leader, less than a week after a U.S. drone strike killed his predecessor. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.
ARAFAT’S DEATH – Swiss scientists say Yasser Arafat ingested radioactive polonium, most probably as a result of a deliberate poisoning. SENT: 720 words, photos.
POLONIUM Q&A — Questions and answers on polonium. SENT: 710 words, photo.
IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS – Six world powers are dangling the prospect of easing some sanctions against Iran if Tehran agrees to curb work that could be used to make nuclear weapons. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT.
KERRY-MIDEAST— He works furiously to salvage lagging Mideast peace talks, extending his stay in the region. He says both sides must seize the opportunity to make peace. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING, 890 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
SYRIA – Russia offers to host talks between the Syrian government and the opposition fighting to oust Assad, saying the opposition respoded positively. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words with more details.
PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON – Typhoon Haiyan is packing sustained winds of 134 mph (215 kph) and gusts of 155 mph (250 kph) and could pick up strength; expected to hit the Philippines on Friday. SENT: 550 words, photos.
VATICAN-RUSSIA – The Vatican says Pope Francis will hold talks with Putin in Vatican City on Nov. 25. SENT: 130 words.
CONGO-FIGHTING – At least 1,700 Congolese M23 rebels, including the top commander, surrender to Ugandan authorities. SENT: 370 words, photo.
SYRIA – Syria has given international experts video and photographic evidence that shows a chemical weapons site near the contested northern city of Aleppo has been dismantled and abandoned by the government, inspectors say. SENT: 550 words, photos.
THAILAND-POLITICS – Thousands of protesters rally on the eve of a key vote on a bill that would grant amnesty to leaders and others involved in often-violent political conflicts. SENT: 480 words, photos.
LEBANON-WAR REMORSE – Lebanon has veered toward the edge of internal conflict several times in the last 13 years, but never more so than now as the civil war in neighboring Syria has inflamed sectarian hatreds. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.
PAKISTAN – Pakistan frees former President Pervez Musharraf from his months-long house arrest, days after he received bail in a case related to the death of a radical cleric. SENT: 400 words, photo.
SOCHI-TORCH IN SPACE – Wondering about the whereabouts of the Olympic torch? Look up in the sky. It soared into the cosmos and docked at the International Space Station on Thursday. The torch — unlit for safety reasons — is due for a stroll in space Saturday with a return to Earth on Monday. SENT: 500 words, photos.
CHINA-REFORM HOPES – Facing pressure to overhaul a worn-out economic model, China’s leaders are promising dramatic changes at a weekend meeting reform advocates hope will make history. SENT: 990 words, photos.
JAMAICA-DOMINO EFFECT – Call it Jamaica’s domino effect: Youngsters at risk of falling into gang life are learning to view life through the lens of the deceptively simple game of dominoes. SENT: 750 words, photos.
JAPAN-LETTER TO THE EMPEROR – Taro Yamamoto says he handed a personal letter to the emperor to to draw attention to the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, but in doing so he broke a taboo and set much of the nation against him. SENT: 730 words, photos.
WOMEN IN COMBAT By year’s end, six women will become the first women formally assigned to a Riverine combat company, a battlefront Navy job that is just now opening up to women. It hasn’t been easy. SENT: 1,580 words, photos. UPCOMING: video.
– WOMEN IN COMBAT-GLANCE – Timeline of women in the military moving into jobs closer to combat. SENT: 310 words.
KOREA SOLDIER’S REMAINS – A burial with full military honors is set for this weekend for a New York soldier whose remains have been identified more than 60 years after he was killed during the Korean War. SENT: 450 words.
CUBA-HOMESICK HIJACKER — A man who returned to the U.S. from Cuba almost 30 years after hijacking an airliner to Havana is set to make his first appearance in Miami federal court today. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. hearing. 500 words by 2200 GMT.
JASON CARTER-GOVERNOR — Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and a state lawmaker, says he plans to run for Georgia governor, resetting the 2014 race and energizing state Democrats. SENT: 610 words, photo.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK – It startles investors with a surprise cut in its benchmark interest rate aimed at boosting a hesitant recovery in the 17 countries that use the euro. SENT: 120 words, photo. UPCOMING: xxx words by xx a.m.
ECONOMY-GDP – The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate from July through September, a surprising sign of strength ahead of the 16-day partial government shutdown. SENT: 600 words.
CHINA-EARNS-LENOVO – Lenovo Group, the biggest personal computer maker, says its latest quarterly profit rose 36 percent as sales of smartphones and tablet computers more than doubled. SENT: 300 words, photos.