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March 25, 2015

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SEAFOOD FROM SLAVES - AP Investigation: Men forced to work as slaves to catch seafood for global supply. SENT: 3,800 words, photos, video. An ABRIDGED version of 1,680 words also available. With sidebars.

FRANCE-PLANE CRASH-VICTIMS - Small German town mourns loss of 16 students, 2 teachers; ‘There’s no going back’. SENT: 650 words, photos. With mainbar and other coverage. Note photos of black boxes, upcoming.

ITALY-KNOX - Italian high court deciding fate of ‘very worried’ Amanda Knox in appeal of murder conviction. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; decision expected late Wednesday or Thursday local time.

TEEN DRIVERS-DISTRACTIONS - Cellphones, other distractions a bigger factor in teen crashes than previously known. SENT: 800 words, video.

KRAFT-HEINZ - H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, creating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

RUSSIA-CRISIS DRINKING - Moonshine, bath cleaner: Russia’s heavy drinkers seek cheap but dangerous highs amid crisis. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SAVING CHEROKEE - Hopes of Eastern Cherokees to preserve language rest with children at small immersion school. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.

REPENTANT PROSECUTOR - Former prosecutor of exonerated Louisiana death row inmate pens open letter of apology. SENT: 650 words, photos.

HAPPY LAND FIRE-ANNIVERSARY - NY marks 25th anniversary of social club fire set by spurned boyfriend that killed 87. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 2200 GMT vigil.

KENYA-CHINESE RESTAURANT - Kenyan authorities have closed a Chinese restaurant in the capital which was accused by a local newspaper of refusing to serve Africans. SENT: 130 words.

MILITARY-TRANSGENDER - AP sources: Military raises concern over easing ban on transgender people serving in military. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

IRAN-PORTRAYING THE PROPHET - Offering glimpses of the Prophet Muhammad, Iranian film latest to test taboo on depicting him. SENT: 920 words, photos.

PEOPLE-JON HAMM - “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction. SENT: 110 words, photo.

MUSIC-LOLLAPALOOZA - Paul McCartney, Metallica and Sam Smith to headline 2015 Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. SENT: 120 words.

DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-SONY PLAYSTATION TV - Sony’s streaming service seeks to modernize how you watch TV, but won’t mean big savings. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 830 words, photo.

RECORDING REGISTRY - ‘Stand by Me’ among 25 recordings to stand test of time at Library of Congress. SENT: 500 words.

THEATER-THE FANTASTICKS - Off-Broadway play ‘The Fantasticks’ to close in May after more than 20,000 performances. SENT: 340 words.

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PLANE CRASH coverage

ELEPHANTS STUCK-TRUCK - Elephant hauler gets stuck; pachyderms keep truck upright. SENT: Photos NY107-108, 120 words.

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US AAA TEENS - Phones, other distractions a big problem for teen drivers. SENT, with text listed above.

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COMING UP LATER TODAY

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RIGHT TO DIE-CALIFORNIA — The family of Brittany Maynard will release a new video recorded before her death in which she testifies in support of California’s proposed aid-in-dying legislation. UPCOMING: Developing from a 1730 GMT press conference, photos.

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