Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.

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HIGHLIGHTING:

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Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1445 GMT:

-- IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS (sent; developing)

-- ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)

-- NIGERIA-ELECTION (sent; developing)

-- RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS (sent; developing)

--CANADIAN DIPLOMAT-SON KILLED

-- GETTY DEATH (sent; developing)

-- BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-WHAT'S NEXT (upcoming)

-- SOUTH AFRICA-SCULPTURE UPROAR (upcoming)

-- JONI MITCHELL HOSPITALIZED (sent; developments uncertain)

-- FAST AND FURIOUS IN IMAX LASER (sent)

-- GMO-WHAT'S IN THE PIPELINE (SENT)

-- ADOPTION CITIZENSHIP-DEPORTATION (sent)

-- JONI MITCHELL HOSPITALIZED (sent)

-- MCDONALD'S-CHICKEN (upcoming)

-- HOT CARS (upcoming)

-- EASIER WALKING (upcoming)

-- OBIT-DAHL (sent)

-- BRANDED HOMES-MIAMI (sent)

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CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:

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-- ISLAMIC STATE-TIKRIT-GLANCE (sent; may develop)

-- RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS-THINGS TO KNOW (sent; developing)

-- BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-WHAT'S NEXT (upcoming)

-- PINTEREST TURNS 5 (upcoming)

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PHOTOS

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FRANCE-PLANE CRASH coverage (sent; developing)

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VIDEO

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US CA GETTY - SENT, with text noted above.

IRQ TIKRIT - Raw: Iraqi troops enter Tikrit palace.

CUBA CEMETARY - On Cuban isle once home to Americans, a look back and ahead. SENT, with text noted above.

US_WA_IMMIGRATION DEPORTATION - SENT, with text noted above.

US-FL-BRANDED HOMES - Care to live in a Porsche? Designer labels are drawing luxury home buyers to Miami. SENT, with text noted above.

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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:

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WORLD

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ISLAMIC STATE - Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. With ISLAMIC STATE-TIKRIT-GLANCE

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - Claims of progress — and not — flourish as negotiations over Iran's nuclear program continue in Switzerland. SENT: 880 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, 850 words by 2200 GMT., photos.

NIGERIA-ELECTION - Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari says it is time "to heal wounds," a day after Nigeria's president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election. SENT: 560 words, photos, graphic, video. With UNITED-NATIONS-BOKO-HARAM - U.N. rights chief: Extremists murdered captive women.

FRANCE-PLANE CRASH - Lufthansa execs visit French Alps crash site, face repeated questions about co-pilot's health. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SOUTH AFRICA-SCULPTURE UPROAR - When a South African student protester tossed feces on a statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town, he ignited nationwide calls to remove other statues of former white leaders. UPCOMING: 880 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

PALESTINIANS-CONFRONTING ISRAEL - A look at how formally joining the International Criminal Court is a part of the Palestinians' broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With INTERNATIONAL COURT-PALESTINIANS.

YEMEN - Saudi-led warplanes bomb Shiite rebel positions in both north and south Yemen on Wednesday, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from anti-aircraft guns. SENT: 400 words, photo.

RUSSIA-YEAR OF SANCTIONS - There have been winners and losers in Russia in the year since the West imposed sanctions over Ukraine. A look at how the punishment has affected Russia's people, economy and politics. SENT: 930 words, photos.

RUSSIA-NEMTSOV KILLING - A man charged with the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has told the court he was beaten and pressured to confess. SENT: 130 words.

CANADIAN DIPLOMAT-SON KILLED - The ex-husband of a Canadian diplomat said one of their sons has been killed and another has been arrested in a Miami drug deal gone bad. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CUBAN ISLE-AMERICAN GHOSTS - On the wind-swept Isla de la Juventud, where an American expatriate community thrived before the Castro revolution, many Cubans live in expropriated U.S.-owned properties. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.

THAILAND-MARTIAL LAW MAKEOVER - Thailand is about to lift martial law. But make no mistake — 10 months after staging a coup, a military junta is still ruling the country, essentially with absolute power, and made clear this week it's not easing up yet. SENT: 780 words, photo

SKOREA-AMBASSADOR HURT - South Korean man charged in knife attack on US ambassador. SENT: 250 words.

MEXICO-MISSING STUDENTS - Some parents of 43 missing college students in Mexico turn to gang leader seeking help in case. SENT: 250 words.

NEPAL-DOCTORS STRIKE - Thousands of doctors in Nepal stay away from work to support colleague on hunger strike. SENT: 270 words.

JAPAN-WORLD'S OLDEST PERSON - The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, has died just a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. SENT: 300 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-BANKSY - A Gaza man says he has been duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than $200. SENT: 460 words, photos.

NEPAL-EVEREST - Climbers return to Mount Everest as the mountaineering industry recovers from last year's deadly disaster on the world's highest peak. SENT: 330 words.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-LARIMAR MINING - For years, poor wildcat miners have gone deep into dangerous makeshift tunnels to dig out larimar, a semi-precious stone found only in the Dominican Republic. Now the government is trying to improve safety. SENT: 860 words, photos.

GERMANY-CANNIBALISM KILLING - German police officer guilty of murdering man who fantasized about being killed and eaten. SENT: 130 words.

US

OBAMA-CYBER SANCTIONS - Obama signs order creating the first sanctions program that would allow the U.S. to penalize individuals overseas who engage in cyberattacks and cyberspying. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon.

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GETTY DEATH - The death of Andrew Getty was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family say. SENT: 460 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Pursuing details of the investigation, more biographical details and his family's history.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - WHAT'S NEXT - Both the prosecution and the defense have rested in the guilt phase of Tsarnaev's trial. Up next: closing arguments, jury deliberations and a verdict before the penalty phase, where Tsarnaev's lawyers will fight to keep him off Death Row. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2130 GMT.

NSA-SHOOTING - A friend of the driver killed in a confrontation at the entrance to the National Security Agency said the individual identified as transgender and was a sex worker in Baltimore. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

OBIT-DAHL - Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, dies at age 78. SENT: 390 words, photos.

ADOPTION CITIZENSHIP-DEPORTATION - South Korean adoptee who had abusive parents, went through US foster care faces deportation. SENT: 890 words, photos, video.

CONTROVERSIAL BUS ADS - LAWSUIT - Provocative ads showing a photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader have started appearing on Philadelphia transit buses. SENT: 130 words.

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HEALTH

EASIER WALKING (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT) - Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier - something scientists once thought couldn't be done. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1700 GMT, 450 words, photos.

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BUSINESS /ECONOMY

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MCDONALD's-CHICKEN — McDonald's says it's simplifying its grilled chicken recipe, marking the latest sign the company is rethinking its menu to keep up with changing tastes. The chain says the grilled chicken will be made with 12 ingredients, instead of the previous 18. UPCOMING: 550 words by 1700 GMT.

HOT CARS - A new Jaguar, the next generation of the Lexus RX, and offerings from Porsche, Kia, Cadillac, others at the New York auto show. UPCOMING: 500 words at 1500 GMT. Updates as more cars are unveiled. photos, video taken throughout the day.

BRANDED HOMES-MIAMI - Care to live in a Porsche? Designer labels are drawing luxury home buyers to Miami. SENT: 1,320 words, photos, video; an ABRIDGED version of 780 words was also sent.

GMO-WHAT'S IN THE PIPELINE - Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils are among the genetically engineered foods that could receive U.S. government approval in the coming years. SENT: 800 words, photos.

VIETNAM-SHOE FACTORY STRIKE - Thousands of Vietnamese workers that make footwear for companies such as Nike and Addidas are on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy. SENT: 380 words.

JAPAN-BURGER FRAGRANCE - The 'spicy' scent of a Burger King store entices curious buyers of Whopper cologne in Japan. SENT: 130 words, photos

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POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

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PINTEREST TURNS 5 - Pinterest turns 5 this week. Five ways the company is shaking up search, social and shopping. UPCOMING: 500 words, chunky text, photo.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

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JONI MITCHELL HOSPITALIZED - The folk singer was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to her Twitter account and website. SENT: 350 words, photo.

FAST & FURIOUS IN IMAX LASER - Fast & Furious 7 hits screens in Imax's new laser projection theaters. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1300 GMT. With: FAST & FURIOUS-BOX OFFICE.

THEATER-MAYA ANGELOU - Play about Maya Angelou's power as friend, mentor in development by Tavis Smiley, Kenny Leon. SENT: 520 words, photos.

TV-SALEM-LUCY LAWLESS — Known for such unflinching performances as Xena, Warrior Princess and Lucretia in the "Spartacus" trilogy, Lucy Lawless is now casting her spell on "Salem," WGN's witch-war drama, as it begins its second season Sunday. UPCOMING: 580 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

TV-SPIKE'S SWITCH — With this week's premiere of a series based on Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight" show feature of lip-synch dueling celebrities, the Spike television network is throwing open the doors of its old boys' clubhouse to women. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

RICHARD AVEDON-PORTRAITS - Richard Avedon made his name in fashion photography, but a new exhibit focuses on his portraits of political and cultural newsmakers. By Kathy Matheson. SENT: 500 words, photos.