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March 3, 2014

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

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1545 GMT:

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- PAKISTAN (sent)

-- WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing)

-- SUPREME COURT-MENTAL DISABILITY

-- UNITED STATES-ISRAEL (sent; developing)

-- PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS (HOLD FOR RELEASE)

-- OSCARS (sent)

-- BIN LADEN SPOKESMAN (developing)

PHOTOS: UKRAINE (sent; developing); WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing)

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:

TOP STORIES:

UKRAINE - Britain’s foreign secretary said the U.K. is not discussing military options in its attempts to reverse the Russian incursion into Ukraine but insisted that Moscow must face “significant costs” over its moves in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula that its troops now control. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA - the U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defenses in Europe in response to Russia’s military advances on Ukraine. But military options are not on the table. SENT: 990 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated with developments throughout the day. Photos.

UKRAINE-PUTIN’S CHOICE - Determined not to let Ukraine slip out of Russia’s grasp, Putin has seized control of Crimea and laid the groundwork for further military intervention. The United States and Europe would be powerless to stop him from sending troops into eastern Ukraine. Putin, however, may feel that he has means other than further military action to keep Russia’s neighbor from lining up with the West. An AP News Analysis. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1900 GMT. photos.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday justified the use of Russian troops streaming into neighboring Ukraine’s Crimea region as a necessary protection for his country’s citizens living there. SENT: 480 words, photos.

UKRAINE-PROTESTS-TIMELINE — Key events in Ukraine’s crisis. SENT: 650 words, photos.

PISTORIUS TRIAL - The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial testified Monday to hearing a woman’s “blood-curdling” screams before the sound of four gunshots on the night the double-amputee Olympian killed his girlfriend. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trial has adjourned for the day; will have new angle on today’s developments.

PISTORIUS-MAIN PLAYERS - A look at the judge and other main players in the Pistorius trial. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PAKISTAN - A group of armed men, including two suicide attackers, storms a court complex in the Pakistani capital in a rare terror attack in the heart of Islamabad that kills 11 people and wounds dozens. SENT: 880 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

WORLD COURT-CROATIA-SERBIA -Croatia on Monday accused its Balkan neighbor Serbia of genocide in the early 1990s as the former Yugoslavia shattered in spasms of ethnic violence, in a case at the United Nations’ highest court that highlights lingering animosities in the region. SENT: 320 words.

LIBYA - Libya’s parliament moved into a five-star Tripoli hotel Monday, a day after rioters armed with knives and guns stormed the legislature building, torching furniture, killing a guard and wounding six lawmakers in the latest episode of turmoil in the country. SENT: 570 words, photo.

CHINA-XI’S THE BOSS - Xi Jinping looks more powerful than any Chinese leader in recent decades as his government prepares to deliver its first one-year report card Wednesday, but a deadly weekend slashing spree by alleged separatists was a reminder of the serious challenges facing his administration. SENT: 960 words, photos.

BOLIVIA-CLIMATE CHANGE-INDICATORS - Increasingly erratic weather that scientists attribute to global warming is rendering the age-old methods of high Andes farmers less reliable, endangering harvests in a region where life is hard in the best of times. SENT: 970 words, photos.

NKOREA-AUSTRALIAN DETAINED - North Korea says it will deport Australian missionary detained for spreading Bible tracts. SENT: 560 words, photos.

KOREAS-TENSION - North Korea fires two short-range missiles into the sea in the second such launch in less than a week amid ongoing annual military exercises between Seoul and Washington, South Korean officials say. SENT: 500 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-HAMAS - Palestinian civil servants called on the Gaza Strip’s Hamas government Monday to pay them full salaries, the clearest sign yet that Egypt’s blockade of the territory is making it increasingly difficult for the Islamic militants to govern. SENT: 450 words.

SAUDI MIGRANTS - A detainee died in a stampede during a riot at a Saudi detention center for migrant workers awaiting deportation, police said Monday, adding that nine others were injured. SENT: 400 words.

THAILAND-POLITICS - Business owners in Thailand’s capital are sighing with relief after major intersections barricaded by anti-government protesters reopened to traffic for the first time in six weeks. SENT: 720 words.

THAILAND-SOUTHERN VIOLENCE - Police say two Thai army volunteers confess they shot dead three boys and wounded their parents to seek revenge for one of their families. SENT: 220 words.

JAPAN-NKOREA - Japanese and North Korean Red Cross officials meet in China in what Japan hopes will be a step toward talks on the return of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s. SENT: 360 words, photos.

CHINA-TRAIN STATION ATTACK - Police capture the final three people suspected of involvement in a slashing rampage at a train station in southwest China that killed 29, state media report. SENT: 160 words.

PHILIPPINES-COMMUNIST REBELS - Philippine communist rebels using land mines wound 11 troops and five civilians in the south of the country, military officials saySENT: 210 words.

PHILIPPINES KIDNAPPINGS - Gunmen abducted two children, their nanny and a driver while on the way to school Monday in a southern Philippine region notorious for ransom kidnappings by Islamic militants, military officials said.

NEW ZEALAND-ROYAL VISIT - British royals Prince William and wife Kate plan to go jet boating and sailing during an adventurous trip Down Under, according to a Kensington Palace announcement. SENT: 150 words.

UNITED STATES-ISRAEL - Obama will personally appeal for Netanyahu to move forward on peace talks with the Palestinians, while also trying to manage Israel’s deep suspicion of his pursuit of a nuclear accord with Iran. Obama and Netanyahu meet Monday at the White House. SENT: 830 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1845 GMT. White House meeting. photos.

SUPREME COURT-MENTAL DISABILITY - Arguments on Monday will center on how authorities determine who is eligible to be put to death, 12 years after the justices prohibited the execution of the mentally disabled. The court has until now left it to the states to set rules for judging who is mentally disabled. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT, Developing from arguments, photo.

SUPREME COURT-PRISON BEARD - The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an Arkansas prison inmate must be allowed to grow a short beard in accordance with his religious beliefs. Upcomming: 130 words.

BIN LADEN SPOKESMAN - The terrorism trial gets underway for Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law. Abu Ghaith is charged with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaida’s spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: 700 words with updates by 2200 GMT.

WINTER WEATHER - The forecast of nearly a foot of snow was enough to shut down much of Washington on Monday, with the federal government closing its offices in the capital area. Developing. photos, video.

HEALTH

PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT) - Most abusers of addictive prescription painkillers get them for free from friends or relatives, not physicians, according to a government study that estimates more than 12 million Americans use these drugs to get high each year. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2100 GMT

SWEDEN-WOMB TRANSPLANTS - A Swedish doctor says four Swedish women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant. SENT: 300 words.

TECH

NSA SURVEILLANCE-TECH VS TELECOM - Now the phone companies are starting to speak up, at least in closed-door meetings with policymakers, rattling the historically tight bond between telecoms and government. UPCOMING: 1,600 words by 1800 GMT.

BUSINESS

ROOTING FOR BITCOIN - You don’t have to use bitcoins to root for the digital currency’s survival. Residing wholly in a computer network, with no paper form or government backing, bitcoin is an attempt to divorce currency from political pressure to prop up economies and from banks extracting fees when money changes hands. UPCOMING: 900 WORDS.

JAPAN-BITCOIN -The Tokyo bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy protection blames theft through hacking for its losses, and says it is looking into a criminal complaint. SENT: 480 words, photos.

GENEVA AUTO SHOW - WHAT TO EXPECT - European carmakers are putting their longest ever market slump in the rear view mirror, shifting from survival to revival as they head into the Geneva Auto Show with dozens of car premiers, particularly for small models packed with premium features. SENT: 650 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT

OSCARS - Diversity was perhaps the biggest winner at the 86th annual Academy Awards. SENT: 780 words, video, photos.

KENYA-OSCAR CELEBRATIONS -“You are the pride of Africa,” Kenya’s president exclaimed on Twitter as he celebrated Kenya’s first major Oscar win by actress Lupita Nyong’o. SENT: 640 words, photos.

MUSIC-Q&A-STEVE MARTIN - Steve Martin has found a lot of inspiration from very talented people over the years. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

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