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BC-What We’re Talking About 1430 GMT,Advisory

March 4, 2015

A selection of AP stories that are especially good reads, shareable, consumer-friendly, or likely to generate talk or buzz:

INDIA-GANG RAPE - Killer’s comments blaming women for being raped reflect views held by many in India. SENT: 970 words, photos.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - Trial’s opening statements expected to show differing views of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; opening statements expected to begin at 1400 GMT.

JAPAN-WORLD’S OLDEST PERSON - Japanese woman, world’s oldest person, celebrates a day before 117th birthday in a pink kimono. SENT: 220 words, photos.

FRANCE-SPANKING - Council of Europe: France violates rules that ban spanking, other corporal punishment of kids. SENT: 120 words.

KILLING BY POLICE-FERGUSON - After scathing Justice Department report -- expected to be released Wednesday -- pressure for change builds in Ferguson. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates after release of report, time uncertain.

SUPREME COURT HEALTH OVERHAUL - The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. SENT: 580 words. UPCOMING: Arguments begin just after 1500 GMT.

CONRAD HILTON-FLIGHT DISRUPTION - Paris Hilton’s brother Conrad agrees to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault on flight. SENT: 330 words, photos.

CANADA-SPOCK BILLS - Canadian central bank says ‘Spocking’ of former Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier on $5 bill not illegal. SENT: 280 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-ROYAL HOAX - Australian radio station may face penalties for royal hoax call that preceded nurse’s suicide. SENT: 270 words.

FLIGHT 370 ANNIVERSARY-NEW CEO - New Malaysia Airlines CEO, a “battle hardened” outsider known as “The Terminator,” taking on industry’s toughest job. SENT: 740 words, photos.

BRITAIN-STEGOSAURUS - UK scientists work out weight of Sophie, 1 of world’s most complete Stegosaurus skeletons. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

CHINA-BRITAIN ROYAL VISIT - Prince William urges China to do more to combat poaching on visit to its wild elephant region. SENT: 580 words, photos.

NEPAL-TURKISH PLANE - Turkish jetliner landing in fog skids off runway in Nepal, passengers are safe. SENT: 100 words, photos.

JAPAN WWII BATTLESHIP - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he’s found sunken Japan WWII battleship off Philippines. SENT: 330 words.

STILLBORN BABIES-LAUNDRY - Police: Las Vegas hospital sent 2 miscarried babies wrapped in linens to laundry facility. SENT: 130 words.

FREAK ATTACK - Researchers say Apple, Android browsers were vulnerable to outdated encryption in “FREAK attack.” SENT: 360 words.

GAMES-GAMES DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE - Sony plans to launch Project Morpheus virtual-reality headset in 2016. SENT: 360 words, photos.




US_MI_FLINT_WATER - Odd color, chlorine taste: Complaints plague city as it seeks water independence from Detroit. SENT, with text FLINT WATER and photos.




INDIA-WIDOWS AND COLORS-PHOTO GALLERY - Indian widows, traditionally shunted aside, join riotous spring festival of Holi. SENT: 8 photos, 130 words.




SUGAR GUIDELINES (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 9 a.m.) - World Health Organization guidelines on sugar.

FLU VACCINE - As a miserable flu season winds down, advisers to the government gather to debate the recipe for next year’s vaccine. UPCOMING: 300 words by 11 a.m., 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TUMORS-OXYGEN (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m.) - A study looks at the role of oxygen in fighting cancer. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 2 p.m., 600 words.

CALIFORNIA AIR POLLUTION (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 5 p.m.) - The push to clean up smoggy skies in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California has led to healthier lungs in children, a new study finds. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 5 p.m., 400 words, photos.

FOSSIL JAW (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m.) - A jaw fragment found in Ethiopia is the oldest known fossil from the closest relatives of modern humans, researchers report. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m.

SELMA 50TH-LOST LATINO LINK - Little remembered in this month’s 50th anniversary is the fact that President Lyndon Johnson was passionate about protecting Mexican-Americans’ voting rights as well as those of African-Americans. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2:30 p.m., photos.

WIRELESS SHOW-PHONE SIZE - There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. That’s changing, as phone makers worry that making them too big will make them harder for consumers to use. UPCOMING: 700 words.

THEATER-JUSTICE SCALIA - As the question of same-sex marriage goes before the nation’s highest court, one of the Supreme Court’s most conservative and polarizing justices will be examined in the theater. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2 p.m., photos, video. Will be updated.

GAMES-GAME DEVELOPERS CHOICE AWARDS - The legion of orcs from “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” will attempt to reign supreme at the Game Developers Choice Awards. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Developing from start of 9:30 p.m. ceremony.

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