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BC-What We’re Talking About 1230 GMT

March 16, 2015

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

FUGITIVE HEIR - Eccentric fugitive Robert Durst held on murder warrant; says in documentary he ‘killed them all.’ SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 1500 GMT hearing.

RUSSIA-PUTIN - Putin resurfaces after 10-day absence from public eye, looks his usual self. SENT: 260 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

FRANCE-SUBURBAN VIOLENCE - 10 years after French riots, police go on trial over 2 teens’ deaths that ignited the violence. SENT: 950 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - The trial, once expected to last months, is moving faster than anticipated. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updating from 9 a.m. proceedings.

HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES - AP Exclusive: Watershed picture book ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ reissued with a new look. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

VANUATU-PRESIDENT-Q&A - AP Interview: Vanuatu leader, heading home from Japan disaster meeting, rues storm devastation. SENT: 450 words, photos. With VANUATU-CYCLONE PAM.

CAMBODIA-IT’S NOT A DREAM - Decades after Khmer Rouge regime tore Cambodian families apart, reality TV show reunites them. SENT: 2,030 words, 10 photos. ABRIDGED version of 1,050 words is also available.

MEXICO-GOURMET POT - Mexico pot connoisseurs find inspiration in US for growing ‘gourmet’ weed. SENT: 900 words, 12 photos.

SKOREA-FLIGHT RETURNS - Asiana plane returns to Hong Kong after finding wrong passenger on board. SENT: 130 words.

PEOPLE-EMILE HIRSCH - Actor Emile Hirsch due in Utah court on assault charges stemming from Sundance incident. SENT: 360 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 1430 GMT hearing.




US_CA_STARVING_SEA_LIONS.- Hundreds of starving sea lion pups stranding on California beaches; rescue centers overwhelmed. SENT: 850 words, 11 photos, video.




X FACTOR-JUDGES REMOVED - Husband and wife “X Factor” judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon were removed from the New Zealand version of the show Monday for bullying a contestant. UPCOMING.

SOUTH AFRICA-POWER CUTS - — Driving home through dead traffic lights to a half-cooked dinner is the new normal in South Africa, where rolling power blackouts have become a common drudgery. The government warns that forced outages will continue for yearsUPCOMING: 750 words by 1300 GMNT, photos.

5 HIGHLIGHTS FROM SXSW - A roundup of bite-sized briefs from Sunday’s panels and events. By Mae Anderson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1600 GMT.

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