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BC-AP News Coverage 1430 GMT

March 31, 2015

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 1430 GMT:

-- IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS (sent; developing)

-- ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)

-- NIGERIA-ELECTION (sent; developing)

-- UNITED STATES-CLIMATE CHANGE (sent; developing)

-- DEMOCRATS-PRESIDENTIAL RACE-CLINTON-EMAILS (sent)

-- NSA-INJURIES (sent; developing)

-- RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS (sent; developing)

-- BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING TRIAL (sent; developing)

-- TRUCK TIRE DANGER (sent)

-- CHEAPER COMPUTERS (sent; developing)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:

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-- JAPAN-SAME SEX MARRIAGE (sent)

-- TV-MAD MEN-WEINER (upcoming)

-- MUSIC-ROLLING STONES (sent)

-- PASSOVER-SEDER GENTILES (upcoming)

-- CHEAPER COMPUTERS (sent; developing)

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PHOTOS:

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FUTURE SOLDIERS-PHOTO ESSAY - In Israel, Jewish teens gear up for military rite of passage by training in mud. SENT: 22 photos, 240 words.

MIDEAST GAZA RETURNING HOME - Fed up with slow pace of reconstruction, despondent Gazans return to destroyed homes. SENT: 9 photos with text noted above.

PERU-AYACUCHO DANCERS-PHOTO ESSAY - They danced all day, until the sun set over Latin America’s oldest bullring. But these were not merely typical dances of Peru’s highlands. Each contained macabre reminders of the bitter conflict that these migrants from the Ayacucho region, or their parents, had endured.

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VIDEO:

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US TRUCK TIRE SAFETY (sent; with text noted below)

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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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IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - Wrapping up marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepare to issue a general statement agreeing to continue negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials tell the AP. SENT: 680 words. UPCOMING: Updates with developments (how much detail is uncertain, as is timing), 750 words by 2100 GMT, photos, video.

ISLAMIC STATE - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says that Iraqi forces have reached the center of Tikrit in its push to retake the city from the Islamic State group. SENT: 270 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

YEMEN - Saudi-led coalition warplanes pound Yemen’s Shiite rebels for a sixth day on Tuesday, destroying missiles and weapons depots and for the first time using warships to bomb the rebel-held airport and eastern outskirts of the port city of Aden. SENT: 540 words, photos. With YEMEN-PAKISTAN - Pakistan officials leave for Saudi Arabia to assess Yemen mission.

NIGERIA-ELECTION - The second day of vote counting in a bitterly contested presidential vote begins and electoral officials hope to announce later in the day who will be governing Africa’s richest and biggest nation. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

FRANCE-PLANE CRASH - French aviation investigators say Tuesday they will examine “systemic weaknesses” like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings crash, while Lufthansa says its insurers set aside $300 million to deal with possible fallout from the disaster. SENT: 670 words, photos.

TURKEY-HOSTAGE - Turkish news agencies say that members of a banned leftist group have taken a chief prosecutor hostage in his office inside a court house in Istanbul. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SYRIA-DONORS CONFERENCE - The United States pledges $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday. SENT: 530 words, photo. With SYRIA - Activists: Syria attacks militant-held Idlib, killing 14.

BRITAIN-UNEASY ABOUT IMMIGRATION - Immigration is election battleground in English town transformed by eastern European newcomers. SENT: 1,250 words, 17 photos.

GAZA-RETURNING HOME - Fed up with slow pace of reconstruction, despondent Gazans return to destroyed homes. SENT: 950 words, 9 photos.

JAPAN-SAME SEX MARRIAGE - Tokyo’s Shibuya ward passes Japan’s first ordinance to recognize same sex marriage. SENT: 720 words, photos.

INDONESIA-US WOMAN DEAD - Prosecutors seek 18 and 15 years in jail each for US couple charged with murder in Indonesia. SENT: 420 words.

THAILAND-MARTIAL LAW - Thailand’s military-installed prime minister says he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian. SENT: 280 words, photos.

KASHMIR-FLOODS - 16 bodies recovered after Kashmir floods, fierce storm kills 20 in eastern India. SENT: 280 words, photos.

SINGAPORE TEEN’S VIDEO - Singapore charges teen for video criticizing late leader Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity. SENT: 170 words.

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US

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UNITED STATES-CLIMATE CHANGE - The U.S. will pledge Tuesday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change. SENT: 520 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words after midday announcement.

DEMOCRATS-PRESIDENTIAL RACE-CLINTON-EMAILS - Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. SENT: 730 words, photo.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - Lawyers for Tsarnaev start their case by trying to show that his older brother was the driving force behind the 2013 terror attack. SENT: 360 words, photos, interactive. UPCOMING: Developing from 1300 GMT court session.

NSA-INJURIES - Whether two men dressed as women wanted to breach the gates of the National Security Agency or the driver was confused in a security-sensitive area only adds to the mystery. SENT: 780 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing with additional reporting on a number of fronts, including the question of security at the NSA.

RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS - The fight over religious objection proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas. SENT: 390 words, photos, video.

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SCIENCE

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3D PRINTED HAND - 3D print technology providing cheap, lightweight ‘robohand’ to 7-year-old California girl. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: Developing; photos planned.

CHINA-SOLAR PLANE - Solar-powered plane flies from Myanmar to China on historic round the-world flight. SENT: 180 words, photos.

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TECH

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CHEAPER COMPUTERS - Google and Microsoft release cheaper laptops and tablets in an effort to reach students, budget-conscious families and overseas markets. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: Fresh 130 words wrapping in Google when embargo lifts at 1700 GMT, 700 words chunky text by 1715 GMT, photos.

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BUSINESS /ECONOMY

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TRUCK TIRE DANGER - Many tractor-trailers on the nation’s roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials. SENT: 1280 words, photos, video.

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POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

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PASSOVER-SEDER GENTILES - For many Jews, Seder means a warm Passover embrace of gentiles. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1900 GMT. Tuesday, photos.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-ROLLING STONES - Rolling Stones announce 15-city ‘Zip Code’ North American stadium tour. SENT: 300 words.

TV-MAD MEN-WEINER - It seems like only yesterday that the 1960s were dawning for Don Draper, his family and his comrades at the Sterling Cooper advertising agency and now, as if in the blink of an eye, the ’60s are waning as “Mad Men” nears the end of its glorious run. SENT: 930 words, photos, video. With TV-MAD MEN’S ADS and MAD MEN TRIVIA QUIZ

FILM-LO FI SCI FI - A new generation of filmmakers is breathing fresh life into often overcommercialized genres like sci-fi and horror. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1600 GMT, photos.

TV-COMEDY CENTRAL-NOAH - New ‘Daily Show’ host reflects late-night’s new international look, lack of women. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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