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


Among today's coverage highlights as we see them:

-- IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS (sent; developing)



-- OSCARS (sent; developing)

-- BOKO HARAM (sent; developing)

-- CARTER-ISLAMIC STATE (sent; developing)

-- EGYPT (sent)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- GREECE-BAILOUT (sent; developing)



-- LEGAL MARIJUANA-ALASKA (upcoming; with News Guide)

-- WINTER WEATHER (sent; developing)






OSCARS coverage (sent)


OSCARS - It wasn't all about film and fashion on the Oscars red carpet. A few nominees actually got personal. (sent)

IWO-JIMA_PHOTO - This week marks the 70th anniversary of one of World War II's bloodiest battles at Iwo Jima. AP photographer Joe Rosenthal's iconic photo became one of the most enduring ever taken of war; this is the story behind it. (sent)

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 (all times GMT):


IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS - The United States and Iran are shaping the contours of a deal that would initially freeze Tehran's nuclear program but would allow it to slowly ramp up activities that could be used to make nuclear arms over the last years of the agreement's duration. SENT: 610 words, photos.

BOKO HARAM - A girl suicide bomber as young as 10 blew herself up at a busy market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Potiskum, killing four others and seriously wounding 46 people. SENT: 350 words.

CARTER-ISLAMIC STATE - New Pentagon chief Ash Carter convenes war council in Kuwait to discuss the Obama administration's oft-criticized strategy for countering the Islamic State militant group, which a U.S. military official says is "halted" and "on the defensive" in Iraq. SENT: 810 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

NKOREA-EBOLA FEARS - North Korean authorities have barred foreigners from one of the year's most popular tourist events - the annual Pyongyang marathon - because of ongoing concerns over the spread of the Ebola virus. SENT: 670 words, photo.

EGYPT - An Egyptian court sentenced an icon of the country's 2011 revolt to five years in prison Monday, showing authorities' determination to continue to stifle dissent despite promises by its president to release "wrongly jailed youths." SENT: 720 words, photo.

EGYPT-AL-JAZEERA - The retrial of two Al-Jazeera English journalists who face terror-related charges in a case widely criticized by human rights organizations and media groups has been postponed to March 8. SENT: 350 words, photos.

- FRANCE-IRAQ - France has deployed an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf to strengthen its military operation against Islamic State extremists in Iraq. SENT: 130 words.

AUSTRALIA-TERRORISM - Australia will strengthen its immigration laws and crack down on groups that incite hatred under a raft of counterterrorism measures introduced in a bid to combat the threat from home-grown terrorists. SENT: 490 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Ukraine delayed a promised pullback of heavy weapons from the front line Monday in eastern Ukraine, blaming continuing attacks from separatist rebels. SENT: 360 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

BANGLADESH-FERRY CAPSIZE - The death toll from a weekend ferry disaster in central Bangladesh rose to 70 in the latest shipping mishap in the South Asian nation. SENT: 490 words, photos.

BRITAIN-LOBBYING STING - Two former senior British government ministers denied wrongdoing Monday after they were caught in a hidden-camera sting appearing to offer access to politicians and diplomats in return for cash. SENT: 320 words, photos.

BRITAIN-SYRIA-MISSING GIRLS - Families issue emotional appeals to 3 missing UK girls believed in Syria to join Islamic State. SENT: 300 words, photos.

LEBANON-SATIRIST - Lebanese satirist appears before prosecutor over tweet deemed insulting to Islam but is let go. SENT: 300 words, photos.

MYANMAR-ETHNIC REBELS-NEWS GUIDE - Fighting between Myanmar troops and ethnic Kokang rebels near the Chinese border has left more than 130 dead since the clashes started Feb. 9. A look at the key issues and background to the fighting. SENT: 530 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-US-KILLING - A Philippine court entered a not-guilty plea for a U.S. Marine charged with the murder of a transgender Filipino, who authorities say he killed after finding out her gender when they checked into a motel. SENT: 500 words.

BANGLADESH-FERRY CAPSIZE - Death toll rises to at least 70 after river ferry with 140 passengers capsizes in Bangladesh. SENT: 380 words, photos.

MALDIVES-FORMER PRESIDENT ARRESTED - Former Maldives president dragged into court by police, ordered held in custody. SENT: 200 words.

VATICAN-ARMENIANS - Pope declares Armenian mystic and poet St. Gregory of Narek a doctor of the church. SENT: 310 words.

THAILAND-MONARCHY - 2 Thai activists who staged play found guilty of insulting monarchy, get 2 1/2 years in jail. SENT: 330 words, photo.

NEPAL-EVEREST - Nepal pledges to improve climbing conditions, assure safety on Everest to bring back climbers. SENT: 480 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-JOURNALIST DIES - Reuters Afghanistan-Pakistan bureau chief Maria Golovnina dies in Islamabad. SENT: 100 words.


TOBACCO-HEALTH WARNINGS - Tobacco companies are in court to argue that they should not be forced to underwrite an ad campaign that says they lied over the dangers of smoking. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 2000 GMT, photo.

GOVERNORS-WHITE HOUSE - The nation's governors meet with Obama at the White House, with many Republican governors blaming him for a budget standoff that threatens to shut down the Department of Homeland Security. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1610 GMT. Obama remarks, 650 words by 2000 GMT, photos.

CONGRESS-WAR POWERS - Obama is open to negotiating with Congress on his request for new authorization for military force against Islamic State militants. Lawmakers return after a holiday break to start work on the request. SENT: 500 words, photo.

GUANTANAMO-FEWER PRISONERS - Despite heated opposition in Congress, Obama is making progress toward his goal of closing the Guantanamo prison. A surge of releases in recent months has brought the number of detainees down to 122, less than half the number when Obama took office. SENT: 940 words, photo.


PEANUT ALLERGY (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1930 GMT) - Children at high risk of developing peanut allergies are far less likely to do so if they are given peanut-containing foods before they turn 1, finds a major study that is expected to quickly change dietary advice to many parents. UPCOMING: 700 words for release at 1930 GMT, photos, video.

SAUNAS-HEART (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1600 GMT.) - Frequent sauna baths may help protect against heart attacks and other deadly ailments, a study of Finnish men suggests. UPCOMING: Chunky text approach, HOLD FOR RELEASE at 1600 GMT.


LEGAL MARIJUANA-ALASKA - Alaska on Tuesday will become the third state to allow the recreational use of marijuana, but lawmakers are far from making the rules that will govern the industry. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

RELIGIOUS DIVORCE-COERCION - Trial continues for rabbi and co-defendants accused of running kidnap team to force reticent husbands to give religious divorces. UPCOMING: 250 words by noon, 400 words by 2000 GMT.


NORWAY-OIL PAINS - The sagging oil price has left people in this petro-nation gripped with worries that their comfortable lifestyle is at risk. SENT: 720 words, photos.

GREECE-BAILOUT - Greece will present a list of proposed reforms to debt inspectors to get final approval for an extension to its rescue loans. But already the government was facing dissent within its ruling party over claims it is backtracking on its promise to ease budget cuts for the recession-battered Greeks. SENT: 460 words, photos.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS — World stock markets extend gains after Greece and its European creditors reach an agreement that staved off the immediate threat of bankruptcy and exit from the euro though hurdles remain to cementing the short-term funding deal.

JAPAN-HONDA - Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, says its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive. SENT: 430 words, photos.

BRITAIN-HSBC - HSBC executives offered a fresh mea culpa Monday as its chief executive found himself personally mired in the scandal surrounding allegations that the bank helped wealthy clients dodge taxes. SENT: 360 words, photos.


APPLE-EUROPE-DATA CENTERS - Apple invests $1.9 billion in data centers in Denmark, Ireland powered by renewable energy. SENT: 130 words.


SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL-GUINGAMP - In Brittany backwater, team of 'peasants' proves money isn't only key to football happiness. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.


OSCARS - The Academy Awards elegantly and subtly shifted the tone of the season from an obsession with snubs and fact-checking to a positive celebration of original filmmaking and purposeful advocacy. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing with reaction, other angles today.

OSCARS-POLITICS AND ISSUES - Oscars speeches filled with political activism, pet issues, from suicide to immigration. SENT: 860 words, photo.

OSCARS-IMMIGRATION - Alejandro Inarritu says Penn's immigration remark a joke among friends; others offended. SENT: 430 words, photos.

OSCARS-GRAHAM MOORE - Oscar-winning screenwriter Graham Moore reveals attempting suicide as teenager. SENT: 250 words, photo.

OSCARS-TV REVIEW - No surprise, Neil Patrick Harris brought sparkle to Oscars. SENT: 820 words, photos.

- OSCARS-THE FASHION BUZZ - Lupita's pearls, Margot's plunge earn red carpet raves. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

- OSCARS-LIST - A complete list of Oscar winners. SENT: 200 words, photos.


KENNEDY DRAMA PRIZE - Columbia University announces winner of one of the largest prizes given for dramatic writing. This year's short list includes Suzan-Lori Parks, Robert Schenkkan and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. SENT: 200 words.