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March 12, 2015

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KILLINGS BY POLICE-FERGUSON - Two officers shot outside Ferguson police station during protest after chief’s resignation. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing on many fronts, including AMATEUR VIDEO accessed by AP from the moment when shots were fired.

SYRIA REFUGEES - A Syrian family is torn apart by the war in their homeland, with the husband fleeing to Lebanon, the wife to Jordan. The family’s story is a snapshot of the human tragedy from a conflict now entering its fifth year. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. With SYRIA-TIMELINE and SYRIAN REFUGEES-GLANCE.

SECRET SERVICE-CRASH - Secret Service agents under investigation after car crash near White House. SENT: 390 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developments uncertain.

UTAH-FIRING SQUAD - Randy Gardner still struggles four years later to talk about seeing his brother’s bullet-ridden body at the mortuary after he was executed. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video, interactive. An upcoming video will have an interview with Gardner.

NAKED MAN SHOT - Calls for police accountability following shooting of unarmed, naked man outside Atlanta. SENT: 690 words, photos.

MEXICO-TOURIST - Canadian woman fatally injured when whale jumps from water, lands on tourist boat in Mexico. SENT: 130 words.

VENEZUELA-WYNTON MARSALIS - Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis cancels Venezuela shows, youth workshops amid rising tensions. SENT: 380 words, photo.

GOOGLE-SAFE BROWSING - Google’s safe browsing artillery adds more ammunition in battle to detect devious schemes. SENT: 450 words, photo.

CHINA-APPLE WATCH LOOKALIKES - Chinese makers roll out wave of Apple watch lookalikes, some openly marketed as copies. SENT: 530 words, photo.

RUSSIA PUTIN — His spokesman dismisses rumors on the Internet that he is in poor health. SENT 250 words. UPCOMING: photos, video.

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PHOTOS

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FERGUSON coverage (sent; developing)

JORDAN-SYRIAN REFUGEES-PHOTO ESSAY - A 24-picture photo essay by Muhammed Muheisen spotlights refugees living in informal tented settlements throughout Jordan. With 350 words of text.

IDITAROD-PHOTO GALLERY - Mushers are about a third of the way through this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, bounding across ice on America’s third-longest river. SENT: 200 words. With IDITAROD-TOP 5 CONTENDERS

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VIDEO

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FERGUSON coverage - sent and developing, including amateur video accessed by AP from the moment when shots were fired.

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COMING UP LATER TODAY

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FILM-DIVERSITY-NOW WHAT - The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag that followed the announcement of an all-white slate of acting nominees inspired a broad discussion about diversity, but don’t expect much visible change in the near future. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

NASA-MAGNETIC MISSION - NASA is launching identical spacecraft quadruplets to study the explosive give-and-take between the Earth and the sun’s magnetic fields. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1700 GMT; 450 words after launch, photos. Half-hour launch window opens at 1444 GMT.

VIDEO: An interview with Randy Gardner, who still struggles four years later to talk about seeing his brother’s bullet-ridden body at the mortuary after he was executed. Text sent as UTAH-FIRING SQUAD.

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