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Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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NEW & DEVELOPING

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FRANCE-GERMANWINGS CRASH-ONE YEAR — Victim families mark 1 year since doomed Germanwings flight. SENT: 140 words, photos.

OLE MISS STATUE VANDALISM — Ole Miss former student to plead guilty to tying noose on statue. SENT: 420 words. UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for noon.

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ONLY ON AP

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NKOREA-FORSAKEN REMAINS — “Until They Are Home” is one of the most sacred vows of the U.S. military. Yet there are 5,300 American GIs missing in North Korea from the Korean War whose remains are potentially recoverable. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,700 words, photos. TOP VIDEO — — With NKOREA-FORSAKEN REMAINS-Q&A.

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TOP STORIES

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BELGIUM ATTACKS — A second attacker is suspected of taking part in the bombing this week of a Brussels subway train and may be at large, according to Belgian and French media reports, amid growing signs that the same Islamic State cell was behind the attacks in Brussels and bloodshed in Paris last year. By John-Thor Dahlburg. SENT: 490 words, photos. With BELGIUM ATTACKS-THE LATEST.

WHY BELGIUM? — Belgium has come up short in its efforts to prevent attacks time and again, experts say — failing to coordinate intelligence, investigate suspects and control its borders. No country has a perfect record, but Belgium’s is especially bad. By John-Thor Dahlburg. UPCOMING: 800 words by 8 a.m., photos. Also see BELGIUM-ATTACKS-ECONOMY and FIGHTING EXTREMISM below.

SYRIA — Aided by Russian airstrikes, Syrian government forces enter Palmyra, an ancient town in central Syria which has been under the control of the Islamic State group since May, Syrian state TV says. By Albert Aji. With ISLAMIC STATE— Iraq says it’s launched offensive to recapture IS-held Mosul; ISLAMIC STATE-THE LATEST; RUSSIA-US — Kerry urges unity in face of Brussels attacks.

UNITED STATES-NATO — America’s substantial support for NATO has been questioned by some as a throwback to the Cold War era — but the Brussels attacks have underscored the need for the U.S. and its European allies to work together to counter threats. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 910 words, photo.

GOP 2016-TRUMP-ATTACK ADS — The multimillion-dollar Republican effort to tear down Donald Trump is providing Democrats with a playbook for the general election. By Julie Bykowicz and Chad Day. SENT: 820 words, photo.

OBAMA-ARGENTINA — President Barack Obama confronts a dark chapter of America’s history in Latin America when he pays tribute to victims of Argentina’s “Dirty War” at a memorial in Buenos Aires. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words after 10 a.m. remarks. With OBAMA-TANGO — Hello, Buenos Aires: The Obamas do the tango. TOP VIDEO — Argentina Obama 5 (CR) — The Obamas tango at Argentine State Dinner.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MISSING MALAYSIAN PLANE — Australian officials say two pieces of debris recently discovered in Mozambique are “highly likely” to have come from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. SENT: 980 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-FLAG VOTE — Fern spurned: New Zealanders vote against changing flag. SENT: 430 words, photos.

BRITAIN-TWITTER ARREST — British man arrested after posting anti-Muslim tweets. SENT: 130 words.

TOP VIDEO — PER White Bengal Tigers — Peru zoo welcomes white Bengal tiger cubs.

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NATIONAL

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FIGHTING EXTREMISM — A federally funded effort in Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis to combat extremist recruitment has been slow to start since it was announced a year and a half ago. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SEVERE WEATHER — A powerful spring snowstorm that closed Denver’s airport, stranding hundreds of passengers, barrels east and is expected to bring heavy snow with strong winds and reduced visibility to the Plains and the Midwest on Thursday. SENT: 540 words, photos. With GREAT PLAINS WILDFIRES — Crews bringing wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma under control.

TRANSGENDER RESTROOMS — North Carolina legislators decide to rein in local governments by approving a bill that prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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WAR CRIMES-KARADZIC — A U.N. war crimes tribunal will be issuing verdicts on former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, a landmark case against one of the alleged architects of Serb atrocities during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war that left 100,000 dead. SENT: 480 words, photos. With WAR CRIMES-KARADZIC-TIMELINE.

KOREAS-TENSION — North Korea says it has successfully conducted a solid-fuel rocket engine test, which if confirmed would be a major step forward in boosting its missile attack capability against South Korea and the United States. SENT: 520 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-ELECTION VIOLENCE — Analysts say deadly violence that erupted during local elections in Bangladesh this week shows the country’s democracy is struggling in the face of Islamist extremism and a divisive debate over how to deal with the legacy of its 1971 civil war. SENT: 740 words.

TAIWAN-INDONESIA — Indonesia says one of its patrol ships fired shots at two Taiwanese vessels suspected of illegal fishing only after they ignored repeated warnings to leave Indonesian waters in the Strait of Malacca. SENT: 380 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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BIDEN-SUPREME COURT — Vice President Joe Biden will point to his years as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to cast Republicans’ election-year Supreme Court blockade as a dangerous new escalation of partisanship. SENT: 690 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from Biden remarks at 12:30 p.m.

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BUSINESS

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BELGIUM-ATTACKS-ECONOMY — Financial markets barely registered this week’s attacks in Brussels, which killed more than 30 people, a sign that investors think the economic impact on Belgium and across Europe as a whole will be limited. SENT: 850 words, photos.

VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS — Attorneys for Volkswagen are expected to reveal where the company stands on a fix to bring nearly 600,000 diesel cars into compliance with clean air laws. SENT: 410 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. hearing, photos.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-CORPORATE CULTURE — Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of phones, memory chips and television sets, plans to revamp its authoritarian, top-down corporate culture to become more like a lean startup as it copes with sluggish demand and growing competition. By Technology Writer Youkyung Lee. SENT: 530 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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NCAA-CHEERING WITHOUT UNDERDOGS — You won’t find that only-in-March underdog to cheer for in the Sweet 16, but here are some of the best story lines involving the teams left. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,290 words, photos. With NCAA-TIPPING OFF — Duke coach not worried about 0-4 record out West; NCAA-SWEET 16 GUIDE — A guide to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

CAS-RUSSIA DOPING — Russian athletes stand to lose an Olympic gold medal and two world championship golds after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled the selective doping punishments imposed by Russian authorities were too lenient. SENT: 130 words.

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HOW TO REACH US

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