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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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GREECE-MIGRANTS — Fight among stranded refugees in Piraeus, Greece, leaves eight injured. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated, photos. With GREECE-MIGRANTS-THE LATEST.

GEORGIA EXECUTION — Georgia to execute man convicted in beating death. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Execution scheduled for 7 p.m.

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ONLY ON AP

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UNITED STATES-IRAN — Officials say the U.S. may soon tell foreign governments and banks they can start using dollars in some instances to facilitate business with Iran — a change that could prove significant for Tehran’s sanctions-battered economy. By Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper. SENT: 930 words, photo.

THE KENYA-KENTUCKY CONNECTION — A probe by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF into Kenya’s offshore running industry is zeroing in on a Russian agent with a string of doping positives and associations in her Kentucky camp. Speaking exclusively to The Associated Press, one of the agent’s former athletes detailed a regimen of unidentified pills and aggressive racing schedules to maximize prize money. The agent insists she is blameless, but some U.S. races are refusing to work with her group. By Sports Writers John Leicester and Eddie Pells. SENT: 2,360 words, photos. TOP VIDEO — Kenya Doping (CR HFR) — Tainted Kenyan runner won U.S. races. An abridged version of 1,020 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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CAMPAIGN 2016 — Donald Trump is fighting to convince a skeptical Republican Party he can improve his standing among women, even as he takes back an explosive comment about abortion and attacks the credibility of a female reporter. By Steve Peoples and Scott Bauer. SENT: 890 words, photos, video. With GOP 2016-TRUMP-PROTESTER — Ohio student who rushed Trump rally stage has court hearing. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.

SYRIA-RESCUING ANTIQUITIES — With their history threatened by Islamic State militants, Syrians have succeeded in a sweeping evacuation of museums across the country, hiding hundreds of thousands of artifacts, sometimes at the risk of their own lives. Still, there’s much that couldn’t be saved as the devastation in the newly retaken archaeological jewel, Palmyra has shown. By Maeva Bambuck. SENT: 1,310 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — SYR Antiquities (CR) — Syrians risk lives to protect antiquities. With RUSSIA-SYRIA — Russian de-mining experts arrive in Syria; SYRIA — Syrian prime minister says Damascus subjected to economic war.

NUCLEAR SUMMIT — The U.S. and key Asian countries seek to put more pressure on North Korea as world leaders open a nuclear security summit in Washington. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 710 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words after Obama meeting at 10:35 a.m. With AP EXPLAINS-ASIA DIPLOMACY — Tensions in North Korea and the South China Sea are running high.

CYPRUS-HIJACKED PLANE — The Cypriot ex-wife of an Egyptian man who authorities say admitted to hijacking a domestic EgyptAir flight and threatened to blow it up with a fake suicide belt says her former husband is an “extremely dangerous man” who used drugs, terrorized his family and beat her and their children. By Menelaos Hadjicostis. SENT: 550 words, photos.

INDIA-GOLDEN TEMPLE-POLLUTION — The chronic air pollution blanketing much of northern India is now threatening the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion, making the once-gleaming walls of the Golden Temple dingy and dull. By Katy Daigle and Umar Meraj. SENT: 890 words, photos.

REALITY SHOW-MURDER FOR HIRE — If Florida’s attempted murder-for-hire case against Dalia Dippolito unfolds like reality television, that’s because it was. Her defense says police overreached for “Cops” TV, which aired a special edition about the allegedly murderous newlywed. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With REALITY SHOW-MURDER FOR HIRE-TRANSCRIPT.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SEVERE WEATHER-SOUTH — Seven hurt, damage reported after tornado touchdowns in Oklahoma. SENT: 530 words, photos, video.

LAKERS-RUSSELL-YOUNG VIDEO — D’Angelo Russell apologizes for taking video of Los Angeles Lakers teammate Nick Young. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BELGIUM-ATTACKS — Salah Abdeslam, the prime Paris Nov. 13 suspect, wants to cooperate in probe. SENT: 100 words. With BELGIUM-ATTACKS-THE LATEST.

HUMAN REMAINS-SUITCASES — Ex-Milwaukee police officer sentenced for killing woman, dumping body. SENT: 280 words, photos.

AIRPLANE YOGA-ARREST —FBI: Man arrested after doing yoga, meditating on airplane. SENT: 460 words.

CAMPUS DREADLOCK DISPUTE — San Francisco State probes dispute over white student’s dreadlocks. SENT: 310 words.

COOKOUT AMBUSH-ANCHORWOMAN — TV station “ends relationship” with anchor after online post. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDIA-OVERPASS COLLAPSE — Rescuers in Kolkata dig through large chunks of debris from an overpass that collapsed while under construction, killing at least eight people and injuring scores of others in trapped cars, trucks and other vehicles, officials say. By Manik Banerjee. SENT: 230 words. TOP PHOTO — DEL106, Workers, locals clear rubble. TOP VIDEO — IND Collapse (CR) — Raw: Overpass collapse in India. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

SOUTH AFRICA-PRESIDENT’S SCANDAL — South African President Jacob Zuma “failed to uphold” the constitution when he didn’t pay back some of the millions of dollars in state funds used to upgrade his home, South Africa’s Constitutional Court rules. SENT: 580 words, photos.

MYANMAR-POLITICS — The party of Aung San Suu Kyi submits a proposal to parliament to create a new position for her as “state adviser,” which would allow her to have a powerful hand in running Myanmar. SENT: 300 words, photos.

WAR CRIMES-SERBIA — In a sweeping defeat for U.N. prosecutors, the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal acquits Serbian ultranationalist politician Vojislav Seselj of all nine counts alleging that he was responsible for or incited atrocities by Serbian paramilitaries in the wars in Bosnia and Croatia in the early 1990s. SENT: 300 words, photos.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR-ICE WALL — What’s an ice wall and will it work? The operator of the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant activated a costly last resort to try to stem the underground flow of radioactive water from the plant. Use of one so huge is untested. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 a.m., photos.

TAIWAN-GIRL KILLED — The random decapitation of a 3-year-old girl in front of her mother in low-crime Taipei this week has incited outrage, calls to save the death penalty and questions about the state of mental health care in the country. SENT: 740 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS — Activists from the black community in Minneapolis express frustration and distrust after a prosecutor clears two white police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man during a confrontation. SENT: 840 words, photos, videos. With KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS-NEWS GUIDE; KILLINGS BY POLICE-MINNEAPOLIS-TIMELINE.

MINIMUM WAGE-CALIFORNIA — California state lawmakers are poised to enact the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage, with gradual increases to $15 by 2022. SENT: 370 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from noon session.

EXTREME HOARDING — Hundreds of New Yorkers have been assisted by a private initiative that tackles the fetid clutter of extreme hoarding, as well as the mental, legal and financial woes that are often at the root of the mess. SENT: 760 words, photos.

DEFENDANT SHOCKED — A former Maryland judge who pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation for ordering a defendant to be physically shocked in his courtroom is set to be sentenced. SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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HUNGARY-OBIT-KERTESZ — Imre Kertesz, the Hungarian writer who won the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature for fiction largely drawn from his experience as a teenage prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, has died. He was 86. SENT: 950 words, photos.

FILM-FEMALE DIRECTORS — The director of “Bridesmaids,” ”Spy” and the upcoming “Ghostbusters” remake says he would add an equity clause to his future film contracts that requires gender-balanced casting of minor roles. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 310 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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QATAR-LABOR — Migrant laborers faced abuse that in some cases amounted to forced labor while working on a stadium that will host soccer matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a new report released by Amnesty International alleges. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

FINAL FOUR GUIDE — March Madness lived up to its billing, filled with upsets, crazy finishes and memorable performances. Now that the calendar has turned to April, it’s time for the main event: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Villanova and Syracuse in the Final Four. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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