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    MARINES-NEW BRAND — The Marine Corps is launching an ad campaign aimed at millennials that portrays Marines as not only strong warriors but good citizens. It comes as the branch's image has taken a beating amid an investigation into nude photos of female Marines posted without their consent on a private Facebook page used by Marines. By Julie Watson. SENT: 970 words, video, photos.

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    TRUMP-MERKEL — The Islamic State group, Donald Trump's criticism of NATO and the West's relationship with Russia are on the crowded agenda as German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets for the first time with the new U.S. president. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 780 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos, video. With TRUMP-MERKEL-THE LATEST.

    TRUMP-WIRETAP — The British government says it's gotten assurances from the White House that it won't repeat the debunked claim that U.K. spies snooped on President Donald Trump during the election. By Jill Lawless and Vivian Salama. SENT: 750 words, photo. With TRUMP-WIRETAP-THE LATEST.

    CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL — The Trump administration and some House conservatives agree on changes in the troubled Republican health care bill in hopes of erasing party divisions and winning passage next week. By Alan Fram. SENT: 830 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos. With CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL-THE LATEST; HEALTH OVERHAUL-COTTON — Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a defender of President Donald Trump, is making waves knocking the GOP health plan (sent).

    UNITED STATES-SYRIA — The U.S. campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria moves from airstrikes and training to an increasingly complicated mission. A look at the evolving campaign. By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns. SENT: 980 words, photo. With SYRIA — US denies striking mosque in Syria amid high death toll (sent).

    CHOLESTEROL DRUG — A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study — less than some doctors had hoped. It costs more than $14,000 a year, and the results are likely to spur fresh debate about the price of drugs. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 790 words, photo. With CHOLESTEROL DRUG-INSURANCE (sent).

    BKC--NCAA-STREAMING MADNESS — The NCAA Tournament may well be the Super Bowl of basketball. According to Turner Sports' digital team, more than 18 million hours of video from the tournament is to be streamed digitally during the next two weeks. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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    TODDLER MODEL-DOWN SYNDROME — Toddler with Down syndrome models for British retailer. SENT: 130 words, photos.

    BOLIVIA-INDIGENOUS HEARTS — Indigenous Bolivians have some of the healthiest hearts. SENT: 450 words, photos.

    HOT FEBRUARY — No El Nino? No problem. Earth sizzles to near record heat. SENT: 130 words.

    IRISH BUTTER BATTLE — Ban on Irish butter sparks fight in butter-loving Wisconsin. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3:30 p.m.

    CARIBBEAN-OBIT-DEREK WALCOTT — Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet, dies at 87. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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    TILLERSON-ASIA — The U.S. signals a tougher stance toward North Korea that leaves open the possibility of pre-emptive military action. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

    BUDGET-MEALS ON WHEELS — President Donald Trump's budget cuts funds for Meals on Wheels, the popular program that provides food for the elderly, with the administration saying "we can't spend money on programs just because they sound good." UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

    SUPREME COURT-GORSUCH-ASSISTED SUICIDE — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch makes it clear in a book and other writings what he thinks about assisted suicide and euthanasia — he's not a fan. UPCOMING: 850 words by 2:30 p.m., photos.

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    NATIONAL

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    PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES-TAX RETURNS — Lawmakers in nearly half the states want to add a requirement for presidential candidates: Show us your tax returns. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.

    WOMEN'S HEALTH-TEXAS — Texas health officials say they're taking a closer look at an anti-abortion group that received $1.6 million to bolster women's health clinics but that The Associated Press reported this week has fallen short of promises. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., photo.

    OIL PIPELINE — A judge combines lawsuits filed by four Sioux tribes over the Dakota Access pipeline, streamlining the drawn-out legal battle over the $3.8 billion project to move North Dakota oil to a distribution point in Illinois. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

    POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CHARLESTON — A white former police officer doesn't want jurors to see the piece of evidence against him in the 2015 shooting death of an unarmed black man — a bystander's cellphone video of the killing. SENT: 490 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

    DEATH PENALTY-FLORIDA — The Florida prosecutor who thrust herself into the forefront of the anti-death penalty movement is a political novice who was elected just six months ago. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words with new approach by 4 p.m., photos. With DEATH PENALTY-FLORIDA-THE LATEST.

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    YEMEN — A military vessel and a helicopter gunship attacked a boat packed with Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen overnight Friday, killing at least 42 people, according to a U.N. agency, Yemeni officials and a survivor who witnessed the attack. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 800 words with new approach by 3 p.m., photos, video. With YEMEN-THE LATEST.

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    G20-GLOBAL ECONOMY — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin heads into a tussle over free trade at a summit that will help set the tone for the global economy. By Business Writer David McHugh. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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    FCC-TILT TO INDUSTRY — Trumpism is slowly taking hold on your phone and computer, as the Federal Communications Commission starts rolling back measures that upset the phone and cable industries. By Technology Writer Tali Arbel. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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