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The world at 6:15 p.m. Times are EDT.

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NEW & DEVELOPING

— Adds TECH IN TURMOIL, CIA INVESTIGATIONS.

— INTERNET SECURITY THREAT — What you need to know about Heartbleed's effects on networking equipment. SENT: 610 words.

— SENATE-ALASKA — Alaska ad proudly links Democratic Sen. Begich to 'Obamacare,' a rare move in 2014 elections. SENT: 400 words.

— STABBING DEATH-STILETTO HEEL — Houston woman who stabbed boyfriend to death with stiletto heel gets life in prison. SENT: 640 words, photos.

— OBAMA-TAXES — Tax return shows Obama, first lady paid $98,169 in taxes on income of $481,098 last year. SENT: 540 words.

— NICARAGUA-QUAKE — New magnitude-6.6 quake shakes Nicaragua; hundreds of homes damaged from earlier quake. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— GLOBAL FINANCE — Major economic powers express confidence about global growth despite variety of threats. Sent: 790 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 6 p.m. news conference by treasury secretary, then 900 words by 7:30 p.m.

— PICK SIX-PITCHING SCANDALS — Yankees' Pineda joins long list of pitchers suspected of foreign objects or substances on mound. SENT: 440 words, photos.

TOP STORIES

IRAN AMBASSADOR

WASHINGTON — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, the United States blocks Iran's controversial pick for envoy to the United Nations, a move that could stir fresh animosity at a time when Washington and Tehran have been seeking a thaw in relations. The Obama administration says the U.S. has informed Iran it will not grant a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 770 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA BUS CRASH

ORLAND, Calif. — It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to college, journeying from the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote redwood campus 650 miles north. Those dreams were shattered for some in an explosive freeway crash that left 10 dead — students, chaperones and both drivers — and dozens hospitalized. By Fenit Nirappil and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 780 words, video, photos.

— CALIFORNIA BUS CRASH-VICTIMS — 26-year-old college recruiter is identified as victim of California bus crash. SENT: 150 words, photo. UPCOMING: 320 words by 6:30 p.m.

— CALIFORNIA BUS CRASH-REGULATIONS — Rules to make crashed buses easier to escape still not adopted 15 years after recommendation. SENT: 680 words, photos.

— AP PHOTO CAJC108 — The remains of a tour bus that was struck by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 in Orland, Calif.

— AP PHOTO NY308 — Massive flames engulf the tour bus and FedEx truck.

VATICAN CHURCH ABUSE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis takes personal responsibility for the "evil" of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the young. It was the first time a pope has taken personal responsibility for the sex crimes of his priests and a further indication of his evolving awareness of the problem. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 610 words, photos.

SEBELIUS RESIGNATION

WASHINGTON — Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political. Burwell, until now White House budget director, was named by President Barack Obama on Friday to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the messy rollout of the health care overhaul. Now the new secretary must keep the complex program running smoothly and somehow help restore a cooperative dialogue with Republicans who are hoping to use the law's problems to regain control of the Senate in November. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 980 words, video, photos, audio.

— BURWELL PROFILE — Incoming 'Obamacare' head has held top jobs in philanthropy, economics and government management, but has almost no experience with health care. SENT: 660 words, photos.

TECH IN TURMOIL

SAN FRANCISCO — The stock market's laws of gravity are inflicting pain on its highest fliers. Stung by an abrupt change in sentiment, the stocks of recent stars such as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are 20 percent to 45 percent below their recent peaks. The steep downfall is raising questions about whether this is just a fleeting fit of fickleness or the foreshadowing of another market bubble about to burst. By Technology Writers Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 1,000 words.

— TECH-TUMBLE-GLANCE — At a Glance: High-flying tech stocks fall from recent highs. SENT: 180 words.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL

PRETORIA, South Africa — A duvet cover, a balcony fan, an alleged phone call from years ago. The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial walks the Olympian back through his own testimony, shining a light on seemingly small matters in an attempt to undermine his credibility and cast doubt on his claim that he didn't intend to shoot and kill his girlfriend. By Gerald Imray and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 870 words, video, photos.

— PISTORIUS-TRIAL-GLANCE — A look at the main points of contention at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial. SENT: 690 words, photos.

— AP VIDEO PISTORIUS — In dramatic courtroom exchange, prosecutor says to Pistorius that Reeva Steenkamp 'wasn't scared of anything — except you.'

INTERNATIONAL

MALAYSIA-PLANE

PERTH, Australia — With the Malaysian jetliner mystery now five weeks old, officials have narrowed the search zone for the missing plane and are "very confident" the underwater signals they have heard are from its black box, Australia's prime minister says. At the same time, however, he says those electronic signals are fading. By Rob Griffith and Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 740 words, video, photos, audio.

— MALAYSIA-PLANE-US SEARCHER — AP Interview: US Navy's Adam Schantz, who is leading US aerial search for missing Flight 370. SENT: 650 words, photos.

UKRAINE-REPUBLIC OF DONETSK

DONETSK, Ukraine — To reach the People's Republic of Donetsk, you need to pass a few club-wielding young men in masks, wind through a narrow corridor of sand-filled sacks and enter a gray 11-story office tower in the heart of this eastern Ukrainian city. This self-styled autonomous protest territory insists it is the true voice of the 4.3 million people in the Donetsk region. That may be stretching things a bit — but it's clearly a mustering point for resentment against the perceived nationalism of the country's new government. By Peter Leonard. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

— RUSSIA-UKRAINE-GAS CRISIS — The amount Russia says it is owed by Ukraine's cash-strapped government for natural gas has ballooned as if by magic. A look at how Moscow got those figures, and how Ukraine is planning to fight back. SENT: 730 words, photos.

LEBANON-MISSING

BEIRUT — For 22 years, Mary Mansourati has been waiting for her son Dani to come home. His shirts are ironed and hanging in his closet, his trousers neatly folded on the shelves. Dani is among an estimated 17,000 Lebanese still missing from the time of Lebanon's civil war or the years of Syrian domination that followed. By Barbara Surk. SENT: 990 words, photos.

RWANDA-SCHOOL OF ORPHANS

RWAMAGNA, Rwanda — Most of the kids in a school set amid the lush green, rolling hills of eastern Rwanda don't identify themselves as Hutu or Tutsi. That's a positive sign for Rwanda, which is now observing the 20th anniversary of its genocide, a three-month killing spree that left more than 1 million people dead, most of them Tutsis killed by Hutus. By Jason Straziuso. SENT: 750 words, photos.

SAUDI-ROYAL CHALLENGES

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — While Saudi Arabia's royals work out the succession of the throne behind closed doors, a few voices are questioning the ruling Al Saud family's claim to power and its unchecked rights to the country's oil wealth. At least 10 Saudis in the past weeks have posted video statements demanding change, an almost unheard-of voicing of discontent that underlines the challenge facing the monarchy to address the growing needs of the young. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

JAPAN-WHALING-ANALYSIS

TOKYO — An international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may give the government a convenient political out. Officials knew that its near-bankrupt program needed a major overhaul, but they didn't want to be seen as succumbing to anti-whaling activists abroad or take on a strong pro-whaling lobby at home. Now they can say the court forced their hand. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 840 words, photos.

NICARAGUA-SLAIN DOGS

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Residents of an upscale neighborhood in Nicaragua's capital say someone is killing pet dogs with arrows, several inside their own yards. Some suspect it may be a sick sport because the arrows appear to come from a relatively expensive crossbow. In a country long accustomed to misery among strays, the death of cherished house dogs has caused an uproar. By Luis Galeano. SENT: 490 words, photos.

WASHINGTON

OBAMA

NEW YORK — Determined to mobilize mid-term Democratic voters, President Obama is issuing an election-year warning against state voting requirements and early balloting restrictions that many in his party fear will curb turnout. Republicans say the measures guard against voter fraud, but Democrats say they erode the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama's path in politics. By Jim Kuhnhenn. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 600 words with new approach by 6 p.m.

CIA INVESTIGATIONS

WASHINGTON — A controversial torture report by the Senate Intelligence Committee paints a pattern of CIA deception about the effectiveness of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation methods used on terror suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to leaked findings. The committee says it will ask the Justice Department to investigate how the material was published. By Bradley Klapper. SENT: 800 words.

NATIONAL

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-HEALING THE WOUNDS, HFR

BOSTON — In the course of a year, limbs have been replaced, psyches soothed, the wounds sustained in a moment at the Boston marathon's finish line have at least begun to heal. At the same time, a city shaken by an unthinkable act of terrorism has returned to its usual rhythms — sadder, but some say stronger, as well. By Denise Lavoie and Paige Sutherland. SENT: 1,900 words, abridged version of 1,000 words, photos. For release at 12:01 a.m. Also moved in advance.

GULF OIL SPILL-HEALTH

CHALMETTE, La. — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history. Today he regrets that decision, and worries his life has been permanently altered. Barisich, 58, says respiratory problems he developed during the cleanup turned into pneumonia and that his health has never been the same. Barisich is among thousands considering claims under a medical settlement BP reached with cleanup workers, even as a massive federal study continues that researchers hope will shed light on what, if any, residual health problems are connected to the spill. By Stacey Plaisance and Kevin McGill. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

BUSINESS

401K FEES-SILENT ENEMY

WASHINGTON — It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees. And now a new study finds that the typical 401 fees — adding up to a modest-sounding 1 percent a year — would erase $70,000 from an average worker's account over a four-decade career compared with lower-cost options. To compensate for the higher fees, someone would have to work an extra three years before retiring. The study comes from the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. Its analysis, backed by industry and government data, suggests that U.S. workers, already struggling to save enough for retirement, are being further held back by fund costs. By Josh Boak and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,200 words.

— 401K FEES-SILENT ENEMY-GLANCE — What you should know about your 401(k) fees. SENT: 350 words.

SPORTS

MASTERS

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson and Adam Scott, the past two Masters champions, are again among the leaders, with some of the game's best young golfers trying to move up the leaderboard in the second round. Others, including Phil Mickelson, are just trying to make the cut. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words by 7 p.m., photos.

ENTERTAINMENT

FILM-SPRING MOVIES

NEW YORK — Sandwiched between the chest-thumping ambition of awards season and the swaggering spectacle of summer, spring movie-going is usually an afterthought, a limbo for films not bankable enough for July or sufficiently highbrow for the Oscars. But it might actually be the best time of year for the movies. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 870 words, photos.

ALSO GETTING ATTENTION

— HIGH SCHOOL STABBINGS — Police: No motive, known target yet in school stabbings as suspect not talking, 8 in hospital. SENT: 440 words, photos, video.

— SHOE THROWER-HILLARY CLINTON — Phoenix woman accused of throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton in Vegas is released. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— POLK AWARDS — Two reporters who revealed government surveillance return to US, receive journalism award. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— CONNECTICUT EX-GOVERNOR — Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland is arraigned on charges he tried to hide his role in two congressional campaigns. SENT: 580 words, photos.

— CRASH-MOB ATTACK — Daughter: Motorist beaten by Detroit mob off ventilator, speaking with relatives in hospital. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— ZUMWALT WARSHIP-NAMESAKE — New warship bears name of Zumwalt, Navy reformer who fought racism and sexism. SENT: 670 words, photos.

— GAS DRILLING-EARTHQUAKES — Ohio geologists link seismic activity to hydraulic fracturing, issue new permit conditions. SENT: 730 words.

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