Morning Coverage Outlook

Planning for 02/28/2013:

HIGHLIGHTS IN THIS ADVISORY:

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POPE RETIRES - A short helicopter ride takes the pope into retirement, pledging 'obedience' to his successor. See International.

HAIR SPRAY - Hairstylists battle in court over a $9.5m lottery jackpot. See Regional - Central.

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NEW SMART WATCH CAN RECEIVE PHONE MESSAGES - Pebble is a new watch that links to smartphones, able to display text messages and emails. The technology has been developed through crowd funding.

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NATIONAL

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BUDGET CUTS LOOM - Democrats and Republicans hold news conferences as sequester deadline approaches.

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EDUCATION CUTS - How will the sequester affect Head Start education program?

MILITARY CUTS - Military suppliers in California talk about likely impact of budget cuts.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT - House set to vote on Violence Against Women Act.

WIKILEAKS ACCUSED QUESTIONED - A military judge will question Pfc. Bradley Manning as she considers a plea offer.

MARKETS NEAR RECORD - Dow Jones edges towards an all-time record as markets rebound on rising hopes of global recovery.

SYRIA AID - Secretary of State John Kerry announces $60m of aid for Syrian rebels. See International.

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REGIONAL

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IN, HAIRSTYLISTS IN COURT OVER LOTTO JACKPOT - Seven hairstylists are battling in court over their rights to a $9.5 million lottery jackpot. AVAILABLE NOW.

LA, DOLPHIN RESCUES - The facility that treated most dolphins after the BP oil spill fears the mammals are still falling ill.

DC, REMEMBERING WACO - Former ATF agents recall the first abortive raid that led to the Waco siege 20 years ago.

FL, POLAROID PHOTO BOOTH - Launch of new booth to convert digital images.

NY, ORCHIDS IN BLOOM - An array of colors on display at the New York Orchid Show.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VATICAN POPE - Pope says farewell to cardinals before going into retirement at Castel Gandolfo. AP will have regular updates.

Already Available

POPE BEGINS LAST DAY AS POPE

ITALIAN VILLAGE READY FOR ARRIVAL OF RETIRED POPE

ITALY US SYRIA - Secretary of State Kerry arrives at international conference on Syria. AVAILABLE NOW.

SAFRICA VIDEO - Investigation launched after suspect dies after being dragged behind police van. Note: Graphic content.

SWITZERLAND FUKUSHIMA - WHO report on impact of Fukushima nuclear disaster on health in Japan.

AUSTRALIA DRUGS - Vigilant local leads police to nation's largest ever methamphetamine haul.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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COUNTRY STAR TRACE ADKINS ON NEW ALBUM - Trace Adkins talks about his forthcoming studio album. AVAILABLE NOW.

'GLEE' CREATOR HONORED - Ryan Murphy is honored by stars at the Paley Center for Media. AVAILABLE NOW.

COMEDIAN KEVIN HART ON HOSTING SNL - Kevin Hart talks about SNL, his BET show and the Harlem Shake. AVAILABLE NOW.

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LIFE/HEALTH/TECHNOLOGY (AP VIDEO-US INCLUDES AP LIFESTYLE, HEALTH AND TECHNOLOGY STORIES)

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UK KINETIC ART - Kinetic art fair opens in London.

SPAIN MOBILE APPS - App Planet thriving at the Mobile World Congress.

SPAIN CONNECTIVITY - Machine-to-machine technology the buzz at Mobile World Congress.

THAILAND JEWELRY FAIR - Jewelry inspired by the mythical phoenix burns bright at Thai fair.

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