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Here are AP Business News' latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.

TOP STORIES:

FEDERAL RESERVE — When the Federal Reserve ends its latest policy meeting Wednesday, attention will focus on picture the Fed sketches of the U.S. and global economies. No one expects the Fed to raise rates this week. The question is whether and when the central bank will act to raise borrowing rates later this year. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 840 words, photos.

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST-SPOTLIGHT — Big-picture issues — rather than the usual hot app or startup launch — have taken the spotlight at this year's South by Southwest Interactive tech jamboree. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

NEW ORLEANS-THE AIRBNB DEBATE — For a city that's seen dramatic changes since Hurricane Katrina, the Airbnb phenomenon in New Orleans is a new source of friction but also of economic hope 10 years after Katrina. By Cain Burdeau. SENT: 930 words, photos.

STARWOOD-BUYOUT — A fight for control of the Starwood hotel chain is under way after a $14 billion buyout offer from a consortium led by China's Anbang Insurance Group. SENT: 720 words, photos. With: STARWOOD-BUYOUT-GLANCE.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS — U.S. markets are about flat as lower oil and gas prices are dragging down energy companies while hotels and other travel-related companies are rising after a consortium led by China's Anbang Insurance Group offered to buy Starwood Hotels. By Marley Jay. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT — Employers added jobs in 30 states in January and cut them in 20, as lower oil prices caused job losses in oil-patch areas. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 310 words.

INDUSTRY:

JAPAN-TOYOTA — Toyota Motor Corp. is responding to the main criticism of fuel cell cars, that making the hydrogen for the fuel is not clean, with plans to help make the hydrogen using wind power. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 390 words, photos.

GM-IGNITION SWITCH TRIAL — Weeks after the first New York trial over General Motors' faulty ignition switch controversy ended prematurely, a new one is set to start. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 390 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from court, timing uncertain.

DISSOLVING IMPLANT-FDA — A disappearing medical implant made by Abbott Laboratories will get a closer look from the Food and Drug Administration this week. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: 590 words, photos.

THE FRESH MARKET-APOLLO — The Fresh Market, a grocery store chain, has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Apollo for more than $1.3 billion. SENT: 150 words, photos.

VOLKSWAGEN-WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUIT — A former Volkswagen employee says in a lawsuit that the company deleted documents and obstructed justice after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused VW of cheating on emissions tests. SENT: 500 words.

FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS-CHICAGO — More than 100 flights were canceled at Chicago Midway International Airport due to weather conditions. SENT: 90 words.

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:

VIRTUAL REALITY DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE — With the release of a pair of high-definition headsets on the horizon, virtual reality will soon be, well, a reality for consumers curious about the immersive medium. Before the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are released to the public, VR will be back in the spotlight at this week's 30th annual Game Developers Conference. By Derrik J. Lang. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

SAMSUNG-SMARTPHONE DURABILITY — You can dunk Samsung's new smartphones in water, but don't drop them on a sidewalk, a new study finds. SENT: 270 words, photos.

TRAVEL-TIMELOOPER APP — As virtual reality technology explodes in the travel and tourism industry, the Timelooper app adds a new twist, taking visitors back in time to experience important moments in history like the Great Fire of London or the Nazi bombing blitz of London during World War II. By James Brooks. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SMARTPHONES-HEALTH CRISIS — When it comes to offering help in a health crisis, your smartphone's virtual helper might not very helpful. That's what researchers found when they mentioned suicide, rape, depression and other health problems. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 650 words.

SONY-PLAYSTATION TV EXPANSION — Sony's streaming TV service is expanding nationwide Monday, giving TV lovers throughout the U.S. a new, potentially cheaper way to get cable channels such as AMC and ESPN. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GOP-2016-TRUMP-BREITBART — The Breitbart News reporter allegedly roughed up last week at a Donald Trump press conference has resigned from the conservative website, saying that she can't work for an organization that doesn't support her. SENT: 240 words, photos.

INTERNATIONAL:

EUROPE-ECONOMY — Industrial output in the 19-country eurozone grew at its fastest tick in more than six years in January, a welcome development but one many economists think could easily be reversed in coming months in light of the slowdown in the global economy. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 420 words, photo.

EGYPT-ECONOMY — Egypt's central bank devalues the pound to 8.85 per U.S. dollar from a previous 7.73, a move aimed at alleviating a foreign currency shortage that has fueled a black market and crippled businesses. SENT: 620 words.

RUSSIA-IRAN-OIL — Russia's energy minister says Iran would consider joining a global deal to cap oil production only after it restores its output back to levels it enjoyed before international sanctions. SENT: 210 words.

IRELAND-BANKER EXTRADITED — The former chief executive of the collapsed Anglo Irish Bank has been extradited back to Ireland after seven years in the United States during which he fought unsuccessfully to claim bankruptcy protection and evade Irish fraud charges. SENT: 640 words.

MONEY & MARKETS SUMMARY:

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT

Fresh Market being acquired

The Fresh Market's shares soared Monday after the grocery store agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Apollo for more than $1.3 billion.

CENTERPIECE

ComScore loses count

Analytics firm comScore rattled investors with the news it's delaying the filing of its annual report for the second time, sending its shares crashing.

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