So I have a working setup where some code pulls in the latest Wikipedia extract of a page. I then use Entities to handle a node creation, adding the contents of the extract to the longtext value of the generic body field:

$body = array();
$url = 'https://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?format=json&action=query&prop=extracts&exintro=&explaintext=&titles='.urlencode($item['name']);
$result = @file_get_contents($url);
if ($result){
  // Oh yes!
  $decoded = json_decode($result, true);
  foreach ($decoded['query']['pages'] as $page){
    if (array_key_exists('extract', $page)){
      $body[] = t($page['extract']);
} else {
  // Boo, nothing found.

// Doesn't exist, we have to make it first. (Using Entities)
$node = entity_create('node', array('type' => 'article', 'uid' => 1));
$entity = entity_metadata_wrapper('node', $node); // $node->nid is probably better here
if ($body){
  $entity->body->set(array('value' => $body[0]));
// Woo got our nid!
$nid = $entity->getIdentifier();

The problem is, I can't seem to control the output of the body at all. It renders surrounded with paragraph tags, using html line breaks for each paragraph. I want to surround each paragraph with paragraph tags. I've tried using preg_match to catch newlines (\r\n) but anything I replace it with just gets rendered exactly - making paragraph tags show up in the extract text when viewing the node.

What's the best method of doing some formatting to the extract?

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You just need to specify a format for your text value:

$entity->body->set(array('value' => $body[0], 'format' => 'full_html'));

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