10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

1. DEADLINE TO REACH DEAL ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM PUSHED BACK

After more than a decade of diplomatic efforts to limit Tehran's nuclear advances, the present talks already had been extended twice, demonstrating the difficulties of reaching an agreement.

2. QUESTIONS SWIRL FOLLOWING LUFTHANSA DISCLOSURE

The German airline says it knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps had suffered from a "serious depressive episode."

3. ARKANSAS PASSES RELIGIOUS-FREEDOM LAW, SIMILAR TO INDIANA'S

Lawmakers in both states are fielding criticism that the measures are thinly disguised attempts to permit discrimination against gays.

4. WHICH MARKET INDEX IS SHOWING NO SIGNS OF RETREAT

The S&P 500 index rises for the 9th quarter in a row. It's had only three other stretches that long since World War II.

5. NIGERIA RETURNS EX-MILITARY DICTATOR TO POWER

The incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan, concedes defeat, paving the way for an unprecedented peaceful transfer of power in Africa's most populous nation.

6. DEFENSE RESTS IN MARATHON BOMBING TRIAL

During their brief case, lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev call just four witnesses.

7. DEATH SENTENCES ON RISE

Some 2,466 people in 55 countries were condemned to death in 2014 — a 28 percent jump from the year before, Amnesty International says.

8. WHY PC PRICES ARE PLUNGING

A battle between Google and Microsoft is benefiting consumers, with Google releasing its cheapest laptops yet, aiming to undercut its rival.

9. COMEDY CENTRAL STANDING BY NEW 'DAILY SHOW' HOST

The network defends Trevor Noah — who's taking heat for graphic tweets targeting women and Jews — as a "provocative" comedian who "spares no one, himself included."

10. WHO'LL REAP RECORD SALARIES THIS SEASON

The average pay for a Major League Baseball player projects to be about $4.25 million, an AP study shows.