Friday, March 18
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. NORTH KOREA FIRES MEDIUM-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILE INTO THE SEA
The move came days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered weapons tests linked to its pursuit of a long-range nuclear missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.
2. NEGLECT, CASH CRUNCH, INSECTIDE SHORTAGES PLAGUE BRAZIL'S FIGHT AGAINST ZIKA
An AP visit to towns at the epicenter of the outbreak finds public hospitals starved for funds and chemicals used to kill mosquitoes depleted despite the president's pledge no expense will be spared.
3. TRUMP'S BUSINESS VENTURES INCREASINGLY PLAY PROMINENT ROLE IN HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
In recent weeks, Trump has held election night parties at three of his Florida properties, accompanied by lavish dinners or cocktail parties.
4. THE MAIN OBSTACLE FOR LIBYA'S UNITY GOVERNMENT IS ACTUALLY GETTING INTO THE COUNTRY
As the U.S., Europe and U.N. pin their hopes on the unity government for resolving Libya's chaos, and confronting the IS threat, another key player in the conflict vows it will never allow the new administration into the capital.
5. WHY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS STEPPING UP EFFORTS TO DEPORT IMMIGRANTS FROM 2014 SURGE
The endeavor, which includes unaccompanied children who are now adults, is a follow-through on a warning that those immigrants who don't win permission to stay in the U.S. would be sent packing.
6. SUPREME COURT PICK NO CLOSER TO WEAKENING GOP BARRICADE AGAINST CONSIDERING HIS NOMATION
Merrick Garland made his first courtesy calls on Capitol Hill but if anything, Republican leaders dug in even further, and senators left town for a two-week recess.
7. WHERE THINGS STAND ON CALIFORNIA'S GIANT TWIN TUNNELS PROPOSAL
It's a decisive year for the controversial $15.7 billion initiative to run the tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in Northern California, sending water to cities and farms to the south.
8. SYRIA'S SHAKY TRUCE ALLOWS FOR RALLIES AGAINST AL-QAIDA BRANCH
The developments have raised questions as to whether the oppressive Nusra Front can be sidelined — or even completely eradicated — from any future scenarios for Syria.
9. HOUSTON POLICE FATALLY SHOOT 2 SUSPECTED ROBBERS AT FURNITURE STORE
The police fired at five suspected robbers, who were being monitored by a tactical team investigating other robberies earlier in the day.
10. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON SECOND DAY OF NCAA TOURNAMENT
California will attempt to overcome two major distractions, while South Dakota State looks to continue success of No. 12 seeds.