10 Things to Know for Thursday, March 20, 2014

10 Things to Know for Thursday, March 20, 2014

7:38am Mar 20, 2014
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today...

1. WHERE SEARCH FOR FLIGHT 370 IS SHIFTING  Planes have been dispatched to a remote part of the Indian Ocean after Australian officials say possible debris for the missing Malaysian jetliner was spotted there.   MALAYSIA-PLANE

2. HOW UKRAINIAN CRISIS MAY AFFECT AFGHANISTAN  With Russia pushing new hostilities to Europe's doorstep, the West is assessing whether resources will be diverted from what has been a top security priority.   UKRAINE-NATO-AFGHANISTAN

3. WHO DEEP SOUTH DEMOCRATS ARE BANKING ON  Obama's party is running candidates with familiar names, like Carter and Nunn in Georgia, in hopes of rebuilding clout where Republicans rule.   DEMOCRATS-SOUTHERN REMIXES

4. BEFORE GULF OIL SPILL, THERE WAS ALASKA  For a generation of people around the world, the Exxon Valdez disaster is seared into their memories by images of fouled coastline and marine life soaked in petroleum.   EXXON VALDEZ-25 YEARS LATER

5. WHAT YELLEN IS TELLING INVESTORS  With the job market still weak, she says the Fed intends to keep short-term interest rates near zero for a "considerable" time.   FEDERAL RESERVE

6. NEW YORK CITY INMATE 'BASICALLY BAKED TO DEATH'  A mentally ill homeless man was found dead in a Rikers Island jail cell that had overheated to at least 100 degrees.   HOT CELL DEATH

7. HOW MANY PEOPLE NEED CHOLESTEROL-LOWERING STATINS  New guidelines say nearly half of Americans ages 40-75 should be taking the drugs to cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes.   CHOLESTEROL GUIDELINES

8. GENERAL MOTORS, BEWARE  The announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a warning for the auto giant.   TOYOTA-GENERAL MOTORS

9. WHO'S TAKING CLOSER LOOK AT OREGON CAT ATTACK  Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell," is heading to Portland soon. He says cats don't become ferocious felines that turn on their families for no reason.   PETS-TAMING CATS

10. HOOPS HYPE REACHING CRESCENDO  When Ohio State and Dayton and Duke and Mercer tip off just after noon Eastern time, March Madness will be underway in earnest.   NCAA-BRACKETRACKET-032014

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