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March 18, 2014

AP's 10 things to know today


Associated Press

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

1. WHO RECOGNIZES CRIMEA AS ‘INDEPENDENT AND SOVEREIGN’

Russian President Vladimir Putin brushes off U.S. and European Union sanctions, a day after the region voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia.

2. MORE UNCERTAINTY IN PLANE DISAPPEARANCE

A new timeline suggests the final radio call from the Malaysian jet may have occurred before its communications were disabled, adding to the mystery about who aboard might have been to blame.

3. WHITE HOUSE: 5M SIGN UP FOR ‘OBAMACARE’

That still leaves about 1 million to go for the administration to meet its goal of 6 million enrollments by March 31.

4. ‘I FAILED HER AS A LEADER’

That’s what Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair said of his treatment of a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct. Sinclair pleaded guilty to lesser charges and awaits sentencing.

5. HOW DUKE ENERGY, NC GOP COLLABORATED ON POLLUTION RULES

An AP investigation finds the nation’s largest power company prodded North Carolina Republicans to pass a bill that allowed it to avoid contamination cleanup.

6. VP HEADS TO EUROPE TO SEND SIGNAL TO RUSSIA

Biden plans to meet with leaders of Poland and the Baltic states to show U.S. support for the NATO members.

7. AMERICANS STILL SEEK SERIOUS NEWS

An AP-NORC poll finds people nibbling from a reporting buffet spread across traditional media and social networks.

8. WHITE HOUSE SAYS PATH TO MIDEAST PEACE CHALLENGING

Obama urges the visiting Palestinian president to help break the deadlock with Israel ahead of a fast-approaching deadline.

9. WHAT CLASSES CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT THE NCAA BRACKET

Math lectures could help whittle down the odds against those seeking the illusive perfect bracket.

10. MICK JAGGER’S GIRLFRIEND FOUND DEAD IN NYC APARTMENT

Fashion designer L’Wren Scott, who met the Rolling Stones frontman in 2001, died in what police are investigating as an apparent suicide.