Ten for Thursday
1. HILLARY CLINTON, DONALD TRUMP EMBOLDENED BY COMMANDING SUPER TUESDAY VICTORIES
Now the leading Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are setting their sights on the general election – and each other.
2. HOW THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP IS TRYING TO WIDEN ITS FOOTPRINT IN PAKISTAN
The extremist group is trying to recruit students, doctors, lawyers, journalists and businessmen as it competes with the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaida.
3. NASA ASTRONAUT SCOTT KELLY IS BACK ON EARTH AFTER HIS RECORD YEAR IN ORBIT
Along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, the American spaceman ended a mission that was deemed a stepping stone to Mars.
4. U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON THE TOUGHEST SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA IN TWO DECADES
Approval by consensus is expected after the U.S. and China spent weeks negotiating the new sanctions in response to North Korea’s latest nuclear test and rocket launch.
5. A DEPLETED U.S. SUPREME COURT TAKES UP ITS BIGGEST ABORTION CASE IN A QUARTER CENTURY
The justices consider a Texas law that regulates abortion clinics in the midst of a bitter presidential campaign and less than three weeks after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.
6. MACEDONIAN AUTHORITIES BRIEFLY OPEN BORDER WITH GREECE TO A TRICKLE REFUGEES
About 10,000 people remained camped at the crossing, awaiting their turn.
7. CHINA’S PRESIDENT XI JINPING POISED TO COLLECT NEW TITLE
There are growing expectations that Xi will be elevated to the position of “core” of the current generation of leaders – a sign of his overwhelming grasp on power but also his need to continue warding off potential challengers with the National People’s Congress set to meet Saturday
8. KEIKO FUJIMORI CONFRONTS A LEGACY AND A CURSE IN HER SECOND TRY FOR PERU’S PRESIDENCY
The daughter of former hardline President Alberto Fujimori is striving to distinguish herself from his corrupt legacy without alienating his die-hard supporters.
9. MAN CHARGED IN SLAYING OF TWO VIRGINIA STUDENTS EXPECTED TO AVOID POSSIBLE DEATH SENTENCE WITH PLEA
Jesse LeRoy Matthew Jr.’s plea is expected to end two remarkably similar murder cases that amplified concerns about campus safety.
10. MISSING ROVER AND WHISKERS? NEW TECH PRODUCTS HELP TRAVELING PET LOVERS KEEP IN TOUCH
A growing number of startups are selling devices that let your pets call you, play games and win treats when they are home alone.