March 21, 2013

10 Things to Know for Friday


Associated Press

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

1. HOW THE HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL IS FARING

Half the states are working intensely to roll out “Obamacare.” The other half are doing their utmost to ignore the law.

2. NEW LOW IN SYRIA’S CIVIL WAR

A deadly attack Thursday marks the first time a suicide bomber has detonated his explosives inside a mosque.  

3. A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT MIDEAST CONFLICT

As the visiting Obama appeals for peace, rockets fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza land in a southern Israeli border town.

4. WHERE STUDENTS ARE GETTING A HARSH MATH LESSON

Dozens of Chicago schools face closure to help shore up finances in a city with a $1 billion budget shortfall.

5. LOST IN THE BUREAUCRACY

The end of Saturday letter delivery seemed like a done deal. Now Congress and the GAO are saying not so fast.

6. MADE IN CHINA: HIGH GAS PRICES

The laws of supply and demand are working, experts say — but the demand now includes developing economies in Asia and Latin America

7. CHARMING WORKS BELIE CREATORS

A mounted wooden fish. Dog figurines. Colorful soap carvings. And shivs. A now-shuttered prison in Philadelphia is putting handiwork of former inmates on display.

8. WHY MOTHER NATURE IS NOT AMUSED

Who wants to find out they’re 80 million years older than they thought they were? Not to mention with 3 percent more girth. Scientists announce new findings about the universe.

9. UNBELIEBABLE

The buzz turns from Justin Bieber’s hair to whether his frenetic pop-star pace will land him in rehab.

10. ZAGS SWEAT OUT A SQUEAKER

Gonzaga nearly becomes the first No. 1 seed ever to be beaten by a No. 16.