April 8, 2014

10 Things to Know for Wednesday


Associated Press

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

1. RUSSIA’S POSSIBLE INTENTIONS STIR ANXIETY   

As pro-Moscow protests continue in eastern Ukraine, up to 40,000 Russian troops are massed along the border, according to NATO.

2. WHAT’S CAUSING MILLIONS OF BABY PIGS TO DIE

A virus new to the U.S. has spread to farms in 27 states. Scientists don’t know how it got into the country.

3. PISTORIUS BREAKS DOWN ON WITNESS STAND

The double-amputee Olympic runner sobs as he details the night he fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp.

4. POLITICAL OVERTONES OF ‘CUBAN TWITTER’

The Obama administration says a secret Twitter-like network was not meant to stir unrest on Cuba. But the AP discovers that at least some draft messages contained sharp political satire and poked fun at the Castro brothers.   

5. SHARPTON ADMITS WORKING WITH FBI

In a case of strange bedfellows, the activist pastor acknowledges helping the FBI investigate New York Mafia figures in the 1980s.

6. US REMOVING 50 MISSILES FROM LAUNCH SILOS

The resulting launch-ready total of 400 Minuteman 3’s would be the lowest deployed total of intercontinental ballistic missiles since the early 1960s.

7. WHO’S NOT PRACTICING WHAT THEY PREACH

Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans — but a survey suggests they don’t follow their own advice.

8. TEXAS WOMAN CONVICTED IN STILETTO KILLING

The 45-year-old faces life in prison after jurors find her guilty of fatally stabbing her boyfriend at least 25 times with a 5 1/2-inch stiletto heel.

9. WHY MORE MOMS ARE STAYING HOME

The rising cost of child care is among likely reasons that more moms are staying home full-time with their children, a report says.

10. DESPITE MARQUEE MATCHUP, WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS FACING CHALLENGES

Interest in the game has stagnated over the past decade with ratings flattening out after reaching a high in 2002.