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Posted: Thursday, 20 March 2014 7:57AM

10 Things to Know for Thursday



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

1. AUSTRALIA CHECKING 2 OBJECTS IN SEARCH FOR PLANE

Australia's prime minister cautions that locating these objects in the Indian Ocean will be difficult and they may not be related to the missing Malaysian jetliner.

2. UKRAINE PULLING TROOPS FROM CRIMEA

Bowing to the Russian takeover, Kiev says it's preparing to bring home as many as 25,000 soldiers and their families.

2. FBI PROBING PILOT'S DELETED FILES

American investigators join Malaysian authorities in examining the flight simulator found in the captain's home.

3. 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.

4. NYC 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.

5. 'WE ARE THE ONES WHO DID IT'

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law testifies that the al-Qaida leader took credit for the 9/11 attacks hours afterward when the two met in a cave in Afghanistan.

6. 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.

7. TOYOTA AGREES TO $1.2B SETTLEMENT

US Attorney General Holder says the penalty — for hiding information about defects in Toyota and Lexus vehicles — is the largest of its kind ever imposed on an auto company.

8. 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.

9. ROBERT STRAUSS DIES AT 95

The powerbroker and former head of the Democratic Party was an intimate of President Jimmy Carter. But he also later advised Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

10. WHY IT'S NOT QUITE TIME TO 'PLAY BALL!'

Groundskeepers all over baseball are scrambling to help ballparks recover from months of snow and freezing temperatures.


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