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10 for today: Thursday, March 20

10 for today: Thursday, March 20

MARCH MADNESS: Michigan State's Adreian Payne dunks during practice for the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, March 19. Michigan State plays Delaware in a second-round game Thursday. Photo: Associated Press/Young Kwak

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

1. WHERE SEARCH FOR FLIGHT 370 IS SHIFTING

Planes have been dispatched to a remote part of the Indian Ocean after Australian officials say possible debris for the missing Malaysian jetliner was spotted there.

2. HOW UKRAINIAN CRISIS MAY AFFECT AFGHANISTAN

With Russia pushing new hostilities to Europe’s doorstep, the West is assessing whether resources will be diverted from what has been a top security priority.

3. WHO DEEP SOUTH DEMOCRATS ARE BANKING ON

Obama’s party is running candidates with familiar names, like Carter and Nunn in Georgia, in hopes of rebuilding clout where Republicans rule.

4. BEFORE GULF OIL SPILL, THERE WAS ALASKA

For a generation of people around the world, the Exxon Valdez disaster is seared into their memories by images of fouled coastline and marine life soaked in petroleum.

5. 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.

6. NEW YORK CITY 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.

7. 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.

8. GENERAL MOTORS, BEWARE

The announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a warning for the auto giant.

9. 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.

10. HOOPS HYPE REACHING CRESCENDO

When Ohio State and Dayton and Duke and Mercer tip off just after noon Eastern time, March Madness will be underway in earnest.

Recent Headlines

7 hours ago in National, Olympics, Sports

Flame lands in troubled Brazil for 94-day relay to Games

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President Dilma Rousseff lit the Olympic torch in Brazil's capital on Tuesday and pledged that political turmoil engulfing her nation would not harm the first Games to be held in South America.

8 hours ago in National, World

Islamic State kills U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq

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Islamic State militants killed a U.S. serviceman in northern Iraq on Tuesday after blasting through Kurdish defences and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in the area for months.

9 hours ago in Local

Federal Energy Regulators Urged to Officially Dismiss Kinder Morgan Pipeline

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The “Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast” has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to dismiss the application “with prejudice,” which means it could not be brought back for a period of time.

9 hours ago in Local

Preservation Efforts Stall in Northfield

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Seller Northfield Mount Hermon School dropped out of the deal over the weekend.

10 hours ago in Local

Northampton Appoints First Female Public Works Director

Jerrey Roberts of the Gazette

Mayor David Narkewicz has appointed Donna LaScaleia to the post. She is the former director of Green Mountain Energy in Vermont.