10 Things to know for Friday, March 15

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

1. WHAT CLERGY ABUSE VICTIMS ARE HOPING FOR
  Some seek greater transparency as Pope Francis begins his papacy; others want the defrocking of U.S. cardinals who covered up for pedophile priests. POPE-CHURCH ABUSE

2. HOW FRANCIS IS KNOWN IN HIS HOMELAND
For Argentina’s poorest citizens, who crowd the many so-called “misery villages” that surround Buenos Aires, he’s proudly known as one of their own, a true “slum pope.” SLUM POPE

3. ASSAD BEEFING UP SECURITY IN DAMASCUS
On the second anniversary of Syria’s uprising, some rebels have called for stepped-up attacks to mark the occasion. SYRIA

4. DREAM STILL ALIVE FOR BOEING JETLINER
The “Dreamliner” maker envisions commercial flights of its grounded 787 jets resuming “within weeks,” even though it has not pinpointed the cause of battery overheating. JAPAN-BOEING 787

5. WHY A MAYORAL FAVORITE WON’T MARCH ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is gay and won’t take part due to the parade’s ban on gay pride sashes, banners or buttons. ST. PATRICK’S PARADE-NYC

6. MARYLAND MAY ABOLISH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
The “Free State” may be the 18th in the nation to end executions if the General Assembly gives final passage this week. DEATH PENALTY-MARYLAND

7. BUDGET CUTS NOT IMPACTING THIS PROGRAM
The Pentagon is spending nearly a $1 billion a year on a program that sends unemployment checks to former troops who left the military voluntarily. MILITARY UNEMPLOYMENT

8. KEY WITNESSES SET TO TESTIFY IN H.S. FOOTBALL RAPE CASE
The testimony of three teenage boys who watched the alleged attacks is a crucial part of Ohio’s evidence, since the girl says she has no memory of the event. FOOTBALL PLAYERS-RAPE CHARGES

9. HOW BIG IS THE GALAXY (SCREEN)
  The new version crams a 5-inch screen into a body slightly smaller than the S III’s. SAMSUNG-GALAXY

10. HOW A TV SERIES HAS IMPACTED TOURISM IN NEW MEXICO
The popularity of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” has spurred international interest in a fast-food burrito chain in Albuquerque. BREAKING BAD-TOURISM


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 



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