10 Things to know for Friday, March 21

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

1. US, EU RATCHET UP SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA
  The aim is to punish Putin for annexing the Crimean Peninsula and head off any further Russian military inroads into Ukraine. UKRAINE-DIPLOMACY

2. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR JET DEBRIS IN VAST INDIAN OCEAN
  The first of the planes sent to investigate the rough seas for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner return empty-handed. MALAYSIA-PLANE

3. GUNMEN ATTACK FOREIGNERS IN KABUL
  The restaurant inside a luxury hotel — considered one of the safest places to stay in the Afghanistan — was the scene of a bloody assault that left nine people dead, including four foreigners. AFGHANISTAN

4. BLACK PRESCHOOLERS MORE LIKELY TO BE SUSPENDED
  The racial disparities in American education are highlighted in a new report released by the Education Department’s civil rights arm. SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS

5. MT. GOX FINDS 200,000 OF ITS MISSING BITCOINS
  The bankrupt exchange says it found them in disused electronic wallets. Another 650,000 still remain unaccounted for. JAPAN BITCOIN

6. WHO DISCOVERED THE “LOST WORLD”
  Outsiders — from fishermen and poachers to developers and tourists — and they’re flocking to the Mergui archipelago in Myanmar where peaceful nomads have lived there for centuries. MYANMAR-LOST WORLD

7. WHERE COPS CAN HAVE LEGAL SEX WITH PROSTITUTES
  Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations. HAWAII PROSTITUTION-POLICE SEX

8. VIRULENTLY ANTI-GAY PASTOR LEAVES COMPLEX LEGACY
  Some believe that the Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps, who died Wednesday, actually helped the cause of gay rights by serving as such a provocative symbol of intolerance. PHELPS-LEGACY

9. HOW GOOGLE IS GUARDING AGAINST SPYING
  The company has improved the encryption technology for its flagship email service — making it harder for the NSA to intercept messages. NSA SURVEILLANCE

10. QUICK UPSETS BLEMISH NCAA BRACKETS
  After the tournament’s first afternoon, about 95 percent of people who filled out brackets had missed at least one game. NCAA TOURNAMENT


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