10 Things to know for Monday, March 17

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

1. CRIMEANS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY TO JOIN RUSSIA
  Final results from the referendum in Crimea show 97 percent of the voters are in favor of splitting from the Ukraine. Ukraine’s new government in Kiev calls the referendum a “circus” directed at gunpoint by Moscow. RUSSIA-UKRAINE

2. OBAMA TO PUTIN: US WON’T RECOGNIZE CRIMEA VOTE
U.S. officials reaffirmed that the White House and European Union will impose penalties on Russia if it annexes the strategic region. UNITED STATES-UKRAINE

3. WHAT’S NEXT IN SEARCH FOR MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINER
Australia agrees to take charge of searching for the missing Malaysian airliner over a vast section of the Indian Ocean, one of two swaths the plane is believed to have entered after its last known radar contact. MALAYSIA-PLANE

4. WHY ARMY WILL DROP SEX ASSAULT CHARGES AGAINST GENERAL
Lawyers for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair said he will plead to lesser charges after the prosecution’s case crumbled as questions arose about whether the accuser lied in a pre-trial hearing. ARMY GENERAL-SEX CHARGES

5. HOW CHINA SEEKS TO GROW
China has announced plans to expand its cities and improve public services that would allow millions of rural resident to migrate to urban jobs. CHINA-URBANIZATION

6. A PILL THAT’S EASY TO SWALLOW
A study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and stroke. The pills are so packed with nutrients you’d have to eat a gazillion candy bars to get the amount being tested. CHOCOLATE-PILLS

7. PISTORIUS SAID TO HAVE A “GREAT LOVE” OF GUNS
The manager of a firearms training academy took the stand at Pistorius’ murder trial and told of the athlete’s great love of guns. He also testified that Pistorius once recounted how he went into “combat mode” after hearing a possible intruder in his home. It turned out to be a laundry machine. PISTORIUS-TRIAL

8. WHO WILL — AND WON’T — BE MARCHING IN THE NYC ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is out, as is Guinness sponsorship, because gay groups are not allowed to march openly. Ireland’s head of state will be there, reasoning the parade is about “Irishness and not sexuality.” St. Patrick’s Day

9. WHY CHRIS BROWN IS HEADED BACK TO COURT
The Grammy-winning R&B singer is facing a court hearing over his dismissal from rehab, which landed him in jail over the weekend. CHRIS BROWN

10. A LOOK BEHIND THE NCAA SEEDINGS
Florida earns the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament, but reigning national champ Louisville draws a No. 4 seed. The rankings are proof that to the tournament selection committee a game is a game, no matter when it’s played. NCAA TOURNAMENT


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