The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

March 18, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. SYRIA OPPOSITION MEETS TO FORM RIVAL GOVERNMENT

Twelve candidates are running for the job of interim prime minister for areas the rebels control. SYRIA

2. BAILOUT PLAN SPARKS A BANK RUN

Cyprus' residents rushed to withdraw cash ahead of a vote today on a plan that would tax deposits in the country's banks to save it from bankruptcy.

3. A HOLLYWOOD-WORTHY ESCAPE IN CANADA

Two inmates climbed a rope into a hovering helicopter to flee a Quebec jail.

4. WHY THE STEUBENVILLE RAPE CASE ISN'T OVER

Authorities are investigating whether coaches, parents and other students broke the law by failing to report the crime.

5. OBAMA LOOKS TO JUSTICE OFFICIAL FOR LABOR SECRETARY

The president was to nominate assistant attorney general Thomas Perez to replace Hilda Solis.

6. AFGHAN OPPOSITION OPENS TALKS WITH TALIBAN

The AP's Kathy Gannon reports opponents of Karzai hope to broker an end to the 12-year war ahead of the exit of international combat troops and a presidential race.

7. A TEST FOR CONTROVERSIAL VOTER REGISTRATION LAW

Arizona's law requiring proof of citizenship to register goes before the Supreme Court today.

8. HOW LOST PHOTOS CAN TRACE A TORNADO'S PATH

Photos and mementoes that were blown hundreds of miles by tornadoes give researchers clues into how far storm debris travels.

9. WHY CELEBS AGAINST FRACKING MAY BE BREAKING LAW

The group campaigning against a natural gas drilling method in New York, boasting stars like Susan Sarandon, isn't a registered lobbyist.

10. LOUISVILLE LEADS NCAA'S DANCE CARD

Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga also receive No. 1 seeds after a topsy-turvy season and another weekend of upsets.



 

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