Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:
1. CRUZ, RUBIO TAKE WHACKS AT TRUMP BEFORE SUPER TUESDAY
But Trump relishes his spot as GOP front-runner, mocking the Republican establishment and his flailing rivals ahead of Tuesday’s slew of primaries.
2. EARLY OSCAR GOES TO ‘SPOTLIGHT’ FOR BEST SCREENPLAY
Host Chris Rock opens the show with a ripping monologue focusing on the lack of diversity in the nominated films at the annual awards show.
3. AIR RAIDS THREATEN SYRIA TRUCE
A top opposition official warns that violations of a fragile cease-fire could jeopardize a planned resumption of U.N.-brokered peace talks.
3. WHO ADMITS CHURCH’S ‘ENORMOUS MISTAKES’
Australian Cardinal George Pell, testifying before sexual abuse survivors, acknowledges that bishops and other officials dismissed credible molestation claims “in absolutely scandalous circumstances.”
4. STATES MAKE DEEP CUTS TO JOBLESS BENEFITS
Since the recession ended in 2009, eight states have reduced the number of weeks that people can draw benefits, while others lower the amount of money the unemployed can collect.
5. HOW GOP’S SUPREME COURT NOMINEE STONEWALLING COULD BACKFIRE
Some African-Americans say the latest Republican snub of President Obama is rooted in racism, which could galvanize a crucial component of the Democratic voting bloc.
6. WHERE ‘VAMPIRE COMPANIES’ IMPERIL AN ENTIRE ECONOMY
China is pock-marked with businesses that survive only with government help, weakening the world’s second-biggest economy.
7. DEBATE RAGES OVER DNA ANALYSIS TECHNIQUE
Courts weigh whether a type of DNA analysis involving tiny amounts of genetic material is reliable enough to convict someone for a crime.
8. IRELAND’S ELECTION PRODUCES FEUDING FACTIONS
The voting results create a fractured parliament with at least nine factions and a legion of loose-cannon independents — few of them easy coalition partners.
9. REFUGEE STUDENTS HOPE THEIR STORIES BRIDGE CULTURAL GAP
The Fargo, N.D. students, who fled violence in Syria, Rwanda and elsewhere, published their stories with a school district grant.
10. WHAT HIGH-TECH WILDLIFE TRACKING DEVICES HELP REVEAL
Trackers on wings record California condors soaring to 15,000 feet, while locators on whales record 1,000-foot dives, giving researchers windows into the lives of an array of creatures.
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