News

10 for today: Monday, March 31

10 for today: Monday, March 31

STILL DANCING:Connecticut's Amida Brimah, right, celebrates with teammates during the second half of a regional final against Michigan State in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 30, in New York. Connecticut won 60-54. Photo: Associated Press/Frank Franklin II

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

1. U.S. AND RUSSIA STILL AT ODDS OVER UKRAINE

While both sides favor a diplomatic solution to the crisis, they were unable to bridge the gap between them at a meeting of their top diplomats in Paris.

2. KOREAS TRADE FIRE

Residents of five South Korean islands were evacuated to shelters as artillery shells were fired across a disputed sea boundary between the two foes.

3. OCEAN JUNK DISTRACT SEARCH FOR FLIGHT 37O

Tangled fish lines and other trash floating on the surface of the Indian Ocean create false alarms in the global effort to find the Malaysian jetliner.

4. DEMOCRATS FACE UPHILL BATTLE IN MIDTERM VOTE AS GOP REDRAWS ELECTORAL MAP

Gerrymandering following the 2010 census means Republican voters are spread among more districts in many states.

5. WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE DEATH TOLL RISES TO 21

Searchers hope to make headway in their efforts as rains ease this week.

6. MARATHON BOMBING EXHIBIT INCLUDES ITEMS FROM PUBLIC MEMORIAL

To mark the first anniversary of the twin bombings, Boston’s public library is putting up an exhibition of items such as runner shoes, teddy bears and signs that were left by mourners.

7. SENATE REPORT PROVIDES NO KEY LINK BETWEEN BIN LADEN’S DEATH AND TORTURE

Sources tell AP that the widely anticipated study found that harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects did not aid in killing the al-Qaida leader.

8. WHAT A FAIR MINIMUM WAGE MEANS

The hot election year issue divides economists and politicians even though its buying power has declined since 1968.

9. WHERE EGYPTIAN DOG AND CAT MUMMIES ARE TAKING CENTER STAGE

Dozens of centuries-old specimens are on display at a California museum, including a canine so well detailed that even its floppy ears are prominent.

10. WHO EARNED A SPOT IN THE FINAL FOUR

UConn will play Florida, the NCAA tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, while Kentucky faces off against Wisconsin.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

rainman

A look back on some of Hollywood's most memorable headlines.

in National

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.

in National

Time for Iran to make tough decisions in nuclear talks

In this March 26, 2015, photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials at a hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq’s deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.

Six world powers and Iran move closer to a deal, but there are still major disagreements.