10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. EX-HOUSE SPEAKER DENNIS HASTERT ACCUSED OF PAYING HUSH MONEY
A federal indictment alleges that the 73-year-old Illinois Democrat paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars, seeking to conceal unspecified misconduct.
2. FIFA CHIEF RESISTS CALL TO RESIGN
"We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time," Sepp Blatter says in defending his leadership of the global soccer body amid a corruption scandal.
3. WHO'S ON MARCH AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS
In contrast to the Iraqi army's failures, Kurdish fighters, aided by U.S.-led airstrikes, are capturing towns and villages in northeastern Syria.
4. OBAMA TAKES TO TWITTER
In his first Q-and-A since setting up his (at)POTUS handle last week, the president answers about a dozen questions - including a couple on sports.
5. GEORGE PATAKI SAYS HE'S RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT
The former New York governor, out of office since 2006, is a clear underdog in a bustling Republican pack.
6. WHERE SNOW JUST WON'T GO
In Boston, snow piles from the record-setting New England winter remain - including one that's three stories high.
7. NEBRASKA EXTENDS DRIVING PRIVILEGES TO YOUNGER IMMIGRANTS
It becomes the last state to allow driver's licenses for youths brought into the U.S. illegally as children.
8. ALLEGED NAZI WAR CRIMINAL DIES AT 93, LAWYER SAYS
Vladimir Katriuk, charged recently in connection with the killing of civilians in 1943 in what is now Belarus, held the No. 2 spot on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most wanted ex-Nazis.
9. FOR SECOND YEAR IN ROW, SPELLING BEE ENDS IN TIE
Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, and Vanya Shivashankar, 13 - whose sister won the competition in 2009 - will share the crown as co-champs.
10. ANOTHER COUPLE FROM `THE BACHELOR' BREAKS UP
Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff have split two months after the finale of the reality dating show where they got engaged.