National & World News
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. SAUDI ARABIA'S KING ABDULLAH IS DEAD
The monarch, a powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington's fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize his kingdom, was 90 years old.
1. HOUSE PUSHES FORWARD ABORTION BILL
Republicans muscle legislation through the House, tightening federal restrictions on abortions. The vote came after internal divisions forced them into an embarrassing fumble of a similar bill.
3. YEMEN'S PRESIDENT RESIGNS AMID REBEL STANDOFF
Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a close U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida, submitted his resignation to parliament after being pressured to make further concessions to the rebel Houthis, who are widely believed to be backed by Iran.
4. WHOSE AILING ECONOMY GETS MAJOR BOOST
The European Central Bank announces a bond buying program designed to make loans and exports cheaper so companies can hire and expand.
5. WHY UKRAINE'S PEACE INITIATIVE IS IN JEOPARDY
Hours after the new initiative began taking shape, mortar shells rained down on the center of the main rebel-held city in the east, killing at least 13 people at a bus stop.
6. WHERE YOU'LL NEED YOUR VACCINATIONS TO RIDE
The spread of the measles, traced to Disney theme parks in California, led to warnings against visiting the happiest place on Earth if tourists or their children have not been vaccinated.
7. NEW YORK ASSEMBLY SPEAKER ARRESTED
Sheldon Silver was arrested by the FBI on charges he used his position as one of the state's most powerful politicians to collect millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks disguised as legitimate income.
8. "DOOMSDAY CLOCK" TICKS FORWARD
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry. But other experts say that's way too gloomy.
9. WHAT IS MAKING THE SEA SPARKLE
A harmful algal bloom created by something called Noctiluca scintillans, nicknamed Sea Sparkle, is causing fluorescent blue patches of water to glimmer off Hong Kong's seashore.
10. PATS UNCERTAIN ABOUT DEFLATEGATE
Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he doesn't know how footballs became deflated during the game that got his team to the Super Bowl.