10 Things to Know for Wednesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
1. DEADLINE TO REACH DEAL ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM PUSHED BACK
After more than a decade of diplomatic efforts to limit Tehran's nuclear advances, the present talks already had been extended twice, demonstrating the difficulties of reaching an agreement.
2. QUESTIONS SWIRL FOLLOWING LUFTHANSA DISCLOSURE
The German airline says it knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps had suffered from a "serious depressive episode."
3. ARKANSAS PASSES RELIGIOUS-FREEDOM LAW, SIMILAR TO INDIANA'S
Lawmakers in both states are fielding criticism that the measures are thinly disguised attempts to permit discrimination against gays.
4. FAMILY: MAN DEAD AT HOLLYWOOD HILLS HOME IS ANDREW GETTY
The Getty oil fortune heir was 47 and one of four sons of Gordon Getty, a San Francisco multibillionaire who is among the richest men in the U.S.
5. NIGERIA RETURNS EX-MILITARY DICTATOR TO POWER
Muhammadu Buhari is elected president in Africa's richest and most populous nation after a bitter and divisive campaign against Goodluck Jonathan.
6. WHICH MARKET INDEX IS SHOWING NO SIGNS OF RETREAT
The S&P 500 index rises for the 9th quarter in a row. It's had only three other stretches that long since World War II.
7. DEATH SENTENCES ON RISE
Some 2,466 people in 55 countries were condemned to death in 2014 - a 28 percent jump from the year before, Amnesty International says.
8. WHY PC PRICES ARE PLUNGING
A battle between Google and Microsoft is benefiting consumers, with Google releasing its cheapest laptops yet, aiming to undercut its rival.
9. COMEDY CENTRAL STANDING BY NEW `DAILY SHOW' HOST
The network defends Trevor Noah - who's taking heat for graphic tweets targeting women and Jews - as a "provocative" comedian who "spares no one, himself included."
10. WHO'LL REAP RECORD SALARIES THIS SEASON
The average pay for a Major League Baseball player projects to be about $4.25 million, an AP study shows.