10 Things to Know for Wednesday

By The Associated Press

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

1. BLACK BOX RECOVERED FROM AIRCRAFT IN FRENCH ALPS

Initial information about what caused the Germanwings jet to crash, apparently killing all 150 aboard, should be available “relatively quickly,” an airlines executive says.

By The Associated Press

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

1. BLACK BOX RECOVERED FROM AIRCRAFT IN FRENCH ALPS

Initial information about what caused the Germanwings jet to crash, apparently killing all 150 aboard, should be available “relatively quickly,” an airlines executive says.

2. US AGREES TO SLOW ITS PULLOUT FROM AFGHANISTAN

In a shift from his previous plan, Obama says the U.S. will leave its 9,800 troops currently in Afghanistan in place rather than downsizing to 5,500 by year’s end.

3. HOW TO PREVENT TRAIN-TRUCK CRASHES

An AP investigation identifies an inexpensive, common-sense fix: Requiring rail and road workers to talk with each other before risky crossings.

4. GOP CANDIDATE SEEKING INSURANCE FOR FAMILY THROUGH ‘OBAMACARE’

Word of the move by Sen. Ted Cruz comes a day after he announced that he’s running for president — and vowed to scrap Obama’s health care law.

5. WHY LONG-TERM CARE POLICIES ARE DISAPPEARING

Insurers lose money on them — so they’re trying “to get out of the business left and right,” an expert says.

6. INVESTIGATION: DEMOCRATIC PROJECTS GOT IMPROPER HELP

Homeland Security’s second-in-command intervened on behalf of foreign investors seeking U.S. visas in three cases — including one involving Hillary Clinton’s youngest brother, the agency’s inspector general concludes.

7. MEXICAN WORKERS PROTEST LOW PAY, POOR CONDITIONS

The violent demonstrations threaten a harvest that supplies millions of dollars worth of tomatoes, strawberries and other crops to the U.S.

8. WHAT A STUDY OF NURSES DETERMINED

Women still earn less than men — even in nursing, an occupation that women overwhelmingly dominate.

9. ‘GET HARD’ STUNG BY UNEXPECTED CRITICISM

The film’s producers and its stars — including Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart — are vigorously defending their comedy as not a representation of stereotypes but a satire of them.

10. CHAOS REIGNS IN FINAL SECONDS AT NCAA TOURNAMENT GAMES

Turnovers, missed shots, poor coaching and worse execution. A rash of late-game blunders has nevertheless produced some memorable finishes.

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