10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. PLANE CRASHES IN FRENCH ALPS WITH 148 PEOPLE ABOARD

The Germanwings passenger jet was traveling from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, and president Francois Hollande says no survivors are likely.

2. U.S., AFGHAN PRESIDENTS TO FINALIZE PLAN FOR AMERICAN TROOP PULLOUT

Ashraf Ghani represents Obama’s last, best hope to make good on his promise to end America’s longest war before leaving office, but the time frame may be slower than first hoped.

3. AL-QAIDA AFFILIATE QUIETLY RISES IN SYRIA

As Islamic State militants get most of the attention with gruesome acts, the Nusra Front becomes a key player in the four-year civil war, compromising other rebel groups the West may try to work with.

4. LAW ALLOWS UTAH TO USE FIRING SQUADS

The governor, in signing the bill, says the state needs a backup execution method in case a shortage of lethal drugs persists.

5. WHERE U.S. COUNTERTERRORISM STRATEGY COLLAPSES

As Yemen descends into chaos and operations against militants are scaled back, an Islamic State offshoot finds a safe haven.

6. WHAT ECONOMIC CRISIS REVIVES IN VENEZUELA

The battered economy brings back a medical practice rarely seen in developed countries since the 1970s: the radical mastectomy.

7. WHY COMMUTES ARE TURNING NASTY

Finding a job near home is getting harder for millions of American workers. And commuting is especially tough on the poor, blacks and Hispanics.

8. TROUBLE AT AMEX

Changing consumer habits, aggressive competition and increased pushback from its merchants are putting heavy pressure on American Express.

9. ANGELINA JOLIE HAS OVARIES, FALLOPIAN TUBES REMOVED

The actress and filmmaker says in an op-ed in The New York Times that a blood test showed a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which gave her an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.

10. GEORGE R.R. MARTIN WON’T LET PRESSURE RUSH HIS WRITING

“Fifty years from now nobody is going to care how frequently the books came out,” says the author of the best-selling series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

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