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10 things you need to know today: March 9, 2016

Harold Maass
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Sanders, Trump win in Michigan

Sen. Bernie Sanders narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in the Michigan Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday in a stunning upset that buoyed his challenge to the frontrunner. They will split the delegates because they nearly tied. Clinton won in Mississippi, continuing her domination in the South. On the Republican side, frontrunner Donald Trump took Michigan, as expected, thwarting the hope of his nearest rivals, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz, to chip away at his momentum with an upset. Trump also won in Mississippi and the Hawaii caucuses. Cruz won in Idaho.


Investigation clears Oregon officers for killing armed anti-government activist

Investigators said Tuesday that Oregon state officers were justified when they fatally shot LaVoy Finicum, one of the Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers, on Jan. 26. A previously undisclosed videotape showed an armed Finicum taunting officers and daring them to shoot him after he and other anti-government activists were stopped at a roadblock near the refuge. Federal officials did, however, open an inquiry into FBI agents who failed to disclose that they had fired their weapons, too.


E.U. and Turkey reach tentative migrant deal

The European Union and Turkey agreed Tuesday to a proposal to stem the flow of Syrian refugees into Europe. Under a tentative deal struck in Brussels, Turkey would take back all migrants arriving in Greece, and for each refugee returned the E.U. would resettle one Syrian already in Turkey. The E.U. also would increase aid funding. Leaders are hopeful the deal will be finalized at a summit on March 17-18. The United Nations and human rights activists said returning migrants in exchange for rewards might be illegal.


American tourist fatally stabbed by Palestinian during Biden's Israel visit

A Vanderbilt University grad student on a class trip was killed Tuesday by a Palestinian in a stabbing rampage in Israel. The attack occurred on a popular seaside promenade near Tel Aviv, a mile from where Vice President Joe Biden was meeting with former Israeli President Shimon Perez. The attacker was shot dead by officers. The stabbing spree was one of three terror attacks on the same day that left two police officers and at least 10 civilians wounded, and three Palestinian attackers dead.


Jeb Bush's brother Neil joins Ted Cruz's finance team

Neil Bush, brother of ex-GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush and former President George W. Bush, has joined Sen. Ted Cruz's national finance team, the Cruz presidential campaign announced Tuesday. Neil Bush and his wife, Maria, were among several new team members Cruz welcomed aboard. Cruz said that among his new allies were former backers of several candidates, including Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio.


U.S. vows response to latest Iran missile test

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard test-fired missiles it said were capable of reaching Israel on Wednesday. It had tested several ballistic missiles on Tuesday, defying a United Nations resolution aimed at curbing Tehran's missile program. The U.S. threatened a diplomatic response. Washington imposed sanctions two months ago against businesses and individuals with ties to Iran's missile program. The measures were punishment for a medium-range missile test in October.


Attorney General bows out of running for Supreme Court

Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday withdrew from consideration for the Supreme Court seat left open with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Melanie Newman, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said Lynch was "honored to serve as attorney general" and believed that the nominating process would "curtail her effectiveness in her current role." Another potential nominee, Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, took himself out of the running last month. Obama reportedly has begun interviewing possible nominees, although Republicans say they won't hold confirmation hearings.


Suspect in Idaho pastor's killing arrested near White House

Former Marine Kyle Odom, the suspect in the shooting of an Idaho pastor who recently prayed with GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz at a rally, was arrested Tuesday night after throwing something over the White House fence. Hours earlier someone posted a message to Odom's Facebook page saying the pastor, Tim Remington, was shot Sunday because he was "from Mars" and had ruined Odom's life. A manifesto distributed to media outlets listed 50 "noteworthy Martians," including numerous members of Congress.


Leaders and demonstrators mark International Women's Day

Thousands marched around the world to mark International Women's Day on Tuesday. First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to students at a Let Girls Learn initiative, and U.N. Ambassador for gender equality Emma Watson lit up the Empire State Building in magenta. Overseas, Pakistani activists marched against honor killings, and Paris Fashion Week models took a break from the catwalk to show their support.


'Fifth Beatle' George Martin dead at 90

George Martin, the English record producer often called the "Fifth Beatle," has died at age 90, a Universal Music Group spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. Martin, who signed The Beatles to a record contract in 1962, won multiple Grammy awards, an Academy Award for the score to A Hard Day's Night, and was behind 23 No. 1 singles in the United States and 30 in the U.K. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and knighted in 1996, one year before Paul McCartney.

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