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10 things you need to know today: March 20, 2016

Cuba awaits President Obama's arrival, Donald Trump rally apparently turns violent, and more


Cuba to welcome Obama for historic visit

President Obama is set to arrive in Cuba on Sunday for a historic 48-hour visit, marking the first such trip by a U.S. president in 88 years. In December 2014, Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro began strengthening diplomatic relations between the two countries, which have been at odds since the Cold War. Despite Obama's progress easing travel and trade restrictions, Congress has not yet repealed the U.S.'s economic embargo of Cuba.


Videos show violence at Trump rally in Tucson

Vide footage from a Saturday rally in Tucson, Arizona, for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump appears to show an attendee punching and kicking a protester until security intervened. Another video appears to show campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbing the collar of a different protester. A statement from the campaign said Lewandowski, who is currently under fire for allegedly assaulting a reporter at a campaign event, did not grab the man.


Poll: Ted Cruz way ahead in Utah

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is sitting pretty in Utah ahead of the state's Tuesday caucuses, according to a Y2 Analytics poll out Saturday. The senator snagged support from 53 percent of the likely Republican caucus-goers surveyed. Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) came in second with 29 percent, while national frontrunner Donald Trump notched just 11 percent. If Cruz takes at least 50 percent of the vote, he'll earn all 40 of Utah's delegates.


Belgians charge Paris suspect with 'participation in terrorist murder'

Belgian authorities charged Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam with "participation in terrorist murder" Saturday. Police captured him during a Brussels raid Friday. Another man picked up in the raid faces the same charge. Abdeslam, 26, is thought to have dropped off three suicide bombers outside Stade de France ahead of the Nov. 13 series of terrorist attacks throughout Paris that left 130 people dead.


John Kasich says he won't be anyone's running mate

Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) said in an interview airing Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press that he won't consider being Ted Cruz's 2016 running mate. Previously, he had ruled out running on a ticket with the Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump. Kasich is still running for president, despite lagging far behind both Cruz and Trump in most of the primaries and caucuses so far.


Spain bus crash kills 14 students

A bus carrying students in Spain back from a fireworks festival crashed Sunday, killing 14 people and injuring 30 others. The students are part of the Erasmus foreign exchange program that allows students to study at schools across the European Union. The bus reportedly hit barriers on the side of the highway near Freginals before ultimately landing on its side. The driver is being held at a police station.


Flydubai crash flight recorders damaged

The flight recorders recovered from the Flydubai jet that crashed Saturday are damaged and may take up to a month to decode, Russia's airline regulator said Sunday. None of the passengers survived on the Boeing 737 jet, which officials said may have crashed due to bad weather. The plane was attempting to land in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.


Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Iconic buildings around the world, along with homes and businesses, shut off their lights for one hour Saturday night to celebrate Earth Hour. The annual event, which began in 2007, is meant to raise awareness of and inspire action against climate change. The Greek Parthenon, the Sydney Opera House, and the Eiffel Tower were among the buildings to participate across more than 172 countries.


Gonzaga routs Utah to advance to Sweet 16

In a Saturday with few NCAA tournament upsets, No. 11 Gonzaga trounced No. 3 Utah so forcefully it didn't even seem like an upset. The 82-59 victory puts the Bulldogs in the Sweet 16, facing either No. 10 Syracuse or No. 15 Middle Tennessee State. "Right now we're just kind of riding our momentum," Gonzaga senior forward Kyle Wiltjer said. "We're playing our best basketball."


Pope Francis joins Instagram

Pope Francis joined Instagram on Saturday, a month after meeting with co-founder Kevin Systrom. The first image is one of him kneeling in prayer. "I am beginning a new journey, on Instagram, to walk with you along the path of mercy and the tenderness of God," Francis tweeted.


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Queen Elizabeth II died of 'old age,' death certificate says
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