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BC-10 Things to Know for Tuesday,March 24,ADVISORY

March 24, 2015

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

1. 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. UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN

2. 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. SYRIA-NUSRA FRONT

3. 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. UTAH-FIRING SQUAD

4. 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. UNITED STATES-YEMEN

5. INVESTIGATORS FIND NO EVIDENCE OF GANG RAPE AT UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

The police probe follows an article in Rolling Stone magazine that described an attack in graphic detail, but was later discredited. FRATERNITY-ROLLING STONE

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. VENEZUELA-MASTECTOMIES

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. NASTY COMMUTES

8. TROUBLE AT AMEX

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

9. 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.” TV-GAME OF THRONES

10. NFL SUSPENDING TV BLACKOUTS

The experiment for the 2015 season is a huge step for the league, whose blackout policy dates back decades. NFL-NO BLACKOUTS

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