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10 things to know for Friday

Friday - 3/28/2014, 3:06am  ET

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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo, Air Force Col. Yuliy Mamchur, commander of the Ukrainian Belbek Air Base, leads his men to the base outside Sevastopol, Ukraine. The day after Crimeans voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia, a man in a black raincoat turned up at the gate of the Belbek Air Base to demand that the Ukrainian forces holed up inside surrender to Russia. The Ukrainian commander of the base came out proudly wearing his visor cap decorated with gold wings - and refused. Having withstood five days of sustained intimidation and pressure to defect from his captors, Mamchur now awaits a hero's welcome in the capital, Kiev. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

The Associated Press

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

1. PINK SLIPS FOR MILITARY BRASS

The Air Force fires nine commanders at a Montana nuclear missile base in an exam-cheating scandal, and dozens of other officers face disciplinary action.

2. OBAMA: 6 MILLION HAVE SIGNED UP FOR HEALTH CARE

The number is still short of the original target of 7 million. And there's no word on how many consumers have sealed the deal by paying their premiums.

3. WEATHER CRIMPS SEARCH FOR MISSING MALAYSIAN PLANE

The extreme remoteness of the area and its frequent high seas also are complicating efforts to locate debris.

4. FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS TEXAS ABORTION LIMITS

The state's lawmakers last year passed some of the toughest restrictions in the U.S. on when, where and how women may obtain an abortion.

5. WHO'S UKRAINE'S NEWEST HERO

When an overwhelming Russian force demanded his surrender at the Crimean air force base under his command, Col. Yuliy Mamchur retorted: "As an officer with honor, I tell you I will stay."

6. WOMAN WHO PUSHED HUSBAND OFF CLIFF SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS

Jordan Graham was having second thoughts about her eight-day marriage when she allegedly lured her spouse to the precipice in Glacier Park in Montana.

7. WHAT'S A STICKING POINT BETWEEN POPE, PRESIDENT

The Vatican says concerns over Obama's health care law - which mandates contraception coverage - separate the two men.

8. US GOVERNMENT: AUTISM UP 30 PERCENT

Much of the increase is believed due to the fact that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.

9. JAMES SCHLESINGER DIES AT 85

The longtime nuclear strategist held a string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three U.S. administrations.

10. RUSSELL CROWE DEFENDING HIS NEW MOVIE

"Noah," which opens in U.S. theaters Friday, has been criticized by religious groups that claim the biblical story has been inaccurately portrayed.


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