10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

1. <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://apnews.com/6c9e8e91eff04956921a127c952fb72a/Trump-puts-GOP-in-the-hot-seat-on-guns-%E2%80%94-for-now”>TRUMP PUTS FELLOW REPUBLICANS ON HOT SEAT</a>

The president calls for speedy and substantial changes to the nation’s gun laws, criticizing lawmakers in a White House meeting for being too fearful of the NRA.

2. <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://apnews.com/35d61bd921a544afbbe7215758d1e080/Hugs,-tears-and-police:-High-school-reopens-after-shooting”>EMOTIONS OVERFLOW AT FLORIDA SCHOOL</a>

Students and teachers cry and hug as they return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High for the first time since a troubled teenager with an assault rifle killed 17 people there.

3. <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://apnews.com/069546a04b5e43d88bd9be0f8acc102d/White-House-Communications-Director-Hope-Hicks-resigning”>WHO’S LATEST TO EXIT WHITE HOUSE</a>

Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s most loyal aides, is resigning. The news comes a day after she was interviewed by the House panel investigating Russia meddling.

4. <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://apnews.com/5494828eca2a4a64a34a185dc1fd86df/Graham-praised-by-Trump,-politicians-as-%27America%27s-pastor%27″>’HE MINISTERED TO ALL WALKS'</a>

The late Rev. Billy Graham is praised by Trump as “America’s pastor” during a rare salute by the nation’s political leaders under the Capitol Rotunda.

5. <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://apnews.com/9961ee5b3c3b42d29aebdee837c17a11/AP-NORC-Poll:-Most-Americans-say-Trump-is-racist”>SUSPICIONS OF BIAS DOG TRUMP</a>

More than half of Americans, including large majorities of blacks and Hispanics, think the president is a racist, according to a new AP poll.

6. <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://apnews.com/cb2ee9eade144b248cd2117f3eac72a5/Report:-Russian-group-hacked-Germany%27s-government-network”>WHICH HACKERS HAVE STRUCK AGAIN</a>

A Russian-backed hacker group known for many high-level cyber attacks reportedly infiltrated the German government’s secure computer networks.

7. <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://apnews.com/3b2d5ce8e5244522a2210b2172564f7f/Stocks-fall-as-S&amp;P-500-closes-out-cruelest-month-in-2-years”>DOWN DAY ON WALL STREET</a>

U.S. stocks sink again, cementing February as the worst month for the market in two years.

8. <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://apnews.com/8f7c685799864d4491f9d8a420581b9d/Astronomers-glimpse-cosmic-dawn,-when-the-stars-switched-on”>SCIENTISTS PEER FAR, FAR BACK IN TIME</a>

For the first time, astronomers glimpse the dawn of the universe 13.6 billion years ago when the earliest stars were just beginning to glow after the Big Bang.

9. <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://apnews.com/86f36b1e0f964d7895a60fae411e3fb2/In-Oscar-best-picture-race,-an-unprecedented-nail-biter”>WHY OSCAR NIGHT WILL BE NAIL-BITER</a>

Five films have a legitimate shot at the best-picture award: “The Shape of Water,” ”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” ”Get Out,” ”Dunkirk” and “Lady Bird.”

10. <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://apnews.com/29b65cbbbfa54142b351f1052a309baa/Russia-reinstated-into-Olympic-movement-after-doping-scandal”>IOC LETTING BYGONES BE BYGONES</a>

Russia’s ban from the Olympic movement is lifted despite two failed doping tests by its athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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