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Mar 25, 9:06 PM EDT

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

1. US, SAUDIS LAUNCH MIDEAST AIRSTRIKES

The Americans attack Islamic State militants in Saddam Hussein's hometown in northern Iraq, while Saudi Arabia targets rebels in Yemen who drove out the U.S.-backed Yemeni president.

2. REPORT: PILOT LOCKED OUT OF COCKPIT BEFORE JET CRASH IN ALPS

Audio from the voice recorder shows that after an ordinary start to the flight, one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in, the New York Times says.

3. MILITARY CHARGES BERGDAHL WITH DESERTION

Experts say a lengthy prison term is unlikely for the U.S. Army sergeant, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban.

4. WHAT DROVE HEINZ-KRAFT DEAL

Execs of both companies say they expect to save $1.5 billion through moves such as combining manufacturing and distribution networks.

5. HOUSE PASSES SPENDING PLAN THAT WOULD SCRAP `OBAMACARE'

The GOP-led body has already voted more than 60 times to repeal the law, but for the first time since it passed, House members have a willing partner in the Senate.

6. WHO'S BEEN HIT HARDEST BY EBOLA

About 90 percent of children under age 1 who caught the virus in West Africa died from it, a study says.

7. ARKANSAS, OKLAHOMA SEE NATION'S FIRST TORNADOES THIS MONTH

The storms end a twister drought during March, when tornado season is usually ramping up in parts of the U.S.

8. LITTLE DAYLIGHT BETWEEN HILLARY CLINTON, WHITE HOUSE

Surprisingly, she's embracing Obama far more often than not as she prepares for another presidential run.

9. WHY BANDMATE IS LEAVING ONE DIRECTION

Zayn Malik says he's departing the chart-topping boy band because he wants to "to be a normal 22-year-old."

10. TEAM OWNERS POISED TO SPICE UP NFL'S DULLEST PLAY - THE EXTRA POINT

One possibility is moving the line of scrimmage back for PAT kicks, making them tougher.

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