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10 for today: Thursday, March 20

10 for today: Thursday, March 20

MARCH MADNESS: Michigan State's Adreian Payne dunks during practice for the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, March 19. Michigan State plays Delaware in a second-round game Thursday. Photo: Associated Press/Young Kwak

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

1. WHERE SEARCH FOR FLIGHT 370 IS SHIFTING

Planes have been dispatched to a remote part of the Indian Ocean after Australian officials say possible debris for the missing Malaysian jetliner was spotted there.

2. HOW UKRAINIAN CRISIS MAY AFFECT AFGHANISTAN

With Russia pushing new hostilities to Europe’s doorstep, the West is assessing whether resources will be diverted from what has been a top security priority.

3. WHO DEEP SOUTH DEMOCRATS ARE BANKING ON

Obama’s party is running candidates with familiar names, like Carter and Nunn in Georgia, in hopes of rebuilding clout where Republicans rule.

4. BEFORE GULF OIL SPILL, THERE WAS ALASKA

For a generation of people around the world, the Exxon Valdez disaster is seared into their memories by images of fouled coastline and marine life soaked in petroleum.

5. WHAT YELLEN IS TELLING INVESTORS

With the job market still weak, she says the Fed intends to keep short-term interest rates near zero for a “considerable” time.

6. NEW YORK CITY INMATE ‘BASICALLY BAKED TO DEATH’

A mentally ill homeless man was found dead in a Rikers Island jail cell that had overheated to at least 100 degrees.

7. HOW MANY PEOPLE NEED CHOLESTEROL-LOWERING STATINS

New guidelines say nearly half of Americans ages 40-75 should be taking the drugs to cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

8. GENERAL MOTORS, BEWARE

The announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a warning for the auto giant.

9. WHO’S TAKING CLOSER LOOK AT OREGON CAT ATTACK

Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell,” is heading to Portland soon. He says cats don’t become ferocious felines that turn on their families for no reason.

10. HOOPS HYPE REACHING CRESCENDO

When Ohio State and Dayton and Duke and Mercer tip off just after noon Eastern time, March Madness will be underway in earnest.

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Maine Senate Promotes Tolerance After Facebook Post Flap

Photo: Associated Press/Charles Dharapak

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) The Maine Senate is promoting cultural and religious tolerance after a member of the chamber was criticized…

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Former State Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

GENERIC COURT LARGE

A former state lawmaker who previously went to prison for equity skimming has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting visa and marriage fraud and to making false statements.

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Getaway Driver in Maine Robbery Sentenced to 15 Years

GENERIC COURT LARGE

Federal prosecutors say a Biddeford, Maine, man is being sentenced to 15 years in prison for serving as the getaway driver during a 2013 dollar store robbery.

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Maine Skilled Nursing Facility Agrees to Pay $1.2M to Feds

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Federal prosecutors say an elderly living center has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle allegations of inflated Medicare claims for rehabilitation therapy.

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LePage Ally to Manage Forestry Activities on Public Lands

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Republican Gov. Paul LePage has appointed the head of the Maine Forest Service to manage forestry activities on state-owned lands.

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