Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. RUSSIA TO BE A KEY TOPIC AS OBAMA, MERKEL MEET IN WASHINGTON
The U.S. sees the German chancellor as a critical channel of communication with Putin.
2. DEATH TOLL IN NIGERIA CAR BOMB NOW AT 19
The blast in the capital city came just days before world leaders gather there to discuss Africa’s economic growth prospects.
3. TWO ALASKA STATE TROOPERS SHOT TO DEATH
It happened in the isolated village of Tanana, where residents live a largely subsistence lifestyle. The motive isn’t known yet.
4. LOS ANGELES NAACP CHAPTER HEAD STEPS DOWN
Leon Jenkins is resigning following outrage over his decision — later reversed — to honor Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
5. MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE BOTCHED OKLAHOMA EXECUTION
Medical officials tried for nearly an hour to find a vein in Clayton Lockett’s arms, legs and neck before finally inserting an IV into his groin. But then that vein collapsed.
6. HOPING FOR A GOOD APRIL JOBS REPORT
If economists’ forecasts are accurate, last month will have produced the largest burst of hiring since November.
7. HOW TWO UNIVERSITIES’ BANS ON GRADUATION SELFIES MIGHT BACKFIRE
“I wouldn’t have thought of it until they said don’t do it,” said one graduating senior at the University of South Florida.
8. CROWDSOURCING EVIDENCE: A NEW TOOL TO SOLVE CRIME
Southern California authorities are using an app that lets people send photos and videos to investigators, but privacy advocates have some concerns.
9. WHY ANHEUSER-BUSCH IS BEING SUED BY ITS FORMER TOP FEMALE EXECUTIVE
Francine Katz accuses the brewer of a boys’ club culture that deprived her of millions in salary and bonuses.
10. WHO’S HOPING TO MAKE HISTORY THIS WEEKEND
Jockey Anna Rose Napravnik, a rising star, is vying to become the first woman to ride a Kentucky Derby winner.