10 things to know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. SAUDI ARABIA LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKES IN YEMEN
The main targets are military installations held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and drove the embattled Yemeni president to flee by sea.
2. PROSECUTOR SAYS CO-PILOT CAUSED CRASH INTO ALPINE MOUNTAINSIDE
The second in command on the Germanwings flight manually and "intentionally" set the plane on the descent that drove it into the southern French Alps, said the official in Marseille.
3. WHO BLOCKS SPECIAL OPS INTEL REQUESTS
The Pentagon has been forcing special operations units heading to war zones to use government-built intelligence software instead of a commercial alternative they say they need.
4. MIGRANTS' NEWEST ROUTE TO EUROPE MEANS EPIC BALKAN TREK
Their newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic 150-mile walk that is surging in popularity even though most who try it fail.
5. BERGDAHL'S CASE REVIVES BITTER DEBATE
The charges against the U.S. Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan put spotlight on controversy surrounding Obama's decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release.
6. WHERE NATION'S FASTEST-GROWING METRO AREAS ARE
The beautiful weather in Florida seems to be drawing more and more Americans, with the Sunshine State climbing the ranks of most populous states and fastest-growing cities.
7. ARKANSAS, OKLAHOMA SEE NATION'S FIRST TORNADOES THIS MONTH
Storms across the area damage buildings and leave debris strewn across roads. One person is killed and several are injured.
8. SOME FIND CHINA'S 'DANCING GRANNIES' IRKSOME
The dances are part of a health trend that's filled squares across the country and aroused the anger of neighbors irritated by the loud music.
9. WHICH WAY ONE DIRECTION WILL GO AFTER MALIK'S DEPARTURE
The remaining four members have concert dates scheduled through October and they promise a future for the group.
10. KILLING TIME
Coaches and players look for anything to do while enduring the extra couple minutes during the NCAA Tournament's longer commercial breaks.