10 Things to Know for Thursday

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10 Things to Know for Thursday
Supporters hold signs as students head back to classes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. With a heavy police presence, classes resumed for the first time since several students and teachers were killed by a former student on Feb. 14. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

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

1. TRUMP PUTS FELLOW REPUBLICANS ON HOT SEAT

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. EMOTIONS OVERFLOW AT FLORIDA SCHOOL

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. WHO’S LATEST TO EXIT WHITE HOUSE

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. ‘HE MINISTERED TO ALL WALKS’

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. SUSPICIONS OF BIAS DOG TRUMP

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. WHICH HACKERS HAVE STRUCK AGAIN

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

7. DOWN DAY ON WALL STREET

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

8. SCIENTISTS PEER FAR, FAR BACK IN TIME

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. WHY OSCAR NIGHT WILL BE NAIL-BITER

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. IOC LETTING BYGONES BE BYGONES

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