10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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10 Things to Know for Wednesday
Bill Cosby waves as he departs after his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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

1. WHO’D RATHER NOT GO IT ALONE

The Trump administration consults with global allies on a possible joint military response to Syria’s alleged poison gas attack.

2. CHINA’S CONCILIATORY GESTURE RAISES OPTIMISM

Investors and China watchers welcome President Xi’s pledge to open his country’s market wider to foreign competition, hoping it will ease a trade dispute with Washington.

3. WHICH DISCLOSURE IS GETTING BUZZ

On Capitol Hill, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reveals that his company is “working with” special counsel Mueller in the federal probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

4. COSBY’S LAWYER LAUNCHES BLISTERING ATTACK

As the comedian’s sex assault retrial opens, his lawyer brands the accuser a con artist whose goal was “money, money and lots more money.”

5. LONGTIME FIXER OUT OF THE SHADOWS

After the FBI raided his office and hotel room, attorney Michael Cohen, the protector of Trump’s image and much more, is in the spotlight but not in a good way.

6. NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT UNDERWAY

Troop strength at the U.S.-Mexico border is ramping up, with orders from the White House to help curb illegal immigration.

7. TEACHER TURMOIL WIDENING

Arizona teachers pushing for big raises are threatening a statewide walkout, following the lead of educators elsewhere in the U.S.

8. THREAT CLAIMS CONTRADICTED

An assessment by Senate Democrats shows no evidence of specific, credible threats against EPA chief Scott Pruitt, despite claims that an “unprecedented” number of death threats justify his outsized security spending.

9. MAINSTAY OF STAPLE SINGERS GOSPEL GROUP DIES AT 80

Yvonne Staples performed with her sisters Mavis and Cleotha and their father Pops on hits such as “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There,” their first No. 1 hit.

10. WHERE LENGTH MATTERS

Once limited to descriptions of birds, wingspan has become one of the most important measurements for NBA prospects over the past decade.