Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. OBAMA CHOOSES FEDERAL APPEALS JUDGE FOR SUPREME COURT
The nomination of Merrick Garland is likely a non-starter in the Senate. Republican leaders want to wait to fill the vacancy created by Scalia's death until after a new president is elected.
2. ANTI-TRUMP REPUBLICANS SEEK ALTERNATIVES
Ex-House Speaker John Boehner, for one, says he'd support his successor, Paul Ryan, for president if Republicans can't agree on a candidate at the convention.
3. KURDS JOLT SYRIAN PEACE TALKS
Syrian Kurds say they intend to declare a federal region in northern Syria, saying it would be a model for a more decentralized government in which all ethnic groups would be represented.
4. US SANCTIONS PYONGYANG FOR NUCLEAR TESTS
Among other things, Obama's order prohibits the exportation of goods, services and technology to North Korea.
5. WHY FED'S NOT BUDGING
The Federal Reserve, deciding to keep short-term interest rates unchanged, cites the risks posed by global economic and financial turmoil.
6. NO CRIMINAL CHARGES IN BOMBING OF AFGHAN CHARITY HOSPITAL
More than a dozen U.S. military personnel are disciplined for the mistaken attack, but won't face harsher penalties.
7. WHERE FEARS OF 'METROPOCALYPSE' DIDN'T MATERIALIZE
Many riders shrug off the unprecedented shutdown of Washington's commuter trains for a safety inspection, saying it's what they've come to expect from the aging, troubled Metro system.
8. NIKE UNVEILS SELF-LACING SNEAKER
The new technology allows users to make the fit looser or snugger by pressing buttons on the side of the shoe.
9. 'HOLY GRAIL OF PUBLISHING' UP FOR AUCTION
Christie's is selling copies of the first four editions of the plays of Shakespeare, 400 years after the Bard's death.
10. HOW NCAA TOURNAMENT COULD GET MESSY
With no clear-cut favorites and seemingly a dozen teams that could take down the nets in Houston, this March could be the mother of madness, the AP's John Marshall says.