Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. MASSACRE SUSPECT TO PLEAD GUILTY
The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 Afghan villagers will admit guilt in a deal to avoid the death penalty, his lawyer reveals to the AP.
2. WHO'S POISED TO HEAD THE FBI
Obama plans to nominate James Comey, a former deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush, sources tell the AP.
3. SYRIA TAKES A HARD LINE
The war-torn nation's foreign minister says Assad won't step down — and might seek another term in next year's elections.
4. RICIN LETTERS TARGET NEW YORK MAYOR
The anonymous letters containing traces of the deadly poison were addressed to Bloomberg and to his gun-control group in Washington.
5. TALIBAN DEALT A POSSIBLE BLOW
A suspected U.S. drone strike kills the No. 2 commander of the Pakistani Taliban, Pakistani officials say. But the militant group denies he is dead.
6. TRAIN ACCIDENTS BELIE SAFETY STATS
Despite recent high-profile crashes, derailments and crossing accidents have shown a steady decline nationwide.
7. HOW TO LESSEN DEADLY INFECTIONS IN HOSPITALS
Facilities should stop screening everyone and instead decontaminate all patients admitted to an ICU, a study shows.
8. A RECORD HAUL FOR THE BANKING INDUSTRY
U.S. banks earned $40.3 billion from January through March, the highest total ever for a single quarter.
9. WHERE FORECASTS ARE LESS SPOTTY, COME RAIN OR COME SHINE
Weather predictions are more accurate in Europe because computers there are more powerful than the ones used in the U.S. by the National Weather Service.
10. OLDEST KNOWN TORAH SCROLL FOUND
The sheepskin document, dating from 1155-1225, is discovered in an Italian university library where it had been mistakenly catalogued a century ago.