Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. EVIDENCE POINTS TO BOMB IN RUSSIAN PASSENGER JET CRASH
Intercepted communications suggest that an Islamic State affiliate planted an explosive device on the plane, a U.S. official tells the AP.
2. 'HERO' OFFICER WHOSE DEATH PROMPTED MANHUNT STAGED SUICIDE
The Illinois policeman — lauded as a hero after his fatal shooting — in fact killed himself because he was about to be exposed as a thief, authorities say.
3. WHO'S UNDER PRESSURE TO DUMP TRUMP
Groups complaining about what they call the candidate's "hate speech" are demanding that NBC cancel his appearance on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live."
4. SENATE PANEL INVESTIGATING DRUG PRICING
As part of the probe, the committee wants a face-to-face meeting with Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, whose company raised the price of an anti-infection drug by more than 5,000 percent.
5. US DEFENSE CHIEF TAKING SYMBOLIC SWIPE AT CHINA
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is visiting an American aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, amplifying the U.S. view that China is making excessive claims that nearly all the waterway is its territory.
6. CANADA SWEARS IN NEW PRIME MINISTER
Justin Trudeau now has the chance to restore the liberal legacy of his late father. Pierre Trudeau served as PM from 1968 to 1984, with a short interruption.
7. WHY MORE ADS ARE POPPING UP ON INSTAGRAM
It's all part of Facebook's plan to make more money from its newer services, like the mobile photo-sharing app, which it bought for $1 billion in 2012.
8. EXPECTATIONS CHANGING FOR AMERICAN TEACHERS
The vast majority of states now require that teachers be evaluated, at least in part, on student test scores — up sharply from just six years ago.
9. WHICH MUSIC STARS ARE NOW A COUPLE
Singers Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, both mentors on NBC's "The Voice," are dating, a representative for Shelton says.
10. JOHNNY MANZIEL TO START AT QB FOR CLEVELAND
With first-stringer Josh McCown out with a rib injury, Manziel will be under center when the Browns take on the Cincinnati Bengals.