Monday, March 23
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:
1. US EXPANDS EFFORTS TO ARM, TRAIN IRAQI FORCES
The increased American military assistance comes as Iraq's military struggles to recover from its collapse last June when the Islamic State group swept across much of northern Iraq.
2. FOUNDER OF MODERN SINGAPORE DIES AT 91
Lee Kuan Yew guided Singapore through a traumatic split with Malaysia in 1965 and helped transform a sleepy port city into a global trade and finance center.
3. POOR FAMILIES GET HOOKED ON TAX REFUND ADVANCES
Cash-strapped Americans too anxious to await tax checks turn to payment advances, prepaid cards or other high-fee services when receiving tax preparation help.
4. SEN. TED CRUZ PREPARES TO LAUNCH 2016 WHITE HOUSE RUN
The Texas Republican will become the first major candidate for president when he kicks off his campaign Monday.
5. WHAT WILL GOVERN PACE OF US AFGHAN WITHDRAWAL
America's exit from the war remains tightly hinged to the abilities of the Afghan forces that face a tough fight against insurgents this spring.
6. LIBERIANS OVERCOME FEAR, VOLUNTEER FOR EBOLA VACCINE TRIAL
Scientists fan out across the country to administer the injections, calming the anxiety that has stymied efforts to contain the disease, which has killed 4,200 there.
7. HOW JAPAN HOPES TO FEND OFF DEVASTATING TSUNAMIS
The country seeks to build a controversial, 250-mile chain of sea walls for $6.8 billion to blunt the force of the powerful waves.
8. STARBUCKS DROPS 'RACE TOGETHER' WRITING ON CUPS
Thus ends one visible component of the company's diversity and racial inequality campaign that had sparked widespread criticism in the week since it took effect.
9. WHO'S RECEIVING A PROPER BURIAL, 530 YEARS LATE
The remains of King Richard III, hastily buried in 1485 and rediscovered three years ago, will be re-interred with "dignity and solemnity" at Leicester Cathedral this week.
10. WICHITA STATE SHOCKS NO. 2 SEED KANSAS 78-65
Fred VanVleet, Evan Wessel lead No. 7 seed Shockers past the Jayhawks to reach Sweet 16 in NCAA tourney.