10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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

1. WHAT’S WEIGHING ON VOTERS’ MINDS

At least 8 in 10 voters who took part in primaries in Michigan and Mississippi say they are worried about where the American economy is heading.

2. THOUSANDS HOPING TO REACH EUROPE DEALT SETBACK

The main Balkan migration route has been closed, with Slovenia now demanding valid EU visas at its borders.

3. CHICAGO MAN CHARGED IN BOY’S SHOCKING DEATH

Authorities say the man initially planned to cut the fingers and ears off the 9-year-old son of a member of a rival gang but ended shooting him after luring him into an alley.

4. PALESTINIANS UNLEASH SHOOTING, STABBING ATTACKS

It’s the latest in a wave of near-daily assaults on Israeli civilians and security forces. The dead include an American tourist.

5. HOW VIEWS ON ZIKA ARE CHANGING

The World Health Organization says reports from several countries suggest that sexual transmission of the virus is more common than previously thought.

6. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY HIGHLIGHTS GENDER DIVIDE

One sobering stat: More than 63 million girls are excluded from school in more than 200 countries across the world.

7. WHO DREW BLUEPRINT FOR NANCY REAGAN’S FUNERAL

The upcoming services were planned down to the smallest detail by the former first lady herself.

8. OBAMA’S NEARLY DAILY TRIPS TO GYM PAYING OFF

The president is in excellent health and is getting into even better shape, lowering his cholesterol and gaining muscle since his last exam, his personal physician reports.

9. THE FACE (AND MORE) THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND QUIPS

Kim Kardashian West’s nude selfie is the jumping off point for a Twitter tussle.

10. NFL FREE AGENTS POISED TO HIT MARKET

A spending spree by teams seeking talent seems likely since the league’s salary cap has been raised about $12 million, to $155.27 million.

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