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10 things to know, Wednesday, April 24


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

1. Sri Lanka Easter bombings death toll rises to 359

The country's leaders vowed to overhaul the security apparatus amid a series of intelligence lapses before the attacks.

2. Crucial summit in far-eastern Russia

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in Vladivostok for a much-anticipated meeting with President Vladimir Putin amid deadlocked diplomacy on Pyongyang's nuclear program.

3. "Woke litmus test” for white politicians

2020 presidential candidates are talking about systemic racism and white privilege to connect with voters of color and prove that America's racial divisions aren't lost on them.

4. Details on firing of FBI director

President Trump seethed after James Comey pointedly refused to tell lawmakers whether any members of the Trump campaign were or were not under criminal investigation — including the president himself.

5. Who is facing potential bankruptcy

Adjustments to states’ statute-of-limitations laws so victims of long-ago sexual abuse can sue for damages have lawyers are hard at work recruiting clients to sue the Boy Scouts, with expected settlements putting the organization's finances at risk.

6. The stigma of the Islamic State

Thousands of Iraqi families face crushing discrimination because their male relatives were seen as affiliated with or supporting IS when the extremists held large swaths of the country.

7. Increasing threat for Afghan citizens

Afghan and international forces killed more civilians than the Taliban and other militants in the first three months of this year,

8. Quarterly report brings questions about the Boeing 737 Max

Investors will be looking beyond profit and revenue numbers to clues about the fate of the company's best-selling plane and how close engineers are to fixing its flight-control software at the center of investigations into two deadly crashes.

9. More states getting ready to allow sports betting

Governors in Montana and Iowa are considering measures that would allow residents to wager on sports, while approval from Indiana lawmakers is imminent.

10. "Jeopardy!” contestant eclipses $1 million mark

James Holzhauer, a professional gambler from Las Vegas, already has the top five one-day scores in the history of a game that has aired regularly since 1984.

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