10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

1. PUTIN SOUNDS CONCILIATORY NOTE

He declares that Russia has withdrawn its troops from the Ukrainian border — though NATO and Washington say they've seen no evidence of that yet.

2. BOKO HARAM KILLS HUNDREDS IN BUSY MARKETPLACE

The attack escalates Nigeria's growing crisis from the campaign of bombings, massacres and abductions being waged by the Islamic militants.

3. WHO'S STRUGGLING IN THE CLASSROOM

Only about a quarter of high school seniors in the U.S. are performing proficiently or better in math, and just 4 in 10 are making the grade in reading, a new report says.

4. OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS LEAD TO EMERGENCY ORDER

The U.S. Transportation Department orders railroads to advise officials about any large shipments of crude oil through their states.

5. WHAT'S HOLDING BACK THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

Birth rates — crucial for economic growth — tumbled after the 2008 financial crisis and still haven't recovered.

6. GOP-LED HOUSE VOTES TO HOLD EX-IRS OFFICIAL IN CONTEMPT

Democrats deride the action targeting Lois Lerner as little more than an election-year ploy to fire up the Republican base.

7. ALIBABA IPO MEANS BILLIONS FOR YAHOO

The coming windfall will intensify pressure on CEO Marissa Mayer to revive Yahoo's revenue growth after years of lethargy.

8. DRUG COURIER, 90, GETS 3-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE

The elderly man admitted last fall that he drove loads of cocaine into Michigan for a Mexican drug organization.

9. WHY GAY ACTIVISTS ARE LOBBYING NINTENDO

Only characters of the opposite sex are able to flirt, date and marry in the company's hand-held 3DS game "Tomodachi Life."

10. TEXANS ON THE CLOCK

Houston will have the No. 1 pick when the NFL draft gets underway Thursday night, Day 1 of a three-day, made-for-TV marathon.

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