Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. AFTER STRIKES, US IN HOLDING PATTERN
The drama of U.S. and allied missiles strikes on Syria obscures the fact that the U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State group from Syria has stalled.
The pop star was taking a common painkiller but instead ingested a counterfeit pill that he probably did not know contained fentanyl, a Minnesota prosecutor says. Nor is it clear where he got the drug.
The former New York City joins the legal team defending the president in the Russia probe.
4. HOW POWER IS SHIFTING IN HAVANA
Raul Castro hands over Cuba’s presidency to a hand-picked 57-year-old successor who is expected to hold office until 2031.
5. PROGRESS SEEN IN OPIOID FIGHT
The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years.
Two black men whose arrest at a Starbucks in Philadelphia set off a furor over racial profiling say they are pushing for changes to make sure no one else endures what they did.
7. ‘WE WILL CROSS THE BORDER’
Organizers of mass marches on Gaza’s boundary with Israel move protest tent camps closer to the border fence, heightening the risk of more bloodshed.
Federal regulators reportedly plan to penalize the bank as much as $1 billion for abuses tied to its auto lending and mortgage businesses.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth and daughter Maile make history when the Illinois Democrat brings the 10-day-old baby onto the Senate floor under new rules that permit it.
The former cyclist, whose sponsors included the U.S. Postal Service, reaches a settlement in a lawsuit that could have sought as much as $100 million in damages.