Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. US LAWMAKERS ACHIEVE BREAKTHROUGH
The Senate reaches agreement on a two-year budget pact that hands wins to both GOP defense hawks and Democrats seeking billions for domestic spending.
2. WHERE HUNGER IS BEING USED AS A WEAPON
Refugees and aid groups say the military in Myanmar is cutting off access to food, tightening the noose around the dwindling numbers of Rohingya left in the country.
3. WHO’S RESIGNING AT THE WHITE HOUSE
A top presidential aide is stepping down following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives.
4. VATICAN REVERSES COURSE
The church’s sex-crimes expert is changing plans and will fly to New York to take in-person testimony from a Chilean sex abuse victim after his pleas to be heard by Pope Francis were previously ignored.
5. ‘OBAMACARE’ LIVES ON, DESPITE REPEAL DRIVE
Former President Obama’s health care law pulled in nearly 11.8 million customers for 2018, despite the Republican campaign to erase it from the books.
6. ALLEGED MISCONDUCT JUMPS AT WEST POINT
The number of sexual assaults reported at the U.S. Military Academy roughly doubled during the last school year, according to data reviewed by the AP.
7. LOS ANGELES TIMES SOLD FOR $500 MILLION
A biotech billionaire strikes a deal to buy the newspaper, bringing it under local ownership for the first time in 18 years.
8. METEOR DID MORE THAN KILL DINOSAURS
A study says the giant space rock that crashed into Earth 66 million years ago also likely triggered deep ocean volcanic eruptions that spewed enough magma to cover the U.S. hundreds of feet deep.
9. ‘GRABBING ME WON’T GET YOU A KISS!’
Women in Brazil are pushing back against harassment during Carnival, with feminist-themed block parties and campaigns to crack down on gender-based violence.
10. WHY BULLDOG FANS ARE CHEERING
Georgia fills out its 2018 recruiting class with a flourish and lays claim to the No. 1 ranking on national signing day.