Good morning! 15+ things to know for Thursday

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

1. OBAMA'S BUDGET PROMISES DRAW CRITICS ON ALL SIDES: Senior advocates say Obama isn't protecting Social Security, and conservatives say he is going back on a promise not to raise taxes on the middle class.

2. GUN CONTROL DEBATE BEGINS: The Senate launches discussion today on Obama's firearms plan, a day after two leading conservatives unveiled a compromise to expand federal background checks.

3. BRACING FOR POSSIBLE MISSILE LAUNCH: South Korea deployed surveillance systems and naval destroyers and the world closely watched missile movements in North Korea.

4. SECURING THE BORDER: The AP's Erica Werner reports a landmark immigration bill would call for 100 percent surveillance of the U.S.-Mexico border and apprehending more people trying to cross.

5. WHAT WILL STILL DELIVER ON WEEKENDS: The Postal Service backed away from a plan to end Saturday mail service.

6. ARMED MAN WHO HELD FIREFIGHTERS HOSTAGE KILLED: A Georgia man who was having financial problems staged a standoff for hours before a SWAT team stormed his home.

7. A GRIM TALLY IN SYRIA: Human Rights Watch says the regime has killed at least 4,300 civilians in airstrikes since last summer, targeting bakeries, bread lines and hospitals in the north.

8. HERMIT LIVING IN MAINE WILDERNESS FOR 27 YEARS ARRESTED: Police say 47-year-old Christopher Knight is responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries in a small town to steal food and other staples.

9. PC SALES SLUMP: Microsoft's newest version of Windows, designed to work with touch-sensitive screens, appears to be driving buyers away from personal computers.

10. WHO'S THE CLEAR FAVORITE AT THE MASTERS: With three victories this year, No. 1 Tiger Woods is likely to capture his fifth green jacket.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA

1. U.S. WANTS CONDITIONS IF CUBAN SPY GETS VISIT HOME: The U.S. government wants a host of conditions if a judge grants a convicted Cuban spy's request for a visit home for his father's memorial service. Federal prosecutors asked a Miami federal judge Wednesday to impose the requirements on Rene Gonzalez, who finished his U.S. prison sentence in October 2011 but remains on probation. Gonzalez's 82-year-old father died April 1 after a stroke.

2. WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM THE DISABLED: A Putnam County woman has been charged with stealing more than $20,000 from residents of a group home she owned. Tammi Marie Carnes was charged Wednesday with one count of organized scheme to defraud — a second-degree felony. She also was charged with 13 counts of exploitation of a disabled adult — a third-degree felony.

3. FLORIDA MAN EXECUTED IN GIRL'S 1980 SLAYING: Florida executed one of the longest-serving inmates on its death row Wednesday evening, 32 years after he kidnapped and murdered a 10-year-old girl who was riding her bike to school after a dental appointment. Larry Eugene Mann was put to death by lethal injection for kidnapping and murdering Elisa Vera Nelson on Nov. 4, 1980.

4. SENATE PREPARING TO VOTE ON MALPRACTICE CHANGES: The Florida Senate is ready to vote on a bill that would make it harder to pursue medical malpractice claims. Senators discussed the bill Wednesday and set it for final passage on Thursday. It requires that expert witnesses called against a defendant doctor practice the exact same kind of medicine and not just be in "similar" fields.

5. WOMAN GETS 30 YEARS FOR POISONING ELDERLY NEIGHBOR: A Tampa Bay area woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for poisoning an elderly neighbor and stealing from her. A Hillsborough County judge sentenced 48-year-old Jana Porter Mallory on Wednesday. She was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated abuse of the elderly.

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TODAY AND EVERY DAY: Click here for links to recent arrest reports and mug shots in Collier and Lee counties.

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