Good morning: 15+ things to know for Thursday

North Koreans attend a rally in support of a statement given on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army vowing to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War as well as boasting of the North's ownership of 'lighter and smaller nukes' and its ability to execute 'surgical strikes' meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday, March 7, 2013. North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

North Koreans attend a rally in support of a statement given on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army vowing to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War as well as boasting of the North's ownership of "lighter and smaller nukes" and its ability to execute "surgical strikes" meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday, March 7, 2013. North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

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

1. NORTH KOREA THREATENS NUCLEAR STRIKE AGAINST U.S.: Pyongyang vowed the attack hours before the UN was to consider new sanctions for its recent nuclear test.

2. OBAMA COURTS GOP BEFORE BUDGET VOTE: The president had dinner with senators after the House sent a bill to the Senate that would stave off a late March government shutdown.

3. CONGRESS TO VOTE ON GUN CONTROL: A Senate committee is considering four bills, including an assault weapons ban and near-universal background checks for gun purchases.

4. HOW LONG THE BRENNAN FILIBUSTER LASTED: Rand Paul spent nearly 13 hours on the Senate floor to block a vote on Obama's choice for CIA director.

5. CHAVEZ' LAST WORDS: "I don't want to die. Please don't let me die," the Venezuelan leader mouthed to the head of his guard before dying of a massive heart attack.

6. LION KILLS WOMAN AT CALIFORNIA ANIMAL PARK: The volunteer intern had just entered 4-year-old Cous Cous' enclosure, and authorities were investigating what provoked the animal.

7. ARKANSAS PASSES NATION'S TOUGHEST ABORTION LAW: Most procedures would be banned after the 12th week of pregnancy, 10 weeks earlier than Roe v. Wade allows.

8. SUSPECT IN EXPECTANT PARENTS' DEATHS ARRESTED: Julio Acevedo surrendered to police at a Pennsylvania convenience store and was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident.

9. ADS COME OUT OF THE CLOSET: More gay ads are appearing, nearly two decades after Ikea's TV spot featuring a gay couple prompted bomb threats.

10. RUSSIAN BALLET STAR GAVE GO-AHEAD FOR ATTACK ON RIVAL: But Pavel Dmitrichenko says he didn't order anyone to throw acid in the face of the Bolshoi Theater's artistic director.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA

1. BILL FILED TO RELAX FLORIDA'S TOUGH GIFT BAN LAW: A Florida lawmaker is proposing a two-year breather on the state's ban on gifts from lobbyists. Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, filed a bill this week to relax the current ban until 2015.

2. FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL SUES TIMESHARE SELLERS: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is suing four central Florida timeshare resale companies. Bondi's office contends the companies violated the state's deceptive and unfair trade law. The lawsuits allege that the companies acted as telemarketers and used false promises to get consumers to pay anywhere between $400 and $2,500 in up-front fees for advertising services to sell or rent their timeshares.

3. GOV. SCOTT, CABINET TO MEET IN TALLAHASSEE: Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet will meet Thursday in Tallahassee. They are expected to discuss and approve a number of land purchases. They include nearly 2,000 acres near Camp Blanding in Clay County and hundreds of acres around Wakulla Springs in Wakulla County.

4. MAN GETS LIFE FOR FATAL ROBBERY: A Panama City man has been sentenced to life in prison for his part in a fatal robbery. A Bay County judge sentenced 23-year-old Calvin Grubbs on Wednesday after a jury convicted him of first-degree felony murder.

5. WEATHERFORD FAMILY RELIED ON MEDICALLY NEEDY: House Speaker Will Weatherford's family relied on a type of Medicaid after his brother's surgery, but he still adamantly opposes expanding the program to roughly 1 million of the state's poorest under the federal health law. Weatherford said Wednesday that his brother's childhood surgery resulted in insurmountable debts.

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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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