TGIF! 15+ things to know for Friday

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

1. DEADLY SHOOTING AT QUANTICO: Three Marines, including the suspected gunman who was believed to be a staff member at the officer candidate school, are dead at the base in Virginia.

2. WHERE OBAMA IS IN THE MIDEAST: Wrapping up a three-day visit to Israel, Obama is paying his respects to heroes of Israel and victims of the Holocaust, as well as touring the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

3. WHAT'S IN STORE FOR TOP EARNERS: Democrats controlling the Senate appear on track to pass their first budget in four years, promising a second, almost $1 trillion round of tax increases.

4. ASSAD MAKES PROMISE AFTER MOSQUE BOMBING: Syria's president vows to rid the country of Muslim extremists whom he blamed for a suicide bombing that killed 42 people, including a top Sunni preacher.

5. CYPRUS SEEKS ECONOMY-SAVING PLAN: Cypriot authorities are trying to put together a plan they hope will persuade international lenders to provide the money the country needs to avoid bankruptcy.

6. TWIST IN COLORADO CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR CASE: A parolee is critically wounded by Texas police after a 100-mph car chase, and investigators rush to determine whether he is linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prisons chief.

7. WHERE STUDENTS ARE GETTING A HARSH MATH LESSON: Dozens of Chicago schools face closure to help shore up finances in a city with a $1 billion budget shortfall.

8. UPON FURTHER REVIEW ... : South Korean investigators say they mistakenly identified a Chinese Internet address as the source of a cyberattack that paralyzed tens of thousands of computers at banks and broadcasters.

9. WHAT THIS CROONER THINKS OF WINEHOUSE: Tony Bennett believes Amy Winehouse, who died at 27, lived a complete life because she was able to achieve her goal: becoming a respected musician.

10. IVY LEAGUERS PROVIDE FIRST SHOCKER OF NCAAs: Harvard — known for producing U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel Prize winners — earns its first NCAA tournament win with a 68-62 upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico.



1. GOVERNOR ASKS COURT TO REINSTATE FLORIDA WORKER DRUG TEST: Gov. Rick Scott isn't ready to give up just yet on imposing random drug tests for thousands of state workers. Attorneys for the Republican governor are asking the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to reinstate the tests. Scott's executive order requiring drug testing for about 85,000 state employees was declared unconstitutional last year by a Miami federal judge.

2. HOUSE POISED TO END GUARANTEED PENSION PLAN: The Florida House is poised to pass a bill that would end traditional pensions for new state and county employees and teachers. The bill is set for final passage on Friday. It does away with guaranteed pensions for workers hired as of January 2014. The measure replaces pensions with individual investment accounts similar to 401(k) plans.

3. FLORIDA HOUSE MOVING AHEAD WITH GAMING PARLOR BAN: The Florida House is scheduled to approve a ban on gambling establishments commonly known as Internet cafes. The House is expected to vote on the measure on Friday. The House approved a similar bill a year ago but it was not considered by the Florida Senate.

4. FLORIDA HOUSE READY TO INCREASE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION LIMITS: The Florida House is preparing to pass a sweeping measure that would increase contribution limits for campaigns. The House is expected on Friday to approve a bill that would let statewide candidates accept $5,000 contributions. The current limit is $500. The legislation would allow legislators to accept $3,000 contributions.

5. MAYORS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY WILL BIKE TO WORK: Six mayors in Miami-Dade County will leave their cars behind and bike to work for a day. The mayors will help kick off "Bike305" Bike to Work Day on Friday morning. The group will encourage residents to do the same — and commute by bike every day.


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

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