Crimea’s parliament declared the intention to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. They plan to put a referendum before voters in 10 days. In response, the EU announced the suspension of trade and visa talks. President Obama condemned the referendum, saying it “would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law.” ASSOCIATED PRESS
The trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law opened yesterday in New York City. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is accused of recruiting and inciting potential terrorists to launch attacks on Americans in the wake of the attacks of 9/11. Prosecutors claim to have a video of Abu Ghaith urging Muslims to fight “the Jews, the Christians and America.” CNN
Lawmakers voted down a bid to overhaul the way the U.S. military handles cases of sexual assault. The bill would have removed the power to decide whether to try sexual assault cases from the military chain of command and put it into the hands of an independent military prosecutor. POLITICO
Getty Images is opening up its library of more than 35 million images to anyone who wants to use them — without paying a licensing fee. In the past, only Getty site subscribers could access and use the images. BUSINESSWEEK
Need 2 Know is gonna Getty us some photos.
Staples will close up to 225 of its North American stores as part of its plan to cut as much as $500 million in costs. Staples says about 50% of its sales now come from online shopping. CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Going to have to find a new store to buy highlighters from.
A Newsweek magazine article claims it found the creator of the digital currency Bitcoin: Dorian Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese-American man living in the Los Angeles area. Who is he? And is this really the person behind Bitcoin? BLOOMBERG
Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and potential first overall pick in the NFL draft, informed Nike last night that it had won the sweepstakes to outfit his feet and use him in their marketing campaigns.
The NHL is altering its punishment of the New Jersey Devils for their 2010 salary cap-circumventing 17-year, $102 million contract given to Ilya Kovalchuk. Instead, the Devils will get the 30th overall pick, the last pick of the first round. The original penalty was a $3 million fine and the forfeiture of some picks. USA TODAY
Andrew Garfield (Spiderman) was supposed to present at the Oscars with Miles Scott — a.k.a. Batkid, the 5-year-old boy with cancer who played superhero in San Francisco. But Garfield refused to go on when he didn’t like his lines at the dress rehearsal. The bit was cut completely, and producers paid for the devastated kid and his family to go to Disneyland. US MAGAZINE
9. TV TIME
Looks like Jimmy Fallon is aiming to be the only show in town. NBC reportedly issued a statement to agents and publicists forbidding celebrities from appearing on other networks’ talk shows if they want to get booked on The Tonight Show. TMZ
Fallon won’t be receiving any thank you notes from other talk show hosts.
10. WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
300: Rise of an Empire Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel ‘Xerxes’ and told in the style of the blockbuster ’300′, this new chapter of the saga takes the story to a battlefield on the sea as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece. REVIEW
This is Sparta!!!!!
The Grand Budapest Hotel. Directed by Wes Anderson and starring Ralph Fiennes, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe. The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. REVIEW
11. OTHER SHTUFF
Khloe Kardashian has bought Justin Bieber’s house in Calabasas, California. Kardashian recently unloaded the home she shared with estranged husband Lamar Odom. MORE
She was debating between Bieber’s home and Chucky from ‘Child’s Play”s house.
@DamienFahey: ”You’re a lucky man.” is a great way to tell someone, “I’d like to have sex with your wife.”
And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Friday, March 7th, 2014…