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1. FLORIDA SHOOTING

MARCH ON WASHINGTON: The teenage survivors of the Florida school shooting are organizing a march in Washington on March 24 to demand action on gun control. Cameron Kasky, an 11th-grader, told ABC: “This isn’t about the GOP. This isn’t about the Democrats. This is about the adults. We feel neglected and at this point, you’re either with us or against us.” WATCH

ICYMI: The FBI apologized for failing to follow up on a tip about shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. Someone called its tip line on Jan. 5 to report concerns about Cruz, his gun ownership, and his desire to kill people, but the bureau never forwarded the information to its Miami field office for further investigation. NPR

     

2. RUSSIA PROBE

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians on charges of interfering in the 2016 election. Prosecutors say “Project Lakhta” favored then-candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, although the indictments didn’t allege that any Americans knowingly colluded with Russia. VANITY FAIR

     

3. FLU SLOWLY DIES DOWN

This year’s flu outbreak seems to have passed its peak and is starting to slowly retreat. The CDC says the number of doctor visits for flu-like symptoms was flat in the week ending Feb. 10, and the death toll appears to be slowing as well. BLOOMBERG

Really, cause we still seem to feel sick every Monday morning.

     

4. PICASSO SURPRISE

Picasso’s 1902 painting “The Crouching Woman” does not stand alone: researchers say there is another painting beneath it. While they’ve reportedly known about the second painting for years, imaging techniques have revealed details not known until now. For example, researchers believe Picasso took the other painter’s work, rotated it, and then used some of its landscape forms. SEE FINDINGS

Which reminds us that we need to rewatch the Thomas Crown Affair.

     

5. RECORD-BREAKING SKYSCRAPER

A Japanese company has plans to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper. Sumitomo Forestry’s tower–which would include homes, shops and offices–is being built to mark the company’s 350th anniversary in 2041. BBC

But seriously, no smoking on the premises, please.

     

6. HEALTH: GOOGLE MD

Researchers at Google are using artificial intelligence to predict the likelihood that a patient will have a heart attack or stroke. The researchers examine images of the patient’s retina, which they say 70% of the time accurately predicts which patient within five years will experience a heart attack or other major cardiovascular event. USA TODAY

This is why we don’t like making eye contact.

     

7. SAY WHAT?! APPLE GLASS

There’s an unexpected work hazard at Apple’s new campus: Apple employees can’t stop walking into the glass doors. In many cases, it’s because they’re too busy looking down at their iPhones. Apple’s had to call emergency services and some workers have started putting Post-its up to mark where walls are. So Apple employees are like birds. Got it.

     

8. LEBRON VS. LAURA INGRAHAM  

LeBron James says he won’t just “shut up and dribble” as Fox News host Laura Ingraham told him to do. Ingraham had criticized James for calling President Trump “someone who really don’t give a f*ck about the people” in a discussion about racism. NBA stars Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and Draymond Green have all defended James and his comments. SB NATION

     

9. BLACK PANTHER RECORD BREAKER

Black Panther brought in roughly $235 million from Friday to Monday, making it the biggest February opening weekend ever, the biggest solo superhero launch and the biggest holiday opening. FORBES

@MichelleObama: Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.

     

10. RIPPON TURNS DOWN NBC

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon turned down an offer from NBC to be a correspondent for the rest of the Winter Games in South Korea. Rippon says he’s “so flattered” by NBC’s offer, but decided against the move because it would mean leaving his U.S. teammates and the Olympic Village. CNN MONEY

     

11. FERGIE FAIL

Social media users lashed out at singer Fergie for her unusual performance of the national anthem at Sunday night’s NBA All-Star game. Some players appeared to be laughing during the singer’s jazzy rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. In a statement to TMZ, Fergie said she tried her best. WATCH IT

Don’t worry, she can handle the criticism – after all, “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

     

RETWEET

@kumailn: The crazy thing about insurance is that the best case scenario is you’ve wasted a bunch of money.

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1. FLORIDA SHOOTING

VICTIMS: A football coach who jumped in front of flying bullets to protect students. A teacher who opened his door to let in students so they could hide. A 14-year-old Junior ROTC member. A 17-year-old who’d just gotten a college scholarship. These are just some of the 17 victims in Wednesday’s mass shooting. SEE PICS

THE SUSPECT: Nikolas Cruz is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and is being held without bond. Investigators say he confessed to the attack but the motive is still unclear. Those who knew him say he had random outbursts in school and allegedly “threatened to bring the guns to school multiple times.” NBC NEWS

KIDS’ PLEA: Numerous parents and kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are taking to social media and giving emotional interviews on cable news, begging for lawmakers and the president to do something about guns. WATCH

“We’re children, you’re the adults.” – 17-year-old student David Hogg

     

2. PUERTO RICO POWER

Puerto Rico’s governor expects 90% of power to be back on within the month, and the Army Corps of Engineers says up to 95% of customers could have electricity by March 31. Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico nearly five months ago. ABC NEWS

     

3. IMMIGRATION RULING

A federal court ruled President Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries is unconstitutional because it discriminates based on religion. The court said Trump’s own words have demonstrated his bias against Muslims. The Supreme Court is set to hear the case in April and rule by June. CNBC

     

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