1. GERMANWINGS PLANE CRASH
ANDREAS LUBITZ: Data from the plane’s voice recorder shows that the 28-year-old co-pilot deliberately crashed the plane after locking the captain out of the cockpit. TIME
AUTOPILOT TAMPERING: There’s evidence that the plane’s autopilot had been readjusted to 100 feet– its lowest setting– before the plane plunged into the French Alps. REUTERS
LUBITZ’S BACKGROUND: Lubitz reportedly battled burnout and depression in 2009 while training to realize his dream of flying. FOX NEWS
2. NYC BUILDING EXPLOSION
As many as 30 people were hurt when an explosion caused a massive fire and partial building collapse in the East Village. Investigators say it looks like workers at Sushi Park on the ground floor may have accidentally hit a gas main. SEE PHOTOS
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for 25 counties on Thursday after storms tore through the state with fierce straight-line winds and tornadoes that killed one person, injured others and destroyed buildings. SEE PHOTOS
Seven DEA agents have admitted to having attended “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas. A new report alleges that three DEA supervisory special agents accepted money, expensive gifts and weapons from drug cartel members. WASHINGTON POST
Tony Montana wants to know where these guys were when he needed them.
An Army National Guard soldier and his cousin have been charged with hatching a plan to fight for ISIS in the Middle East — and kill dozens at a US military installation in Illinois. NBC NEWS
6. POPE COMING TO DC
President Obama will host Pope Francis at the White House on Sept. 23. The historic visit will be only the third time a pope has visited the White House. USA TODAY
Lighten up, Francis.
Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Arizona advanced last night. Wichita, NC State, Wichita and Xavier are going home. READ WRAPUPS
Seth Meyers: “March Madness is underway and there have already been some major upsets. For instance, I told my wife I was going to watch basketball all weekend and she was really upset.”
Chelsea Handler says she’s confident Bill Cosby is guilty of the sexual assault claims against him. Why? Handler told Esquire magazine that she had a “weird” experience with him herself. READ INTERVIEW
9. TV TIME
Vice Media will produce a daily, 30-minute newscast for HBO that will also be available on HBO Now when it launches in April. The deal also increases Vice’s documentary show to 35 episodes a year. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Think of it as Chantix for people about to go through Jon Stewart withdrawal.
10. WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
HOME: Animated. Stars Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez. After an alien race conquers the Earth, they relocate the human’s — all except for a little girl who’s managed to hide from the aliens. REVIEW
GET HARD: Comedy. Stars Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T. Nelson. When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars. REVIEW
11. OTHER SHTUFF
Former University of North Carolina head coach Dean Smith, who died last month at 83, left $200 to every letter winner who played for him during his 36 seasons. Smith’s message was to “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” ESPN
What a great guy. Bobby Knight would probably just leave instructions for someone to throw chairs at his players.
@JennyJohnsonHi5: I know I’m getting older because every new pop star’s name sounds like it should be a type of Microsoft Word font.
And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Friday, March 27, 2015…