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10 Things to Know for Today – Thursday, Apr. 9

U.S. President Barack Obama visits the Bob Marley Museum with tour guide Natasha Clark, Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in Kingston, Jamaica. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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

1. NEW REVELATIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA FATAL SHOOTING CASE

The officer charged with murder of Walter Lamer Scott was allowed to stay on the force despite an earlier complaint he used excessive force against an unarmed man.

2. WHAT WILL TOP OBAMA’S AGENDA IN JAMAICA VISIT

The president is opening a trip to the Caribbean and Central America, where he hopes to capitalize on mutual needs in the face of expanding Chinese influence and weakening power by Venezuela.

3. IRAN PUSHES WEST TO LIFT SANCTIONS

President Hassan Rouhani is warning that Tehran will not sign on to a final nuclear deal unless it is predicated on the reversal of economic restrictions.

4. AFTER TSARNAEV’S CONVICTION, JURY TO DECIDE LIFE OR DEATH

“In a crime of this magnitude, what American citizen wouldn’t ask, ‘What would drive a person to do this?’ And, as a juror, the question becomes, what answer would satisfy you,” says Meg Penrose, a death penalty expert.

5. WHO IS SET TO BECOME THIRD MAJOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

If he runs for president as expected, Sen. Marco Rubio will have a political committee ready to raise and spend unlimited cash on his behalf.

6. DEADLIEST PEACE-TIME COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

El Salvador had more homicides in March than any other single month in a decade, a dark moment that some attribute to the collapse of a gang truce.

7. NORTH KOREA EXPLORES WAYS TO DECLAW NEW U.S. SANCTIONS

Pyongyang says it will conduct trade in rubles with Moscow if Congress passes a bill designed to shut off the regime from the U.S. dollar.

8. TIBET CHIEF DEMANDS MONASTERIES DISPLAY CHINESE FLAGS

The move is intended to shore up patriotic drive that in the past has sparked protests in the restive Buddhist region.

9. HOW SAMSUNG WANTS TO REVERSE DIMMING FORTUNES

The company is hoping the flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone and the S6 Edge, which go on sale in 20 countries on Friday, will help claw back lost market share.

10. EYES ON MCILROY, WOODS AS THE MASTERS GETS UNDERWAY

But let’s not forget the other potential contenders, a lengthy list led by defending champion Bubba Watson.

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