Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHAT’S BEEN INEVITABLE IN NEW ADMINISTRATIONS
Every recent president has had a doomed Cabinet nomination or two, and after labor candidate Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal, Trump is no exception.
2. THIRD PERSON ARRESTED IN SUSPECTED KIM ASSASSINATION
Malaysian police arrest a third person in the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korea’s leader who was reportedly poisoned at an airport in Kuala Lumpur.
3. TRUMP’S PICK FOR ISRAELI ENVOY FACES ROCKY CONFIRMATION
The son of an Orthodox rabbi, David Friedman is a fervent supporter of Israeli settlements, an opponent of Palestinian statehood and staunch defender of Israel’s government.
4. DEADLY RAID IN YEMEN RAISES MORE QUESTIONS
The main figure killed in last month’s U.S. raid targeting al-Qaida was a tribal leader allied to the country’s U.S.- and Saudi-backed president and enlisted to fight Yemen’s Shiite rebels, AP learns.
5. REPUBLICANS DRIVE TO CRAFT NEW HEALTH CARE PLAN
House GOP leaders are offering options to rank-and-file lawmakers for replacing “Obamacare” with a conservative approach dominated by tax breaks and a transition away from Medicaid.
6. CHINA CARFENTANIL BAN A ‘GAME-CHANGER’ FOR OPIOID EPIDEMIC
The move closes a major loophole in the global regulation of a substance so lethal it has been used as a chemical weapon and described as a terrorist threat.
7. COLORADO WARMS TO POT CLUBS, DESPITE FEDERAL UNCERTAINTY
Denver officials are working on regulations to open bring-your-own marijuana clubs, while state lawmakers are considering other cannabis-friendly measures.
8. PHENOMENON OF ‘DENTAL THERAPISTS’ GROWING
An increasing number of states are permitting professionals with a lower level of training to do dentists’ jobs, public health advocates say.
9. SPARKS FLY OVER MAHER’S BOOKING OF YIANNOPOULOS
The “Real Time” host’s decision to book the conservative provocateur on his HBO show draws quick condemnation from another guest.
10. WHO JOINED THE GREAT ONE
Jaromir Jagr registers his 1,900 career point, joining Wayne Gretzky as the only NHL players to reach the milestone as the Panthers beat the Sharks 6-5 in overtime.
North Korean Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol, center, stands at the entrance as he prepares to leave the forensic department at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. News of the apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother rippled across Asia on Wednesday as Malaysian investigators scoured airport surveillance video for clues about two female suspects and rival South Korea offered up a single, shaky motive: paranoia. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2009 file photo, dental hygienist Heather Heathcote takes a dental exam while studying to become a dental therapist at Normandale College in Edina, Minn. Several states are considering bills that would create a new midlevel position in dentistry called dental therapists or advanced dental hygiene practitioners. They can perform common procedures such as filling cavities or pulling teeth, though more complex procedures would still be left with dentists. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)
Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68), from the Czech Republic, is congratulated by Colton Sceviour, right, after Jagr's 1,900th career point on an assist on Aleksander Barkov's goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. The Panthers won 6-5 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)