Here are the five things you need to know today, according to USA Today.
USA TODAY investigation: In mass killings, kids caught in the crossfire
A USA TODAY analysis of mass killings since 2006 shows that nearly one-third of all victims were younger than age 18 - 363 children dead in the past eight years. Their average age was 8 years old. Children have always been caught in the crossfire of mass murder. Hundreds have been killed, and hundreds more have been forced to witness what some say is the most violent type of crime. It has devastated families and left permanent scars, long before Newtown became a household name.
Biden visits China amid tensions over air defense zone
Originally focused on trade and economic matters, Vice President Biden's East Asia tour has been hijacked by Beijing's unilateral establishment last month of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) that covers much of the East China Sea, including islands controlled by Japan but claimed by China. Biden promised to raise concerns about the ADIZ with China's leaders "with great specificity" during his Beijing visit that included meetings Wednesday afternoon with Xi.
Sandy Hook 911 calls to be released
Recordings of 911 calls from the mass shooting last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School are expected to be released to the public today. Last week, a judge ordered the prosecutor, State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, to provide the recordings to the Associated Press, affirming a ruling by the state's Freedom of Information Commission that the calls are not exempt from public information laws.
LAX shooting suspect to appear in court
A man charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer during an attack at Los Angeles International Airport last month is scheduled to make his first court appearance today. Paul Ciancia, 23, will have his first hearing at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, about 45 miles east of Los Angeles. He's been housed at the facility in federal custody, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.
Jacoby Ellsbury joins New York Yankees
Jacoby Ellsbury, blazing a path to the Bronx paved by Johnny Damon, is switching sides in baseball's biggest rivalry and joining the New York Yankees. Ellsbury and the Yankees have reached agreement on a seven-year contract in excess of $150 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. Ellsbury struck a deal with the Yankees just 35 days after the Boston Red Sox won their third World Series title in a decade.