NCAA Sweet 16
Now that most brackets are busted and office pool championship aspirations are blown to smithereens, we can finally stop being surprised in this NCAA tournament. If only. There are 16 teams remaining, with eight games today and Friday to decide the Elite Eight. But it would be unwise to expect the shock factor to discontinue.
Obama visits the Pope
President Obama and the Roman Catholic Church disagree on many matters, but his visit to the Vatican today is not likely to become a debate on issues like abortion, gay marriage and religious freedom from government mandates. Obama will meet Pope Francis in Vatican City with an eye toward making progress in areas of shared interest, analysts say. He is also supposed to meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and new Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Lufthansa grounds 600 flights as strike looms
Lufthansa has canceled about 30% of its entire flight schedule for today as a strike looms. Most of the grounded flights are on routes within Germany and Europe. Still, numerous North American flights have been canceled as well, including Lufthansa's Thursday services to Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and San Francisco, among others. And Lufthansa customers who do make it to Europe today could face significant problems on connecting flights after they arrive.
Taco Bell starts serving breakfast this morning
The breakfast bell is about to ring at a most unlikely place: Taco Bell. The Mexican fast-food chain, best-known for its low-budget tacos and burritos, is rolling out its new breakfast program today. The chain is champing at the bit for its share of the $50 billion limited-service breakfast business.
Big cities are growing
New data released today by the Census Bureau shows population in the USA's urban population is getting denser, while far-flung suburbs watch their growth dwindle. Driven by young professionals and retiring Baby Boomers who like living in cities, the trend is "180 degrees" away from the exurban exodus of the last decade.