10 things you should check out for Thursday

Late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories of interest to check out for Thursday.

1. How Afghanistan has turned into Iraq for Obama. The president is entangled in an inconclusive slog in which the U.S. cannot always tell enemy from friend.

2. Investors await a fresh look at U.S. economic numbers. The latest on unemployment applications and wholesale prices are out at 8:30 a.m.

3. The biggest-ever push to shock U.S. smokers into quitting. A $54 million CDC ad campaign shows people whose habits resulted in heart surgery, a tracheotomy, lost limbs and paralysis.

4. Foreclosure activity surged as banks tackled backlog. The increase occurred across 26 states where courts supervise the process.

5. That scallop you took home from the market may be smaller than it looks. A chemical used to keep seafood fresh is being overused to make the meat retain water, increasing weights.

6. Worries grow over the fate of Jews in Iran. Largely lost amid talk about a possible Israeli attack on Tehran’s nuclear program are thousands of Jews who could be caught in the middle.

7. Federal permit allows Wyoming tribe to kill two bald eagles. In afirst, the Fish and Wildlife Service clears the way for the Northern Arapaho on religious grounds.

8. “Desperate Housewives” lawsuit is with the jury. The case of actress Nicollette Sheridan vs. show creator Marc Cherry is in the hands of a different set of viewers than they are accustomed to.

9. Last hours of freedom ending for Blagojevich. The former Illinois governor must report to prison in Colorado by 4 p.m.

10. There’s way to sound smarter than you are about March Madness. AP Sports Columnist Jim Litke offers game-day insights for NCAA basketball tournament office-poolers, with bracket-buster picks, offbeat insights and a daily viewer’s guide.

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