Check out these top news stories for Friday!
1. FEC reports to detail post-Super Tuesday campaign cash. For the first time since the Super Tuesday primaries, voters are getting a look at just how much money presidential candidates and their supporters have been raking in.
2. Syrians brace for second week of mass protests. Assad’s troops shell the rebel-held neighborhood of Homs and France’s foreign minister says a contingency plan in case the truce fails has to be considered.
3. Legal experts say George Zimmerman may get his wish. At 9 a.m. EDT, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering Trayvon Martin is asking a Florida judge to let him out of jail while he awaits trial.
4. Ousted Secret Service supervisor joked, posted photos of Palin. David Chaney, forced out of the Secret Service after the prostitution scandal, wrote on Facebook that he was “really checking her out” while protecting the former GOP vice presidential candidate.
5. IMF has a difficult agenda. And that is to get member nations to pledge many more billions in aid — in case the monetary agency needs to rescue more European economies.
6. University of Colorado tries to stamp out cannabis gathering. One of the nation’s largest annual campus celebrations of marijuana has drawn as many as 10,000 people in Boulder and organizers say the 4:20 p.m. MDT protest may move to a nearby off-campus neighborhood.
7. Zoo Atlanta undertakes groundbreaking apes project. Heart problems are the No. 1 killer of orangutans, gorillas and other apes living in captivity, and researchers say the new technique will give them much better insight into how the disease affects the animals.
8. On the side of a milk carton. A renewed effort to find Etan Patz, a New York city boy who vanished in 1979, recalls the earliest days of images of missing children printed on dairy containers. The search for Patz’s remains resumes at 8 a.m.
9. Dedication ceremony for Willie statue set for, when else? 4:20 p.m. CDT. Country music star Willie Nelson is expected to help unveil an 8-foot statue of himself in Austin, Texas, which happens to be a national day of protest for the legalization of marijuana.
10. Spinning it old school. Katy Perry, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, the Misfits, White Stripes and the late James Brown are among the artists releasing music on pressed vinyl records to help celebrate Record Store Day