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Tillerson Ousted.
President Trump dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday, replacing the former Exxon CEO with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Tillerson, one of the earliest Cabinet-level appointees to join the Administration, had often clashed with the President and his staff over issues like Iran, Russian cybercrimes, and North Korea, but the two had seemed to reach a comfortable relationship in recent months. The move comes ahead of a tentative, high-stakes meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is unscheduled but targeted for late spring - Pompeo brings a much more hawkish view on North Korea than his predecessor.

Gina Haspel, a career intelligence officer who oversaw a clandestine counter-terrorism site in southeast Asia after 9/11, was nominated to replace Pompeo - she would become the first woman to lead the CIA. 

National School Walkout Day.
Thousands of students at hundreds of schools around the country are expected to stage large-scale coordinated walkouts, one month after a gunman opened fire at a Parkland, FL, high school. The walkouts will reportedly last 17 minutes, in memorial for the 17 Parkland victims - though the protests are ostensibly in recognition of all victims of gun violence, according to organizers. The plans have forced a number of schools to decide in advance whether to allow or prohibit participation, with reactions ranging from administrators facilitating the protests to threatening suspension for any involvement. And while the 17 minutes may not ultimately disrupt the school day, its execution reflects growing political engagement among young people who aren't even of voting age. In related news, prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz. 

Stephen Hawking Dies.

World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76, according to his family. Hawking was known not only for his groundbreaking theoretical work on black holes - predicting that they emit radiation - and general relativity, but also his ability to communicate some of the most complicated theorems to the general public in his books A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell. Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and was confined to a wheelchair for most of his life - at age 21, doctors gave him a life expectancy of two years. He was known for his sense of humor, and made a number of appearances on the popular show The Big Bang Theory. Hawking passed away at his home in Cambridge. 

Due to his ALS, Hawking relied on a computer to speak - here's how Intel gave him a voice
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

QB Kirk Cousins gets huge $84M deal to sign with Minnesota Vikings (More) | QB Drew Brees re-signs with Saints for $50M over 2 years (More)
Museum of Contemporary Art stuns art world in firing chief curator for 'undermining the museum' (More)
Craig Mack, iconic rapper who helped launch Bad Boy Records, dies at 47 (More)

Science & Technology.

Kitty Hawk, a startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, demos an electric, autonomous flying taxi (More)
Researchers link warmer temps in Arctic to big swings in jet stream, causing colder temps and more snow in eastern US (More)
Study finds increased access to naloxone, which reverses opioid overdoses, corresponds to up to a 14% increase in opioid-related emergency visits with no drop in opioid mortality (More)

Business & Markets.

US consumer prices increased marginally in February, easing fears of rapid inflation (More)
Amazon, Wegman's Market, Tesla top annual Harris Reputation Poll (More)
Shane Smith steps down as Vice Media CEO, replaced by former A+E Networks chief Nancy Dubuc (More)

Politics & World Affairs.

President Trump signals conservative commentator Larry Kudlow is front-runner to lead National Economic Council after Gary Cohn's resignation (More)
PA House Special election too close to call, Conor Lamb (D) leads Rick Saccone (R) by under 1,000 votes (More)
Turkish forces surround Kurdish town of Afrin in northern Syria, putting hundreds of thousands of civilians under siege (More)
Happy Pi Day

National homeownership rates by ethnicity (from Curbed).

Netflix pilots a rewards system that gives kids patches for binge-watching

Naples, FL, tops list of US metros in well-being of residents for third time

More videos released of an F/A-18 Super Hornet encountering a UFO - the third in three months

Top photos of the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

The state of US computer developers (via Stack Overflow's annual survey). 

Dog dies after flight attendant insists it be put in overhead bin

Doctors find 3.5-inch air bubble where part of man’s brain should be.

Clickbait: This startup is selling a service that is 100% fatal

Historybook: Eli Whitney patents cotton gin (1794); RIP Karl Marx (1883); HBD Albert Einstein (1879); HBD Quincy Jones (1933); HBD Stephen Curry (1988).

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