With four weeks to go, including a two-week spring break, Congress has work to do; Stanford, S.C., UConn, Miss. St. ready for title shot; wild weather impacting weekend plans; and more headlines to start your Friday, March 31, 2017.
WASHINGTON — The last thing President Donald Trump needs on his 100th day in office is a government shutdown.
So with four weeks to go, Trump and Republican leaders are trying to salvage priorities like his wall along the Mexico border and immediate increases in defense spending without stumbling into a politically toxic government shutdown in another month.
The temporary government-wide spending bill runs out at midnight April 28, and since Trump needs Democratic help in getting the legislation done, Republicans are already tamping down expectations. Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a Trump ally, predicted that the legislation would be kept mostly free of controversial add-ons.
"We're probably going to need bipartisan votes to keep the government open," Collins said.
ROCKWELL PAINTING, STOLEN IN 1976, RECOVERED
PHILADELPHIA — The FBI has recovered a 1919 Norman Rockwell painting stolen more than 40 years ago from a New Jersey home.
The painting, sometimes called "Lazybones" or "Boy Asleep with Hoe," graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, a Philadelphia suburb.
It's unclear how the painting was recovered. The FBI has scheduled a news conference for Friday.
WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR TIPS OFF TONIGHT
Stanford and South Carolina will face off at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, followed by UConn taking on Mississippi State as the Women's Final Four begins in Dallas tonight.
In a game of teams with opposite histories, Mississippi State in its first trip to the Final Four will face a team in UConn making its 10th consecutive appearance.
WACKY WEATHER EAST AND WEST
Strong winds began Thursday and will continue through Friday in Las Vegas, as snow begins to fall in the northwest.
The National Weather Service says strong winds of 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph began Thursday afternoon, with gusty conditions continuing through Friday, especially in northwest Las Vegas. The winds were strong enough to delay some flights Thursday.
Meanwhile, along the Atlantic Coast, a storm will bring heavy, wet snow to Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire starting Friday and continuing through Saturday afternoon, raising the prospect of widespread power outages.
S. KOREAN EX-PRESIDENT JAILED
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's disgraced former President Park Geun-hye was arrested and jailed Friday over high-profile corruption allegations that already ended her tumultuous four-year rule and prompted an election to find her successor.
A convoy of vehicles, including a black sedan carrying Park, entered a detention facility near Seoul after the Seoul Central District Court granted prosecutors' request to arrest her.