Here’s what you need to know to stay informed this Thursday:
American Blaine Gibson discovered an airplane part in Mozambique that Australian officials believe might belong to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Associated Press reports. The location of the piece of debris, found near coastal town Vilankulo, aligns with where investigators believe wreckage from the plane would have wound up. The plane is thought to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, nearly 4,000 miles to the east of Mozambique. Based on pictures, Malaysian officials say the piece of debris is probably a part of a Boeing 777, and Flight 370 is currently the only missing Boeing 777. The part will be shipped to Australia for examination.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle will serve as keynote speakers during South by Southwest, the American-Statesman’s Omar L. Gallaga and Peter Blackstock report. Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to participate in SXSW Interactive when he sits down with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith March 11, five days before wife Michelle serves as opening keynote speaker for SXSW Music.
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has asked fellow party members to shun front-runner Donald Trump calling him “a phony, a fraud,” the Associated Press reports. Romney joins several other anxious Republican figureheads who are attempting to slow Trump’s momentum. Romney said that Trump’s promises of change are “as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” during a speech at the University of Utah Thursday. Republican elites continue to contemplate an alternative to Trump and have even considered a possible third party option. Trump responded to Romney’s comments by calling him “a failed candidate” for whom “nobody came out to vote.”
Only hours after the U.N. approved the strictest sanctions on North Korea in 20 years, the country fired six short-range projectiles off its coast into the sea, the Associated Press reports. The sanctions are in response to the North’s recent nuclear testing. South Korean officials remain unsure of what was fired into the sea, but said it could be missiles, artillery or rockets. North Korea has not yet officially responded to the new sanctions, but had previously warned that new sanctions would show U.S. hostility toward the country and would be interpreted as a “grave provocation.”
You read that correctly. State Board of Education candidate Mary Lou Bruner, who has made inflammatory remarks about President Barack Obama, will be headed to a runoff election for the position come May, the American-Statesman’s Julie Chang reports. Bruner has posted several provocative posts to her Facebook page, including one that asked “Do you realize that all the terrorist mass-murderers have described themselves as Democrats or liberals?” and another that insinuates Obama has a “soft spot for homosexuals” because of his history as a prostitute in his 20s. Bruner receieved 48 percent of the vote and will face off against Republican Keven Ellis, who received 31 percent.