1. LEBRON JAMES SCORES A RECORD 61 POINTS
The Heat is on: He shoots – he scores! Say that a few dozen times. That will give you a sense of how many points LeBron James scored in leading the Miami Heat past the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night: He ended with a career-high 61. (Trivia: Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA record for most points scored in a game: 100.)
2. COURT TO FOCUS ON DEADLY POLICE CHASES
When can you sue the police? It began when cops spied a busted headlight on a white Honda at an Arkansas gas station in 2004. It ended after a police chase culminated with officers shooting 15 times into that Honda. The driver and his girlfriend were killed. The driver’s daughter said in a lawsuit that police used unreasonable force. A court agreed. Now the fight goes to the Supreme Court. Lawyers for police will argue Tuesday that officers have broad discretion in such cases. “The usual rule is you’re not allowed to sue the police if they make a mistake,” said CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “But it’s also a rule that if they do something really outrageous, then you can sue. And the question in this case is: How outrageous was the police behavior?”
3. JOHN KERRY GOES TO UKRAINE
What can the West do about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine? Russia has sent 16,000 troops to the Crimean region of eastern Ukraine, where loyalty to Russia runs deep. That prompted warnings of civil war from a shaky new government in Ukraine. It also outraged the West and raised the question of what the United States and its allies will do. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to arrive in Ukraine on Tuesday, where he plans to unveil economic aid. The United States also has suspended trade and investment talks with Russia. And Western powers have discussed steps to isolate Russia, such as freezing assets and banning some people from receiving travel visas.
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