Friday’s Mini-Report, 3.25.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Iraq: “A suicide bomber blew himself up in a soccer stadium south of the Iraqi capital on Friday, killing 29 people and wounding 60, security officials said, as the military announced new gains on the ground against the Islamic State group.”
 
* Related news: “The Pentagon said Friday it was moving to increase the number of American forces in Iraq and announced that U.S. forces have killed the Islamic State’s finance minister. ‘We are systematically eliminating ISIL’s cabinet,’ Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.”
 
* Brussels: “Belgian commandos and bomb disposal units swept through a district at the heart of the Brussels attack probe Friday, underscoring the widening security fears as prosecutors acknowledged that they missed a chance to press a key terrorist suspect for intelligence in the days ahead of the twin-site suicide bombings.”
 
* Among this week’s victims: “A New York-based brother and sister were among those killed during this week’s Brussels attacks, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Friday. Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski had just arrived at the Brussels Airport when two explosions went off Tuesday. They had not been seen since, but on Friday they were confirmed as having died in the twin blasts.”
 
* Alabama: “State Auditor Jim Zeigler on Friday filed a report with the Alabama Ethics Commission on allegations that Gov. Robert Bentley conducted an affair with a staff member.”
 
* Indiana: “Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a controversial abortion bill Thursday that, among other things, would ban the procedure if it is sought because the fetus was diagnosed with a disability or defect such as Down syndrome.”
 
* Capt. Daniel Dusek: “The highest-ranking U.S. Navy officer convicted so far in a massive bribery scandal was sentenced to almost four years in prison Friday for selling military secrets to an Asian defense contractor in exchange for prostitutes, luxury hotel stays and other favors.”
 
* Georgia’s driver’s license law may be “aimed at undocumented immigrants,” but it “disproportionately hits people of color.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 3.25.16