Today’s edition of quick hits:
* China: “Divers battled submerged debris and crews sliced into the upturned hull of a Chinese cruise liner Wednesday in a last-ditch hunt for survivors two days after the ship capsized with 456 people aboard…. At least 19 bodies have been recovered, leaving more than 420 people unaccounted for – most of whom were retirement-age tourists on an 11-day cruise.”
* Boston: “A terrorism suspect alleged to have been plotting a beheading was not shot in the back when he was killed by police in Boston, as his family claimed, community leaders said Wednesday after police took the unusual step of showing them video of the encounter.”
* I wonder where these numbers come from: “A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a first body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance.”
* Speaking of ISIS: “An air strike in the Iraqi town of Hawijah completely levelled one of the Islamic State group’s largest car bomb factories, causing heavy casualties and extensive destruction, officials said.”
* The Obama administration’s interest in India isn’t subtle: “With a dash of the requisite South Asian pomp and a heap of expectations for the future, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter met on Wednesday with senior Indian officials to inch forward with military ties to a country that the United States sees as a crucial future partner in Asia.”
* FIFA: “A former American soccer official linked to the FIFA corruption scandal admitted that he and others on the organization’s executive committee had accepted bribes for their support in the bidding to host the 1998 and 2010 World Cups, according to papers filed in the official’s criminal case and released on Wednesday.”
* Texas kills a lot of people: “A 67-year-old man who was convicted of killing four men more than three decades ago has asked the Supreme Court to keep him from becoming the oldest Texas prisoner put to death in an execution scheduled for Wednesday evening.”
* Republican hostility towards the Census is counter-productive: “The House will begin considering a funding bill today that provides far less than the Census Bureau needs to finalize new planned cost-saving measures for the 2020 census, potentially forcing it to use older and more expensive methods. That could raise the cost of conducting the census by $5 billion, the Bureau estimates.”
* Among the reasons we’re watching developments in North Carolina right now is this controversy: “A slate of civil rights groups put North Carolina on notice Monday, writing in a pre-litigation letter that the state must meet its voter registration obligations or risk a lawsuit.”
* And as the debate over the future of the Export-Import Bank takes shape, it’s worth noting that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is siding in support of the institution, though she’s finding flaws in the Ex-Im Bank’s own arguments.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.