🌏 All about that bank (no default)

Plus: Radioactive tubes keep disappearing
🌏 All about that bank (no default)

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US lenders readied $30 billion to save First Republic Bank. The safeguard stabilized the San Francisco-based bank’s crashing stock. Meanwhile, JPMorgan gave some sale advice to Credit Suisse, and the European Central Bank brushed off banking fears.

Poland became the first NATO member to send planes to Ukraine. Four Soviet-era fighter jets will be given to the country in coming days, with more earmarked for the future.

Healthcare workers in the UK struck a pay deal. The agreement comes after months of strikes disrupted operations at the National Health Service.

FedEx smoothly landed its earnings report. The global shipping giant’s profit fell year over year, but it expects to earn more this year than previously thought, thanks to budget cuts.

The US gave TikTok an ultimatum. China-based parent company ByteDance must sell TikTok or face a ban.

St. Patrick’s Day is big business in America

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Sure, Chicago, Boston, and New York are thousands of miles away from Ireland, but if you go for an evening stroll through an American city on St. Patrick’s Day, you should be prepared for crowds of green-clad, Guinness-toting revelers.

1 in 10: People in the US with Irish heritage, making it the country’s second-largest ethnic group

70 million: Number of people in the global Irish diaspora. The population of Ireland is 5 million

$6.9 billion: Total amount Americans will spend during the holiday festivities, or roughly $44 per person

80%: Share of Americans expected to wear green this weekend

In an NCAA Cinderella story, schools get the glass slipper

A bar chart showing the annual NCAA revenue and how much goes to Division 1 schools.
Graphic: Clarisa Diaz

Get the full story on how much March Madness funding goes to colleges and universities (but not the student-athletes, of course.)

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Radioactive tubes keep disappearing

“If someone breaks the cylinder, when you are directly exposed to it, you could be exposed to a high risk of cancer and serious illness, so please don’t break the cylinder.”

—Office of Atoms for Peace secretary Permsuk Sutchaphiwat talking about a missing radioactive cylinder in Thailand. The hazardous tube, similar to the capsule that was lost in Australia, hasn’t been seen for a week.

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