Start your Monday smart: Here’s what’s coming this week

Along the Fifth Avenue parade route at New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday.
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What did you miss in the world while you were celebrating St. Paddy’s Day? Here’s a quick look at the news from the past few days and a peek at the week ahead:

The weekend that was

March Madness most definitely is upon us. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament has already featured the first 1-vs-16 seed upset ever, a stunning buzzer-beater by Michigan and Loyola-Chicago’s charming 98-year-old nun. Here’s how to stream every game.

– An ex-FBI deputy director who’s been dogged by President Donald Trump got fired 26 hours before he was set to retire.

– Investigators in Miami continued digging through rubble to try to figure out what caused a deadly bridge collapse near Florida International University. The bodies of all six victims have been recovered.

– A Cirque du Soleil performer died Saturday night after he fell during a performance in Tampa, Florida.

– And today was Election Day in Russia, where President Vladimir Putin sailed to a fourth term as expected, with almost 74% of the vote.

Last week in photos

And the week ahead


– A memorial service honors three women killed at a California veterans home.

– Time zones and daylight savings turn 100 years old.


Spring begins!

– President Trump meets with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

– The Fed meets on interest rates.

– Puerto Rico marks six months since Hurricane Maria hit.


– Melania Trump participates in the International Women of Courage Celebration.

– Actress Rose McGowan is due in court for a hearing on a drug charge.

A vigil honors the Miami bridge collapse victims.


– It’s World Water Day, which focuses on how to help the 2.1 billion people who live without safe drinking water at home.


– David and Louise Turpin, accused of torturing their 13 children, are due in court.

– The US Postal Service unveils a Mr. Rogers stamp.


– Students, their supporters and some music superstars gather in Washington and other cities for the March for Our Lives event to raise awareness of gun violence.

– The World Wildlife Fund marks Earth Hour, when landmarks and everyday folks switch off lights to protect the planet.