NBA trade deadline, winter storm and more things to know Thursday

Slow-moving Arctic front could bring heavy snow

A slow-moving Arctic front anchored in the Rockies is expected to bring more than a half-foot of snow from South Dakota through Minnesota to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Thursday. The storm has already slammed parts of Michigan, where ice accumulation knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers in west-central parts of the state. Almost three dozen states were under snow, ice or flooding alerts as freezing rain hit southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and parts of Michigan. About 350 schools in Detroit were closed Wednesday because of the ice storm. 

Butterflies vs. the border wall?

As construction nears on a six-mile border wall segment in Texas sought by President Donald Trump, a seemingly unlikely opponent may throw down a legal gauntlet: the National Butterfly Center. As early as Thursday, the center may file an emergency restraining order against the already funded project. A 36-foot “wall system” is slated for construction across part of the center’s property near the Mexican border. The land was set aside for the protection of a remnant of native habitat, endangered species such as the ocelot, and the graves of Native American people. 

NBA trade deadline: What will happen to Anthony Davis?

The NBA’s annual trade deadline (Thursday, 3 p.m. ET) is fast approaching, and plenty of unanswered questions remain. Like, most notably, what’s going to happen with Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis? Is he headed to Laker Land to join LeBron James? All eyes are on Davis and Lakers president Magic Johnson leading up to the deadline. Some big names are already on the move — the 76ers landed a borderline All-Star in Tobias Harris and the Mavericks brought in a budding superstar in Kristaps Porzingis. But don’t expect the fireworks to stop yet. We keep you up-to-date with every move with our trade-deadline tracker — a one-stop shop for all of the deals that shake up the Association. 

Trump’s World Bank pick set to go before agency’s board of directors

David Malpass, Treasury undersecretary for international affairs, is set to go before the World Bank’s board of directors Thursday after President Donald Trump nominated him to lead the international finance agency. Malpass, 62, has served as the principal adviser to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on international economic issues and he previously worked in Wall Street for 15 years as the chief economist for the now-defunct investment bank and brokerage firm, Bear Stearns.But his nomination could draw objections from world leaders because of his criticism of the 72-year-old agency. If confirmed, Malpass would succeed Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American physician who has led the bank for more than six years. 

Cleanup begins after San Francisco gas line explosion sets buildings on fire

Cleanup of San Francisco’s Inner Richmond neighborhood will begin Thursday after Wednesday’s gas explosion that shot flames into the sky, burned five buildings and sent panicked people into the street before firefighters contained the blaze. There were no injuries. Crews put out the fire about three hours after private construction workers apparently working on fiber-optic wires cut a natural gas line, which ignited the fire, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. Pacific Gas & Electric, which is under heightened scrutiny over its natural gas pipelines after one exploded under a California neighborhood in 2010, killing eight people, stressed that the workers are not affiliated with the utility. 

Contributing: Associated Press

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