What to know now:
1. Russia vetoes UN vote: A United Nations resolution that would have condemned the chemical attack in Syria last week was vetoed by Russia on Wednesday. The Russian ambassador to the U.N. addressed the Security Council before the vote, saying his country was calling for an investigation into the attack. The vote was 10 in favor of the resolution, Russia and Bolivia against, and China, Ethiopia, and Kazakhstan abstaining. The attack in Syria killed 90 people and sickened more than 100.
2. North Korean mystery: North Korean officials have told foreign journalists working in the country that a "big and important" event will take place Thursday, but gave no details about what it might be. Many of the journalists are in the country to cover the "Day of the Sun," the annual celebration of North Korea's founding president, Kim Il-sung, which is Saturday. It is not uncommon for the officials in the country to have a show of military power on that day. Japanese President Shinzo Abe said Thursday that he believes North Korea has the capability to deliver missiles carrying sarin nerve gas, the kind of chemical believed to have been used in the attack on Syrian citizens last week.
3. Murphy dies: Charlie Murphy, a comedian and the older brother of Eddie Murphy, died of leukemia Wednesday. Murphy appeared on "Chappelle's Show," and was best remembered for the recurring bit called "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories," where he talked about the stars he met due to his brother Eddie's fame. Murphy was 57.
4. Justice's body found: Shelia Abdus-Salaam, the first black woman to be appointed to New York's Supreme Court, was found dead Wednesday, after authorities responded to a report of a body floating in the Hudson River off Manhattan. An autopsy is set for Thursday to determine how she died. Abdus-Salaam was the first Muslim woman to serve as a U.S. judge. Her body showed no obvious signs of trauma, according to authorities.
5. Man kills self, daughters: A man set fire to his SUV in Gresham, Oregon, Wednesday as he was confronted by police in a gas station parking lot. The man, who was armed and said to be suicidal, set the vehicle ablaze with his 8-year-old and 11-year-old daughters in the back seat as police approached the SUV. According to law enforcement authorities, the girls had been killed before the vehicle was burned. The man, who was shot by police, died at the scene.
And one more
Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that Jude Law will play a young Albus Dumbledore in the next installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise. Filming begins in the summer on the next chapter of the five-part prequel to the "Harry Potter" movies. It is set for release in November of 2018.