Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.
1. Taco Bell’s New Ads Feature the Ultimate Name-Drop
Taco Bell is name-dropping its rival’s mascot to promote its new breakfast menu. The fast-food chain began airing ads Thursday that feature dozens of men who happen to be named Ronald McDonald, the clown mascot known for his yellow jumpsuit and bright hair.
2. President Obama Meets Pope Francis At The Vatican
President Obama met Pope Francis at the Vatican today. In his first official visit, which began at roughly 10:30 a.m. in Rome and 5:30 a.m. Eastern, the president and the pope were set to spend approximately an hour together.
3. Satellite Spots New Objects as Weather Slows Flight 370 Search
As search efforts for the Malaysia Airlines plane missing in the southern Indian Ocean were scaled back today due to bad weather, new satellite images have emerged showing about 300 new objects floating nearby, officials said.
4. Mudslide Recovery Brings Tears to Searchers
As firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso, he soon realized that the search party had a close connection to the victim: The dead man's son and brother were among the volunteers scouring the debris field.
5. Wu-Tang Clan Is Releasing ONE Copy of Upcoming Album
If you want to buy Wu-Tang Clan’s upcoming double-album, you’re going to have to shell out lots of money. The hip-hop group plans to release only one copy of “The Wu – Once Upon a Time In Shaolin,” a 31-song secret album. No mass production. No digital streaming.