1. Two children, ages two and four, died Thursday morning in an apartment fire in Decatur. It happened at the West Ridge apartments on 5th avenue across from Brookhaven Middle School.
2. An Athens home was damaged by fire Thursday morning. The homeowners were not home at the time and the fire may have started in the garage.
3. Two girls on vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama had to be rescued when they drifted nearly two miles off shore in a raft. Lifeguards on jet skis and also the U.S. Coast Guard had to rescue them.
4. A Tennessee man has pleaded not guilty to killing the great-niece of late country music singer Johnny Cash. Police say they believe Wayne Masciarella stabbed Courtney Cash to death after getting into an argument with her and her boyfriend.
5. The head of Volkswagen's only U.S. plant in Chattanooga is leaving for a job at the VW factory in Germany. The management change comes amid an ongoing labor dispute at the Chattanooga plant.
6. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has made a last-minute push to get people to sign up for health insurance through the Federal Exchange before a March 31st deadline. Sebelius also made a plug Thursday in Nashville for expanding medicaid in Tennessee.
7. On the last leg of his European tour, President Obama traveled to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. He also met with several Italian leaders to rally support against Russian aggression over the crisis in Ukraine.
8. The number of mudslide fatalities in Washington state is expected to climb dramatically over the next couple of days as the medical examiner's office catches up with the recovery effort. As of Thursday afternoon, 90 people were still confirmed missing.
9. If some lawmakers have their way, people in New York City will start having to pay money for plastic bags. Lawmakers are proposing a 10 cent surcharge for each bag.