8. UNITED NATIONS ISSUES WARNING TO NORTH KOREAN LEADER: A U.N. panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians ranging from systematic executions to torture, rape and mass starvation. It is unusual for a U.N. report to directly implicate a nation's leader. But in a letter accompanying a yearlong investigative report, the chairman of a three-member U.N. commission warned Kim that international prosecution is needed "to render accountable all those, including possibly yourself, who may be responsible for crimes against humanity."
9. DETROIT FILES PLAN TO EMERGE FROM BANKRUPTCY: Detroit presented its first full road map for climbing out of bankruptcy by restructuring $18 billion in debt, demolishing thousands of blighted homes and investing in the city's broken-down infrastructure. If approved, the proposal would mean sharply reduced payments to some retirees and creditors. Pension holders could expect to get 70 percent to 90 percent of what they are owned, while many banks would receive as little as 20 percent. The plan is sure to be challenged in court.
10. WINTER WEATHER EASES, THEN RETURNS: Much of the nation got a brief but welcome break from one of the worst winters in memory. Daytime highs climbed into the 40s and 50s for two days in parts of the Midwest and Northeast, accelerating long-awaited melting and raising concerns about flooding. But cold conditions quickly came back, along with snow and sleet.