EU Fine: The European Union fined Microsoft Corp. 561 million euros on Wednesday for failing to offer consumers a choice of web browser, a charge that will act as a warning to other technology firms involved in antitrust disputes with the EU, Reuters reports.
Snow Day: Federal offices and major school systems in the D.C. area will be closed Wednesday. The region could see 6 to 12 inches of snow, WTOP reports. Closings include U.S. district courts in DC, Greenbelt and Alexandria; the DC Circuit, Montgomery and PG County circuit and district courts and DC courts.
End of an Era: President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela died Tuesday afternoon after a struggle with cancer, the government announced, leaving behind a bitterly divided nation, The New York Times reports.
Furlough Notices: The Army has started sending out hundreds of letters to unions warning that employees will be forced to stay at home without pay one day each week from April 22 through Sept. 21. Translation: A 20 percent pay cut for 5 months, CNN reports.
TSA Rules: Flyers reacted with shrugs but largely agreed with a new policy announced by the Transportation Security Administration that airline passengers will be able to carry small knives and previously forbidden sports equipment on planes, the Associated Press reports.