First thoughts, running arguments, stories in progress

Another SCOTUS deadlock: An eight-justice U.S. Supreme Court appears to be split 4-4 on Zubik v. Burwell, which challenges the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage mandate and its religious accommodation. Garrett has more details from today’s oral arguments.

Belgium attacks, cont’d: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters Wednesday that his country deported Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, one of the suicide bombers who struck Brussels yesterday, back to Europe in 2015 and warned Belgian authorities about his ties to terrorism. More of our coverage on the attacks here.

Joe Garagiola, 1926-2016: The legendary baseball commentator and former St. Louis Cardinals catcher died Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, Major League Baseball announced. He was 90 years old.

News from this afternoon here

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