The death of a CEO: Aubrey McClendon, the former head of Chesapeake Energy who was charged a day ago with rigging bids for oil and natural-gas leases, died in a car crash in Oklahoma City. He was 56. Weston has more on this here.
He’s back: Mitt Romney—the former presidential candidate who famously responded to a question about whether he’d run in 2016 with “oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no”—will give a speech tomorrow in Salt Lake City on “the state of the 2016 presidential race,” according a press release. We’ll be watching (9:30 a.m. MT, 11:30 a.m. ET).
But he’s out: The Washington Post reports Ben Carson told his supporters that he doesn’t see a “path forward” in the presidential race. The retired neurosurgeon said in a statement that he’s decided to skip tomorrow night’s Republican debate in his hometown of Detroit, and that he’ll say more during his speech Friday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual gathering in Washington, D.C.
The competition for Cuba: At least eight U.S. airlines have submitted applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation for operating flights to Havana, the AP reports. The government will review the applications and make decisions this summer.
News from this afternoon here.