5 things you need to know Monday

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits with  President  Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office March 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Israel’s Netanyahu visits Obama in the Oval Office.

The White House concedes that President Obama has had his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the two leaders will try to work past their disagreements to make progress on a wide range of security issues involving Iran, Syria and the Palestinian conflict. Their job won’t be made any easier by Netanyahu’s recent appointment of a spokesman who suggested that Obama is anti-Semitic in an old Facebook post. Threats from radical Islam and Iran will likely be the focus of their talk as the administration has given up on a breakthrough between Israelis and Palestinians while Obama is in office.

Investigation reveals states’ ethics laws are laced with loopholes.

Reporters at the Center for Public Integrity measured hundreds of variables to compile transparency and accountability grades for all 50 states. The best grade in the nation, which went to Alaska, is just a C. Only two others earned better than a D+ and 11 states got an F. The results may be deflating to the two-thirds of Americans who, according to a recent poll, look to the states for policy solutions as gridlock has overtaken the federal government.

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Faculty group, football team join Mizzou activists as president meets with board.

Months of racial unrest at the University of Missouri are coming to a head, as more than 30 players from the football team have thrown their support behind student activists and promised to boycott football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns. A group of professors is also joining the cause, trying to rally fellow faculty members to walk out of classes on Monday. Wolfe has been criticized for his handling of a series of race related incidents on campus, including a swastika drawn with feces on a college dorm wall. Wolfe, who is slated to meet with the Board of Curators Monday, has said he has no plans of resigning.

Experts dig into the the cause of IHOP parking lot collapse.

Hungry customers at a Mississippi IHOP this weekend discovered that the earth had an appetite of its own, as it devoured more than a dozen cars when a giant hole opened up in the restaurant’s parking lot. One safety official says the collapse is not technically a sinkhole, which is usually the result of an underground water aquifer that dries and leaves a void in the ground. Engineers will begin Monday to try get to the bottom of what caused the cave-in.

Funeral to be held for 6-year-old boy shot by La. Officers.

Funeral services will be held for Jeremy David Mardis, a 6-year-old boy who was shot and killed by Louisiana police officers in a barrage of gunfire that also left the boy’s father, Chris Few, critically injured. Lt. Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse, Jr., The local deputy marshals who fired at least 18 rounds at the unarmed Few, have been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. It is unclear what caused the officers to begin their pursuit.

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And, the essentials:.

Weather: Expect more rain across the USA, except for Florida, which should stay nice and sunny.

Stocks: U.S. Stock futures were lower Monday, while Chinese and Japanese stocks rose.

TV tonight: Wondering what to watch tonight? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at The Voice, Jane the Virgin and Legends.

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