5 things you need to know Wednesday

In this February 18, 2016 handout photo provided by TED Microsoft inventor Alex Kipman  demonstrates HoloLens device at TED2016-Dream at the Convention Center in Vancouver.

Microsoft’s augmented reality glasses ship as Build 2016 begins.

Microsoft hopes to make a splash Wednesday when it begins shipping its $3,000 HoloLens augmented reality glasses. Unlike its virtual reality competition, HoloLens can project holographic images to the wearer without blocking out the real world. Microsoft launches the product as Build 2016 kicks off in San Francisco — an annual week-long developer conference that lays out the company’s software plans for the year.

Turkish president makes trip to Washington.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s visit Wednesday to Washington comes at an awkward time for U.S.-Turkey relations. While he will meet with Vice President Biden, he won’t have a formal visit with President Obama — and it isn’t going unnoticed. The White House said it’s because Obama’s time is limited, but analysts detect a snub reflecting U.S. Discomfort with Erdogan’s crackdown on freedom of expression in Turkey. As unrest grows in Turkey, the Pentagon ordered U.S. Military members to evacuate Tuesday. Erdogan will open an Islamic cultural center in Lantham, Md., On Wednesday and later attend the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit.

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s funeral.

Toronto says goodbye Wednesday to its former mayor Rob Ford, who died March 22 after a two-year battle with a rare cancer. Ford, 46, served as mayor from 2010 to 2014, when he was stripped of his duties following a string of controversies – including public intoxication, his admitted crack cocaine use and an incoherent rant caught on video. Ford’s funeral procession will begin at 10:30 a.M. ET and conclude with a service at St. James Cathedral at noon.

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Texas to execute dad who killed kids for revenge.

John Battaglia, the man who killed his daughters to get back at his ex-wife, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday. Battaglia, seeking revenge after his ex-wife went to police reporting he harassed her, called her during a May 2001 visit with their young daughters and shot them both in his Dallas apartment as their mother listened on the phone. The 60-year-old man will be the sixth inmate executed this year in Texas and the 10th inmate executed nationally.

Caitlyn Jenner to play in all women’s golf tournament.

Caitlyn Jenner will take part in the ANA Inspiration Pro-Am, a women’s golf tournament Wednesday. The announcement comes after Jenner, whose gender transition was one of the biggest stories of 2015, was barred from an all men’s tournament earlier this month. Jenner tees off at 7 a.M. PT at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She will play alongside fellow celebrity amateur and women’s soccer legend Abby Wambach.

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Weather: A storm will roar across much of the central U.S. On Wednesday, with snow in the northern Plains and severe storms in the Midwest and South.

Stocks: U.S. Stock futures were higher Wednesday.

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