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Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson surfs the crowd during an informal "Virgin-style rally' to build support to secure two gates at Dallas Love Airport. / Virgin America/Bob Riha, Jr. via Getty Images

NFL draft rolls on

The NFL draft continues Friday with its second and third rounds. Missed the first round? No worries, USA TODAY Sports has you covered with analysis and bios for every pick made in Thursday's first round. Also, learn how Johnny Manziel ended up getting taken by the Cleveland Browns as the 22nd pick.

Democrats decide how to handle House Benghazi hearings

Democrats will meet Friday to decide whether to boycott or participate in a committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that left four Americans dead. Many leading Democrats have pushed for a boycott, but that would leave no Democratic response to the GOP-led investigation that is likely to call for testimony from Obama administration officials. The Republican-controlled U.S. House voted Thursday along party lines to establish the new investigation.

Dallas names lucky airline to get 2 gates at Love Field

Dallas decides today who gets two gates at Love Field that American Airlines must give up as part of its merger with U.S. Airways. It's between Virgin America and Southwest. The battle for those gates even lured British tycoon Richard Branson to Dallas, where he crowd-surfed and downed tequila shots while campaigning on behalf of Virgin America, in which he has a minority stake.

Russia marks Victory Day

Russia celebrated its annual Victory Day parade on Red Square in Moscow with a large display of military hardware amid rising tensions over Ukraine that have led to a renewed surge in patriotic feeling.

ICYMI: Huge ad industry merger falls apart

A $35 billion merger deal between advertising industry giants Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe has fallen apart, the companies announced late Thursday. The companies said they were abandoning marriage plans due to "difficulties in completing the transaction within a reasonable time frame."



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