published Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

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    Pope Benedict XVI gives his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Benedict announced Monday he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (all times EST):

1) NORTH KOREA CONDUCTS THIRD NUCLEAR TEST

North Korea called the detonation its "first response" to what it described as U.S. threats.

2) WHO WILL SUCCEED THE POPE

A conservative cardinal in Milan and several contenders from Latin America and Ghana have been mentioned.

3) BENEDICT SURPRISES BY SAYING HE'S TOO OLD TO CONTINUE

The AP's Victor L. Simpson reports the 85-year-old pontiff chose to step down rather than suffer a long decline like his predecessor.

4) MONEY STILL A KEY WORRY

Obama plans to focus on the economy and job creation in his State of the Union speech at 9 p.m.

5) WHY SOCCER IS BECOMING THE DIRTY GAME

An AP investigation finds at least 50 nations had match-fixing probes last year.

6) REBELS CAPTURE AIR BASE IN NORTHERN SYRIA

Opposition fighters won their second strategic victory in as many days in their uprising against Assad.

7) HAGEL FACES SENATE VOTE

Democrats are calling a committee vote for the defense secretary nominee, rejecting Republican demands for more financial information.

8) GANG MEMBERS CHARGED WITH SHOOTING TEEN WHO SANG AT INAUGURATION

Chicago police say the two men mistook Hadiya Pendleton and her friends for members of a rival gang.

9) COMEDIAN'S SISTER DETAINED WHILE PRAYING AT ISRAEL'S WESTERN WALL

Sarah Silverman's sister Susan, a Jerusalem rabbi, was stopped because she was wearing religious clothing that Orthodox Judaism reserves for men only.

10) WHAT WESTMINSTER WON'T TOLERATE: PERFORMANCE-ENHANCED DOGS

That means no cosmetic surgery and no steroids. "It goes against the spirit of showing dogs," club President Sean McCarthy says.

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