published Friday, March 1st, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

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    In this photo provided Friday, March 1, 2013 by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, at center with red skull cap, officially takes over the vacant See as camerlengo, chamberlain, before sealing Pope Benedict XVI's apartment, after Benedict left the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign Thursday, ending an eight-year pontificate shaped by struggles to move the church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1) WHO'S RUNNING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

With the pope's retirement, ultimate power now resides with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and the College of Cardinals.

2) NO EXPECTATIONS OF BREAKTHROUGH AS CLOCK TICKS TOWARD SPENDING CUTS

Obama summons leaders from both parties to the White House to stake out their fiscal positions hours away from sequestration.

3) WHY 'DIGITAL ASSETS' ARE CAUSING A NATIONAL DEBATE

As more and more memories are stored online, families are seeking access to social media accounts that belong to their deceased loved ones.

4) HOW A MINNESOTA TOWN IS TACKLING GUN VIOLENCE

Police are setting up satellite offices in city's public schools to discourage would-be armed attackers.

5) WHITE HOUSE BOLSTERS GAY MARRIAGE

The Obama administration, in a "friend-of-the-court" brief, urges the Supreme Court to allow same-sex unions to resume in California.

6) WORKPLACE BULLYING GETS HIGHER PROFILE

Advocacy groups and some employers are working to bring an end to toxic work environments.

7) AN UNLIKELY REBEL

The AP's Ben Hubbard recounts the life and death in Syria of a veterinarian-turned-revolutionary fighter.

8) FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED IN PRIZED PET'S DEATH

Show dog owner is not ruling out that someone poisoned her Samoyed while it competed at the Westminster Kennel Club Show.

9) ANOTHER KIND OF BUZZ KILL

Two studies conclude that wild bees like the American bumblebee are, at least in the Midwest, dwindling at an alarming rate.

10) THE HEART OF A LION

France's King Richard I, the 12th-century warrior known as Lionheart, ended up with a heart full of daisies, myrtle, mint and frankincense, an analysis of the embalmed organ shows.

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