published Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

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    Pope Francis celebrates his installation Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Pope Francis has urged princes, presidents, sheikhs and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass to protect God's creation, the weakest and the poorest of the world. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1) POPE IS INSTALLED BEFORE THOUSANDS

Francis began his ministry with the ring symbolizing the papacy and a wool stole symbolizing his role as shepherd of 1.2 billion Catholics.

2) CYPRUS PROPOSES NEW BAILOUT PLAN

Deposits below 20,000 euros wouldn't be taxed in a new draft bill to secure an international rescue of the company's troubled banks.

3) WAVE OF BOMBINGS ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF IRAQ WAR

At least 56 people and more than 200 were wounded in the attacks, mostly by car bombs.

4) THE 100-YEAR COSTS OF WAR

The AP reports the government still makes monthly payments to Civil War veterans and spends more than $40 billion a year compensating survivors of other wars dating to 1898.

5) LOW EXPECTATIONS FOR OBAMA'S MIDEAST TRIP

U.S. officials say the president hopes to support both Israelis and Palestinians, but has no new plan to bring them to negotiating table.

6) PLANNED MASS ATTACK ENDS IN SUICIDE

A Florida college student pulled a fire alarm to bring students out so he could kill them with explosives, but killed himself as police closed in.

7) VOTE NEARS TO AVERT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

The full-year funding bill that averts a shutdown after March 1 budget cuts is likely to clear Congress this week.

8) WHO STOLE $500 MILLION IN ART FROM BOSTON MUSEUM

The FBI says it has solved the decades-old mystery and knows who the thieves are, but won't identify them and still can't find the missing paintings.

9) GRIM STAT FOR ALZHEIMER'S SUFFERERS

A new report says one out of three seniors dies with the mind-destroying disease or other types of dementia.

10) THE MATHEMATICS OF MARCH MADNESS

An NCAA tournament bracket presents more than 9.2 quintillion (a 9, followed by 18 zeroes) possible combinations.

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