published Thursday, February 28th, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

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    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a Pentecost Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 27, 2012.
    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) BENEDICT'S LAST DAY AS POPE

The pope met with cardinals one by one today and was to fly to the papal retreat and into retirement by 2 p.m.

2) WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN SEARCH FOR SUCCESSOR

A conclave of cardinals will meet in secrecy and choose a new pope. Smoke from the Sistine Chapel will let the outside world know.

3) CONGRESS STAGES HAIL MARY SHOWDOWN ON BUDGET CUTS

But lawmakers believe votes today to avert $85 billion in budget cuts by Friday are doomed.

4) WHAT AID THE U.S. PLANS FOR SYRIA REBELS

The Obama administration says it will provide the Syrian opposition with an additional $60 million in assistance.

5) MEDICARE FUNDED SUBSTANDARD NURSING HOMES

A government report today says about $5.1 billion was paid for patients to stay in nursing facilities that didn't meet quality-of-care rules.

6) TOUGH FIRST DAY AHEAD FOR LEW

The budget expert will start as Treasury secretary a day before huge automatic government cuts are to take effect.

7) IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH. AND IN SPACE.

A tycoon plans to send a married couple on a privately built spaceship on a slingshot voyage around Mars.

8) WHAT FOOD SUPPLY IS THREATENED IN JAPAN

The country consumes about 80 percent of the world's Bluefin tuna, and stocks have plummeted by about three-quarters over the last 15 years.

9) VEGAS CASINOS FOLD ON POKER ROOMS

Eight rooms have closed in the past two years, as a crackdown on Internet gambling weakens the game's appeal.

10) A HANDS-FREE SMART DEVICE FOR YOUR WRIST

Smart watches can display texts, email, scan Twitter and also tell time.

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