Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
- 1. ‘ARGO,’ ‘LIFE OF PI’ BIG OSCAR WINNERS
Ben Affleck’s CIA thriller won best picture, while “Life of Pi” won four trophies, including best director for Ang Lee.
- 2. STATE-BY-STATE FALLOUT FROM BUDGET CUTS
The White House detailed the impact from $85 billion in cuts set to take effect at week’s end.
- 3. A DATE FOR END OF CASTRO ERA
Raul Castro says he will step down as Cuba’s president in 2018.
- 4. ASSIGNING BLAME FOR GULF OIL SPILL
A trial begins today to determine how much in damages oil giant BP and other companies should pay for the 2010 disaster.
- 5. A VOTE ON THE ECONOMY IN ITALY
Italians are deciding whether to renew support for Premier Mario Monti and his austerity agenda.
- 6. WHAT POPE BENEDICT SAID IN HIS FINAL SUNDAY BLESSING
The pontiff said God had called him to dedicate himself “even more to prayer and meditation,” which he will do in a monastery.
- 7. ANOTHER STORM HEADED TO CENTRAL US
Blizzard warnings were in effect in Kansas after up to a foot and a half of snow fell there last week.
- 8. SETH MACFARLANE PRAISED AS IRREVERENT OSCAR HOST
“Macfarlane’s strategic misbehavior furnished welcome relief,” AP Television Writer Frazier Moore says.
- 9. TRIPS AND FALLS AT THE OSCARS
Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence stumbled on her way to the podium, and injured presenter Kristen Lawrence hobbled onstage.
- 10. POUR ON THE OLIVE OIL
A five-year study finds people who ate Mediterranean-style diets had a 30 percent lower risk of cardiovascular problems.