PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

February 25, 2013

10 Things to Know for Monday


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

Ben Affleck’s CIA thriller won best picture, while “Life of Pi” won four trophies, including best director for Ang Lee.  

The White House detailed the impact from $85 billion in cuts set to take effect at week’s end.

Raul Castro says he will step down as Cuba’s president in 2018.

A trial begins today to determine how much in damages oil giant BP and other companies should pay for the 2010 disaster.

Italians are deciding whether to renew support for Premier Mario Monti and his austerity agenda.

The pontiff said God had called him to dedicate himself “even more to prayer and meditation,” which he will do in a monastery.

Blizzard warnings were in effect in Kansas after up to a foot and a half of snow fell there last week.

“Macfarlane’s strategic misbehavior furnished welcome relief,” AP Television Writer Frazier Moore says.

Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence stumbled on her way to the podium, and injured presenter Kristen Lawrence hobbled onstage.

A five-year study finds people who ate Mediterranean-style diets had a 30 percent lower risk of cardiovascular problems.