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10 things to know for Thursday

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staff, Gazette
February 28, 2013

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 1 p.m. Click here for story

2. CONGRESS STAGES HAIL MARY SHOWDOWN ON BUDGET CUTS

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

3. 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. Click here for story

4. 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. Click here for story

5. 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. Click here for story

6. 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. Click here for story

7. 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. Click here for story

8. UTAH LAWMAKERS OK BILL TO TAKE DOWN IRON CURTAIN

Lawmakers in Utah have advanced the repeal of a ban meant to shield the mixing of cocktails and pouring of drinks from children and underage customers. Click here for story

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. Click here for story

10. A HANDS-FREE SMART DEVICE FOR YOUR WRIST

Smart watches can display texts, email, scan Twitter and also tell time. Click here for story



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