10 things you'll be talking about on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

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

1. BENEDICT'S AMBITIOUS AGENDA LARGELY UNFULFILLED
In many ways, the pope's nearly eight-year tenure fell far short, says AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll.

2. WHERE THE NEXT POPE MIGHT COME FROM
Many in the church believe Latin America -- with some 40 percent of the world's Catholics -- deserves one of its own at the helm.

3. MONEY STILL A KEY WORRY
Most voters want Obama to talk about the economy during Tuesday's State of the Union address, a poll shows.

4. FOR US, THE BEGINNING OF THE END IN AFGHANISTAN
The American withdrawal from Afghanistan gets under way in earnest, with a convoy of shipping containers leaving the country.

5. SYRIA'S REBELS SOLIDIFY THEIR POSITION
By capturing the nation's largest dam, the opposition now controls much of the water flow in the country's north and east.

6. `OUTNUMBERED, OUTGUNNED AND ALMOST OVERRUN'
Obama bestows the nation's highest award for military valor on former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, who helped successfully defend an Army outpost  against hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

7. HOW THE COST OF A HIP REPLACEMENT VARIES
Depending on the hospital, the surgery can run anywhere from $11,000 to nearly $126,000, researchers find.

8. PENTAGON CONSIDERS DIALING BACK ON DRONES
Any cuts in the program, though, wouldn't affect strikes against terror suspects.

9 . WHY YOUR WHISKEY IS GETTING WEAKER
Maker's Mark is watering down its bourbon -- a way, it says, to keep up with increasing demand.

10. WHAT WESTMINSTER WON'T TOLERATE: PERFORMANCE-ENHANCED DOGS
That means no cosmetic surgery and no steroids. "It goes against the spirit of showing dogs," club President Sean McCarthy says.


 

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