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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Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
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Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
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Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
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O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
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Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
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A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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