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  • Simultaneous Popes Could Disrupt Catholic Church
    Pope Benedict XVI surprised Catholics around the world on Monday by announcing that he will resign on Feb. 28, after serving for just under eight years. It has been six centuries since a pope resigned. In a statement, Benedict said "I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise" of his duties. Speculation is already swirling about who will succeed him.
  • With Modern Medicine, Aging In A Lifetime Appointment Can Get Complicated
    On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI became the first pope since the 15th century to announce he would abdicate the papacy. At age 85, he has reached an older age than many of his predecessors who died in the post. Robert Siegel talks with gerontologist Leo Cooney of Yale University about how living longer has influenced our working lives.
  • Republicans Push To Rebrand Automatic Spending Cuts As Deadline Nears
    With the deadline approaching for automatic spending cuts, Republicans in Congress are pushing hard to rebrand the cuts that were agreed to as part of the debt-ceiling agreement of 2011. The sequester is now the president's sequester, according to congressional Republicans.
  • $1 Million Reward Nets Hundreds Of Tips In Manhunt For Ex-LAPD Officer
    Melissa Block talks with Kirk Siegler about the latest in the search for Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles Police Department officer who has eluded police for more than a week. Dorner is wanted in three murders and there is now a $1 million reward for his capture and conviction.
  • Remembering Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter Who Spanned Generations
    After he helped to develop the bluesy, driving hard bop style in the '50s and '60s, his funkier commercial hit recordings shaped black pop music through the advent of hip-hop. A committed music educator, the Detroit native was 80 when he died last week.
  • Is Sustainable-Labeled Seafood Really Sustainable?
    Industry demand for the "sustainable seafood" label, issued by the Marine Stewardship Council, is increasing. But some environmentalists fear fisheries are being certified despite evidence showing that the fish population is in trouble — or when there's not enough information to know the impact on the oceans.
  • American Catholics Divided On Pope Benedict's Legacy
    Catholics in the U.S. had varying reactions to Pope Benedict's surprise resignation on Monday.
  • Last Papal Resignation In 1415 Ended 'Western Schism'
    In light of the Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, Melissa Block speaks with the Rev. Thomas Worcester from the College of the Holy Cross about the rarity of papal resignations and the "Western Schism" that last caused a pope to step down in 1415.
  • Obama's Efforts To Address Income Inequality Could Be Uphill Battle
    President Obama is expected focus on middle-class job growth and the economy in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. And while the president has fought to make the tax code more progressive, broader efforts to address income inequality could be an uphill battle at a time when the government seems bent on tightening its belt.
  • Less Potent Maker's Mark Not Going Down Smoothly In Kentucky
    The distillery says it must lower its bourbon's alcohol content to meet demand. The company says consumers won't notice the change, but in bourbon country, Maker's Mark fans aren't too happy about the plan.

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