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Monitor Articles for March 12, 2013
L.A. archdiocese settles sex abuse cases for $10 million
Massachusetts Senate hopefuls spar in first debate
Colorado and Minnesota lawmakers approve unions for gay couples
First round of Vatican voting: Black smoke says no pope yet
Sinkhole swallows golfer: Friends come to the rescue
Police storm Oregon motel, capture Michael Boysen (+video)
Richard Burton's ex-wife dies: Who was she?
Yoga, warmth, and lush greenery in the garden
Republicans and Democrats begin budget duel universes apart (+video)
Washington sinkhole: What's with all the sinkholes anyway?
What's in Paul Ryan plan? Surprising numbers from GOP House budget. (+video)
Papal conclave: Will cardinals elect another 'green pope'?
Curiosity hits 'pay dirt': Mars was habitable, evidence suggests (+video)
The war on Sarah Palin's Christmas book (+video)
Readers Write: Why suicide rate fell in Japan; Gun ownership for self-defense is based on fear
Carbon tax: A win-win for the economy and the environment
Why an African pope might not signal change of course for the church
Stocks rise; Dow logs longest winning streak in 2 years
Bestselling books the week of 3/10/13, according to IndieBound*
Chapter & Verse
Sarah Palin will write on 'the war on Christmas'
Twinkies could be back on shelves by summer (+video)
In blow to inquest, key suspect in Russian spy murder refuses to cooperate
An American pope? What could help, or hinder, two cardinals' chances.
The Monitor's View:
Illinois and Greece as penitent cookers of books
Debt-laden Detroit makes one last bid to avert fiscal takeover by state
3 inmates escape Missouri jail through ventilation system
Global News Blog
Iran to sue Hollywood for fear-mongering with 'Argo'
Not guilty plea for James Holmes – but insanity option still on table
Manny Ramirez signs to play with Rhinos in Taiwan
'New' bacteria in Antarctic lake actually just contamination, say scientists
Want to really know people? Take a look at their Facebook 'likes.'
Wanna Z10 phone? It might just save BlackBerry.
Samsung debuts first official photo of the Galaxy S4
Chapter & Verse
'How did they ever make a movie of "Lolita?" '
More species of sharks, rays to get protection
Ancient Mars could have been habitable, says NASA
How would Paul Ryan's tax plan work?
Can you hear me now? Mexico proposes new telecom laws
Who's on the short list to be the new pope?
Why President Obama's approval ratings are falling (+video)
Obama launches 'charm offensive' on Capitol Hill. Does it have a chance? (+video)
Controversy spurs Pentagon's Hagel to review new 'Nintendo' medal
Iraq war: The day the conflict changed
Iraq war: On the road to Baghdad for 17 days
Ten years after invasion, Iraq remains dangerously divided
Food stamps use rises in December
A continued viable domestic coal industry
Giant African snail killed to protect Australian crops
Pennsylvania sinkhole victim returns home
Stir It Up!
Glazed doughnut muffins
Military plane crashes in Washington state, Navy reports
Hungary's homeless may soon have a new label: criminal
Wary of petting, dog relents in company of former, current master
12-year-old admits ‘swatting’ Kutcher, Bieber. Parents, Google your kid
Paul Ryan's new budget whittles spending faster, still guts 'Obamacare'
With aid to Afghanistan, past performance is a predictor of future returns
US expels Venezuelan diplomats in retaliation for US diplomats' removal
Latin America Monitor
Cops unite in Central America: New deal allows cross-border pursuits
US military in Africa faces uncertain year after Benghazi, sequestration
Why the US will fare better than Europe in economic recovery
James Holmes plea expected in Colorado theater shooting case
Coscto earnings beat expectations
Falkland Islanders choose UK, but will UK always choose them?
Sierra Leone combats the outrage of child soldiering
Global News Blog
Papal conclave through the Twitter looking glass (+video)
Is Ivory Coast zeal to prosecute former bad guys setting up war in West Africa?
Venezuela challenger: 'Chávez is not my opponent'
Key signs that Al Qaeda's Islamic extremism is moving into southern Africa
Terrorism & Security
Armistice dead? US and South Korea dismiss North Korea's edict (+video)
Olivia Wilde, Steve Carell star in the magicians comedy 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'
Soda ban overturned, but the battle is far from over
When humor hurts
F-35 forced to land in Texas. Why? (+video)
Rescue dog: While owners bask in Florida sun, Albie basks in dog-sitter attention
The Simple Dollar
The problem with stock market advice