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17 Things You Need To Know For Tuesday

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1. Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez began Monday's mid-day mass with a prayer for Pope Benedict. Then Gomez spoke glowingly about the Pontiff who placed him in his current post -- and about Benedict's decision to leave his job as he slowed down."His decision to resign is a beautiful, Christ-like act of humility and love for the church," Gomez said. "This is the act of a saint, who thinks not about himself but only about the will of God, and the good of God's people." (source: 89.3 KPCC)

2. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa came out in favor of the Measure A half-percent sales tax on the March 5 ballot, saying he was pleased the City Council had agreed to all his conditions as he dismissed the opposition to it from political candidates. All of the major mayoral candidates have come out against the sales tax measure, saying they believe the budget can be balanced by growing the economy. (source: Daily News)

3. The Riverside District Attorney's Office announced that it has formally charged Christopher Dorner with one count of murder, for the killing of a Riverside police officer, and three counts of attempted murder. (source: ocregister.com)

4. Clerical workers at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, rejected a tentative contract negotiated last year, which could trigger another strike within a week. All 16 bargaining units under the clerical workers' union failed to approve the contract, according to the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association.The rejection is a big step back to last year's negotiations, which ended a weeklong tumultuous strike that shut down many terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (source: reuters.com)

5. It's become customary for the President to invite particular guests to the State of the Union address to highlight his agenda for the coming year. Now, two Californians in Congress are doing the same thing to highlight the push for measures to prevent gun violence. Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein is author of the Senate bill that would ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. She's invited Josh Stepakoff to attend Tuesday's State of the Union address. In 1999, when Stepakoff was 6, he was one of five people shot at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. The gunman was a white supremacist who was armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle. (source: scpr.org)

 

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6. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is urging lawmakers to act quickly to prevent gun violence in a new ad released Monday.The ad is the first from her super-PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, which the former Arizona lawmaker created to help push for gun control. "We have a problem, where we shop, where we pray, where our children go to school," says Giffords in the ad, as video clips show memorials to mass shootings at a supermarket in Tucson, Ariz., a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "But there are solutions we can agree on, even gun owners like us," Gifford continues, as an onscreen card says that nine in 10 Americans back universal background checks.The ad then shows Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly. (source:  thehill.com)

7. New Jersey has the highest ratio of people moving out to those moving in. About 6,300 moves were tracked in New Jersey in 2012. Of those, though, more than 3,900 (62%) were heading out of state.  New York state came in at No. 2, with 58% of all movers moving out of the Empire State. Maine and Connecticut each had 56% of their movers leave the state. The problem's similarly acute along the Great Lakes, where Illinois (60%), Michigan (58%) and Wisconsin (55%) all saw outflows. In the South and Southwest - West Virginia (58%), New Mexico (58%) and Kentucky (55%) all had more people going. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blamed high taxes for his state's exodus back in 2011. (source: msn.com)

8. Senate Democratic leaders moved ahead on Monday with plans for a vote on Chuck Hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense, clearing the way for him to become President Barack Obama's new Pentagon chief despite intense opposition from some Republicans. Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which must approve Hagel's nomination before he is considered by the full Senate, said he intends to ask the committee to vote during a meeting on Tuesday.The committee, in which Democrats control 14 seats to 12 held by Republicans, is expected to approve the nomination. (source: reuters.com)

9. The Pentagon announced it would extend more of the benefits offered to spouses of heterosexual troops to those of gay personnel but acknowledged some key benefits, like housing, would still be off-limits, at least for now. The step came 17 months after the Pentagon scrapped its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly serving homosexuals in the U.S. military and will affect the day-to-day lives of their spouses in ways big and small - from allowing them to finally get military I.D. cards to granting hospital visitation rights. (source: reuters.com)

10. US President Barack Obama has presented the Medal of Honor to a former soldier for his heroism during a huge firefight in Afghanistan.Former Staff Sgt Clinton Romesha, 31, led a battle against hundreds of Taliban fighters four years ago.He is the fourth living veteran of Afghanistan or Iraq to receive America's highest military award. (source: bbc.com)

11. Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the "like" button and other features of the social network.It is being sued by a patent-holding company acting on behalf of a dead Dutch programmer called Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer. Rembrandt Social Media said Facebook's success was based, in part, on using two of Mr Van Der Meer's patents without permission. Facebook said it had no comment to make on the lawsuit or its claims. A lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in Virginia by Rembrandt Social Media. (source: bbc.com)

12. Amanda Knox, the college junior who spent four years in an Italian prison after being accused of murdering her British roommate, is telling her story to ABC News. The network says Knox will sit down with Diane Sawyer for a prime-time interview airing April 30. The exclusive interview also will be featured on other ABC News programming. (source: csmonitor.com)

13. Dogs are more capable of understanding situations from a human's point of view than has previously been recognised, according to researchers.They found dogs were four times more likely to steal food they had been forbidden, when lights were turned off so humans in the room could not see.This suggested the dogs were able to alter their behaviour when they knew their owners' perspective had changed.The study, published in Animal Cognition, conducted tests on 84 dogs. (source: bbc.com)

14. The man who killed Osama Bin Laden is speaking out. Esquire magazine is the first to publish the account of the U.S. Navy Seal who fired the three rounds into the world's most wanted man on May 2, 2011. They call him "The Shooter." After leaving the Navy this man's life has never been the same. The Navy SEAL left the service 36 months before the minimum 20 years needed for retirement, leaving him with no pension or health care. (source: beaumontenterprise.com)

 

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15. A British government watchdog panel is expected to probe into Queen Elizabeth's finances and expenses to determine whether taxpayers are getting a fair return for the money they give to support the royal family, according to U.K. media reports. The royal family is financed mainly by public money, and the amount of public funds going to it is soaring despite government spending cuts. In April Buckingham Palace will receive 36.1 million pounds ($56.6 million) to fund the queen's official duties, up 16 percent from the 31 million pounds ($48.6 million) paid by taxpayers last year, according to The Telegraph. (source: telegraph.co.uk)

16. EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg and other European ministers will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to consider the implications of horsemeat found in products sold as beef, Ireland, the current EU president country. Irish Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney wants to discuss "whatever steps may be necessary at EU level to comprehensively address this matter", the Irish government said in a statement on its EU presidency website. (source: reuters.com)

17. Egyptian protesters have clashed with riot police outside the presidential palace in Cairo at a rally marking two years since Hosni Mubarak was ousted.The police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse the demonstrators who were throwing stones. Opposition groups accuse current Islamist President Mohammed Morsi of betraying the goals of revolution. (source: bbc.com)

 

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