The Top 10 Stories of March 8, 2013

By Duane Shank 3-08-2013

Quote of the day.
"What they are looking for is Jesus Christ with an MBA." Thomas Reese, a Jesuit scholar and author of "Inside the Vatican," on the challenge facing Catholic cardinals in selecting a new pope.

1. U.S. adds 236k jobs, unemployment falls to 7.7 percent.
The February jobs report issued Friday provided encouraging details: The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in four years. Job growth has averaged more than 200,000 a month since November. Wages rose.
(Associated Press)

2. A Senator''s stand on drones scrambles partisan lines.
Senator Rand Paul’s intention was to highlight his misgivings about how drones are used. He ended up enmeshing his fellow Republicans in a broader debate over national security that scrambled the politics of left and right.
(New York Times)

3. Senate panel approves gun-trafficking bill. 
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would make it a federal crime to purchase firearms for someone else. The anti-gun-trafficking bill is one of the first pieces of legislation formally introduced in Congress to limit gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., last year.
(Washington Post)

4. Obama signs a strengthened Violence Against Women Act.
President Obama on Thursday signed an updated version of the Violence Against Women Act, a measure intended to promote state and local efforts to combat rape and domestic assault and which will extend new protections to gays, lesbians and Native Americans.
(Washington Post)

5. Global temperatures highest in 4,000 years.
Global temperatures are warmer than at any time in at least 4,000 years, scientists reported Thursday, and over the coming decades are likely to surpass levels not seen on the planet since before the last ice age.
(New York Times)

6. North Korea to end peace pacts with South.
North Korea has announced that it is cancelling a hotline and a nonaggression pact with South Korea while reiterated past threats in anger over a U.N. Security Council vote to impose more sanctions on the country for its third nuclear test.
(Al Jazeera)

7. Cuba, Iran leaders to attend Chavez funeral.
At least two dozen heads of state were due to attend Hugo Chavez''s funeral on Friday during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America.

8. Videos suggest UN peacekeepers safe and sound.
Several U.N. peacekeepers from the Philippines who were abducted by Syrian rebels said in videos posted online on Thursday that they were safe and sound, even as activists reported clashes and shelling in the area where U.N. troops were being held.

9. Kenyatta in slim lead as Kenya vote nears end.
Kenya''s presidential race has tightened as Uhuru Kenyatta''s lead narrowed over his main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, raising the prospect of a second-round run-off.
(Al Jazeera)

10. Egypt’s silent soccer stadiums show the depth of country’s troubles.
Just as women can no longer safely attend demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for fear of sexual assault, soccer fans can no longer attend their beloved games for fear of organized mayhem. Instead, they must watch the matches on TV.
(McClatchy News)

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