5:07am

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Pope Resigning; Mississippi Recovering From Tornado

Good morning.

Today's top story broke just as our day began:

-- Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning.

Other stories making headlines include:

-- Manhunt For Ex-L.A. Cop Continues; "Dorner's LAPD Firing Case Hinged On Credibility." (Los Angeles Times)

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4:34am

Mon February 11, 2013
Around the Nation

Romance Can Be Tricky For Fortune Cookie Messages

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 8:41 am

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4:26am

Mon February 11, 2013
Around the Nation

Blizzard Conditions Don't Stop Happy Events

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 8:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with tales of the New England blizzard. Donna Ambrosia went into labor in Norwich, Connecticut. She inched toward the hospital in an ambulance behind a snowplow and the baby was born in the parking lot. In Portland, Maine, Karen Willis and Greg Beal went ahead with their wedding. Some guests didn't make it, but the bride says it's like the blizzard before her parents married, and the groom declared: Weather be damned, it's been a great day.

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4:17am

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

Vatican 'Surprised' By Pope's Resignation Announcement

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 8:41 am

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Within the last hour, we have heard that Pope Benedict is resigning at the end of this month. A Vatican spokesman said the pope's announcement, quote, "took us by surprise," suggesting that even the pontiff's closest aides did not know what he was about to do. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII, in 1415.

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4:09am

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:49 am

Pope Benedict XVI, on Saturday at the Vatican.
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(Most recent update: 2:50 p.m ET.)

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4:06am

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Pablo Neruda's Body Will Be Exhumed For Autopsy

Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda in Stockholm with his wife Matilda after he received the Nobel Prize for literature.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:00am

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

Pope Benedict XVI To Resign Feb. 28

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 8:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Surprising news this morning from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI has announced he is resigning at the end of this month. It is an unprecedented departure in modern times. The last time a pope stepped down, it was 1415, the Middle Ages. At 85 years old, Benedict said he was no longer up to the physical demands of the papacy. We've got NPR's Sylvia Poggioli on the line now live from Rome. Good morning.

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2:36am

Mon February 11, 2013
National Security

Pentagon Goes On The Offensive Against Cyber Attacks

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 3:38 pm

Homeland Security analysts watch for threats to U.S. technological infrastructure at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.
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With the Pentagon now officially recognizing cyberspace as a domain of warfare, U.S. military commanders are emphasizing their readiness to defend the nation against cyberthreats from abroad. What they do not say is that they are equally prepared to launch their own cyberattacks against U.S. adversaries.

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2:21am

Mon February 11, 2013
NPR Story

State Of The Union Message To Focus On Economy

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 8:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

President Obama goes before a joint session of Congress tomorrow evening to deliver his State of the Union message. White House briefers say the president plans to bring the national conversation back to the economy, after weeks of focusing on immigration and gun violence.

Here for more insight is Cokie Roberts, who joins us most Mondays. Good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

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2:21am

Mon February 11, 2013
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 8:41 am

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Let's move on from pretzels to potato chips with our last word in business. Why not - as in - why not make potato chips that taste like chicken and waffles or cheesy garlic bread?

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Or hot sauce? Why not? We imagine that's what someone at Lays Potato Chips said because these chip flavors are apparently real.

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