Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. BENEDICT'S LAST DAY AS POPEThe pope met with cardinals one by one today and was to fly to the papal retreat and into retirement by 2 p.m.2. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN SEARCH FOR SUCCESSORA conclave of cardinals will meet in secrecy and choose a new pope. Smoke from the Sistine Chapel will let the outside world know.3. CONGRESS STAGES HAIL MARY SHOWDOWN ON BUDGET CUTSBut lawmakers believe votes today to avert $85 billion in budget cuts by Friday are doomed.4. WHAT AID THE U.S. PLANS FOR SYRIA REBELSThe Obama administration says it will provide the Syrian opposition with an additional $60 million in assistance.5. MEDICARE FUNDED SUBSTANDARD NURSING HOMESA government report today says about $5.1 billion was paid for patients to stay in nursing facilities that didn't meet quality-of-care rules.6. TOUGH FIRST DAY AHEAD FOR LEWThe budget expert will start as Treasury secretary a day before huge automatic government cuts are to take effect.7. IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH. AND IN SPACE.A tycoon plans to send a married couple on a privately built spaceship on a slingshot voyage around Mars.8. WHAT FOOD SUPPLY IS THREATENED IN JAPANThe country consumes about 80 percent of the world's Bluefin tuna, and stocks have plummeted by about three-quarters over the last 15 years.9. VEGAS CASINOS FOLD ON POKER ROOMSEight rooms have closed in the past two years, as a crackdown on Internet gambling weakens the game's appeal.10. A HANDS-FREE SMART DEVICE FOR YOUR WRISTSmart watches can display texts, email, scan Twitter and also tell time.