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Update 11:30 a.m. VATICAN CITY (AP) — The heavy wooden door to the Sistine Chapel has been closed and locked, signaling the start of the conclave to elect a new pope to succeed Benedict XVI following his stunning resignation. Monsignor Guido Marini, master of liturgical ceremonies, closed the double doors after shouting "Extra omnes," Latin for "all out," telling everyone but those taking part in the conclave to leave the frescoed hall. He then locked it.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved a Democratic bill expanding required federal background checks for nearly all gun purchases, but put off immediate consideration of an assault weapons ban. By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers advertised more job openings in January, suggesting that hiring will remain healthy in the coming months. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers advertised more job openings in January, suggesting that hiring will remain healthy in the coming months.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans unveiled their latest budget outline on Tuesday, sticking to their plans to try to repeal so-called Obamacare, cut domestic programs ranging from Medicaid to college grants and require future Medicare patients to bear more of the program's cost. By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Recent Korean history reveals a sobering possibility: It may only be a matter of time before North Korea launches a sudden, deadly attack on the South. And perhaps more unsettling, Seoul has vowed that this time, it will respond with an even stronger blow. By FOSTER KLUG Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are ready to muscle expanded background checks and other gun curbs through a Senate committee, giving President Barack Obama an initial if temporary victory on one of his top priorities. By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said Tuesday. By HEIDI VOGT and RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said Tuesday.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- In the nearly eight months since James Holmes first shuffled into court with vacant eyes and reddish-orange hair, neither he nor his lawyers have said much about how he would plead to charges from the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting. By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- Eateries from corner delis to movie concession stands have gotten a last-minute reprieve from the nation's first ban on big sugary drinks. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging them to shrink their cups and bottles, anyway. By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Cardinals heard a final appeal for unity Tuesday before sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect the next pope, as they celebrated Mass amid divisions and uncertainty over who will lead the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church and tend to its many problems. By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press