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Top Stories: British Cardinal Resigns; Congress, Obama Spar On Sequester

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- Pope Moves Up Start Of Conclave; British Cardinal Resigns Amid Allegations

-- Trial Set To Start On BP's Responsibility For Gulf Oil Spill

-- Book News: 'Life Of Pi' Author Strips Down For Charity

Other stories making headlines include:

-- "Congress And Obama Assign Blame As Sequester Deadline Approaches." ( National Journal)

-- South Korea's First Female President Takes Oath Of Office; Vows To Revive Economy. ( Yonhap News)

-- "Cuban Leader Raul Castro Says He Will Retire In 2018." ( Reuters)

-- Power Goes Out For Hours In Pakistan; "Technical Failure" Blamed. ( Dawn)

— "Horse Meat Found In Ikea Meatballs In Czech Republic."( BBC News)

-- "And The Oscars Go To ..." ( NPR.org)

-- "Jimmie Johnson Wins Dayton 500 For 2nd Time;" Danica Patrick Finishes Eighth. ( Morning Edition)

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Mark Memmott is NPR's supervising senior editor for Standards & Practices. In that role, he's a resource for NPR's journalists – helping them raise the right questions as they do their work and uphold the organization's standards.