Tuesday evening, a plume of black smoke rose out of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, signifying that the first round of balloting to elect a new pope had passed without any nominee receiving the necessary two-thirds majority.
This week at the Vatican in Rome, cardinals from around the world are convening to elect the next pope, which could happen any day now. Who is most likely to succeed Pope Benedict XIV? As of now, there is no clear favorite, but a few cardinals have emerged as the top choices in various bettingmarkets.
The labor market—and the economy overall—is improving, albeit gradually, with employers adding 236,000 jobs in February. That gain brought the unemployment rate down a few ticks from 7.9 percent to 7.7, its lowest point in four years.
The recent 'Amazing Spider-Man' and the upcoming 'Man of Steel' seem to get all the attention regarding studios' attempt to "reboot" franchises, but that's pretty much the same thing as what's going on with 'Oz the Great and Powerful.' If it succeeds at the box office, we may end up with a new version of 'The Wizard of Oz' at some point very soon, even though the producers have said that's not their goal.
Also opening this week is a dark tale of blackmail and revenge.
It takes at least a few days, sometimes longer, to receive your refund after you've filed your taxes with the IRS. Some people, though, just can't seem to wait. This almost certainly is a bad decision.
This week we have four new releases, covering four different genres and targeting four different audiences: fairy-tale action epic, a coming-of-age (21) comedy, supernatural horror, and a submarine thriller.
Someone call Mulder and Scully. Officials in Muldrow, Oklahoma, face a conundrum: How did 65-year-old Danny Vanzandt, who was alone in his home, die? One possible explanation, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart, is that he is a victim of spontaneous human combustion.
It's a busy weekend at theaters, with four new flicks contending for your precious movie dollars. Two of them tell thrilling tales of love in the South (though in very different fashion), John McClane returns for another round, and there's also a new animated adventure about good guys and bad guys in space.
February is American Heart Month, and a number of celebrities have gotten in on the message—in particular, Allison Janney. Janney is now the spokesperson for Go Red for Women, a campaign by the American Heart Association aimed at spreading awareness that the number one killer of women (and men) is heart disease.
Last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it had targeted about 400 identity thieves across the country. The thieves were using stolen Social Security numbers to file false tax returns and then claim the refunds.
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