10 Things to Know for Friday
by The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. WHY WALL STREET ISN'T TURNING CARTWHEELS
The S&P 500 hits a new high, but U.S. economic growth remains anemic and the European debt crisis is far from resolved.
2. POPE SIDESTEPS A CHURCH RULE
By washing and kissing the feet of two young women at a juvenile jail, Francis departs from a requirement restricting the Holy Thursday ritual to men.
3. OBAMA FIGHTS FLAGGING MOMENTUM ON GUN CONTROL
"Shame on us if we've forgotten," he says of the Newtown elementary school massacre during an event at the White House.
4. WHAT'S CHANGED IN THE 40 YEARS SINCE U.S. TROOPS LEFT VIETNAM
While the public "might condemn war today, they don't condemn the warriors," says former Air Force Sgt. Howard Kern of Ohio.
5. IN CYPRUS, UNEXPECTED CALM
As banks re-open, fears that up to 10 percent of the country's deposits could be siphoned off appear to have been unjustified.
6. HOW A MESSAGE WAS SENT TO NORTH KOREA
The U.S. dispatched two nuclear-capable B-2 bombers to take part in military drills with the South.
7. THE SCOOP ON POWER SCOOTERS
Many people who use them don't really need to, leading to hundreds of millions of dollars of unnecessary Medicare spending, the government says.
8. FILL 'ER UP — WITH SUNSHINE
A solar-powered plane that has wowed crowds in Europe is set to fly across the U.S.
9. BARBARA WALTERS CALLING IT A CAREER
The trailblazer in news and daytime TV is planning to retire next May.
10. WHO WILL EARN MORE THAN ALL THE HOUSTON ASTROS COMBINED
The Yanks' Alex Rodriguez — who's out with an injury — will take home $29 million this season.