A board on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number for the Dow Jones industrial average, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Dow closed at an all-time high Tuesday, beating the previous record it set in October 2007, before the financial crisis and Great Recession. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 6:37 am
10 Things to Know for Today
By The Associated Press
1. THE POST-CHAVEZ ERA
Vice President Nicolas Maduro became Venezuela's interim president and will run as the governing party candidate in elections in a month.
2. DOW'S RECORD HIGH DOESN'T IMPRESS WALL STREET
Memories of the financial meltdown are too fresh and the economy is too uncertain to celebrate after Tuesday's closing at 14,253.77.
3. TSA OKS SMALL KNIVES ON PLANES
Airline passengers shrugged at the change, which also will allow souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and sports equipment.
4. SYRIAN REFUGEES HIT MILESTONE
The number of people who have fled the war-ravaged country for Lebanon, Jordan and other nations hit 1 million.
5. WHERE BUDGET CUTS MIGHT HURT THE MOST
Beltway suburbs around Washington, D.C., will likely lose out with furloughs of federal employees and cuts to the civilian military.
6. HOW MUCH MONEY THE U.S. SPENT IN IRAQ
More than $60 billion on reconstruction grants to help the country get back on its feet - about $15 million a day.
7. THE COMET THAT GOT THIS CLOSE TO EARTH
Pan-STARRS passed within 100 million miles of Earth, its closest approach ever, and was seen in the Northern Hemisphere.
8. WHO LEADS IN LOS ANGELES MAYOR'S RACE
Democrats Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are headed for a runoff after no candidate won the majority.
9. AN UNEXPECTED LOSS FROM SUPERSTORM SANDY
Thousands of lab mice used in experiments drowned when a New York University hospital basement flooded.
10. FOX TO ESPN: LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE
Fox is challenging ESPN with a 24-hour sports cable network called Fox Sports 1, set to launch in August.