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CNN Radio News Day: February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI on February 11, 2013 announced he will resign on February 28
February 11th, 2013
04:35 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 11, 2013

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  • Extraordinary and unexpected!  That's some of today's reaction to the announcement from Pope Benedict XVI that he is resigning on February 28th, due to advanced age and failing strength.  He'll become the first pope to give up his papacy in modern times. There are more than one billion Catholic followers worldwide and news of the pope's resignation caught virtually all of them by surprise:

"In terms of his successor I don't think that there's going to be a significant transition... I would be surprised if we were to see something very different in our next pope because, after all, we want an element of continuity as this has come as quite a shock," says Madelaine Teahan, associate editor of Britain's 'Catholic Herald', a London-based Catholic newspaper.

  • Americans will hear from President Obama tomorrow as he delivers his State of the Union address.  The economy is expected to be a main focus, but gun violence and what to do about it will surely be one of the president's talking points. In the meantime, a stand-off is brewing between states and the federal government over the exact meaning of the right to bear arms. CNN's Tommy Andres talked with Constitutional Law Professor Kermit Roosevelt from the University of Pennsylvania:

"A state legislature could enact a resolution saying we don't like this federal law. We wish it didn't exist. We wish we didn't have to follow it. But, all the same, they do have to follow it. This is probably more political grandstanding than complete ignorance about the relations between states and the federal government."

  • At first it was just a small scandal in Ireland.  But now all of Europe is buzzing with word that traces of horse meat have been found in packaged beef products. CNN's Dan Rivers in London says it appears the horse meat can be traced back to two slaughterhouses in Romania:

"There's a huge supply chain involved that goes from Romania to the Netherlands, Cyprus, France and eventually to the food distribution companies."

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