The Vatican's Ancient Monarchy, TV's Glass Tsunami, and 'World War Z'

The Atlantic

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Top Stories: Spending on prescription drugs dropped in 2012, but the potential for that to rise exists, and experts are concerned that "the ever-expanding use of generics has masked a growing problem for the government."

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World: Even though Pope Francis has shown humility, the Vatican remains "an ancient monarchy in which the pope is treated like a king, branches of the hierarchy are run like medieval fiefs and supplicants vie for access and influence." 

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U.S.: With certain monitors and TV sets becoming obsolete there has been a decrease in demand "for the recycled tube glass used in them," and has created "what industry experts call a 'glass tsunami' as stockpiles of the useless material accumulate across the country" 

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New York: Mayor Bloomberg is now attempting to make stores hide their cigarettes

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Business: Plans for a Cyprus bailout have caused a ripple effect of nerves throughout Europe

Science: A sun storm could seriously disrupt life on Earth but "scientists say it is impossible to predict when the next monster solar storm will erupt — and equally important, whether Earth will lie in its path." 

Sports: Live shots of teams chosen for the N.C.A.A. tournament "can rank among the most emotional and valuable, especially for the smaller universities, potential upset artists in the making," like Florida Gulf Coast.  

Opinion: Paul C. Broun Jr., a Republican, on Paul Ryan's budget proposal and how it is "anything but" a "Path to Prosperity." 

Movies: Brad Pitt's World War Z, like other big movies, has taken a while to be made, almost missing out on the zombie craze that "it anticipated almost a decade ago." 

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