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February 28th, 2013
09:54 AM ET

'Politicking' before papal conclave? Father Beck & Msgr. Hilgartner on the behind-the-scenes in the pope selection

CNN contributor Father Beck and Msgr. Hilgartner discuss the changes in Pope Benedict XVI's attire once he steps down.

Filed under: Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican
February 28th, 2013
09:40 AM ET

VIDEO: Clothing, shoes, ring to be retired after Pope Benedict XVI steps down

CNN contributor Father Beck and Msgr. Hilgartner discuss the changes in Pope Benedict XVI's attire once he steps down.

Filed under: Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican
February 28th, 2013
08:11 AM ET

WANTED: Future pope with global vision, 'salesmanship' skills, management ability – John Allen explains

CNN analyst John Allen on Pope Benedict XVI's final message to the cardinals and future direction of the church.

Filed under: Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican
February 27th, 2013
07:12 AM ET

Study: Rise in advanced breast cancer rates in young women – Elizabeth Cohen reports


Diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer in women younger than 40 has increased 2% a year, every year, from 1976 to 2009, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The increase was seen in women aged 25 to 39 of all races and ethnicities, living in both rural and urban areas.

It's a devastating diagnosis, particularly because a woman younger than 40 who is diagnosed with breast cancer is more likely to have an aggressive form of the disease and face lower survival rates.

But for perspective, the overall population of women who are affected still remains small.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains the study and what it could mean for early detection recommendations.

READ MORE: Metastatic breast cancer rising in patients younger than 40

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February 27th, 2013
06:59 AM ET

CNN's John Allen: Pope Benedict XVI 'emotional' in final public appearance (video)

Sr. Vatican Analyst John Allen on Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience in his role at the head of Catholic Church.

February 27th, 2013
06:49 AM ET

FORTUNE EXCLUSIVE: 60 U.S. companies to file brief supporting same-sex marriage – Christine Romans reports

This morning, "FORTUNE" Magazine has an exclusive, noting that at least 60 companies will be filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage. Companies include AIG, Becton Dickinson, Cisco, Cummins, Kimpton, Levi Strauss, McGraw Hill, NCR, Nike, Office Depot, Oracle, Panasonic, Qualcomm, and Xerox.

This morning on "Early Start," Christine Romans breaks down the "FORTUNE" report and what it could mean for benefits for same-sex couples.

Filed under: Same sex marriage
February 27th, 2013
06:10 AM ET

Midwest states clean up after blizzard wreaks havoc – Ted Rowlands reports


CNN) - The worst of a brutal winter storm may be over for many, but plenty of residents of the Great Plains and Kansas are still coping with its effects.

Ice and falling branches downed power lines that are still to be repaired. And the heavy, wet snow made getting around difficult, whether by car or by foot.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Ted Rowlands reports on the cleanup efforts in states affected by the blizzard, and how eastern states are preparing for the storm.

READ MORE: Snowstorm loses steam, but still packs a punch from Missouri to Maine

Filed under: Severe weather
February 27th, 2013
05:02 AM ET

VIDEO: Pope Benedict arrives in St. Peter's Square for final general audience


Rome (CNN) - Throngs of Roman Catholic faithful flocked to St. Peter's Square on Wednesday to hear the final public words of Pope Benedict XVI a day before he steps down and retreats into a life of seclusion.

Vatican officials said 50,000 tickets had been handed out for Benedict's final general audience - but tens of thousands more are expected to witness the historic moment in person.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Christiane Amanpour reports live as Pope Benedict XVI arrives for the last time in St. Peter's Square for his final general audience.

READ MORE: Big crowds gather for Benedict's final papal audience

February 26th, 2013
11:42 AM ET

Blizzard batters U.S. heartland, spreads snowy mess into the Midwest – Kansas City Mayor Sly James weighs in

A historic blizzard which hit the Midwest is the the second major storm to hit the region in less than one week. People have been killed, one on an icy road in Kansas. The other at a home in Oklahoma – where the roof collapsed under the weight of the snow.

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect as far as Illinois, as this massive system tracks north and east with Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Michigan next on its hit list.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James joins "Early Start" by phone to discuss the latest developments in this historic blizzard that is hiting the Midwest.

James says, “We are fortunate that we’ve got a great crew of people out working with us, and they’ve been out on the road for quite some time to keep things as clear as possible, but we’re monitoring the situation." He adds, "We’re doing everything we can. We’ve got a great group of citizens who are heading our warnings, at least so far, and trying to stay off the roads, stay at home, and that helps quite a bit. We’ll get through this.”

Filed under: Weather
February 25th, 2013
08:14 AM ET

Cardinal O'Brien resigns after abuse claims as Pope Benedict XVI's reign comes to an end – Becky Anderson reports


Rome, Italy (CNN) - Scotland's Roman Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has resigned amid allegations that he abused four men studying to be priests in the 1980s.

Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation last week, the Vatican said in a statement released Monday.

O'Brien said he submitted his resignation to the pope months ago, citing his upcoming 75th birthday and his health, according to a statement released by the Scottish Catholic Media Office.

The resignation follows a Sunday report by the British newspaper The Observer that three priests and one former priest leveled allegations against O'Brien that date back 30 years.

This also comes amidst the final days of Pope Benedict XVI's reign, and the ramp up for the election of a new pope begins. CNN's Becky Anderson reports on the latest.

READ MORE: Scotland's Roman Catholic archbishop, mired in abuse claim, resigns

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