10 things to know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, from the AP:

1. SPREADING THE BLAME FOR BUDGET CUTS

The White House and Republicans kept up the mudslinging over who’s to blame for $85 billion in budget cuts set to take effect this week.

garfield-monday2. OSCARS HOST GETS A VISIT FROM CAPT. KIRK

Seth MacFarlane‘s show opener included a celestial skit with Star Trek’s William Shatner.

3. CONCERNS OF NEW PALESTINIAN UPRISING

The mysterious death of a Palestinian man in Israeli custody comes at a time of rising West Bank tensions.

4. AN ESCAPE CLAUSE FOR VOTING RIGHTS LAW

Obama and civil rights groups are defending the landmark law at the Supreme Court by pointing to a clause that allows reformed governments to bail out.

5. WHO’S USING CAPTURED TANKS IN NEW OFFENSIVE

Syrian rebels are employing the armor in an attempt to capture a government complex on the outskirts of Aleppo.

6. WHAT POPE BENEDICT SAID IN HIS FINAL SUNDAY BLESSING

The pontiff said God had called him to dedicate himself “even more to prayer and meditation,” which he will do in a monastery.

7. HOW A FLORIDA COMMUNITY HAS CHANGED AFTER A SHOOTING

A year after Trayvon Martin was killed, leaders in Sanford have established a community relations panel to help ease racial tensions.

8. ANOTHER PISTORIUS CHARGED IN SOUTH AFRICA

The older brother of Oscar Pistorius was charged in a 2008 fatal traffic accident.

9. ‘CANNIBAL COP’ ADMITS TO FANTASIES

But lawyers for Gilberto Valle hope to convince a jury that his thoughts were so over-the-top that they couldn’t be taken seriously.

10. JIMMIE JOHNSON CRUISES TO 2ND DAYTONA 500 WIN

Danica Patrick also made history as the first woman to lead the race, but finished eighth.

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