The Vatican announced the conclave will begin on Tuesday, while in the United States jurors questioned Jodi Arias at her murder trial and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul filibustered for nearly 13 hours on the Senate floor. Click through to see the events that made news this week.
|'The Conclave Will Not Be Short'|
Now that the conclave to elect the next pope will begin Tuesday, a political drama appears to be unfolding behind closed doors at the Vatican, with Italian media reporting that U.S. cardinals are trying to sway the selection process.
The reformers -- reportedly led by the U.S. delegation -- essentially want a new sheriff in town to clean the place up, possibly even an American. The Vatican has been so fraught with scandal in recent years that the Italian media are all but cheering them on.
The first vote will take place Tuesday night, but don't expect white smoke right away indicating that the process is over. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington told the Turin newspaper La Stampa: "The conclave will not be short."
|'I Would Go for Another 12 Hours and Try to Break Strom Thurmond's Record, But I Have Learned There Are Limits And I Have to Go Take Care of One of Those Right Now.'|
Rand Paul yielded the Senate floor and his live filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to head the CIA at 12:39 a.m. -- a little less than 13 hours after he started talking.
"I would go for another 12 hours and try to break Strom Thurmond's record, but I have learned there are limits and I have to go take care of one of those right now," Paul said.
The Kentucky senator demanded Attorney General Eric Holder issue a statement saying that drones would not be used in the United States to kill terrorism suspect who are citizens.
Holder complied, and said the president does not have authority to use a drone on a U.S. citizen on American soil if the citizen is not engaged in combat.
|'If I'm Convicted, That's Because of My Own Bad Choices.'|
Accused murderer Jodi Arias made a dramatic final plea to the jury in her murder trial, asking them to believe her.
"Why should anyone believe you now? That is the ultimate question, Jodi. Why should we believe you now?" defense attorney Kirk Nurmi asked Arias in his final question to her during the trial.
Arias, 32, spent two days answering questions from the jury that showed skepticism among jurors, one of whom asked her outright why the jury should believe what she says on the stand after she admitted to so many lies. Arias could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008.
During Nurmi's follow-up questions, Arias turned in her seat to face the jury and speak to them directly.
"Like I said before, I lied a lot. Each of those lies tied back to two things: protecting his ego, no, his reputation, and my own, and second, relating to any involvement in his death," she said.
Arias then paused dramatically.
"I understand that there will always be questions, but all I can do, at this point, is say what happened to the best of my recollection. If I'm convicted, that's because of my own bad choices," she said as prosecutor Juan Martinez objected loudly.
|'I Was Beating My Little Beads With the Bottle and I Was Singing a Song.'|
The family of an elderly Florida woman is furious that she was hauled off a commuter train because she was singing spirituals and are considering legal action.
The family of Emma Anderson, 82, claim she was injured by a Miami-Dade Transit security guard who they said roughly yanked her from a train seat and escorted her off the train on Feb. 20.
Anderson of Miami-Dade, was singing spiritual hymns from her train seat when a security guard asked her to stop. The security guard told Anderson that she was being disruptive.
"I was beating my little beads with the bottle and I was singing a song, and he came up to me and said, 'Ma'am, you're making too much noise,'" Anderson told ABC News affiliate WPLG.
A passenger started recording Anderson and the guard's interaction on his cell phone. The video shows Anderson being forcibly removed from the train.
|'Even Though She Was Only With Us for a Little Over Two Months, She Was Part of Our Family.'|
Dianna Hanson, the 24-year-old intern killed by a lion inside an enclosure at a big cat sanctuary in California, died of a broken neck, a Fresno County coroner revealed Thursday.
The coroner said Hanson died instantly and that the 4-year-old male African lion named Cous Cous caused additional wounds to the woman's body after her death.
The body of the 500-pound lion, shot dead after killing Hanson, is now at a vet facility in Tulare County awaiting a necropsy to determine what may have caused the fatal attack.
Hanson was two months into an internship program at the Cat Haven in Dunlap, a small town in Fresno County near King's Canyon National Park, when she was killed.
"Even though she was only with us for a little over two months, she was part of our family," said Wendy Debbas, the president of Project Survival Cat Haven, a non-profit group associated with the sanctuary. "She made instant friendships with everybody up here. Everybody loved her."
|'It Just Boggles My Mind That We're Here.'|
Martha Stewart referred to herself as an "uber-designer" when she returned to a New York courtroom Tuesday to testify in a legal spat between Macy's Inc. and J.C. Penney Co. over which retailer has rights to the domestic diva's product line.
Macy's sued Martha Stewart Living for breach of contract in 2012, saying an agreement to sell products at J.C. Penney in 2011 ran counter to Stewart's deal with Macy's in 2006. Macy's then sued J.C. Penney last year, saying it interfered with its contract.
Stewart, 71, took the stand in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. It's been eight years since she was convicted of lying to authorities about her sale of ImClone stock and served a prison term.
"It just boggles my mind that we're here," Stewart testified in court.
|'What We Want to Do Is Give Everyone in the World the Most Personalized Newspaper.'|
As expected, Facebook unveiled its brand-new News Feed Thursday at an event at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
The new feed -- that big list of updates you see when you log into Facebook -- has been completely revamped, with larger images and separate feeds for different types of content. It will start rolling out today to Facebook users, though the company says it is "taking a slow measured approach" and not everyone will see it right away.
"What we want to do is give everyone in the world the most personalized newspaper," CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg said at the beginning of the event. "It should have a front page, but also let you drill down in any topic you want."