From the Wires

USDA lets chickens be sent to China for processing, then back to U.S.

New York Times: The Department of Agriculture approved new rules that allow slaughtered chickens processed in China to be shipped to the U.S.

BBC payoffs cause alarm for New York Times

Reuters: The BBC's former director general Mark Thompson has accused the head of its governing body of misleading Britain's parliament about huge pay-offs to senior executives.

The steakhouse as economic indicator

Fortune: What the sizzle at some legendary chophouses says about the New York economy — and maybe the nation's, too.

Australian teen leaks new iPhone photos

Reuters: An Australian teenager who has built an online following by leaking pictures of upcoming Apple Inc products has the purported fingerprint scanner of the latest iPhone.

Lego now second-biggest toy maker

BBC: Denmark's Lego has become the world's second-biggest toy maker after reporting a 13% increase in sales.

Samsung and Qualcomm release smartwatches

Reuters: Forging a  "wearables" market worth a potential $50 billion, Qualcomm and Samsung have expanded their reach beyond mobile phones.

'Under God' part of Pledge of Allegiance challenged

CNN: The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts is hearing arguments over the "under God" part of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Fukushima radiation readings at new high

Reuters: Radiation readings around tanks holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spiked by more than a fifth to their highest levels.

Power cut leaves Venezuela without electricity

BBC: A power cut has left 70% of Venezuela without electricity, including parts of the capital Caracas.

Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea

New York Times: Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is in North Korea again to visit his "friend" Kim Jong-un.

Red Bull heir faces arrest in Thailand

BBC: Thai authorities will seek to arrest a grandson of Red Bull's billionaire, co-creator Chaleo Yoovidhaya, after he failed to show for court hearing.

Scientists laid off due to budget cuts

CNNMoney: Nearly half of the recipients who get federal science funding say they've recently laid off or will lay off scientists and researchers, because federal grants are tougher to win.

Same-sex married couples to get federal tax breaks

Forbes: Same-sex married couples will get federal tax breaks no matter where they live, the IRS announced.