From the Wires

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.

Painkillers are worst drug epidemic in U.S.

Al Jazeera: Fatal overdoses from painkillers have reached epidemic levels, exceeding heroin and cocaine overdoses combined.

Tooth fairy now pays nearly $4

AP: Kids this year get an average of $3.70 under their pillow from the tooth fairy, up from $3 last year.

Justice Dept. won't sue states over marijuana legalization

Los Angeles Times: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal government will not challenge  laws in states such as Colorado and Washington that allow commercial marijuana sales.

Life on earth may have started on Mars

BBC: New research supports an idea that the Red Planet was a better place to kick-start biology billions of years ago than the early Earth was.