From the Wires

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.

Texting drivers may violate law in New Jersey A New Jersey state appeals court warns don't knowingly text a driver -- or you could be held liable if he causes a crash.

Scientists close in on age-related memory loss

CBS News: New research is helping identify early warning signs of age-related memory problems and its causes.

Fast food workers prepare for nationwide strike

Boston Globe: Thousands of workers in 50 U.S. cities are expected to take part in a one-day strike Thursday, demanding $15-an-hour wages and the right to unionize.

Toilet paper more valuable than rupee in India

YahooFinance:  Toilet paper is holding its value in dollars better than the nation's currency.

Corporate breaks at risk in tax plan

Reuters: Billions of dollars in U.S. tax breaks prized by manufacturers, energy companies and other industries could be targeted for elimination.

U.S. poised to strike in Syria

LA Times: The U.S. has naval and air forces poised to strike Syria if President Obama gives the order.

All 25,000 applicants fail Liberia college admissions exam

BBC: Not a single candidate passed this year's admission exam to the University of Liberia.