From the Wires

More kids diagnosed with autism, CDC report suggests A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.

Assault weapons ban dropped Citing the minimal support for legislation that would ban assault weapons, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would leave the proposal out of the gun violence bill.

Chimps: the original team players

Los Angeles Times: Humans aren't alone in the ability to work together toward a common goal. Many executives would be pleased by chimpanzees' selfless efforts to further their unit's objectives

Obama pardons 17 felons

New York Times: President Obama issued pardons to 17 felons, the first of his second term.

Lululemon recalls see-through pants The athletic company announces a large recall of black yoga pants that were unintentionally see-through.

'Lost' tectonic plate found in California A tectonic plate that disappeared under North America millions of years ago is still visible in central California and Mexico, new research finds.

Pope's name breaks new ground Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, the new pope, is breaking historic ground by choosing the name Francis.

Is son of Ron Paul GOP favorite? When Rand Paul was announced as the winner of the Republican presidential straw poll at CPAC over the weekend, there was no chorus of boos from the  conservatives, a far cry from the response when his father won the same event a few years ago.

Florida university closes after suicide, bombs found

Reuters: The University of Central Florida closed its main campus in Orlando on Monday while police investigated an apparent suicide and a number of bombs.

North Korea launches missiles into Sea of Japan

The Atlantic: North Korea has launched several short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan, less than a week after declaring their armistice with South Korea is over.

Another Carnival cruise ship in trouble Carnival Cruise Lines says two more of its ships had mechanical problems Thursday.

Republican senator reverses stance on gay marriage

Reuters: Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman said he reversed his opposition to same-sex marriage after learning in 2011 that his son is gay.

Particle confirmed as Higgs boson

NBC: A newfound particle was confirmed as a Higgs boson.