From the Wires

More kids diagnosed with autism, CDC report suggests

ABCnews.com: 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

CBSnews.com: 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

CNN.com: The athletic company announces a large recall of black yoga pants that were unintentionally see-through.

'Lost' tectonic plate found in California

Livescience.com: 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

CNN.com: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, the new pope, is breaking historic ground by choosing the name Francis.

Is son of Ron Paul GOP favorite?

Salon.com: 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

CBSnews.com: 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.