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Samsung Galaxy S4, Carly Rose Sonenclar: Top 5 stories for Thursday, March 14
1) Welcome, Pope Francis! It took the papal conclave just two days to elect Cardinal Jorge Mario Begoglio as the 266th pope after his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, stepped down Feb. 28. Next up: The papal inauguration Mass, when observers will closely analyze everything about Pope Francis, from his choice of raiment to the words in his homily, for hints about the direction he may take the Catholic Church in the coming years.
2) Will the Dow go 10 for 10? In its longest winning streak since 1996, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at 14,455.28 Wednesday. It has risen every day this month and is up 10.3 percent for the year.
3) Samsung's long-awaited Galaxy S4 will be released Thursday with a special event right in our backyard at Radio City Music Hall. Like the cyclical speculation that surrounds every iPhone release, the rumor mill has been working overtime in advance of Samsung's latest entry in the smartphone wars. Will the new Galaxy feature eye-tracking technology and touchless commands? We're about to find out.
4) How will the upstate police standoff end? As of late Wednesday, cops were still surrounding the bar where 64-year-old Kurt Myers hunkered down after allegedly killing four people in Herkimer, a village of under 8,000 people east of Utica. Cops are playing it safe after the loss of life. State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said his troopers were in "no rush to bring this to a conclusion" after Myers allegedly took shots at them from inside the bar.
5) Hudson Valley's own singing sweetheart Carly Rose Sonenclar takes to the stage again at the Starlight Foundation's annual gala in New York City. The Mamaroneck teen, who was propelled to fame in the second season of "The X Factor," is expected to belt out her own rendition of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good."
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