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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House confirms that President Barack Obama will be nominating former senator Chuck Hagel and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan today to be key players in his second-term national security team. Hagel is Obama's choice to be defense secretary, while Brennan is being nominated to lead the CIA. Along with John Kerry -- who is nominated to be secretary of state -- Brennan and Hagel would play major roles in shaping and implementing Obama's national security priorities for the next four years.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Survivors of July's movie theater shooting in Colorado, and family members of the 12 people who died, are expected to be in court today for the start of a preliminary hearing for the accused gunman, James Holmes. Court officials also expect an overflow crowd of spectators and reporters, for a hearing that is expected to last all week. Prosecutors are expected to outline their case against Holmes. Analysts say the hearing could set the stage for a negotiated plea deal.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't overturn a Georgia law banning firearms in churches and other places of worship. The high court today refused to hear an appeal asking the justices to overturn a lower court decision upholding the law. Foes of the ban argued that it puts a burden on "religiously motivated conduct."

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who receive Social Security benefits can't reject Medicare benefits. That ruling from a federal appeals court will stand, now that the Supreme Court is refusing to hear a challenge to it. The challenge came from former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and others who say they have a right to reject Medicare in favor of continuing health coverage from private insurers.

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street, pulling the S&P 500 index down from a five-year high it reached last week. Major U.S. companies begin reporting first-quarter earnings this week, beginning tomorrow with the aluminum maker Alcoa.

 

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