The announcement Sunday put a date on the end of the Castro era for the first time. He tapped rising star Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top lieutenant and first in the line of succession.
Jimmie Johnson has won the Daytona 500, one day after crash during a race there injured fans. Danica Patrick, who was hoping to make history by winning, finished eighth. However, she managed to become the first woman in history to lead laps at the NASCAR race.
Pope Benedict XVI leaves the church in the midst of change: American Catholics' social views tend to diverge from the Vatican's, and the church now sees much of its support in South America and Africa. One former member of the College of Cardinals says the next pope will have to be aware of the church's needs in South America.