10 things you need to know today: March 11, 2012

Rick Santorum's Kansas win, a U.S. soldier's disturbing shooting spree, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion

Rick Santorum greets supporters at a rally in Missouri on Saturday: The GOP presidential hopeful cleaned up in Kansas' caucuses, scoring 51 percent of the vote.
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1. RICK SANTORUM WINS KANSAS

The former Pennsylvania senator walloped Mitt Romney in Saturday's Kansas caucuses, scoring 51 percent of the vote to Romney's 21 percent, and taking 33 of the state's 40 delegates. Romney had several smaller Saturday wins of his own, in Wyoming, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Next up are primaries Tuesday in Mississippi and Alabama, which Newt Gingrich has identified as critical to resuscitating his struggling candidacy. [USA Today]

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2. U.S. SOLDIER OPENS FIRE ON AFGHAN CIVILIANS

An unnamed American soldier allegedly walked into at least three homes near a military base in Kandahar early Sunday morning and shot and killed at least 12 Afghan civilians, and perhaps as many as 17. The soldier, whose motive remains unknown, has since surrendered. "This is a horrific incident," said NATO's Capt. Justin Brockhoff. [Al Jazeera English]

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3. JAPAN MARKS DISASTER'S ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Trains halted and Japan's emperor led millions of people in a moment of silence Sunday, marking the one-year anniversary of a deadly earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 19,000 people in 2011. [Bloomberg]

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4. ISRAEL LAUNCHES DEADLY STRIKE ON GAZA

Israeli airstrikes killed at least three people in Gaza on Sunday — including a 12-year-old boy — as Palestinian militants continued to fire rockets into Israel for the third day. This latest round of violence began Friday when an Israeli airstrike killed two militant leaders, prompting Palestinians to launch rockets into Israel in retaliation. [Reuters]

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5. OCCUPY WALL STREET RUNNING OUT OF CASH

The New York protest group may be broke by month's end. A report from OWS's accountants showed that as of March 2, OWS had just $44,828 in its general fund, and $90,000 earmarked as bail money for future protests. The report warned that "at our current rate of expenditure, we will be out of money in THREE WEEKS." [Reuters]

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6. IPAD DEMAND OUTPACES SUPPLY

Mere days after unveiling the latest iteration of its new tablet, Apple has sold out of its initial stock of the new iPad "in every country where it will launch the tablet on Friday." Pre-ordered iPads are now expected to ship on March 19, three days after the devices will be available in stores, and some buyers won't see their orders ship for up to three weeks. [ComputerWorld]

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7. CALIFORNIA POT LEGALIZATION EFFORT "IN DISARRAY"

After five different groups filed paperwork for five separate pot-legalizing ballot initiatives in California, one has called it quits, and the other four "are teetering, vying for last-minute funding" to help them get the 700,000-plus signatures they need by April 20 to qualify for the ballot. In 2010, a pot legalization measure won 46 percent of the vote, just barely missing the majority it needed. [Los Angeles Times]

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8. NCAA TO RELEASE TOURNAMENT BRACKETS TODAY

It's Selection Sunday. At 6 p.m. ET on CBS, the NCAA will release its men's college basketball tournament bracket. Sixty-eight teams will make the cut. The first game of the tournament will be played Tuesday. [SB Nation]

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9. PEYTON MANNING SHOPS AROUND

The legendary QB, cut by the Indianapolis Colts last week after sitting out an entire season with a neck injury, reportedly visited the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, after a Friday stop in Denver to meet with Broncos boss John Elway. The highly-prized QB will reportedly meet with the Miami Dolphins next. [ESPN]

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10. HOUSTON'S DAUGHTER CONSIDERS NAME CHANGE

Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, reportedly wants to change her name to cut ties with her controversial father. The 19-year-old will reportedly change her name to Kristina Houston. [New York Post]

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