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Whitney Houston's body taken to morgue for autopsy; Romney wraps up Maine and CPAC; European cold snap continues; Microsoft's answer to iPad?


  (Image source: Wikimedia Commons ) BY NATHAN BYRNE This is Newsy Now and here are your headlines. Pop icon Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room late Saturday afternoon. No cause of death has been released, but Houston's body wasmoved to the L.A. County Morgue this morning, where an autopsy will be performed, The Los Angeles Times reports. CNN covered the social media outpouring this morning. “ links you over to an official Facebook, which is getting tens of thousands of posts and they keep increasing. ...Twitter had an incredible number of tweets come through. People weighing in on Whitney Houston here.” In political news, Mitt Romney takes two. The GOP front-runner grabbed the non-binding caucus in Maine and the endorsement of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Saturday. Former vice-presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin spoke to end the CPAC event, but didn’t endorse a candidate. Here’s  Boston’s WCVB ... PALIN: “Our candidate must be someone who can instinctively turn right to Constitutional conservative principles.” In Europe, the cold snap continues across parts of the continent. More snow makes it difficult for army police and firefighters to clear routes for delivering food and water, says euronews ... “Europe’s big freeze has deepened. Fresh snowfalls have swept across parts of the continent. The number of deaths has risen. ...‘No leader has come to ask us if we’re still alive,’ says this woman. ‘It’s only today they have sent emergency services to help us.’” Get ready for Microsoft to potentially crash the tablet party. A writer for CNET says Microsoft could be poised to compete with the iPad. The writer points to Microsoft Office 15 apps and competitive pricing with Android tablets and iPads as key items. Stay with Newsy for more news analyses throughout the day. For Newsy Now, I’m Nathan Byrne, highlighting the top headlines, making you smarter, faster.