Sick of your social media feeds being flooded with posts about the Oscars? Believe it or not, other things have been going on in the world this week besides red carpet coverage – so, for your break from Oscar coverage, here’s your weekly roundup:

1. Ronda Rousey wins first UFC women’s match.

UFC fighting has always been a boy’s club, until now. When MMA fighters Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche fought this week, history was made in the world of women’s sports. When Rousey stepped out of the octagon, she was the first ever champion of the first women’s match in the UFC. Even though the UFC has been around since the 90’s, president Dana White said that there would never be women’s fights because they wouldn’t make money. Looks like he was wrong, judging from the crowd’s reaction to this epic fight!

2. President Raul Castro of Cuba announces his retirement…

…in 2018. After being re-elected by the country’s National Assembly, he announced that this would be his last term. He took over for his brother Fidel in 2006. Will this FINALLY be the end of the Castro dynasty in Cuba?

3. Politics shift on Medicare as the fiscal fight continues

Obama has talked about curbing entitlement spending, and in 2011, Republicans were all about making changes to Medicare. Now they seem to be changing their tune. In an effort to broaden their political appeal, Republicans are rethinking the changes they want to make to Medicare in terms of spending. As if the budget talks could be any more complicated…

4. The Daytona 500 is dangerous…for spectators?

More than two dozen NASCAR fans were injured at the Daytona 500 when a car wreck crashed into the stands. Aside from that, Jimmie Johnson won the race for the second time, and Danica Patrick made history by being the first woman to lead the race – she was in the top ten for most of it. Regardless of the historical aspects of the race, I still don’t know if I would have wanted to be a fan this time…sounds pretty dangerous.

Have a good week!

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