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February 15, 2013

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CLINTON — Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

1. WHAT PASSENGERS ARE DOING AFTER BELATED "TRIUMPH"

After five numbing days at sea aboard the disabled Carnival cruise ship, passengers are checking into hotels for a hot shower, fresh-cooked food and sleep or boarding buses for a long haul home.

2. "BLADE RUNNER" CHARGED, WEEPS IN COURT

Prosecutors to pursue premeditated murder charge against Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius, accused of killing his model girlfriend in South Africa.

3. WHAT FLASHED THROUGH RUSSIAN SKIES

A meteor estimated to weigh 10 tons streaks across the sky above the Ural Mountains, causing explosions and reportedly injuring hundreds of people, most by broken glass.

4. DORNER PROBE REACHES NEXT PHASE

As investigators examine the burned human remains found after a shootout at a California cabin, how the ex-LA police officer suspected of killing four people died may prove elusive.

5. THE CONSEQUENCES OF BACKING GAY MARRIAGE

An AP analysis of same-sex marriage votes in eight states show that Republican lawmakers who backed it often faced consequences — including loss of their seats.

6. A REAL CLOSE ENCOUNTER

NASA promises a 150-foot asteroid hurtling toward Earth's backyard will miss the planet by 17,150 miles, but it's destined to make the closest known flyby for a rock of this size.

7. SOME QUESTION PAKISTANI TALIBAN LEADER'S MOTIVES

Those familiar with the militant group say the chief's peace offering is an attempt to regain stature, silence critics and gain concessions from a weak government.

8. BOTTOMS UP, FOR A GOOD CAUSE

A new Houston bar is offering its customers a pledge that 100 percent of its profits will be donated to a different local charity or social cause each month.

9. NO TIGER BLOOD REQUIRED FOR THIS ALTRUISM

Charlie Sheen donates $10,000 for a therapy dog to help a Florida girl severely injured in an amusement park ride in Wisconsin.

10. WHO MAY BE BEHIND SUSPECTED MATCH FIXING

Prosecutors investigating dozens of Italian soccer games they believe were fixed have followed a trail back to a mysterious figure in Singapore.

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  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week.

    April 18, 2014

  • NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

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  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

    The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only right about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws governing the handling of eyewitnesses and their accounts of crimes.

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  • VIDEO: Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

    The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

    April 17, 2014

  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    April 17, 2014

  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

    April 17, 2014

  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

    Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

    April 17, 2014

  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

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