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February 21, 2013

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1. PISTORIUS INVESTIGATOR FACES ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES

Detective Hilton Botha, who gave confusing testimony at the Olympian's bail hearing, is charged in a 2011 shooting that wounded seven.

2. SYRIA CAR BOMB KILLS 31

The bomb struck a security checkpoint in Damascus near the ruling Baath party headquarters and the Russian Embassy.

3. MIDWEST SNOWSTORM BEARS DOWN

Officials predicted more than a foot of snow and a storm to rival a February 2011 blizzard that killed more than two dozen people.

4. A FIX FOR THE DREAMLINER

Boeing will propose a way to repair the faulty batteries that have kept the jets grounded for more than a month.

5. HACKING PROBE SHIFTS BALANCE OF POWER IN CYBERWARS

The AP's Anne Flaherty says Mandiant's report on China is a victory for the $30 billion a year computer security industry.

6. IS THAT TEST REALLY NECESSARY?

A medical coalition lists over 130 overused treatments, including repeated colonoscopies.

7. A POSSIBLE BOOST FOR SAME-SEX UNIONS

Obama is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's gay marriage ban.

8. WHAT'S IN THE WATER AT A LOS ANGELES HOTEL

Health officials are releasing test results today of the Cecil Hotel's water after a woman's corpse was found in a cistern on the roof.

9. HOW MUCH JUNK FOOD YOU'RE EATING

A study says adults get about 11 percent of their calories from fast food restaurants.

10. A TEASE, BUT NO LOOK AT THE NEW PLAYSTATION

Sony says PS4 adds a touchpad, motion control and a "share" button, but wouldn't reveal a model.

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