10 Things to know for Friday, Feb. 15

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times EST):

1. A BELATED “‘TRIUMPH” FOR PASSENGERS
  A Carnival cruise ship disabled for five days in the Gulf finally docks, an odyssey passengers say was marked by overflowing toilets, food shortages and foul odors. DISABLED CRUISE SHIP

2. “BLADE RUNNER” CHARGED, WEEPS IN COURT
Prosecutors to pursue premeditated murder charge against double-amputee superstar sprinter Oscar Pistorius, accused of killing model girlfriend in South Africa. PISTORIUS-SHOOTING

3. WHAT FLASHED THROUGH RUSSIAN SKIES
  A meteor streaks across the sky above the Ural Mountains, causing explosions and reportedly injuring around 400 people, most by broken glass. RUSSIA-METEORITE

4. DORNER PROBE REACHES NEXT PHASE
As investigators examine the burned human remains found after a shootout at a California cabin, how the ex-LAPD officer suspected of killing four died may prove elusive. LAPD REVENGE KILLINGS

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. GAY MARRIAGE-REPUBLICANS

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. CLOSEST ASTEROID

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. PAKISTAN-TROUBLED TALIBAN

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. CHARITY BAR

9. NO TIGER BLOOD REQUIRED FOR THIS ALTRUISM
Actor Charlie Sheen donates $10,000 for therapy dog to help girl severely injured in Wisconsin. AMUSEMENT RIDE-ACCIDENT-SHEEN

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. THE DIRTY GAME-THE MONEY MAN


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 



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