Oscar Pistorius will be charged with murder; an asteroid will narrowly miss Earth; and debris from a meteor showers Siberia. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s cancelled tour will cost her millions; cops pose for pictures with 2 Chainz after arresting him for marijuana possession; and IFC acquires Lindsy Lohan’s latest film.
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Oscar Pistorius weeps as court hears murder charge, http://bbc.in/Z1nEKC
Prosecutors announced in court that they would pursue a “premeditated murder” charge in the case of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic and Paralympic track star accused of killing his girlfriend. Pistorius, who is still being held in police custody, released a statement saying he will dispute the charge in the “strongest terms.” Sources claim South Africa is stunned by the events surrounding Pistorius, a national hero who became the first double-amputee to compete in track at the London Olympic Games.
Asteroid will buzz Earth, miss by 17,150 miles, http://abcn.ws/Um7T26
An asteroid the size of an apartment will narrowly miss Earth by about 17,150 miles, NASA is reporting. Though scientists are certain the rock will not hit Earth, its passing provides an opportunity for scientists to learn how to keep future asteroids at bay and also motivates astronauts to step up preventative measures. If an asteroid of this size were to hit, it would release an energy equivalent to 2.4 million tons of TNT.
Debris and a Boom, Likely from a Meteor, Hit Siberia, http://nyti.ms/WMTkVu
Over 1,000 people were injured when fragments of a meteor began falling in Western Siberia this morning, along with a shock wave that damaged buildings across the area. Russian scientists say a bolide, or 10-ton meteor, caused the blast, and most injuries resulted from shards of shattered glass. Area residents saw a huge flash followed by the sounds of car alarms, set off by the sonic boom. The Russian government has deployed seven airplanes and 20,000 on foot to search for fallen meteorites.
Republicans relish extended Hagel confirmation fight, http://politi.co/XDt0Jm
Senate Republicans succeeded in delaying the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense for another week, with a 58-40 vote that left Democrats unable to come up with the 60 votes needed to end the Republican filibuster. Democrats say they remain confident Hagel will be confirmed at the next Senate vote which will take place after a ten day recess.
Weary passengers fan out for homes after finally getting off crippled cruise ship, http://wapo.st/Z2MiL6
The Carnival cruise ship that caught fire off the coast of Mexico finally docked in Mobile, Alabama, after 4,200 passengers had spent five days on a ship with no electricity or working toilets. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into what caused the fire and investigating how to prevent such incidents in the future. Carnival has cancelled its cruises until at least April and is promising passengers a full refund and future cruise discounts in addition to $500 in compensation. “We pride ourselves on providing our guests with a great vacation experience, and clearly we failed in this case,” said Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill.
GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell supports bill to legalize hemp production, http://nbcnews.to/12JF6DL
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell forged an unlikely alliance with Oregon Senate Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to cosponsor a bill allowing American farmers to grow hemp. McConnell and fellow senator Rand Paul claim allowing the growth of industrial hemp would give Kentucky farmers an economic lift. “During these tough economic times, this legislation has the potential to create jobs and provide a boost to Kentucky’s economy and to our farmers and their families,” McConnell said. Though the Chamber of Commerce in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky supports legalization of hemp, law enforcement groups worry it could lead to marijuana legalization.
Lady Gaga Tour Cancellation Will Cost Millions, http://huff.to/YknVY6
2 Chainz ARRESTED for Weed– Says Cops Wanted Pics, http://tmz.me/Z2lzOx
Lindsay Lohan Starrer ‘The Canyons” Acquired by IFC, http://bit.ly/12pu8I7
Taylor Swift Ex Conor Kennedy Arrested, http://eonli.ne/XCt5kb