Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHAT FLASHED THROUGH RUSSIAN SKIES: A meteor estimated at 10 tons streaks across the sky above the Ural Mountains, causing explosions and reportedly injuring around 400 people, most by broken glass.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. "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.
5. 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 people died may prove elusive.
6. 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.
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.
5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA
1. CLERIC'S DEFENSE UNCLEAR IN FLORIDA TERROR TRIAL: A federal judge in Miami wants to know how the defense plans to go forward in the trial of an elderly Muslim cleric accused of supporting the Pakistani Taliban. Witnesses for 77-year-old Hafiz Khan began to testify earlier this week via live video feed from Pakistan, but that ended when the transmission was mysteriously cut off. Alternatives included moving the witnesses to the United Arab Emirates and having some of them travel to the U.S. to testify.
2. DEATH NO BAR TO FLORIDA NURSING HOME ARBITRATION: The Florida Supreme Court says nursing home arbitration agreements signed by patients remain valid even if they should die. The seven justices unanimously agreed that Henry Lee Stewart's survivors cannot sue Avante at Leesburg Inc. for wrongful death and depravation of rights.
3. FLORIDA GOP USES CRIST'S POTENTIAL RUN TO RAISE MONEY: The Republican Party of Florida is using the possibility of former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist running for his old job as a Democrat to motivate donors. In a fundraising letter signed by state GOP Chairman Lenny Curry, the party says President Barack Obama's Florida campaign team is poised to help Crist run for office and the GOP needs help to "fight the Obama/Crist machine with everything we've got."
4. FLORIDA JUSTICES ASKED TO STAY FEB. 26 EXECUTION: New lawyers for a drug trafficker convicted of killing a state trooper 21 years ago with a pipe bomb asked the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to stay his execution, which is set for Feb. 26. Two attorneys recently hired by death row inmate Paul Augustus Howell's brother filed the request.
5. FLORIDA JUSTICES WON'T HEAR JUDGE'S FACEBOOK APPEAL: A judge's removal from a criminal case will stand because he and the prosecutor are Facebook "friends." The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday voted 5-2 against hearing an appeal of the removal.
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