TGIF! 15+ things to know for Friday

Photographers take photos of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Photographers take photos of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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

1. PISTORIUS FREE ON BAIL: The magistrate ruled that double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius can be freed before trial in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

2. MASSIVE STORM THREATENS MORE STATES: A major snowstorm promises a messy Upper Midwest commute after shuttering Missouri airports and blanketing Kansas.

3. WHO'S NOT BENEFITING FROM FLU SHOTS: This year's vaccine is proving startlingly ineffective in protecting older Americans — the most vulnerable age group.

4. GOVERNMENT SHRINKS AMID GOP DEMAND FOR MORE CUTS: The recent downsizing is most pronounced at the state and local levels on payroll, equipment, buildings and other core functions.

5. DREW PETERSON GETS 38 YEARS IN PRISON: The sentence comes in an Illinois court after the ex-cop angrily denies killing his third wife.

6. DRAMATIC CAR CHASE SHOOTOUT ON THE VEGAS STRIP: Police hunt for a Range Rover that set off the fiery crash that left 3 people killed.

7. SOME TROOPS MAY BE SUFFERING FROM 'MORAL INJURIES': Symptoms include deep shame, guilt and rage from having done something, or failed to stop something that violates their moral code.

8. EGYPT'S ISLAMIST PRESIDENT CALLS FOR NEW ELECTIONS: Morsi's call for 4-stage parliamentary balloting comes against the backdrop of a divided country.

9. SCIENTISTS' PRESCRIPTION TO BATTLE A SLITHERY ENEMY: Dead mice laced with the active ingredient in Tylenol to be unleashed in Guam's jungle canopy to fight the brown tree snake.

10. GOODBYE WALLETS? COLLEGE TESTS FINGERPRINT PURCHASING: Users scan their fingers with a device that recognizes their prints and detects hemoglobin in the blood at two South Dakota campus shops.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA

1. PSC ASKS COURT TO RETURN FPL CASE: The Public Service Commission wants the state Supreme Court to return a Florida Power & Light Co. rate settlement for reconsideration. The state's consumer advocate, Public Counsel J.R. Kelly, appealed the settlement, which increased FPL's base rates, to the high court on Feb. 7.

2. TAMPA MOM WILL BE EVALUATED BEFORE TRIAL: Prosecutors will hire state-retained psychologists to evaluate Julie Schenecker, the Tampa mother accused of fatally shooting her two children in 2011. A court hearing was held Thursday for Schenecker. She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

3. FLORIDA IMAM'S 4TH DAY TESTIFYING IN TALIBAN TRIAL: A Muslim cleric accused of financially supporting the Pakistani Taliban is on the witness stand for a fourth day in a Miami federal courtroom. Prosecutors expect Friday to finish what has been a combative cross-examination of 77-year-old Hafiz Khan. The judge overseeing the case has repeatedly admonished Khan not to give rambling or insulting answers.

4. KEY DEPOSITION SOUGHT IN TRAYVON MARTIN CASE: Defense attorneys for the former neighborhood watch leader accused in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin are seeking to obtain a deposition from a witness who says she was on the phone with the teenager before he was killed. George Zimmerman's lead attorney, Mark O'Mara, will present a motion to the judge on Friday asking to question the woman known as Witness 8.

5. FAMU STILL NEGOTIATING TO END HAZING LAWSUIT: Florida A&M University is still trying to resolve a lawsuit filed by the family of a drum major who died following a hazing ritual. The university board held an emergency meeting on Thursday night to discuss the lawsuit filed by the family of Robert Champion. Champion died in November 2011.

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TODAY AND EVERY DAY: Click here for links to recent arrest reports and mug shots in Collier and Lee counties.

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