Kristina Courson, left, of Paris, Texas, is embraced by Jamie Hilliard, of Denison, Texas, after getting off the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The ship with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members has been idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire. (AP Photo/G M Andrews)
Friday, February 15, 2013 8:36 am
10 Things to Know for Today
By The Associated Press
1. 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.
2. "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.
3. WHAT FLASHED THROUGH RUSSIAN SKIES
A meteor estimated to weigh 10 tons streaks across the sky above the Ural Mountains, causing explosions and reportedly injuring hundreds of people, most by broken glass.
4. DORNER PROBE REACHES NEXT PHASE
As investigators examine the burned human remains found after a shootout at a California cabin, how the ex-LA police officer suspected of killing four people died may prove elusive.
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.
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.
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.