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10:35 AM ET, February 15, 2013


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Meteorite hits central Russia, more than 500 people hurt  —  (Reuters) - More than 500 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, sending fireballs crashing to Earth, shattering windows and damaging buildings.
Meteor strike injures hundreds in central Russia  —  The BBC's Daniel Sandford says people described a ball of fire in the sky  —  A meteor crashing in central Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 500 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings.
New York Times:
Meteor Fragments Are Said to Rain Down on Siberia  —  MOSCOW — Bright objects, apparently debris from a meteor, streaked through the sky in western Siberia early on Friday, accompanied by a boom that damaged buildings across a vast territory.  Russia's Interior Ministry said more than 1,000 people …
Daily Mail:
Moment meteorite exploded in the sky above Russian town as doctors treat 950 people injured when sonic boom shattered windows  —  A terrifying meteorite shower left more than 950 people injured, buildings devastated and the mobile network wiped out when it hit Russia this morning.
Howard Amos / Guardian:
Meteorite explosion over Chelyabinsk injures hundreds  —  Almost 500 people hurt as aftershock damages buildings and jammed mobile networks spread panic  —  Almost 500 people have been injured after a huge meteorite flared spectacularly in the skies above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Quartz
Cosmic Log /   ‘Panic’ as streaking meteor injures hundreds in Russia
Associated Press:
Meteor falls in Russia's Chelyabinsk region; 700 injured
Discussion: Guardian, WorldViews and Hot Air
Meteor blast injures hundreds
Discussion: The Jawa Report and This Just In
Meteorite explosion over Russia injures hundreds
Discussion: TechCrunch
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans filibuster Hagel nomination  —  Senate Republicans delivered a sharp rebuke to President Obama on Thursday when they began a filibuster of Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense.  —  The confirmation process stalled Thursday when GOP senators deprived Hagel …
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
McCain Says He's Opposing Hagel Because Hagel Was Mean To Bush  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told us how he really feels about Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on Fox News this afternoon, saying “people don't forget” when you cross your own party.  —  Speaking to Fox News host Neil Cavuto …
Why President Obama went all-in on Chuck Hagel
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Block Vote on Defense Post for Hagel
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House endorses Senate sequester plan, urges House Republicans to act
Discussion: The Reaction
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Over a Decade, Maureen O'Connor Spent $1 Billion on Bets  —  LOS ANGELES — A former mayor of San Diego spent the last decade wagering more than a billion dollars at casinos across the country, eventually liquidating her savings, auctioning her belongings, selling off real estate …
Judicial Watch:
JW Releases Confidential USDA Videos Revealing “Cultural Sensitivity Training” Program … Videos Reveal Indoctrination Program Requiring USDA Staffers to Bang on Tables, Chant, “The pilgrims were illegal aliens”  —  (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch today released previously unseen USDA videos revealing …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Confidential, expensive USDA sensitivity training: ‘The Pilgrims were illegal aliens’ [VIDEOS]
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Congressional pay cut undermines dignity of the job  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers' jobs.  —  “I don't think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Rubio and the Zombies  —  The State of the Union address was not, I'm sorry to say, very interesting.  True, the president offered many good ideas.  But we already know that almost none of those ideas will make it past a hostile House of Representatives.  —  On the other hand, the G.O.P. reply …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Lone Star rising  —  AUSTIN, Texas — California fancies itself as a trendsetter and Florida prizes its claim as a microcosm of America.  —  But when it comes to politics — both present-day battles and future trends — ground zero right now is the fastest-growing of the mega-states: Texas.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
With 2 weeks until deadline, $85B sequester is looking inevitable  —  The question in Washington is no longer whether the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester will be implemented: It's when and even if the spending reductions will ever be shut off.
CBS Denver:
Parents Complain About School Ad Excluding Whites From Tutoring Program  —  AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) - A school principal said no white children were allowed at an after-school tutoring program, and now some parents call it discrimination.  —  The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Rahm Emanuel May Be Toying With 2016 Presidential Run  —  Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel might make a go for 2016, two well-connected Democrats tell Lloyd Grove—as long as Hillary doesn't.  And the potty-mouthed Chicago mayor could win.  —  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel …
Phil Plait / Slate:
BREAKING: Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Sonic Boom Shatters Windows [UPDATED]  —  Still frame from a dashcam video of a huge meteor over Russia. … Apparently, at about 09:30 local time, a very big meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia just east of the Ural mountains …
Discussion: Quartz and The Maddow Blog
CBS News:
Oscar Pistorius weeps in court as he appears to face murder charge in shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Oscar Pistorius held his head in his hands and wept openly in court Friday as prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder against the Paralympic superstar.
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