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February 20, 2013

10 things to know for today

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

1. POLICE FIND TESTOSTERONE, NEEDLES AT PISTORIUS HOME

The suggestion that the Olympian double-amputee could have used performance-enhancing drugs came at his bail hearing for the killing of his girlfriend.

2. US TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS FOR CYBERESPIONAGE

Obama’s get-tough tactics on China could include fines, penalties and other trade restrictions.

3. HOW ‘UNIT 61398’ OPERATES

The group believed to have orchestrated a U.S. hacking operation from Shanghai recruits from universities and favors English-language skills.

4. GAS EXPLOSION TAKES OUT KANSAS CITY BLOCK

Cadaver dogs are searching through the rubble of a restaurant for bodies. More than a dozen people were injured.

5. GENERAL IN PETRAEUS SCANDAL RETIRES

Marine Gen. John Allen, who cited his wife’s health, had appeared a shoo-in to be the next commander of allied forces in Europe.

6. GREECE GOES ON STRIKE

Unions planned a 24-hour walkout against austerity measures, while unemployment soars to nearly 30 percent in the financially troubled country.

7. WHAT COLLEGE RAISED $1 BILLION IN A YEAR

Stanford University set a new fundraising record, ranking first in an annual survey for the eighth straight year.

8. POLICE ID GUNMAN IN CALIF. SPREE THAT LEFT 4 DEAD

The shooter was an unemployed, 20-year-old part-time student who lived with his parents.

9. BRITAIN SLAMS NOVELIST FOR CALLING KATE A ‘PLASTIC PRINCESS’

Prime Minister David Cameron blasted Hilary Mantel for a speech calling the wife of Prince William “a jointed doll on which certain rags were hung.”

10. HOW FIFTH GRADERS CENTER THEMSELVES

The suburban Philadelphia students sit on brightly colored yoga balls, which teachers say let children naturally fidget without disrupting class.

 

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