This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows flames and smoke rising from burned cars after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (AP Photo/SANA)
Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:32 am
10 Things to Know for Today
By The Associated Press
1. PISTORIUS INVESTIGATOR FACES ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES
Detective Hilton Botha, who gave confusing testimony at the Olympian's bail hearing, is charged in a 2011 shooting that wounded seven.
2. SYRIA CAR BOMB KILLS 31
The bomb struck a security checkpoint in Damascus near the ruling Baath party headquarters and the Russian Embassy.
3. MIDWEST SNOWSTORM BEARS DOWN
Officials predicted more than a foot of snow and a storm to rival a February 2011 blizzard that killed more than two dozen people.
4. A FIX FOR THE DREAMLINER
Boeing will propose a way to repair the faulty batteries that have kept the jets grounded for more than a month.
5. HACKING PROBE SHIFTS BALANCE OF POWER IN CYBERWARS
The AP's Anne Flaherty says Mandiant's report on China is a victory for the $30 billion a year computer security industry.
6. IS THAT TEST REALLY NECESSARY?
A medical coalition lists over 130 overused treatments, including repeated colonoscopies.
7. A POSSIBLE BOOST FOR SAME-SEX UNIONS
Obama is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's gay marriage ban.
8. WHAT'S IN THE WATER AT A LOS ANGELES HOTEL
Health officials are releasing test results today of the Cecil Hotel's water after a woman's corpse was found in a cistern on the roof.
9. HOW MUCH JUNK FOOD YOU'RE EATING
A study says adults get about 11 percent of their calories from fast food restaurants.
10. A TEASE, BUT NO LOOK AT THE NEW PLAYSTATION
Sony says PS4 adds a touchpad, motion control and a "share" button, but wouldn't reveal a model.