1. MISSING PLANE
Getting closer or not?: A bit of a mixed message from the Australians today. On one hand, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that officials are “very confident” the signals being picked up in the Indian Ocean are coming from the black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. On the other, Australian chief search coordinator Angus Houston said the most recent signal detected yesterday by an Australian aircraft is “unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes.” They both can be right, but it’s a bit of a head scratcher until you’ve had your morning cup of Joe.
3. PISTORIUS MURDER TRIAL
Oscar on the stand: Oscar Pistorius faces another day of relentless cross-examination Friday as the prosecution seeks to pick holes into his account in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused the athlete of hiding the truth about the death of Steenkamp, whom he shot last year through a closed toilet door in his home. A day earlier, the athlete denied he acted selfishly toward her as Nel sought to portray him as an arrogant hothead who is reckless with guns. No one disputes that Pistorius killed Steenkamp. But the prosecution is trying to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he did so knowingly and intentionally.
4. CLINTON DODGES SHOE
Duck. Duck. Hillary: A woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech in Las Vegas, according to the Secret Service. She ducked and it missed her, joking afterward about the incident that occurred during an appearance before a recycling trade group. “My goodness, I didn’t know solid waste management was so controversial,” she quipped. Does this mean the former secretary of state is a shoe-in for the White House?
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