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Cheat Sheet: February 14, 2013

Cruise ship returning home after four dreadful days

After a nightmare at sea, the cruise ship Carnival Triumph will finally make port tonight in Mobile, AL. Over 4,000 passengers have been stuck on the ship for the past four days in sickening conditions due to an engine room fire. After the fire and consequent loss of power, toilets were not working properly and waste on board became a serious issue. The lack of sanitary conditions has become a health concern, although so far there has not been a report of any outbreaks. The passengers are to receive a full refund for their trip, monetary payment for the inconvenience, a free flight home and credit for another cruise. (Source)

Paralympic star suspected in girlfriend’s murder

Oscar Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner, is the main suspect in the murder of his supermodel girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot four times inside his South African mansion at 4 a.m. today. Twenty-six-year-old Pistorius, Johannesburg’s double amputee Olympic sprinter, is in custody and expected to appear in court tomorrow at 7 a.m. No details are yet available as to the nature of the shooting, but the possibility of Pistorius mistaking his girlfriend for an intruder is suspected, as South Africa is infamous for its high murder and break-in rates. (Source)

Dog fighting ring discovered by drug investigation

An ongoing drug investigation in Pasquotank County, NC has turned up evidence of a dog fighting ring. Officials have seized 80 dogs from six properties in the area. Forty-five dogs were taken from Elizabeth City and Camden earlier this month, along with paraphernalia used to enhance dog fighting. Further intel led to the seizure of 35 more dogs on February 12 and 13. Two suspects, Desmond White, 35, and Maurice Baum, 37, are in custody without bond on drug charges, and chargers regarding the dog fighting are pending. The dogs are currently in an emergency shelter in Pasquotank County. (Source)

Bridge Tunnel shut down by crash

A crash involving a tractor trailer and another vehicle shut down all lanes of the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel this afternoon around 1 p.m. The accident occurred on the southbound side, but the northbound lanes were also closed so emergency vehicles could have access to the vehicles. Lanes were reopened around 2 p.m. There is no word yet on the condition of the drivers. (Source)

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