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Feb 22, 201302:20 PM

Cheat Sheet: February 22, 2013

U.S. troops arrive in Niger to set up drone base

In a letter sent to Congress, President Obama announced that he has sent 100 U.S. Troops to the West African country Niger to set up a drone base. The base will be used to spy on al-Qaeda in the Sahara, the president said the troops would “provide support for intelligence collection” and that they would be supporting a French-led operation out of Mali. The drones require a handful of troops just to operate, as well as additional soldiers to maintain the equipment and to provide protection for the troops operating the drones. (Source)

Oscar Pistorius granted bail

Nine days after the Paralympian was arrested on suspicion of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair allowed Oscar Pistorius to go free on a 1 million rand ($113,000) bail. Pistorius was forced to hand over possessions including his guns and passports, and he is not allowed to leave the district of Pretoria without the permission of his probation officer. Pistorius is set to appear in court on June 4. (Source)

Lance Armstrong lawyers say Justice Dept. joining fraud lawsuit against disgraced cyclist

After admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong now will face former sponcer the U.S. Postal Service in a lawsuit for fraud. The U.S. Postal Service will join the lawsuit on terms that Armstrong allegedly defrauded the sponsor by concealing his use of blood doping. Robert Luskin, lawyer for Armstrong said that they “disagree about whether the postal service was damaged.” (Source)

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