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Today in history, February 21


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Former cyclist Lance Armstrong will not cooperate with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation of performance enhancing drug use in the sport, an Armstrong attorney said Wednesday.

USADA had given Armstrong who publicly admitted such drug use last month until Wednesday to decide whether he would cooperate under oath with investigators as part of a possible path to altering his USADA-imposed lifetime competition ban.

“Lance will not participate in USADA’s efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonize selected individuals while failing to address the 95% of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction,” Armstrong attorney Tim Herman said in a written statement Wednesday.

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A class action lawsuit has been filed against Carnival Corp. surrounding the events that crippled the cruise ship Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico.

Filing on behalf of other tourists, passengers Matt Crusan and Melissa Crusan alleged in their lawsuit that “Carnival knew or should have known that the vessel Triumph was likely to experience mechanical and/or engine issues because of prior similar issues,” the court filing said.

The suit, filed Monday, follows a lawsuit that an individual passenger filed against the company last week.

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What’s the most you’ve ever laid down for a cup of Joe? A couple bucks? A dozen? North of $20 at some crazy-upscale five-star eatery?

How about $47 and change?

Okay, we can’t say with scientific certainty that it’s really the most expensive cup of coffee in the world — all we have is a video claim, and just imagine what a cup might have run in the Weimar Republic — but $47.30 technically blows last year’s reported $23.60, 16-espresso-shot monster out of the water.

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Gourmet java thrill-seeker Beau Chevassus dropped by a Starbucks in Enumclaw, Wash. and proceeded to order “some sort of venti frappuccino” made macchiato-style, then loaded it up with soy, strawberries, mango, mocha drizzle, matcha powder, protein powder, two bananas, caramel brulée topping, caramel drizzle, vanilla bean, frappuccino chips and — wait for it —…

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The Army has revoked the promotion of Paula Broadwell, the one-time mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus, CNN has learned.



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You’ve already destroyed New York City in a rocket attack that looks suspiciously like one from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. What do you do for an encore? If you’re North Korea’s semiofficial Uriminzokkiri news website, you follow up with a propaganda video that depicts President Obama and U.S. troops on fire and what may be an animation of a nuclear device launching.

(MORE: North Korea’s Latest Video Destroys New York City, Angers Call of Duty Makers)

Titled “Thanks to the Americans,” this video comes a week after North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Feb. 12, and appears to blame the U.S. for the Hermit Kingdom’s pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. The New York Timessums up the text:

‘It is not incorrect to say that the United States’ gangster-like policy of hostility prompted us to become a most strong military power,’ says…

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Final arguments began today in the bail hearing of Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with premeditated murder in the killing of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.  

Today saw the case’s lead investigator, Hilton Botha, removed from the case after prosecutors reinstated attempted murder charges against him in connection with a 2011 incident. Read details about today’s hearing below, or check out our FULL STORY.

Also, follow @RobynCurnow who was tweeting from inside the Pretoria courtroom.

[Updated at 9:04 a.m. ET] The court has adjourned proceedings for the day.

[Updated at 8:41 a.m. ET] The state makes the argument that Pistorius shows no realization of what he has done.

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