Thursday, February 20, 2014

MORNING BRIEFING: Kids saved from fire and a $19 billion tech acquisition

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

HERE

The wife of a firefighter saved her three kids from a sudden house fire in Spokane Valley. (KXLY)

A WSU history professor was found dead in Sunnyside Park after taking his dog for a walk. (S-R)

A young woman was robbed of her nylon drawstring backpack containing gym clothes and a water bottle as she was walking toward North Idaho College. (Cda Press)

A burst pipe soaked several floors of the Ridpath, slowing renovations. (KXLY)

Idaho state Rep. Eric Anderson, who represents Idaho’s northernmost district, is retiring from public office. (Bonner County Bee)

Washington state Liquor Control Board scales back its growing limits for marijuana producers. (Inlander)

THERE

After a short truce, protesters and riot police clashed again in Kiev's Independence Square. A Ukrainian skier has withdrawn from the Olympics before her best event because of the protester deaths. (Reuters/AP)

A 22-year-old Venezuelan beauty queen was killed during anti-government protests in Valencia, fueling further outrage. (NPR)

The former prison guard was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for an illicit relationship with an inmate on death row for murdering two undercover police detectives; she got pregnant and they named their baby Justus. (NYT)

After the Washington Post wrote about about a Department of Homeland Security plan for a national license plate tracking system, DHS abruptly decided to cancel the proposal. (WaPo)

Facebook paid $19 billion for WhatsApp, a messaging app, which is 25 times what they paid for Instagram and just a really huge amount of money. (TechCrunch)

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