Ten Things to Know Today

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1. NASCAR CRASH INJURES 28: NASCAR driver Kyle Larson's car hit a fence at the Drive4COPD 300 race at Daytona Speedway in Florida on Saturday after he was involved in a 12-car wreck, injuring 28 spectators, including two critically. Daytona Speedway president Joie Chitwood said Daytona would conduct a safety review of its fencing and is replacing the section that was hit by Larson's car. A mesh crossover gate in the fencing won't be replaced for Sunday's Daytona 500. "We don't anticipate moving any fans," Chitwood said. "We had our safety protocols in place. Our security maintained a buffer that separates the fans from the fencing area." [USA Today]
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2. ITALIANS VOTE IN CRUCIAL ELECTION: Italy voted on Sunday in one of the most closely watched and unpredictable elections in years. The vote is being followed closely by investors, whose memories are "still fresh of the potentially catastrophic debt crisis that saw Mario Monti, an economics professor and former bureaucrat, summoned to serve as prime minister in place of Silvio Berlusconi 15 months ago." Opinion polls give the center-left a narrow lead but the prospect of a huge protest vote against the austerity measures imposed by Monti's government could shift the result of the election. Berlusconi's center-right has also revived. [Reuters]
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3. PISTORIUS' BROTHER FACES CULPABLE HOMICIDE CHARGE: Carl Pistorius, the brother of Olympic double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius is facing a culpable homicide charge stemming from a 2008 car crash that left a female motorcyclist dead. Carl was in court last Thursday as his brother Oscar was facing a bail hearing for the charge of premeditated murder he faces for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to death on Feb. 14. Oscar says that he shot Steenkamp because he believed her to be an intruder who was locked inside the bathroom of his home. Prosecutors allege that the Olympian had been arguing with Steenkamp before he intentionally shot her. Oscar Pistorius was released on bail on Friday.  [Associated Press] 

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