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The Pulse: 10 Years of Facebook

In Tuesday's edition of "The Pulse," the Senate passes a new farm bill; a fireworks show in Sochi, Russia; and the tenth anniversary of Facebook.
In Tuesday's edition of "The Pulse," the Senate passes a new farm bill; a fireworks show in Sochi, Russia; and the tenth anniversary of Facebook.

The entertainment world is still reeling after the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Those who saw the actor in the days before his death say there were troubling signs. And loved ones, recalling encounters in which Hoffman seemed "out of it" and told people he was addicted to heroin. And recent ATM transactions from the actor's accounts also drawing attention. A witness told investigators he saw Hoffman at a supermarket ATM while talking to two men wearing messenger bags. Hoffman was found dead Sunday of a suspected drug overdose. He was 46. And now, drug officials fear his death is part of a trend of an increase in Americans' use of heroin.

The Senate passed the nearly one-trillion-dollar farm bill Tuesday in a 68 to 32 vote. It was already approved by the House and now goes to President Obama to be signed into law. The legislation sets 5 years of eating and farming policy in the United States. It increases spending on farmers markets and cuts the food stamp program.

Fireworks exploded over Sochi, Russia Tuesday as officials put the final touches on preparations for the Winter Olympics. The fireworks were part of a rehearsal for the opening ceremony scheduled for Friday.

A man who claims he spent 13 months adrift in a fishing boat says his faith in god kept him going. Jose Salvador Alvarenga says he was lost at sea after he and a companion were caught in a violent storm on a small fishing boat off the Mexican Pacific coast. They got lost, he says, just before Christmas 2012. The castaway says he survived by eating fish and turtles he caught, while his teenage companion, who he says refused to eat, died 4 weeks into the drift. Authorities in the Marshall Islands are trying to determine if the story is true.

Happy birthday, Facebook! The social network co-founded by Mark Zuckerberg in a Harvard dorm room turned 10 today. Now, Facebook has one-point-two billion users. Just think about how the site has given new meaning to words we always used: Unfriend, tag and poke, to name a few. About six in 10 users log in every day to share status updates, photos and of course, "like" things.
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