NUMBER 5 - WINTER STORM SHUTS DOWN WASHINGTON
Federal government offices in Washington are closed today because of a winter storm. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor postponed all votes and legislative business for Monday. The Senate also put off all votes until Tuesday. The Washington area is bracing for a tenth of an inch of ice, topped by eight to 12 inches of snow. The National Weather Service is issuing warnings, watches and advisories for about 106 million people.
NUMBER 4 - RECORD FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS
Severe winter storms led United Continental Airlines to cancel over 22,000 flights during the first two months of this year. That's four times as many canceled flights as last year. Through the first six weeks of 2014, flight tracker "masFlight" estimates that there were 75,000 canceled flights at U.S. Airlines, the largest number since U.S. airspace was shutdown following the September 11th terrorist attacks.
NUMBER 3 - STUDENTS ARRESTED DURING PIPELINE PROTEST
Hundreds of students and youth organizers were arrested Sunday as they protested the Keystone XL Pipeline project outside the White House. They were urging President Obama to say "no" to the project. The proposed pipeline would begin in Canada and extend more than a thousand miles to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Once completed, it would carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day. Opponents say the pipeline will increase carbon pollution.
NUMBER 2 - PISTORIUS TRIAL BEGINS
The murder trial of former Olympian Oscar Pistorius began Monday. He's accused of killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his home on Valentine's Day last year in South Africa. Pistorius, a double amputee known as the 'Blade Runner,' told police he thought she was a burglar when he shot four times into a bathroom. His lawyers are expected to argue Pistorius made a terrible mistake. The state says it was cold-blooded murder after an argument.
NUMBER 1 - AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...
"12 Years a Slave" was named Best Picture Sunday night at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Lupita Nyong'o won best supporting actress for the film. "Gravity" won seven Oscars, more than any other film. Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres set a social media record with a celebrity-filled selfie. The shot with Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper among others, was retweeted more times than any photograph in Twitter history.
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