Good morning, and happy Wednesday. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Rescue workers race to pull trapped Turkish miners
An explosion and fire at a mine in Soma, south of Istanbul, has killed at least 200 people and hundreds of others missing. Turkish officials say “hopes are diminishing” of finding more survivors in what could be the country’s deadliest mining accident. Air was pumped into the mine to help trapped workers, with most of the victims killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. Read more in NEWS.
2. Family members recount VA hospital delays
The American Legion in Phoenix hosted a packed audience Tuesday night to hear about allegations that local VA hospital employees delayed treatment for veterans — eventually leading at least 40 of them to die. The emotional meeting came ahead of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testimony Thursday before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee regarding the state of the VA health care system. Read more in NEWS.
3. Where does Boko Haram get its weapons?
The Islamist fighters who’ve kidnapped nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls is stockpiling its weapons by either stealing from the country’s military or purchasing them on the black market, experts say. Meanwhile, the U.S. military has launched a high-altitude, long-endurance aerial drone to help in the search effort for the girls. Read more in NEWS.
4. Magic Johnson says he’ll pray for Donald Sterling
After the Los Angeles Clippers owner took a swipe at Johnson in an interview that aired Monday, it was the basketball legend’s turn to sit down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday and respond. “I’m going to pray for [Sterling] … I’m not a guy who holds grudges and all that,” said Johnson, opting to take the high road after Sterling denigrating him for being HIV-positive. While the NBA wants to oust Sterling from owning the Clippers, his wife, who co-owns the team, may have her own difficulties. Read more in NEWS.
Johnson says he's received a flood of support after the Sterling interview:
5. Pistorius trial: Judge orders psychiatric evaluation
The high-profile trial could be delayed for a month after a judge said today that Oscar Pistorius must get evaluated. A psychiatrist had testified the South African Olympian appears to suffer from an anxiety disorder. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend last year. The prosecution wants the study of him done to assess his mental condition. Read more in NEWS.
6. Justin Bieber accused in attempted robbery
Details are sketchy, by the pop star is accused of trying to take a camera from someone Monday night in a Southern California arcade, police said. The victim, who reported the incident Tuesday, alleges Bieber was enraged while pictures were being taken. This could be the latest headache for the 20-year-old who’s been racking up run-ins with the law. Read more in POP CULTURE.
… What’s trending today?
Director Zack Snyder didn’t just reveal the new Batmobile in a tweet on Tuesday — he also created the latest meme: sad Batman.
A picture of a glum-looking Ben Affleck dressed as the Caped Crusader — and posing beside his souped-up ride — led the Internet to put Batman in a variety of sad situations. There’s even a Tumblr asking Why So Sad Batman.
Snyder’s “Man of Steel” sequel is set for release May 2016.