Today's Takeaway | February 15, 2013

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Friday, February 15, 2013

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Minimum Wage Proposal Divides Business Owners, Economists | Chuck Hagel Provokes Senate Showdown | New Movie Releases: 'Beautiful Creatures,' 'Safe Haven,' 'Die Hard 4' | Artificial Retina, First U.S.-Approved Device to Give Blind Limited Vision | The New British Invasion: America's Downton Abbey Obsession

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Russian Meteor

A meteor streaked across the sky in Russia today, reportedly causing hundreds of injuries. The meteor, which was captured on video, came as many were focused on another space object, 2012 DA14, which will fly within a few thousand miles of Earth today. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of Star Talk Radio.

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Chuck Hagel Provokes Senate Showdown

Senator John Kerry may have sailed through his confirmation hearings for Secretary of State, but a showdown is brewing over Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has the latest from Capitol Hill. 

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South African Paralympics Star Charged with Premeditated Murder

Oscar Pistorius, the South African running star and double amputee, has been charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

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New Movie Releases: 'Beautiful Creatures,' 'Safe Haven,' 'Die Hard 5'

We’re only a week away from the Oscars, but it doesn’t feel like award season on the big screen. This week, three movies open, none of which are likely to win any awards: "Beautiful Creatures," "Safe Haven," and "A Good Day to Die Hard."

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Minimum Wage Proposal Divides Business Owners, Economists

Will an increase in the minimum wage, as President Obama is proposing, help or hurt workers and the economy? A small business owner says it'll make it harder for him to hire, but an economist says that raising the minimum wage won't increase unemployment.

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Horse Meat in United Kingdom Causes Uproar

The French eat pigeons, and snails, and brains, and thymus glands, and calf pancreas, so why should anybody care if the French serve up horse meat and expect the world to take a big bite? Paddy O’Connell, the host of the BBC’s Broadcasting House, explains.

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