Targeted Hit: Washington institutions, everything from law firms to news media outlets to Congressional offices have become the target of Chinese hackers. The Washington Post reports that it's not a question of if, but how much data has been stolen.
Confirmation Tactics: The White House is withholding full access to information about targeted drone killings from Congress, but granting Republicans The New York Times reports.
Furlough: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress Wednesday that if the March 1 spending cuts take effect, it could lead to 22 furlough days for its almost 800,000 employees. Reuters reports.
Murder: The lead investigator in the Oscar Pistorius case is facing attempted murder charges related to an October 2011 shooting. Detective Hilton Botha is accused of being drunnk in a government vehicle and opening fire on a mini-bus taxi. CBS reports.
Disappear: An estimated 25,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since the start of the drug war that has engulfed the country. NPR reports.