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Rush Limbaugh Apologizes To Sandra Fluke; Students Protest As Kelly Speaks On Muslim Surveillance; Romney Wins Washington State Caucuses

Rush Limbaugh apologized to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke Saturday, who he called a "slut" for testifying in favor of contraception coverage. "My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir," he said in a statement. "I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices." Meanwhile, Limbaugh continues to see fallout as a result of his continued attacks on Fluke, in which he's likened her to a "prostitute" and mocked President Barack Obama for calling to thank her for her testimony. Quicken Loans and five other advertisers have all pulled ads from Limbaugh's show. [Rush Limbaugh, ABC, NYT]

As Ray Kelly spoke to Fordham Law School alumni, current students and activists protested his department's surveillance of Muslim students outside a Wall Street luncheon Saturday. "You don't accompany Muslim students on a white water rafting trip as part of an anti-terror policy," one student, Adaner Usmani, told NY1. "The problem here is they are holding the Muslim community responsible for the acts of a small group. It's not even worth calling them a minority - it's a dozen people." In his speech, Kelly did not back down on his stance on the tactics, saying they have led to "very dangerous individuals." [NY1, AP via WSJ]

Mitt Romney won the Washington State caucuses held Saturday as he prepares for the impending Super Tuesday contest wherein 10 states will hold primaries and caucuses. [CNN]

The man found dead and bound in a Chelsea apartment has been identified as John Laubach and his death has been ruled a homicide. [NY1]

Although Vladimir Putin is expected to win today's presidential elections in Russia, reports are emerging of "carousel voting," wherein voters repeatedly submit ballots as they travel around in buses. [AP via NYT]

The severe tornadoes that swept through the Midwest and South have claimed at least 38 people's lives. [ABC]

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