Two U.S. Army officers were killed at their desks in Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior Saturday by a junior intelligence officer. “We believe it was 100% linked to the Quran burning because of the religious background of this junior officer. He spent two months in a Pakistani madrassa,”
an Afghan counter-terrorism official told CNN. The Taliban has claimed responsibility, and has also attributed the attack to the Quran burning by NATO troops at Bagram Airfield. The burning prompted protests, which have killed at least 29 people and wounded around 200. Thursday, two U.S. soldiers were shot and killed at a protest. President Barack Obama wrote a letter of apology to President Hamid Karzai. [CNN, MSNBC]
An Occupy Town Square is set to be held in Tompkins Square Park today. [EV Grieve]
Early Saturday morning saw two incidents in the New York City subway system, one resulting in injury, another in death. In a first, Luis Corchado was pushed onto the tracks at Times Square by a drunken homeless man. Corchado was able to elude the electrified third-rail and climb out before the next train came. He was treated for cuts. An hour later, and in another part of town, a man who walked onto the subway tracks in SoHo was hit by a 6 train and killed. [NYDN]
A man who rescued a drunken man that had made his way onto Staten Island Railway tracks last month died as a result of injuries suffered from the save Saturday. As he rescued Jonathan Parisen, who got away uninjured, Steven Santiago was hit by a train, which incurred a head injury. [NYP, NYDN]
Nelson Mandela has been released from the hospital after he was admitted Saturday for treatment for a “a long-standing abdominal complaint.” He had a procedure called a diagnostic laparoscopy.
And on an utterly, completely different note Snooki and JWoww were spotted in Jersey City Saturday scoping out apartments during “initial filming” for their new show. [AP via CBS 2]
The Oscars may be tonight at 7 p.m. [Clarification 10:59 a.m.: That’s when the red carpet coverage begins on ABC, the show starts at 8:30 p.m.], but the Razzies will be April 1. Adam Sandler was the big winner (loser?) when it came to racking up Razzie nominations, receiving a record 11. [AP via NYDN]