Lunchtime Links: February 15, 2010

Two teens were shot during a Richmond, Calif., church service Sunday by a pair of hooded gunmen. The suspects appeared to be searching pews for their intended targets. The boys who were shot are expected to survive but has yet to cooperate with police to possibly identify their assailants. “It’s terrible when you come to the house of the Lord and start doing this,” said Charles Miller, a deacon at New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ. “It’s just something you don’t do.”

Ireland’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican to discuss their response to a child sex abuse scandal.

A 40-car pileup during a snowstorm outside Kansas City snarled Valentine’s Day traffic. Local interstates have reopened.

Sniper teams attacked U.S. Marines and Afghan troops across the Taliban haven of Marjah, as several gun battles erupted Monday on the third day of a major offensive.

University of Alabama-Huntsville professor Amy Bishop gave no indication of her intent prior to Friday’s shooting of colleagues at the school. In the wake of the shooting Bishop is believed to have had lingering resentment over having been denied tenure. In 1986, Bishop shot and killed her 18-year-old brother with a shotgun at their Braintree, Mass., home.

Dick Francis, the best-selling author and former professional jockey, died Sunday. He was 89.

Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade was named the Most Valuable Player of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Dallas, won by the Eastern Conference squad, 141-139. A record crowd of more than 108,000 fans watched the game at Cowboys Stadium.

Jamie McMurray won a marathon Daytona 500 on Sunday as NASCAR’s signature event was delayed twice by potholes in the track.

The death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili on Friday cast a pall over the first weekend of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and raised questions over the human limits of speed.

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