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a.MKE: METEORS!! One Billion Rising, new Harry Potter book covers and Carnival Triumph returns 2.15.13

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A meteor fell from the sky above Russia's southern Chelyabinsk region Friday morning, before exploding with a flash and a boom that shattered glass in buildings, leaving hundreds of people hurt. The number of people reporting injuries climbed to more than 500 by lunchtime, according to the National Center for Emergency Situations at the Russian Interior Ministry. About 270 buildings have sustained damage, mostly broken glass, as a result of the shockwaves caused by the blast. Check out the video here.

A cruise ship stranded at sea for five long days has finally docked in Mobile, Alabama. 4,200 people were stuck on Carnival Triumph with no power in their cabins, no water and nowhere to go. It took about 4 hours for all of the passengers to disembark yesterday.

On Valentine's Day yesterday, people in 205 countries across the globe took to the streets dancing as part of the "One Billion Rising" project. "One Billion Rising" increases awareness of the reality that one out of three women on the planet, over one billion women, will experience some type of gender-based violence, according to the United Nations. Learn more about the project here.

It's hard to believe that Harry Potter has been around for 15 years. In honor of the American debut of the book series' in 1998, Scholastic has unveiled the first of seven new book covers illustrated by graphic novel artist Kazu Kibuishi, a long time Potter fan. All seven new covers will appear on paperback editions available in September and will depict "distinctive and memorable moments" from each book.