While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010

Dalai Lama Arrives for White House Meeting Tibetan leader to meet privately Thursday with President Obama despite virulent objections from China. (Al Jazeera)

Dubai Police Chief ‘99%’ Sure Israel Behind Hamas Assassination. Israeli paper reports two Palestinians suspected in Jan. 20 killing in Dubai hotel. (Ha’aretz)

Alexander McQueen’s Fashion Trademark to ‘Live On.’ PPR Chairman Francois-Henri Pinault announces label will continue after suicide of British designer.  (Bloomberg)

One Trillion Dollar State Pension Shortfall. Pew Center report Thursday shows grim state of state budgets’ preceded financial market meltdown. (Wash Post)

U.S. Skiers/Skaters Set Olympic Medal Record. Six medals (3 golds) in skiing and speed skating is most ever won in one day by American winter athletes. (AP)

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