The Wrap: From the cult of Chris Dorner to the latest on Benghazi, the week that was

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  • A bullet-damaged Los Angeles police vehicle with crime scene tape around it sits on a street in Corona, Calif. Christopher Jordan Dorner is being sought after three killings. (Associated Press)A bullet-damaged Los Angeles police vehicle with crime scene tape around it sits on a street in Corona, Calif. Christopher Jordan Dorner is being sought after three killings. (Associated Press)
  • This image provided by the Irvine Police Department shows Christopher Dorner from Jan. 28, 2013, surveillance video at an Orange County, Calif., hotel. More than 100 officers, including SWAT teams, were driven in glass-enclosed snow machines and armored personnel carriers in Big Bear Lake to hunt for this former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a deadly rampage to get back at those he blamed for ending his police career. (AP Photo/Irvine Police Department)This image provided by the Irvine Police Department shows Christopher Dorner from Jan. 28, 2013, surveillance video at an Orange County, Calif., hotel. More than 100 officers, including SWAT teams, were driven in glass-enclosed snow machines and armored personnel carriers in Big Bear Lake to hunt for this former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a deadly rampage to get back at those he blamed for ending his police career. (AP Photo/Irvine Police Department)
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the Distinguished Warfare Medal is for service members who “are physically removed” from the fight and whose contributions “do not involve acts of valor of physical risk that combat entails.” (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** Gold medalist South Africa's Oscar Pistorius poses Sept. 8, 2012, with his medal during the ceremony after winning the men's 400 meters T44 category final during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics in London. (Associated Press)**FILE** Gold medalist South Africa's Oscar Pistorius poses Sept. 8, 2012, with his medal during the ceremony after winning the men's 400 meters T44 category final during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics in London. (Associated Press)
  • Model Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed in South Africa. Her boyfriend, Olympic star Oscar Pistorius, has been charged with her murder.Model Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed in South Africa. Her boyfriend, Olympic star Oscar Pistorius, has been charged with her murder.
  • Model Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed in South Africa. Her Olympic star boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, has been charged with her murder. (AP Photo/Ice Model Management)Model Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed in South Africa. Her Olympic star boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, has been charged with her murder. (AP Photo/Ice Model Management)
  • ** FILE ** Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who wrote the book “American Sniper,” poses in Midlothian, Texas, on Friday, April 6, 2012. He was killed at a Texas shooting range on Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)
  • **FILE** Passengers from the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ship arrive by bus at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The ship had been idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine-room fire. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)**FILE** Passengers from the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ship arrive by bus at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The ship had been idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine-room fire. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • ** FILE ** A small boat belonging to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico. The Carnival Triumph has been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the aft engine room a day earlier, knocking out the ship's propulsion system. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished. (Associated Press/U.S. Coast Guard)** FILE ** A small boat belonging to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico. The Carnival Triumph has been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the aft engine room a day earlier, knocking out the ship's propulsion system. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished. (Associated Press/U.S. Coast Guard)
  • Oscar Pistorius of South Africa competes in the Men's 400m T44 final at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs. Oscar Pistorius of South Africa competes in the Men's 400m T44 final at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs.
  • Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful at the end of the Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful at the end of the Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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  • **FILE** Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd at the end of a papal Mass in Regensburg, Germany, some 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) northeast of Munich, on Sept. 12, 2006. (Associated Press)**FILE** Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd at the end of a papal Mass in Regensburg, Germany, some 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) northeast of Munich, on Sept. 12, 2006. (Associated Press)
  • Supports of Chris Kyle in Midlothian, Texas, line up along the southbound lane of Interstate 35, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Waco, Texas, for his final journey to Austin, where he will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery. Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were shot and killed Feb 2. at a North Texas gun range. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)


Supports of Chris Kyle in Midlothian, Texas, line up along the southbound lane of Interstate 35, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Waco, Texas, for his final journey to Austin, where he will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery. Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were shot and killed Feb 2. at a North Texas gun range. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
  • A hearse containing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's casket leads a motorcade leaving the Multi-Purpose Stadium in Midlothian, Texas, on Feb. 12, 2013 for the 200-mile journey to Austin, where Kyle will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery. Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were shot and killed Feb 2. at a North Texas gun range. (Associated Press/Star-Telegram)A hearse containing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's casket leads a motorcade leaving the Multi-Purpose Stadium in Midlothian, Texas, on Feb. 12, 2013 for the 200-mile journey to Austin, where Kyle will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery. Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were shot and killed Feb 2. at a North Texas gun range. (Associated Press/Star-Telegram)
  • In this frame grab from video, Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, takes a sip of water during the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pool)In this frame grab from video, Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, takes a sip of water during the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pool)
  • Tracy and Lucinda Larimore, Henderson, N.V., friends of Chris Kyle, made the trip to attend the funeral in Arlington yesterday and to pay their respects as the procession passed on U.S. 287 in Midlothian, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, for the 200-mile journey to Austin, where Kyle will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery. (AP Photo/Star-Telegram, Max Faulkner)

Tracy and Lucinda Larimore, Henderson, N.V., friends of Chris Kyle, made the trip to attend the funeral in Arlington yesterday and to pay their respects as the procession passed on U.S. 287 in Midlothian, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, for the 200-mile journey to Austin, where Kyle will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery. (AP Photo/Star-Telegram, Max Faulkner)
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California got its man, ex-LAPD cop turned killer Chris Dorner, to end the largeat manhunt in state history, while weary passengers aboard the crippled Carnival Triumph finally made it back to port.

In Washington, the White House revealed that President Obama made no phone calls on the night of the Benghazi terror attack, while Sen. Marco Rubio stole the spotlight on State of the Union night by reaching for and sipping a bottle of Poland Spring water during his nationally televised rebuttal.

Here’s a recap, or wrap, on the week that was from The Washington Times:

Former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is believed to have murdered four people, including two cops, the daughter of a retired police captain and her fiancee.

He is suspected in the shootings of three other police officers.

Following a massive, violent manhunt that involved hostage-taking, a high speed car chase and an entire region set on edge, he reportedly was killed Wednesday during a shootout with police at a cabin in Big Bear, Calif.

Nevertheless, Mr. Dorner has a Facebook fan page — dozens of them, actually — and as of Thursday, two of those pages had collected more than 20,000 “likes.”

  • pentagon-uproar-over-panetta-medal-drone-operators/”>Pentagon uproar over Panetta’s hero medals for drone operators, cyber sleuths

Some warriors inside the Pentagon are reacting with amusement and anger over outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s decision to create a prestigious heroism medal for cyber and drone combatants who sit inside stations outside a war zone.

Mr. Panetta is exiting the building as a man generally admired by the Pentagon population, including hundreds of those tested in battle, for his hawkish views on killing Islamic terrorists and his devotion to the troops.

But he is now also the brunt of jokes for his announcement Wednesday that he had created the Distinguished Warfare Medal and placed it high on the medal prestige list.

“I suppose now they will award Purple Hearts for carpal tunnel syndrome,” said a retired Green Beret who does contract work for the Pentagon.

Domestic-violence opponents say the apparent murder of a South African model by her world-famous athlete boyfriend shows that dating violence can happen to anyone, anywhere.

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