'Blade Runner' Charged With Murder

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JOHANNESBURG — The Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, who made sporting history by becoming the first double amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics, was charged with murder on Thursday after a woman was fatally shot in his home in Pretoria, according to South African police officials. 

 The development stunned a nation that had elevated Mr. Pistorius to iconic status because of his ability to overcome acute adversity and represent South Africa’s achievements on the world stage.

Confirming the charges, police officials said they planned to oppose Mr. Pistorius’s expected application for bail at a court hearing scheduled for Friday. The police had initially said he would appear in court later on...

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