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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012



    The first U.S. case of mad cow disease in six years has been reported; the RNC will financially back Mitt Romney; Newt Gingrich will suspend his campaign today; and women have been granted more military service opportunities. Meanwhile, President Obama has an eventful guest appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon;” an unpeaceful Metta World Peace is suspended for seven games; and the ‘Fox Mole’ has his laptop seized.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Marines Moving Women Toward the Front Lines, http://nyti.ms/Ikn1m8
    Following a Pentagon policy released in February, the Marines are allowing women to participate in ground combat battalions and attend infantry-officer school in Quantico, VA. Females will still not able to serve as infantrymen or Special Operations commandos, but they will be able to work in administration, logistics, communications, and motor transport at the battalion level.

    (via CNN) S. Korea curbs U.S. beef sales after confirmation of mad cow disease, http://bit.ly/IpIzAz
    The first U.S. case of mad cow disease in six years sparked fears of illness that prompted at least one major South Korean retailer to suspend the sale of American beef. However, public health officials said the risk for disease for Americans is extremely low given that the affected dairy cow in central California was not part of the human food chain and was not exposed to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) through animal feed. “It was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health,” said John Clifford, the Agriculture Department’s chief veterinarian.

    Mitt Romney and RNC move to synchronize efforts, http://wapo.st/I5bMO4
    Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee, said on Wednesday that the GOP will use all of its resources to back Romney in his bid for the presidency. The announcement comes after Romney won five primaries last night, including Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware. The RNC has raised $35.5 million this year.

    (via The Washington Post) Obama reaches out to young voters in North Carolina with student-loan issue,http://wapo.st/IcE8Kb
    President Obama reached out to crucial young voters in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday with a promise to keep college affordable, in the first of three campus appearances in three battleground states this week. Speaking to an exuberant crowd of about 8,000 at the University of North Carolina’s flagship campus, Obama made his case that congressional leaders must take action before July to prevent interest rates from doubling on federal student loans. Later Tuesday, he will give a similar speech at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and on Wednesday he will speak at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

    (via POLITICO) Newt Gingrich will suspend his campaign on Tuesday in an announcement in the Washington D.C. area, multiple sources close to the campaign confirmed to POLITICO. It is “highly likely” that Gingrich will endorse Mitt Romney at that time, the sources also confirmed.

    Misconduct in Colombia Varied, an Inquiry Finds, http://nyti.ms/JnAFsc
    Three Secret Service agents accused of misconduct in Colombia will be able to keep their jobs. An inquiry into the agents’ hiring of Colombian prostitutes has found that one officer was unaware the woman was a prostitute and told her to leave when he found out, while another agent brought back a woman who wasn’t a prostitute at all. According to The New York Times, Secret Service rules about picking up women in foreign countries are not very clear.

    Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals, http://nyti.ms/InZlMZ
    Accretive Health, one of the largest medical debt collectors in the U.S., is being accused of unsavory collecting practices. The attorney general in Minnesota, where many of these practices took place, has revealed that Accretive collectors would disguise themselves as hospital employees, have access to patients’ medical records, and would demand patients pay for their treatments before they took place. Some collectors even discouraged patients from receiving emergency medical care.

    CULTURAL:

    Fox Mole Joe Muto Says His Laptop Was Seized in Grand Larceny Investigation, http://bit.ly/IDQQjm

    Metta World Peace suspended 7 games for elbow, http://apne.ws/IcCfgq

    Obama On Jimmy Fallon: President Discusses Student Loans, Mitt Romney, Secret Service Scandal,http://huff.to/I1pRNP

    “The Hobbit” sneak peek gets mixed reaction from critics, http://cbsn.ws/IkAydB

    Cuban Actors Flee During Film’s Tribeca Festival Premiere, http://bit.ly/JG9Izk

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    Caitlin Maguire
    Bio: Caitlin is the Marketing & Operations Manager for Rock the Vote
    @caitlinmagu
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

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