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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

    Newtown prepares for more victims’ funerals; shooter Adam Lanza destroyed his hard-drive before his rampage; Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye has died at 88; Dick’s Sporting Good pulls certain rifles from their stores; four vaccination workers are killed in Pakistan; Iraqi President Jalal Talabani suffers a stroke; Instagram outrages users with its new privacy policy; and The New York Times reports that Wal-Mart bribed Mexican officials in the case of 19 stores. Meanwhile, Suri Cruise is about to have the best Christmas ever; Zac Posen will replace Michael Kors on Project Runway; and Scarlett Johansson’s cellphone hacker gets ten years in prison.



    Despite some news of progress, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that President Obama’s “fiscal cliff” plan is “not there yet.” In turn, the White House sent back Boehner’s “Plan B,” which includes a tax bill. Recently, Boehner said he would increase taxes on those who make over $1,000,000 a year.

    Funeral Services Planned For Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Victims, http://cour.at/Yhh0mr
    Funeral services will take place Tuesday for two more young victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Jessica Rekos, 6, and James Mattioli, 6, were two of twenty-six victims killed after Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire at the school before killing himself. The parents of the victims said Jessica “loved horses,” while James was a natural swimmer. Newtown’s other schools resumed classes today. Sandy Hook Elementary will remain closed as it is currently a crime scene.

    The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico, http://nyti.ms/RAG0Dr
    The New York Times has done a lengthy investigation into Wal-Mart’s alleged bribes in Mexico. The Times found that Wal-Mart bribed Mexican officials in the case of nineteen stores so that it could build in its ideal locations. In Teotihuacán, Wal-Mart bribed officials to change a zoning map so it could build on a woman’s alfalfa field. The Times first hinted at the bribery in a shorter investigation published in April.

    Adam Lanza Destroyed His Hard Drive Before Attack, http://bit.ly/XCq8wK
    According to investigators, Adam Lanza, 20, destroyed his computer’s hard-drive before killing his mother, 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary, and himself. “The kid knew what he was doing,” a source told The Daily Beast. “This was a planned event. There is no question about it.” The FBI is trying to piece the hard-drive together, although it’s possible Lanza may have written over any data.

    Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye dies at age 88, http://wapo.st/XB5WeL
    Senator Daniel Inouye from Hawaii died Monday at the age of 88. Inouye was the second longest-serving senator in U.S. history behind Robert Byrd. Elected in 1963, he was a popular senator who lost his arm in World War II and received the Bronze Star Medal of Honor.

    Richard Engel and NBC News team freed from captors in Syria, http://nbcnews.to/R33QpF
    NBC’s Richard Engel and his crew were freed Monday after being kidnapped in Syria for five days. An unknown group captured the crew after they crossed into Syria from Turkey. They were freed at a security point manned by Syrian rebels. NBC says they had not been touch with Engel or his crew during their captivity nor were they contacted about a ransom.

    Dick’s Sporting Goods blasts ‘modern sporting rifles’ off shelves; halts sales nationwide citing ‘unspeakable tragedy’ of Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School deaths, http://nydn.us/UzYekA
    Dick’s Sporting Goods announced Tuesday that it would pull its “modern sporting rifles” from all of its stores due to the shooting in Newtown, CT. The company released a statement saying it was “extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy” and would be pulling all guns from its Danbury store, which is near Newtown. Dick’s Sporting Goods has 511 stores and has not specified which rifles in particular it would pull from shelves. Relatedly, Wal-Mart has stopped selling the Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle, which was found on shooter Adam Lanza.

    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani hospitalized in Baghdad after suffering a stroke, http://nydn.us/WmGmuW
    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke. Sources say he is in stable condition, although the seriousness of the stroke is uncertain. The 79-year-old leader has been unifying amongst Iraq’s splintered groups.

    Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos, http://bit.ly/Wmo6Sp
    Instagram has changed its privacy policy just three months after Facebook acquired the popular photo-sharing app. The new policy says that Instagram has a right to sell users’ photos to advertisers. Profits from the sales will go only to Instagram. The new terms have caused an uproar amongst the app’s users.


    Scarlett Johansson ‘humiliated, embarrassed’ by celebrity hacker, http://lat.ms/YdUg6Q

    Premiere of Violent Tarantino Film Is Canceled Because of School Massacre, http://nyti.ms/ZehkUq

    Project Runway: Zac Posen In, Michael Kors Out As Judge, http://bit.ly/UA6alV

    Tom Cruise to give Suri $16m house for Christmas, http://bit.ly/UA6eBX

    ‘Gossip Girl’ finale recap: Two weddings, Chuck and Blair’s kid, and the anonymous blogger’s identity revealed,http://bit.ly/V07XPl

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    Caitlin Maguire
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