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    News Round-Up: November 25, 2013

    Monday, November 25th, 2013

    A nasty storm is headed East, just in time for Thanksgiving; the US deal with Iran still remains in a delicate balance; and Amazon is under fire for their working conditions. Meanwhile, Miley mocks Gaga, and Catching Fire is actually on fire at the box office!

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Nasty winter storm could snarl holiday traffic in East,http://rtvote.com/17MOsov
    A strong blast of Arctic air, blamed for eight deaths in the West, will reach the East coast in time for Thanksgiving. The storm has already closed hundreds of flights out of Dallas, and it is expected to reach the mid-Atlantic and New England regions by Tuesday. Heavy rain is to be expected, and snow is likely in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Syracuse.

    Most of Amtrak train jumps tracks in S.C.http://rtvote.com/1c4PLkl
    Seven cars of a nine-car Amtrak train derailed near Spartanburg County, South Carolina, early this morning. 207 passengers and 11 crew members were on board the train going from New Orleans to New York; no serious injuries were reported, although two people were hospitalized. The seven derailed cars remained upright, and heat and light were quickly restored.

    Pitfall of working for Amazon: Mental illness?http://rtvote.com/17U5oM7
    Who doesn’t love Amazon?! Apparently, some of their workers. BBC launched an investigation into Amazon employees’ working conditions, wherein one of their undercover reporters worked the night shift in a U.K. Amazon warehouse. The reporter said he walked 11 miles in one shift, and an expert claims that such working conditions increase the risk of mental illness.

    After Iran nuclear deal, tough challenges aheadhttp://rtvote.com/182tY8g
    A historic nuclear agreement with Iran has been signed, but don’t celebrate just yet! The situation is still as fragile as ever, as evidenced by the parties’ clash on Sunday over a key element of the deal and congressional skeptics’ threat to strike down the deal. The accord’s conditions include a six-month freeze on Iran’s nuclear program, daily monitoring by international inspectors, and a promise to not finish construction of a heavy-water reactor that could provide Iran with a source of plutonium for a nuclear bomb.

    Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty of Aarushi and Hemraj murders,http://rtvote.com/18jsLPD
    In 2008, Aarushi Talwar, 14, and Hemraj, a domestic servant for the Talwar family, were found dead. Aarushi’s throat was slit, and she had also suffered a fatal head injury; Hemraj’s dead body was found on the roof of the Talwar house. After a five-and-a-half-year investigation, the parents of Aarushi have been convicted of the murders. Although Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are still denying guilt, prosecutors claimed the parents killed their child when they found her in a “compromising situation” with Hemraj.

     

    CULTURAL 

    Miley Cyrus Mocks Lady Gaga’s White Horse Entrance at American Music Awards, http://rtvote.com/1c4YLpA

    2013 American Music Awards: 5 Things You Didn’t See on TV,http://rtvote.com/1i8Zrzn

    Macklemore References Trayvon Martin, Racial Profiling in American Music Awards Acceptance Speech, http://rtvote.com/18jzrxs

    Catching Fire Box Office: Hunger Games Sequel Opens to Hot $25.3 Million,http://rtvote.com/19WwFb8

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    News Round-Up: Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Thursday, July 5th, 2012

    Iran says that it is ‘ready to fire missiles at U.S. bases;’ WikiLeaks has data from 2.4 million Syrian government e-mails; and 3 children drown in the Iowa River after 4th of July celebrations. Meanwhile, Steve Nash goes to the LA Lakers, and Jena Malone will play Johanna Mason in the Hunger Games sequel.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Iran ‘ready to fire missiles at US bases,’ http://bit.ly/NCNZqe
    A commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said that the country is “ready to fire missiles” at U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf within minutes of an attack on Iran. In response to increased U.S. military presence, missiles have been aimed at 35 U.S. military bases in the Middle East and Israel. This announcement comes after the Revolutionary Guard participated in a three-day war game exercise called Great Prophet Seven, which Iranian officials claimed was to show defiance against western pressure, especially the oil sanctions that went into effect this week.

    WikiLeaks has data from 2.4 million Syrian emails, http://lat.ms/OtTzQD
    WikiLeaks announced today that it will publish 2.4 million Syrian government emails. An official said that the emails, covering August 2006 through March 2012, show a relationship between Assad’s government and Western companies. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that both Syria and the people in the emails will find the document dump “embarrassing.”  The source of the emails remains undisclosed.

    Six arrested in London anti-terror operation, http://bbc.in/LzIJ8e
    Scotland Yard has arrested five men and one woman, all between the ages of 18 and 30, who are suspected of terrorism in London. This is just one of several cases of arrests over the last few months on terror-related suspicions or incidents. London’s Metropolitan Police are concerned about potential acts of terrorism ahead of the Olympic Games. The group apprehended is not believed to have been involved with any plans related to the summer event.

    3 Children, Ages 7 to 9, Found Dead in Iowa River, http://abcn.ws/OtXRHD
    Three children were found dead in the Iowa River last night after apparently drowning during Independence Day celebrations. Police searched for the two girls, ages 7 and 9, and one boy, age 7, after they were separated from the rest of the children swimming in the river. Though the river is relatively shallow from the recent draught, the Marshalltown, Iowa Police Chief said there are still parts of the water that are over 12 feet deep. Another child drowned in the Iowa River last month.

    CULTURAL:

    Lakers to acquire Steve Nash in sign-and-trade deal with the Suns, http://lat.ms/PdQzJm

    Frank Ocean reveals he’s gay, http://bit.ly/LVZby9

    Lifeguard Fired in Florida for Saving a Life, http://bit.ly/NazZrq

    Jena Malone to play Johanna Mason in ‘Catching Fire,’ http://bit.ly/NCTPIk

    Claire Danes & Hugh Dancy Expecting First Child, http://bit.ly/MLBMF4

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

    Arizona voters will vote on Gifford’s old seat; Italy is yet another EU country on the brink of economic disaster; and the DOJ will sue Florida over its voter purge. In other news, Siri is coming to the iPad, and the Los Angeles Kings win their first Stanley Cup.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Gabrielle Giffords’ House seat: Final scramble underway, http://politi.co/LQinyl
    Arizona voters head to the polls today in a special election to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ seat. Giffords resigned in January, one year after being shot and nearly killed in a shooting spree. The shooting killed six and injured 13, including Democratic hopeful Ron Barber. According to an independent poll, Barber holds a 12-point lead over Tea Party-backed Jesse Kelly.

    Worry for Italy Quickly Replaces Relief for Spain, http://nyti.ms/KlrytS
    The euro zone isn’t out of hot water yet. Yesterday, Italian officials expressed concern that the recent $125 billion Spanish bailout would not be enough to stop the crisis from spreading—and that Italy could not support such a huge burden. Yesterday, Italy’s main stock index was the worst performing in Europe. Tension continues to build as Cyprus is reportedly considering a bailout, inspired by Spain’s.

    DOJ Plans To Sue Over Florida’s Voter Purge, http://bit.ly/KOSovT
    The Justice Department is planning to sue the state of Florida for purging voters from its rolls in violation of federal law. This process is illegal because it has not been cleared by either the Justice Department or a federal court, and because the purge is too close to Florida’s August primary. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) still defends the purge and wil sue the government over it.

    CULTURAL:

    In iOS 6, Siri Gets a Whole Lot Smarter — and Comes to the iPad, http://yhoo.it/LGiO27
    New updates will be available to Siri in iOS, with improvements in several categories like sports, dining, movies, and apps. Apple is also working with car manufacturers to include Eyes Free, a button that would allow drivers to use Siri but still keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Siri and these updates will also be available on the new iPad.

    Kings Rule! Los Angeles Powers Way to First Cup, http://bit.ly/LhDpa1

    Carrie Underwood Supports Gay Marriage, http://yhoo.it/Kqa1SB

    ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Philip Seymour Hoffman offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, http://bit.ly/KyhOJx

    Charlize Theron Shaves Her Head for ‘Mad Max,’ http://bit.ly/N8AwwK

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    NEWS ROUND-UP: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012

    Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

    The U.S. Department of Justice sues Apple and five other publishers for an alleged monopoly on e-books; George Zimmerman’s attorneys withdraw; an 8.6-magnitude earthquake hits the west coast of Northern Sumatra; Charles Manson is up for parole; and Mitt Romney focuses on the general election after Santorum’s campaign exit. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds playfully to the creators of “Texts from Hillary Clinton;” Britney Spears may become a judge on ‘The X Factor,’ and Jennifer Lawrence faces criticism from PETA.

    Kelly + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    U.S. Sues Apple, Publishers Over E-Book Pricing, http://on.wsj.com/I2MnGJ
    The U.S. filed an antitrust lawsuit today against Apple, Inc. and five other large publishers, claiming that the companies planned to limit competition for e-books and their pricing. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. The DOJ alleges that an agreement among the companies was made where retail price competition would stop, retail e-book prices would then increase and Apple would agree to a 30 percent “commission” on each sold e-book. Three of the publishers, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins Publishers Inc., have agreed to settle. The alleged agreement between the companies took place ahead of the introduction of the iPad in 2010.

    Attorneys say Zimmerman is isolated, stressed out, http://bit.ly/HxbDY6
    George Zimmerman, under intense scrutiny after his fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, is making additional headlines as his physical well-being has deteriorated. Zimmerman has said to have lost significant weight and is suffering from high levels of stress. Two lawyers from Zimmerman’s legal team also reported yesterday that they have “lost contact” with Zimmerman and will no longer be representing him as a result. Despite this, Zimmerman has gone against the advice of his counsel by contacting special prosecutor Angela Corey who will decide if he will face charges.

    Tsunami Watch Canceled In Indian Ocean; Quake Struck Near Indonesia, http://n.pr/Iscybc
    An 8.6-magnitude earthquake and an 8.2-magnitude aftershock hit off the west coast of Northern Sumatra this morning, causing local officials to panic over possible tsunamis from the Indian Ocean. But to the country’s relief, the tsunami watch was canceled shortly before 9 a.m. ET and existing waves were minor. Damage from the actual quakes is also being reported as manageable.

    Mass murderer Charles Manson up for parole, http://abcn.ws/HAM33E
    Today a California parole board will meet to determine if Charles Manson could qualify for parole. Manson has been denied parole 11 times. Due to violating prison rules several times over the past five years, possessing weapons, threatening an officer, and using a contraband cell phone, his chances of parole are slim. Manson is serving a life sentence for an L.A. killing spree he conducted in 1969. Manson has not appeared at his hearings since 1997.

    For Romney, a shift – finally – to the general election, http://cbsn.ws/HBHmnY
    Mitt Romney is now completely shifting focus to the general election after Rick Santorum suspended his campaign yesterday.  Now without significant Republican competition, Romney is directing his fundraising and campaigning against Obama. This month, Romney was prepared to buy $3 million worth of ads to campaign against Santorum in Pennsylvania. Conservative media are now questioning how the GOP will welcome Romney after criticizing his policies as being too liberal.

    CULTURAL:

    Britney Spears Nears Deal For ‘The X Factor,’ http://bit.ly/Iw8Kag

    Texts From Hillary founders meet … Hillary Clinton, http://yhoo.it/Ip8qsq

    Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Jack White to play Lollapalooza, http://cbsn.ws/IBt31d

    PETA targets ‘Hunger Games’ star Jennifer Lawrence for squirrel-skinning, http://thedc.com/HH8kwk

    ‘Hunger Games’: Gary Ross will not direct sequel ‘Catching Fire,’ http://thedc.com/IBQUOu

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