President Obama signs legislation to avert the fiscal cliff; Hillary Clinton is discharged from the hospital; Sandy Hook students return to class; and the 113th congress will be sworn in tonight. Meanwhile, a Senate panel will investigate CIA communications with “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers; a script on Hillary Clinton’s life is creating buzz in Hollywood; and Al Jazeera buys Current TV.
Father of Indian gang rape victim calls for hanging of guilty, http://bit.ly/VxeZ0f
The father of a woman who was gang raped and fatally beaten on a bus in New Dehli is demanding his daughter’s attackers be hanged. Five adult males and a teenager have been arrested in connection with the 23-year-old woman’s rape and death. The victim was a medical student whose boyfriend also sustained injuries in the attack. The young woman died in a Singapore hospital last week.
Obama signs bill to avert fiscal cliff, via autopen, http://politi.co/W4Qrdh
President Obama signed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff Wednesday. The deal, which was approved by the Senate and the House, will increase taxes on households that make $450,000 or more a year. Obama signed the legislation via autopen as he has since rejoined his family on vacation in Hawaii.
Clinton Out of Hospital After Treatment for Clot, http://nyti.ms/136eCyj
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was discharged from New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital Wednesday night after being admitted for a blood clot in her head Sunday. Clinton sustained the blood clot after fainting and suffering a concussion. The State Department has said that Clinton’s “medical team advised her that she is making good progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will make a full recovery.” Chelsea Clinton also tweeted about her mom’s recovery: “Grateful my Mom discharged from the hospital & is heading home. Even more grateful her medical team confident she’ll make a full recovery.”
Pakistan militant Mullah Nazir ‘killed in drone attack’, http://bbc.in/1304Fn4
Pakistani officials said Thursday that Pakistani militant Mullah Nazir was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Nazir was the leader of one of four major militant groups in Pakistan and was integral in sending fighters to help the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistan considered Nazir an important figure for keeping peace in the country. As a result, his death could strain relations even more between the U.S. and Pakistan.
A Desire for Normalcy as Sandy Hook Students Return to Class, http://nyti.ms/UIyJzQ
Elementary school classes in Newtown, CT will resume for the first time today since Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 students and 7 adults in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Students will be attending class in Newtown’s former Chalk Hill middle school, which has been converted into an elementary school. Parents were able to tour the new school Wednesday. While classes will try to resume as normally as possible, there will still be police cars parked at Newtown schools. Retired principal Donna Page will replace Dawn Hopsprung, who died trying to protect students from Lanza.
New Congress takes office Thursday, will tackle old Congress’ leftovers, http://bit.ly/130qrXO
The 113th congress will be sworn in on Thursday. Once they are confirmed, they will vote on $9 billion in immediate aid to Hurricane Sandy victims. The vote was delayed until the new congress was sworn in; the congress will vote on a remaining $51 billion in aid by January 15th. It will also face votes on the sequester, which are huge spending cuts coming up in February.
100 billion alien planets fill our galaxy: study, http://nbcnews.to/Uq7ngB
NASA released a new study Thursday that suggests our Milky Way galaxy holds at least 100 billion alien planets or one planet per star. Researchers came to the conclusion after studying a five-planet system called Kepler-32. “I usually try not call things ‘Rosetta stones,’ but this is as close to a Rosetta stone as anything I’ve seen,” says John Johnson, one of the study’s authors. “It’s like unlocking a language that we’re trying to understand—the language of planet formation.”
Senate panel to examine CIA contacts with “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers, http://yhoo.it/W3HLns
Hillary Clinton script has Hollywood buzzing, http://politi.co/TIS9n8
Justin Bieber calls for paparazzi crackdown, http://lat.ms/YVnPps
Julianne Hough: I was abused ‘mentally, physically’ as a child while training in England, http://nydn.us/Vl19hJ
Al Jazeera Buys Al Gore’s Current TV, http://aol.it/Vl6hT5