In today’s news, Yemeni officers kill 26 protesters; Obama’s jobs plan aims to cut our debt by $3 trillion; and Netflix announces Qwikster. Meanwhile, Ted Kennedy’s daughter has died at age 51, and William and Kate are opening a Children’s Cancer Center.
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At least 26 killed in anti-Saleh march in Yemen, http://reut.rs/oWfwI4
For eight months, thousands have camped out to protest Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh. On Sunday, officers shot at the protestors. Water cannons and tear gas were also used to keep back the tens of thousands of demonstrators. 26 were killed.
British Tourist, Kidnapped in Kenya, May Be in Central Somalia, http://nyti.ms/qL0tjq
Last weekend, a British woman was kidnapped at a Kenyan resort by Somalian pirates who are now thought to be in Central Somalia. The woman’s husband tried to fight off the attackers but was shot and killed. The British government has asked reporters not to reveal the exact location of the woman for fear it could create more danger for her.
India Earthquake: Death Toll Exceeds 50, http://bit.ly/o4UmoZ
On Sunday night, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Sikkim, India. The death toll has now reached 53. The quake struck near the India-Nepal border. Rescuers and military troops are working to find survivors, while the Indian Air Force is dropping food into villages and are evacuating the injured.
Obama to Offer Plan to Cut Deficit by Over $3 Trillion, http://nyti.ms/rgx8BU
Today, President Obama is revealing a plan to reduce the deficit by 3 trillion dollars. He plans to do this by raising taxes on those who make more than one million dollars a year and by pulling troops out of Afghanistan. The proposal also includes $580 billion in adjustments to health and entitlement programs, including $248 billion to Medicare and $72 billion to Medicaid.
Young Voters challenge Voter ID law, http://bit.ly/r88vCa
The Justice Department is reviewing Texas’ Voter ID laws to ensure that it does not disenfranchise minority voters. Young Voters Education Fund has joined in in the objection against the laws. The new laws do not allow students to vote with a government issued state ID and at colleges such as Prairie View A&M University, students rarely have any other form of identification.
Troy Davis’ life in board’s hands, http://bit.ly/rg02AL
On Wednesday, Troy Davis is set for execution. Davis was convicted of killing a police officer and given the death penalty. However, seven of the nine witnesses in his trial have since changed their testimony. Today, a board will review his case to determine whether or not he will receive lethal injection on Wednesday.
Netflix separates streaming, renames DVD business Qwikster, http://usat.ly/n407Le
Even though the instant streaming service is still called Netflix, the company’s DVD-mail component will now called Qwikster. Qwikster will have a separate website and separate harges. The CEO of Netflix sent out an e-mail saying that the DVD service will be the same as before and will now include video games. He says that since the instant streaming service and DVD service are becoming two distinctive markets, they need to be marketed as such.
(via POLITICO Morning Tech) FACEBOOK LAUNCHES MEDIA PLATFORM: The social networking giant is scheduled to announce this week a new platform that will allow users to share music, TV shows and movies, the NYT reports. http://nyti.ms/p1HOZO
6.5-Ton Defunct Satellite Falling to Earth Faster Than Expected, NASA Says, http://fxn.ws/oQUBj7
On Friday, a satellite is said to fall to earth. NASA says at least 26 large pieces of debris will make contact with the surface of the earth. The satellite is apparently falling faster than initially expected, and NASA believes there’s a very slim chance of someone being hit by a piece of it
John Heilemann tells us about “The Tsuris”, http://bit.ly/nnXys0
Ross Kaminsky notices, “There Goes the Youth Vote”, http://bit.ly/nw8TIA
Julianna Margulies, Kyle Chandler win Emmys, http://ti.me/nDkrOk
Emmys 2011: Three top moments — and their back stories, http://lat.ms/o21AWB
William & Kate Opening a Children’s Cancer Center, http://bit.ly/rqMWvE
Kara Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s Daughter, Dies at 51, http://bit.ly/nzsjfu