News Round Up: Monday, July 1, 2013Monday, July 1st, 2013
News Round-Up: Tuesday, February 12th, 2013Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Obama will announce the withdrawal of 34K troops from Afghanistan in his State of the Union address; North Korea conducts its most powerful nuclear test yet; a new report reveals that Pope Benedict XVI had secret heart surgery; a blast on Turkey and Syria’s border kills 14; ex-LAPD cop Steve Dorner may have had an accomplice; the Philippines hope for Asia’s first pope; and Twitter and Amex allow customers to buy items via hashtags. Meanwhile, wrestling will no longer be an Olympic sport; Adele’s Grammy crasher is arrested; and Rihanna takes a sad bath in her new music video.
AP SOURCE: OBAMA TO ANNOUNCE THAT 34K US TROOPS TO BE HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN A YEAR FROM TODAY,http://rtvote.com/Y9S0cV
According to the Associated Press, President Obama will announce the withdrawal of 34,000 troops from Afghanistan one year from today. He is set to reveal these plans during tonight’s State of the Union address. Yesterday, Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha, who fought to save his fellow soliders during an insurgent attack orchestrated by al Qaeda. During the State of the Union, President Obama will most likely address the economy, the middle class, and his presidency. The address begins at 9:00 PM E.T.
North Korea Confirms It Conducted 3rd Nuclear Test, http://rtvote.com/XGxbGa
North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet last night, defying U.N resolutions. The test has caused strong condemnation from other countries, including China which is the country’s only major ally. President Obama called the detonation “highly provocative” and said that it “undermines regional stability.” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the test as a “clear and grave violation” of the U.N.’s resolutions. North Korea is working to enhance its nuclear systems, yet it is a long time away from miniaturizing devices for missiles.
Pope Benedict Had Heart Surgery Three Months Ago, Il Sole Says, http://rtvote.com/XGE6Pw
The newspaper Il Sole is reporting that Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his retirement yesterday, had heart surgery and a new pacemaker put in three months ago. The Vatican confirmed that the pope has been using a pacemaker for a long time, but that he is in good health. The surgery, which was kept secret, had no complications but made the pope reconsider whether he is well enough for the post.
Deadly bus blast hits Turkey’s Syria border, http://rtvote.com/159elNc
At least 14 were killed and 26 wounded after a minibus exploded near Turkey and Syria’s border Tuesday. The explosion took place at a popular crossing for Syrian refugees. A spokesman for the Turkish government said that Syrian forces were behind the “powerful explosion.” He went on to add that, “The information that we have for now is that a minibus with Syrian number plates coming from the other side exploded.”
Dorner may have had help in trying to flee to Mexico, http://rtvote.com/XGySn2
Authorities are considering the possibility that Steve Dorner, the ex-LAPD cop who is wanted for the murder of three, may have had an accomplice that helped him escape to Mexico. A report detailing Dorner’s path after the murders was released in court records Monday. It highlights Dorner’s efforts to steal a boat and subdue its captain in San Diego. There is a $1 million reward for Dorner’s capture. Murder and attempted-murder charges have already been filed against him.
Busted toilets, hot rooms, headaches after fire strands cruise ship in Gulf, http://rtvote.com/159az6t
A Carnival cruise ship is currently stranded off of the Gulf of Mexico with 3,143 passengers on board. An engine fire caused the ship to become immobile on Sunday. Passengers are facing a shortage of running water, electricity, and food. One passenger reported “sewage running down the walls and floors” and that those on board were being asked to defecate in bags and urinate in showers. Lines for food surpass 3.5 hours, and many passengers are sleeping outside due to the lack of air conditioning.
Philippines Catholics hope, pray for Asia’s first pope, http://rtvote.com/11E1eog
The Philippines’ Catholics, the largest Christian community in Asia, are hoping that their own Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will replace Pope Benedict XVI when he resigns on February 28th. “The announcement also brought sadness to us. We felt like children clinging to a father who bids them farewell,” said Tagle regarding the pope’s retirement. While his election is far from certain, Tagle has a reputation as a lively Vatican insider and former adviser to the pope.
Twitter and Amex to let you pay with a hashtag, http://rtvote.com/11DYuY5
Twitter and American Express have teamed up to allow customers to purchase items via a hashtag. Users who sign up to buy items will be able to tweet an Amex related hashtag when ready to purchase. The customers will know their purchase has gone through once they’ve received a confirmation hashtag from Amex. The new initiative will begin Wednesday morning.
IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics, http://rtvote.com/11DYpne
Adele’s Grammy Speech Crasher Arrested After Getting Stink-Eye From Jennifer Lopez, http://rtvote.com/Ya2MQh
Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ Video, Featuring Mikky Echo: The Saddest Bath In The World, http://rtvote.com/11E3Ja7
ABC, Univision unveil joint venture’s name: Fusion, http://rtvote.com/XGJdiN
Justin Timberlake Calls New Album ‘The Best Stuff I’ve Ever Done’, http://rtvote.com/XGJhiy
News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Lone Star College student Carlton Berry, 22, has been charged with aggravated assault after opening fire on his Houston campus. Berry injured a student with whom he had an altercation as well as a janitor. He is also being treated for injuries after mishandling the gun and shooting himself.
Clinton testifies on Benghazi attack, http://rtvote.com/SBKw3O
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress on the Benghazi attack Wednesday. Clinton took responsibility for the attack and choked up while saying, “For me, this is not just a matter of policy, this is personal.” Clinton said that when she was told of the attack she, “instructed our senior department officials and diplomatic security to consider every option—to break down the doors to the Libyan officials to get as much security support as we could.” She has since recommended that future Secretary of States participate in meetings regarding additional security and also suggested that heightened security has been installed at the Benghazi site.
Israel coalition talks begin after election deadlock, http://rtvote.com/144ZKSq
Tuesday’s early results from Israel’s election show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party losing a quarter of its seats in government. In a surprising twist, Netanyahu will now have to create a coalition government with the new Yesh Atid party, which won 19 seats. There will have to be a great deal of compromise as Yesh Atid, led by former TV presenter Yair Lapid, has called for overturning the law that exempts ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students from serving in the military. Lapid has also demanded that the government commit to a peace plan with Palestine.
Gen. John Allen cleared in misconduct inquiry, http://rtvote.com/XzNXoO
General John Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has been cleared of wrongdoing regarding an allegedly inappropriate e-mail exchange with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. Kelley, who was blackmailed by General Petraeus’ mistress, has recently publicly denied any inappropriate contact with Allen.
Obama ‘will not oppose’ House GOP plan to suspend debt limit until May, http://rtvote.com/1451ATk
The House GOP has proposed suspending the implementation of the federal debt limit until May 19. The measure would help delay or avoid another confrontation between President Obama and congress regarding the debt limit. President Obama has responded that he will not oppose the proposal, which would cause the government’s legal borrowing limit of $16.4 trillion to remain the same until May.
Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopez defend Beyonce in lip sync scandal, http://rtvote.com/WLnTI4
Kelly Osbourne Engaged to Marry Matthew Mosshart, http://rtvote.com/1455xqX
NEWS ROUND-UP: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012Monday, February 27th, 2012
One dead, four students wounded in a shooting at an Ohio high school; a plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin has been revealed; BP may settle its Deepwater Horizon civil suit; Wikileaks and Anonymous go after political company Stratfor; western officials are calling Syria’s reformed constitution a sham; and Mitt Romney takes the lead over Rick Santorum. Meanwhile, ‘The Artist’ wins big at the Oscars, and Kobe Bryant suffers a nasal fracture.
Kelly + Caitlin
Chardon High School Shooting: One Dead, Four Injured, http://abcn.ws/y2zxQ8
At 7:30 a.m. this morning, students at Chardon High School heard gunshots in their school hallways. A fellow student opened fire on his peers, wounding five students. One student has died from their injuries. A suspect is reported to be in custody with only one shooter being spotted. Chardon High School is located about 30 miles east of Cleveland and holds about 1,100 students.
Start of Trial on Gulf Oil Spill Is Delayed Amid Talk of a Settlement, http://nyti.ms/wlXhX9
The civil trial over BP’s oil spill in the Gulf last year has been delayed. The delay, issued by the court over “reasons of judicial efficiency to allow the parties to make further progress” in settlement discussions, is seen as unusual because neither party has requested it. With the trial date pushed back, law experts predict that the case will be settled. The BP oil spill was the largest in U.S. history.
Plot To Assassinate Putin Foiled, State TV Reports, http://n.pr/zdY42h
Suspects linked to Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov were arrested in an alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The suspects were planning to kill Putin in Moscow after Sunday’s election. The suspects were arrested after an accidental explosion at an apartment where they were trying to manufacture bombs. The Russian special service conducted an investigation that revealed the assassination plans. Despite mass protests over his rule, opinion polls show that Putin will win the presidential vote.
Wikileaks Pairs with Anonymous to Publish Intelligence Firm’s Dirty Laundry, http://bit.ly/y4kRq4
The private intelligence firm Stratfor has been exposed by WikiLeaks. Infiltrated by the hacker group Anonymous in December, Wikileaks has cooperated with them to release a massive amount of Stratfor e-mail correspondence. Stratfor is a company that sells it analyses of global politics to major corporations and government agencies. The leaked emails supposedly show that Stratfor monitored the political group “The Yes Men” on behalf of Dow Chemical; they also show Stratfor’s interest in setting up an investment fund with Goldman Sachs to trade on the information Stratfor collects. Anonymous said that future projects with Wikileaks may involve a series of announced hacks on major companies. The move on Stratfor could be one of the first of this Anonymous/Wikileaks collaboration.
Syrians Said to Approve New Charter as Battles Continue, http://nyti.ms/ybIBaG
A new Syrian constitution has been approved by almost 90 percent of voters according to the Syrian Interior Ministry. Nearly 7.5 million voters opted for the constitution that is supposed to offer reform as violence erupts and spreads across the country; however, western officials see the vote as fake, citing unrealistic turnout numbers. As polls opened, the Syrian government continued to shell Homs and other cities.
Poll: Romney overtakes Santorum nationally, http://bit.ly/xcpgfM
In a Gallup tracking poll, despite a tumultuous February, Mitt Romney has the support of 31 percent of likely-GOP voters versus Rick Santorum’s 29 percent. The two candidates have gone back and forth in the polls with Santorum holding a 10-point lead in the same survey last week. Newt Gingrich now comes in third with 15 percent of support. The Gallup poll also shows Romney leading President Obama by four points.
‘The Artist’ paints golden picture at Oscars, http://trib.in/xGxCQ1
Adam Sandler breaks record with 11 Razzie nominations, http://thedc.com/AF7fSX
Did Jennifer Lopez Have a Wardrobe Malfunction at the Academy Awards? http://bit.ly/wiB1SQ
Kobe Bryant suffers nasal fracture, http://thedc.com/xLdTYy
Ben & Jerry’s Boston Apologizes For ‘Taste The Lin-Sanity’ Ice Cream With Fortune Cookies And Lychee, http://huff.to/zHs6Ea
News Round-Up: Thursday, September 1, 2011Thursday, September 1st, 2011
In today’s news, Libya’s rebel leadership outlines a new government; August marks the first month since 2003 where there have been no US casualties in Iraq; Rock the Vote is mentioned in a new Rolling Stone article on the “war on voting;” Facebook will launch a music component; and history repeats itself – an iPhone 5 prototype has been lost in a California bar. Meanwhile, Steven Seagal has killed a puppy; Marc Anthony goes on record about J.Lo; and Alyssa Milano has given birth.
Iraq War Marks First Month with No U.S. Military Deaths, http://nyti.ms/oNOLbw
August is the first months that no U.S. fatalities have taken place in Iraq since the war began in 2003. On the contrary, June was the deadliest month for U.S. solders in Iraq. Army officials attribute the fatality-free month to U.S. strikes and the new Iraqi offensive against Shiite militia. In Afghanistan, August was the deadliest month for U.S. soldiers.
Libya’s Rebel Leadership to Outline Goals at Paris Conference, http://bit.ly/ojrJ4o
Libya’s rebel leadership will go to Paris today to work with 60 nations on outlining a new government for the country. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in attendance. Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, has said that Gaddafi loyalists will continue to fight for Tripoli; however, sources say he is in secret talks with the rebels to surrender.
The GOP War on Voting, http://bit.ly/r4wHja
In a Rolling Stone article from the September 15th issue, Ari Berman outlines the GOP plan to disenfranchise Democratic voters in the 2012 elections. Berman explains that the Republicans’ coordinated efforts to use photo identification requirements, end early voting, and take away felons’ voting rights are meant to discourage students, African Americans, and the elderly from voting Democrat.
Facebook to Launch Music Platform with Spotify, MOG, & Rdio, http://on.mash.to/nUqBb1
On September 22, Facebook will launch its music listening service. According to Mashable, the music will be accessible on Facebook but will stream from Spotify, MOG, & Rdio.
iDeja Vu: iPhone Prototype Lost at a California Bar, http://bit.ly/pSLArX
Last year, an iPhone 4 prototype was leaked after an Apple employee left it at a bar. This week, an iPhone 5 prototype was also left at a bar, although no images of it have been leaked. A man suspected of taking the phone has been searched and Apple has offered him a large sum of money; however, nothing was found on him and he declined the cash.
Irene Reveals More Cracks in Washington Monument, http://on.today.com/pf8zbG
The National Park Service has found water inside the Washington Monument, which means the structure has more cracks than originally thought. The initial cracks were due to last week’s earthquake and then more were created by Hurricane Irene.
Solyndra Solar Company Fails After Getting Controversial Federal Loan Guarantees, http://wapo.st/nSXAbw
Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer that President Obama had deemed a leader in the energy field, has filed for bankruptcy. The White House had given Solyndra loan guarantees, which the Republicans have been investigating for some time now. Solyndra’s closing leaves 1,100 people unemployed and taxpayers left to pay $535 million in its federal loans.
Steven Seagal: Legal Threats Over Deadly Cockfight Raid, http://bit.ly/o98A1a
Cher Slams “Stupid Bigots” for Dissing ‘DWTS’ Pick Chaz Bono, http://bit.ly/oLUSnf
Marc Anthony: Why My Marriage to J.Lo Ended, http://bit.ly/nEYAoY
Kim Kardashian: I Want to Be Pregnant with Kourtney, http://eonli.ne/r6foOo
Mel Gibson’s Ex Turns Down $15 Million in Support, Ends Up with $750,000, http://read.bi/qVeWOd
Alyssa Milano Ready for Another Pregnancy Sooner than Later, http://bit.ly/q3by5n