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    News Round-Up: December 4, 2013

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

    A Hezbollah commander is gunned down; a truck carrying dangerous radioactive substances is stolen in Mexico; and a man survives at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for 3 days. Meanwhile, Kris Jenner and Ben Flajnik enjoy a date night, and Olympian Tom Daley reveals the identity of his 39-year-old, Oscar-winning boyfriend.

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Hezbollah commander ‘assassinated’ outside Beirut homehttp://rtvote.com/1izefrb
    Gunmen shot and killed a senior Hezbollah commander on Wednesday, and the Iranian-backed group is blaming Israel for the attack. The commander, Hassan al-Laqis, held some of Hezbollah’s most sensitive portfolios and was close to leader Nasrallah. Israeli officials are denying any involvement. 

    Bill Beckwith, host of HGTV’s ‘Curb Appeal,’ killed in crashhttp://rtvote.com/1jlm4yK
    Just days after Paul Walker died in a tragic auto accident, we lose yet another celebrity in a similar situation. Bill Beckwith, host of HGTV’s ‘Curb Appeal’, passed away Monday night in a motorcycle accident, where his bike collided with another vehicle in San Francisco.  Beckwith was only 38 years old. Rest in peace, Bill. You will be missed.

    Mexican truck with radioactive load stolenhttp://rtvote.com/18CvQe2
    The International Atomic Energy Agency says a truck carrying an extremely dangerous radioactive substance has been stolen in Tepojaco, Mexico. The truck was carrying cobalt-60, which is used for radiotherapy treatment to combat cancer. The U.N. nuclear agency warns that the load will be “extremely dangerous” if damaged or removed from its protective shielding.

    Police: Teacher flees U.S. after sex abuse allegationshttp://rtvote.com/1azdhBj
    Yee Tak Sharon Kui, 25, taught at The Frost School, a private education school for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Police began investigating sex abuse allegations against Kui, and they believe she was texting a 15-year-old autistic boy and had sex with him twice. Kui, facing charges, has fled to China to avoid prosecution; Montgomery County police are requesting Kui’s extradition by Chinese authorities.

    Nigerian man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantichttp://rtvote.com/189IOPK
    At the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, divers were pulling corpses out of a sunken tugboat – and then a hand suddenly grabbed one of the divers. Harrison Odjegba Okene, the boat’s Nigerian cook, survived for three days by breathing the oxygen in a small air pocket. The temperature dropped to freezing, and Okene was dressed only in boxer shorts. None of the other 11 crewmembers survived.

     

    CULTURAL

    Kris Jenner and Ben Flajnik Have “Date Night” at Nobu, Beyonce Concert, http://rtvote.com/18lXlmj

    Olympian Tom Daley’s Oscar-Winning Boyfriend Revealed: Find Out Who He Is, http://rtvote.com/18lXEgR

    Keira Knightley Wears Her Chanel Haute Couture Wedding Dress on the Red Carpet for the Second Time,http://rtvote.com/1kaTRIv

    Jason Biggs: Paul Walker-Inspired Tip Jars at Coffee Bean Seem “Exploitive” and “in Poor Taste,”http://rtvote.com/190Ubbi

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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

    A second earthquake in nine days hits northern Italy; international pressure on Syria increases after 108 are killed; the infamous Dewey & LeBoeuf files for bankruptcy; radioactive bluefin tuna is found on the coast of California; and Mitt Romney will more than likely clinch the GOP nomination tonight. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber has been accused of assaulting a paparazzo; Anthony Bourdain leaves the Travel Channel for CNN; and Keira Knightley is engaged.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    NATO airstrike kills al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader in Afghanistan, http://wapo.st/JKMk7r 
    Sakr al-Taifi, al-Qaeda’s second in command, was killed Sunday in a NATO airstrike. NATO confirmed the death and stated that no civilians were harmed in the attacks. Al-Taifi is responsible for leading foreign insurgents in Afghanistan and attacking NATO and Afghan forces. Meanwhile in Pakistan, where most of Al Qaeda is believed to be located, the vehicle of two suicide bombers blew up before the insurgents could carry out their attacks.

    Second big quake hits northern Italy, 15 dead, http://reut.rs/KE1VSU
    A 5.8 earthquake hit northern Italy Tuesday morning, leaving 15 dead. This is the second earthquake to hit the region in nine days. Thousands of people were sleeping in tents due to the previous earthquake when Tuesday’s hit. The series of quakes have created a panic in the area.

    International Pressure on Syria Grows After Killings, http://nyti.ms/LE9pCE
    United Nations Envoy Kofi Annan will meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad today to negotiate a peace plan for the country. The meeting was scheduled before 108 Syrians were killed in Houla this weekend. The killings have created a great deal of urgency for Annan and Assad’s meeting. “I urge the government to take bold steps to signal that it is serious in its intention to resolve this crisis peacefully, and for everyone involved to help create the right context for a credible political process,” Annan said. Russia, one of Syria’s allies, has admitted that the Syrian government is mostly to blame for the Houla massacre. Meanwhile, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said he has planned military options for intervening in Syria. Australia, Canada, and Italy have expelled all Syrian diplomats.

    (via The New York Times) Dewey & LeBoeuf Files for Bankruptcy, http://nyti.ms/KZQveo
    Dewey & LeBoeuf, the law firm crippled by financial miscues and partner defections, filed for bankruptcy on Monday night, punctuating the largest law firm collapse in United States history.The filing, made in federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan, is the final chapter in a turbulent period for Dewey, which came apart after disappointing profits and prodigious debt forced it to slash partners’ salaries. The partners, already owed millions from previous years, grew concerned over the firm’s finances and their ability to get paid. A partner exodus destroyed the firm.

    Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US, http://cbsn.ws/LEaE4O
    Scientists have discovered bluefin tuna containing radioactivity off the coast of California. The radioactivity had been contracted 6,000 miles away in Japanese waters contaminated from the country’s nuclear crisis. “We were frankly kind of startled,” said Nicholas Fisher, one of the researchers in the National Academy of Scientists who reported the findings. The levels of radioactivity were ten times higher than what’s normally found in bluefin tuna near the California coast. Despite this, the levels are still low enough so that the tunas are safe to eat. Pacific bluefin tuna can grow up to ten feet and weigh more than 1,000 pounds. They are born off the coast of Japan and swim at a breakneck pace to California.

    (via The New York Times) U.S. Winds Down Longer Benefits for the Unemployed, http://nyti.ms/L19wK9
    Hundreds of thousands of out-of-work Americans are receiving their final unemployment checks sooner than they expected, even though Congress renewed extended benefits until the end of the year. The checks are stopping for the people who have the most difficulty finding work: the long-term unemployed. More than five million people have been out of work for longer than half a year. Federal benefit extensions, which supplemented state funds for payments up to 99 weeks, were intended to tide over the unemployed until the job market improved. In February, when the program was set to expire, Congress renewed it, but also phased in a reduction of the number of weeks of extended aid and effectively made it more difficult for states to qualify for the maximum aid. Since then, the jobless in 23 states have lost up to five months’ worth of benefits. Next month, an additional 70,000 people will lose benefits earlier than they presumed, bringing the number of people cut off prematurely this year to close to half a million, according to the National Employment Law Project.

    Romney to meet with Adelson, http://bit.ly/JyvhE7
    Mitt Romney will meet with former Newt Gingrich-backer and casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson while campaigning in Las Vegas today. Adelson is expected to support Romney now that he is the presumptive GOP nominee. Romney will also appear at a fundraiser with Donald Trump while in Vegas. The Obama campaign has criticized the former Massachusetts governor for not standing up to Trump for his insistence that President Obama was born in Kenya.

    CULTURAL:

    Justin Bieber to “Focus on the Music” After Paparazzi Encounter, Releases New Single, “Die in Your Arms,”http://eonli.ne/KXPsro

    Anthony Bourdain Exits Travel Channel for CNN, http://bit.ly/LC88Ac

    Keira Knightley Spotted Wearing Engagement Ring, http://bit.ly/K9IeFQ

    MTV Movie Awards: Black Keys, Martin Solveig to perform, http://cbsn.ws/M2qvRe

    Live Lip-Dub Marriage Proposal Goes Viral, http://ti.me/L1c2A6

     

    Caitlin Maguire
    Bio: Caitlin is the Marketing & Operations Manager for Rock the Vote
    @caitlinmagu
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com