The ICC will further investigate Gaddafi’s death; Wal-Mart cuts healthcare for part-time employees; News Corp investors will try to oust the Murdochs at today’s annual shareholder meeting; College Republicans make a comeback; and keep talking, a new study shows cellphones do not cause cancer. In entertainment news, NBA talks break down again, and President Obama does not approve of Sasha and Malia keeping up with the Kardashians.
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Gadhafi’s burial delayed for further investigation, goo.gl/hAJzc
The burial of Muammar Gadhafi will be postponed so that the International Criminal Court can determine his exact cause of death. The cause is convoluted as conflicting videos show him either alive, wounded, or dead. One video shows Gadhafi struggling amongst a group of NTC soliders, begging for mercy. Another shows his body being paraded through Misrata, and The New York Times has released a video where the dictator has bullet wounds in head, raising the possibility that he was executed.
Senate rejects big piece of Obama jobs bill, goo.gl/hAJzc
The Senate has not passed the portion of Obama’s jobs bill that would have secured jobs for teachers and firefighters. The bill called for $30 billion to hire teachers and other school staffers. The bill also included an extra $5 billion for paying firefighters, police officers, and other first responders. The president had heavily pushed his jobs bills to the people, even embarking on a three-day bus tour to advocate for it.
Wal-Mart Cuts Some Health Care Benefits, goo.gl/wIZ6h
Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the United States, is cutting healthcare coverage for its part-time employees, citing high healthcare costs. A few years ago, Wal-Mart allowed coverage for its part-time employees after many complained that they could not afford coverage and were eligible for Medicaid. Now, those who work fewer than 24 hours a week will not be eligible for insurance, and new employees who work 24 to 33 hours a week cannot cover spousal dependents on their plan. Also, employees who smoke cigarettes will be docked $10 to $90 from their paychecks if they want coverage.
News Corp to be challenged by Tom Watson over ‘surveillance,’ goo.gl/kNrwk
20% of News Corp’s shareholders are expected to oppose Rupert Murdoch and his sons’ reappointment at the company’s annual shareholder meeting today. The investors are bringing in Tom Watson, “the Labour MP who has been a leading figure in parliament’s investigation into the News of the World phone-hacking scandal,” to make allegations against the Murdochs. “I want to leave investors in no doubt that News Corporation is not through the worst of this yet and there are more questions for the Murdochs to answer,” said Watson. The investors’ efforts to oust the Murdochs will most likely fail as Rupert Murdoch himself owns 40% of the voting shares.
Wisconsin Voter ID Law Faces Court Challenge, goo.gl/l5mLq
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network is filing a lawsuit over the state’s new voter identification law. The group is claiming that the law violates Wisconsin’s constitution in determining who can vote. Lester Pines, an attorney working on the case, stated: “The Wisconsin Constitution only allows the legislature to exclude the two named classes from voting — felons and people ruled incompetent,” he said in a statement. “The new law creates a third class of citizens who may not vote — people who do not have ID. This lawsuit challenges the legislature’s authority to enact such a law.”
Largest study on cellphones, cancer finds no link, goo.gl/2WYKU
Danish scientists have found that there is actually no direct correlation between cellphones and cancer. In the largest study yet on the topic, the researchers surveyed 350,000 people, finding that there was no difference in cancer rates between people who have been using a mobile device for a decade and people who have not. Last year, a study found that heavy cell phone use could lead to a rare type of brain tumor. The study was not large enough to be considered scientific proof, but it still led the International Agency for Research on Cancer to categorize cellphones as “possibly carcinogenic,” alongside such items as coffee and gasoline.
College Republicans base comeback on economy, goo.gl/mhsWM
In the three years since Obama took office, there has been an increase in the number of College Republicans on campuses. “’Our biggest recruiting tool over the last four years has been President Obama,’ said Anton Dirnberger, president of the University of Michigan College Republicans. Dirnberger said regular meeting attendance has jumped from 20 members before the 2008 elections to 80 to 100 members this year, and total membership has jumped from 1,000 to 1,500 in the past three years.” Young people, who once heavily rallied for Obama, are now handicapped by student loan debt and high unemployment. “The story line among young people is ‘jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Rock the Vote spokeswoman Chrissy Faessen. “Money and politics, but also how it’s directly affecting young people in terms of them being able to get a job and pay their bills, is absolutely going to be on the top of [young people’s] minds.”
Romney: GOP must reach out more to young people, goo.gl/kEHLf
Speaking at Iowa’s Morningside College yesterday, Mitt Romney told the audience that the Republican party has to do a better job reaching out to youth. His statement was in response to a student’s question about how Republicans could improve outreach to young people. Romney noted, “Most young people, most college students, don’t vote for us. We’re not getting our message across. We haven’t been very good at communicating our message. We’ve been out-messaged by our Democratic friends. Ours is the party of trying to protect opportunity, and making America’s economy so strong that you get great jobs when you get out of school. Theirs is the party of benefits and hand-outs, and that doesn’t create the opportunity you want in your life.”
NBA Talks Break Down, With Sides Far Apart, goo.gl/dve2h
Lindsay Lohan expected at county morgue at 8 a.m., http://goo.gl/eCvzV
Bon Jovi in his own words, bringing Soul to those in need, http://goo.gl/jI8Nq
Barack Obama Not A Fan Of The Kardashians, Michelle Says, http://goo.gl/6LymD