Minnesota’s government has come to an agreement to end the state’s shut down, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are working on a back-up plan to prevent a default, Rebekah Brooks resigns from Murdoch’s British subsidiary, a woman dies after a volcano in Indonesia erupts, and the California governor signs a bill requiring schools to teach LGBT history. Also, Levi Aron is pleading not guilty to charges of kidnapping and murdering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, and Michele Bachmann raised $2 million in 3 weeks.
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(via POLITICO Breaking News) Following a three-hour meeting at the statehouse on Thursday, an agreement has been reached to end Minnesota’s government shutdown, now in its 14th day. The Republican leaders in the state legislature appeared at an evening press conference with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to announce they’ve reached a framework for a deal. Dayton said he will call a special session to pass a budget, which should allow the government to reopen in a “few days.”
Plan B Emerges on Debt, http://on.wsj.com/qmtx36
Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have held quiet meetings on a plan to avoid a default. The backup plan would include spending cuts and McConnell’s idea to give the president power to raise the debt ceiling. The deal would also have a committee to scope out further cuts, and per Republican demands, would probably not include any tax increases.
Rebekah Brooks Resigns From Murdoch’s British Subsidiary, http://nyti.ms/r6X8lv
Rebekah Brooks, the Chief Executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British news operation, announced her resignation Friday. Reports came out that while Brooks was editor, News of the World ordered the cell-phone hacking of a 13-year-old murder victim and terrorism victims from 9/11.
Woman dies as Indonesian volcano erupts again, http://on.msnbc.com/nxmxOv
Rescuers, along with soldiers and police, evacuated Indonesian residents living near a 5,741-foot volcano called Mount Lokon. 6,000 were moved into shelters and 27,000 more will be displaced. One woman died of a heart attack while fleeing from the lava.
California governor signs bill requiring schools to teach gay history, http://bit.ly/pYePs5
California students are used to learning about the historic contributions of Native Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Asian-Americans; now they’ll also learn the history of LGBT and disabled Americans. Gov. Jerry Brown justified the additions to the curriculum, noting that “history should be honest.”
Sudan Strikes Could Be War Crimes, Report Says, http://nyti.ms/poRMJX
South Sudan, which was recently admitted to the United Nations after seceding from the North, might be charged with possible war crimes. A report suggests that the northern government based in Khartoum has carried out human rights violations that could be considered war crimes in South Kordofan State.
Obama Said Ready to Move on South Korea Trade Bill, http://nyti.ms/nL6VmI
Business leaders and President Obama are eager to see a free trade pact approved with South Korea. Republicans are threatening to vote against the bill since it includes an extension to the 50-year-old TAA job training program.
Michele Bachmann reportedly raised $2 million in 3 weeks, http://politi.co/rgc0O5
Since she announced her candidacy three weeks ago, the Minnesota Congresswoman has doubled her campaign’s budget. While this is an impressive amount in such a short period of time, rival Mitt Romney is still well ahead of her total.
Harry Potter shatters sales records as millions say one final goodbye, http://bit.ly/qPAjv7
Sarah Palin Movie Debuts to Empty Theater in Orange County, http://bit.ly/mZtoIj
Pharrell Williams Launches ‘Qream’, New Drink for Women, http://bit.ly/r9HIGm