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    News Round-Up: Friday, January 31, 2014

    Friday, January 31st, 2014

    Amanda Knox is convicted of murder in an Italian court…again; U.S. is seeking the death penalty against the Boston Marathon Bombings suspect; and Ukraine’s president signs an amnesty agreement after protests become extremely violent and deadly. Meanwhile, one of the NYC Real Housewives gets a divorce; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 teaser trailer is released; and Miley gives some advice to Bieber on getting in trouble.

    - Maura 

    CRUCIAL 

    Amanda Knox: ‘I Will Never Willingly Go Back’, http://rtvote.com/1dSsHCb
    After 11 hours of deliberation, Italian jurors came down with a guilty verdict for American Amanda Knox (26 years old) and Italian born Raffaele Sollecito (29 years old), for the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007. This is the fourth ruling in the case and the second time that the court has decided to convict them of murder. In an emotional interview Friday, Knox said that she did not expect the verdict and vowed that she would never “willingly go back” to Italy.

    U.S. Is Seeking Death Penalty in Boston Case, http://rtvote.com/1hXDNdD
    On Thursday The Justice Department announced that it would seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, the man accused of killing and maiming participants and spectators at the Boston Marathon last April. Citing that Tsarnaev showed no remorse for the attacks and that the youngest victim was 8 years-old, prosecutors argued that the death penalty was warranted.

    Dow Tumbles: Stock Roller Coaster in Dive Mode, http://rtvote.com/1iTViPx
    New worries about the economy emerge as stocks fall sharply on Wall Street wrapping up the month of January. For the first time since 2010 the S&P 500’s might close in the negatives—a poor start that history says could be a bad omen for the rest of the year. When the first month of the year is negative the chances of finishing the full year in the plus column drop to 50-50 according to the Stock Trader’s Almanac. I guess only time will tell!

    Ukraine Activist Says He was Abducted and Tortured, http://rtvote.com/LhRbhj
    After Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovych abandoned a trade deal in November with the EU in favor of closer economic ties with Russia, protests against the president spilled into the streets. But, since January 22, protests have turned violent with at least 3 protesters and 3 police officers dead and a leading Ukraine activist who says he was abducted, tortured, and left to die in the cold. Today, President Yanukovych has signed an amnesty for protestors and the repeal of harsh anti-protest-laws.
     

    CULTURAL

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Super Bowl Teaser Trailer, http://rtvote.com/1bdTVqc

    Zac Efron Was on a Six-Week Liquid Food Diet After Breaking His Jaw, http://rtvote.com/1edNlTp

    Ramona Singer Slams Jill Zarin: She’s Using My Divorce to “Try to Make Herself Relevant”, http://rtvote.com/1aMSkKi

    Miley Cyrus Gives Justin Bieber Advice: “Pay People to Make Sure You Don’t Get In Trouble”, http://rtvote.com/1kkXtd5

    Maura
    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

    The debt deal passes in the House; the Coast Guard thwarts an attempt to smuggle 7.5 tons of cocaine into the U.S.; the man suspected of being D.B. Cooper has been dead for ten years; and a new website matches young women in debt with older, wealthy “sugar daddies.” In the techie world, Apple has released more details about the iCloud; the U.S. wants to employ cyber-attackers; and a 20 year old student has died from an Xbox marathon session. Meanwhile, J.Lo talks Marc Anthony; the early bird catches the arrest: Samantha Ronson is slapped with a DUI at 10 AM; and if you have a ticket to a Kings of Leon show, it’s time to dial up Ticketmaster!

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    House Passes Historic Debt Deal on Eve of Deadline, http://wapo.st/pD4PVS
    The House has passed the agreed upon debt deal 269-161. 174 Republicans and 95 Democrats voted for the deal, while 66 Republicans and 95 Democrats voted against it. The Democrats’ split vote demonstrates the party’s lackluster for the agreement. The Senate will vote on the bill at noon today. If it passes, it will go to the President. Once it is in Obama’s hands, the Treasury will immediately have $400 billion in borrowing authority.

    Narco Sub with 7.5 Tons of Cocaine Caught in Caribbean, http://abcn.ws/o5HTmM
    On Monday, the Coast Guard arrested a boat crew for trying to smuggle $180 million worth of cocaine into the U.S. The crew attempted to sink the boat before the Coast Guard could seize the drugs. It took an FBI dive team to recover the 7.5 tons of cocaine.

    FBI: Lead in D.B. Cooper Case is Man Who Died 10 Years Ago, http://bit.ly/pJCQZ1
    The new, promising suspect in the D.B. Cooper case is a man who died ten years ago of natural causes. The man in question had said he injured himself in a car accident in 1971 – the same year that Cooper hi-jacked a plane and after stealing $200,000, parachuted to safety. The suspect’s family is providing the FBI with more fingerprints to further the investigation.

    Apple Reveals iCloud Details and Pricing, http://nyti.ms/n4GvD0
    Apple has released more details about its iCloud sharing service. Users will be able to share music, books, photos, contacts, etc. amongst numerous devices. Current Apple customers will receive 5 gigabytes for free, and then will have to pay $20 for 10 gigabytes. iCloud.com will fully launch this fall.

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) HACKER BOOM: A popular hacker convention in Las Vegas highlights the U.S. government’s fervor to lure cyber thieves into their own ranks, Reuters reports. http://reut.rs/oPbMIQ

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) DEATH BY XBOX: Authorities in the U.K. have ruled that a 20-year-old student died from a pulmonary embolism brought on by a marathon gaming session, Techland reports, citing a story from AFP. http://ti.me/oVPfQB

    CULTURAL:

    Jennifer Lopez Gives Vanity Fair Her First Interview Since Announcing Her Divorce from Marc Anthony, http://vnty.fr/roCehC

    Kings of Leon Cancel Tour, Citing Exhaustion, http://nyti.ms/rfa5Gt

    Real Housewives of New York City: Who’s an Alcoholic?, http://bit.ly/qOEIsy

    The Bachelorette Ashley Hebert Gets Engaged on Finale, http://bit.ly/qG1M6G

    Samantha Ronson Arrested for DUI – Before 10 in the Morning!, http://eonli.ne/q6KHBm

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