Yahoo will layoff 14 percent of the company; Romney sweeps yesterday’s primaries; 30 people are pepper-sprayed at a Santa Monica College protest; a string of tornadoes hits Texas; a blast at a theater in Somalia kills several Somali sports officials; and the violence in Syria continues despite upcoming cease-fire demands. Meanwhile, Dumb and Dumber 2 is set to film with the original leading cast; Baylor wins the NCAA Women’s National Championship; and Ryan Gosling saves a woman from a potential taxi accident.
Kelly H. + Caitlin
30 people pepper-sprayed at Santa Monica College course fees protest, http://on.msnbc.com/HgyIvs
Police pepper-sprayed 30 people as students tried to overtake a Santa Monica College trustee board meeting in protest over proposed course fee increases. So far only minor injuries have been reported, with five people seeking further treatment from the spraying. Amid chants of “let us in, let us in,” and “no cuts, no fee, education should be free,” police were said to have released the spray within arm’s length of their targets. The board meeting was scheduled to discuss a highly contested tiered payment program. Students and faculty complain that the program would make basic courses during in-demand summer terms almost four times as expensive.
Tornado-Wrecked Dallas Begins Assessing Damage, http://n.pr/HTN0ng
Videos of violently soaring tractor trailers 100 feet in the air are now flooding local weather channels, but residents of Dallas, Texas are relieved that there have been no reported deaths after devastating tornadoes made their way to Fort Worth yesterday. The National Weather Service reports that almost a dozen twisters touched down in the area. Though there is no death toll, and only a few reports of injury, thousands have been left without power and about 650 homes have been seriously damaged. The Weather Channel has issued warnings for most of the Southeast, highlighting parts of Texas, northern Florida, Kansas, and Virginia.
Somalia sports officials killed in theatre bombing, http://bbc.in/HZ7Mym
A blast struck a newly re-opened national theatre in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing seven members of Somalia’s Olympic committee and football heads. The militant al-Shabab group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was also subject to the blast, but he has not reported injuries. The president of the Somali Olympic Committee and Somali Football Federation chief were both killed. The group had gathered at the theatre to celebrate the first anniversary of Somalia’s national television station.
Violence as Syrian gov’t claims troop pullout, http://cbsn.ws/HTmmMm
Even though the Syrian government announced it would withdraw troops from some cities in accordance with an international demand for cease-fire, explosions still continued across Homs as more clashes were reported. Syrian troops have been spotted carrying out raids and arrests in the suburbs of the Damascus capital. A Syrian government official stated Tuesday evening that Syrian troops had started pulling out from “calm” cities and were headed back to their bases. The announcement of the pull-out started a week ahead of a deadline given by the U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. Annan’s plan requires regime forces to withdraw from towns and cities and observe a cease-fire by April 10, with rebel fighters immediately following the same action.
Romney Adds 3 Victories and Clashes With Obama, http://nyti.ms/HmvXWI
Mitt Romney swept the primary contest yesterday, winning Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia. However, news experts were more intrigued by the words exchanged between Romney’s campaign and President Obama. At a meeting in Washington, President Obama mocked Romney for using the word “marvelous” to describe a proposed budget, and Romney ripped into Obama, saying “President Obama thinks he’s doing a good job — I’m not kidding.” Among Romney’s wins, Wisconsin seemed the most notable since Romney was able to garner the more conservative voters that align with candidate Rick Santorum, namely evangelical Christians. Santorum said he would continue campaigning in the upcoming primaries, looking ahead to his home state of Pennsylvania on April 24.
(via Yahoo News) Santorum says GOP contest only at halftime: Republican Rick Santorum said Tuesday night his presidential campaign would continue despite triple losses to rival Mitt Romney in primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.”There are no marching bands. We’re hitting the field. The clock starts tonight,” Santorum told a sparsely attended election night party outside Pittsburgh. Santorum said the GOP contest had only reached halftime, with half of the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination having been selected. However, The Associated Press count of delegates showed Romney leading the race for delegates with at least 646 delegates. Santorum had just 272. Santorum’s defiance did little to mask his poor showing Tuesday, particularly in Wisconsin, where he campaigned heavily for several days and where an allied independent group spent nearly $900,000 on television ads. Exit polls taken for the AP and the television networks found Romney winning blue-collar and very conservative voters in Wisconsin, http://yhoo.it/HnFYCs
Yahoo Announces Layoffs: 2,000 Jobs Cut, http://huff.to/Hq1LcS
As new CEO Scott Thompson settles in, Yahoo is laying off 2,000 employees, which is about 14 percent of the company. The layoff is the sixth of its kind in the past four years. The last largest Yahoo layoff was only comprised of 1,500 workers in 2008. This layoff is projected to save Yahoo $375 million per year. Before coming to Yahoo, CEO Thompson ran online payment service PayPal.
‘Dumb and Dumber 2′: Director says sequel filming this year, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, http://bit.ly/HbEzFl
Olbermann: ‘I Screwed Up,’ But Current TV Had Problems, http://n.pr/HpWjXl
Baylor Wins NCAA Women’s National Championship: Notre Dame Comes Up Short Again, http://huff.to/HLLnc3
Brittney Griner taunts upset Baylor coach, http://bit.ly/Hg8cX1
Mattel to Create Bald Barbie for Kids Dealing with Hair Loss, http://bit.ly/HXRLbN
Breaking: Ryan Gosling Saves British Woman From Taxi Collision on 6th Ave, http://bit.ly/Hf1b4M
Ryan Seacrest to Join NBC for Summer Olympics Coverage, http://eonli.ne/Hg2AHV
Kutcher offends country stars at ACMA’s, http://thedc.com/HUrNaz