In today’s news, Bahrain sentences 20 medics for treating protesters; the Saudi Arabian King pardons a woman arrested for driving; a Massachusetts man is arrested for planning to attack the Pentagon and Capitol with drones; and presidential hopeful Herman Cain jumps to third place in the primary race. In entertainment news, MTV reports on the leading fall albums, and Lil Wayne looks to Jimi Hendrix for inspiration.
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German parliament approves expanded bailout fund, http://wapo.st/ooHK71
On Thursday, German lawmakers voted to approve expanded powers for a European bailout fund that Chancellor Angela Merkel has said is critical to ensuring economic stability in Europe. With an approval vote of 523 to 85, the euro-zone took the first step in righting its economic crisis. The move also helped boost European stocks Thursday, and Wall Street appeared to head for gains at its opening.
Bahrain sentences medics who treated protesters, http://bbc.in/qC8GOM
A court in Bahrain has sentenced 20 medics between 5 to 15 years in jail for alleged incitement to overthrow the government. The medics treated people injured during a protest movement that called for more rights for the country’s Shia majority in the Sunni-ruled kingdom. The medics were also accused of refusing to give police officers medical attention; however, relatives of some of the medics claim they were tortured into giving false confessions.
Saudi Woman Spared Lashing, http://bit.ly/rn2Zit
Saudi Arabian King Abdullah pardoned a woman sentenced to receive at least 10 lashes for driving. The woman was sentenced just one day after the King granted women the right to participate in the next election. “Belatedly allowing women to vote in council elections is all well and good, but if they are still going to face being flogged for trying to exercise their right to freedom of movement, then the King’s much-trumpeted ‘reforms’ actually amount to very little,” said Amnesty International Deputy Director Philip Luther.
Mass. man accused of plotting to hit Pentagon and Capitol with drone aircraft, http://wapo.st/oZ20Zy
A 26-year-old physics graduate and model hobbyist from Massachusetts was arrested Wednesday in an FBI undercover operation. He has been accused of planning to build small, explosive-laden drones to attack the Pentagon and the Capitol, according to an FBI affidavit and law enforcement officials. Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S.born citizen of South Asian background, traveled to Washington last May to conduct surveillance and intended to launch three small GPS-guided aircraft from East Potomac Park — two against the Pentagon and one against the Capitol, according to a detailed plan he gave to the FBI.
Occupy Wall Street: inquiries launched as new pepper-spray video emerges, http://bit.ly/oQN0jR
Senior New York Police Officer, Anthony Bologna, is under investigation after another video has emerged from the Occupy Wall Street protests. This video captures the officer, not only pepper spraying a group of women protesters who were trapped in an orange net, but also pepper spraying one of the women while she was recovering from the first attack. In both incidents, the policer officer appeared to have violated the NYPD’s guidance on how pepper spray should be used.
25 voters to get free photo ID ride to DMV, only 4 in Tri-County area, http://bit.ly/oFhsE9
The Department of Motor Vehicles says 25 people in South Carolina are getting a free ride to receive a photo identification card to comply with the state’s new voter law. DMV spokeswoman Beth Parks said the agency spoke to 675 people who wanted information on the law and about 48 people requested a ride for Wednesday; however, when the agency called back, people had obtained rides or state IDs in some other way.
UW to create new ID cards, http://bit.ly/qjz2FS
To accommodate for new voting laws, Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Chair Hannah Somers said University of Wisconsin will be instituting new student IDs to include a signature and a valid expiration date. “This is really good news,” Somers said. “This means we don’t have to lobby the university to change our IDs.”
Romney Reclaims Top Spot While Perry Falls and Cain Rises, http://abcn.ws/r6FVLN
In a poll released today, Herman Cain has tripled his support base and jumped to third place in the race for the Republican primary. Also, Mitt Romney has reclaimed his front-runner status, and Rick Perry has dropped ten points since the last poll taken in August. This marks the first time Perry has taken second place in the polls; he has been on top since entering the presidential race six-weeks ago. Herman Cain reached the third-place slot after claiming 17 percent, an 11-point jump since August.
Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos Would Not Necessarily Prove Einstein Wrong, http://bit.ly/qWACEu
Last week, the physics community was shaken when the OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion tracking Apparatus) team working in central Italy announced that preliminary findings seemed to have found subatomic particles, neutrinos, traveling faster than the speed of light. According to the team, the neutrinos were observed to have traveled the distance of about 450 miles in less time than it would take a light beam – disproving, some have said, Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.
Nokia to cut another 3,500 jobs, http://cnet.co/nDQLGi
Nokia will cut another 3,500 jobs to lower its operating costs to run more efficiently. “We must take painful, yet necessary, steps to align our workforce and operations with our path forward,” Chief Executive Stephen Elop said in a statement today. Nokia will close a manufacturing facility in Cluj, Romania, and reduce workers in its supply chain operations. This will cause a loss of 2,200 employees. Also, they will cut 1,300 workers in its commerce and location business.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse backs “Fighting for Pell Grants,” http://huff.to/pfPpdL
McKay Coppins asks, “Donald Trump GOP Kingmaker?,” http://bit.ly/nal2k7
‘Dancing With the Stars’ studio receives letter containing white powder, http://bit.ly/qqQkzz
Red Sox Lose to Orioles 4-3, http://abcn.ws/nEuIWC
Coldplay, Rihanna, Evanescence Lead Fall Albums, http://on.mtv.com/qPu0yk
Susan Powell’s Parents Granted Custody of Boys, http://bit.ly/pWGo88
Lil Wayne Channels Jimi Hendrix For New Vibe Cover, http://on.mtv.com/nYwzwc