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Submitted by Newsroom on January 11, 2011 – 8:48 amNo Comment

Latest World News: 8:48 a.m. mst
 
 
 CONGRESSWOMAN SHOT
     Tucson prepares for services in wake of rampage
 
     PHOENIX (AP)
– A Mass to remember the victims of a weekend
shooting rampage will be held this evening in Tucson. And tomorrow,
President Barack Obama is expected to attend a memorial service in
Arizona.
     Six people were killed and 14 people injured in Saturday’s
shooting, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who remains
in a hospital intensive care unit.
     Suspected gunman Jared Loughner (LAWF’-nur) appeared in a
federal court in Phoenix yesterday to answer to charges of trying
to assassinate Giffords and killing federal judge John Roll.
     Meanwhile, one of the doctors treating Giffords says there was
no change in her condition overnight.
     When asked about swelling in her brain on the third day, which
is when it often reaches its peak, Dr. Michael Lemole told NBC’s
“Today” show that a CAT scan early today showed no increase in
swelling.
     But he cautioned that it can sometimes take longer for swelling
to peak.
     Lemole said the fact that Giffords responds to commands
indicates there’s not a lot of pressure in the brain.
 
 CONGRESSWOMAN SHOT-SURVIVOR
     Ariz. survivor: ‘It was like a bad crime drama’
 
     NEW YORK (AP)
– One of the survivors of Saturday’s shooting
spree in Arizona says “it was like a bad crime drama.”
     Eric Fuller said Tuesday on the CBS “The Early Show” that he
felt the bullet that hit his knee but didn’t know he had also been
hit in the back.
     He says he didn’t know how to react and felt the victims “were
in for more.”
     Fuller says he was lucky and feels fine physically but is
outraged that Giffords was attacked.
 
 CONGRESSWOMAN SHOT-SUSPECT’S PARENTS
     Neighbor: Parents of shooting suspect devastated
 
     PHOENIX (AP)
– A neighbor says the parents of Tucson, Ariz.,
shooting suspect Jared Loughner (LAWF’-nuhr) are devastated.
     Wayne Smith tells a Phoenix TV station (KPHO-TV) that Loughner’s
parents feel guilty for what happened. Smith says they want to know
where they failed, but Smith says he told them they didn’t fail.
     Smith says they taught Loughner “everything about right and
wrong.” But he says “you can teach someone everything and have no
control how it works out.”
     He says Amy Loughner has been in bed, crying nonstop since
Saturday’s shooting that critically injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords and killed a federal judge. Five others were killed and
another 13 wounded.
     Loughner is being held without bail on five federal charges.
 
 CONGRESSWOMAN SHOT-PROTECTING LAWMAKERS
     Tucson rampage spurs talk of greater Hill security
 
     WASHINGTON (AP)
– The Senate’s sergeant-at-arms says he’s
against members of Congress arming themselves to increase their
safety in the wake of the shooting rampage in Arizona.
     Terrance Gainer tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” that “I
don’t think it’s a good idea.”
     Several ideas have been discussed for increasing security in the
wake of Saturday’s shooting spree in Tucson that left Democratic
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona gravely wounded.
     Gainer says threats to members of the Senate increased over the
past year – to 49. But he said he considers the number small given
all the interactions that lawmakers have with constituents. Asked
about public officials arming themselves, Gainer says, “I don’t
think introducing more guns into the situation is going to be
helpful.”
     A security briefing for lawmakers is scheduled for Wednesday.
 
 GULF OIL SPILL
     Panel says government and industry need to do more
 
     WASHINGTON (AP)
– A presidential panel investigating the Gulf
oil spill says that the oil industry, Congress and the Obama
administration need to do more to reduce the chances of another
large-scale disaster.
     That’s the primary conclusion of the independent panel assembled
by President Barack Obama, which released its final report Tuesday.
     The commission recommends increasing budgets and training for
the federal agency that regulates offshore drilling; increasing the
liability cap for damages when companies drill offshore; dedicating
80 percent of fines and penalties from the BP spill to restoration
of the Gulf; and lending more weight to scientific opinions by
other federal scientists in decisions about drilling.
 
 WINTER WEATHER
     Winter storm is heading to the Northeast
 
     COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)
– The storm that shut down much of the South
is heading north.
     For New York City, it means a third snowstorm in less than three
weeks. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning
starting this evening through tomorrow afternoon, with the heaviest
snowfall expected overnight.
     Forecasters say the city and its suburbs could get up to 14
inches of snow, with wind gusts up to 35 miles an hour.
     Most of North Carolina remains under a winter storm warning
today and thousands are without power.
     The storm dumped several inches to more than a foot of snow from
Louisiana to the Carolinas. Most flights at Atlanta’s
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which is the world’s
busiest airport, were canceled. At least nine people were killed in
weather-related traffic accidents.
     Conditions in the South aren’t likely to improve anytime soon
because temperatures will remain below freezing for days.
     A 7-year-old girl in North Carolina is in critical condition
after she was hit by a van while sledding.
 
 WALL STREET
     Earnings season starts with stock gains
 
     NEW YORK (AP)
– New signs of surging corporate profits are
lifting stocks.
     Aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. unofficially kicked off the fourth
quarter earnings season when it reported results late Monday that
beat Wall Street estimates.
     Separately, Sears Holdings and Tiffany & Co. announced that they
are boosting their yearly earnings outlooks after
better-than-expected sales results.
     European stocks are up 1 percent after Japan said it planned to
buy bonds issued by struggling countries in the European Union.
     The government reported today that businesses at the wholesale
level trimmed their stockpiles in November for the first time in
nearly a year, even though sales rose for a fifth consecutive
month.
     There’s also word that job openings dipped in November, the
latest evidence that employers remain cautious about adding new
workers.
 
 BELL SALARIES
     Corruption defendants want city to pay legal bills
 
     BELL, Calif. (AP)
– Three present and former Bell city leaders
facing public corruption charges now want the cash-strapped city to
pay their legal bills.
     Attorneys for Mayor Oscar Hernandez, Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo
and former Councilman George Cole have filed court documents saying
the city should cover their legal expenses for a lawsuit filed by
the California attorney general’s office.
     The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that Jacobo and Cole also
want Bell to pay their defense costs on criminal charges.
     Rocked by scandals and sky-high salaries, state auditors
reported last week that Bell is on the brink of bankruptcy.
     Lawyers for the defendants say in documents that their clients
did nothing legally wrong and are entitled to have Bell cover the
costs.
 
 DOORSTEP BABY
     Baby left on Pittsburgh doorstep in just a diaper
 
     PITTSBURGH (AP)
– Authorities say a 3-month-old baby was
abandoned outside a Pittsburgh home wearing only a diaper in
temperatures that hovered around 20 degrees
     Investigators say the child was left on a doorstep in the city’s
East Liberty neighborhood Monday night.
     A passer-by, Jonetta McCowan, stopped after hearing arguing and
retrieved the baby. She tells WTAE-TV that she bundled the child in
her clothes and took him to police.
     Investigators say the boy was taken to a hospital in good
condition. Police Commander RoShelle Brackney says he was in
serious danger because of the cold.
     Children and Youth Services agents are trying to find the
child’s mother.
 
 TEACHER-BIBLE
     UPDATE: Ohio teacher says he’s disappointed over firing
 
     MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP)
– An Ohio science teacher accused of
burning the image of a cross on students’ arms says he’s
disappointed school officials voted to fire him.

Mount Vernon High School Logo

     The Mount Vernon school board decided Monday night to accept a
state official’s recommendation to terminate John Freshwater. The
Columbus Dispatch reports the firing took effect at midnight.
     In an e-mail to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Freshwater
registered his unhappiness but did not say whether he’d appeal the
firing.
     He had appealed an earlier move to dismiss him after an internal
investigation found he preached Christian beliefs in class. He also
was accused of using a scientific device to mark students with a
cross and of keeping a Bible on his desk.
    
    
     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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