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TODAY’S FEATURED INTERACTIVE @ WWW.THEMONITOR.COM/APNEWS: TAKE A VIRTUAL LOOK INSIDE AND AROUND THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
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“The Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un had long assistedthe Great General Kim Jong Il. It’s not a secret that hehas helped the great general in many different aspects— not only in military affairs but also the economyand other areas as well.” |
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THE DAY’S BIGGESTNEWSMAKERS
Compiled from Associated Press reports
6. 4 MURDER-SUICIDEVICTIMS SHOT IN HEAD
FRESNO, Calif. — The fourfamily members involved in anapparent murder-suicide at aCentral California apartmentall died from a single gunshotwound to the head, accordingto preliminary autopsy resultsreleased Tuesday. The womanwho shot her two children,their father and a cousin beforecommitting suicide took videoof herself on her iPad as shesmoked methamphetamineprior to the killings,authorities said.
1. OCCUPY PROTESTERSMEET AT CONGRESS
WASHINGTON — Protestersafﬁliated with the Occupy WallStreet movement are meetingoutside the Capitol for whatparticipants hope will becomethe largest gathering of Occupyactivists from around the coun-try. A few hundred protestersgathered outside barricadesaround the Capitol Tuesdaymorning. U.S. Capitol Policesaid one person was been ar-rested and charged with assaulton a police ofﬁcer.
2. FATAL BEATINGNEAR LIBERTY BELL
PHILADELPHIA — A recentcollege graduate left a bar withhis girlfriend just steps from theLiberty Bell in Philadelphia’stourist district, yelled at a cabthat wouldn’t give him a rideand was savagely beaten todeath by men who piled out ofa car, perhaps in the mistakenbelief he was yelling at them,investigators said.
4. SOURCE: CUBA EYESSAME-SEX UNIONS
HAVANA — Cuba’s ﬁrstdaughter says island lawmak-ers will consider legalizingsame-sex civil unions this year.Mariela Castro is the daughterof President Raul Castro and aprominent gay rights activist.She says a preliminary proposalto modify the country’s FamilyCode is undergoing legal studyand is on the legislative sched-ule for 2012.
3. PRINCE PHILIP RESUMESROYAL ENGAGEMENTS
LONDON — Queen ElizabethII’s husband has returned toofﬁcial duties following a heartprocedure that saw him spendChristmas in a hospital. PrincePhilip was admitted to thehospital with chest pains justbefore the holidays and un-derwent a successful coronarystent procedure.
5. POLICE PROBE ALLEGEDRAPE ON BRAZILIAN TV
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian policeare investigating allegations ofsexual assault aired on the country’s
reality TV show, aspokeswoman for Rio’s police de-partment said Tuesday. Police saidthey questioned show participantsa day after the program announcedthat contestant Daniel Echaniz wasbeing thrown out over suspicions of“gravely inadequate” behavior.
A Border Patrolagent works infront of a color-coded chartat a detentioncenter Wednes-day in ImperialBeach, Calif.
Border Patrol to toughen policy
SAN DIEGO — The U.S.Border Patrol is moving tohalt a revolving-door policy of sending migrants back to Mexico without any punishment.The agency this monthis overhauling its approachon migrants caught illegally crossing the 1,954-mile bor-der that the United Statesshares with Mexico. Yearsof enormous growth at thefederal agency in terms of staff and technology havehelped drive down appre-hensions of migrants to40-year lows.The Border Patrol now feels it has enough of a han-dle to begin imposing moreserious consequences onalmost everyone it catchesfrom Texas to San Diego.The “Consequence Deliv-ery System” divides bordercrossers into seven catego-ries, ranging from ﬁrst-timeoffenders to people withcriminal records.Punishments vary by
Texasofficers faceharder lineon drunkendriving
DALLAS — Changes to Tex-as’ police ethics standards willrequire ofﬁcers convicted of drunken driving to face man-datory suspensions that couldput their jobs at risk.The state Commission onLaw Enforcement Ofﬁcer Stan-dards and Education’s revisedpolicy requires ofﬁcers to losetheir peace ofﬁcer licenses forsome time. Departments won’thave to ﬁre those ofﬁcers, butthey will have to ﬁnd some-here those ofﬁcers can work during a license suspension,the
Dallas Morning News
re-ported Tuesday.“Unfortunately, we don’thave positions we can putthem in,” Austin Police Chief rt Acevedo told the paper.“There’s a good chance they willget ﬁred and have to apply forreinstatement.”In Dallas, ofﬁcers are ﬁred if convicted of drunken driving.But departments in Houston,ustin and elsewhere some-times offer second chances.Before, ofﬁcers could seek an administrative hearing toask for probation instead of a license suspension. A smallnumber did. Since 2006, about70 ofﬁcers have received hear-ings. About 30 were given fullprobation and were never le-gally forbidden from working asa peace ofﬁcer.The changes enacted in De-cember require ofﬁcers con-victed of a misdemeanor to losetheir licenses for some time.Ofﬁcers convicted of feloniesalready lose their licenses.Most alcohol-related offens-es are Class B misdemeanors,hich will now carry a required30-day suspension. Ofﬁcersmust lose their licenses for120 days for a Class A misde-meanor conviction.Robert Armbruster, an at-torney for the Houston policeunion who has representedofﬁcers at commission hear-ings, argues that a stricter pol-icy holds ofﬁcers to an unfairly high standard.“If you’re a lawyer, you don’tlose your licenses if you get aDWI,” Armbruster said. “If ou’re a judge, you don’t loseour ability to be on the benchif you get a DWI. How aboutdoctors, the people cutting ou open? Those people don’tlose their license if they havea DWI.”
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia speaks during the opening session at the London Cyberspace Conference Nov. 1, 2011, in London.
LOS ANGELES — Most peo-ple probably haven’t paid muchattention to the huge corpora-tions waging war in Washingtonover legislation designed to crackdown on online theft of movies,music and other content. But theconﬂict will hit consumers in theface today, when Wikipedia andseveral other websites intend togo dark to protest the proposedchanges.Wikipedia founder Jimmy Walesannounced Monday that the huge-ly popular online encyclopediawould be unavailable for 24 hoursto protest the Stop Online PiracyAct and related legislation, whichopponents say could lead to cen-sorship or the complete shutdownof some websites.Wikipedia plans to join Reddit,Boing Boing and hundreds of othersites in the so-called SOPA Strike,an attempt to publicize their com-plaints about proposals supportedby the movie and music industriesand other media companies.“Freedom is never voluntarilygiven by the oppressor, it mustbe demanded by the oppressed,MLK. Wednesday, Wikipedia de-mands,” Wales said via Twitter onMonday, Martin Luther King Day.In a statement announcing theshutdown of the English-languageversion of the site, Wales saidthe legislation would “harm thefree and open Internet and bringabout new tools for censorship ofinternational websites inside theUnited States.”The Motion Picture Associa-tion of America and others drivingthe legislation said real progresshad been made toward creating alaw that would protect intellectualproperty. The advocates said mis-information is inﬂaming passionson the Web while doing nothing tosolve the problem of piracy.“It’s part and parcel of a cam-paign to distract from the realissue here and to draw peopleaway from trying to resolve whatis a real problem, which is that for-eigners continue to steal the hardwork of Americans,” said MichaelO’Leary, the executive leading theMPAA’s campaign for the bills.He called today’s plan an exampleof the “gimmicks and distortion”that have been used in an attemptto block the legislation.The protesting websites —which reportedly also will includeMozilla, WordPress and TwitPic— plan to act Wednesday despitethe Obama administration’s sig-nal last weekend that it wantedchanges in the legislation.“While we believe that onlinepiracy by foreign websites is aserious problem that requires aserious legislative response, wewill not support legislation thatreduces freedom of expression,increases cybersecurity risk or un-dermines the dynamic, innovativeglobal Internet,” said a statementfrom three White House ofﬁcials:Victoria Espinel, intellectual prop-erty enforcement coordinator;Aneesh Chopra, U.S. chief technol-ogy ofﬁcer; and Howard Schmidt,cybersecurity coordinator for thenational security staff.Internet operators — includinggiants Google Inc. and eBay Inc.— have opposed the legislationbecause, they said, it would letcompanies move to block websitesand, in one version, take awaytheir user addresses if they aredeemed to have misappropriatedany content.
WIKIPEDIA, OTHERS PLAN 1-DAYBLACKOUT OVER ANTI-PIRACY BILLS