BruNews: Tuesday, February 25


Islamic militants set ablaze a locked dormitory in northern Nigerian school, killing at least 58 students. The attack was attributed to the Boko Haram movement, whose name means “Western education is forbidden.” Female students were spared in the attack, told by militants to go home, get married and abandon Western education. 

Knicks’ point guard Raymond Felton was arrested on felony gun possession charges after turning himself in this morning. His wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, told police in her initial statement that he threatened her with the firearm. 

The number of middle-class protestors in Venezuela grow, as the protests, which were borne earlier this month out of student demonstrations, attract larger swaths of the Venezuelan population. The United States expelled three Venezuelan diplomats today as a response to Venezuela’s expulsion of three U.S. diplomats who President Nicolas Maduro accused of conspiring with protestors. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters there is “no hope” for tax reform this morning, citing Republican’s wish for no net increase while the Democrats want to raise revenue. The announcement comes one day before Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) is set to release his highly anticipated tax reform plan.

After 20 years, the iconic “Got Milk?” tagline is being dropped and replaced by the slogan “Milk Life.”

Textbooks used in the western Indian state of Gujarat were found to contain over 120 factual, spelling and grammatical errors, including the statement: “Japan dropped a nuclear bomb on the US during World War II.” As many as 50,000 students are using the book. 

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) was urged by many to veto SB1062, the controversial bill allowing businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians. High-profile advocates to veto the bill include Mitt Romney, John McCain and three Arizona senators who helped pass the legislation. This is currently pending Brewer’s signature after having passed in the Arizona House last Thursday.

A day after President Yoweri Museveni signed a harsh anti-gay bill into law, Red Pepper, a Ugandan tabloid and one of the country’s highest selling newspapers, published a list of Uganda’s “Top 200 Homosexuals.” 

The obesity rate for 2- to 5-year-old children dropped 43% over last decade, according to a federal health survey released today. 

The Obama administration told Afghanistan today that it’s not bluffing about the complete withdrawal of American troops by the end of the year if a security agreement cannot be reached. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is currently refusing to sign an agreement that would keep several thousand American troops in Afghanistan after combat operations conclude this year. 

Democrats delayed the senate minimum wage debate again today, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he won’t consider raising the national minimum to a level lower than $10.10 per hour. The current minimum wage is set at $7.25 per hour. 

The melting of the Quelccya icecap of Peru, the largest piece of ice in the tropics and an enduring symbol of climate change, is linked to changing temperatures, says a study released by the journal Geology today. Previously, the connection between temperature changes and the glacier’s retreat had not been proven. 

Ibrahim Mehlib was named Egypt’s new prime minister today. Mehlib previously headed a state-owned construction company and served as housing minister in the most recent cabinet. 

The Supreme Court ruled today that police can enter a home without a warrant when two occupants disagree about allowing officers to enter

The Obama administration announced plans to ban junk food advertisements in schools today, including on football scoreboards.

California may become the first state to approve a blanket ban on plastic bags, including at supermarkets and liquor stores.

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