Happy Inauguration Day, and Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Double holidays! Here are this week’s top stories.
Because Inauguration Day, January 20, fell on a Sunday, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were sworn in for their second terms in small ceremonies on Sunday, but the public inauguration ceremony is today, Monday, January 21. The Constitution requires that the president be sworn in before noon on January 20.
The National Rifle Association has released a new ad that suggests it’s unfair for President Obama‘s daughters to have Secret Service protection if other children do not have armed guards. Many people have criticized the ad, saying that it went too far.
A 15-year-old has been arrested for shooting 5 people, 3 of them children, in a home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of the weapons found on the scene was an assault rifle.
The four-day hostage seize of a gas-producing compound in Algeria ended after Algerian officials carried out a final assault. The seize engineered by a multinational group of militants from six countries. It is unclear how many of them there were, but Algerian officials have said at least 32 were killed. Preliminary reports indicated that 23 hostages were dead, but around 20 new bodies have been found and have yet to be identified. Over a dozen hostages are still unaccounted for, including some United States citizens.
Sergei Filin, the director of Russia‘s internationally renowned Bolshoi Ballet, was the victim of an acid attack. His attacker has not been identified. Filin has third-degree burns to his face and eyes, and it could take him at least six months to recover.
A United Nations report claims that authorities in Afghanistan are still torturing prisoners, a year after the U.N. first discovered the abuse and Afghan officials promised to end it. Afghan officials are accused of hanging prisoners from the ceiling by their wrists, administering electric shocks, beating prisoners with cables, and threatening them with rape.
Lance Armstrong admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used a long list of performance-enhancing drugs during his winning cycling career.
Manti Te’o, quarterback for Notre Dame, supposedly had a girlfriend who died tragically during the football season. Turns out, she was fake. Now Te’o claims he didn’t know she wasn’t real even though they had never met.
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Speaking of football, here’s this week’s viral video: a bad lip reading of the NFL.
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