Richard III, Dogs of the Iditarod, and David Beckham in Underwear [Current Events Cheat Sheet]

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I’m curled up with a mug of hot chocolate, listening to music, and looking at the snow outside my window. It’s pretty nice. Here are the week’s top stories.

At Home

The Los Angeles Police Department has mounted a massive manhunt in search of a former officer, who has killed at least three people in a shooting rampage targeting police officers and their families. The man posted a manifesto on his Facebook page, accusing the LAPD of racism, naming two dozen police officers he intended to kill, and claiming that he was fired after reporting an incident in which a fellow officer kicked a homeless man. The rant has struck a chord in L.A., where violent police misconduct is a recent memory for many. The LAPD has now reopened the investigation into the officer’s dismissal. Two women were shot and wounded when police officers mistook their vehicle for the shooter’s getaway car.

The Northeast is beginning to recover from blizzard Nemo, which dropped up to 3 feet of snow in some places. Over 600,000 people lost power, and at least nine people were killed in accidents related to the storm.

The five-year-old boy in Alabama who was kidnapped and held in a bunker for almost a week has been returned home. His kidnapper was shot and killed during the rescue mission.

The World

Remains found recently in Leicester, England, have been confirmed by DNA evidence to be the bones of England’s King Richard III. Richard has long been a controversial historical figure, with many accounts claiming he was evil and murderous, while other historians insist this description is a false one spread by his successor, Henry Tudor.

The French military, which quickly expelled Islamist militants from several towns in northern Mali last month, is now chasing the militants into the mountains of Tora Bora. France has carried out about 20 airstrikes in the region in the last few days.

At least 10 people, and likely more, were killed when a stampede broke out in a train station in Allahabad, India. Thousands of people were in the station after traveling to the Northern Indian town for the Hindu religious festival of Kumbh Mela.

Sporty

After a serious crash during the opening day of the Alpine World Championships in Austria, U.S. champion skier Lindsey Vonn says her goal is to be competing again by November, and she still plans on racing the the 2014 Winter Olympics.

A slideshow of dogs preparing for the Iditarod. You know you want to.

Hot on the Web

This week’s viral video features gratuitous shots of David Beckham in his underwear. You know, the usual.

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Garnet is a student at Columbia University in New York City. She is “that person” who starts dancing at a party when everyone else is standing around, and if there were a Facebook stalking Olympics, she would be a gold medalist. She also loves cheesy 90s music, and almost died of happiness when Vanilla Ice retweeted her. Once. Follow her on Twitter @garnethenderson.

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