Women in Combat, Norovirus, and Manti Te’o Songified [Current Events Cheat Sheet]

At Home

The country is still fighting off the flu, but a nasty norovirus, or stomach bug, is making the rounds. Here’s how to avoid it.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified in front of Congress about the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead and 10 other people injured. See the highlights here.

The Pentagon announced that it will lift the ban on women in combat, which had been in effect since 1994.

The World

A massive fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, left at least 232 people dead. Pyrotechnics used by the band performing at the club were likely the cause of the fire, and there are reports that security guards initially locked some of the doors, which intensified panic.

A riot broke out in Port Said, Egypt, after 21 people were sentenced to death for their roles in a deadly fight following a soccer game last year. At least 38 people have been killed in the riots, with around 415 injured. President Mohamed Morsi has imposed a 30-day curfew on the town in an attempt to end the riots.

Israel has threatened to launch a preemptive strike against Syria if they attempt to send weapons to Lebanese militant groups.


JaMarcus Russell, a former Oakland Raider, is attempting an NFL comeback, though he hasn’t played professionally since 2009.

Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka beat American Sloane Stephens in the semifinals of the Australian Open after a controversial medical timeout.

Hot on the Web

Katie Couric pushed Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o for some answers about his fake-dead-girlfriend controversy. And because the internet is beautiful, the Gregory Brothers songified it. Why, why, Manti?

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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