Friday’s Mini-Report, 1.9.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Paris: “Ending a seven-hour hostage siege, French security forces stormed a printing factory outside Paris on Friday and killed the two brothers suspected in the massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine.”
 
* Also in Paris: “Four people were killed Friday after a gunman seized a kosher supermarket in Paris and held people captive inside, according to French President Francois Hollande. At least five hostages were freed after dozens of heavily armed police officers stormed the grocery store, Hyper Cacher. The alleged shooter, 32-year-old Amedy Coulibaly, was killed in the raid.”
 
* The hunt continues: “French police were on the hunt Friday for Hayat Boumeddiene – the alleged female accomplice of the hostage-taker at a kosher market in Paris, U.S. law enforcement officials said.”
 
* The latest out of Nigeria: “Terror experts and U.S. officials say a Boko Haram assault Wednesday on a small city on the northern border of Nigeria may have killed as many as 2,000 civilians. Many survivors fled into the nearby waters of Lake Chad, where some drowned and where others remain marooned on small islands, menaced by hippos, said a local government official.”
 
* Important: “Hezbollah is a Lebanese militant group and political party with a long history of conducting terrorist attacks against Israeli – and a few American – targets. Yet its leader Hassan Nasrallah did something interesting on Friday: he declared that the Charlie Hebdo attackers were more offensive to Islam than the cartoons that prompted their killing spree.”
 
* The plan gets a price tag: “President Barack Obama is proposing to provide a free community college education as an entitlement to millions of students at a cost of $60 billion over 10 years.”
 
* Marriage equality: “After three hours of arguments, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared poised to strike down bans on same-sex couples’ marriages in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas – joining all but one of the other appellate courts to consider that matter.”
 
* Ebola: “As authorities and drug companies hurriedly prepare to begin testing Ebola vaccines in West Africa, they are starting to contemplate a new challenge: whether an ebbing of the outbreak could make it more difficult to determine if the experimental vaccines are effective.”
 
* Cuba: “After a flurry of arrests in recent weeks raised questions about its human rights record, Cuba on Thursday released more than two dozen dissidents, some of them believed to be among 53 it had agreed to free last month as the United States and Cuba decided to normalize diplomatic relations.”
 
* Wasting no time: “Emboldened by a new Senate majority, Republicans in Congress introduced five abortion restrictions in the first three days of the new legislative session that would severely limit women’s access to the procedure.”
 
* In case you missed this yesterday: “U.S. President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to the French Embassy in Washington D.C. on Thursday after returning from a trip to Phoenix. He signed a condolence book, writing in part, ‘We go forward together knowing that terror is no match for freedom and ideals we stand for – ideals that light the world.’”
 
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Friday's Mini-Report, 1.9.15