Friday’s Mini-Report, 4.8.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Coming home: “Syrian authorities have released an American prisoner, U.S. officials said Friday. State Department spokesman John Kirby said he could ‘confirm and welcome the news that a U.S. citizen was released by Syrian authorities.’”
 
* Brussels: “A suspect in last year’s terror attack in Paris was among several people arrested Friday in Belgium, the federal prosecutor’s office said. Mohamed Abrini, 31, was taken into custody following five months on the run, a spokesman for the Belgium prosecutor told reporters in an evening news conference.”
 
* Keystone: “A leak in the Keystone pipeline is worse than first believed, spilling much more oil than first reported. Nearly 17,000 gallons of oil has leaked in South Dakota since Saturday, pipeline owner TransCanada says – up from the 187 gallons the company initially reported to federal authorities.”
 
* Texas shooting: “Two men are dead in a shooting at a military base in San Antonio, Texas, authorities said. The attack at Lackland Air Force Base, a part of Joint Base San Antonio, appears to be a murder-suicide, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Keith told MSNBC.”
 
* North Carolina: “The backlash against North Carolina’s law banning anti-discrimination ordinances kept going unabated Friday, as Bruce Springsteen announced that he was canceling a weekend show in the state in solidarity with those protesting the bill.”
 
* Wait, this again? “In the next battleground in the Justice Department’s fight to unlock some of Apple’s well-encrypted iPhones, the department on Friday pressed ahead with its efforts to get access to a locked phone linked to a methamphetamine ring in Brooklyn.”
 
* He’s correct: “Appearing in Chicago on Thursday to make the case for his Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama said that the political infighting over the next nominee threatened the legitimacy of federal court system.”
 
* Student loans: “More than 40% of Americans who borrowed from the government’s main student-loan program aren’t making payments or are behind on more than $200 billion owed, raising worries that millions of them may never repay.”
 
* This Steve Wynn quote won’t soon be forgotten: “In a presentation to investors Wednesday night, Wynn – founder of Wynn Resorts – said his company is like a luxury brand that focuses on people with money. He explained that an environment that attracts and caters to the wealthy will attract everyone else. ‘Rich people only like being around rich people,’ he said. ‘Nobody likes being around poor people, especially poor people.’”
 
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Friday's Mini-Report, 4.8.16