Monday’s Mini-Report, 11.2.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Another mass shooting: “Four people are dead after a shooting spree in Colorado Springs, including the suspected shooter who died after a gun battle with police, authorities said.”
 
* A deadly mystery: “The mystery deepened Monday over the weekend crash of a Russian charter plane on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt that killed all 224 aboard, with company executives ruling out technical or human error only to be upbraided by aviation officials who called such assertions premature.”
 
* VW: “Volkswagen Group not only cheated emissions regulations on diesel cars, but also installed a ‘defeat device’ in some SUVs as well, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleged Monday.”
 
* Middle East: “Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri called on Muslim supporters to band together to confront the threat from the West and Russia in Syria and Iraq, the latest recording suggesting greater unity between al Qaeda and Islamic State.”
 
* A major case to watch: “Prosecutors used green highlighters to mark the names of black people on a list of potential jurors. Five black panelists qualified to serve were the first five on a government list of ‘definite NO’s.’ And prospective black jurors were noted as ‘B#1, B#2, and B#3.’ On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether those are signs that Georgia prosecutors impermissibly based their jury selection choices on race, ending up with an all-white jury in the murder trial of a black man.”
 
* Done: “President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law a bipartisan budget bill that avoids a catastrophic U.S. default and puts off the next round of fighting over federal spending and debt until after next year’s presidential and congressional elections.”
 
* Oh my: “John Sopko’s team of investigators has uncovered all kinds of wasteful spending in Afghanistan through its work as a U.S. government watchdog. Now the group has uncovered a $43 million gas station, which Sopko calls ‘gratuitous and extreme’ – and possibly criminal.”
 
* Good move: “After more than a week of local and international condemnation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel issued a statement on Friday retracting his accusation that it was a Palestinian cleric who gave Hitler the idea of annihilating Europe’s Jews during World War II.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 11.2.15