Monday’s Mini-Report, 1.25.16

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Supreme Court: “More than a thousand inmates in the nation’s prisons who were sentenced as juveniles to life without the possibility of parole can now challenge those punishments, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.”
 
* Syria: “The United Nations special envoy for Syria said Monday that he intended to start peace talks between the government and the opposition in Geneva on Friday, but acknowledged that every aspect of the process was shrouded with uncertainty.”
 
* Canadian school shooting: “Four people are dead and others are injured after a shooting in Saskatchewan, Canada, that included gunfire at a high school, police and a witness said. A suspect is in custody, police said.”
 
* Ohio: “Volunteers are distributing bottled water this weekend to residents in a northeast Ohio village after tests found elevated lead levels, according to local media reports.”
 
* John Kerry visits Laos: “The secretary of state meets the country’s leaders today, and unexploded bombs are expected to be part of the agenda. Laos is one of the most bombed countries in history, and it was targeted by the U.S. in the Vietnam War, in which Mr. Kerry served before joining the antiwar movement.”
 
* Remember, we’re supposed to think Putin is a strategic genius, outwitting President Obama: “Russia’s economy has recorded its steepest decline in gross domestic product since 2009 as the slumping oil price and international sanctions take their toll.”

* The Zika virus “that has doctors worried about birth defects is likely to spread to most countries in the Americas, the World Health Organization said Monday. But that doesn’t necessarily mean all or even very much of the United States.”
 
* Oh my: “A man accused of shooting a stranger at a Renton movie theater told officers he was carrying an unholstered gun because he worried about mass shootings, police said.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 1.25.16

Updated