Thursday’s Mini-Report, 11.12.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Beirut: “Two explosions in a busy area of Beirut’s southern suburb killed at least 37 people and wounded 180 more, the Lebanese Red Cross told NBC News, as ISIS claimed responsibility for the bloodshed.”

* Canada: “The Canadian government is forging ahead with its pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, honoring an audacious campaign promise made by newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

* Iraq: “Kurdish forces aided by thousands of lightly armed Yazidi fighters captured a strategic highway on Thursday in northern Iraq in the early stages of an offensive to reclaim the town of Sinjar from the Islamic State, which seized it last year and murdered, raped and enslaved thousands of Yazidis.”
 
* Utah: “For the last three months, April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce have raised their foster child like their own. Now they claim that a Utah judge has ordered the baby to be removed from their care, not because of anything they’ve done, but because they are lesbian women.”
 
* Medal of Honor: “Retired Capt. Florent A. Groberg on Thursday became the nation’s newest Medal of Honor recipient – and the 10th living service member to be recognized with America’s highest valor award for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his actions on Aug. 8, 2012, in Afghanistan. President Obama presented the award to Groberg during a ceremony at the White House.”
 
* Missouri: “The University of Missouri’s governing board on Thursday appointed a recently retired administrator to be the school’s interim president. The Board of Curators announced that Michael Middleton, 68, will lead the four-campus university system until it finds a permanent replacement for Tim Wolfe, who resigned Monday under pressure from students who criticized his administration’s response to a series of racial incidents.”
 
* Florida: “The plainclothes Florida officer who shot and killed musician Corey Jones last month has been fired, the city of Palm Beach Gardens said Thursday.”
 
* Progress: “Delighted federal health officials said Thursday the number of smokers has plummeted by nearly 20 percent in the past 10 years and dropped a full percentage point in the last year alone.”
 
* I don’t think we’re getting our money’s worth: “The House panel investigating the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has cost the government $5 million, Democrats said on Thursday, in what critics described as further evidence that the panel should shut down.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 11.12.15