Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 2.17.15

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Afghanistan: “Taliban suicide bombers dressed as police officers attacked a police station Tuesday in Afghanistan, killing at least 20 people in the latest assault targeting local security forces, officials said.”
 
* A crisis in Libya: “Western powers on Tuesday stressed the need for a political solution to the crisis in Libya in a statement apparently distancing them from calls for military intervention in the north African state.”
 
* More on West Virginia developments on tonight’s show: “The fire from Monday’s derailment of a train carrying crude oil in Fayette County continued to burn Tuesday morning, and emergency shelters for hundreds of people who had to evacuate after the derailment remained open.”
 
* No choice: “Just one day before undocumented immigrants were set to begin applying for work permits and legal protections, the Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it would delay carrying out President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, saying a federal judge’s last-minute ruling had tied the White House’s hands.”
 
* It doesn’t sound like the fire has ceased: “A battle for a railroad town in eastern Ukraine escalated sharply on Tuesday, with both the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed militants saying that their soldiers were engaging in pitched street battles. By midday, the separatists said they had captured the town, Debaltseve, a separatist news agency reported. The Ukrainian military denied the claim, saying its soldiers were repelling the attacks.”
 
* A period of transition in Oregon: “Secretary of State Kate Brown said Tuesday that, after being sworn in as governor on Wednesday, she will ‘lay out a series of immediate reforms needed to restore the public’s faith in government.’”
 
* Police shooting: “Several hundred people took to the streets of Pasco, Washington, Saturday to protest the fatal police shooting of a man who allegedly pelted officers with rocks. The protests appeared to be peaceful. Demonstrators chanted ‘We want justice!’ and held signs aloft bearing slogans like ‘Shoot me on the leg but don’t kill me!’ and photos of the orchard worker and father of two.”
 
* DOJ: “The share of federal drug offenders subject to mandatory minimum sentences that critics call unduly harsh has plunged in the last year, according to figures Attorney General Eric Holder plans to release Tuesday in arguing for the success of his criminal justice policies”
 
* A new day: “U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is traveling to Cuba on Tuesday with a delegation of congressional Democrats, Pelosi’s office announced.”
 
* I wonder if they’d have wifi if they make it to Mars: “Dutch nonprofit Mars One has named 100 people who will remain in the running for a one-way trip to Mars, expected to leave Earth in 2024. Out of more than 200,000 people who applied, 24 will be trained for the mission and four will take the first trip, if all goes according to plan.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 2.17.15

Updated