Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The latest from Paris: “A massive manhunt was underway in the French capital following the attack on the publication, which had been under threat for years for printing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and other satirical writings about Islam. Of the 12 dead, the 10 killed in the production office included one police officer, one guest, and eight journalists.”
* “The fact that this was an attack on journalists, an attack on our free press, also underscores that these terrorists fear freedom of speech and freedom of the press,” President Obama said today. “A universal belief in the freedom of expression is something that can’t be silenced because of the senseless violence of the few.”
* Yemen: “A large car bomb exploded outside a police academy in Yemen’s capital, Sana, early Wednesday, killing or wounding dozens of applicants who were lined up at the building’s gate, according to security officials. An Interior Ministry official said that at least 31 people were killed and that more than 70 were wounded.”
* Colorado: “The FBI is looking for a potential person of interest following an explosion outside of a local NAACP chapter in Colorado Springs, Colorado. No one was injured in Tuesday’s blast around 10:45 a.m. local time.”
* Eurozone has a problem: “The European Central Bank has another reason to unleash the full force of its stimulus powers. On Wednesday, an official report showed that consumer prices in the eurozone fell 0.2 percent in December from a year earlier.”
* 5th Circuit: “It’s not the first time Texas’s omnibus abortion law has been before the famously conservative appeals court here. But on Wednesday, in an unusually lively hearing, there was something new: At least a recognition, even from a judge who previously voted for part of the law to go into effect, of the negative impact the law may have on women’s lives and safety. “
* Asked about his race controversy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told reporters today, “I’ll refer you back to my statement. I think that’s where the story ends.” It’s not up to him to declare the end of the story.
* Gun violence in Texas: “A gunman opened fire Tuesday at the Veterans Affairs medical center in El Paso, Texas, killing one person, before shooting and killing himself, authorities said. Neither victim was identified.”
* Gun violence in Ohio: “Airport police in Columbus, Ohio, fatally shot a person outside of a terminal Wednesday afternoon during an escalating confrontation, officials said.”
* Fraternal Order of Police: “The nation’s largest police union Tuesday called on Congress and the Obama administration to expand federal hate crimes laws to cover law enforcement officers.”
* Danny Vinik knows how to write a headline that I’ll click on: “Ron Fournier Has Found a Brand New Way to Be Wrong.”
* A 220-year-old time capsule is inherently cool: “Using a porcupine’s quill, several small pieces of paper, a strip of polyester film, and a small metal pick that resembled a dental tool, Museum of Fine Arts conservator Pam Hatchfield carefully plucked history from a box Tuesday night. The box was a time capsule, many of its items first placed beneath the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House 220 years ago to mark the start of the building’s construction.”
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