Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 2.4.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The latest from the deadly train crash: “A jewelry store worker, a finance executive and a museum curator were among the six people killed when a Metro-North train crashed into an SUV stuck between crossing gates in Westchester Tuesday, those who knew them told NBC 4 New York, as medical officials work to identified the three other men killed.”
 
* The latest from the deadly plane crash: “Taiwanese rescuers completed the difficult task late Wednesday of lifting the fuselage of a passenger plane that had earlier clipped an elevated highway and landed in a nearby river. The death toll from the wreck rose to at least 31 people of the 58 passengers and crew on board, according to Taipei fire officials. Another 15 were in the hospital, while rescuers continued their search for the remaining 12 still missing.”
 
* ISIS makes more enemies: “Declarations of outrage swept the Middle East on Wednesday as a region already steeled to the brutality of the Islamic State expressed horror at the group’s killing of a Jordanian pilot by setting him on fire. The region’s leaders have denounced the militant group on many occasions in the past, but the spectacle of an Arab pilot being burned alive in a cage triggered some of the harshest reactions yet.”
 
* Related news: “Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.”
 
* Dreamers: “One day after a Republican-led change to dismantle President Obama’s executive actions on immigration failed in Congress, a group of young undocumented immigrants gathered in the Oval Office to deliver a message: The fight is not over.”
 
* Smooth sailing: “[Ash Carter], a physicist and former Defense Department no. 2, is widely expected to be confirmed in place of the outgoing Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel. At one point during her questioning, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) slipped up and addressed the nominee as ‘Secretary Carter.’ Ayotte quickly corrected herself: ‘Soon-to-be Secretary,’ she said.”
 
An earful: “In a sometimes heated meeting with Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., several House Democrats expressed anger Wednesday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of a Republican invitation to address Congress next month.”
 
France: “A man with a knife attacked a French soldier outside a Jewish community center on Tuesday and injured a second soldier who rushed to overtake him. Police in the southern resort city of Nice said that a suspect had been arrested, and the interior ministry said that he was about 30 and well-known to authorities. There was no immediate word on a motive.”
 
* Marriage news: “Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday announced the state will not appeal a federal trial court decision ordering the state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples that were granted in the state this past year.”
 
* Keep an eye on this one: “The United States is walking away from a decision to classify detailed statistics about the Afghan security forces.”
 
* He’ll be missed: “Dan Pfeiffer, one of President Obama’s closest and most trusted advisers, is leaving the White House within weeks. Pfeiffer is one of the president’s longest-serving aides, having joined Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign. The White House said he will leave in early March.”
 
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Wednesday's Mini-Report, 2.4.15