News Wrap: FBI Rescues Boy After Week-Long Hostage Standoff in Alabama
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HARI SREENIVASAN: FBI agents stormed a bunker in Alabama late today, rescuing a 5-year-old boy after a week-long standoff. Officials said agents move in after talks with the boy’s captor, 65-year-old Jim Dykes, deteriorated. He was found dead after the operation. Dykes took the boy hostage last week after attacking a school bus and killing the driver.
A suicide bomber in Iraq struck at an anti-al-Qaida militia today, killing at least 22 people and wounding 44. It happened in the town of Taji, 12 miles north of Baghdad. The bomber mingled with men who were waiting to be paid. The attack came a day after 16 Iraqis were killed and around 90 wounded in a series of bombings in Kirkuk.
A Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban is speaking out for the first time since the attack that nearly killed her. 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head last October. That same month, she was airlifted to a hospital in Britain. In a new video released today, but taped last month, she insisted she will go on advocating for the education of girls.
MALALA YOUSAFZAI, Palestinian Activist: I’m getting better day by day. It’s just because of the prayers of people, because all the people, men, women, children, all of them, all of them have prayed for me. And because of these prayers — and, because of these prayers, God — God has given me this new life. And this is the second life. This is the new life. And I want to serve — I want to serve the people. And I want every girl, every child to be educated.
HARI SREENIVASAN: The teenager is expected to remain in Britain for some time.
Newly installed Secretary of State John Kerry had his first day on the job today. The former senator entered the State Department’s Harry Truman Building to a big crowd and loud cheers from staffers. He said he hopes to help make the world more prosperous and peaceful.
Wall Street had its worst day of the year to date, amid new concerns about Europe and its debt load. The Dow Jones industrial average fell back under 1,4000, losing 129 points to close at 13,880. The Nasdaq dropped nearly 48 points to close at 3,131.
Baltimore Ravens fans celebrated their Super Bowl win today. It was the second time the team has won the NFL championship. Last night, a mass party filled city streets after the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. There’s an official victory parade tomorrow. The game was the third most-watched program in U.S. television history, despite a power outage that halted play for 34 minutes.