In our news wrap Tuesday, Shiite militiamen — allied with the Iraqi army — massed near Ramadi to ready a counterattack, days after the Islamic State captured the Iraqi city. Also, in a historic peace-making gesture, Britain’s Prince Charles shook hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in Galway, Ireland, 36 years after an IRA bomb killed the prince’s great-uncle. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, the death toll rose to at least five after a line of tornadoes ripped across five states on Sunday. Scores of people were injured, and nearly a third of the town of Van, Texas, was destroyed. Also, Hattiesville, Mississippi, paid tribute to Liquori Tate and Benjamin Deen, two police officers who were shot to death during a traffic stop. Four suspects have been arrested. Continue reading
An NFL investigation has concluded that the New England Patriots likely deflated footballs used during playoffs before the Super Bowl, violating league rules. Quarterback Tom Brady, who denied knowing how the balls got deflated, was at least “generally aware,” according to the report. Jeffrey Brown discusses the implications with Mike Pesca of Slate’s “The Gist” podcast. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, about 600 people will participate in the first large-scale Ebola vaccine trials. Tests of two potential vaccines may ultimately involve 27,000 people. Also, civilians in the embattled Donetsk province in Eastern Ukraine ran for cover as pro-Russian rebels fired rockets. Continue reading
The National Football League released a statement on Friday regarding their investigation into the New England Patriots’ use of 11 underinflated footballs during Sunday’s championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
In our news wrap Thursday, the European Central Bank announced a plan to buy up $1.2 billion of bonds to stabilize Europe’s economy, a program similar to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing. Also, at least 13 people died in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk when mortar rounds hit a bus stop. Continue reading
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady today denied any involvement with the use of underinflated footballs during Sunday’s NFL playoff win.
The NFL is investigating the New England Patriots for using underinflated footballs during their final blowout victory game against the Indianapolis Colts before the Super Bowl. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe about past cheating allegations against the team’s coach and why referees didn’t catch the violation before the game. Continue reading
In other news Monday, President Obama imposed new sanctions on Iran and its central bank to increase pressure on the country’s regime over its nuclear program. Also, a deep freeze paralyzed much of Eastern Europe for another day. The cold wave is more than a week old with no immediate end in sight. Continue reading