In our news wrap Friday, hundreds of gun rights demonstrators gathered near the airport in Roseburg, Oregon, as President Obama visited to console victims and families after a mass shooting at a community college. Meanwhile, shooting episodes broke out at universities in Texas and Arizona.
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A rising chorus of Republican voices in the U.S. House of Representatives urged Paul Ryan today to run for speaker and heal a badly divided party.
The Wisconsin congressman held the number two spot on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012, but it remained unclear if he'd go after the top job in the House or if rebellious conservatives would support him. We will have the story in full later in the program.
President Obama faced gun rights protesters this afternoon in Oregon, after last week's community college shooting. Hundreds of people gathered near the airport in Roseburg as the president arrived to meet with survivors and victims' relatives.
Later, he emerged with the mayor and governor.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
We're going to have to come together as a country to see how we can prevent these issues from taking place. But today is about the families, their grief and the love we feel for them. And they certainly do appreciate all the support that they have received.
The Roseburg gunman killed nine people and wounded nine others before taking his own life.
Shooting episodes broke out at two other colleges across the nation today. In Flagstaff, Arizona, a gunman opened fire on four fraternity brothers at Northern Arizona University, killing one. Police charged a freshman with murder. Later, in Houston, a student was killed outside a housing complex at Texas Southern University. Police detained two people.
The U.S. military has admitted failure in its effort to train rebels in Syria. The goal was 5,400 fighters, but it only fielded 60. Today's announcement means that weapons will go instead to Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State group. We will debate what the U.S. should do next in Syria after the news summary.
This year's Nobel Peace Prize goes to a group that pushed Tunisia away from civil war after the Arab spring revolution of 2011. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet includes labor, industry, human rights and legal groups.
They helped to fashion a caretaker government led by Mehdi Jomaa.
MEHDI JOMAA, Former Prime Minister, Tunisian:
I am happy for Tunisia because through the Quartet is a recognition of the Tunisian experience and successful experience in the democratic transition, and as well a recognition of the method and the way we handled and we managed the difficulties in Tunisia.
Tunisia's revolution sparked the Arab spring, but it's the only country in the region to build a democracy since then.
Instead of peace, a new wave of violence is gripping Israelis and Palestinians, and it reached a new peak today as Israeli troops shot and killed six protesters. The trouble erupted in chaotic scenes along the Gaza border, where young Palestinians rolled burning tires and threw rocks. Meanwhile, the leader of Hamas in Gaza praised a recent rash of stabbing attacks on Israelis. And there were more stabbings today, including an apparent revenge attack by a Jewish man who knifed four Arabs in Southern Israel.
In Iraq, at least 35 people died in a mortar attack in the country's east; 45 others were wounded. Police say the bombardment hit villages around Baqubah in Diyala province. The Islamic State group has staged several recent attacks there.
Migrant arrivals on the Greek islands have surged to at least 7,000 a day, trying to beat the onset of winter. More arrived on Lesbos today, as the International Organization for Migration reported a sharp increase from September. Meanwhile, in Italy, the first wave of Eritrean refugees departed for Sweden as part of the European Union's new relocation plan.
MELISSA FLEMING, Spokesman, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees: This relocation scheme is a really important step towards stabilizing the refugee crisis in Europe. It can only work if it takes place at the entry points of Europe, and it can only work if robust facilities are created above and beyond what we have in Italy.
More than half-a-million migrants have fled to Europe so far this year.
Back in this country, the city of North Charleston, South Carolina, will pay $6.5 million in the killing of an unarmed black suspect. The settlement with Walter Scott's family was adopted last night. He was shot repeatedly as he ran from a white policeman last April. The officer was fired and he is now charged with murder.
The U.S. House today voted to lift a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. Supporters said that lifting the ban would create jobs and lower prices at the pump. Opponents said that it would benefit big oil at the expense of consumers. The White House has warned of a veto if the bill clears the Senate.
And on Wall Street, stocks finished out a winning week. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 33 points to close above 17080. The Nasdaq rose 19 points and the S&P 500 added just a point. For the week, the Dow gained well over 3.5 percent, the S&P rose 3.3 percent and the Nasdaq was up 2.5 percent.