News Wrap: MLK Day inspires tributes, protests and service

In our news wrap Monday, Americans observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with marches celebrating the civil rights leader, as well as protests over the racial divide, police killings of people of color and income disparity. Also, Iran and Hezbollah blamed Israel for an airstrike in the Syria-controlled part of the Golan Heights that killed an Iranian general and six Hezbollah fighters dead.

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    This Martin Luther King Day was marked with all the traditional marches and observances. But it also brought new emphasis on past sacrifices and modern-day divisions.

    From Indiana to Los Angeles, and Boston to Denver, the marches and rallies came at a time of heightened focus on race in America.

  • MAN:

    Much has changed, but much has remained the same. Income disparity, there's still that big gap that exists in 1967-'68. There are many changes that need to be made, so we march.


    This year's events coincided with the Oscar-nominated film "Selma" about Dr. King and the 1965 voting rights marches in Alabama.

    The lead actor, David Oyelowo, addressed today's services at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father once served. The movie's stars also joined hundreds in a memorial march in Selma on Sunday, honoring those who braved violence there 50 years ago.

    And Alabama's Republican governor, Robert Bentley, evoked that time as he was sworn in today in Montgomery.

    GOV. ROBERT BENTLEY, (R) Alabama: Government will never change unless we change it. Just ask the thousands of brave men and women who a half-century ago marched the 54 miles from Selma to the very steps where I stand now.


    The events of this day also came amid national protests over police killings of black suspects.

    Vice President Biden spoke to that issue in Wilmington, Delaware.


    This is a new day. It's the second half of the second decade of the 21st century, and there's no reason on earth we cannot repair the breach that we have recently seen between law enforcement and minority communities.


    MTV made its own appeal, airing its programming today in black and white in a bid to spark conversations about race.

    And it was also a day filled with tributes and volunteerism. President and Mrs. Obama joined that effort, taking part in a service project at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington.

    And in other news this day, Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah blamed Israel today for an airstrike that left a senior Iranian general and six Hezbollah fighters dead. They were killed Sunday in the Syria-controlled part of the Golan Heights. Israel didn't confirm or deny it carried out the attack.

    But, in Beirut, thousands of Hezbollah supporters chanted, "Death to Israel." They marched in the funeral of one of the victims, the son of a late commander. Hezbollah and Iranian advisers are heavily involved in Syria's civil war, supporting the Assad government.

    A Muslim backlash against the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo fueled huge new protests today. Hundreds of thousands rallied in Russia's Chechnya region and in Iran. They carried signs and chanted slogans denouncing a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed in Charlie Hebdo's latest issue.

  • KHAVA AKHMATOVA, Protester (through interpreter):

    I think we Muslims have been insulted all over the world. Our religious feelings are hurt, and our religious right is also hurt. I think it is the duty of every Muslim to come out and take part in this march, not to demonstrate aggression, not to demonstrate the superiority of one religion over another, but simply to show that good is greater than evil.


    The demonstrations came on the heels of sometimes violent protests over the weekend in Pakistan, Niger, Jordan, and Algeria.

    Investigators in Indonesia said today they have found no evidence that terrorism played any role in the AirAsia plane crash. They said they have now listened to all of the cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes.

  • ANDREAS HANANTO, National Transportation Safety Committee, Indonesia (through interpreter):

    The voice from the cockpit doesn't show any sign of a terrorist attack. It is only the pilot sounding very busy on handling the airplane. There was no sign showing that there was a threat on the plane.


    Meanwhile, efforts to survey and recover the plane's fuselage were thwarted by bad weather again. Investigators hope to have an initial report on the crash next week.

    There's word that the U.S. breached North Korean computers in 2010, and that provided the basis for claims that North Korea hacked Sony Pictures. Today's New York Times reports that the National Security Agency used Chinese and Malaysian networks to infiltrate North Korean networks. The Obama administration has not publicly discussed its evidence for saying that North Korea hacked Sony.

    A Chinese watchdog group blamed Beijing today for hacking Microsoft's Outlook e-mail service inside China. said the attack followed last month's disruption of Google's Gmail service. The group says the government wants to force Chinese users onto domestic services that can be controlled.

    China is denying its hackers stole plans for the American F-35 stealth fighter jet. The allegation is contained in secret U.S. documents leaked by Edward Snowden and published Saturday in the German magazine "Der Spiegel." The U.S. military has acknowledged that the F-35 program was hacked.

    The stock market in China took its worst beating today in six years. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index plunged nearly 8 percent. That's after Chinese regulators imposed curbs on margin trading. That's letting investors buy stock with borrowed money. U.S. markets were closed for the King Day holiday.

    And American Lindsey Vonn is now the winningest woman ever in World Cup skiing. She captured her 63rd career victory today at a competition in Italy. Vonn finished the Super-G race nearly a full second ahead of Austria's Anna Fenninger in second place. That broke the women's record for World Cup wins that had stood for 35 years.

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