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News Briefs: Jan. 11-18

Galva man drowns while ice fishing

VICTORIA, Ill. — Allen Johnson, of Galva, Ill., drowned this past Sunday while ice fishing at a lake near Green Oaks Nature Preserve. The lake Johnson was fishing at had open water; air temperatures Sunday were in the upper 30s. Johnson had been fishing with his son, who left the lake but later returned and called 911 upon finding his father’s tent submerged. Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail

Italian cruise ship capsizes off coast

ITALY — An Italian cruise ship capsized off the coast of Tuscany last Friday after running aground. The capsize caused at least 11 deaths; 24 passengers remain unaccounted for. Prosecutors are blaming the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, for the wreck, saying he veered off course and are expected to charge him with abandoning ship and manslaughter. Schettino maintains the accident occurred due to an uncharted rock. Source: The New York Times

EU to take legal action against Hungary

HUNGARY — The European Union (EU) says it plans to take legal action against Hungary. The EU is claiming that recently-passed Hungarian laws violate the independent rights of Hungary’s central bank and fail to properly respect privacy. Thousands of Hungarians have protested the new laws. Hungary argues that its new laws are in compliance with those of the EU. Source: Al Jazeera

Study: no change in national obesity rate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a new study using data from 2009-2010, national obesity rates remain unchanged, with 35.7 percent of adults and 17 percent of children being classified as “obese.” Obesity is determined using the Body Mass Index, which takes into account both height and weight. Although the study suggests obesity rates have reached a plateau, experts warned efforts must still continue to lower the numbers. Source: CNN

Recall Walker campaign gains steam

MADISON, Wis. — A recall election may be mounted in Wisconsin that would potentially oust current Governor Scott Walker. A petition with 540,000 signatures is needed to hold a recall election; recall organizers filed more than one million signatures on Tuesday. The efforts come in response to Walker’s efforts to limit the power of unions. Walker was originally elected to office with 1.12 million votes. Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Online

Yahoo founder resigns from board post

WALL STREET — Co-founder of Yahoo! Jerry Yang resigned from the board of directors, a move that came with little warning but followed heavy criticism from the investment community. Yahoo! stock jumped three percent following the announcement of Yang’s resignation. It is not known if Yang, who started the company in 1995 with David Filo, will be replaced. Source: The Wall Street Journal

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