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News Briefs: Jan. 5-12

Knox grad dies in elevator accident

NEW YORK — A Knox graduate died in an elevator accident on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at an advertising agency in Manhattan. Suzanne Hart ’93 was in an elevator that shot upwards before falling two stories. President Teresa Amott released a statement of condolence to the family and friends of any deceased Knox community member. Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail

Romney has landslide victory in N.H.

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire Republican primary on Tuesday, with a 17 percent margin between himself and Ron Paul, his closest opponent. Romney’s victory came despite recent repeated attacks accusing him of destroying jobs to increase profits at a corporate firm. The other Republican candidates vowed to stay in the race despite poor showings. The next primary will take place in South Carolina. Source: The New York Times (NYT)

French journalist killed in Syria rally

DAMASCUS, Syria — A French journalist was killed Wednesday while covering a pro-government rally in Syria. Gilles Jacquier, an award-winner reporter, was the first Western journalist killed in the violence. Until recently, foreign journalists had not been allowed to report in Syria. Anti-government violence in Syria has been ongoing since last March. Source: CNN

China balks at supporting Iran sanctions

BEIJING — United States Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner pledged the need to maintain a cooperative economic relationship with China but was unable to convince the country to support sanctions on the Iranian oil industry. Geithner met with Xi Jinping, China’s vice president, this past week on a visit to Beijing. China, which imports a third of Iran’s oil, maintained its stance in opposing sanctions, saying they are ineffective. Source: Al Jazeera

Church wins anti-discrimination case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that anti-discrimination laws do not apply to employees of religious organizations performing spiritual duties. A schoolteacher from Michigan brought the case, alleging that her firing from the church occurred after her diagnosis with narcolepsy violated the Americans With Disabilities Act. The court supported the church, which said the teacher was not fit for her ecclesial duties. The court stated that the First Amendment gives religions the right to say who may carry out their preaching. Source: The Washington Post

Study: Americans perceive class conflict

UNITED STATES — A new survey released Wednesday suggests the highest source of tension between people is now due to economic causes. The study reported that two-thirds of Americans perceive strong conflict between the different economic classes. However, the number of people (43 percent) who believed that the wealthy became so through their own effort remained unchanged. Income inequality is predicted as being a key issue in the 2012 presidential election. Source: NYT

American sentenced to death in Iran

IRAN — American citizen Amir Mirzaei Hekmati was sentenced to death in Iran Monday for espionage. Hekmati’s family has maintained that he was visiting his grandparents in Iran. Iranians have alleged that Hekmati is a spy for the Central Intelligence Agency. Iran experts in the United States say that many convictions are politically motivated and usually not carried out. Source: NYT

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