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News briefs: U.S. ambassador in Libya murdered

U.S. ambassador in Libya murdered

LIBYA — U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens was killed on Tuesday, Sept. 11 along with three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The deaths followed a protest at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt in response to a clip from “The Innocence of Muslims,” a film portraying the Prophet Mohammed as a philanderer and imbecile, among other things. For viewpoints on the film and the Muslim response, see this week’s Thoughts From the Embers, World Politics Corner and Voice of Reason, and a guest column from junior Tom Courtright. (Source: The Los Angeles Times)

Romney: 47 percent of Americans ‘victims’

UNITED STATES — In a video of a private meeting between Mitt Romney and major donors, Romney declared that 47 percent of the U.S. population believe they are “victims” and that they are “entitled to health care, to food … to you-name-it.” The comments sparked an outcry on social media sites, and a Gallup poll found that 36 percent of Americans were less likely to vote for Romney after hearing his comments. (Source: CBS News)

Chicago teachers end eight-day strike

CHICAGO, Ill. — After eight days on strike, Chicago teachers returned to the classroom on Wednesday with a 17.6 percent increase in salaries promised over the next four years. Less emphasis will also be placed on student test scores in terms of teacher evaluations. Not all was sunny in Chicago for teachers, however: the school day and year will still be extended, meaning each student will be in school for the equivalent of two additional years. (Source:

Syrian rebels fight government troops

SYRIA — Rebels reportedly have forced government troops across a northern border crossing into Turkey in the latest phase of a campaign to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power. Concurrently, rebels were forced to withdraw from neighborhoods in Damascus after two weeks of intense shelling by government forces. This give-and-take of ground has been a consistent feature of the Syrian uprisings, which continue almost two years after the protests in Tunisia that began the Arab Spring. (Source: The New York Times)

West Main Street opening delayed

GALESBURG, Ill. — The opening of the West Main Street overpass has been delayed a month, as creating the decorative walls along the overpass has taken longer than expected. This summer’s record-high temperatures also contributed to the delay. Starting in late October, more than 100 trains will be able to enter Galesburg without sounding their horns, as they are not required to do so while going through an underpass. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

Anna Meier

Tags:  47 percent benghazi chicago teachers strike christopher stevens Galesburg innocence of muslims libya mitt romney overpass rebels romney syria syrian conflict

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