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News Briefs: Jimmy John’s robber enters not guilty plea

Sandwich robber offers pleaNews briefs

GALESBURG — A man accused of robbing Jimmy John’s on East Main Street pleaded not guilty to charges of armed robbery, aggravated robbery and theft. Nathaniel Ryan McPherrin, of Galesburg, is alleged to have walked into the sandwich shop on Jan. 3 with a handgun, demanding that the cashier on duty hand him money. Prosecutors say that the employee complied before being locked in the restaurant’s walk-in cooler. McPherrin was arrested by police a few hours later. If convicted, he faces six to 30 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

New drone strike rules announced

WASHINGTON D.C. — A newly released memo reveals a wide expansion of the president’s authority to order drone strikes on al-Qa’da militants overseas. High-level officials in the administration may now authorize such a strike if capturing the target proves to be impractical. Notably, acceptable targets include American citizens who have pledged allegiance to the terrorist organization. The response from Congress has been mostly positive, although some have raised questions whether the killings violate international or American law. (Source: The Los Angeles Times)

Postal Service to cut back on delivery

WASHINGTON D.C. — The United States Postal Service announced that it will save up to $2 billion annually by suspending letter deliveries on Saturdays beginning this August. The cost-saving measure comes as part of a set of reforms aimed at turning around an agency that posted losses of $15.9 billion last year. Post offices will remain open on Saturday and package delivery will still take place. Some members of Congress announced plans to challenge the Postal Service’s plans, saying that they lack the legal authority to do so. (Source: The New York Times)

U.K. votes to legalize gay marriage

LONDON — The House of Commons voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage by a vote of 400-175. Prime Minister David Cameron supported the measure and hailed it as a step forward for equality in British society but had to overcome divisions within his own Conservative Party to secure the vote. The opposition Labour Party and Cameron’s coalition partner, the Liberal Democratic Party both strongly backed the measure. The bill still has several more hurdles to clear before it becomes law, including passing the House of Lords. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)


Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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