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News briefs: Small bomb found on N. Henderson Street

Small bomb found on N. Henderson Street

GALESBURG — Galesburg police and fire personnel located and safely disposed of a small “works bomb” in a garbage can in an alley on N. Henderson Street on Tuesday. An anonymous caller tipped off authorities to the presence of the bomb, which consisted of water, tin foil and drain cleaner mixed in a two-liter soda bottle. No one was harmed in the incident. Motive has not been established for the bomb’s placement, which was outside of a small apartment complex. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)News briefs

Authorities release Boston bomb information

BOSTON — Investigators found that the bombs that killed three and injured over a hundred at the Boston Marathon on Monday were constructed out of pressure cookers. The explosives were packed in bags with shrapnel with the apparent aim of maximizing casualties. Such designs have been used in attempted terrorist attacks in the United States in the past, including the failed Times Square bombing in 2010. No one has claimed responsibility for the bombings. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Multiple earthquakes strike Iran and Pakistan

TEHRAN — A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Iran, toppling buildings and killing dozens on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border. Witnesses reported feeling trembling in cities as far away as New Delhi and Dubai. Iranian state-run media issued conflicting reports on the death toll, with an early estimate of 40 killed later being retracted. This is the second earthquake to hit the country in a week, after a 6.1 magnitude quake near the country’s coast. Both raised concerns about the safety of the country’s controversial nuclear program. Iranian officials gave assurances that the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant was undamaged. (Source: The USA Today)

Economic basis of austerity called into question

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — An economic study that features prominently in discussions both in the U.S. and abroad about public debt was found to have substantial errors. Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart of Harvard University initially found that having a public debt of over 90 percent of GDP is correlated with negative economic growth. Other researchers seeking to replicate the study at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst found instead that such high debt loads were instead linked to higher rates of growth. Rogoff and Reinhart said that they will look into the errors but defended their conclusion as fundamentally correct. (Source: The Financial Times)

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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