7 dead in Mexico maternity hospital blast  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Four children are among the seven deaths confirmed so far after a natural gas explosion rocked a maternity hospital on the outskirts of Mexico City on Thursday morning.

There are fears that more babies and adults may be trapped in the debris of the hospital, which was on the verge of collapsing after the explosion, according to government and emergency officials. - Referenced Article


Loretta Lynch: I am not Eric Holder  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch responded to waves of attacks against her predecessor with calm empathy Wednesday, telling a Republican questioner that “No, I am not Eric Holder.”

“How are you going to be different?” from Holder, asked Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Texas).

“I would be myself. I would be Loretta Lynch,” the nominee responded. - Referenced Article


Michelle Obama: To wear a headscarf or not, that is the question  

Washington Post By : Nia-Malika Henderson

Like other first ladies, Michelle Obama's clothes have been scrutinized endlessly for what type of messages they convey. And she gets high marks for her "fashion diplomacy," as she engages with foreign leaders at home and abroad.

Her choice to go with a suit rather than a dress for the first time at this year's State of the Union address "was a glimpse of the self-aware, tough-minded, straight-talking lawyer who took a brief hiatus from the public eye," according to Robin Givhan. - Referenced Article


Facebook begins censoring images of prophet Muhammad  

Washington Post By : Caitlin Dewey

Only two weeks after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a strongly worded #JeSuisCharlie statement on the importance of free speech, Facebook has agreed to censor images of the prophet Muhammad in Turkey — including the very type of image that precipitated the Charlie Hebdo attack.

It’s an illustration, perhaps, of how extremely complicated and nuanced issues of online speech really are. - Referenced Article


Jordan is ready to trade inmate for pilot held by ISIL  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Jordan is ready to swap a prisoner convicted of a deadly terrorist attack on a hotel for a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State, a top Jordan official said Wednesday, but there was no word on whether a Japanese hostage facing a 24-hour deadline would be included in any exchange.

Mohammed Al Momani, Jordan's minister for media affairs and communications, said in a statement that Jordan "is ready to release the Iraqi prisoner, Sajida al-Rishawi, if the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, is released unharmed,'' according to Jordan's state-run news agency, Petra. - Referenced Article


Gunmen at Libyan Luxury Hotel Take Hostages; 3 Guards Dead  

AP By : Staff Reporting

Gunmen stormed a luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners Tuesday, killing at least three guards and taking hostages, a security official said.

Essam Al-Naas, a spokesman for a Tripoli security agency, said a standoff continued Tuesday afternoon at the Corinthia Hotel, which sits along the Mediterranean Sea.

A hotel staffer said five masked attackers wearing bulletproof vests stormed the hotel after security at the gates tried to stop them. He said they entered the hotel and fired randomly at the staff in the lobby. - Referenced Article


Obama Leading a High-Powered Delegation to Saudi Arabia  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

President Obama left here on Tuesday after a three-day visit to India and headed to Saudi Arabia, where he and a bipartisan delegation of prominent current and former officials will offer condolences for the death of King Abdullah and pay respects to his successor.

Joining the president will be his Republican opponent from 2008, Senator John McCain of Arizona, and several veterans of past Republican administrations, including two former secretaries of state, James A. Baker III and Condoleezza Rice, and two former national security advisers, Brent Scowcroft and Stephen J. Hadley. - Referenced Article


Blizzard Pounds New England With Up to Four Inches of Snow Per Hour  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Up to four inches of snow an hour fell in parts of the Northeast early Tuesday as tens of millions of people hunkered down for a historic blizzard that brought New York, Boston and most of the region to an eerie standstill.

New England was braced for two or even three feet of snow, whipped by near-hurricane force winds that created almost whiteout conditions and threatened coastal flooding — but New York City and Philadelphia did not fare as bad as expected. - Referenced Article


Small drone found on White House grounds  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

The Secret Service said it recovered a 2-foot "quad copter" drone on the grounds of the White House early Monday and are looking into where it came from.

"An investigation is underway to determine the origin of this commercially available device, motive, and to identify suspects," the Secret Service said in a statement.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama were in India when the incident - Referenced Article


AG nominee Loretta Lynch faces the Senate this week, Bio-Wiki  

USA Today By : Kevin Johnson

The scrum of reporters and photographers had begun gathering early outside the offices of Sen. Charles Schumer. For once, though, the verbose New York Democrat was not the focus of their attention.

It was the demure woman in the dark suit who glided through the press gauntlet, seemingly oblivious to the spotlight and shouted questions. - Referenced Article

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