This week in news: 11/23-11/30

As the semester comes to an end, I think it’s safe to say that for many Marist students this past Thanksgiving “break” consisted of just us as much studying as it did eating. (Ok, maybe not THAT much studying.)

Whether your head was stuck in the books all week or you were in a food-induced-coma for a few days, you might have missed whats been going on in the world. Lucky for you, The Red Fox Report is here to catch you up with everything thats happened in the news this week.

  1. Colorado Springs shootout at Planned Parenthood leaves 3 dead

Authorities reported that three people were killed on Friday, two civilians and a police officer, as well as nine injured, when a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. The suspect, identified as Robert Lewis Dear, did not surrender until nearly six hours after the first shots were fired. Dear is being held without bond and his motives for the shooting remain unclear.

Dear has reportedly been investigated as many as nine times by authorities in North and South Carolina, where he used to live. In 1997, he allegedly pushed his wife out of a window, although she did not press charges. He has also been found not guilty twice on account of animal cruelty.

  1. Egyptian officials are now 90% sure there is a hidden chamber in King Tut’s tomb

On Saturday, Egypt’s minister of antiquities announced the latest findings of a project that scans ancient pyramids by stating that there is a 90% chance that King Tutankhamun’s tomb has secret chambers behind it. British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves theorizes that Queen Nefertiti’s tomb may be hidden in one of these chambers. The findings will be sent to Japan for a month-long analysis before any further research is resumed.

  1. Vladimir Putin announces Russian sanctions on Turkey

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border Tuesday morning, killing one of the two pilots. In addition, a Russian marine was killed while trying to rescue the two pilots. Turkey, who was supposed to be working together with Russia to stop ISIS, claimed that it had given the Russian plane multiple warnings after invading its airspace before shooting it to the ground.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the downing of the plane would have “serious consequences for Russia’s relationship with Turkey” which is raising fears in the international community that this incident could spiral into something much deeper. Putin stated that the plane was flying 1 kilometer away from the Turkish border when it was attacked and posed no threat to Turkey. The pilots were carrying out an operation fighting against Isis; therefore, Putin describes the incident as “a stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices.”

On Friday, Russia announced a package of economic sanctions against Turkey that will begin January first. This includes any imports from Turkey, the work of Turkish companies, as well as an end to charter flights between the countries. Due to the fact that Russia is Turkey’s second-largest trading partner, this is likely to cause major economic issues.

  1. NSA ends collection of phone records

The Director of National Intelligence announced on Friday that The National Security Agency is planning to shut down its system to collect bulk phone records from citizens across the US. Congress ordered it nearly six months ago, after the USA Freedom Act was signed.

Phone companies will now hold onto the data, which includes phone numbers and durations of calls, and the NSA will have to apply for permission to access those records, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis. In addition, the new law will force the government to provide annual records revealing how many requests for data it makes. This new system was created so only people and phones associated with terrorist groups could be searched.

  1. NYPD on high alert at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year

This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was not only filled with our favorite floats and balloons, but also New York City cops—and lots of them.

In light of recent Paris attacks, the city was on extremely high alert, stationing a record of 2,500 officers along the parade route and by subway entrances. They also had a helicopter ahead during the duration of the parade.

There were many safety protocols implemented before the parade to keep citizens safe and more aware of their surroundings. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a mobile app, which encourages people to submit photos or messages if they witness any suspicious activity. Officials estimated that nearly three million people attended the 2015 parade, regardless of the security concerns.

This year, marching officers of the New York Police Department waved a French flag next to an American flag to demonstrate support for the country after 130 people were killed on November 13th.

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