January 24 2014
A large explosion hit the police headquarters in Cairo early Friday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 50 others. It was followed by two smaller explosions near police station in other areas of Cairo, wounding several people. These attacks came a day before the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution in Egypt.
Following his fourth State of the State address, Gov. Scott Walker enacted a special session Thursday and called on legislators to pass his "Blueprint for Prosperity" tax plan. Walker wants to return the state's $911 million surplus to taxpayers through further property tax reductions, income tax cuts and reduced state withholding. $100 million would be put into the state's rainy day fund.
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said Thursday that the United States was willing to discuss how the criminal case against Edward J. Snowden would be handled, but only if Mr. Snowden pleaded guilty first. Calls for clemency for Snowden, who has taken refuge in Moscow, have increased in the last several months as some civil liberties groups and prominent news organizations, including the New York Times, have asked the government to consider such a move.
A woman in Philadelphia gave birth to a baby girl this week on a sled in -15 degree weather. Shirley Bonanni was heading to the hospital, but due to the recent snowstorm, it was easier for her husband to get her down their steep driveway to the car via sled. But the baby refused to wait. With help from a 911 dispatcher, Bella was born by the side of the road. Baby and Mom are both doing fine.