The Top 10 Stories of April 9, 2013
Quote of the day.
"We don't need more guns. We need people who can build relationships with young people." Judith Brown Diannis of the Advancement Project, a coalition of civil rights groups that supports a coalition of young people from across the nation in opposing more armed guards in schools.
1. Top Senate Democrats face decisions on gun curb push.
Senate Democrats are approaching decision time on whether they should try to get Republican support for expanding background checks for firearms sales or will follow the shakier path of pursuing the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's gun control effort on their own.
2. Immigration deal in farm sector's hands.
After a bitter fight between interest groups late last week, Republican and Democrats are closely monitoring sensitive talks between labor and industry over a new program to woo foreign farmworkers.
3. FDA food rules yield harvest of opposition.
The Food and Drug Administration, wrestling to put in place a massive overhaul of the nation’s food safety system, drew a line this year when proposing which fruits and vegetables would be subject to strict new standards: Those usually consumed raw would be included, while those usually cooked or processed would be exempt.
4. With help from nature, a town aims to be a solar capital.
R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, Calif., wants the city to be the first to produce more electricity from solar energy than it consumes.
(New York Times)
5. Kerry upbeat after 3 days of Mideast diplomacy.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday wrapped up three days of high-level Mideast diplomacy on a positive note, saying he held "very constructive talks" with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and promising to press on in an effort to break a four-year deadlock over resuming direct negotiations.
6. North Korea warns foreigners to leave South amid new threats of war.
North Korea intensified threats of an imminent conflict against the United States and the South on Tuesday, warning foreigners to evacuate South Korea to avoid being dragged into "thermonuclear war."
7. Wider use of car bombs angers both sides in Syrian conflict.
The proliferation of car bombs across Syria has frightened and enraged many on both sides in this battle, government supporters and opponents alike.
(New York Times)
8. Egypt's Christian Pope blasts Islamist president.
The leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church on Tuesday blasted the country's Islamist president over his handling of the recent deadly sectarian violence, including an attack on the main cathedral in Cairo. The remarks by Pope Tawadros II underscore rising Muslim-Christian tensions in Egypt.
9. Rebels inch closer to South Darfur capital.
Rebels in Sudan's Darfur have moved within kilometres of a key town in the violence-racked region, local media have reported. The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) confirmed that Sudan Liberation Army's Minni Minnawi faction had "attacked and seized" two towns over the weekend.
10. Passing: J. David Kuo, onetime leader of Bush’s faith-based initiative.
J. David Kuo, an evangelical Christian conservative and former top official of President George W. Bush’s faith-based initiative who attracted wide attention when he accused the administration of failing to live up to the values it espoused, died April 5 in Charlotte. He was 44.