The Top 10 Stories of April 17, 2013
Quote of the day.
"As we come into springtime, there is a bit less focus on the issue of hunger. Fighting Hunger Together is intended to remind people that the demand is the same all year long." Bob Aiken, president of Feeding America, which is launching its second annual April food drive in cooperation with a growing number of food companies.
1. Investigation, mourning continues in wake of attacks.
Investigators combing through the grim aftermath of the deadly Boston Marathon terrorist attack have found evidence that timing devices were used Monday to detonate the bombs that ripped through race spectators on Boylston Street, said an official briefed on the investigation.
2. Bystanders did what they could amid chaos.
In the aftermath of Monday’s explosions, much of the early lifesaving was performed by amateurs: Boston cops, marathon volunteers, plain old bystanders. They tied tourniquets and carried away the injured in wheelchairs or in arms.
3. Senate to vote on guns Wednesday.
Senators will take up the proposal from Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to expand background checks on firearm purchases and close the so-called gun show loophole. The bipartisan plan is likely the strongest gun control bill that can pass this Congress, although it’s far weaker than the White House and many Democrats hoped for.
4. Immigration bill filed in Senate; opponents hope to use delays to kill it.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers formally filed an 844-page immigration bill on the Senate floor early Wednesday morning, setting the stage for months of public debate over the proposal. Leading Capitol Hill opponents of the proposal to overhaul the nation’s immigration system are coalescing around a strategy to kill the bill by delaying the legislative process as long as possible.
5. America turns left on social issues, but not on government.
Some saw Barack Obama as a modern-day Franklin Roosevelt, ushering in a 21st century version of New Deal liberalism. Others saw a John F. Kennedy, heralding the dawn of a new progressive age of expanding rights. America in the age of Obama is something in between, a new landscape for a new century.
6. Venezuelan opposition calls off planned protest.
Tensions were on the rise in Venezuela amid reports of violence that has claimed seven lives at election-related protests over the past two days. And in a move intended to reduce further violence, the opposition called off a major protest planned for Wednesday to demand a complete recount of Sunday’s contentious vote.
7. North Korea open to talks but not with U.S. 'brandishing a nuclear stick.'
The statement came on Wednesday as President Barack Obama said more provocative behavior by Pyongyang was likely but would not be rewarded.
8. China Suggests That U.S. Is Stirring Asia-Pacific Tensions.
China published a national defense paper on Tuesday suggesting that the United States was creating tensions in the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening its military presence and reinforcing its alliances there.
(New York Times)
9. Who’s the world leader in clean energy? China.
China overtook the United States last year as the global leader in clean energy investment while American spending on renewables dropped nearly 40 percent, according to a report to be released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
10. Passing: George Beverly Shea dies; sang at Graham crusades.
George Beverly Shea, whose booming baritone voice echoed through stadiums, squares, and souls during a decades-long career with evangelist Billy Graham, died Tuesday. He was 104.