The Monday Catchup


Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The lead story: An attempt by US special forces to retrieve hostages from an al Qaeda compound in Yemen failed. While approaching the compound the al Qaeda gaurds were alerted to the US presence and executed the hostages, an American and a South African.

After the jump: Fire in LA, Uber banned in India, Prince William and Kate in the Big Apple, and more…

Early this morning a fire engulfed an apartment building under construction in Los Angeles. The fire damaged two additional buildings and closed sections of the freeway.

US and NATO forces have officially ended their combat command in Afghanistan, a command that has lasted for thirteen years.

Operations by the taxi-service Uber have been banned in New Delhi after a women was reportedly raped by a driver employed by the company. This comes just days after a valuation of Uber at $40 billion and is also another mark in a long line of sexual abuse cases plaguing India.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have arrived in the states where they will be spending time with President Obama, meeting with Hillary Clinton and exploring New York City.

After a significant cyber attack against SONY Pictures, North Korea stands accused but denies responsibility. North Korea is under suspicion due in part to anger expressed by their government over a SONY Pictures film (The Interview) depicting an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has woken up after spending most of the past six years in hibernation as it flies towards Pluto. The spacecraft should begin exploring the planetary system sometime next year.

The long read: I would be remiss if I did not mention that yesterday was the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Read about the memorial here.

The weather: For this last week of classes, expect temperatures near freezing and a cloudy sky.

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