The Monday Catchup

PHOTO: Militant group al-Shabab threatened the Mall of America in a video posted online.


Good morning! Here’s what you missed while the snow fell and the first all-campus parties of the semester raged.

The lead story: Somali terrorist group, and al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab released a video that made mention of attacks on shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. The Department of Homeland Security denies any known plots to attack malls in America.

The 87th Academy Awards were last night, with Birdman picking up distinctions for Best Picture and Best Director, though The Grand Budapest Hotel went home with the same number of awards (four).

Coming up after the jump: Fighting terror in Australia, a ferry disaster in Bangladesh, bad MDMA at Wesleyan, and more. Australia is amending citizenship laws to fight terror. Under proposed new legislation, those with dual citizenship with Australia who are found to be involved with terrorist activities could lose their Australian citizenship.

Dockworkers across the West Coast are returning to full-time work as labour and management come to the end of a months long contract dispute.

A ferry in Bangladesh was hit by another ship and capsized on Sunday. Rescue operations continued into Monday as the death toll approached 70.

Turkey dispatched hundreds of troops to Syria with the sole purpose of retrieving the remains of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire. With expanding ISIS action in the area of the tomb, the Turks wanted to secure the body. The action was non-violent.

11 Wesleyan students were hospitalized over the weekend after apparently ingesting a bad batch of the part drug MDMA, more commonly known as “Molly.”

Climate change denier and academic Wei-Hock has purportedly accepted over $1 million from energy companies and conservative lobbies. He is well-known for his denial of climate change and has even testified before Congress.

Continuing Coverage: The lawyer defending Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has now requested four times that the trial be held out of state to prevent bias. The case is in the midst of jury selection.

The weather: Expect cold this week, but no new snow until after the break has started.

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