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News Briefs: Benedict XVI steps down as pope, North Korea detonates atomic weapon

Ex-Orpheum president appears in court News briefs

GALESBURG­­—The former president of the Orpheum Theater appeared in court on Monday to face charges of criminal sexual abuse. Joshua Damewood, 25, was named president and managing director of the Orpheum in August 2012 and resigned on Jan. 2 of this year. The acts in question were alleged to have occurred between Damewood and a teenage boy on the stage of the theater two months after he was named to the position. If convicted, he faces three to seven years in prison. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

Manhunt for rogue LA cop over

LOS ANGELES—The manhunt for Christopher Dorner is widely believed to have come to an end after a shootout between officers and a man matching Dorner’s description in a cabin in California. Dorner was an ex-Los Angeles Police Department member fired for disciplinary reasons years ago whose first victims were the daughter of the man who represented him at a hearing before he was fired and her fiancée. Two others, both police officers, were also killed in the course of the days-long hunt. Official confirmation that it was Dorner is still lacking because the cabin caught fire in the shootout and the corpse was badly burnt. (Source: The Los Angeles Times)

Obama calls for economic reform

WASHINGTON D.C.—President Obama emphasized the importance of economic renewal in his annual State of the Union address. Proposals he made included an increase on the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour and signing a comprehensive trade deal with the European Union. He also called for increased spending on infrastructure and an emphasis on domestic manufacturing. The official Republican response, delivered by Sen. Marco Rubio, criticized the president’s use of deficit spending and tax increases. An official Tea Party response was also delivered separately by Sen. Rand Paul, symbolizing the division in the Republican Party. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Benedict XVI steps down as pope

ROME­—Pope Benedict XVI announced in a surprise decision that he will resign from the papacy at the end of this month, citing his advanced age. A new pope will be named in a conclave soon after, according to Vatican tradition. He is the first pope since Gregory XII in 1415 to resign his post. Benedict will be remembered for aggressively moving the church forwards in some areas, such as starting a papal Twitter account, and holding fast to traditional Catholic doctrines in others. (Source: The Guardian)

North Korea detonates atomic weapon

PYONGYANG—North Korea detonated a nuclear weapon in the third successful atomic test conducted by the reclusive totalitarian state, heightening tensions in a region already dealing with major territorial disputes. President Obama promised that the United States would take the lead in containing North Korean aggression while China, the Hermit Kingdom’s major ally, condemned the test but appears unlikely to support more forceful action against the North Koreans. The United Nations Security Council issued a statement calling the test a “clear threat to international peace and security.” (Source: Reuters)


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