News Briefs – Feb. 7, 2011

Compiled by Amber Sandlin

Egypt erupts into violence

Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak charged the Tahrir Square on horses and camels, firing shots and throwing bombs upon peaceful protesters in the square at 4 a.m., Feb. 2. Six people have been killed in the last 24 hours between the anti-government protestors and the pro-Mubarak supporters. An anti-government representative said that the force attacking them is a group of paid thugs and police in plain clothing. Although the square is surrounded by the military, they refuse to intervene.

Source: Times of India

The iPad gets a daily

The company behind the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and Fox News has launched the first tablet-only news application. News Corporation chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch and other executives introduced the Daily at an event in New York on Feb. 2. There are some complaints about the application, such as lag, and lack of interface, including a complaint that the application wears down an iPad’s battery very quickly.

Source: The Washington Post

22-year-old man guilty of manslaughter

In 2008, Patrick Tickett was driving a snow-machine on trails outside of Kotzebue when he collided with and killed Roger Gollub, who was dog-mushing for the first time. Tickett called 911 the night of the accident, saying Gollub was wearing all white and didn’t see him until it was too late. On Feb. 1, Tickett was found guilty of manslaughter, first-degree assault, and driving while intoxicated.

Source: Anchorage Daily News

Senate rejects repeal

Senate Democrats voted down the health care overhaul that was passed last year by President Obama. The vote was 47 to 51. Republicans said they would continue to overturn the law. Both Republicans and Democrats believe that the ultimate fate of the bill lies in the hands of the Supreme Court.

Source: New York Times

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