News Briefs

Compiled by Sun Star Staff
Sept. 17, 2013

A Rowling icon

Author J.K. Rowling is teaming with Warner Bros. to produce a new film franchise that will revisit the world of magic. The franchise will be based off of her book, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Newt Scamander, a magizoologist–a person who studies magical creatures — is the main character, and his story is set 70 years before Harry Potter’s takes place. – Entertainment Weekly  

Close to home

A 24-year-old Tununak man has been charged with first-degree murder after shooting his 2-year-old son. Tununak is a village near Bethel, consisting of approximately 327 people. – Alaska Dispatch

Colorado flood

Six people have been reported dead and more than 700 people are unaccounted for after floods began hitting the area early last week. – LA Times

Got textbooks? Most students don’t

A recent poll by the U.S. Public Interest Research group found that 70 percent of college students don’t buy their textbooks because they are too expensive. A professor at the University of Michigan-Flint found that there has been an 812 percent increase in textbooks cost since 1978. – NBC News

 A hundred years young

Spanish man Salustiano Sanchez died last Friday. Sanchez was the world’s oldest man, at 112-years-old. He was also the only man born in 1901 to actually have a birth record. – CNN

Summers is out

Lawrence Summers withdrew his name from consideration for Federal Reserve chairman after widespread backlash among Democrats for his support of partial bank deregulation and his brusque personality.  President Obama has two other candidates for the position but was favoring Summers.  Current chairman Ben Bernanke will step down from the position in January. – Washington Post

Miss America crowned

Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was crowned at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Sunday night.  She danced a Bollywood routine, wore an animal print swimsuit and responded to a question about plastic surgery.  She is the first contestant of Indian descent to win. – AP

Major money

After hundreds of interviews, a team from Georgetown University has released a list of the most lucrative degrees.  Eight of the top 10 are in engineering.  The bottom ten includes social work, early childhood education and three fine arts fields. – USA Today

A certain kind of club

The University of Alabama recently came under fire due to reports saying that its four sororities denied access to Black women looking to join. – Huffington Post

Good plans

Syria recently condemned the agreement between the U.S. and Russia regarding Syria’s chemical weapons. The agreement states that Syria must turn in a fully detailed document of its chemical weapons in a week. – BBC News

Grand Theft Auto

Grant Theft Auto V will be released Tuesday, Sept. 17. Guinness World Records named the series the best-selling-action-video game series since the debut of Grand Theft Auto III. – USA Today

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