Major News In Brief – November 18, 2015

Major News In Brief – November 18, 2015

SAINT-DENIS, France – Paris is still being rocked with terrorism. Wednesday in France amid gunfire and explosions, police raided a suburban Paris apartment where the suspected mastermind of last week’s attacks was believed to be hiding. The siege ended with two deaths and seven arrests.

The dead were a woman who blew herself up with an explosive vest and a man hit by projectiles and grenades at the end of the raid, which began before dawn and continued for more than seven hours at the apartment building in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the raid was launched after information from tapped telephone conversations, surveillance and witness accounts indicated that the suspected attacks planner, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, might be in a safe house in the district.

Authorities could not immediately confirm whether Abaaoud, a Belgian Islamic State militant, was killed or arrested Wednesday morning.

France – and the rest of Europe – remain on edge four days after the attacks. Two Air France flights bound for Paris from the U.S. were diverted Tuesday night – one to Salt Lake City and one to Halifax – because of anonymous threats received after they had taken off. Both were inspected and cleared to resume their journeys.

In the German city of Hannover, a soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands was canceled at the last minute and the stadium evacuated by police because of a bomb threat.

Lower Saxony state Interior Minister Boris Pistorius said the match was called off after “vague” information that solidified late in the day.

No arrests have been made and no explosives found. Pistorius said this may be because the plot was called off after the game was canceled.

“We won’t know what would have happened if we didn’t cancel it,” he said.

President Obama called the terror attacks on Paris a “terrible and sickening setback” in the fight against the Islamic State.

Yet, he’s making it clear the United States will not change its strategy or even expand it’s military campaign against ISIS.

The Islamic State released a new video today warning Washington, D.C., would face similar attacks to those in Paris.

On the video Islamic State terrorists vow that countries taking part in airstrikes against Syria will suffer the same fate as Paris and warns it will attack Washington D.C.

The nearly 12-minute video begins with news footage of the aftermath of Friday’s attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people.

It calls on Muslims in France to “ignite and kill soldiers and tyrants.”

One fighter says Muslims should strike in the West because the U.S.-led coalition is targeting ISIS in Iraq.

“We swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” the jihadist vowed.

The group also threatens that ISIS is coming to Europe with “booby traps and explosives.”

Despite new concerns among Americans, Obama forcefully defended the vast majority of Muslims at press conference at the G20 Summit today.

“ISIL does not represent Islam. It is not representative in any way to the attitudes of the overwhelming majority of Muslims,” he said. “To the degree that anyone would equate the terrible acts in Paris to the views of Islam, those kinds of stereotypes are counterproductive, they’re wrong.”

Less than 3 percent of the Syrian refugees admitted to the United States so far are Christian and 96 percent are Muslim, the result of a referral system that Republican Sen. Tom Cotton says “unintentionally discriminates” against Christians.

State Department figures released Monday showed that the current system overwhelmingly favors Muslim refugees. Of the 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted to the United States so far, only 53 are Christians while 2,098 are Muslim, the Christian News Service reported.

After the attacks in Paris, concerns are growing about the Syrian refugees about to be admitted to the United States. In fact, an increasing number of states are refusing to accept the refugees.

Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggests only Christian refugees facing slaughter by ISIS should be let into the country. Other candidates say the United States shouldn’t accept any refugees from the Middle East, citing national security concerns.

Obama called those suggestions “shameful” and un-American.

Less than 3 percent of the Syrian refugees admitted to the United States so far are Christian and 96 percent are Muslim, the result of a referral system that Republican Sen. Tom Cotton says “unintentionally discriminates” against Christians.

State Department figures released Monday showed that of the 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted to the United States so far, only 53 are Christians while 2,098 are Muslim.

The Russian Federal Security Service is offering $50 million for information leading to the arrest of those behind the downing of a Russian jetliner over Egypt.

President Vladamir Putin is vowing to hunt down the culprits.

The increased manhunt comes after Russian security leaders confirmed that a homemade bomb placed on board “caused the plane to break up in the air.”

Metrojet Flight 9268 crashed over Sinai on October 31. All 224 passenger and crew were killed.

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the 2016 race for president Tuesday, ending a campaign that failed to gain much support, especially in early-voting Iowa.

“I’ve come to the realization that this is not my time,” Jindal said on Fox News Channel as he announced the decision to suspend his campaign.

The 44-year-old governor said he wasn’t ready to endorse another candidate, but intended to support the eventual Republican presidential nominee.

The nation’s first elected Indian-American governor, Jindal focused his entire campaign effort on the early voting state of Iowa, first courting evangelical voters and then trying to broaden his appeal as a candidate with conservative policy plans that others weren’t offering.

But he never won much support in Iowa or elsewhere against higher-profile Republican candidates such as Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Jindal’s low poll numbers kept him off the main debate stages where he could have drawn more attention, and his fundraising lagged. He was facing a major cash crunch to keep the campaign going, after wrapping up the last fundraising period with $261,000 on hand.

And here’s a pinch to grow an inch – again from Yahoo news…..

Have you heard of the drone dentist, and, please, don’t try this at home! 

Back in June, Paul Borrud’s nephew Bruno asked him to help pull out a loose tooth. Instead of using the old doorknob-and-string method, they decided to use Borrud’s drone.

Twenty-four hours later, they were ready to complete their drone tooth pull. They tied some dental floss to Bruno’s tooth, and then it was time for liftoff. Borrud said in the video description that he double-checked with Bruno one last time before the drone took off.

All went smoothly and the tooth came out easily. Afterward, Bruno was all smiles. What a champ!

Major News In Brief – November 18, 2015