Mass. baby born at 12:12 p.m. on 12/12/12
With a little help from her mother, Noelle Joy Klinker started life as a happy coincidence.
The newborn’s parents welcomed her into the world at 12:12 p.m. on 12/12/12 after her mother was in labor for about 12 hours.
Weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce, the 21.5-inch-long infant was born Wednesday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to Colleen and Joe Klinker.
Her proud papa, a 31-year-old Coast Guard lieutenant and public-affairs officer, said the timing mostly was a coincidence. At 12:11 p.m., Colleen Klinker saved the final push until the clock ticked to a minute later.
Noelle’s dad said her arrival was a special blessing after he and his wife lost a daughter, Melody, at childbirth in October 2011.
U. Iowa adds LGBT question to form
IOWA CITY, Iowa
The University of Iowa has become the nation’s first public university to include optional questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on its application, a move hailed Wednesday by advocates hoping to improve the college experience for gays and lesbians.
University officials say the move sends a strong signal that they value the diversity that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students bring to campus. They say that knowing some students’ sexual orientation will allow them to track their enrollment and graduation rates and promote housing, student groups and programs that might improve their social and academic success.
Blast at Syrian ministry kills 5
Three bombs collapsed walls in the Syrian Interior Ministry building Wednesday in Damascus, killing at least five people, as rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad edged closer to the capital, the symbol of his power.
The blast came as more than 100 countries recognized the opposition umbrella group as the legitimate representative of Syria, a diplomatic blow to Assad.
Five people were killed in Wednesday’s attacks, and 23 others were injured, according to a statement by the Interior Ministry.
Security Council condemns launch
The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea’s successful rocket launch Wednesday and said it will urgently consider “an appropriate response.”
Whether that response includes new sanctions against the North, which the United States and its European allies are seeking, depends first and foremost on China, the North’s closest ally, which has not made its position clear.
The Security Council said in a brief statement after closed consultations that the launch violated council resolutions adopted after North Korea’s nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009 and a ban on “any launch using ballistic missile technology.”
Senate intern faces deportation
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP.
A Homeland Security spokesman, Peter Boogaard, said Wednesday that it was “categorically false” that the department delayed the arrest of Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, 18, until after the election.