Taliban shooting of teen sparks outrage
Schools shut their doors in protest and Pakistanis across the country held vigils Wednesday to pray for a 14-year-old girl who was shot by a Taliban gunman after daring to advocate education for girls and criticize the militant group.
The shooting of Malala Yousufzai on Tuesday in the town of Mingora in the volatile Swat Valley horrified Pakistanis across the religious, political and ethnic spectrum. Many in the country hoped the attack and the outrage it has sparked will be a turning point in Pakistan’s long-running battle against the Taliban, which still enjoys considerable public support for fighting U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
A Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school and shot Malala in the head and neck. Another girl on the bus was also wounded. Pictures of the vehicle showed bloodstained seats where the girls were sitting.
Malala appeared to be out of immediate danger after doctors operated on her early Wednesday to remove a bullet lodged in her neck. But she remained in intensive care at a hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Witnesses assailed on Libya attack
Four weeks before the election, Republicans used a politically charged House hearing to confront State Department officials about security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya and assail the Obama administration’s early response to the killing of the ambassador and three other Americans there.
GOP lawmakers refused to accept the department’s explanation Wednesday that protection judged adequate for the threat was overwhelmed by an unprecedented assault in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
10-11-12 is appealing date to some
So what are you doing tonight?
Not you, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan — we already know you’re a little busy with that debate thing. But others may be marking, in some way, the fact that today is a special day, numerically speaking: It’s 10-11-12.
Nice, but how significant? Those who study numbers say, well, not too much. Or perhaps it’s better to say that it’s as significant as you want it to be.
Significant enough to influence your wedding date? At one wedding chapel in Las Vegas, Forever Grand at the MGM Resorts, there’s a special numerology package, including a chapel, a pianist, a minister, and a limo to the courthouse, among other things.
The date 10-11-12 has proven not nearly as popular as last year’s 11-11-11, when there were 22 weddings at the chapel, says manager Glynnis Sherwood. Nine weddings are booked for today, almost certainly because of the date, she says, adding: “Of course, the biggest was 07-07-07, when we had 62.”
Heating costs to be higher this winter
Americans will pay more to heat their homes this winter as they feel something they didn’t feel much of last year: cold.
The Energy Department said Wednesday that heating bills will rise 15 percent for natural-gas customers and 19 percent for heating oil customers as temperatures come closer to normal. Last winter was the warmest on record.
Fuel prices will be relatively stable, but customers will have to use more to keep warm than they did a year ago.
Heating oil customers, though, are expected to pay the highest heating oil prices and the biggest overall heating bills ever, an average of $2,494. That’s 20 percent more than last year.