Russia to evacuate citizens from Syria
Russia is sending two planes to take home scores of its citizens from Syria, Moscow said Monday, in the latest signal that the Kremlin may be preparing for the collapse of President Bashar Assad’s government.
The planes will fly to neighboring Lebanon today and transport more than 100 people, mostly women and children, to Russia, a spokeswoman for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told the Russian media.
Russia already has disclosed contingency plans for a naval evacuation of thousands of its nationals living in Syria.
Groupon nixes gun-related deals
Groupon Inc. has stopped all current and future gun-related deals, bowing to customer pressure a month after the deadly mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
The Chicago company said Monday it has cancelled existing and planned discounts for shooting ranges, conceal-and-carry and clay shooting.
The statement didn’t specify the company’s motives or when it would resume such deals, other than to say that the “category is under review following recent customer and merchant feedback.”
It said it plans to review its international standards for these deals while they’re on hold.
Nev. lawmaker freed in threat case
A Nevada lawmaker was freed from jail after his weekend arrest on a felony charge of threatening to harm a state Assembly party leader at a home in North Las Vegas, a police spokeswoman said Monday.
Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks, 40, was held a little more than 24 hours before his release from the Las Vegas city jail Sunday evening, North Las Vegas police officer Chrissie Coon said.
The first court date is Monday, one week before the legislative session begins.
Brooks was arrested Saturday while driving in North Las Vegas a little less than two hours after police were called to a home on a report that a lawmaker had threatened harm to a colleague.
As Israelis vote, peace seems distant
Benjamin Netanyahu seems poised for re-election as Israel’s prime minister in today’s voting, the result of the failure of his opponents to unite behind a viable candidate against him — and the fact that most Israelis no longer seem to believe it’s possible to reach a peace settlement with the Palestinians.
The widely held assumption of a victory by Netanyahu comes despite his grim record: There is no peace process, there is growing diplomatic isolation and a slowing economy, and his main ally has been forced to step down as foreign minister because of corruption allegations.
Panel: Screen women for abuse
Women of childbearing age should undergo screening for domestic violence and other forms of abuse while visiting their doctor or clinic, according to a recommendation published online Monday by an influential panel of medical experts that advises the federal government.
That recommendation, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, marks a significant change from 2004 when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found insufficient evidence to support screenings for so-called Intimate Partner Violence, or IPV.