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Chris Henry dies at age of 26

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry died Thursday from injuries sustained during a domestic dispute, according to ESPN. He was 26.

According to authorities, Henry was involved in a domestic dispute with his fiancee Wednesday. When she tried to leave his residence in Charolette, Henry jumped in the back of the pickup, and fell out a half mile away, sustaining life-threating injuries.

Authorities have not released the cause of death. Henry was in Charolette planning his wedding, his season being cut short by a broken arm in a win against Baltimore on Nov. 22.

The receiver had problems off the field in the past, and was suspended by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for half of the 2007 season. He was arrested for the fifth time on assault charges in mid-2008, and was released by the Bengals.

Henry received a second chance and was re-signed by the team before the 2008 season, according to Sporst Illustrated.

His teammates and coaches had noticed a changed in Henry, and were excited for the turnaround he had made.

"Nobody worked harder to rehabilitate his image than Chris. He realized he made mistakes and made positive changes to his life. As a result of these changes, he had become a man that all Bengals, and [the] NFL, fans could be proud of," Henry's agent said.

 

Hundreds of protestors aressted in Copenhagen

Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in Copenhagen to show their support for the environment while delegates tried to reach an agreement on climate change Saturday, according to the New York Times.

Police and organizers estimated that there were 60,000 to 100,000 participators in the largest planned protest in the two weeks of climate talks.

968 demonstrators were detained by police Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

One officer received minor injuries from a rock thrown the group, and one protester was injured by fireworks.

The protests take place on day that saw the talks hitting a snag. Rich nations want developing countries to limit emissions with or without financial help.

Knox convicted of murder

Amanda Knox, an American college student, was convicted with her former Italian boyfriend of murder by an Italian court Saturday, according to the New York Times.

Knox was convicted of murdering her housemate while she was studying in Perugia, Italy. Knox, 22, was a student at the University of Washington and had no clear motive or history of violence.

After 12 hours of deliberation, the jury convicted Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 25, of murder. The two were sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison respectively.

The key piece of evidence was the knife used to slit the victim's, Amanda Kercher, throat. Prosecuters said Knox's DNA was found on the knife, according to CNN.

A lawyer for the Kercher family, Francesco Maresca, called the ruling "a good sentence that fills us with satisfaction."

Senate Democrats open floor debate

Senate Democrats have gained enough votes to prevent a Republican filibuster against a bill that would overhaul the nation's health care system Saturday, according to NPR.

Right before the vote, Democrat holdouts Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas agreed to join their party, but said the bill still needs work.

The vote passed 60-39 along strict party lines, according to the New York Times.

The bill looks to extend health care coverage to 31 million uninsured Americans, which would cost $848 billion over ten years.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's version of the bill would include a government-run option, giving individual states the option not to allow it.

White, Bostick suspended

Minnesota Gophers men's basketball players Royce White and Devron Bostick have been suspended by head coach Tubby Smith Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

White, a highly-touted freshman recruit, faces misdemeanor charges of theft and fifth-degree assault after allegedly shopllifting and shoving a security guard at the Mall of America on Oct. 13.

Senior guard Bostick was suspended for a violation of team rules that were not specified and not related to the incident at the MOA. Smith did not set a date for the two to return.

White has Nov. 17 arraignment hearing scheduled, according to the Los Angeles Times.

 

Senate deal to protect news sources

The Obama administration, leading Denate Democrats and a group of news organizations have reached a deal on legislation Friday that would give more protection reporters that do not identify their sources, according to the New York Times.

Protection would also include unpaid bloggers that gather news.

Ben LaBolt, a White House spokesperson, noted that the Obama administration was "the first administration in history to support media shield legislation."

The Senate Judiciary Committee could take up the altered legislation next week, according to the Washington Post.

Under the bill, a federal judge would weigh the public's right to know versus national security claims made by the government.

Schwarzenegger Worries Vikings Fans

The possibility of a new football stadium in Los Angeles has gained momentum as legislation cleared the way one to be built near the city Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the legislation that exempts it from state environmental laws.

The governor also said that the team that would occupy the stadium would not have to come from in state. Developers have looked at bringing the Vikings to California in the past, but the recent developments have caused suspicion that the team will be targeted again.

Vikings vice president for public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said the team is committed to stay in Minnesota, according to the Pioneer Press.

 

Obama Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" Friday, according to the New York Times.

The Nobel Committee also recognized his efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

The news came as a surprise to top advisors to Obama, who said they had no idea it was coming.

Many are perplexed as to how a man who has not been office for a year can win the same award that Jimmy Carter did in 2002, decades after he left office, according to USA Today.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said, "The real question Americans are asking is "What has President Obama really accomplished?"

Still others, including Rep. Howard Berman D-Calif., are in support of Obama and believes the award validates his approach to tough transnational challenges.

Health Care Reform Heads to Floor Debate

Big changes in health care are closer than ever with the Senate Finance Committee set to approve its bill this week, which will send it to both houses of Congress, according to the New York Times.

Democrats are confident that they will be able to pass a bill this year that would give millions of uninsured Americans subsidized health benefits.

Various plans are being projected to cost $900 billion to $1.6 trillion over 10 years, according to the Associated Press.

President Obama said that major changes in health care would help small businesses and create jobs, and called the overhaul "a critical step in rebuilding our economy."

Democrats are still divided on whether or not to create a government run insurance company to compete with private insurers, as two different bills are likely to be presented with the public option on it and one without.

 

Iran Posses Nuclear Plant

The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization announced Friday that they were in the process of building a facility designed to produce nuclear fuel, according to the New York Times.

The announcement marks the first time that international authorities had been told about the existence of the plant.

President Obama said that that the Iranian nuclear program challenges the nuclear nonproliferation regime.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that the international community must "draw a line in the sand."

French President Nicolas Sarkozy along with President Obama and Prime Minister Brown demanded that the plant be opened for inspection.

The U.S. and Israel have not not ruled the possibility of a last-resort military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, according to the Associated Press.

 

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