News in Brief

By: Meredith Francis ~Campus News Editor~

Blizzard hits Northeastern United States
Parts of New England are buried under snow after a large blizzard hit the region on Jan. 26. Though New York and New Jersey were not impacted as much as forecasts predicted, certain states were still hit hard. The National Weather Services reported that Massachusetts had received up to 30 inches of snow, while 16 inches fell in Maine and 21 inches fell in New Hampshire. Parts of Massachusetts are also flooded, while many in the region have lost power.

ISIS releases video with Japanese, Jordanian hostages
The group known as ISIS released a video on Jan. 27 showing Japanese hostage Kenji Goto delivering a message from the group. Goto says in the video that he and a Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh would be killed within 24 hours if a captured suicide bomber affiliated with ISIS was not released by the Jordanian government.

Survivors mark 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation
Holocaust survivors marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on Jan. 27. About 300 survivors attended the commemoration event in Poland. Most of the survivors were children during their time at Auschwitz. An estimated 1 million people, mostly Jewish, died in the camp, which was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on Jan.
27, 1945. Leaders from Germany, France, Austria, Russia and the United States attended the commemoration.

Saudia Arabia’s King Abdullah dies
Saudia Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud died at the age of 90. Abdullah served as king for 10 years following the death of his brother, King Fahd, in 2005. Abdullah had been called “the reformer” for some of his progressive education and oil policies, yet was criticized by other countries for not making advancements in women’s rights.