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10 things you need to know today: January 27, 2016

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One killed as Oregon standoff leaders arrested

On Tuesday Federal and state law enforcement officers arrested militant leader Ammon Bundy and seven other members of the armed group that was occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Shots rang out when officers stopped a car carrying Bundy and some of his followers near the wildlife refuge. Rancher LaVoy Finicum, who had acted as a spokesman for the armed protesters, reportedly was killed. Some of the protesters, who are demanding the handover of federal lands to local authorities, remained in the wildlife refuge headquarters. [The Associated Press, Reuters]


Trump to skip Iowa debate over feud with Fox News

Donald Trump will skip Thursday's Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News in Iowa ahead of the state's Feb. 1 caucuses, his campaign manager said Tuesday. Trump had said a day earlier that he was considering staying off the stage because he believed that Fox News anchor and moderator Megyn Kelly was "biased." Trump clashed with Kelly during the first Fox News debate, when she asked him about disparaging comments he made about women. Fox issued a statement supporting Kelly, who said Trump "doesn't get to control the media." [The New York Times, NBC News]


Markets cautious ahead of Federal Reserve statement

Markets overseas struggled early Wednesday, and investors in the U.S. were cautious as they waited for Federal Reserve policymakers to end a two-day meeting and announce their next move on interest rates. The Fed last month raised interest rates for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, but with global markets in turmoil it is not expected to make another change on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Dow Jones Industrial Average shot up nearly 300 points after oil prices bounced back above $30 a barrel. [Financial Times, USA Today]


Apple forecasts its first quarterly decline in iPhone sales

Apple said Tuesday that iPhone sales grew at their slowest pace since the company launched the smartphones in 2007. Apple sold 74.8 million iPhones in the quarter that ended in late December, just inching up from the 74.5 million it sold in the same quarter a year before. The company also predicted its first quarterly decline in iPhone sales, and its first revenue drop in 13 years in the quarter ending in March. A strong dollar and slowing growth in the critical Chinese market have helped end iPhone's growth. [The Washington Post, CNET]


Two killed in shooting at Seattle homeless camp

Two people were killed and three injured Tuesday night in a shooting at a wooded Seattle homeless encampment known as "The Jungle." A woman died at the scene and a man died later at a hospital. The three other victims had gunshot wounds in their chests, backs, and abdomens. Police are searching for two male suspects. The shooting was believed to have been "very targeted," stemming from a dispute among acquaintances, Assistant Police Chief Robert Merner said. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Seattle has a homelessness crisis unlike anything since the Great Depression. [The Seattle Times, The Associated Press]


Iranian leader asks pope to pray for him

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asked Pope Francis for his prayers on Tuesday in a visit to the Vatican. The pope urged Rouhani to work with other Middle East states on stopping the spread of terrorism. The 40-minute meeting was the first between a pope and an Iranian president since 1999. It came as Iran is insisting to the West that it shares the goal of defeating the Islamic State, although the U.S. and its allies view Iran's support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon's Hezbollah as a cause of instability. [The Washington Post, Haaretz]


Denmark approves law on confiscating valuables from asylum seekers

Danish lawmakers on Tuesday approved a controversial law letting authorities confiscate the valuables of refugees seeking asylum to help cover their expenses. The so-called jewelry bill, which passed 81 votes to 27, permits the seizure of anything worth more than 10,000 Danish kroner, or roughly $1,453. Asylum seekers can keep items with "special sentimental value," including "wedding rings, engagement rings, family portraits, decorations, and medals," the government said. [CNN]


Six Cleveland officers fired over fatal 2012 shooting

Six Cleveland police officers were fired Tuesday for their role in the fatal shooting of two unarmed people after a high-speed chase in 2012. One of the officers, Michael Brelo, has been accused of jumping onto the vehicle's hood and firing 15 times through the windshield. He was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter in May, partly because it was impossible to say whose bullets killed the pair, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Six other officers face suspensions of up to 30 days. [NPR]


Milwaukee man accused of plotting attack on Masonic temple

On Tuesday Federal prosecutors charged a Milwaukee man, 23-year-old Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, with trying to buy machine guns to attack a Masonic temple in Milwaukee. The FBI recorded conversations in which Hamzeh allegedly plotted the attack with two federal informants. He and the informants practiced at a gun range with a pistol on Jan. 19, and later toured a Masonic temple. "If this hit is executed, it will be known all over the world -- all the Mujahedeen will be talking and they will be proud of us," Hamzeh said, according to the affidavit. [The Associated Press, CBS News]


Abe Vigoda, Godfather actor, dies at 94

Actor Abe Vigoda, a stage actor who gained big-screen fame as Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather, died in his sleep early Tuesday. He was 94. Vigoda was an accomplished 50-year-old actor with numerous credits on and off Broadway when he landed the role in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 classic Mafia drama. Vigoda was also known for his portrayal of the crotchety Detective Phil Fish on the '70s hit sitcom Barney Miller. Premature reports of his demise became a standing gag after a 1982 People magazine article referred to him as the "late" Abe Vigoda. [New York Daily News, The New York Times]

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