The Occupy Wall Street movement struggled to be taken seriously when protesters first began rallying on behalf of the "99 percent" over a month ago. Now, the anti-bank protests have spread to 900 cities worldwide — from Dubai to Japan — and, in a sure sign that the movement is resonating, manufacturers are suddenly churning out "99 percent" message tees. Sentimental protesters across the globe will likely wuv this goopy "Occupy Together" model ($28).
In simultaneous attacks on Thursday, militants hit more than a dozen army and police targets in the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 25 soldiers and one policeman and wounding more than 60.
BREAKING: Egypt state TV says attacks on police and military targets in Sinai Peninsula kill 20 people and wounded 55 pic.twitter.com/ntMMPbpyCW
— Israel News Flash (@ILNewsFlash) January 29, 2015
At least one car bomb went off outside a military base at the same time mortars were fired, bringing down buildings and burying soldiers underneath the debris, The Associated Press reports. The attacks took place in the Northern Sinai provincial capital el-Arish, the town of Sheik Zuwayid, and the town of Rafah, bordering Gaza. An Army spokesman blamed the Muslim Brotherhood, but the Islamic State affiliate in Egypt took responsibility on Twitter, the SITE Intelligence Group reports.
A New Delhi woman who said she was raped by an Uber driver filed a U.S. federal lawsuit against the car service Thursday, Reuters reports.
The woman, who is not named, called Uber "the modern day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking," in the lawsuit. "Buyer beware — we all know how those horror movies end."
In the lawsuit, the woman asks for an overhaul of the company's safety practices and for unspecified damages.
India is Uber's largest international market, going by cities covered, according to Reuters. India banned the San Francisco company from operating last month after allegations and arrest of the driver, but Uber restarted services there last week.
The New York Police Department is creating an anti-terror strike force, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Thursday. The 350-cop unit will focus on "disorder control and counterterrorism protection capabilities," he said.
The squad, which is expected to recieve funds from New York City as well as federal Homeland Security grants, will be trained in high-tech weaponry. They'll handle a variety of situations, like protests, Charlie Hebdo-esque terrorist attacks, and lone-wolf attacks, CBS New York reports.
Pick a scientist at random, and she'll almost always say climate change is real and influenced by humans.
Pew Research found 87 percent of scientists in the American Association for the Advancement of Science will say so. By contrast, only half of U.S. adults surveyed believe the same thing. The rest believe, in almost equal measure, either that climate change is real but natural, or that there is no solid evidence to support the existence of climate change.
Pew covered other topics in science as well. Take evolution: 98 percent of AAAS scientists say humans evolved over time, yet only 65 percent of the general population is on board.
To see where else the public disagrees with science, check out Pew's full report.
Brandishing a pistol with a silencer and declaring himself part of a "hackers' collective," a man threatened his way into Dutch television broadcaster NOS Thursday evening, demanding airtime to broadcast a personal message. In dramatic footage recorded in a virtually empty news studio, the attacker was arrested by police:
Before the gunman's arrest, he described himself as part of a group "hired in by intelligence agencies," and produced a letter claiming there were "eight heavy explosives placed in the country, containing radioactive material."
During the incident, staff were evacuated from the building and the evening's news broadcast was canceled.
Disney has crowned another princess. Elena, the Princess of Avalor, will debut in the Disney Junior series Sofia the First before spinning off into her own series:
— Disney Channel PR (@DisneyChannelPR) January 29, 2015
In a statement, Disney described Elena as " a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore." The character will be voiced by Aimee Carrero, who was born in the Dominican Republic.
After weeks of debate, the Senate on Thursday passed a measure to approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The bill passed on a largely party-line vote, 62-36, and heads to the House, where it is also expected to pass.
Debate over the measure dragged throughout January as lawmakers considered a host of potential amendments, including one from Democrats that sought to declare humans are to blame for global warming. President Obama has said he will veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon has announced that the school will ban hard alcohol. The news comes after a number of reports about sexual assault at universities across the U.S.
The hard alcohol ban, which will forbid the consumption and possession of alcohol that's 30 proof or above, will take effect in the spring term. Social events on campus will also require bartenders and bouncers.
Hanlon also announced that Dartmouth will develop a "mandatory four-year sexual violence prevention and education program" this fall. Specifics about the program "have yet to be determined."
In his announcement Thursday, Hanlon threatened to remove fraternities and other student groups that fail "to elevate and not denigrate the Dartmouth experience."
A recent survey found that "the only thing people hate more than the government is their internet provider" — and it turns out the feeling may be mutual.
When a customer in Spokane, Washington, tried to cancel his family’s Comcast subscription, The Hill reports, he found his first name was changed on his next bill from "Ricardo" to "Asshole."
— People magazine (@peoplemag) January 29, 2015
Comcast has reportedly apologized to the Browns, saying the incident is "completely unacceptable and inappropriate" and that the company is "conducting a thorough investigation."
The family is not sure how it happened, either. Ricardo's wife, Lisa, reports that they had been polite throughout the long and frustrating struggle of trying to get out of their contract. "It could have been that person was upset because I didn't take the offer," she said.
A medical marijuana retailer in Seattle wants to cash in on this year's "super bowl."
Solstice is offering 12,000 joints in a "12th Pack" promotion for the Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. The promotion is only available to medical marijuana users.
Washington's King 5 News reports that employees are working around the clock to fill the 12th Pack orders, creating 180 to 220 joints in eight-hour shifts.
And for Seattle residents who aren't medical marijuana users, Solstice hopes its "Seahawks Blend," which is used to make the 12th Pack, will be available for recreational marijuana users in Washington state by next season.