10 things you need to know today: September 13, 2014
Russia sends unapproved convoy into Ukraine
The ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militants may be tested, as Moscow sent a convoy across the Ukrainian border today, carrying what Russia says is humanitarian aid. However, neither Kiev officials nor the international Red Cross inspected or approved the convoy, echoing an August operation when Russia also sent an unapproved convoy into eastern Ukraine. Near-constant rocket and artillery fire was also reported on Friday night in Donetsk, and a Ukrainian official said government forces have killed 12 rebel fighters since the ceasefire began; six servicemen have reportedly died in the past week, as well.
Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson indicted in child injury case
Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings' star running back, turned himself in to authorities in Montgomery County, Texas, early this morning, in response to an indictment in a child injury case. He was released less than an hour later after posting a $15,000 bond. Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, says Peterson used a switch to discipline his four-year-old son for pushing a brother in a May incident. The boy's back, ankles, buttocks and legs were reportedly cut and bruised as a result. The Minnesota Vikings released a statement saying Peterson has been deactivated for Sunday's NFL game against the New England Patriots.
One Pennsylvania state trooper dead, another injured in shooting
Pennsylvania state police say one trooper was killed and another injured in a Friday-night ambush outside a state police barracks. The shooting reportedly took place during a shift change at Pike County's Blooming Grove barracks, and officials said the suspect or suspects appear to have targeted the state police. Names of the two officers shot have not been released, and a search is underway for the shooter or shooters.
Pakistan arrests 10 militants allegedly involved in Malala's attack
Pakistan's army arrested 10 militants who allegedly took part in the 2012 attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, an army spokesman said on Friday. Yousafzai, who was 16 at the time of the attack, gained international attention when she was shot by the Taliban for her activism for women's rights and education. The Pakistani army spokesman said the men arrested had attacked Yousafzai on orders from Mullah Fazlullah, head of Pakistan's arm of the Taliban.
Rob Ford drops out of Toronto mayor's race due to health crisis
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced on Friday that he will not seek reelection for a second term, ending his campaign due to a health crisis. Ford was hospitalized on Wednesday with an abdominal tumor, although doctors have not yet released a diagnosis. However, Ford will remain in politics, running for his old seat on the city council, currently held by his brother Doug Ford, who will now campaign for mayor himself. "I've asked Dough to finish what we started together, so that all we've accomplished isn't washed away," Rob Ford said in a statement.
Ian Paisley, longtime Protestant leader in Northern Ireland, dies
Ian Paisley, the Protestant leader who led the often-violent, decades-long effort to keep Northern Ireland a part of Great Britain, died at the age of 88. Paisley took his party into a power-sharing regional government with Catholic opponents in 2007, a decision that took "great courage and leadership," British Prime Minister David Cameron said. "Ian Paisley will be remembered by many as the 'Big Man' of Northern Ireland politics."
Ukraine delays landmark EU trade deal
European leaders announced on Friday that Ukraine will be allowed to maintain its current tariffs until early 2016, postponing a landmark trade deal. The decision aims to offset threats from Russia, which warned Kiev that it would block goods from Ukraine if the country went through with its agreement to lower trade barriers with the West. The deal, announced by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday, comes in the wake of a tentative ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants.
Thursday Night Football ratings soar in wake of Rice scandal
The first NFL game to air since video showing former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee Janay unconscious recorded ratings nearly double those of the same game time slot last year, the league announced on Friday. While the surge in viewership is likely also due to CBS and the NFL Network each airing a Thursday night game for the first time, the numbers are significant; CBS said its Thursday primetime slot was the most-watched since May 2006.
Study finds people under 30 are reading more than their elders
A Pew Research report, "Younger Americans and Public Libraries," finds that 88 percent of Americans age 16 to 29 have read at least one book in the last year, compared to 79 percent of people age 30 and older. While one book may seem low, the report adds that "among younger Americans who did read at least one book, the typical number read in the past year was 10." Young people may be reading, but just 19 percent said a local library closing would impact their lives, compared with 32 percent of people over the age of 30.
British museum discovers secret portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
The United Kingdom's National Portrait Gallery recently uncovered hidden works beneath layers of paint on some of its Tudor portraits. Researchers used x-ray radiography as they prepared a new exhibit, "The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered," and the technology revealed earlier paintings beneath the "finished" later versions. One features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I "wearing an elaborate costume with large wings around her head…warts and all." The later version, the researchers note, feature a queen who had been "prettified."