Daily Briefing

10 things you need to know today: November 16, 2015

Harold Maass
Police raid a Brussels neighborhood.
AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert


France bombs ISIS targets in Syria

French jets bombed Islamic State targets on Sunday in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the ISIS stronghold where Iraqi intelligence officials believe the Friday Paris terrorist attacks were planned. The targets of the strikes — France's biggest yet in Syria — included a jihadi training camp and an ISIS munitions dump. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the bombing campaign was justified in the wake of the Paris attacks, which killed 132 people. The U.S. for the first time bombed ISIS oil trucks to deprive it of revenue. [The Washington Post, The New York Times]


Alabama and Michigan block Syrian refugees because of Paris attacks

The governors of Alabama and Michigan said Sunday that they would not permit the relocation of Syrian refugees in their states following the Paris terrorist attacks. French authorities confirmed Monday that one of the attackers entered France with a wave of Syrian migrants. "I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way," said Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, also a Republican, said his state would delay accepting refugees until there was a federal security review. [Cox Media, The New York Times]


France hunts for suspects after declaring "war with terrorism"

French police conducted 168 raids across the country overnight in a hunt for terrorists linked to the Paris terror attacks and bombings, French authorities announced Monday. Police, using emergency powers, arrested 23 people and placed another 104 under house arrest in a bid to catch anyone involved and prevent another attack. "The terrorists can strike again," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. France identified the mastermind as a Belgian national, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. One target of the hunt was Salah Abdeslam, who rented a car used in the attack and was questioned by police, but released because his papers were in order. [The New York Times]


U.S. and France pledge joint steps to step up fight against ISIS

France and the U.S. have agreed to coordinate their increased fight against the Islamic State, the Pentagon said Sunday. Among the "concrete steps" they plan to take together are an intensified air campaign against ISIS militants in Syria and greater collaboration in intelligence sharing, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement. The move came two days after ISIS claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks by three teams of terrorists in Paris. [Reuters]


Democrats' second debate posts lowest ratings of primary season

The second Democratic debate, hosted by CBS on Saturday, drew just 8.5 million viewers, giving it the smallest audience of either party's debates so far, according to Nielsen ratings released Sunday. The first Democratic debate was viewed by 15.3 million, a record for the party. The first two Republican debates drew more than 23 million viewers each. Some critics blamed the Democratic National Committee, saying its rules hid the debates to safeguard Hillary Clinton's frontrunner status. [Politico]


Vigil held for Cal State student killed in Paris attacks

Cal State Long Beach held a Sunday vigil for 23-year-old senior Nohemi Gonzalez and other people killed in Friday's Paris terrorist attacks. Gonzalez was participating in a semester study-abroad program at the Strate College of Design in Paris. She and three friends were eating at a restaurant when gunmen believed linked to the Islamic State opened fire on diners from a car. Gonzalez was wounded and died at a hospital, but her friends all managed to escape. [Los Angeles Times]


Tornado hits California town

A rare tornado hit the central California town of Denair on Sunday, knocking down power lines and damaging gas lines. The twister downed trees and tore the roof off of a church, but there were no reports of injuries. The tornado came as a storm system that started in the Gulf of Alaska swept through the state, hitting Northern California with hail and thunderstorms. Forecasters warned that Southern California could expect winds gusting as strong as 70 miles per hour. [The Associated Press]


Shooting of black man by police sparks demonstration in Minnesota

Protests erupted in Minneapolis on Sunday after a police officer shot a young black man suspected of assault. The shooting occurred after officers arrived at the scene of the alleged assault, where they had been told the suspect was interfering with paramedics attempting to treat his alleged victim. Police said the man was shot in a struggle, and taken to a hospital. Witnesses said he was shot in the head while handcuffed. The Minneapolis NAACP identified the man as Jamar Clark. [Star Tribune, The Washington Post]


Holly Holm knocks out Ronda Rousey in UFC title bout upset

Boxer Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey to take the UFC bantamweight title over the weekend in front of a UFC-record crowd of 56,214 in Australia. Holm and Rousey had both been undefeated, but Rousey, a former judo Olympian with 12 straight UFC wins, had been favored to win. Instead, a minute into the second round, Holm landed a kick to Rousey's head, dropping her to the floor, then jumped on her and delivered several blows to the head before the referees stepped in. Rousey was taken to the hospital, but preliminary tests ruled out a concussion. [The Associated Press]


Peyton Manning breaks NFL record for career passing yards

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning broke another NFL passing record on Sunday, surpassing Brett Favre's mark of 71,838 all-time passing yards. A four-yard pass to Ronnie Hillman put Manning over the top. It was the high point in an otherwise disappointing game for Manning, who threw four interceptions before being replaced by Brock Osweiler in the third quarter with the Broncos behind 22-0. Manning has also broken Favre's record for career touchdowns, and remains tied with him for most career wins by a quarterback at 186. [USA Today, ESPN]