Brown reports raising $14M since Jan. 1
Sen. Scott Brown has raised a staggering $14.2 million since the beginning of the year and has a hefty $6 million left in his campaign account as of the start of February, documents show. The $6 million in cash thrusts Brown to the top of Massachusetts' congressional delegation in campaign war chest totals and positions him for a well-funded re-election campaign in 2012. The federal campaign finance report filed Thursday covers Jan. 1 to Feb. 8, including the final three weeks of the special election campaign and the weeks after the Republican's upset win over Democrat Martha Coakley for the Senate seat held by the late Edward Kennedy.
Service held for slain professor
A biology department chairman gunned down at a faculty meeting was remembered Thursday as a father figure who cared deeply about his students, the kind of professor who kept his office door open in case they needed to talk about personal problems. Mourners hugged and cried Thursday at a memorial service for Gopi K. Podila, 52, slain last week at the University of Alabama in Huntsville along with two colleagues. Fellow professor Amy Bishop remains jailed, accused of killing them and wounding three others. Police have not released a motive, but colleagues say she was unhappy about being denied tenure. Podila had supported her tenure application. Services for slain biology professors Adriel Johnson and Maria Ragland Davis are set for today and Saturday.
U.N. seeks $1.5B for Haiti relief
The United Nations launched a new appeal Thursday for nearly $1.5 billion to help the 3 million Haitians affected by last month's devastating earthquake, its largest appeal ever for a natural disaster. The appeal, covering needs in 2010, is more than double the U.N.'s initial request on Jan. 15 for $562 million to help quake victims for six months. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and his special envoy for Haiti, former President Bill Clinton, launched the $1.44 billion appeal at a meeting with diplomats from many of the 191 other U.N. member states. Donors have pledged $673 million, said Stephanie Bunker, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, but $768 million is still needed.
Niger: Soldiers assaulted the presidential palace in the capital, Niamey, in a coup attempt on Thursday while the government was meeting inside, diplomats said. The whereabouts of President Mamadou Tandja remained unknown.
Germany: The number of people who say they were sexually abused by Jesuit priests at schools across Germany has risen to 115, a lawyer said Thursday. Most cases date back to the 1970s and 1980s, and some as far back as the 1950s.
Ireland: Defense Minister Willie O'Dea resigned from his post after falsely accusing a political rival of running a brothel — and then denying in court that he made the slanderous comment
Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today set a November deadline for Japan to stop its research whaling program that kills hundreds of whales a year in Antarctic waters.