kOREAN LEADER ISSUES GUIDELINE TO BOLSTER ARMY
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened a high-level Workers' Party meeting where he issued "important" guidelines on how to bolster the army and protect the nation's sovereignty, the official Korean Central News Agency reported today. Analyst Hong Hyun Ik of South Korea said the move suggests North Korea is preparing to conduct an atomic test soon. North Korea said last month that it would conduct a nuclear test to protest international sanctions toughened over its long-range rocket launch in December. The news agency said Kim made a "historic" and "important concluding speech" at a meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party. The agency did not say when the meeting took place.
Bus hits overpass and injures 32
A charter bus carrying high school students from Pennsylvania crashed when it attempted to pass under a low bridge in Boston on Saturday night, injuring at least 32 people, several seriously, and leaving some trapped inside for more than an hour, authorities said. The students had been in the area to visit Harvard. The bus, which was carrying 42 students and adult chaperones, was heading back to the Philadelphia area when it struck an overpass on Soldier's Field Road around 7:30 p.m., Massachusetts State Police said. Authorities said the Calvary Coach bus did not belong on that road, which was not authorized for over-sized vehicles, and the state police were investigating whether charges were warranted against the driver. Ray Talmedge, owner of the Philadelphia-based Calvary Coach bus company, said the driver didn't know about the road restrictions.
Official resigns over phone calls
Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned abruptly Saturday in a scandal involving thousands of calls to four women on his state-issued cellphone, including one woman who said she had a romantic relationship with the politician. Gov. Dave Heineman announced Sheehy's resignation in a hastily called news conference Saturday morning. Sheehy, a Republican, had been considered the front-runner in the 2014 gubernatorial race and had been endorsed by Heineman. "As public officials, we are rightly held to a higher standard," Heineman said.
Phil's forecast is for early spring
An end to winter's bitter cold will come soon, according to Pennsylvania's famous groundhog. Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair Saturday in front of thousands but didn't see his shadow. Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2 on Gobbler's Knob in west-central Pennsylvania, winter will last six more weeks. But if he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early.
Pakistan: Taliban militants killed at least nine soldiers and four paramilitary soldiers in an attack on a Pakistani army base in northwestern Pakistan early Saturday, officials said. Ten civilians, including three women and three children who were living in a nearby compound, were also killed.
India: Five men pleaded not guilty Saturday after being formally indicted in a special court on 13 charges, including rape and murder, in the death of a woman in a New Delhi bus, a lawyer said.