A Senate report exposes CIA interrogation tactics. The House and Senate avoid another government shutdown. And Uber hits a roadbump.
It's Wednesday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
1. TORTURE REPORT
#Fail: The CIA's harsh interrogations of terrorist detainees during the Bush era didn't work, were more brutal than previously revealed and delivered no time-sensitive information that prevented an attack, a Senate report released yesterday says. And the price tag? $300 million. The interrogations began in the days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when uncertainty ruled. The long-delayed study also says the agency consistently misled Congress and the Bush White House about the harsh methods it used and the results it obtained from interrogating al Qaeda suspects. Critics say the interrogations amounted to torture in many cases.
2. SHUTDOWN AVERTED
Kumbaya: There will be no federal government shutdown to ruin in the holidays. House and Senate negotiators agreed to $1.1 trillion government funding bill yesterday, just two days before federal agencies are due to run out of money. The spending package will fund most of the government for a full fiscal year. A House vote is expected just hours before Thursday night's deadline, leaving the Democratic-led Senate little time to debate and vote on the legislation.
3. UBER BAN
In the ditch?: Things are getting a bit dicey for Web-based taxi service Uber. Spain, New Delhi and Thailand have banned the ride-sharing app. In Spain, the Madrid taxi association argued that Uber is unfair competition and also lacks the proper municipal licenses to operate a taxi service. In India, the federal government warned states against allowing unlicensed Web-based taxi services after an Uber driver was accused of raping a woman in New Delhi. And in Thailand, transportation officials ordered Uber to shutdown because its drivers don't have proper insurance and registration to operate commercially. Uber counters that it provides a quality service and is creating lots of jobs.
4. ARMED GUARDS
Locked and loaded: They carry a gun, often wear a badge and might look like police officers. But armed security guards, on patrol at all hours throughout the United States, have lax training standards and haphazard oversight. While a manicurist in California must complete 400 hours of training to be licensed, an armed guard gets authorized after 54 hours, including just 14 hours of firearms training. In 15 states, no firearms training is required at all.
Better build an ark: Soggy weather systems on both coasts are making life miserable for folks. A Nor'easter brought record rainfall to New York yesterday, dumping up to 3 inches in some areas. But it doesn't end there. About 20 million people are under winter storm warnings and advisories in the Northeast. Snow will stay inland with over a foot of snow from northern New York to Maine. Some areas could get up to 12 inches of snow by Thursday. The West Coast is getting it too. Parts of Washington state got or will be getting several inches of rain. The next set of storms will bring buckets of rain to Oregon and California, too. The highest elevations of northern California might get 10 inches of rain, forecasters said.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Serious satire: The folks at SNL tackle Ferguson.
- Green cat: We're sure there's more to this story, but isn't seeing a emerald-colored feline enough of a payoff?
- Honest Trailers: Guardians of the Galaxy. Need we say more?
- A science twofer: How dogs listen to us and how puffer fish puff.
- Just showing off: One woman, 17 accents.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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