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Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Meet the Grad Student Who Toppled a University President
Jonathan Butler, the University of Missouri student who began a hunger strike on Nov. 2 in an effort to bring attention to racial tensions on the school's campus, said he would end the strike under only one condition: if the university system's president resigned. President Tim Wolfe resigned Monday, and Butler said it wasn't about him or his strike, but the issues at the school that he is fighting to fix. Read more in NEWS.
2. Appeals Court Rules Against Obama Immigration Plan
President Obama's plan to protect about 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation was met with another challenge Monday when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a Texas-based judge's injunction blocking the Obama administration's immigration initiative. Read more in NEWS.
3. 300 Veterans Are on Death Row: Report
A new report by the Death Penalty Information Center says that about 10 percent of people on death row are veterans. It's not clear how many of the roughly 300 veterans facing the death penalty have PTSD, but the information center's executive director said veterans' mental states are often not examined thoroughly enough when they face trial. Read more in NEWS.
4. Anti-Doping Agency Panel Accuses Russia of Cover-Ups
A World Anti-Doping Agency panel accused the Russian government Monday of involvement in the country's track and field athletes' doping cover-up. The commission's report said the 2012 Olympic Games in London were sabotaged, and Russia's track and field athletes should not be allowed to compete until the country complies with the global anti-doping code. Read more in NEWS.
5. Cops Suspended After Video Left Chief 'Deeply Disturbed'
Three police officers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama were suspended Monday after videos showed officers dragging people out of an apartment. Some versions of the footage showed one Tuscaloosa Police officer fire a stun gun at an apparent University of Alabama student in the apartment while another officer beat him on the back with a baton. Read more in NEWS.
6. Police Arrest 'Person of Interest' in Judge Shooting
A "person of interest" was arrested in Houston in connection with the shooting of Texas state judge, Julie Kocurek. The judge had suffered an "extremely serious" injury when she was shot in the driveway of her Austin home last week, according to investigators. Read more in NEWS.
7. $1 Million Bond Set for Cops Charged in Boy's Death
Two Louisiana marshals charged with fatally shooting a 6-year-old boy and critically injuring his father are being held on $1 million bond a piece. Derrick Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, each face charges of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder. The 6-year-old, Jeremy Mardis, was buried Monday. Read more in NEWS.
Nightly Spotlight: SeaWorld Plans to End Orca Show
The stunning decision comes after years of sagging ticket sales and intensifying criticism targeting SeaWorld’s treatment of the killer whales.