Today marks 100 days to the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics! Thousands of volunteers from across Russia have been helping get the city ready. A welcome banner is hanging over a beach on Sochi's black sea coast, where locals continue to sun-bathe well into the fall. The opening ceremony is on Friday, February 7 and we're sending a crew there to bring you coverage of the entire event!
Jason Aldean's tour bus hit and killed a pedestrian in Indiana on Monday morning. According to a spokesman for the country singer-songwriter, Aldean was the only passenger on the vehicle. Authorities in Knox County say the victim, Albert Kennedy, walked ou into the road and was hit. In a statement, Aldean said he is praying for Kennedy's family and friends, and is asking his fans to do the same.
A pair of tweets sent by President Barack Obama's twitter account re-directed users to Pro-bashar Al-assad YouTube videos Monday. One tweet about immigration reform was supposed to send followers to an article from the Washington Post, but it linked to a video montage of terror attacks. The "hacktivist" group known as the Syrian Electronic Army took responsibility for the hack, claiming to have broken into the president's ShortSwitch account.
A federal judge struck down key parts of a new Texas abortion law one day before they were scheduled to take effect. Among the parts struck from the law, the requirement that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic. The lawsuit, filed by Planned Parenthood, alleged the law violates the constitutional rights of women and puts unreasonable demands on doctors who perform abortions. Separately, the law prohibits abortions past 20 weeks of gestation. That ban takes effect, as scheduled, today.
Spanish media are reporting that the National Security Agency tracked about 60 million phone calls in that country, in just one month. The claims are based on classified documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The U.S ambassador to Spain says the U.S. government recognizes concerns over U.S. intelligence gathering programs and that President Obama has ordered a review of the programs.