Canada

4 dead in shooting at remote village school

Four people were killed and two were critically injured in a school shooting in a small community in northern Saskatchewan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. According to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, the shooter killed two of his brothers and a 23-year-old teacher. Trudeau said a suspect had been apprehended and that the situation in La Loche was under control.

France

State of emergency may be extended

President Francois Hollande announced that he will ask parliament to approve a three-month renewal of the state of emergency put into place after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people. The current state of emergency is to expire Feb. 26. It makes it easier to place people under house arrest and conduct searches.

Haiti

Sunday elections abruptly canceled

Election officials abruptly canceled Sunday's planned elections amid escalating protests around the country. Officials said that safety could not be guaranteed for voters or poll workers. The about-face came after the international community said it was hoping Haitians would find a consensus that would allow the partial legislative election and presidential runoff to go forward.

North Korea

U.S. student's Jan. 2 arrest made public

A University of Virginia student was arrested in North Korea, its state-run media said, accusing the American of unspecified "hostile acts" against the state with "the tacit connivance of the U.S. government." Otto Frederick Warmbier, 21, was detained Jan. 2 at Pyongyang airport as he prepared to leave after a five-day visit, said Gareth Johnson of Young Pioneer Tours, the agency that organized the trip.

Washington, D.C.

Administration expands climate fight

The Obama administration took a step toward plugging small methane leaks from oil and gas operations, saying the escaping gas is contributing to climate change. The Interior Department announced proposed regulations that would require energy companies to reduce methane leaks in order to drill anywhere on land owned by the government or American Indian tribes. The proposals would affect more than 100,000 oil wells.

Colorado

Errors damaged nuclear missile

The Air Force said maintenance errors by three airmen damaged a nuclear-armed missile in its launch silo, a mistake that cost them their nuclear certification and triggered an accident investigation. The accident happened May 17, 2014. The Air Force said the accident didn't risk public safety. The damaged missile was removed from its silo. The launch site is in a remote area of northeastern Colorado.

Pennsylvania

Sandusky coverup charges scaled back

The Superior Court scaled back criminal cases against former Pennsylvania State University administrators accused of covering up Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse. Obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges against former President Graham Spanier, former Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley were dropped. Child endangerment and failure to report suspected child abuse charges were left intact.

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