Defying Bangladesh protest ban: A bus was set on fire by opposition supporters trying to defy a ban on protests, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday. At least five people died and scores more were injured as opposition activists clashed with law enforcement across Bangladesh, ignoring bans on rallies amid a dispute about upcoming elections, police said.
President pushes education goals
President Obama on Friday visited the innovative Brooklyn high school he praised in his State of the Union address, to deliver a message about the urgency of education reform in the global economy. He was showered with cheers by the visibly energized students and a cadre of New York politicians as he took the podium at Pathways in Technology Early College High School. “Hello, Brooklyn,” he said, before launching into his remarks.
5 people injured in ride mishap at State Fair
Five people were injured, including two critically, on a carnival ride known for its wild twirls and flips at the North Carolina State Fair, and officials were trying to determine Friday exactly what caused the accident. The accident happened after the “Vortex” started up again as riders were getting off late Thursday, officials said. The injured riders range in age from 14 to 39. Among the possible causes for the accident that investigators will be reviewing is a safety switch that malfunctioned on the ride Monday.
7.1 quake hits northeast, no injuries, damage
A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan, prompting authorities to urge residents to evacuate and issue a tsunami warning. The tremor’s epicenter was located off Fukushima prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. There were no reports of casualties or damage, and no abnormalities were detected at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, where three nuclear reactors sustained meltdowns after a tsunami swept through the plant in March 2011.