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Andy Rooney Dies; FARC Leader Killed; Attacks in Nigeria


60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney died yesterday in New York at the age of 92. Rooney retired from 60 Minutes last month after 33 years of closing out the show with short, observational essays. Over the years he recorded 1,097 of the segments, which often focused on small gripes about the mundane aspects of daily life. CBS News reports Rooney “died after complications following minor surgery.” [CBS]

Alfonso Cano, the leader of the Colombian Guerrilla group FARC was killed yesterday in Cauca. The 63-year-old commander, born Guillermo Saenz, had risen to the top rank after FARC’s previous head, Manuel Marulanda, died of a heart attack three years ago. Cano “was killed in a firefight after fleeing a bombing raid,” the New York Times Reports. “The operation killed four other guerrillas, while five others were captured.” [NYT]

63 are suspected dead in Nigeria after a series of shootings and bombings. The AP reports the attacks took place in the Northeast state of Yobe, in Damaturu, the region’s capital. Many of the casualties occurred when a military office and barracks were bombed yesterday. “Blame immediately fell on the sect known as Boko Haram, which has staged targeted assassinations and bombings around Nigeria’s north.” [AP]

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura has pledged he will move to Mexico after a St. Paul judge threw out his lawsuit against the TSA. The Daily News reports Ventura’s suit alleged “that airport scans and pat-downs amounted to unreasonable search and seizure.” “I will never stand for a national anthem again. I will turn my back and I will raise a fist,” Ventura said. [NYDN]

Expect a clear, cool day, with highs in the low-fifties. [TWC]

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