Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of Jan. 24-30
1. Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump
On Jan. 19, Sarah Palin, former vice presidential nominee and governor of Alaska, announced she would be supporting Donald Trump. After her announcement, Palin appeared alongside Trump at his campaign event in Ames, Iowa. Palin’s endorsement put Trump at the top in polls, giving him prospects of winning the 2016 election. Learn more from FOX News here.
2. Shooting in Pakistan
Militants attacked a university in northwest Pakistan on Jan. 20, killing at least 20 and injuring 60. The attacks left four gunmen dead. Officials say that the death toll may rise up to 40 because of severe wounds. A senior Taliban commander claimed responsibility, however, an official Taliban spokesman later denied any ties to the attacks. Click here to learn more.
3. DOW drops again
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) stock plunged 565 points on Jan. 20 after crude oil fell below $27 a barrel. After causing chaos on Wall Street, it managed to come back with an overall loss of only 247 points. Learn more from CNN here.
4. Record breaking temperatures
On Jan. 20, scientists reported 2015 was the hottest year in historical history. Researchers believe one factor leading to this unusual weather has been the winter floods that flowed down into the Mississippi watershed. Even before the record was announced, scientists predicted high temperatures because of large-scale El Niño weather patterns. Read more here.
5. Obama travels to Michigan
Barack Obama visited Michigan on Jan. 20. He began his trip at the annual North American International Auto Show and later visited a Detroit brewery. In a speech to autoworkers and their families at a United Auto Workers education and training center he promised he would bring help to families in Flint suffering from the water crisis. Click here to learn more.