NATIONAL NEWS: White House vetoes Keystone Pipeline, Stabbing at California university leaves 4 injured, Boy kidnapped in 2002 found in Ohio


White House vetoes Keystone Pipeline

President Obama announced Nov. 6 that his administration has rejected building the Keystone Pipeline, stated a Fox News article. The pipeline would have be able to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada’s tar sand through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, ultimately connecting with existing pipelines to carry the oil to specialized refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. This issue has been a point of discord between Democrats and Republicans since it was first proposed. Republicans have been in favor of using the pipeline in order to drill for domestic oil and decrease U.S. dependency on foreign oil. Democrats oppose its usage due to environmental concerns.

Stabbing at California university leaves attacker dead, 4 injured

18-year-old Faisal Muhammad, a student at the University of California Merced, went on a rampage Nov. 4 with an eight- to 10-inch long hunting knife, injuring four people before being shot and killed by campus police. Authorities announced that his intention was to shoot people, attack a police officer and target a specific person, who had kicked him out of a study group, according to a manifesto found on his body during the autopsy. Muhammad listed his targets by name and intended to tie other students to desks and draw in police officers in an attempt to steal a gun, according to Fox News. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke announced that the attacks were not a terrorist plot but committed by an angry teenager. All four victims are expected to make a full recovery.

“His plan went haywire because people fought back,” Warnke said. “He got so befuddled at the activities that happened; it took the script away from him.”
Boy kidnapped by father in 2002 found alive and unharmed 

A young boy who went missing in Alabama in 2002 when he was five years old was discovered alive and unharmed in Cleveland, Ohio. Julian Hernandez, now 18, was in his mother’s home when his father, Bobby Hernandez, took him in what was believed to be part of a “noncustodial parental abduction,” according to a CNN article.  Julian and his father were discovered after Julian applied to college using a social security number that did not match his name. Bobby Hernandez was arrested and charged in Ohio and is expected to be charged in Jefferson County, Alabama as well. The charges against him were not specified in court documents.