Hospital: Teen shot at Colo. school dies
A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday. Claire Davis, 17, was in critical condition after being shot at point-blank range at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13. "It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:29 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side," a statement from Littleton Adventist Hospital said. "Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire's fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life. Claire's death is immensely heartbreaking for our entire community, our staff and our families."
Exec apologizes for AIDS tweet after social media storm
Justine Sacco, a public relations executive who gained almost instant infamy — and unemployment — for an insensitive tweet about AIDS in Africa, issued an apology Sunday. Sacco was in London on Friday, headed for a vacation in South Africa, when she tweeted "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!" Sacco hopped aboard her flight, the tweet blew up and social media outrage was booming before she ever landed. "Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet," Sacco said in her statement, first released to African news outlets. "There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand."
Cracker Barrel puts 'Duck Dynasty' items back on shelves
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store reversed course Sunday, putting back on its shelves the products it had removed because they were tied to a star of the cable hit Duck Dynasty. In a statement on its Facebook page, Cracker Barrel said, "When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that's just what we've done." The company initially removed certain products made by Duck Commander, the business run by the Robertson family of the A&E show. The family's patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended from the A&E program last week after he was quoted in a GQ article calling homosexuality sinful behavior in the same category as bestiality and other sins.
Target offers 10% off as credit fraud apology
Target, stung by a massive credit-card security breach, is taking the unusual step of offering a 10% discount over the weekend in its U.S. stores at the height of the holiday rush, its CEO announced. In addition, the company says it is going to offer free credit monitoring to customers who could be at risk from the breach. In another development, the nation's largest bank, JPMorgan Chase, said Saturday that it was putting limits on about 2 million debit cards used at Target during the period in which the fraud was perpetrated. Those customers were told in an email and on the website they could only use their cards for no more than $100 in cash withdrawals and $300 in total purchases per day.
'Big, crazy storm of contrasts' rips South, Northeast
High winds, ice, snow and rain rocked a wide swath of the Southeast and roared north Sunday, ripping off roofs, tearing down power lines and leaving at least two people dead. The storm's northern advance featured sleet and freezing rain, sparking travel advisories across much of New York and New England and knocking out power to about 100,000. Meanwhile, many Eastern cities were seeing record high temperatures "It's a big, crazy storm of contrasts," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Walker. "This morning it was 72 degrees in Newark, N.J., and 41 degrees in Boston."
Americans evacuated from South Sudan battleground
American citizens were safely evacuated from a war-torn South Sudan city on Sunday, one day after four U.S. troops were injured when their aircraft drew fire during a failed airlift attempt, the State Department said Sunday. Americans and citizens from other "partner nations" were flown from Bor, the scene of intense fighting for the past week, to the capital of Juba on United Nations and U.S. civilian helicopters, department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.