In the Know: January 29, 2016

“We explained that was not possible and we could not engage in a quid pro quo, nor could any money change hands for any reason. In the last 48 hours, we’ve kept two issues at the forefront—we would never compromise our journalistic standards and we would always stand by our journalist, Megyn Kelly.” Fox News spokesperson, in a public statement defending the network’s decision to not give Donald Trump the requested $5 million (for his charities) to participate in the Fox News debate on Jan. 28. Trump sat it out

Nation
At least 30 people have died as a result of the mammoth snowstorm that pounded the eastern U.S. over last weekend. It was the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in more than 60 years.

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, made good on his promise to boycott Thursday’s Fox News debate in Iowa, staying away from the last face-off before the crucial caucuses. He claims his feud with journalist and moderator Megyn Kelly was overblown. Others, not so much. And here’s what happened without him.

Reminder: The Iowa caucuses are Monday. Here’s what to expect. Need an election refresher? Here are all the 2016 presidential candidates.

In an unexpected move, the FBI released video Thursday of state police officers fatally shooting one of the armed Oregon protesters who took over a remote wildlife refuge as a sign of protest against government land-grabbing and over-reaching.

Thirty years ago the space shuttle Challenger broke apart in the sky high above Cape Canaveral shortly after lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 28, 1986. 73 seconds after liftoff the spacecraft was engulfed in flames and all 7 crewmates died. Here’s a Challenger engineer’s firsthand account.

World
Denmark’s Parliament passed a controversial law on Tuesday that allows authorities to seize valuables and cash from refugees.

Also, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman says Sweden could deport between 60,000 and 80,000 asylum-seekers in coming years.

Same-sex marriage or civil unions are legal throughout Western Europe, including many traditionally Catholic countries. The last holdout is Italy, where the Senate is about to take up a bill on Thursday that would legalize civil unions—though it would not authorize gay marriage. 

Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC.

Politics
A grand jury that was investigating accusations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood has instead indicted two abortion opponents who made undercover videos of the organization.

More than a thousand inmates in the nation’s prisons who were sentenced as juveniles to life without the possibility of parole can now challenge those punishments, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Business
Mattel released three new body shapes for Barbie—the biggest change in her 57-year history.

Walmart is closing 269 of its stores, including 154 locations in the U.S. Shares of Walmart have fallen nearly 30 percent in the past 12 months.

Health
In her first major address on the Zika outbreak, the head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, said the mosquito-borne virus has gone from being “a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.”

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index has been polling citizens from around the country since 2008 to gauge their level of overall health and well-being. The results are in.

Women’s Affairs
Women should be screened for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth, an influential government-appointed health panel said Tuesday, the first time it has recommended screening for maternal mental illness.

Female troops in all services will receive 12 weeks of maternity leave as part of a series of personnel initiatives aimed at making military careers more appealing. Slow (emphasis on the slow) clap.

 

image via of the Republican Fox News debate on Jan. 28