It's The First Leadership Change In A Decade
Canadians voted for a change on Monday when they swept Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau into the prime minister's seat after a decade of rule by Conservative Stephen Harper. Trudeau, 43, the second youngest PM in the nation's history, is the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. The former schoolteacher said his campaign won because "we beat fear with hope, we beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Canadians together." Trudeau's party enjoyed a wide victory that basically rolled back Harper's Conservative party, taking a majority of the seats (338) in Parliament, where 170 are needed for a majority.
Stricter Gun Laws In Newtown Upheld
The statewide bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in New York and Connecticut were upheld on Monday by a federal court, which found that they did not violate the "core provisions" of the Second Amendment. The laws were passed in the wake of the 2012 mass killing at Sand Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The judge in the case said the states acted "based on substantial evidence" to address these "particularly hazardous weapons" and that the legislation had been "targeted to prevent mass shootings like that in Newtown."
Teen Beat In Church Will Testify Against Family
Christopher Leonard, 17, who was severely beaten along with his older brother at a church last week, has been released from the hospital and plans to testify against at least one of his attackers. Leonard's brother, Lucas, 19, was reportedly beaten to death by his parents, sisters and other World of Life Christian Church members on Oct. 11 during an attempt to get him to confess for his sins. According to the Associated Press, Christopher will testify against his 33-year-old sister Sarah Ferguson at a hearing on Wednesday. The brothers' parents, Bruce and Deborah, are facing a charge of manslaughter in the incident.
Quick Take 1: "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius has been released from prison after spending just under a year behind bars following his conviction on culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend. Pistorius was moved from a protective wing of the prison to his uncle's three-story mansion, with a gym, pool and a dozen bedrooms, where he will serve out the last four years of his sentence. Some South Africans are enraged that Pistorius was released early while black South African hip-hop artist Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye has spent three years of an eight year sentence in jail for the same crime.
Quick Take 2: Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday that Apple Music has 6.5 million paid users, about half of the 11 million who were signed up a month after the three-month free trial began. Also, Apple has removed 256 apps from the App Store that collected personal information (including email addresses and iPhone serial numbers), most of them made in China; the apps had been downloaded more than 1 million times.
Free The Nipple: Fort Collins, Colorado city council will hear a proposal on Tuesday that would change the city's ordinance on public nudity that would allow women to go topless in public. Some residents said the current ordinance -- which allows men to go shirtless -- discriminates against women. A number of other cities, including Austin, Boulder, Honolulu, Portland and Washington D.C. allow women to free the nipple in public.