A key suspect in last week’s terror attack in Paris could have been killed in a raid in one of the cities suburbs on Wednesday. French officials are currently unsure if Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is suspected to have been working with ISIS to organize the attacks, was one of the two people who reportedly were killed in the raid. According to the New York Times, police had to set off explosives to gain entrance to the apartment the suspected Abaaoud was hiding in, alerting people inside to their presence. A female suicide bomber detonated her vest before police were able to enter. She is suspected to be the cousin of Abaaoud, and the first female suicide bomber affiliated with ISIS to kill herself.
The Islamic State released a new propaganda video threatening attacks on New York City, officials said, though the authenticity of the video has not yet been confirmed. The video featured scenes of Herald Square and Times Square along with clips of suicide bombers preparing for an attack. “While there is no current or specific threat to the city at this time, we will remain at a heightened state of vigilance and will continue to work with the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the entire intelligence community to keep the City of New York safe,” an NYPD statement released Thursday said. “In addition, we are continuing to deploy additional Critical Response Command teams throughout the city out of an abundance of caution.”
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal suspended his presidential campaign on Tuesday after continuously polling toward the bottom of the 2016 Republican presidential field with 0.8 percent support in a recent Reuters poll. With his departure, the race has now been narrowed to 14. The 44-year-old is the first person of Indian-American heritage to run for president and has been pouring much of his focus on attracting voters in Iowa, the first state to vote for the Republican nominee. Struggling to separate himself from the pack with many Conservative evangelical candidates, Jindal decided the race was a losing effort since he spent more money than he made in the third quarter according to MSN.
A Warwick resident has collected over 2,100 signatures to “Stop Syrian Refugees from Entering Rhode Island”, as her the change.org petition is titled, as of Wednesday night. Â The open letter attached to the petition is addressed to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline. Â Currently 32 governors have refused to accept Syrian refugees, however, Raimondo has publicly stated that RI will accept refugees. Â American University law professor Stephen I. Vladeck told CNN that legally the Constitution allocates the decision of who can enter the country to the federal government, and states do not have the authority to refuse the refugees. Â
A Blue Cross staff reduction will affect 260 of the 980 people it employs at its Providence offices after an IT deal with Dell will outsource essential information technology jobs to Dell Inc starting in January said Michael Hudson, executive vice president and chief financial officer in an interview. According to the Providence Journal, 80 will lose jobs outright and 50 will be able to switch into other positions. Overall, about 130 will be offered jobs with Dell.