Weekly News Briefs: Jan. 18


Georgia schools ban hoverboards

Georgia State, the University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University are just a few of the Peach State’s universities that won’t allow students to hoverboard their way through campus anymore, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The University System of Georgia said individual schools decide if hoverboards — those wonky, non-hovering, handlebar-lacking Segway thingamajigs — will be permitted on scholastic turf. These schoolwide hoverboard bans come on the heels of Consumer Product Safety Commission investigations revealing how hoverboards have burst into flames, and users have fallen off of them. Other colleges, including Georgia Tech, have advised against hoverboards.



Obama presents a new unemployment insurance plan

Even though unemployment benefit applications have declined in the U.S., President Barack Obama is seeking to expand the assistance provided through unemployment insurance, according to USA Today. With his plan, states would have to give workers a minimum of 26 weeks of unemployment insurance. There would also be a wage insurance program that would offer up to $10,000 in benefits. The program would also include career counseling programs and the relocation of unemployed workers. Currently, there are 12.3 million people on unemployment benefits. It unknown how much that the United States would be paying for the plan.



ISIS supporters and affiliates continues to attack

Over the course of two weeks, Istanbul, Jakarta, Philadelphia, Libya and Dagestan have been attacked by ISIS advocates, according to CNN. The terrorist group has killed civilians in those areas, and looks to use their actions as a symbolism of Western power. In Jakarta, ISIS staged a suicide attack in a neighborhood Starbucks. In Philadelphia, a gunman attacked and injured a police officer. Currently, it is believed that ISIS or ISIS-inspired attacks have killed a total of 1,150 people in 20 countries.

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