1. According to The Associated Press, More than 200 combatants have been killed after Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked the north-eastern city of Maiduguri on Sunday. As the battle raged, suspected Boko Haram insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 125 miles to the south in Adamawa state. Survivors reported that the rebels rampaged through villages slitting throats of residents, looting and burning homes and abducting dozens of trapped women and children. Adamawa state legislator Adamu Kamale appealed for troops to protect civilians in Michika, where six villages were under attack.
2. According to USA Today, Airlines reacted to a major snowstorm that’s expected to wallop parts of the Northeast by cancelling more than 3,200 flights — a move that came even before the first snowflakes began falling the region. Carriers are also waiving change fees for flights at dozens of airports across the region. As of 11 p.m. ET on Sunday, airlines had grounded 1,717 flights for Monday and another 1,492 for Tuesday, according to FlightAware. United, the nation’s second-busiest carrier, said it expected to halt all of its Tuesday operations at several of the region’s busiest airports. US Airways also planned to halt Tuesday operations at certain airports in the region. That the first wave of cancellations came before the first flakes had fallen in the East Coast’s biggest cities hints at the scope of flight chaos that awaits fliers during the next 72 hours.
3. According to The Hill, Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee bemoaned the Obama administration*s foreign policy priorities in the final speech of the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday. The winner of the 2008 caucuses criticized President Obama*s indifference toward foreign threats throughout much of his speech, slamming his State of the Union address this week for singling out climate change as the greatest threat to the country. *Not to diminish anything about the climate at all, but Mr. President, I believe most of us would think that a beheading is a far greater threat than a sunburn,” he said, echoing criticism the president took last year for not taking seriously enough the threat of ISIS amid the beheadings of journalists. Huckabee is exploring another run for president, recently ending his Fox News show to do so.
4. According to the BBC, The Church of England has consecrated its first female bishop during a ceremony at York Minster. The Reverend Libby Lane, 48, has been ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in front of more than 1,000 people. The Church formally adopted legislation last November to allow women bishops, in a move which ended a centuries-old tradition of exclusively male bishops. The move continues to divide some Anglicans. The service was briefly delayed by an opponent of the changes.
5. According to CNN, Reverend Stephen Carlsen went to a seminary, not business school, but he’s quickly becoming an expert on how Wall Street works as his church battles America’s largest bank. Carlsen is dean of Christ Church Cathedral of Indianapolis, which is suing JPMorgan Chase (JPM) for millions. The church claims that JPMorgan intentionally mismanaged its funds, which shrank in the past decade. Meanwhile, the fees the church paid JPMorgan skyrocketed. The church has had to scale back its charitable work in Indianapolis and abroad because of an alleged $13 million in losses caused by JPMorgan. After many hours of prayer and frustrating dialogue with the bank, Christ Church decided to fight. “They didn’t teach me any of this at seminary,” says Rev. Carlsen. “Legal action was a last resort.”
6. According to the Associated Press, Federal law enforcement officials are continuing to pursue a suspect after recent bomb threats targeted two jets bound for Atlanta, prompting F-16 fighter jets to escort the planes. Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Stephen Emmett told The Associated Press, a day after the threats were made, “We certainly take these types of threats seriously and we’re pursuing them aggressively. We are continuing to pursue leads in the efforts to locate this individual.” Airport officials said Saturday’s threats targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived at Atlanta from Milwaukee; and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Oregon. No bombs were found in searches of both planes after they landed safely Saturday in Atlanta.
7. According to USA Today, Security concerns prompted the diversion of one commercial flight and evacuation of at least two others Sunday. A Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted Sunday to Dallas after what reports say was a bomb threat made via Twitter. Separately, in Seattle, airport spokesman Perry Cooper said a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, Calif., and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were evacuated amid security concerns. The planes landed safely as scheduled. Cooper said that out of an abundance of caution, passengers were bused to their gates from the airport’s third runway. He provided no other details but said an investigation was underway.
8. According to Reuters, Two new tools to fight AIDS should be available by 2030 in the form of a vaccine and new intense drug treatments, ending most cases of a disease that has killed millions in the past 30 years, Bill Gates said. The Microsoft founder, whose philanthropic foundation has poured millions of dollars into medical research, told the World Economic Forum in Davos the “two miracles” were within reach in the coming years. He said, A vaccine is seen as pivotal in preventing new infections among susceptible populations, while new kinds of intense drug treatments should do away with the need for life-long pills. Gates, whose Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plays a major role in funding medical research, is also optimistic about the fight against malaria, where work on a vaccine is more advanced than for AIDS. Bill and Melinda Gates predicted in their annual letter on the work of their foundation this week that the lives of people in poor countries would improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history.
9. According to The Los Angeles Times, The two Marines killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission at Twentynine Palms were from a squadron based at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps said Sunday. Capt. Elizabeth Kealey and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield were the only Marines aboard a UH-1Y Huey helicopter that crashed Friday afternoon at the sprawling desert base, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. The two were from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169. The crash is under investigation.
10. According to USA Today, The Northeast was bracing Sunday for a monstrous winter storm that could trigger massive power outages and slam the brakes on air traffic and rush hours from Philadelphia deep into New England. New York City could see up to 20 inches of snow Monday into Tuesday, the National Weather Service predicted. Parts of New England could see 2 feet or more. High winds could cause whiteout conditions, bring down power lines and otherwise aggravate the weather disaster. “This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Sunday press conference. “My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before.” Blizzard warnings were already in place in the New York City area, much of New Jersey and parts of southern New England.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”
Albert Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
God loves you. He always has and He always will. He loves you so much that the Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, why don’t you get to know Him today. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose by the power of God for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Thanks so much for listening. May God bless your day.