- Gunmen have taken over a luxury hotel in the capital of Mali—a city "that serves as a logistics hub for French forces helping in a fight against Islamist insurgents," The Washington Post notes. About 170 have been taken hostage inside, and three are dead. As of Friday morning, the affiliation of the attackers remains unknown, though some people claim they were released after being able to sing a Muslim religious song.
- UnitedHealthcare, America's largest health insurer, is threatening to pull out of Obamacare.
- More than half of D.C. residents favor reinstating the gun ban that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in 2008.
- Mike Huckabee is being sued by "Eye of the Tiger" guitarist Frank Sullivan for using the song at a rally in support of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis.
- Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber said the school will begin considering whether to stop honoring former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on campus, following a 32-hour student sit-in at the president's office.
- Sen. Rand Paul "is correct that the cities and states with the highest income inequality are led by Democrats," according to The Washington Post, "but this is a misleading claim."
- There's a refugee crisis in Southeast Asia, too.
- London police have settled with seven women whom undercover officers deceived into long-term relationships.
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