Rebels attack home of president in unfolding coup

Shiite rebels shelled the residence of Yemen’s leader and swept into the nearby presidential palace Tuesday in what a top army commander said was an unfolding coup.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi – an important U.S. ally in the fight against the highly lethal Yemeni branch of al-Qaida that claimed responsibility for the newspaper-office attack in Paris – was unharmed, authorities said. But his grip on power appeared precarious.

The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, took over the capital Sanaa in September as part of a long power struggle with Hadi and effectively govern several other cities as well. It was unclear whether they intend to seize power or allow the president to remain in office.


Unvaccinated students sent home after measles case

At least 23 unvaccinated students have been sent home from an Orange County high school after a student was confirmed to be infected with measles. The disease has been spreading since an outbreak last month was traced to Disney theme parks in the county.

Matt Zahn, medical director for epidemiology at the Orange County Health Care Agency, sent a letter to parents saying an infected student was at Huntington Beach High School from Jan. 6 to 8. “Simply being in the same room with someone who has measles is sufficient to become infected,” Zahn said. NEW YORK, N.Y.

Charlie Hebdo sells out in Manhattan bookstores

The first issue of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo printed since the Paris attacks finally arrived in the United States Tuesday, and it took just one hour to sell out at Manhattan bookstores.

Customers paid $6 at the French-language bookstore Albertine on Fifth Avenue, which got 100 copies of an issue that defiantly displays the prophet Muhammad.

Until the Paris attack, the magazine was not normally distributed in the United States.

Two other independent bookstores in Manhattan have sold out of their 100 copies each – for a total of 300 in New York. Another 300 copies are going elswhere in the country.

“We’re trying to get more, but I don’t know how many or even if we’ll get more,” said Flora Greeson, manager of Book Culture on the borough’s Upper West side.

Five million copies have been printed so far in France. A digital edition is available online.

– From news service reports