News Brief: Boehner Barely In, New York Cops Shot, Chavez Lung Trouble, Sabatino Chen Shot Called Off

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Here’s the latest news for: Friday, Jan. 4th. Sandy aid bill voting today; 3 NYPD Officers Shot in Separate Incidents; Venezuela’s Chavez fighting severe lung infection; Md. inmates train service dogs for veterans.

Superstorm Sandy $9.7 billion measure expected to pass in House and move to Senate today. A vote for the second part of the bill is scheduled on January 15, 2013.

New York: No so fast boasting you have a lower homicide rate than Chicago. Two New York cops shot in a subway and one shot in the Bronx.

President Hugo Chavez is suffering “respiratory deficiency” and has not been seen by the public since his December 11, 2012 cancer surgery in Cuba.

Mark Kirk climbs steps and John Boehner narrowly re-elected …

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk climbs steps to U.S. Capitol, and Rep. John Boehner, the top Republican in Washington, narrowly re-elected as Speaker of the House as the new Congress opened for business.

Phil Jackson Engaged, Coaching Future Uncertain …

ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard discusses how Phil Jackson’s engagement to Jeanie Buss will affect his coaching future.

Sabatino Chen talks after his game-winning shot was called off and Colorado loses in OT.

ShowBiz Minute: Frank Ocean, Adele, Lucas …

R&B singer Frank Ocean cited for pot possession; Adele’s 2011 holdover ’21’ still tops in 2012; ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas engaged.

Be careful Paparazzi, Kanye West is leaving the house …

Paparazzi Stay Clear! Kanye West was probably so overjoyed by the fact that he’s going to be a daddy that he TOTALLY forgot to obey some basic traffic laws… and he got BUSTED by police! … sort of.

Chris Brown — Rihanna Returns to the Scene of the Crime …

Rihanna was photographed in the passenger seat of Chris Brown’s car… the same place where she was viciously beaten by Brown almost four years ago!

FLASHBACK AUGUST 2009 Felony Sentence in Rihanna Assault Case

Chris Brown is sentenced to 5 years’ probation, 6 months’ community labor for his beating of Rihanna and ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend for 5 years.