The Latest News From Paris & Other Stories We’re Following Today

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These are the stories we're following today, January 8, 2015. We'll update as more news comes in.

11:00 a.m EST
Shooting in Paris:
In the wake of an armed assault on the Paris offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, 12 people are dead and a manhunt is spreading across France. Last night there was a raid in Reims, northeast of the capital; today the gunmen were spotted at a gas station near the village of Villers-Cotterêts. French special forces are a heavy presence in the area, their helicopters overhead. Events are being liveblogged by various outlets, including France 24.

There have been two more attacks — a police officer was killed in Paris, and a small explosion occurred near the French Stock Exchange — but it is unclear if they are connected to the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Several mosques have been attacked in France since the shooting.
A young Moroccan man, Mourad Hamyd, who has been named as the driver of the getaway car, reportedly turned himself in to French authorities. His classmates insist he was in school at the time of the attack. The town where he turned himself in, Charleville-Mézières, is approximately 150 miles from Paris, north of Villers-Cotterêts.
The other two suspects are said to be Chérif Kouachi and Said Kouachi, brothers and French Muslims of North African descent.
Bombing in Colorado Springs: As we reported yesterday, a bomb went off outside the NAACP office in Colorado Springs on Tuesday morning. The FBI has confirmed it was a deliberate attack. Because the Paris shooting has dominated the news cycle, many are growing frustrated at the lack of conversation and information about the incident. The hashtag #NAACPBombing is being used to discuss both the bombing and the coverage. The FBI has described a white male around 40 years old as a "person of interest" in the case.
Vigils in Paris and elsewhere: There were gatherings last night in many cities to remember those lost in the Paris attack. Montreal, London, and of course Paris were among them.

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