CNN Radio News Day: January 16, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama signs a series of executive orders about the administration's new gun law proposals as children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence, (L-R) Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, Julia Stokes and Grant Fritz, look on.
January 16th, 2013
04:35 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 16, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama is promising to reign in America's gun violence. Today he urged Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines with more than ten bullets.  The president says he also wants background checks on all gun sales.  In addition, Mr. Obama signed 23 executive orders which allow him to act on some measures without lawmakers' approval:

"This will be difficult. There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicaly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty."  

  • The list of problems with Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner continues to grow. An emergency landing in Japan prompted two airlines to ground their fleets. The 24 grounded jets make up nearly half of all the 787's currently in service. CNN International Business Correspondent Richard Quest says there's been a string of problems with the plane in recent weeks:

"There's no common theme to any of the incidents: a cracked cockpit (window), a fuel valve, a smoke alarm, lithium batteries. And so for Boeing and the FAA and Japanese authorities to determine what might be behind it, it becomes that much more difficult. "

  • Last night Congress approved $51 billion for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Meanwhile, thousands of homeowners devastated by the October storm are still waiting for flood insurance claims to be settled. Fran Adelson is one of them:

"I don't think any of us, anybody, certainly in any flood area, anybody that has flood insurance – would have ever expected to be in a position where they had to fight for every dime. Where they were constantly calling their insurance companies, and where the money is just taking so long to get to people."

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