Newsy Now: April 19

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BY ERIK SHUTE AND HARUMENDHAH HELMY You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy Thi...
BY ERIK SHUTE AND HARUMENDHAH HELMY You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy This is Newsy Now and here are the headlines you need to know. In world news — the European Union says it has outlined a plan to send ground troops to protect humanitarian efforts in Libya, should the UN requests such support. euronews reports, aid agencies are also stepping up their evacuation efforts from Misrata, rescuing nearly 1,000 migrant workers and injured residents overnight. “It was the second of several ships being sent in; most of the migrant workers had been living in the open in Misrata’s port hoping for some way out. The rescue team had wanted to evacuate more from the besieged city but the lull in the firing had not lasted long.” Also in world news — Human rights groups report Syrian forces opened fire on demonstrators in the city of Homs overnight. This violence erupted just hours after the government vowed to suppress all protests in the country. Here’s France 24. “The unrest has now spread in cities across much of the country, having begun more than a month ago in Deraa. The government now says the uprising is an armed revolt. In the past day the interior ministry has hardened its rhetoric: it says the violence is the work of Salafist extremists, intent on bringing down the state.” In U.S. news — a wake-up call for lawmakers, in the form of a threat from the respected credit ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s. San Diego’s KNSD explains. “For the first time ever, the key credit agency has downgraded its outlook on what the country owes. Stocks took a nose dive on news that Standard & Poor's changed its outlook from stable to negative, a warning that if Democrats and Republicans keep butting heads there's a one in three chance the nation could lose its AAA credit rating in the next two years.” Still in U.S. news — step aside, Donald Trump! Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the state’s proposed birther bill. If it were approved, the bill would have required all presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names can appear in Arizona’s ballot. Phoenix’s KSAZ discusses the governor’s decision. “But she said that she just couldn’t justify this. And as the former Secretary of State, she doesn’t feel that one person should have the sole responsibility of verifying that.” In entertainment -- after Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Brook Mueller checked herself into rehab last week, the media now expects Sheen to try to take full custody of his twin boys. Extra explains how that move could benefit Charlie. REPROTER: “Now that Brooke is reportedly back in rehab, Charlie should get full custody of the twins And that $55,000 a month child support payment should be history.” PIRRO: “If this case came into my courtroom, I'm looking for a grandparent right now.” WOMAN 1: “They need to beg Denise Richards to take those kids. She's the only sane one.” TMZ reports Denise Richards -- another former Sheen wife, called Charlie and offered to take informal custody of the boys while he finishes up his live comedy show tour. Sheen responded saying, “I’ll keep you posted.” Stay with Newsy**** for more analysis on news throughout the day. For Newsy Now, I’m Jim Flink highlighting the top headlines making you smarter, faster. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your new feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy