Articles by Catherine Pauley

Ohio man indicted for involvement in ISIS

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, an Ohio resident, was indicted by a federal grand jury on terrorism charges on April 16.  Mohamud, 23, allegedly trained in Syria with the Islamic State group. While there, he specialized his training in explosives, hand-to-hand combat and various weapons.   Originally, he was arrested on state charges in February. He now…

Oklahoma attempts to ban AP history course

    Lawmakers in Oklahoma are looking to ban the Advanced Placement United States History course offered at high schools across the country via proposed House Bill 1380. Advocates for this decision say the course does not cast a positive light on American history.   The bill would cut funding for the AP U.S. history…

Russian-Ukrainian conflict persists

  Heightened Russian aggression over the last three weeks of January in Ukraine has led to 224 fatalities and over 540 injuries.   World leaders have debated how Western nations should aid Ukraine.   The White House has considered sending weapons to assist with Ukrainian security in the hopes of defending against Russian separatist aggression.…

Russian economy facing imminent decline

  Russia is facing economic woes as the nation’s borrowing costs have reached their highest levels in five years. The financial crisis stems from recent economic sanctions from Western nations put on Russia, costing the state $40 billion, as well as remarkably reduced oil prices.   Anton Siluanov, Russia’s economic minister, said at a speech…

Ebola continues to ravage Africa

    As the spread of what is largely considered the deadliest virus continues globally, President Obama asked Congress on Wednesday, Nov. 5 for $6.18 billion to go toward containing Ebola and putting an end to the epidemic.   The number of Ebola cases has risen sharply over the past few weeks in Sierra Leone,…

Colorado shooter attempts to postpone trial

    Defense attorneys for James Holmes, who opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater in 2012, asked the judge on Tuesday, Oct. 21 to postpone Holmes’ trial.   Holmes’ attorneys argued that the Dec. 8 trial date did not allow enough time to properly review Holmes’ completed sanity examination. Holmes is charged with…

Ebola virus hits the United States

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with the Ebola virus, remains in critical condition in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. According to NBC, Duncan is a Liberian native who was traveling to the United States to marry his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his 19-year-old son.…

Attorney General Eric Holder to resign

    United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation on Thursday, Sept. 25 after leading the Justice Department for six years. As the first African-American Attorney General of the United States, Holder worked passionately on voting rights and LGBTQ issues.   President Obama noted Thursday that Holder “rooted out corruption and fought violent crime.”…

Violence Continues between Russia and Ukraine

  In light of the current conflict between the Russian and Ukranian governments, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization  (NATO) finds itself returning to its origins in facing the growing territorial conflict between the conflicting governments.   Founded in 1949, its purpose was to preserve freedom and combat the growing threat of the Soviet Union. Today,…

Pistorius to take stand in murder trial

  Olympic and Paralympic track superstar Oscar Pistorius took the stand as a witness in his own defense on Monday, April 7 in the trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius shot Steenkamp, his 29-year-old girlfriend, four times in his bathroom on Valentine’s Day last year.   Pistorius apologized to Steenkamp’s family while stifling…

Congress passes $1 billion Ukraine aid bill

    United States lawmakers voiced immense support for a $1 billion bill to provide aid to Ukraine and further impose sanctions on Russia. On Friday, March 28, several members of the House and Senate announced the legislation will not become law until next week, as the final version of the bill has not yet…

Fred Phelps, controversial preacher, dies at 84

  Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, died of natural causes last Wednesday, March 19, at age 84.   Phelps founded the church known for its anti-gay picketing at military funerals in 1955 in Topeka, Kan. The controversial church, consisting mostly of those related to Phelps either by blood or marriage, has picketed…

Boehner invites Pope to address Congress

Pope Francis and the Catholic Church commemorated the first anniversary of his election as pope on Thursday, March 13. Congressional leaders took this as an opportunity to invite Francis to Washington to address Congress.   Although the pope has not announced any formal plans to visit the United States, Speaker of the House John Boehner…

Snowstorms strike Eastern Seaboard

    The East Coast was hit with yet another snowstorm on Thursday Feb. 13. The storm, with its heavy snow, winds and ice, was the reason for 1,600 flights being canceled Friday and was responsible for 21 deaths, according to NBC News.   East Coasters faced harsh wind and snow that later turned into…

Syrian conflict continues as peace talks break down

  Conflict between the Syrian government and opposition forces continues as the first round of attempted peace talks did not achieve the desired conclusions. The first session of the Geneva II peace talks was the first time the Syrian government and the opposition had met face to face since the outbreak of the conflict three…

Snowden allowed to remain in Russia

The debate over Edward Snowden is far from over after a recent report states that the former NSA contractor who leaked confidential secrets will continue to receive asylum from Russia, despite efforts by the U.S. government to have him deported out of Russia. According to CNN, the announcement was released from head of the foreign…

West Virginia water supply safe again following contamination

Residents of West Virginia can breathe a sigh of relief now that West Virginia American Water has lifted the “do not drink” order for its customers. Dangerous chemicals leaked into the water system Jan. 9, leaving many people in West Virginia without safe water. Once the chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, was found in the water systems,…

Judge grants Detroit permission to declare bankruptcy

Detroit broke a record this past Tuesday by becoming the largest U.S. city ever to declare bankruptcy. After a nine-day trial, Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that the city had the legal standings to receive protection from its creditors. “This once proud and prosperous city can’t pay its debts,” said Judge Rhodes on Tuesday. “It’s insolvent.…

Further U.S. spying allegations revealed to the public

Scandal in Washington continues as recent reports exposed The White House’s and State Department’s approval of spying on allied foreign leaders. Der Spiegel, a German news magazine, reported last week that the NSA’s Special Collection Service has been monitoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel since 2002. Der Spiegel cited documents from former NSA contractor and now…

Government Shutdown: America Reacts

All across the United States, a wave of resentment and embarrassment directed at the U.S. government has occurred in response to the government shutdown that took place Oct. 1. The stalemate is responsible for the 800,000 federal workers being sent home without pay, though the House just unanimously passed legislation to provide retroactive pay for…

Resolution for Syria still up in the air

This past Friday, Sept. 27, the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution demanding the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons. This resolution was triggered by the abhorrent sarin nerve gas attack in the spring in a Damascus suburb that left at least 1,400 people dead, according to NBC. While Washington blames Syrian President Bashar Assad’s…

Pope’s comments bring new questions for Catholic Church

Pope Francis set a tone for a new kind of papacy upon being elected the first Jesuit pope of the Catholic church this past March. His modern, humble ideologies resonate with many young, progressive Catholics and non-Catholics alike. He exemplified this by his outreach to the world’s young and poverty-stricken people through his most recent…

Jersey shore residents face disaster yet again

Less than a year after Hurricane Sandy ravaged towns along the New Jersey coast, tragedy struck again. Flames raged last Thursday, Sept. 12 afternoon on New Jersey’s FunTown Pier. Previously demolished by Hurricane Sandy, the Pier had undergone complete renovations and rebuilding this summer. The flames roared for over nine hours, consuming four blocks of…