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Pennsylvania gunman charged with terrorism

Matthew Eric Frein, a self-claimed survivalist who shot and killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and injured another, was charged with two counts of terrorism on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Frien, who was captured near Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 20, 2014 after a seven week manhunt, told police he planned the attack to “wake people up,” according…

Obama supports democracy in Myanmar

After the wide loss of Democrats in the midterm elections, President Obama has shifted his focus to foreign policy. In his recent trip to Asia, the president spent three days in Myanmar, meeting with national leaders and hoping to finally get the struggling democracy-to-be on its feet.
According to The Washington Post, this…

Obama announces executive action on immigration

During the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia on Sunday, Nov. 16, President Obama announced plans to sign an executive order on immigration allowing approximately five million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation.
The implications of this executive action could have numerous political implications leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

43 Mexican students allegedly killed due to conspiracy

The bodies of 43 Mexican students who went missing in September have been found, according to a statement from Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam during a press conference on Friday, Nov 7. According to the Washington Post, the students were shot, burned in a dump and thrown into a muddy river.

Republicans gain hold of Senate after midterms

Republicans reclaimed control of the Senate following the midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

A number of key Senatorial races that were predicted to be close contests ended in significant Republican victories. Among those was the battle for Kentucky, featuring Republican Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

According to Politico, McConnell won…

Girl power, activate!

I grew up in a world without gender roles.
As a child, I was never told that there were things I could not do because I was a female.
I was not told that I had to keep my clothes neat at recess, or that I could not play tag or…

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,…

Ottawa gunman allegedly connected to Syrian extremist

The gunman who shot and killed a reservist guard on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Canadian capital of Ottawa may have extremist ties, according to the Canadian foreign minister.
Michael Zehaf-Bebeau shot and killed Nathan Cirillo, 24, outside of the National War Memorial before stealing a car at gunpoint and driving to the…

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…

U.S. experiences isolated Ebola cases

As the Ebola virus continues to sweep through West Africa, a few isolated cases have begun to appear in the United States, raising concerns throughout the country about quarantines and protocol for potentially infected people.
Dr. Craig Allen Spencer recently returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in Guinea. He was placed…

Washington Post legend Ben Bradlee dies

Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of The Washington Post during its groundbreaking Watergate reporting that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at his home in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Post.  Bradlee was 93.
Bradlee has been described as the “last lion-king of newspaper editors,” by…

Boko Haram kidnaps 60 more Nigerian girls

Despite a recently-established ceasefire between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government, militants from the terrorist organization are suspected of kidnapping 60 girls from a small town in northeastern Nigeria, according to Reuters.
The BBC stated the kidnappings took place just one day after the ceasefire had been brokered. The recent seizure of the girls…

St. Louis teenager killed by police

A police officer shot and killed Vonderrit Deondre Myers, an 18-year-old male who reportedly opened fire on the police on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The incident occurred in St. Louis, about 16 miles from where Michael Brown was killed by a police officer on Aug. 9, according to USA Today.
According to CNN, Myers…

Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Prize

Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls’ education, was named the youngest and first Pakistani winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 10.
Starting her campaign for equal educational opportunities for women at the age of 11, Yousafzai has spoken internationally to promote female equality.
“The Taliban shot me…

Life of a worrywart: a memoir

Hello, my name is Katelyn DeBaun, and I am addicted to worrying.
(Hi, Katelyn.)
This comes from your faithful World News Editor who believes we still do not need to worry so much about Ebola hitting the United States in the same way the bubonic plague hit Europe. Even with the…

SCOTUS allows same-sex marriage in five states

The Supreme Court decided against hearing any cases arguing the constitutionality of five states’ bans on gay marriage on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

According to CNN, the states seeking same-sex marriage bans were Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Couples in some of those states began applying for marriage licenses just hours after the Supreme…

United states Ebola victim dies, health care worker infected


The Ebola outbreak hit a new milestone on Sunday, Oct. 12 after Nina Pham, a Texas health care worker who cared for a Liberian Ebola patient, was diagnosed with the virus in what is being called a “breach of protocol,” according to NBC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pham developed a…

Secret Service director steps down following breach

Julia Pierson, the first female to head the Secret Service, resigned on Wednesday, Oct. 1 after a political firestorm resulting from revelations in breached White House security many believed were putting the First Family in danger.
According to CBS, United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement, “Julia Pierson,…

Death penalty sought in Oklahoma beheading

Oklahoma prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case against Alton Nolen, who is charged with murdering his co-worker Colleen Hufford, beheading her on Thursday, Sept. 25.

According to NBC, Nolen is also charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, stabbing another co-worker, Traci Johnson.
According to Oklahoma police, Nolen…

Protestors refuse to vacate central Hong Kong

Thousands of pro-democracy protestors filled the streets of Hong Kong’s central business district during the first weekend of October, clapping and cheering even after they were given an ultimatum by the government: let city workers back into their offices, or else.
The activists, led by student groups, are demonstrating for universal suffrage in Hong…

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.”…

A rejuvenated church

Pope Francis has received a great amount of praise since his appointment for promising to tackle the issue of sex abuse within the Catholic Church.
Less than one month after being elected to the papacy, he demanded that the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith “act decisively as far as cases of sexual abuse…

Pope dismisses bishop in Paraguay

Pope Francis removed a bishop in Paraguay on Thursday, Sept. 25 amid accusations the bishop sheltered a priest accused of molesting seminarians in multiple countries.
According to The New York Times, the Vatican released a statement saying Pope Francis dismissed Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este “to preserve the…

U.S. slams Middle East with continuing airstrikes

In addition to the ongoing U.S. airstrikes against ISIS targets, on Thursday, Sept. 25 the FBI identified the ISIS militant responsible for beheading four hostages.
According to the NewYork Times, this announcement came as the U.S.-led coalition bombed ISIS targets in Syria for a third straight day.
FBI Director James Comey would…