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Walmart raises hourly page above minimum wage

 
Walmart, a multi-million dollar corporation employing 1.3 million United States citizens, announced on Thursday, Feb. 19 the company plans to raise wages to $9 per hour for its 500,000 lowest-level workers.
 
CEO Doug McMillon wrote a letter to Walmart associates posted on the company’s website announcing the wage increase, which is $1.75 more…

Turkey and U.S. join forces against Islamic State group

 
The United States and Turkey signed a pact Thursday, Feb. 19 to train and arm Syrian rebels to take on Islamic State group militants, according to The Associated Press.
 
The New York Post reported that the two countries have been in talks for a few months about such a deal. According to The…

Drug resistant ‘superbug’ could infect nearly 200 people

 
 
An 18-year-old student currently hospitalized as a result of the “superbug” outbreak originating at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is suing the makers of the medal instruments linked to the epidemic, according to NBC.
 
Contaminated endoscopes, manufactured by Olympus Corporation of the Americas, were used in nearly 200 procedures at…

France launches de-radicalization program

 
In light of the attacks last month against Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical magazine in France, the country is implementing a de-radicalization program in many of its prisons.
 
Two of the terrorists from the deadly assault last month were previously in Fleury-Mérogis prison, the largest correctional institution in Europe. Another terrorist, Amedy Couliblay,…

Obama faces backlash over war on Islamic State group

 
 
The Obama administration began its attempt to counter the actions of the Islamic State group five months ago. Now, with no end in sight, the president is requesting formal authorization from Congress to continue their fight.
 
According to CNN, this authorization would limit U.S. ground troops to be deployed in the Middle…

New HIV vaccine undergoes trial testing

 
 
American researchers may have made a breakthrough discovery in HIV prevention and treatment.
 
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in California have developed a vaccine. It releases a protein that actively targets HIV. The vaccine prevents it from spreading, rather than training the immune system to fight the infection, according to the…

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…

Obama plans continued action against Islamic State

 
 
As many as 25 Islamic State group fighters were killed on Friday, Feb. 13 when they stormed an Iraqi military base in the highly-contested Anbar province, according to NBC.
 
American troops were stationed at the base, but were on the opposite side of the base during the attack. No Iraqi troops were killed.…

Keystone pipeline bill to be delivered to Obama

 
Following its passage in the Senate, the Keystone XL pipeline bill passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Feb. 11, by a 270-152 vote. President Barack Obama has stated on several occasions that he will veto the bill, according to the BBC.
 
Although the bill will likely be vetoed, many congressional members…

Three Muslim UNC Students gunned down

 
 
The murders of three American-born Muslim residents of Chapel Hill, North Carolina have sparked controversy.
 
An official news release on the Town of Chapel Hill website reports Craig Stephen Hicks, age 46, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 10 for the murders of Deah Shaddy Barakat, age 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, age…

Protecting diversity

 
Three Muslim students were killed on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina when a resident of their apartment building gunned them down, reportedly angry about a parking dispute.
 
The aggressor, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, has stated he was angry because the three students were parking on his side of the building,…

Philadelphia to host the 2016 DNC

 
The Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia in July 2016. On Thursday, Feb. 12, the Democratic National Committee confirmed their selection. Philadelphia was chosen over Brooklyn, New York and Columbus, Ohio.
 
According to CNN, the decision was announced through a Facebook video post, where DNC chairwoman and congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz…

Gunman dead after two shootings in Denmark

 
A free speech debate in Copenhagen was interrupted on Saturday, Feb. 14 when a gunman opened fire, killing one attendant and injuring three police officers.
 
According to witnesses, a 22-year-old unnamed gunman opened fire outside of the venue, attempting to enter it before armed guards returned fire. The gunman fled in response, Reuters…

Venezuelan leaders aim for better relations with U.S.

Over the last year, relations between the United States and Venezuela have reportedly been rocky and filled with growing tensions. While these tensions continue to escalate, Venezuelan leaders are calling for improved relations.

On New Year’s Day, Vice President Joe Biden met with President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela in Brazil, according to The New York…

Canada lifts ban on assisted suicide

 
The Canadian Supreme Court voted unanimously on Friday, Feb. 6 to lift the national ban against physician-assisted suicide. The ban, which was passed in 1993 according to The Washington Post, prohibits doctors from helping terminally ill patients end their suffering.
 
The International Business Times reported that the court ruled the two-decade-old ban on…

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.…

Jordan retaliates against Islamic State group with airstrikes

 
 
After the Islamic State group killed a Jordanian pilot, the Jordanian military retaliated by launching airstrikes against the militants. In addition, the Islamic State recently claimed an American hostage was killed by the airstrikes in Syria, according to USA Today.
 
The Islamic State released a statement saying Kayla Mueller was killed in…

Militant combat rattles the Middle East

 
Egypt
 
At least 26 Egyptian soldiers and civilians were killed by extremist militants on Thursday, Jan. 29, according to the BBC. The militant group, Sinai Province, has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State group.
 
The Sinai Province targeted police headquarters, a military base, an army checkpoint and a residential complex for…

Measles outbreak hits upstate New York

The recent measles outbreak that spread throughout the country has now reached the state of New York. On Sunday, Feb. 1, ABC reported an infected student from Bard College took an Amtrak train the week before from Penn Station to Albany, exposing the disease to thousands of other passengers and people in several cities in…

SCOTUS to rule on lethal injection drug

 
The Supreme Court of the United States  ruled to stay the executions of three convicted murderers in Oklahoma on Wednesday, Jan. 28.
 
The executions of Richard Glossip, John Grant and Benjamin Cole have been postponed as a result of pending deliberations surrounding the three-drug mix used in lethal injections. It is in question…

Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline bill

 
The U.S. Senate passed the controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill on Jan. 29, following a five-year fight through the legislative branch. President Barack Obama previously said he will veto the bill in the first confrontation between Obama and a Republican-controlled Congress.
 
The senate voted 62 to 36 in favor of the pipeline, including…

Everyday Beauty

As much as I enjoy my job at The Carroll News, being the World News Editor does come with its drawbacks. The most prevalent of these is that it can be highly depressing at times.
 
On a weekly basis, it is my responsibility to determine which articles will be printed in this section. That…

Ebola virus may become more contagious

 
 
Scientists from the Institut Pasteur in France reported that despite a decline in Ebola cases in West Africa in the last several months, the virus may be mutating.
 
Concerned with higher degrees of contagion and the possibility of the virus becoming airborne, scientists are examining blood samples taken from infected patients in…

Sex scandal rocks royal family

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, addressed the world in a speech on Thursday, Jan. 22, vehemently denying allegations about having sexual relations with an underage American girl in 2001, according to USA Today. The allegations emerged about two weeks previously in a long-running Florida lawsuit.
 
Virginia Roberts, a 31-year-old mother of three, claims she…

Balance of power in question after Saudi Arabian king dies

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the sixth king of Saudi Arabia, died on Friday, Jan. 23 at age 90, according to The Washington Post. The king had been admitted to a Riyadh hospital on Dec. 31 due to a lung infection.
 
According to The New York Times, the royal family moved quickly after Abdullah’s death to…