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General Petraeus pleads guilty to charges

 
Retired four-star general and former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified information on Thursday, April 23. USA Today stated Petraeus disclosed material he had “improperly retained from his time as top military commander in Afghanistan” to his lover and biographer, Paula…

Deadly Earthquake in Nepal kills over 5,000

 
 
The death toll of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25 reached 5,000. The earthquake also injured approximately 9,000. Multiple aftershocks, including a massive one measuring 6.7 one the Richter scale, hampered humanitarian efforts, according to The New York Times.
 
The earthquake caused heavy casualties in the densely…

Lynch confirmed as Attorney General

 
After 161 days of waiting, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch  on Thursday, April 23, as the first female African American Attorney General, in a 56 to 43 vote. Every Democratic and Independent senator, a total of 46 senators, as well as ten Republican senators voted for Lynch.
 
Despite this long wait, the 55-year-old…

American hostage killed in U.S. drone strike against al-Qaida base

United States officials announced on Thursday, April 23 that two hostages were killed in an airstrike against al-Qaida in January.
 
CIA Director John Brennan told President Barack Obama early last week that American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto were both killed in Pakistan as a result of the drone strike on January…

Where there is darkness, there is also light

I have been a reporter for the Carroll News for one year now, and as this is the last issue of the year, I wanted to take some time to do something that John Carroll loves to do: reflect.
 
The first article I wrote for the Carroll News was about Michael Brown and Ferguson,…

Communication isn’t lost

 
If I had a dollar for every time one of my professors, family members or family friends said this generation is full of completely inept communicators, I wouldn’t be extraordinarily wealthy, but I could buy several packs of peanut butter M&Ms each week.
 
Seriously, at least two or three times a week, I…

Empty chairs honor victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing

 
Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001.
 
Biggs has the same…

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…

A family searching for peace

 
Last week marked the two-year anniversary of the bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev set off two pressure cooker bombs that killed three people and injured hundreds. The brothers turned a day in Boston that is celebrated with joy, Marathon Monday, into a day of horror that…

Islamic state group admits role in Afghanistan bombing that killed 35

 
The Islamic State group claimed credit for an attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan that killed 35 people on Saturday, April 18. This was the first attack by the militant group in that country, according to Time Magazine. The attack occurred outside a bank in the eastern Nangarhar province and wounded 100 others.
 
The bomber…

Nine hundred feared dead after migrant ship capsizes

 
On Sunday, April 19, between 500 and 950 people were feared to have died on a sinking boat traveling  from Libya to Italy. The migrant ship capsized just off the coast of Lampedusa, the largest island of the Italian Pelagie Islands. As the boat sank, the passengers rushed to the side of the ship…

Cloning Conundrum

 
On Saturday night, I hunkered down in a recliner in my living room with a bowl of Cheetos in order to watch the third season premiere of “Orphan Black.” For those of you who have not seen it, the show originally started with the character of Sarah Manning witnessing the suicide of a woman…

South Carolina man killed by police officer

 
 
On April 4, 2015, Walter Scott, 50, was shot eight times while running away from police Officer Michael Slager, 33. Five of the eight shots hit Scott in the back, buttocks and ear. The shooting in North Charleston, South Carolina has caused another uproar about another death of an African American man at…

American and Cuban leaders meet for first time in 57 years

 
 
President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro sat down together in Panama City on April 11 in the first formal meeting of the two country’s leaders in a half-century, pledging to reach for the kind of peaceful relationship that has eluded their nations for generations.
 
“What we have both concluded is that…

Hillary Clinton to seek presidency 2016

 
Hillary Rodham Clinton officially announced her plans to run for President on Sunday, April 12 in an email to donors and a video post on her website and social media pages, ending several years of speculation.
 
The video shows average Americans getting ready for various milestones in their lives, including finding a job…

Jury finds Boston Bomber guilty; awaits death penalty decision

 
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty of all 30 counts against him in the April 15, 2013 twin bombings at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts. The attack killed three people and injured 260 others. It is the worst terror attack on American soil since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. 17 of the 30…

Wake me when it’s 2017

 
I’ve grown up fostering a tremendous love of American party politics. My parents, being the avid Meet the Press viewers that they were during the Russert era, more or less ensured this.
 
During the Obama-McCain race, I was the only person in my eighth grade class with any understanding of what was going…

World leaders reach agreement on Iranian nuclear powers

 
After over a week of discussion, seven world leaders reached an agreement concerning limiting Iranian nuclear powers on Thursday, April, 2.
 
Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif spent eight days in Lausanne, Switzerland with members of the United Nations Security Council—also known as the P5+1—including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,…

Islamic State group-based terrorist attacks kill 130 in Yemen

 
The fears of civil war in Yemen escalated over the weekend with reports of suicide bombings and the seizure of the city of Taiz, according to The New York Times.
 
The violence began Friday, March 20 during a prayer service when an affiliate of the Islamic State group carried out a coordinated suicide…

Islamic State group admits involvement in Tunisia terror plot

 
The Islamic State group has taken responsibility in an online audio recording for the deadly attack in Tunisia that ended the lives of  23 people, including two gunmen, and injured many more, according to The New York Times. Tourists from other countries who came to visit the famed National Bordo Museum were the majority…

United States-Israel relations worsen

 
The rift between President Barack Obama and newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has grown considerably in the past couple of weeks following a controversial interview.
 
The recent uproar began when Netanyahu, who, on the last day of his campaign for reelection, urged all far-right Israelis to mobilize and vote so the…

Looking ahead to 2016: candidate updates

Ted Cruz
 
First-term Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)officially announced his plans to run for the presidency in 2016. At midnight on Monday, March 2, he tweeted, “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!”
 
Cruz officially announced on Monday, March 23 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia that he is seeking…

Oklahoma fraternity closed following racist allegation

 
The University of Oklahoma disbanded the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter last week following a viral video showing its members partaking in a racist chat.
 
NBC reported over 100 students at the university were suspended after the school’s administration viewed the video, featuring members using slurs against African-Americans- one of which referenced lynching.…

What is really important

 
 
When you turn on your computer and bring up a soft-news site like Yahoo, what is the first “news” story that you see? For me, the story that is flashing on the screen as I write this article screams “Celebs without makeup” and begs me to watch a six-minute video where photos of…

Boko Haram allies with Islamic State

 
The Islamic State group is expanding into West Africa after accepting an allegiance pledge from Boko Haram.
 
The allegiance pledge was made public after an audio recording was released by the Islamic State on Thursday, March 12. According to Time Magazine, Flashpoint Intelligence, a global security firm, was able to independently verify the…