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DNA findings question Tudor lineage

After two years of research, the bones found in a Leicester, England parking lot were determined to be those of the missing King Richard III. However, the bigger surprise is that the DNA analysis casts an uncertain light on the legitimacy to the throne of his descendants.
The bones were found in August 2012…

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…

Anger-fueled protests rock the United States

Citizens of all races and creeds have taken to the streets to protest – both peacefully and violently – against the recent killings of unarmed black men, as well as the decisions not to charge the white police officers that killed them.
Protestors marched with signs during the first week of December. Gathering…

Warning: Dystopia approaches

My favorite genre in literature and film used to be dystopian fiction.
I have read George Orwell’s “1984” countless times and every time was mystified by the concept that our government was slowly turning into the ominous Big Brother.
I have always been fascinated with the allegory presented in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New…

Iran initiates missile launch against ISIS

Iran is joining in America’s fight against the Islamic State in eastern Iraq through a series of missile strikes.
According to CBS, the U.S. military is aware of the airstrikes throughout Iraq’s Diyala province, and the airstrikes are in coordination with Iraqi troops on the ground.
Iran has experienced a more prominent…

Revenge porn law implemented in California

Los Angeles native Noe Iniguez, 36, was the first person sentenced to jail under California’s new “revenge porn law” after posting a photo of his topless ex-girlfriend on her employer’s Facebook page.
In the context of this law, “revenge porn” refers to posting an intimate photo of someone on the Internet with the…

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…