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Doctors work to find Ebola cure

The Ebola virus that brought West Africa into the world’s spotlight this past August is the most deadly outbreak ever recorded, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC statistics show that as of Aug. 31, 2014, there have been 3,707 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola. Of those 3,707 cases, 1,848 people…

Time’s 100 most influential people of 2014–editor’s picks: Profile of notable figures included in Time Magazine’s annual ranking

TITAN: Pony Ma
After graduating from Shenzhen University’s department of computer science, Ma began a career in computing at Runxun Communication Development Co., Ltd. In 1999, he founded Tencent Inc., an instant messaging service, which is currently valued at over $65 billion and is the fifth-largest Internet company in the world.
 
TITAN: Tony Fadell…

SCOTUS upholds Michigan’s ban on racial preference in college admissions

 
A 6-2 ruling by the Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ability to enact a law that would prohibit “all sex and race-based preferences in public education, public employment and public contracting.”
 
The ruling overturned a federal court of appeals decision saying the law would unconstitutionally strip minorities of their rights and violate the Equal…

South Korean ferry carrying 376 passengers capsizes

A South Korean ferry carrying a reported 376 passengers capsized on Wednesday, April 16 while headed to Jeju Island, off the coast of South Korea. As of Sunday, April 27, the death count totalled 187.
 
The majority of the 376 passengers on board were high school students going on a field trip to the…

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…

SCOTUS overturns political donation limit

 
The Supreme Court of the United States reached a 5-4 decision on Wednesday, April 2 in McCutcheon v. FEC to end limitations on the number of candidates, political party committees and combined donations that individuals can donate during a two-year election cycle.
 
As another election season is about to begin, this decision will…

Underpaid? I think not.

 
Last week, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) told reporters from CQ Roll Call, “Members of Congress are underpaid,” saying the $174,000 salary does not afford congressmen to live comfortably in Washington, D.C.
 
President Obama implemented a salary freeze for congressmen earning more than $100,000 in 2009 near the end of the Great Recession. At…

Iraq military veteran open fires in Fort Hood military base

 
For the second time in five years, a gunman entered Fort Hood on April 2, killing three people and injuring 16 others.
 
Army Spc. Ivan Lopez entered an administration building at the Killeen, Texas army base and opened fire. He then proceeded to get into his car and fire from the vehicle before…

Six fatalities reported in northern Chile after 8.2 magnitude earthquake

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of the northern coast of Chile on Tuesday, April 1. The size of the earthquake triggered multiple landslides, a power outage in the surrounding areas and a massive tsunami. Only six people have been reported dead, but authorities have not ruled out the possibility that others could have been…

Severe mudslide devastates Washington state

A major mudslide devastated an area four miles east of Oso, Wash. when part of a hillside collapsed early morning Saturday, March 22. The mudslide was reported to have reached one square-mile, destroying everything in its path. More than 30 homes were demolished by the slide as the mud and debris blocked a one-mile stretch…

Bin Laden’s son-in-law convicted of terrorism

 
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son in-law of Osama bin Laden, was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans, and other terrorist charges, on Wednesday, March 26 by a federal jury in a United States civilian court. He was the first and highest-ranking terrorist to be tried in a U.S. civilian court since the Sept. 11…

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…

Turkish government blocks Twitter, YouTube

 
 
 
Following a ban on Twitter on March 20, the Turkish government banned access to YouTube after audio of a confidential conversation among top government officials leaked Thursday, March 27.
 
For several weeks, social media and broadcast stations have been the main source of the leaked recordings of phone calls between Turkish…

President Obama and Pope Francis meet

 
President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis on March 27 in an effort to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the Roman Catholic Church. This was the first meeting between Obama and the pope since Francis took over for Pope Benedict XVI in March 2013.
 
The meeting – which took place…

Importance of Accuracy

 
 
In the last two years of preparing to be the World News Editor of The Carroll News,  I have spent a lot of time contemplating the power and sanctity of the press. I believe in the glory of the printed word. Unlike the spoken word, there is a sense of preservation and permanency…

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…

Conflict continues in Crimea following annexation

 
After the staggering 95.5 percent vote to leave Ukraine in favor for Russia, held on March 16, things seemed to briefly return to normal in Crimea. The barricades were removed, and people began to return to their daily lives. Just two weeks later, however, Russia is making it known to the rest of Ukraine…

All together

 
I have written about a lot of things during my past two years as World News editor and even before that when I first joined as a staff writer my freshman year.  I have had the privilege of covering many important news topics that you do not get to write about on a daily…

U.S. hits Russia with sanctions following aggression

 
 
 
The Russian economy is currently facing harsh consequences as a result of sanctions placed by President Obama after Vladimir Putin formally annexed Ukraine’s Crimean region.
 
To date, 16 Russian government officials and many of Putin’s close associates have been affected by the sanctions, which prohibit travel to the United States and…

Missing Malaysian flightcrashed in Indian Ocean

 
The 17-day search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended on Monday when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the jet crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. Airline officials said all 239 passengers onboard are presumed dead.
 
Groundbreaking satellite-data analysis by Inmarsat, a British satellite company, showed the plane went down in the ocean…

‘Noah’ banned in Islamic states

On March 28, Paramount Pictures will premiere its much anticipated film, “Noah,” featuring Russell Crowe, in the United States.
 
However, some groups are upset with the movie about the biblical figure. Director Darren Aronofsky’s Hollywood film adaptation of the well-known biblical story is already receiving harsh criticism about his creative choices.
 
Aronofsky is…

Ukraine’s Crimean region votes to join Russian Federation

 
Since the beginning of the month, Russia and Ukraine have been up in arms over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to invade Ukraine’s land.
 
The spark ignited back on March 1, when Putin ordered Russian troops to occupy Ukraine. Most recently, Putin had his sights set on the region of Crimea – a…

Search continues for missing Malaysian Flight 370

 
Although there is no definitive information surrounding the whereabouts of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared March 8, officials are now exploring the possibility that the plane’s route was purposely changed.
 
The Boeing 777 was carrying 239 people on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it lost contact with air traffic…

Curse on the Black Sea

 
 
As you may have read earlier, one of the biggest news stories that has been covered this week was the Crimean vote on March 16 to become a part of the Russian Federation. The decision did not particularly come as a surprise, and almost anyone familiar with the situation knew that Russia would…

Egyptian military increases crackdown

 
 
Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists has jailed 16,000 people over the past eight months in the country’s biggest round-up in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials. Rights activists say reports of abuses in prisons are mounting, with prisoners describing systematic beatings and miserable conditions for dozens packed into tiny…