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  • Iraq Launches Military Attack Against ISIS

    On March 2, 2015, a combined force of the Iraqi military and militia began a 30,000-troop assault to regain several regions north of Baghdad controlled by the Islamic State. The effort includes an att...

  • Federal Judge Rules Nebraska Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

    In a case brought to court by seven same-sex couples in the state, U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon struck down the Nebraska ban on same-sex marriage on March 2, 2015. The decision could allow s...

  • India Swine Flu Outbreak

    Over 19,000 people have been affected by a swine flu epidemic that began in India in mid-December 2014. The disease has killed over 1000 people, as of February 28, 2015, while health officials struggl...

  • ISIS Militant 'Jihadi John' Identified

    The identity of an Islamic militant who has appeared in several videos for the organization was confirmed February 26, 2015 by two U.S. officials. Known to the world as "Jihadi John," the until-re...

  • FCC Votes in Favor of Net Neutrality

    The Federal Communications Commission approved regulations that ban companies from being able to pay for priority speed and access to customers on February 26, 2015. Known as "net neutrality," the...

  • Defendant Found Guilty in American Sniper Trial

    On February, 25, 2015, a jury found Eddie Ray Routh guilty of the capital murder of Chris Kyle, author of the military memoir American Sniper, and fellow veteran Chad Littlefield. During the trial, ...

  • Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline Bill

    As he promised, President Barack Obama vetoed the Keystone Pipeline Bill when it reached his desk on February, 24, 2015. The project has been pending for six years, and its future continues to remain ...

  • Alaska Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

    An initiative that legalizes the use of marijuana in private for those 21 and older took effect in Alaska on February 24, 2015. Citizens can also grow up to six plants in their house and be in possess...

  • U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal [Developing]

    The U.S. and Iran are moving to close a deal intended to limit nuclear activity in Tehran. The deal, which as currently proposed by the U.S. would limit Iran's nuclear activities for 10 years, has be...

  • Al-Shabaab Mall Threat

    Islamist Militant group al-Shabaab, who took credit for the 2013 attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, released a video on February, 21, 2015, calling for an attack on the Mall of America, ...

  • Dozens Killed in Bangladesh Ferry Accident

    More than 100 people were onboard a passenger ferry in Bangladesh when the boat was hit by a cargo vessel on February, 22, 2015. At least 50 passengers were rescued from the Padma River after the ferr...

  • Walmart Raises Company-wide Minimum Wage to $9

    Retail giant Walmart announced plans on February 19, 2015, to increase the corporation’s base pay to $9 an hour for all its current employees. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. With the i...

  • Food Desert

    A food desert is a geographic area characterized by a lack of affordable and healthy food choices. Food deserts tend to be located in poorer communities. The existence of a food desert has been connec...

  • Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

    In 1996, The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was signed into federal law by President Bill Clinton. The law defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman in order to deny same-sex marriages...

  • Net Neutrality

    Net neutrality is the concept that all Internet providers, as well as the government, treat all forms of data on the internet equally. Allowing net neutrality means an Internet that is open and free t...

  • Moore's Law

    Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, made the observation in 1965 that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits (processing power for computers) had doubled every year since the ...

  • The Pentagon Papers

    In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg released a series of confidential papers detailing the U.S.'s political and military involvement in Vietnam to the New York Times. The documents revealed the U.S. had secretl...

  • Malala Yousafzai

    Malala Yousafzai, born July 12, 1997, is a Pakistani activist for female education. On the afternoon of October 9, 2012, Yousafzai boarded her local school bus in northwest Pakistan. A gunman pointe...

  • The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

    A massive earthquake, lasting less than a minute, shook San Francisco, California on April 18, 1906. The disastrous impact of the earthquake ignited several fires around the city, which burned for thr...

  • Strategic Defense Initiative

    The Strategic Defense Initiative, also known as Star Wars, was initiated by President Ronald Reagan in March 1983 at the height of cold war between the US and the Soviet Union. This program intended t...

  • Interpol

    Interpol is an intergovernmental organization established in 1923 to facilitate international police cooperation. Most of its operating expenses are raised through contributions from 190 member coun...

  • CBGB

    CBGB & OMFUG, which stood for "Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers", was a music venue located at 315 Bowery in New York City. Opened by Hilly Kristal in 1973, it...

  • Citizens United v. FEC

    Citizens United v. FEC came before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009. In 2008, lobbying group Citizens United was prevented from airing commercials for its political documentary, which was highly critic...

  • Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir is the prized red wine grape of Burgundy, France (where it was exclusively grown for years) that has now been adopted in wine regions all over the world including: Germany, Italy, Chile, So...

 

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