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  • Germanwings Flight 9525 Crash

    A Germanwings flight carrying 144 passengers and six crew members went down in the French Alps on March 24, 2015 after the copilot intentionally crashed the plane. The plane, an Airbus 320 and part of...

  • Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to Retire

    Democrat Senator from Nevada Harry Reid announced March 27, 2015 that he will not seek reelection in 2016. Reid has served in the Senate since 1987 and has been the Senate minority leader since Januar...

  • Governor Signs Controversial Religious Freedom Bill

    The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law on March 26, 2015, includes language that could allow businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex coup...

  • Saudia Arabia Launches Attack in Yemen

    With support from the U.S. and the Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia led air strikes against the Iran-backed Shi’ite Houthi rebels on March 25, 2015. The group recently ousted the Sunni preside...

  • First Death in 2015 Tornado Season

    One person was killed outside Tulsa in a mobile home park and several were injured when at least three tornados were confirmed in Oklahoma and Arkansas on March 25, 2015. This is the first tornado-rel...

  • Former POW Faces Desertion Charges

    Army officials charged Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for 5 years by the Taliban, with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy on March 25, 2015. His hearing is scheduled for April 22, 2015 w...

  • FAA Issues Conditional Blanket Permit for Commercial Drones

    Due to a growing backlog of permit applications, the Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary blanket approval for all unmanned aircrafts that fly below 200 feet on March 24, 2015. The policy ...

  • Islamic State Recruited Hundreds of Children Since January

    ISIS has recruited more than 400 children since January to join its ranks in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported March 24, 2015. Several offices for the “Ashbal al-Khilafah,” m...

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Visits Washington

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who was elected in September 2014, marked the opening of his first official visit to the U.S. on March 23, 2015 with a speech at the Pentagon thanking the country for it...

  • Internet Providers Sue FCC Over Net Neutrality

    A local, Texas-based broadband provider filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission on March 23, 2015. USTelecom, a trade group that represents Verizon and AT&T, followed suit at the...

  • Supreme Court to Rule on Confederate License Plates Case

    Arguments began in front of the Supreme Court on March 23, 2015 on whether Texas’s restriction of a vanity license plate design that included the Confederate flag was an act against free speech. The...

  • Rolling Stone UVA Rape Case

    On March 23, 2015, Local police suspended their investigation into a brutal rape originally detailed in a November 2014 Rolling Stone article. The article in the magazine described the gang rape of a ...

  • Frank v. Walker (2015)

    The Supreme Court chose not to hear arguments in the case of Frank v. Walker on March 23, 2015. There was no comment on why the case was rejected. Frank v. Walker is a challenge by the American Civil...

  • Founding Father of Singapore Dies at 91

    Lee Kuan Yew, who served as the first prime minister of Singapore, died on March 22, 2015. He was the first head of state after the island nation gained full independence from Britain in 1959 and serv...

  • Ted Cruz 2016 Presidential Election Campaign

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his plans to run for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election via Twitter on March 23, 2015. Later, he spoke at Liberty University in Virginia, wher...

  • US Military Evacuating From Yemen

    One hundred U.S. troops, which were based in southern Yemen, were withdrawn from the country March 21, 2015 due to increasing instability in the region. The nearest city, al-Houta, was attacked and mo...

  • Former Illinois Congressman Subject of Investigation

    After weeks of increasing questions about misuse of funds, a formal investigation of former Illinois Republican Representative Aaron Schock began March 20, 2015. The Justice Department and F.B.I. are ...

  • Annual Study Shows Spike in Global Death Toll During 2014

    A study known as the “Global Peace Index” released March 18, 2015 showed death tolls from major international conflicts, including those in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, rose 28 percent from 2013 t...

  • Yemen Mosque Bombings

    Four suicide bombers detonated themselves during noon prayers at two mosques in Yemen's capital on March 20, 2015. At least 126 people were killed and 100 were injured in the attack in Sanaa. The c...

  • Presbyterian Church Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage

    A move by the U.S. Presbyterian Church to recognize same-sex marriage reached final approval on March 17, 2015. The revision will change the definition of marriage in the church's constitution to "t...

  • 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...

  • ISIS

    The offensive launched by the insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is considered to be the biggest threat to Iraq’s security since 2011 - when the US withdrew forces. Led by Abu...

  • Liability Insurance

    Liability insurance protects the insured(s) named or described in the policy from claims of negligence that arise from occurrences/risks to which the policy applies. It pays the claimant money damages...

  • 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...

  • Cold War

    A state of ideological, economic, political, military, and cultural warfare between the US and the Soviet Union (USSR) from 1947 until 1991. Developing from divergent American and Soviet foreign polic...

  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    At the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a simple, yet complex, idea that both sides believe: The Israelis feel that they are entitled to the land now known as Israel, while the Palestinian...

  • Iran-Contra Scandal

    The Iran-Contra scandal was a political mishap conducted during the Reagan Administration. The controversy became public knowledge in November 1986. The United States Government believed that the sale...

  • Ebola Virus

    Per the CDC....Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman ...

  • WikiLeaks

    WikiLeaks is an online organization that publishes secret information as well as news leaks. Founded in 2006 by internet activist Julian Assange, the group is well known for providing otherwise unavai...

  • World’s Quietest Place

    Located in Orfield Laboratories in Minneapolis, USA the room is rated at -9 decibels. Guinness certified as the world’s quietest place it achieves this by double steel walls and one foot thick conc...

  • NYC Seed

    NYC Seed funds seed-stage technology entrepreneurs in New York City. Through the combined efforts of New York City’s most innovative organizations, NYC Seed provides funding, mentoring and support t...

  • The Five States of Matter

    There are five states of matter: Solids are ridged and do not conform to the shape of a container. Solids have volume but the atoms are fixed. Liquids cannot be compressed and will conform to the sha...

  • Suretyship

    Suretyship is the process of one person or entity agreeing to answer for the debt or obligation of another. It is commonplace in construction settings such as where a general contractor requires a sub...

  • Third-Party Insurance

    Liability insurance is a prime example of third-party insurance. It indemnifies the insured for damages sustained by a third-party for which the insured is legally liable. In addition to paying money ...

  • First-Party Insurance

    First-party insurance is coverage that indemnifies the purchaser of the policy for a loss suffered directly by him/her/it or some other person or entity named in the policy, for a loss sustained by hi...

  • Fire Insurance

    Fire insurance falls within the category of property and casualty insurance. As far as fires are concerned, it covers losses from "hostile" fires which are those that occur where fires are not supp...

  • NewSpace

    NewSpace is a philosophical movement often associated with the newly emerging private spaceflight industry. The term is used to categorize a number of corporations which have taken a different approac...

  • Al-Qaeda

    Al-Qaeda, Arabic al-Qāʿidah (“the Base”), is a global Islamist militant organization founded by Osama bin Laden in the late 1980’s (currently run by Ayman al-Zawahiri). Al-Qaeda began as a log...

  • Freedmen’s Bureau

    From 1865 to 1872, the Bureau of Abandoned Lands, Freedmen, and Refugees (better known as the Freedmen’s Bureau) provided resources such as food, clothing, and medical treatment to freed slaves and ...

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended the segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination in the United States based on color, creed, race, sex or national origin. It was the crowning l...

 

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