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  • Both Sides Say Ireland Has Voted to Legalize Gay Marriage

    Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday (May 23, 2015) even as officia...

  • State Department Releases Hundreds of Clinton Benghazi Emails

    The State Department released hundreds of Hillary Clinton's emails related to the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi on Friday. The emails are from the personal email account she used while she was secre...

  • ISIS Seizes Syrian World Heritage Site

    The Islamic State took control of Palmyra, a World Heritage site in Syria, and the neighboring town on May 21, 2015 the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports. Militants now control the airport, ...

  • Bin Laden Papers Released to Public

    Over 100 documents that were seized during the raid of Osama Bin Laden’s home that resulted in his death in 2011 were released by the office of the Director of National Intelligence on May 20, 2015....

  • Six Banks to Pay Fines Totaling $5.8 Billion After Criminal Allegations

    Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays Plc, UBS and the Royal Bank of Scotland all pled guilty to felony charges of conspiring to manipulate the currency market on May 20, 2015. All five will pay fi...

  • Indonesia, Malaysia to Take In Thousands of Stranded Refugees

    Indonesia and Malaysia agreed May 20, 2015 to house and facilitate the repatriation process for thousands of refugees who have been stranded at sea for the past two weeks. The decision reverses the go...

  • Takata Airbag Recall to Affect Millions of Vehicles

    In the largest automobile recall in history, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced May 19, 2015 34 million vehicles (14 percent of vehicles on the road in the U.S.) have been ou...

  • Judge Orders Expedited Release of Clinton’s Emails

    A federal judge ordered the State Department on May 19, 2015 to prepare a timetable by the next week for the public release of 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her term serving as Secre...

  • EU to Launch Naval Force with Focus on Migrant Smugglers

    A naval force to combat human smugglers from North Africa will be established next month after ministers of the European Union reached an agreement on May 18, 2015. The operation will have the power t...

  • 170 Charged in Texas Biker Gang Shootout

    Police in Waco, Texas arrested 170 suspected members of rival motorcycle gangs after a meeting outside a Twin Peaks restaurant ended in shootout that killed nine and injured 18 on May 17, 2015. Each s...

  • Obama Bans Police Usage of Military Equipment

    President Barack Obama announced new restrictions on giving some military-style equipment to local police forces on May 18, 2015. The gear banned under the executive order includes armored vehicles, b...

  • ISIS Takes Key Iraqi Province Capital

    Two days after U.S. forces announced the death of Abu Sayyaf, a senior commander with the Islamic State, ISIS forces took control of Ramadi, the capital of the Anbar Province in central Iraq on May 17...

  • Former President Morsi Sentenced to Death

    Former president Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death by an Egyptian court on May 16, 2015 over his role in a mass prison break in 2011. Morsi, and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood, had been h...

  • Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

    A jury charged Dzokhar Tsarnaev with the death penalty on May 15, 2015 for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings. The same jury convicted Tsarnaev the month before of all 30 counts. Tsarnaev's law...

  • Missing US Marine Helicopter Recovered in Nepal

    The wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that initially went missing while attempting to deliver aid to earthquake survivors was found near the Nepal-China border on May 15, 2015. Six U.S. marines and...

  • Bluesman B.B. King Dies at 89

    Legendary musician B.B. King, considered to be the “King of Blues” and one of the greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone, passed away in his sleep in Las Vegas on May 14, 2015. Over his l...

  • House Votes to End NSA Phone Surveillance

    The House of Representatives, in a vote of 338 to 88, approved a bill on May 13, 2015 that would end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records. The government would maintain th...

  • Burundi President Faces Coup Attempt

    As Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza vies to be reelected for a third term amidst violent protests in opposition of his bid, Burundi military leaders launched a coup attempt to overthrow Nkurunziza ...

  • Amtrak Train Crash in Philadelphia

    8 people were killed and over 200 people hurt after a speeding Amtrak train, carrying 238 passengers and five crew members, derailed and rolled onto its side in the Port Richmond section of Philadelph...

  • Senate Agrees to Vote on Trade Deal After Obama Intervenes

    After initially blocking the measure, the Senate reached an agreement to accelerate negotiations to complete a massive trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership on May 13, 2015 after President...

  • Memorial Day

    Memorial Day, a federal holiday, is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United Sta...

  • The Stonewall Riots

    The riots took place at the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich Village in New York City. While spontaneous, the demonstrations against the police raid on June 28, 1969 are generally considered to be th...

  • Tropical Cyclone

    A warm-core non-frontal synoptic-scale cyclone, originating over tropical or subtropical waters, with organized deep convection and a closed surface wind circulation about a well-defined center. Onc...

  • Dred Scott v. Sanford

    Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857) represents a monumental case in the tortuous history of African-Americans’ civil rights. Dred Scott, an African-American slave, had accompanied his owners from the slave...

  • Scotch Whisky

    Scotch whisky, often referred to as “Scotch”, is a distilled spirit exclusively made in Scotland from cereals, water and yeast. According to the Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009, the mashing, fermen...

  • Assembly Line

    The assembly line concept, that revolutionized the automobile and manufacturing industries worldwide, was introduced by Henry Ford at his Highland Park plant in Michigan on December 1, 1913. Ford appl...

  • Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

    Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles, California, on June 5, 1968, while campaigning for U.S. presidency. After winning the California primary, Kennedy was giving a ...

  • Blood Pressure

    Blood pressure is the force of blood against artery walls. Optimal blood pressure is considered to be under 120/80 and is a comparison of the greatest pressure to the least amount of pressure of blood...

  • 'Bloody Sunday' March from Selma (1965)

    As part of the campaign led by various southern activist groups and Martin, Luther King, Jr. for federal protection of voting rights for African Americans, 600 demonstrators crossed the Edmund Pettus ...

  • United Launch Alliance (ULA)

    United Launch Alliance is a private aerospace joint venture under Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. It was formed in 2006 when the aforementioned space teams merged ...

  • 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 ...

  • Genetic Engineering

    Genetic engineering is the process of using recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology to alter the genetic makeup of an organism. Traditionally, humans have manipulated genomes indirectly by controlling breed...

  • Cinco de Mayo

    The celebration of “Cinco de Mayo” commemorates the “Battle of Puebla” (May 5, 1862). In this battle, Mexican forces led by Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín (from what is now the city of Goliad, Texas...

  • Effendia

    The effendia is an Arab middle class that is mainly comprised of young intellectuals. Their influence began spreading during the 1930s in correlation to rising college attendance. The effendia became ...

  • Anthropocentric Global Warming

    Human activity contributes to climate change, primarily by way of carbon dioxide released by burning fossil fuels for transportation, heating, and to power manufacturing. The scientific consensus on c...

  • Reaganomics

    After becoming the U.S. President in 1981, Ronald Reagan proposed certain measures to fix the nation’s economic woes. He held that excessive government regulations, undue tax burden and high spendin...

  • Death of Freddie Gray

    A preliminary autopsy showed a spinal injury as the cause of death of the 25-year-old man who died in police custody after his arrest in Baltimore on April 12, 2015. Freddie Gray was arrested after he...

  • Gandhi Reforms India

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) led India to independence from the British rule. He advocated the methods of ‘ahimsa’ (non-violence) and ‘satyagraha’ (insistence on truth) to bring abou...

  • Bountygate

    The Bountygate scandal was an incident in which members of the New Orleans Saints defensive squad and coaching staff participated in a slush fund, where players were compensated for purposefully injur...

  • Jerry Sandusky Scandal

    Jerry Sandusky is a retired American football coach at Penn State University who is perhaps better known for his status as a convicted serial child molester. In 1977 Sandusky founded The Second Mile,...

 

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