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Obama announces NSA reforms, defends surveillance

Haley BeMiller

January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama announced Friday a slew of reforms to the National Security Agency while still maintaining the need for surveillance programs in the United States.Most notably, Obama promised that the government will no longer hold on to metadata collected from citizens' phone records. However, ...

U.S. weighs options amid increasing violence in Iraq

Rachel Hinton

January 12, 2014

After years of merciless bloodletting in Iraq, the United States faces the daunting task of maintaining influence in a country on the brink of implosion.The situation in Iraq is one of the bloodiest the country has seen since the early 2000s. The escalation stems from mounting tensions between the Sunni...

ICMYI: What’s happening in world news

The Associated Press

January 12, 2014

Rodman apologizes for comments on jailed AmericanDennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players.The former basketball star issued the apology through p...

Illinois gears up for concealed carry

Brenden Moore

January 12, 2014

As Illinoisans rang in the New Year, several laws that were passed in 2013 went into effect. Most notably, Illinois became the last state to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons.The law passed in July after years of the state dragging its feet, as Chicago Democratic leaders in the le...

Familiar headlines to watch out for in 2014

Haley BeMiller

January 1, 2014

Between the Boston Marathon bombing and the first government shutdown in 17 years, 2013 was a year for the history books. Some of these events were resolved, but others are only beginning. Here's a look at some stories from 2013 that were far from finished when the ball dropped on New Year's Eve. We...

Iran ready to reach nuclear deal despite obstacles

AJ Karolczak

December 20, 2013

Iranian foreign advisor Ali Akbar Velayati said Tuesday that the "situation is ready" to strike a deal over Iran's contested nuclear program, according to the Associated Press. Negotiations last month in Geneva began the difficult task of reaching a deal that would halt U.S. sanctions on Iran, as...

‘Insolvent’ Detroit cleared for bankruptcy

AJ Karolczak

December 10, 2013

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes officially cleared the way for the city of Detroit to enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy in a hearing held Dec. 3. The city faces an estimated $18 billion in debt, according to the Detroit Free Press. Rhodes was faced with the task in deciding whether or not the city had...

Nelson Mandela dies at 95, leaves behind powerful legacy

Haley BeMiller

December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid revolutionary, died Thursday after battling a lung infection.The former leader was 95 at the time of his death, and according to South African President Jacob Zuma, he died surrounded by loved ones."Our nation has lost its greates...


The Associated Press

December 5, 2013

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news...

(AP) Iran, 6 world powers reach deal on Iranian nuclear program

The Associated Press

November 24, 2013

Moments after Iran and world powers signed a landmark nuclear deal on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was already looking ahead to the "even more difficult" efforts to probe Tehran's atomic capabilities and try to ease international concerns that they cannot be diverted for weapons de...

(AP) It’s official: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs same-sex marriage legislation

The Associated Press

November 20, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday allowing same-sex weddings starting this summer, making President Barack Obama's home state the 16th overall - and largest in the nation's heartland - to legalize gay marriage.The festivities at the University of Illinois at Chicag...

Students connect with typhoon victims

Haley BeMiller

November 18, 2013

A super typhoon swept through the Philippines more than a week ago, leaving the underdeveloped country forced to deal with the destruction it left behind.Typhoon Haiyan, known by Filipinos as Yolanda, hit the country Nov. 8 after storm trackers watched it swell in the Pacific Ocean. According to NPR, t...

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