By TIME Staff
April 2, 2015

‘Descent Into Dictatorship’

Martial law has been lifted in Thailand, but replaced with an order that grants identical powers to the junta. On Wednesday, the Thai King approved General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s decision to invoke an article in the interim constitution that could be used to curb dissent

Airbnb Heads to Cuba

Airbnb will allow travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion since the declaration of detente

McWorkers Get a Pay Hike

The fast-food giant announced on Wednesday that it would hike its hourly pay for non-franchise U.S. workers to $10 per hour by the end of 2016

Foreigners Joining Terrorists, Says U.N. Report

The number of fighters leaving home to join al-Qaeda and ISIS has spiked to more than 25,000 from over 100 nations, according to a new U.N. report. It cited the “high number” of foreign fighters from Tunisia, Morocco, France and Russia

Kenya University Attack Kills at Least 15

Gunmen attacked a university in eastern Kenya Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in hostels. At least 15 have been killed, including two police officers, and police believe that several students are being held hostage in a building

Indiana’s ‘No Gay Wedding’ Pizzeria Has Closed

An Indiana pizzeria remained closed on Wednesday, embroiled in a national debate after its owners said they would not cater gay weddings because of their religious beliefs. “I don’t know if we will reopen, or if we can, if it’s safe to reopen,” co-owner Crystal O’Connor said

March Was Hottest on Record for West Coast

Last month was the hottest March on record for cities scattered across the West Coast, with temperatures consistently higher than those posted in earlier years. Los Angeles and San Diego marked at least five days of 90°F or above temperatures

Durst Lawyers Say FBI Illegally Searched His Hotel Room

Durst, who waived extradition to California on the murder charge, was arrested last month at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in New Orleans. He is set for a Thursday hearing on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and illegally possessing a firearm along with an illegal drug

Meet the World’s New Oldest Person

Following the death on Wednesday of Misao Okawa, a 117-year-old who lived in Japan, the world’s new oldest person is an American. The Gerontology Research Group confirms the title now belongs to Gertrude Weaver, 116, who lives at a nursing home in Arkansas

Los Angeles to Fix Crumbling Sidewalks

The City of Los Angeles said Wednesday that it will budget $1.3 billion over 30 years to repair broken sidewalks, resolving a lawsuit that claimed the walkways were in such poor condition they violated the Americans With Disabilities Act

NYPD Cop Transferred After Blowing Top at Uber Driver

A detective from the New York City Police Department has been transferred after a video of him haranguing an Uber driver went viral this week. “That officer’s behavior reflected poorly on everyone,” said NYPD Police Commissioner William J. Bratton

Arkansas Governor Won’t Sign Religious-Freedom Bill

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson called for the state legislature to make changes to a controversial religious-freedom bill that prompted an angry outcry from prominent businesses and activists who say it could lead to discrimination against gays

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