The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
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April 8, 2015

Policeman Charged With Murder

A white police officer in South Carolina was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting a fleeing black man in the back. In a news conference, North Charleston’s mayor called officer Michael Slager’s actions “a bad decision”


Shell Makes $70B Acquisition

Shell has agreed to buy British gas producer BG Group for $69.7 billion in cash and stock, the companies announced Wednesday


Rahm Emanuel Wins Second Term

Emanuel was forced to campaign furiously across the city to beat Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia after failing to capture a majority


Obama Poised to Remove Cuba From Terrorism List

President Obama said Tuesday that he would move quickly on a decision to remove Cuba from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, pending a recommendation from the agency. “As soon as I get a recommendation, I’ll be in a position to act on it”


UConn Beats Notre Dame in NCAA Women’s Final

UConn beat Notre Dame 63-53 on Tuesday night to win the Huskies’ third straight championship and 10th overall, tying coach Geno Auriemma with UCLA legend John Wooden for the most titles in college basketball


Comedy Legend Stan Freberg Dies at 88

The American comedy genius known for his satirical recordings and extensive credits in radio, TV and film, died Tuesday at age 88, his family said. The California native began a career spanning more than six decades by doing voice impersonations in the 1940s


More Women Aren’t Having Children, Survey Finds

Nearly half of women between the ages of 15 and 44 did not have kids in 2014, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. The figure is the highest percentage since the Census Bureau started measuring it in 1976


Sardine Fishing Ban Mulled for U.S. West Coast

Overfishing along the U.S. Pacific coast has decimated sardine populations to the point that authorities are considering a widespread ban on harvesting the popular species. Overfishing has caused sardine numbers in U.S. waters to fall by an estimated 90% since 2007


This Is the City With the Greatest Well-Being in America

A new ranking by Gallup measures financial, social and physical well-being of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The top-ranking spot was the North Port-Sarasota-Brandenton metropolitan area in southern Florida


Kenyans Angry Over Delayed Police Response to Attack

Public anger spilled into the streets of the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, a fury stirred by the seven-hour delay between the time authorities learned of a deadly attack by gunmen on a college and when police commandos finally arrived at the scene


This Spring Will Be Especially Bad for Allergy Sufferers

There’s one more downside to winters that seems to drag on: allergy season is intensified. Tree pollen levels may reach unusually high levels in the coming weeks because persistent colder temperatures delayed some trees from pollinating last month


Google Has a Tool to Stop You From Reading Spoilers Online

The frustration of accidentally reading spoilers posted on social media may soon be a thing of the past, according to an “anti-spoiler” patent awarded to Google on Tuesday. The patent suggests that the system would track your TV or movie viewing progress

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