Obama Proposes ‘Free Community College’

Jan 9, 2015, 2:11 pm EST

President Barack Obama has announced a proposal to give people free community college.

The free community college proposal is called the “America’s College Promise”. The proposal would allow each student two years of community college for free so long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and make headway toward their degree. The goal of the proposal is to make community college as accessible as high school.

It’s estimated that 35% of jobs will require a bachelor’s degree by 2020. At the same time, it’s also expected that 30% of jobs will require some college or an associate’s degree. The proposal would require state agreement and the free community college is hoped to apply to the more than 1,100 in the United States. Read 

HarperCollins Apologizes for Omitting Israel From Maps

Jan 2, 2015, 3:20 pm EST

HarperCollins has apologized for omitting Israel on a map. Source: Wikipedia

The publisher designed an atlas for children in the Middle East but the Western Asian nation was not included due to less-than-convincing reasons.

HarperCollins subsidiary Collins Bartholomew said the atlas was catering to “local preferences” and including Israel would’ve been “unacceptable” to Gulf customers. Read 

What We Know About the North Korea Internet Outage

Dec 23, 2014, 2:45 pm EST

A North Korea internet outage occurred on Monday and lasted for several hours.

The exact reason behind the North Korea internet outage is unknown, but some speculate that the country was the target of a cyber attack. The White House said it didn’t know anything about the attack and that questions should be sent to the North Korean government, reports Fox News.

Following the 10-hour North Korea internet outage on Monday, the country suffered from two smaller ones. One of these outages lasted for about half an hour. It’s expected that there will be more outages in the country in the coming days, USA Today notes. Read 

US Says North Korea Behind Sony Pictures Hack

Dec 18, 2014, 3:27 pm EST

A United States official is claiming that North Korea was behind the Sony (SNE) Pictures hack.

According to the official, who can’t comment on the situation publicly, the attack didn’t comes from inside of North Korea, but they believe that it was set up by the country’s leaders. The official claims that a statement concerning the Sony Pictures hack should be released soon, reports USA Today.

The Sony pictures hack occurred on Nov. 24 and is believed to be connected to The Interview, which is a comedy about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Following threats toward the film, Sony has decided to cancel showing it in theaters, USA Today notes. Read 

New York Bans Fracking Over Health Concerns

Dec 18, 2014, 3:07 pm EST

New York announced on Wednesday that it will ban fracking in 2015.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he will ban fracking, which is used to pull oil and gas from underground, in early 2015. The decision to ban the activity was affected by the lack of scientific evidence that it wasn’t a health concern, reports Reuters.

Fracking activities in New York have been prohibited since 2008 as debate about it was ongoing. The decision to ban it in New York has the state joining Vermont as the only other one to have completely banned the operation, Reuters notes. Read 

Cuba News: What the Changes Mean for Americans

Dec 17, 2014, 3:47 pm EST

President Obama announced a number of policy changes meant to patch up the nation’s relationship with Cuba.

The announcement was made Wednesday, following the release of American Alan Gross who spent five years in Cuban prison. Thanks to the deal, Americans can now travel to Cuba.

The new policies will give U.S. citizens the opportunity to fly to Cuba with certain restrictions. Travelers must have one of 12 licenses — including diplomatic missions, education groups and performance artists — to make the trip out there. Read 

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