US Loosens Embargo on Cuba: The New Rules

Jan 15, 2015, 2:34 pm EDT

The United States is loosening its embargo on Cuba.

President Obama is following through on a number of policy changes announced Dec. 17 regarding the US embargo on Cuba.

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the move helps put behind “out-of-date policies that were not working and puts in place a policy that helps promote political and economic freedom for the Cuban people.” Read 

Bartender Planned to Poison John Boehner

Jan 14, 2015, 4:44 pm EDT

A bartender with a grudge against John Boehner threatened to kill the House Speaker.

Michael Robert Hoyt was indicted Jan. 7 on charges for threatening to murder the Ohio congressman. He said he wanted to shoot Boehner or maybe put something in his drink back in October.

The 44-year-old bartender worked at an Ohio country club where the House Speaker was a member. Hoyt was fired from that job and blamed Boehner for it. Read 

Obama Proposes ‘Free Community College’

Jan 9, 2015, 2:11 pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 

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