Hack reveals illegal phone records

A hack of Securus Technologies’ cloud storage system reveals the company reveals over 70 million records of phone calls, placed by prisoners to at least 37 states, in addition to links to downloadable recordings of the calls. The calls span a nearly two-and-a-half year period, beginning in December 2011 and ending in the spring of 2014. The data includes up to […]

France bombs Syria

French fighter planes carry out their biggest bombing raid in Syria, dropping 20 bombs on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. The fighters were launched from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said France had the “legitimacy” to take action against ISIS after the terror attacks in Paris. ISIS casualties are reported, […]

Police: 153 dead

Police say that 153 people have died in the attacks. 112 killed at Bataclan venue; 14 at Petit Cambodge restaurant; 19 outside La Belle Epuipe bar; 4 on Ave de le République 4 outside stadium.

Petit Cambodge shooting

The attack starts at the Petit Cambodge (“Little Cambodia”) restaurant in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, as popular nightlife area. Shots are fired from a car into the restaurant. 14 people die in the attack. Tirs à la Kalash au petit Cambodge dans le 10 ème à #Paris plusieurs morts. Secours et police sur place #tir pic.twitter.com/BBKaYocMz7 — […]

$1million for Tor users identities

Operators of the Tor network accuse Carnegie Mellon of accepting up to $1million from the FBI to help help track users running illegal operations on websites. Tor director Roger Dingledine questions the university’s ethics We think it’s unlikely they could have gotten a valid warrant … [since it] appears to have indiscriminately targeted many users at once… The […]

Kurds launch offensive

A Kurdish force of up to 7,500 soldiers is on the offensive to reclaim Sinjar from ISIS. With help from collation air strikes the Kurdish forces attack from three fronts to recapture the town. By recapturing the town they will cut off ISIS main supply line to Mosul, allowing for a future attack on Mosul sometime […]

Orders doping investigation

President Putin has orders an investigation into claims by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), that the country’s athletes were using performance enhancing drugs during the 2012 London Olympics. WADA wants to ban Russian athletes from competing. Athletes who are found to be doping would have their Olympic Medals taken away from them and be banned from participating in […]

Agents arrested for cocaine smuggling

Three TSA officers are arrested for smuggling cocaine through San Francisco International Airport. They were bribed to turn their heads while drug traffickers had cocaine in their carry on luggage, but did not know that the “drug trafficking” was actually part of an undercover operation by the DEA. The officers are charged with conspiring to defraud the TSA by obstructing a […]

Marijuana bill passed

The Senate approves funding bill to allow doctors in the Veterans Administration to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where it is legal. It passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee with an 18-12 vote. Marijuana has been shown to help veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Nine companies, 44 people charged

  New York City officials charge 44 people and nine companies with cheating thousands of residential and commercial customers out of $34million of heating oil for nearly a decade. The defendants include company owners and executives, truck drivers and dispatchers. They face charges of grand larceny, fraud, falsifying business records and enterprise corruption. Indicted companies are F&S Distribution, G&D […]

Drops tips

Joe’s Crab Shack drops tipping at its restaurants, one of the first chains to do so. The chain will increase server wage to $14 an hour, offset by 12%-15% increase in food. The company says the move should reduce staff turnover, improve service quality, and actually lower prices for customers who are typically more generous with their tipping. […]

Announces free video streaming plan

T-Mobile CEO, Legere, announces “Binge On,” a cell phone service that allows users to stream video services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and others, without it counting against their data plans. The service starts over the next two weeks and is free with any new or existing plans. The Company is in talks with YouTube, but the Google-owned video platform hadn’t quickly agreed to technical […]

NSA loses phone metadata ruling

Federal judge Leon orders the NSA to stop collecting the phone metadata of California attorney J.J. Little and his small legal practice. While the injunction takes effect immediately, the scope is limited. Leon says that the case may be the last court evaluation of the NSA’s bulk metadata collection program. It will not, however, be the last chapter in the […]

Russia destroys 448 ISIS targets

Through the last three days, Russia has been targeting and destroying key ISIS facilities in Syria. Kremlin has been using airstrikes to target key terrorist facilities. At least 448 facilities have been destroyed throughout the country. A Kremlin spokesman warned that Russia’s ongoing campaign has meant terrorists have changed their tactics

Russia sends 4000 troops to Syria

President Putin is sending 4000 troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State. Russia’s foreign ministry has stated that these troops will not serving a combat role, and are to guard Russian bases and working with the Syria military. The figure has doubled since Moscow began airstrikes against the terror group, according to US officials

Policeman kills U.S. trainers

A Jordanian policeman shoots and kills two of his American instructors in Jordan. The attacker is said to be a Captain with the Jordan police force is also said to have killed a South African along with injuring two others Americans and four Jordanian. An investigation had been launched. U.S. Embassy: Our heartfelt condolences go out […]

France: gay men can donate blood

By Spring of 2016, gay men in France will be allowed to donate blood, ending a 33 year ban that was put in place in1983. Under new rules, men who haven’t had sex in four months before donating, or have only had one partner will be allowed to donate. If this restriction shows no risk […]

Scholarships funded by marijuana

Starting in 2017, graduates from Pueblo County, CO, high schools can be eligible to receive a scholarship funded by the states marijuana tax. With 60% of the county voting in favor, growers should be expecting to pay 5% more in taxes by 2020. These taxes are expected to generate $3.5 million in taxes, half of which […]

Officers arrested

The Louisiana State police arrest Greenhouse and Stafford for their involvement in Mardis’ killing and charge them with second degree murder and attempted second degree murder. Police say 18 rounds had been fired by two different guns. Police: We took some of the body cam footage. I’m not gonna talk about it, but I’m gonna tell you […]

Keystone XL pipeline rejected

President Obama announces that he will not allow TransCanada Corp a cross border permit. This prevents the company from building the pipeline. Although the pipeline would be creating new jobs, others cited environmental damages that could occur during construction and general maintenance. Obama: America’s now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight […]

Comcast expands data caps

Comcast will expand is data caps to parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia. The data limits will limit home transfers to 300gb of data per month with a $10 overcharge for every 50gb over. Despite complaints, Comcast says the caps are designed to bring “fairness” to all home internet users. While we believe that 300GB is more than enough to […]

Investigates Exxon Mobile for falsifying climate data

New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman opens an investigation against Exxon Mobile over whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how such risks might hurt the oil business. Schneiderman say that over a period of ten years, Exxon Mobile funded outside groups that sought to […]

Maldives Parliament impeaches Vice President

The Maldivian Parliament votes 65-0 to impeach Vice President Adeeb on terrorism charges for planning to kill President Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Adeeb is currently awaiting trail, but could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted under new terrorism laws. The military says it had found a homemade bomb in a vehicle parked near the president’s official residence and deactivated […]

Elected first female prime minister

Bhandari is elected as Nepal’s first female prime minister, by a vote of 327-214 against Congress party leader Kul Bahadur Gurung. Bhandari says her goals are to draft a new constitution which will move Nepal away from a traditional-male dominated society to a more equally balanced one.

Launches The Sentry

Clooney and Prendergast launche The Sentry, an initiative to find and bring justice to those that profit from conflicts in Africa by exposing how conflict is financed and profits laundered, with a website encouraging people to anonymously submit leaks and tips. Real leverage for peace and human rights will come when the people who benefit from war will pay […]

Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq

The U.S., and its allies launch coordinated airstrikes on the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. At least 23 airstrikes are conducted over the two nations, with nine launched over Syria and 14 launched over Iraq. These airstrikes target tactical units and fighting positions in seven cities between the two countries.

Attacks Kobane, 120 killed

ISIS conducts a 24-hour “killing rampage” through the Kurdish town of Kobane, Syria. A majority of those slain are mainly women and children. Over 120 civilians are reported executed in their homes or killed by rocket and sniper fire. The killings are widely seen as vengeance for a series of defeats inflicted on ISIS by Kurdish militia in recent weeks.

Apologizes for wartime slave labor

Mitsubishi Materials s the first major Japanese company to apologize for using U.S. prisoners of war as slave labour during World War II. Six prisoner-of-war camps in Japan were linked to the Mitsubishi conglomerate during the war, and they held 2,041 prisoners, more than 1,000 of whom were American. At the time of liberation, four sites […]

Announces $100 million for alien life search

Hawking and Milner announce they are putting $100 million into Breakthrough Listen, a project to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. Hawking: We believe that life arose spontaneously on Earth. So in an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life. Milner, who is funding the project, says scientists will be able to collect as much data on […]

Sinai checkpoint attack: five dead

Suspected Militants who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State carried out an attack at two military checkpoints near the northern town of Sheikh Zuweidn, in the Sinai peninsula. At least five members of the Egyptian military are killed.

Seven injured at SC rally

Supporters of the Ku Klux Klan and Black Panther parties rally together outside of the South Carolina Capitol in Columbia. As the day goes on, rallies quickly turn aggressive despite police presence. Seven people are taken to hospital, while five others were arrested. Protestor: The Confederate flag does not represent hate. A lot of Americans died for that flag

Boy beheads soldier

An Islamic State video shows a boy who seems to be no older than ten beheading of a Syrian Officer in the ancient city of Palmyra. This is the first time the Islamic State has publicly filmed one of its young recruits beheading  a captive.

Ads targeted to bank balance patent

Apple files a patent an opt-in service that targets ads on Apple Pay through the iPhone, based on how much money a user has in their bank accounts. Advertisers will be able to choose parameters for the ads, so that a user’s profile can be matched up to the most appropriate ad. The profile could include, along with available […]

Marijuana bill approved

Governor Ige signs a bill to allow up to eight medical marijuana dispensary licenses within the state, including two in Maui County. These dispensary are expected to serve up to 13,000 qualified patients who hold medical marijuana card. Ige: I support the establishment of dispensaries to ensure that qualified patients can legally and safely access medical […]

Quarter of veterans die waiting

In an internal report with the Department of Veterans Affairs says more than one-fourth of veterans are awaiting medical treatment, end up dead before they receive care. Of the 847,882 applicants that are waiting for enrollment, 238,657 of them have died. Representatives deny the claim, saying that the numbers have been artificially inflated because there is no […]

Mass grave found

  A mass grave is found miles inland from the U.S. Mexico border. These bodies are being gathered from the deserts that surround a immigrations checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas. Despite this discovery of a mass grave on U.S. soil, Texas officials see that there is “no evidence” of wrongdoing. They’re unmarked, they’re unidentifiable, and there’s […]

Found guilty

Holmes is found guilty for his actions in the 2012 shooting which killed 12 people and injured 70. A jury deliberates  for 13 hours over two days before rejecting pleas from defense lawyers that Holmes had a severe mental illness and was not legally responsible for his actions. As Judge Samour reads the 165 counts against […]

Kuwait collects DNA as attack response

The government of Kuwait now requires DNA testing for all citizens and foreigners living within the country. This law was quickly imposed after the country was attacked by the Islamic State attack on one of its Mosque in its capital. We had no way of knowing who the perpetrator was because there were no records on file […]

Invites Congress to tour ‘anthrax facility’

North Korea invites all members of the US Congress to tour the capital Pyongyang Bio-Technical Institute, a place that many weapons experts believe is being used to produce large quantities of anthrax, a banned weapon of mass destruction by the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. North Korea denies the idea that they could produce anthrax in these facilities. National Defense […]

Claim: Funds anti-climate politicians, lobbyists

Despite a 2007 promise to stop funding anti Climate Change researchers and activist groups, Greenpeace claims that ExxonMobil has paid $1.87 million for every Republican in Congress who actively denies climate change. An additional $454,000 went to ALEC. In an email response to The Guardian newspaper the Company says: ExxonMobil does not fund climate denial…We are taking action in […]

Natural gas overtakes coal energy use

A report from SNL Energy shows that coal has dropped from providing 44% of the county’s energy needs to 30%. Due to rapid advancements in fracking technologies, natural gas production, 31%of America’s electricity is now coming from natural gas, up from 22 percent in 2010.