French attack planes on Friday destroyed fuel depots and ammunitions on an Iraqi military installation run by the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. Fighter jets accompanied by support planes carried out four airstrikes and managed to destroy the target, the Associated Press reports. French president Francois Hollande said that other operations will continue in the coming days with the goal to “weaken this terrorist organization and come to the aid of the Iraqi authorities.” Continue reading
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading on the New York Stock Exchange at noon EDT today, opening at $92.70 a share — a 40 percent raise from its $68/share pricing the night before. That’s a bigger increase than Amazon.com saw it opening day in 1997. The company is expected to raise more than $21.8 billion, making Alibaba the biggest IPO in U.S. history. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The White House has enlisted Hollywood stars including Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” and Connie Britton of “Nashville” to help fight campus sexual assault. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are unveiling the “It’s On Us” campaign Friday at a White House event.
At least eight freshmen at U.S. colleges have died in the first few weeks of this school year. The deaths have cast a shadow over the campuses on which the students spent too little time, but they’re also a cross-section of the kinds of issues and decisions facing freshmen as they begin their college careers — and of the choices some young students may not be prepared to make. Continue reading
Scottish citizens awoke today — if they ever went to bed at all — to the news that their country will remain part of the United Kingdom. A record-breaking 85 percent of registered voters turned out at the polls Thursday to cast their ballots for or against independence, the Associated Press reports. This included a number of voters under the age of 18 — the referendum was the first time individuals as young as 16 were permitted to vote on a major matter of state in the United Kingdom. The majority of residents, 55 percent, voted against independence, while 45 percent voted for it. Continue reading
President Barack Obama says a bipartisan Senate vote to authorize arming and training Syrian rebels shows the world that Americans are united in combating the Islamic State group. Continue reading
The League of Conservation Voters today announced that it would be pouring more than $25 million into ads and mobilization for the upcoming midterm elections, more than five times what they spent in 2010.
Between April and September of this year, 56 million payment cards used at Home Depot were leaked in a security breach, the company confirmed today. The home-improvement retailer announced that the malware responsible for the breach has been removed from its U.S. and Canadian systems. Continue reading
Every month the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases an “Employment Situation Summary” based on current employment and population statistics the agency collects. But does this report paint a full picture? Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015.