An agreement has been reached on Iran’s nuclear program. The deal will greatly limit Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. The country has been under brutal international sanctions for most of the past decade.
Apple CEO and Baldwin County native Tim Cook has announced that he will be donating his fortune to charity. According to Fortune, Cook will be donating approximately $785 million, after he pays for his 10 year old nephew’s college education. He joins tech titans Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Larry Ellison in pledging to donate massive funds for charity.
The investigation into the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps has come to a startling revelation. Investigators now believe that the co-pilot of the flight deliberately crashed the plane. As of now, no motive has been discovered.
A passenger jet carrying over 150 people has crashed in the French Alps. The jet was traveling from Spain to Germany and crashed near the town of Barcelonnette, about 65 miles north of Nice. The French helicopter that spotted the wreckage has reported that there are no survivors.
Ted Cruz became the first big name candidate to officially announce he is running for president. In a sign of the times, Cruz first made the announcement via Twitter. He later made a formal announcement at Liberty University in Virginia.
In a move hailed by the internet community, the FCC voted yesterday to reclassify consumer broadband as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act. The maneuver will allow the FCC to enforce net neutrality. In a separate ruling, the FCC also overturned state laws prohibiting municipal broadband. Both decisions are seen as big wins for consumers.
The second open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act ended on Sunday, and the Obama administration has declared it a big success. According to administration officials, over 11 million people signed up for coverage this time around. The administration did not specify the number of new enrollments versus renewals from last year.
The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France have reached an agreement to end the fighting in war torn Ukraine. The nation has been engulfed in conflict for nearly a year as Russian backed separatists have fought the central government for control of the eastern portion of the country that borders Russia. Western powers believe Russia is supplying weapons and soldiers to the rebels cause.
The battle over same-sex marriage in Alabama is not over. Last night, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered all probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A federal court had previously thrown out Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, with Monday being the first day couples could apply for licenses.
The first jobs report of 2015 was issued by the Labor Department today, and the news was nearly all positive. The US added 257,000 jobs last month, and previous months were revised up. November’s job totals jumped to 441,000, the highest figure in 17 years. December’s numbers were revised up from 252,000 to 329,000.