Michael Bloomberg. Photo via MTA on Flickr.
Bloomberg Not Running
Michael Bloomberg has decided not to enter the presidential race as a third party candidate, saying an independent bid could backfire and help put Republicans Donald Trump or Ted Cruz in the White House. "That is not a risk I can take in good conscience," he said. —The Washington Post
US Air Strike Kills 150 in Somali
A US air strike on a training camp in Somali has killed around 150 al Shabab fighters, according to the Pentagon. Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said the Islamist fighters, part of an al Qaeda affiliate, "posted an imminent threat to US and (African Union) forces." —The New York Times
Reporter Wins $55 Million Over Stalker Hotel Video
Sportscaster Erin Andrews has been awarded $55 million from a hotel operator after the secret recording and release of a video showing her naked while staying at a Tennessee hotel. Her stalker Michael David Barrett, who recorded the video after sawing a peephole into her room, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. —ABC News
San Francisco Train Derailed
A Bay Area commuter train went off its tracks in Niles Canyon, east of San Francisco, causing the front car of the train to hit a tree and fall into the creek. Police said 14 of the 214 train passengers were injured, with four sustaining serious injuries. —USA Today
Tunisia Kills Militants at Libya Border
Tunisian security forces have killed 28 militants who launched a cross-border raid from Libya. Seven civilians and nine security officers were also killed in clashes. The fighting follows an attack by Islamists on an army base and police station at the Tunisian border. —BBC News
China Sets Up Base in Djibouti
China has hinted at plans for more global bases following the setup of "support facilities" in Djibouti, something the African country calls a military facility. China plans to use it to launch anti-piracy operations, and China's foreign minister said there could be more facilities in future.—Reuters
EU and Turkey Agree Refugee Deal
Turkey and the EU have reached an outline agreement to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe. The EU is expected to give Turkey $3.3 billion and grant Turkish citizens the right to enter the Schengen zone without a visa in exchange for help ending the flow of refugees to Greece. —Al Jazeera
Indian Teen Raped and Set on Fire
Police say a 15-year-old girl is fighting for her life in a New Delhi hospital after being raped and set on fire on the rooftop of her family home. A 20-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping and trying to burn the girl, after her parents found her with severe burns. —AP
Maria Sharapova. Photo via Wikimedia.
Nike Suspends Sharapova Ties
The sportswear giant has announced it is suspending its relationship with Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova after she admitted to have failed a drug test. "We are saddened and surprised," the Nike statement read. —Sky News
Google Hires 4chan Founder
Christopher Poole, the founder of notorious forum 4chan, has been hired by Google. Poole said he found himself "drawn to their intelligence, passion, and enthusiasm." —Gizmodo
Egyptian Student to Leave US After Trump Joke
A student pilot from Egypt has agreed to leave the US voluntarily after posting on Facebook the world would thank him if he killed Donald Trump. Emadeldin Elsayed, 23, was not charged, but immigration authorities wanted to deport him. —Slate
American Muslim Ads Go Up in NYC
Ads created for a comedy documentary called
The Muslims Are Coming!
were banned last year by New York City's transit authority for being "political." But a First Amendment–based lawsuit means the ads will now go up across the subway system. —
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