The Chinese government has shut down access to Google in the country. Censorship watchdog Greatfire.org reports the search engine, as well as options like Gmail and Google Calendar, are inaccessible. This move came ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Discussion about the event is strictly censored by the Chinese government. This isn't the first time this has happened. In 2012, the site and its services were blocked as the Communist Party met to appoint new leaders.
Scientists have just discovered the "Godzilla of Earths," a new type of huge and rocky alien world about 560 light years from Earth. Dubbed a "Mega-Earth," Kepler-10C is 17 times as massive as our planet. The Mega-Earth is rocky and also bigger than "Super-Earths," which are a class of planets as much as 10 times as massive as Earth. Theorists weren't sure that a world like the newfound exoplanet could exist.
The White House has apologized for failing to alert Congress about the prisoner exchange that secured the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said the Deputy National Security Advisor called her Monday night, apologizing for not providing Congress with 30 days' notice, as is required by law. Feinstein chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. Bergdahl was swapped for five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay on Saturday. The exchange has stirred controversy, and Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has said he would not have made such a prisoner swap.
Some workers in Seattle are about to make a lot more money after the city council voted to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. The raise got unanimous approval Monday. The hike to $15 an hour makes it the highest in the nation by far and is the same number that fast food workers around the country have been rallying for.
In Utah, a teen goes on a joy ride, almost hitting several kids in a park Saturday. Police say the 14-year-old weaved at high speeds through neighborhoods and eventually turned into the park. That's when officers called off the chase for fear it might endanger people. It was a quick-thinking parent who jumped in his truck and rammed the stolen car ending the chase. The man who stopped the erratic driver was at the park watching his kids play and he said he was just angry someone would be driving so close to his kids. The 14-year-old is expected to face charges. Neither driver was hurt.