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Jon Stewart in March of 2011 in New York City.

Jon Stewart Will Leave 'The Daily Show' This Year

Jon Stewart, the comedian who has become a highly influential figure in American politics, is leaving The Daily Show sometime this year.

Stewart let the news slip during this evening's taping of the show.

Fittingly, The A.V. Club, a real-news spin-off of The Onion, first reported the news and Comedy Central confirmed it, saying Stewart would step down "later this year."

Proposed Law In Puerto Rico Would Fine Parents Of Obese Children

Lawmakers in Puerto Rico have introduced a controversial measure that could punish the parents of overweight children.

As Fox Latino reports, the bill was introduced in Puerto Rico's senate and would have education officials identify obese children and then tell their parents what they can do to help them. Fox Latino adds:

In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick.

Chelsea Manning To Be 'Guardian' Columnist

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for being behind the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, will write an opinion column for the Guardian's U.S. website, the site's editor-in-chief said.

Politico quoted a Guardian memo as saying Manning, who is serving her sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., will not be paid. Also, her columns won't be on a set schedule.

After Ruling, Alabama Faces Hodgepodge Of Same-Sex Marriage Policies

Gay rights advocates have asked a federal court to order probate judges in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Meanwhile, some couples staged a sit-in, of sorts, outside the Mobile County courthouse.

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Newly Discovered Footage Shows Sinking Of SS Eastland

Robert Siegel speaks with grad student Jeff Nichols about his recent find of footage from the SS Eastland disaster in July 1915. Nichols, who is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, found the clip while researching for his dissertation on Chicago and World War I propaganda.

In September, this 300-bed Ebola treatment unit, funded by the U.S., was under construction in Monrovia, Liberia's capital.

Guess How Much Of Uncle Sam's Money Goes To Foreign Aid? Guess Again!

How much of the federal budget goes to foreign aid?

What's your best guess? 10 percent? 20 percent? 1 percent?

If you're like most Americans, you probably guessed wrong.

California's Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

The future of strawberry breeding at the University of California has been secured. Perhaps.

When It's Hard To Get A Vaccine Exemption, More Kids Get Shots

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Russian soldiers guard the entrance to the Ukrainian military base in Perevalne, Crimea, last March. Russia was widely criticized internationally. But now Russian lawmakers are considering a bill that says Crimea was illegally given to Ukraine in 1954 and should have been part of Russia all along.

With New Moves, Russia's Parliament Looks To Rewrite History

In the Soviet days, when Communist leaders periodically tried to rewrite history, the country's historians had a favorite joke: anyone can predict the future, they would say, what's hard is predicting the past.

The Soviet Union may now be history, but Russian lawmakers are busy trying to create their own version of the past.

Russia's parliament is considering several measures that would change the interpretation of major events in order to justify the country's actions today. The main driver is Russia's seizure of Crimea last March from Ukraine.

The James C. Nance Memorial Bridge, which connects Purcell and Lexington, Okla., is closed for repair in March 2014. A handful of states have raised their gas taxes in part to fund transportation projects like bridge and road repairs.

Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

A dozen states are considering something that was rarely discussed a few years ago: raising gas taxes. Low prices at the pump have emboldened state officials to think about raising new revenue to repair crumbling roads and bridges.

It's a scene that's all too familiar in much of the country — construction workers performing emergency repairs on a bridge. In Franklin Township, N.J., one bridge closed abruptly last month when it was deemed unsafe.