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The Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald, explained

Laquan McDonald didn't appear to pose a threat to the people around him as he haphazardly ran down a Chicago street, allegedly carrying a knife but keeping his distance from the police cars parked around him.

Police killings since Ferguson, in one map

Laquan McDonald, Freddie Gray, and Jessica Hernandez are just three of at least 1,493 people killed by police since August 9, 2014, the day of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Vox Sentences: Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by a cop. His killer was just charged with murder.

The video that has Chicago on edge tonight; Turkey shoots down a Russian warplane; and a terrorist bus bombing in Tunisia.

Chicago PD finally releases video of Laquan McDonald’s shooting a year after his death

The city of Chicago made video of the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald public Tuesday evening after his shooter, police officer Jason Van Dyke, was charged with first-degree murder earlier today.

A Russia expert explains how Putin will likely respond to his downed plane

On Tuesday, Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that it says had crossed into its airspace from Syria.

Martin O'Malley is finally talking about his best idea: Health care

At the recent Democratic debate, there was a moment — actually two moments — when Martin O'Malley was perfectly positioned to steal the spotlight.

The CDC wants 1 in 4 sexually active gay and bisexual men to use an HIV prevention pill

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now believes one in four sexually active gay and bisexual men should take Truvada, an HIV prevention pill.

Boston's brilliant idea to cut crime: treat criminals like real people with real problems

Boston preachers had a radical idea for reducing youth violence: listen to young people's grievances, and address their concerns with ideas that go beyond looking tough on crime.

The little-known group at the center of the Turkey-Russia crisis

The Turkish-backed ethnic Turkmen minority are probably the least well-known of all the groups fighting against the Assad regime in Syria.

5 Black Lives Matter protesters shot in Minneapolis

Five African Americans were shot at a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis Monday night. Police have arrested a 23-year-old white man and a 32-year-old Hispanic man in the shootings.

Police shot a Chicago teen 16 times. Now they’ve been ordered to release the footage.

Chicago police shot black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times on October 20, 2014. Now, after months of requests from local reporters and activists, a Cook County judge has ordered the Chicago Police Department to release the dash cam footage of McDonald's last moments by Thursday, and the city is preparing itself for potential unrest.

Why Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in Syria, according to an expert

The downing of a Russian military plane by Turkish forces has introduced another layer of complication to the Syrian crisis and raised fears over possible escalation and the potential for a direct conflict between the US and Russia.

Syria’s Turkmen: who they are, and what they have to do with Russia’s downed plane

After Turkish forces shot down a Russian Su-24 warplane on the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday morning, disturbing reports emerged that members of a Syrian rebel group claimed to have killed the Russian pilots as they descended with parachutes after ejecting from their destroyed plane.

A year after police killed Tamir Rice, his family wants big changes in the investigation

More than a year after a Cleveland police officer shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the boy's family is calling on the local prosecutor to remove himself from the case and let an independent prosecutor take over the investigation.

Clean energy tax credits mostly go to the affluent. Is there a better way?

One of the main ways US policy encourages the uptake of new clean energy and energy efficiency technologies is through the use of tax credits.

5 Black Lives Matter protesters shot in Minneapolis

Five African Americans were shot at a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis Monday night. Police have arrested a 23-year-old white man in the shooting, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Why Mockingjay, the messiest and most ambitious Hunger Games book, needed to get out of Katniss Everdeen's head

Suzanne Collins had better characters to tell this story. Mockingjay is the most ambitious and frustrating book in Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy of novels.

This sexist job posting asks women to apply because they’ll be filling in as receptionist

A Canadian web design company is attracting internet ire for a sexist job description that says female applicants are preferred because the job involves receptionist duties.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones is more about addiction and relapse than it is about superheroes

There are spoilers for Marvel's Jessica Jones in this post. There's a tendency to lump Marvel's Jessica Jones together with the rest of television's current crop of superhero shows.

America should follow Silicon Valley's lead on paid parental leave

Tech companies are continuing to lead the way on paid parental leave in America — but they're also highlighting just how inadequate paid leave policies are for Americans who don't work in Silicon Valley.