Most websites report the news with licensed photos of current events. On the other hand, we can cover the same stories just as well with generic stock images. You won't even be able to tell the difference! Here's what happened this week:

Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois announced his resignation this week after he was caught up in a spending scandal.

Wipe that smile off your face, mister.

Schock used taxpayer dollars for his own lavish expenses, including redecorating his office to look like 'Downton Abbey.'

Living large, eh Congressman?

In entertainment news, Comedy Central taped its 'Roast of Justin Bieber.'

The Biebs is going down.

The roasters included famous names like Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell, and even Snoop Dogg.

Go easy on him, Snoop.


Justin took a lot of heat, but the harshest jabs were reserved for disgraced comedian Bill Cosby.

He won't be dancing when he hears what they said about him.

In international news, Vladimir Putin appeared in public after a mysterious 10-day absence.

It's been a while, Vlad.

Some were speculating that the Russian president was ill.

How the mighty have fallen.

But when he came back, he looked fit as ever!

I'll have what he's having!

This week also saw the first total solar eclipse since 2012.

Don't look directly at it.

People around the world gathered to watch.

They were brought together by their love of space.

Except where it was too cloudy, that is.

There's always next time.


Finally, there was Starbucks. The coffee chain's CEO Howard Schultz introduced a plan even bolder than his coffee.

So crazy it just might work.

The "Race Together" campaign is trying to get Starbucks customers and employees to talk about racial issues.

Don't worry, we won't bite.

It's a noble idea, but many commenters remain skeptical that it will have any impact on the lingering specter of racism in America.

Come on, guys. Let's talk it out over a hot cup of coffee.

Then again, it might help us create a better world.

Every little bit helps.

One thing's for sure. The eyes of the world will be on us, including some tough critics.

"Perhaps I've underestimated these Americans."

And that's the news!

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