Billie Joe Armstrong (left) and Mike Dirnt of Green Day, play the Reading Festival. Green Day and five other acts will join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. YUI MOK/PA Photos /Landov hide caption

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More than a year after he was nominated, Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed as the next surgeon general Monday. Back in February, Murthy testified about his nomination before a Senate panel. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Amy Barnes, of Marietta, Ga., has won a settlement after she says police abused her constitutional rights. Barnes was arrested and held in solitary confinement overnight for cursing at officers. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Rep. John Dingell, seen here in June, was admitted to a hospital Friday as a precautionary measure. The Democrat is retiring as the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Black congressional staffers hold their hands up as they pose for a group photo during a walkout on on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Thursday, in a protest over the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk Thursday. The House approved a massive spending bill just hours before a midnight deadline to fund the federal government. Shawn Thew/EPA/Landov hide caption

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More than half of American women now say owning a gun protects people from becoming victims of crime, according to Pew. Here, a woman carries a rifle at a gun rights rally at the Utah State Capitol last year. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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A laser weapon system on the USS Ponce, which has been deployed to the Persian Gulf. The Navy released a video showing the system taking target practice. John F. Williams/U.S. Navy hide caption

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Volunteers with the DC Cannabis Campaign (left and center) talk to a voter on Election Day about the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. The measure was approved, but its fate remains uncertain. Allison Shelley/Getty Images hide caption

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