Zayn Malik performs with his band "One Direction" on NBC's Today show in New York on Nov. 13, 2012.
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It’s true, Zayn Malik is departing boy band One Direction for a simpler life. But a lot of other things also happened this week: A passenger plane crashed in the French Alps; GOP Sen. Ted Cruz launched his presidential campaign; and Bowe Bergdahl was charged with desertion, among other headlines. 

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“I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight,” Malik said in a statement on One Direction’s Facebook page.

The co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings plane appears to have “intentionally” brought the plane down. One hundred fifty people were killed in the disaster.

The first lady was on the long-running quiz show to promote the healthy-eating-tips website ChooseMyPlate.Gov

George W. Bush has also taken a front row seat in his brother’s potential campaign by fundraising for him. 

In terms of a 2016 presidential bid for Jindal? “We’re thinking about it,” he said

“This law is also saving lives, lives that touch all of us,” President Obama said

Bergdahl was held captive by the Taliban for five years and released in a prison swap exchange for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners on May 31

Get the backstory on the many sites with Ted Cruz in their names.

Find out where this case is headed next.

The law is modeled off of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which gained notoriety in the Supreme Court’s controversial Hobby Lobby ruling last year. 

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