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|For Jeb Bush, the Q&A is the message||Judge rules for Peterson, opening door for reinstatement (Yahoo Sports)|
The former Florida governor's openness sets him apart from his likely 2016 opponents.
In NFL limbo for the last five-plus months, Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings is still in question.
|Republicans prepare to pass Homeland Security funding||Ex-Louisville guard Jones pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy (Yahoo Sports)|
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours from a partial agency shutdown, Congress is moving to approve a short-term funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that leaves intact Obama administration immigration policies Republicans vowed to repeal.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino had reached his limit with Chris Jones, even before he knew the senior guard was facing felony rape and sodomy charges. Demonstrating a zero tolerance for any more misbehavior after reinstating Jones from a one-game suspension, Pitino abruptly dismissed him from the team. Pitino says all he knew for certain at the time was that Jones had broken a curfew, but had no details about more serious accusations looming. Then Thursday, Jones pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree rape and sodomy.
|German Parliament approves Greece's bailout extension||LeBron scores 42, Cavs beat Warriors for 18th win in last 20 (Yahoo Sports)|
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.
LeBron James says he isn't about personal statements. James scored a season-high 42 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 110-99 for their 18th victory in 20 games. James added 11 rebounds, outplaying fellow MVP candidate Stephen Curry and leading Cleveland past the team with the NBA's best record for its 11th straight home victory. When I'm on the floor I'll try to do everything I can to help this team win.'' The Cavaliers did get a bit of bad news.
|Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security: CNN||Earl Lloyd, first black player in NBA, dies at 86 (Yahoo Sports)|
Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. "I certainly think we have to step up our sensitivities to what goes on in these commercial enterprises," Holder said in an interview with CNN that aired on Friday. "It would be the responsible thing for operators of these malls to increase their capabilities when it comes to keeping people safe who are just going about their everyday lives." In a separate interview with Politico, also published on Friday, Holder said he would push in his final weeks in office to lower the standard of proof for civil-rights offenses that would make it easier for the federal government to bring charges in future cases. The Justice Department recently closed its investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, without filing charges against gunman George Zimmerman because of "insufficient evidence." "I think that if we adjust those standards, we can make the federal government a better backstop - make us more a part of the process in an appropriate way to reassure the American people that decisions are made by people who are really disinterested," he told Politico.
Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games. ''The State family mourns the loss of a fellow Yellow Jacket and trailblazer who was a true champion both on and off of the basketball court,'' West Virginia State President Brian Hemphill said in a statement.
|Eight people reported killed in southern Missouri: reports||Westbrook gets triple-double but Suns beat Thunder 117-113 (Yahoo Sports)|
Nine people were found dead overnight in an apparent mass murder in rural southern Missouri, according to local media reports on Friday. The Texas County Sheriff's Office declined to comment on the reports but confirmed an investigation into the killings in multiple locations was ongoing.
Point guard matchups don't get much better than the one Thursday night in Phoenix. Russell Westbrook got the triple-double, Eric Bledsoe got the victory. Westbrook scored 39 points in his 12th career triple-double but missed what would have been the game-tying layup with 5.7 seconds left in overtime, and the Suns beat Oklahoma City 117-113 to snap the Thunder's seven-game winning streak. ''It was an epic battle,'' Phoenix's P.J. Tucker said.
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Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One
Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.
Living Wages Are A Global Problem
The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.
Ukraine: Not What It Seems
After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.
In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder
In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.
Coup Or Civil War In Egypt
The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.