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|IS claims it beheaded Japanese hostage Goto||Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title (Yahoo Sports)|
The Islamic State group released a video Saturday purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. The executioner appears to be the man known as Jihadi John, speaking with a southern English accent and addressing the Japanese government. "You, like your foolish allies in the Satanic coalition, have yet to understand that we, by Allah's grace, are an Islamic Caliphate with authority and power, an entire army thirsty for your blood," he said. He then speaks directly to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title and continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals by extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova. On her third match point, she let her racket go before hearing a let call to what she thought was an ace.
|Ukraine peace talks collapse as fighting rages||Seahawks 1 win away from 1st Super Bowl repeat in 10 years (Yahoo Sports)|
Peace talks aimed at halting rising bloodshed in eastern Ukraine ended in failure Saturday, with Kiev's envoy saying pro-Russian separatists wrecked a deal by refusing to discuss an immediate ceasefire. The delayed talks in Minsk were "thwarted" after top rebel leaders stayed away and their negotiators also refused to discuss withdrawing heavy weapons, former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma told Interfax Ukraine news agency. The negotiator for the rebel Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, however, blamed Kiev for causing the collapse of the talks and said insurgent leaders would only agree a deal if Kiev's forces halt fire first.
A year ago, Pete Carroll stood at a podium in a New York City hotel, less than 12 hours after his Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Fast forward to Sunday, when Carroll's Seahawks will face Bill Belichick's New England Patriots in the Super Bowl with a chance to do something that, for many reasons, was thought to be too tall a task in today's NFL: win a second consecutive championship. Winning twice doesn't happen (anymore),'' said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, whose team went back-to-back 10 years ago, making for the longest drought without a repeat champion in the nearly half-century of Super Bowls.
|Charlie Hebdo delays publication of upcoming issue, citing grief, fatigue||Robinson hits late runner, Pitt tops No. 8 Notre Dame 76-72 (Yahoo Sports)|
The cartoonists and writers for Charlie Hebdo need a break to deal with their recent grief and fatigue, according to spokeswomen for the publication.
Pittsburgh's James Robinson took an elbow to the face from a teammate, a shot to mouth from Notre Dame's Demetrius Jackson and a metaphorical punch to the gut when the eighth-ranked Irish turned an eight-point deficit into a one-point lead with 31 seconds left on Saturday. The junior guard responded with his typical toughness and a twisting runner that may have saved the Panthers' season. Robinson sliced through the lane for the go-ahead basket with 12 seconds left to lift Pitt to a 76-72 win. Four days after his seeming clinching shot against Virginia Tech somehow morphed into a brutal overtime loss on the road, Robinson helped the Panthers improve to 14-3 all-time against Top 10 teams at the Petersen Events Center.
|Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub||McIlroy extends lead to 4 shots at Dubai Desert Classic (Yahoo Sports)|
ATLANTA (AP) — The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said.
Rory McIlroy extended his lead to four shots with a 6-under 66 in the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday. The top-ranked McIlroy, who led by a stroke overnight, made just one birdie on the back nine of Emirates Golf Club's Majlis course after five birdies in his first eight holes. With an overall 20-under 196, McIlroy can challenge the tournament winning record of 22 under, set by Stephen Gallacher in 2013 and Thomas Bjorn in 2001. Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen, who shot a 9-under 63 on Friday, was second after a 66 with six birdies.
|Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title||Vols beat Auburn 71-63 in Pearl's return to Tennessee (Yahoo Sports)|
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title and continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals by extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova.
Of all the familiar sights Auburn coach Bruce Pearl encountered Saturday during his return to Tennessee, the home team's winning traits offered perhaps the biggest reminders of his own successful tenure there. Showcasing the tenacity of Pearl's best Tennessee teams, the Volunteers came from behind in the second half to beat Auburn 71-63. Tennessee's victory spoiled Pearl's homecoming in his first matchup with the team he coached to six straight NCAA tournament appearances from 2006-11. ''Tennessee made those effort and energy plays,'' Pearl 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.