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CPAC shows how GOP media strategy could backfireJudge rules for Peterson, opening door for reinstatement (Yahoo Sports)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks with Laura Ingraham during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The RNC made avoiding the mainstream media a top priority for the 2016 cycle.


FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leaves the field after an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders in Minneapolis. A federal judge has cleared the way for Peterson to be reinstated. U.S. District Judge David Doty issued his order Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, less than three weeks after hearing oral arguments. AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

In NFL limbo for the last five-plus months, Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings is still in question.


Congress edges toward domestic security funding patchEx-Louisville guard Jones pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy (Yahoo Sports)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the problems in passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House voted last month to end Homeland Security funding on Saturday unless Obama reverses his order to protect millions of immigrants from possible deportation. After Democratic filibusters blocked the bill in the Senate, the chamber's Republican leaders agreed this week to offer a "clean" funding measure, with no immigration strings attached. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives were planning to pursue on Friday a temporary funding bill to keep the lights on at the U.S. domestic security agency for three weeks, postponing the threat of a partial agency shutdown. As the clock ticked toward a midnight Friday deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security, lawmakers said a stop-gap extension would buy time to try to work out differences between the Republican-controlled House and the Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who has insisted on a full Homeland Security funding bill free of immigration reform restrictions that have caused weeks of delay, said on Thursday he would refuse to allow such negotiations with the House.


FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2014, file photo, Louisville's Chris Jones, left, drives past the defense of Rutgers' Kadeem Jack to attempt a layup during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky. Former Louisville guard Chris Jones pleaded not guilty Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, to charges of rape and sodomy, days after being dismissed from the team. The 23-year-old Jones appeared in Jefferson District Court before Judge Sheila Collins. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

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.


Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newbornsLeBron scores 42, Cavs beat Warriors for 18th win in last 20 (Yahoo Sports)

Monica Kelsey, firefighter and medic who is president of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., poses with a prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, outside her fire station in Woodburn, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and other selected sites under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life.


zCLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 26: Harrison Barnes #40 and Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors try to stop LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on February 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 110-99. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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.


Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral dutyEarl Lloyd, first black player in NBA, dies at 86 (Yahoo Sports)

A truck engine is tested for pollution near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, CaliforniaBy Bruce Wallace WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.     The poll of 2,827 Americans was conducted in February to measure the impact of moral language, including interventions by Pope Francis, on the climate change debate. In recent months, the pope has warned about the moral consequences of failing to act on rising global temperatures, which are expected to disproportionately affect the lives of the world’s poor.     The result of the poll suggests that appeals based on ethics could be key to shifting the debate over climate change in the United States, where those demanding action to reduce carbon emissions and those who resist it are often at loggerheads.     Two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) said that world leaders are morally obligated to take action to reduce CO2 emissions.


ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 12: Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the NBA is being honored to celebrate black history month at the game against the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat on February 12, 2012 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.


Accused Boston bomber's lawyers challenge jury-selection processWestbrook gets triple-double but Suns beat Thunder 117-113 (Yahoo Sports)

Courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev during the jury selection process in his trial at the federal courthouse in BostonLawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber filed on Thursday a last-gasp request to dismiss the charges against their client or delay the start of the trial next week, contending that court officials had violated their own rules during jury selection. Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of carrying out the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, argued in a court filing that after randomly assigning numbers to the more than 1,350 people who reported for initial selection early last month, the court re-ordered the jurors based on arrival time. They also contend that people who live within the Boston city limits and those under 30 and over 70 were disproportionately under-represented. The final phase of jury selection is set to take place on Tuesday, when prosecutors and defense attorneys will whittle down the field of about 70 provisionally qualified jurors to 18 people, including 12 jurors and six alternates.


PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots against Marcus Morris #15 and Markieff Morris #11 of the Phoenix Suns on February 26, 2015 at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

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Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

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