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U.S. cools talk of combat role in IraqRice appeals against indefinite NFL suspension for knocking out wife

The United States has already spent billions of dollars training and equipping Iraqi security forcesThe White House and U.S. military scrambled to play down a suggestion that deploying ground forces in Iraq was an option.


File of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice celebrating his touchdown against the Washington Redskins their NFL football game in Landover MarylandBy Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ray Rice appealed against his indefinite suspension by the National Football League on Tuesday for a one-punch knockout of his wife as the former Baltimore Ravens running back tries to resuscitate his once-flourishing career. Meanwhile, the NFL continues to grapple with domestic violence issues as some of its top players, including Adrian Peterson, are under scrutiny both by the league and the public. ...


IS forums encourage NYC, Vegas attacksOrioles, Nats clinch Major League Baseball division titles

Federal Judge Rules NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violates RightsBomb-making tutorial, potential targets for "lone wolves in America" shared online: report.


Jimmy Paredes of the Baltimore Orioles congratulates Steve Pearce (L) on his three-run home during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Baltimore on September 16, 2014Baltimore (AFP) - After 17 years, the Baltimore Orioles are back on top of Major League Baseball's American League East division.


Rand Paul's thinking-out-loud problemNFL players union appeals Rice assault suspension

Rand Paul Reinvents Himself for the 2016 CampaignRand Paul is quickly learning that his words have consequences.


Ray Rice during an NFL game in Arlington, Texas on August 16, 2014New York (AFP) - The NFL Players Union appealed the indefinite suspension meted out to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after video showed him punching his fiancee.


Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern CaliforniaBeer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in the Klamath National ForestBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000. ...


File of Baltimore Ravens running back Rice warming up during the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII football practice in MetairieBy Steve Ginsburg and Anjali Athavaley (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch publicly chastised the National Football League on Tuesday for its handling of domestic violence cases, making the NFL's official beer sponsor the first major advertiser to put pressure on America's most popular sports league. In a brief but strongly worded statement, Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser and NFL official beer Bud Light, said it was "disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. ...


Minnesota governor says Vikings' Peterson should be sidelinedYankees' Tanaka tentatively set to return Sunday

Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson runs with ball against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, TexasBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - The Minnesota Vikings should sideline running back Adrian Peterson until his child abuse case works its way through the courts, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said on Tuesday, criticizing the team's decision to reactivate the NFL player. Peterson is accused of punishing his 4-year-old son in Texas last May by beating him with a tree branch, known as a switch. The incident is one of a series of domestic abuse cases that has rocked the National Football League. ...


Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees pitches in a simulated game on September 15, 2014 in Tampa, FloridaTampa (AFP) - Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is tentatively scheduled make his first major league start in more than two months on Sunday, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.




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Why Midterm Elections Are Important

Primary elections are being held now in states across the country as members of political parties cast votes for the candidates they want to run in this November’s general election. Once the primaries are over, it will be time to focus on the general midterm election.

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.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

The Nuclear Option

The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

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.

 
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