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LAPD killing lays bare enduring horror of Skid RowHarden suspended 1 game for kicking James in the groin (Yahoo Sports)

A pedestrian walks past flowers and candles placed on a sidewalk near where a man was shot and killed by police in the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles on Monday, March 2, 2015. Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed the man as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions have viewed online. Authorities say the man was shot after grabbing for an officer's gun. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)A fatal police shooting raises broader questions about mass homelessness in L.A.


HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 1: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets before the game on March 1, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA has suspended Houston star James Harden one game without pay for kicking LeBron James in the groin. The All-Stars and Olympic teammates became tangled in the third quarter of Houston's 105-103 victory over Cleveland on Sunday and Harden fell back to the court, then kicked his foot up into James. An angry James said after the game that Harden's kick was ''not a basketball play'' and that the league would probably look at it.


Hillary Clinton may have broken federal record-keeping laws: NY TimesNo franchise tag for Detroit's Suh as deadline passes (Yahoo Sports)

Hillary ClintonFormer U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all of her work messages, the New York Times reported on Monday. The newspaper said the likely Democratic presidential candidate conducted all her official business during her four-year tenure at the State Department on a private email account. It added that Clinton, who stepped down as secretary of state in 2013, recently handed over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department in response to a department effort to comply with record-keeping practices. Regulations at the time Clinton served as secretary of state called for emails on personal accounts to be preserved as well, the paper said.


FILE - This is a Jan. 4, 2015, file photo showing Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh smiling as he walks across the field during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Ndamukong Suh can test the open market when free agency begins March 10 after the Lions decided not to use the franchise tag on the star defensive tackle, according to a report on the team's website. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Ndamukong Suh can test the open market when free agency begins March 10 after the Detroit Lions did not use the franchise tag on the star defensive tackle. The deadline for teams to designate franchise or transition players came and went Monday, and the Lions did not say anything publicly about their decision. There was only a report early in the day on the team's website saying the franchise tag's price of around $27 million for Suh proved too daunting. Last month, general manager Martin Mayhew said he was optimistic about getting a deal done with Suh, but the franchise tag may have been the team's best source of leverage, and actually using it could have come at a prohibitive cost.


Netanyahu to use Congress' bully pulpit to assail Iran talksNo. 2 Virginia shrugs off slow start, beats Syracuse 59-47 (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif gesture as they arrive to resume nuclear negotiations in MontreuxWASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of Congress to warn of the danger of trusting Iran curb its nuclear ambitions, even as President Barack Obama's negotiators continue talking with the Iranians Tuesday in hopes of closing a deal this month.


Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, right, greets Virginia's Anthony Gill, left, during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Monday, March 2, 2015. Virginia won 59-47. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

When Virginia coach Tony Bennett glanced up at the Carrier Dome scoreboard as the first half was dwindling, he winced. His second-ranked Cavaliers had made just one field goal in the first 13 minutes and trailed Syracuse by 11 points. We're just either going to sink or swim with these guys.'' The Cavaliers decided to swim some more. After the shakiest of starts, they settled down and carved up Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone, reeling off a 35-12 spurt spanning halftime and won going away, 59-47, on Monday night.


Final stage of jury selection set for Boston bombing trialBulls' Butler out 3 to 6 weeks (Yahoo Sports)

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch next to Judge George O'Toole on the first day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The long-running process of choosing a jury to hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due to wrap up on Tuesday with the judge and lawyers for both sides selecting the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates. Tsarnaev could be sentenced to death if he is convicted, a fact that made jury selection in the federal trial challenging in Massachusetts, where state laws do not allow for capital punishment and the practice is unpopular.


CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 27: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls puts up a shot over Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves on his way to a game-high 28 points at the United Center on February 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Timberwolves 96-89. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The banged up Chicago Bulls will have to get by without another key player, with All-Star guard Jimmy Butler joining former MVP Derrick Rose on the sideline. The Bulls announced Monday that Butler will miss three to six weeks because of a sprained ligament in his left elbow, the latest blow for a team that has rarely been at full strength this season. ''I guess when it rains, it pours,'' veteran Kirk Hinrich said. We've got to find a way.'' Butler, the league leader in minutes per game and the team's top scorer, had an MRI on Monday.


Georgia halts execution of state's only female death row inmateCowboys put franchise tag worth $12.8 million on Dez Bryant (Yahoo Sports)

Death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of CorrectionsGeorgia halted the planned Monday execution of the only woman on death row in the state due to problems with the drugs to be used in the lethal injection, officials said. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, condemned for the murder of her husband in 1997, would have been the first woman executed by the state in 70 years. "Within the hours leading up to the scheduled execution, the Execution Team performed the necessary checks. At that time, the drugs appeared cloudy," Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said in a statement.


Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Dez Bryant will get four more months to work on a long-term deal with the Cowboys and make $12.8 million next year after the team used its franchise tag on the star wide receiver. Bryant led the NFL with a club-record 16 touchdowns in the final year of a rookie contract that paid $11.8 million over five years. The 26-year-old Bryant was the fastest Dallas player to 300 career receptions and second-fastest to 50 touchdowns behind Bob Hayes. The Cowboys also have to decide whether to re-sign running back DeMarco Murray after he had a league-leading 1,845 yards rushing in the final year of his contract.




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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.

Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.

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.

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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