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Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev wants 'supporters’ moved away from courthouseArians says he's leaning to starting QB Thomas against 49ers (Yahoo Sports)

Protesters hold up signs outside federal court in Boston, on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, where the final hearing for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was held before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pressing a judge to move his so-called supporters away from the Boston courthouse where his trial begins next month.


Arizona Cardinals quarterback Logan Thomas (6) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- In the wake of Arizona's most one-sided loss in Bruce Arians time there, the coach says he's leaning toward starting rookie quarterback Logan Thomas in the regular-season finale.


Judge OK's Oklahoma's lethal injection protocolCutler to start finale for Bears with Clausen out (Yahoo Sports)

This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, shows an arm restraint on the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. Attorneys for 21 death row inmates who will be in a federal court this week challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure outlined their strategy in court documents that reveal grisly new details in the botched execution of an inmate in April, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is constitutional and the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year, a federal judge ruled on Monday.


Chicago Bears quarterbacks Jay Cutler (6) and Jimmy Clausen (8) warm up before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Quarterback Jay Cutler is returning to the Chicago Bears' lineup and will start the final game of the season after Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion.


North Korea experiencing severe Internet outagesPistons, eyeing younger players, waive Josh Smith (Yahoo Sports)

This undated picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 14, 2010 shows the E-Library at the Kim Il-Sung University in PyongyangWASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.


BROOKLYN,NY - DECEMBER 21: Josh Smith #6 of the Detroit Pistons goes up for the layup in traffic against the Brooklyn Nets on December 21, 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Stan Van Gundy kept Detroit's awkward core of frontcourt players together during his first offseason as team president, hoping the Pistons would show signs of improvement without any drastic moves.


Battered NY mayor calls for temporary protest haltLions' Raiola suspended 1 game for stepping on opponent (Yahoo Sports)

Mourners hold signs and an American flag as they gather with dozens to show support for policemen in New YorkNEW YORK (AP) — As the New York Police Department mourns two of its own, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for a pause in protests and rancor amid a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the executions of two officers.


Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola is seen during pre-game warmups of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions will be short-handed when they face Green Bay for the NFC North title.


Ten injured in van attack on French Christmas marketLawyer says 'fix was in' when Winston cleared by FSU hearing (Yahoo Sports)

Police stand on the site where the driver of a van ploughed into a Christmas market, injuring at least ten people, before stabbing himself, in Nantes on December 22, 2014A driver ploughed into a Christmas market in western France Monday, injuring 10 people before stabbing himself, a day after a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" ran down pedestrians in another French city. At least four people were badly hurt in the latest incident in the city of Nantes, the third attack in three days by individuals against civilians or security forces in France, sparking fears of possible copycat action. Authorities were quick to stress there were no apparent terrorist motives in the Christmas market attack. He too had yelled "Allahu Akbar".


FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston looks to pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville in Louisville, Ky. Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones, File)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The lawyer for Jameis Winston's accuser says ''the fix was in'' when Florida State cleared the star quarterback of violating the school's code of conduct.




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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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