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Live updates: Northeast braces for 'potentially historic' blizzardKobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season (Yahoo Sports)

Francisco Mathurine, of the Times Square Alliance, clears snow from the steps in Father Duffy Square in New York, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Officials cautioned Northeast residents to not be misled by a relatively smooth Monday morning commute, and pressed their cautions to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)More than 50 million are bracing for a potentially historic winter storm.


NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on January 21, 2015 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team announced Bryant's surgery Monday. The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant's recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott anticipates losing the third-leading scorer in NBA history for the rest of the year. His famously resilient body has finally worn down from the accumulated grind of 19 seasons and several lengthy postseasons with the Lakers, including five NBA title runs.


Dems accuse GOP of breaking promises on Benghazi panelTrail Blazers-Nets Preview (Yahoo Sports)

In this Sept. 17, 2014, file photo, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, the ranking member, confer as the panel holds its first public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Select Committee on Benghazi will meet again on Tuesday, Jan. 27. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Democrats on the special House panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks have accused Republicans of conducting the committee’s work without them and withholding information that would undermine the credibility of the panel itself, according to three letters obtained by Yahoo News.


NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks warms up before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on January 19, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA has postponed home games for both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets because of a snowstorm expected to batter the area.


Companies try to capitalize on Northeast stormMakarova beats Halep to reach Australian Open semifinals (Yahoo Sports)

With a road sign warning of an expected blizzard, morning commuters travel across the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge into downtown Boston., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The Boston area is expected to get hit with about two feet of snow in the winter storm. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Anticipation of the storm has already spawned a few hashtags, as people turn to social media for updates on what’s predicted to be one historic blizzard. Unsurprisingly, it was only a matter of time before companies seized on the storm hype, using #Snowmageddon2015 as as an advertising tool.


Ekaterina Makarova of Russia celebrates after defeating Simona Halep of Romania in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Ekaterina Makarova raced to a 3-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the match and beat third-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-0 in the first quarterfinal at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The win in just 68 minutes under cool, sunny skies at Melbourne Park advanced the Russian player to a semifinal against either Maria Sharapova or Eugenie Bouchard, who played the second match on Rod Laver Arena. It will be Makarova's second consecutive Grand Slam semifinal. She made her first major semi at last year's U.S. Open, losing to Serena Williams after beating Bouchard in the fourth round.


Northeast U.S. braves 'crippling' blizzard, transit systems shutInjured Legion of Boom members unworried (Yahoo Sports)

Mid-town Manhattan is pictured from the top of the United Nations building in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK/MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (Reuters) - A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012. States of emergency were declared in at least six states - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire - as people were urged to stay home with transit systems, including the New York City subway, suspending services and roadways closed amid white-out conditions. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a travel ban for all but emergency vehicles on every road in 13 counties in southern New York state, including New York City, suburban Westchester and Long Island, with the threat of a $300 fine for violators. His peers in Connecticut and Massachusetts imposed similar bans on driving.


Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman answers a question at a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Phoenix. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Seattle safety Earl Thomas (separated left shoulder) and cornerback Richard Sherman (left elbow) are damaged goods, suffering injuries in the NFC championship overtime victory against Green Bay. On Sunday, they showed little to no concern about how they will feel - and perform - against the New England Patriots. I can still play fearless and throw my body around and whatever happens, happens.'' Pretty much what Sherman had to say, too, when the Seahawks arrived in Phoenix.


Small drone crashes on White House grounds, operator comes forwardHornets' Walker to undergo surgery on knee; return unclear (Yahoo Sports)

The South Lawn of the White House is pictured in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Julia Edwards NEW DELHI/ WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small drone crashed on the grounds of the White House in the early hours of Monday without endangering anyone and U.S. officials said they had identified the operator. A person has come forward to take responsibility for flying the drone, a Secret Service spokeswoman said, without providing details about the individual. The agency said the drone was being flown for recreational purposes when it breached the secure perimeter of the presidential mansion. A White House spokesman said the device, known as a "quad copter," did not appear to be dangerous.


CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 23: Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets drives against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Quicken Loans Arena on January 23, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Hornets announced Monday that Kemba Walker will undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Walker, 24, flew to New York to have a second opinion on his knee. The Hornets say that Dr. David Altchek confirmed team orthopedic physician Marcus Cook's previous diagnosis, although the team previously only listed Walker as having a cyst on the knee. It's possible the surgery could end Walker's season.




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Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

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Ukraine: Not What It Seems

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Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

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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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