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'A human being gripped by a severe mental illness'AP source: Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves (Yahoo Sports)

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialJames Holmes's parents pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.


Atlanta Braves Justin Upton (8) doubles to bring in Andrelton Simmons (19) in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

ATLANTA (AP) -- Landing another of baseball's top power hitters, the San Diego Padres agreed to a trade for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday.


Painting sells for staggering sumCeltics trade Rondo to Mavericks (Yahoo Sports)

Edsel & Eleanor Ford HouseGROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House kept secret its 2013 sale of an oil painting by French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million to help protect Detroit-owned artworks under threat due to the city's bankruptcy.


FILE - DECEMBER 18, 2014: Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics has been traded to the Dallas Mavericks as part of a multi-player trade. BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 05: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden on November 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.


Hackers' latest message to SonyWarriors beat Thunder 114-109 after Durant injury (Yahoo Sports)

Hackers tell Sony wise to cancel film, don't make more trouble: CNNWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The hackers who launched a cyberattack on Sony Pictures praised the company's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and said its data will be secure if they continue to comply, CNN reported on Friday, quoting the message.


OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 18: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 18, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr could only shake his head and grin while Kevin Durant put on the best performance of his young season in the first half.


8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia49ers' Harbaugh mum on reported offer (Yahoo Sports)
SYDNEY (AP) — The bodies of eight children — aged 18 months to 15 years — and a wounded woman were discovered in a home in northern Australia on Friday, police said.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talks to the media after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the 49ers 17-7 in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater.


Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctionsRivera: Newton 'probably' will start vs. Browns (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, a poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater in Atlanta. Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony pictures and a threat against movie theaters will intensify calls for a tougher US Steps to cuts its access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)The hack against Sony and a threat against theaters intensify calls for tougher U.S. steps.


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, prepares to throw a pass as quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, left, looks on during an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers' Cam Newton will ''probably'' start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring any physical setbacks this week, Carolina coach Ron Rivera said after the quarterback practiced on Thursday.




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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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