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Congress averts Homeland Security shutdownBlazers come from behind for 115-112 win over Thunder (Yahoo Sports)

The US Senate approves funding for the Department of Homeland Security hours before a midnight deadline, but remaining congressional hurdles pushed the agency responsible for domestic security to the brink of shutdownFeuding lawmakers fund the agency only until March 6, forcing Congress to revisit the issue next week.


PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 27: Arron Afflalo #4 of the Portland Trail Blazers celebrates during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 27, 2015 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

After the Portland Trail Blazers overcame Russell Westbrook's third straight triple-double, Damian Lillard sensed his team was recapturing its form of earlier this season. Oklahoma City can only hope it didn't lose Westbrook along with the game. Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 29 points and Portland rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-112 Friday night. Aldridge added 16 rebounds.


Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speechBulls expect Derrick Rose back this season from knee surgery (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran _ a less provocative, closed-door session. Netanyahu turned them down, frustrating members of President Barack Obama's party caught between the White House and the Israeli leader. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran — a less provocative, closed-door session.


CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 10: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls stands on the court during a game against the Sacramento Kings on February 10, 2015 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Chicago Bulls can breathe a little easier. They expect Derrick Rose to return this season from his latest knee surgery. General manager Gar Forman said the star point guard will miss 4-6 weeks after the operation Friday to fix a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Forman described it as a quick outpatient procedure and said Rose was able to walk out of the hospital.


GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in chargeStolen No. 44 race car found in suburban Atlanta (Yahoo Sports)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil walks through the garage at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car was stolen early Friday, forcing him to withdraw from a race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A trailer with the red No. 44 car inside was hitched to a black 2004 Ford F-350 pickup truck parked outside a hotel in Morrow, Georgia, about 15 miles south of Atlanta, police said. Surveillance video shows the truck and trailer being driven out of the parking lot around 5:30 a.m., Morrow police Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby said.(AP Photo/John Amis)

Police say they have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR's Team XTREME says the car was found early Saturday northwest of Atlanta in Gwinnett County. Morrow police Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby, leading the investigation in the Atlanta suburb, confirms to The Associated Press the car was recovered. The discovery comes too late to help the team, which was forced to withdraw from the weekend race at Atlanta.


House passes one-week funding extension for Homeland SecurityBrowns, quarterback Josh McCown agree to terms on contract (Yahoo Sports)

Boehner walks to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security late on Friday, in time to avert a partial shutdown for the agency at midnight. The two-thirds majority vote, which came with support from Democrats a few hours after the House failed to pass a three-week extension, buys time for Congress to sort out a longer-term funding solution for the domestic security agency. (Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Doina Chiacu)


FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown throws during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Browns have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback McCown on a contract. McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay's starter last season, reached agreement with Cleveland on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The 35-year-old had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

The Browns have yet another new quarterback, and this one has a familiar last name. Josh McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay's starter last season, agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Cleveland on Friday. McCown's younger brother, Luke, played for the Browns in 2004 - one of 22 different starting quarterbacks the Browns have used since 1999. The 35-year-old McCown had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills, who like the Browns have QB issues.


Eight dead in door-to-door Missouri shooting spreeSurging Pacers hold off short-handed Cavaliers 93-86 (Yahoo Sports)

Police tape surrounds one of the crime scenes where Joseph Aldridge killed seven people in Tyrone, MissouriA man armed with a handgun went on a house-to-house shooting spree in a rural Missouri town, killing seven relatives and neighbors before taking his own life, officials said on Friday. All of those killed by the gunman, identified as Joseph Aldridge, 36, lived within a few miles of each other in the tiny community of Tyrone, an unincorporated area with a population of about 50, authorities said. Authorities said the motive was unclear and declined to comment on whether the murders had been triggered by the death of Aldridge's mother, who was found at her home. Authorities said she may have died from natural causes.


INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 27: George Hill #3 of the Indiana Pacers attempts a free throw against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 27, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

George Hill took center stage with the biggest stars sitting. Hill finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, and capped the first triple-double of his career with three free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the Indiana Pacers' 93-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. With LeBron James out because of a sore back, Kyrie Irving back in Cleveland with an injured left shoulder and Paul George on the bench with a broken right leg, Hill delivered one of his most memorable performances. ''The best part is it's an answer to some of the critics he had at the end of last season,'' Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.




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