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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption chargesWoman recants allegation ex-Alabama player assaulted her (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ speaks in Garwood, N.J. Menendez has been indicted on federal corruption charges.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was indicted on corruption charges Wednesday.


In a March 27, 2015, photo Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor (53) works through drills during Alabama's spring NCAA football practice at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Taylor was removed from the Alabama team Monday, March 30, 2015, after a domestic violence arrest over the weekend. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)

The woman who said former Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor assaulted her has recanted the allegations. The 24-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was arrested on a charge of False Reporting to Law Enforcement, Tuscaloosa police said Wednesday in a release. She was released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail on bond. Taylor was arrested on Saturday and coach Nick Saban dismissed the defensive lineman the following day.


California unveils historic water restrictions over drought crisisCowboys bring back linebacker McClain on 1-year contract (Yahoo Sports)

Weeds grow in dry cracked earth that used to be the bottom of Lake McClure on March 24, 2015 in La Grange, CaliforniaCalifornia announced sweeping state-wide water restrictions for the first time in history Wednesday in order to combat the region's devastating drought, the worst since records began. Governor Jerry Brown issued the declaration at a press conference in a parched, brown slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains that would normally be covered by deep snow. The executive order issued by Brown would aim to achieve a 25 percent reduction in water usage across cities and towns throughout California by a combination of measures. "As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible," Brown said.


Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain (55) is seen during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Dallas won 20-17 in overtime. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

The Cowboys are bringing back linebacker Rolando McClain after the former top 10 pick revived his career with a solid season in Dallas. The team said on its website Wednesday that McClain had re-signed. McClain had trouble staying on the field last year because of various injuries but still finished second on the team with 108 tackles. Now that McClain and Lee will be on the field together, Lee gets to move to his more natural spot on the weak side.


Getty oil heir found dead wrote of serious health problemNorthern Iowa and Ben Jacobson agree to 10-year extension (Yahoo Sports)

A police officer creates a perimeter outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, said in a court filing before he was found dead that he suffered from a serious health problem that could endanger his life.


Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobson, left, stands with his bench during the first half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game against Wyoming in the Round of 64 in Seattle, Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson has agreed to stay with the Panthers for another decade.


Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections billNFL will view photos from Hardy's domestic violence trial (Yahoo Sports)

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, lisens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics, including some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.


FILE- In this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, Carolina Panthers' defensive end Greg Hardy arrives at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on the first day of his domestic violence appeal trial in Charlotte, N.C. Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy will be allowed to sign a new contract even if he remains on the commissioner’s exempt list. League spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday, March 5, 2015, in an email to The Associated Press, “There’s nothing to prevent a player on the Exempt list without a contract from signing a new one. (AP Photo/Chris Keane, File)

Prosecutors in North Carolina have agreed to let the NFL see photographs from Greg Hardy's domestic violence trial as the league considers whether to suspend the defensive end who signed with Dallas last month. An order filed Wednesday in a North Carolina court grants limited access to the NFL, the players association and attorneys for Hardy. The NFL sued for access to them. ''We appreciate the District Attorney's office agreeing to make the information available to us and we look forward to the opportunity to review the photographs,'' NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.


Iraq hails victory over Islamic State extremists in TikritEx-friend: Aaron Hernandez thought helicopters followed him (Yahoo Sports)

In this image posted on the official Facebook account of Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi shows the premier carrying the national flag as he walks with Iraqi security forces in Tikrit, Iraq, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Iraqi security forces battled the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit on Wednesday before the defense minister declared a ‘magnificent victory’ over the Islamic State group in Tikrit. (AP Photo/Iraq Prime Minister's office)TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants holding other Iraqi provinces that they would be the next to fall.


Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, left, listens as his attorney Charles Rankin questions a witness during his murder trial, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Aram Boghosian, Pool)

A man who sued Aaron Hernandez over being shot in the face in Florida testified Wednesday in the former New England Patriots player's murder trial that Hernandez thought he was being followed by helicopters and that he was paranoid about his conversations being recorded. Instead, Bradley was allowed to tell jurors about how Hernandez had said he had a difficult time trusting people, including his friends. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. His body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough.




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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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