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Shooter of 2 NYPD officers identifiedMuhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia (Yahoo Sports)

Police deploy at the scene where two New York City police officers were killed as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner on December 20, 2014 in New York CityThe officers were shot inside their patrol car in a Brooklyn neighborhood.


Retired boxing champion Muhammad Ali waves after receiving the Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.


Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumoniaNovak's 40-yard FG lifts Chargers past 49ers (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, the former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, center, is crowned "King of Boxing" while accompanied by his wife, Lonnie, right, and Argentine boxer Sergio Martinez during the 50th convention of the World Boxing Council in Cancun, Mexico. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, that the 72-year-old boxing great has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia and is in stable condition. (AP Photo/Israel Leal, File)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.


San Diego Chargers players celebrate after nose tackle Sean Lissemore, on ground, recovered a fumble by San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton during overtime in an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. The Chargers won 38-35. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season depended on it, so Rivers took charge.


Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban systemEagles near elimination, fall 27-24 to Redskins (Yahoo Sports)

Cuba's President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. While praising the historic agreement between Cuba and the U.S. to restore relations, Castro made it clear that the agreement only goes so far, reminding the audience of his call for the U.S. Congress to end the trade embargo. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system.


Washington Redskins' Kai Forbath (2) is congratulated by tight end Logan Paulsen (82) and punter Tress Way (5) after kicking the winning field goal in an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. The Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have proved themselves to be a mirage, a team that got away with its faults until it couldn't any longer. Leaders in the NFC East as recently as a week ago, they're now just about done in the playoff race, and they're in no position to argue that they deserve any better.


Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officersEllis leads Mavericks over Spurs 99-93 (Yahoo Sports)

Police officers block off the scene of a a shooting incident where a gunman killed two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car before turning his weapon on himself in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo and Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man. If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tension over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparked protests around the country and drawn in President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder. ...


DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 20: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on December 20, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) -- The star of Rajon Rondo's debut with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night was Monta Ellis - the teammate whom the Mavericks hope helps Rondo form a lethal backcourt combination that will make them championship contenders.


CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYTKentucky scores first 24 points, beats UCLA 83-44 (Yahoo Sports)

People pose with laptops in front of projection of binary code and CIA emblem in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times. The review panel is looking into the search by agency officials of staffers from the Senate Intelligence Committee who were investigating the CIA's use of torture in interrogations of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. ...


Kentucky players from left, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Trey Lyles, and Willie Cauley-Stein celebrate their 83-42 win over UCLA during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) -- No. 1 Kentucky made it look so easy that coach John Calipari felt the need to point out he had actual human beings on the court.




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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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