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Obama: 'New chapter' begins as U.S., Cuba to open embassiesPenguins acquire Phil Kessel from Maple Leafs in major trade (Yahoo Sports)

President Obama: 'New Chapter' Begins as US, Cuba Will Open EmbassiesPresident Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba are opening embassies in their respective capitals later this month and formally reestablished diplomatic relations between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years. "More than 54 years ago at the height of the cold war, the United States closed its embassy in Havana. Today, I can announce that the United States has agreed to formally reestablish diplomatic relations with the republic of Cuba and re-open embassies in our respective countries," the president said in the Rose Garden today.


FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel skates during second period NHL hockey action against the Detroit Red Wings in Toronto. The Maple Leafs sent 27-year-old Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in a blockbuster deal that gives the Penguins a needed boost in its top six and gives the Maple Leafs some flexibility as they begin to retool under new coach Mike Babcock. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Phil Kessel spent six years in Toronto trying to lift the Maple Leafs out of the churn of mediocrity. All the goals - 181 of them while wearing a leaf on the front of his sweater - failed to turn Toronto into a contender or quiet the critics who wondered whether the talented forward cared enough or worked hard enough to justify his status as one of the elite players in the NHL. ''He was always the guy, he was a guy that was blamed when things weren't going well, and he doesn't have to be the guy here,'' Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford said.


What could happen if Greece leaves European Union?At hot-for-Wimbledon, Venus Williams nears Serena showdown (Yahoo Sports)

Greece: What Could Happen If Country Leaves the European UnionIf Greece and its 11 million people left the European Union, it would be an unprecedented move within the monetary system that gave birth to the currency known as the euro.A referendum, which has already been criticized as confusing and illegal, scheduled on Sunday will help determine whether a "Grexit" -- Greek exit -- from the 19-nation currency bloc could become a reality. Earlier this week, the government issued a maximum cash withdrawal for Greek residents at 60 euros. But due to the shortage of 20-euro banknotes, people mostly have access to 50-euro banknotes. ...


Venus Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, during their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday July 1, 2015. Williams won 7-6, 6-4. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition. At age 35, 21 years removed from her first professional tournament, Williams still possesses a dangerous serve, along with the muscle memory that comes with seven Grand Slam singles titles, five at Wimbledon. ''She probably comes back here and, you know, I think, she almost feels like this is home,'' said David Witt, Venus' coach.


Trump loses business deals over comments about Mexicans, but gains in pollsAP Source: Guard Goran Dragic, Heat agree on 5-year deal (Yahoo Sports)

Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants may be costing him a growing of number of business relationships, but they appear to have given him a bump in the polls.


MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat brings the ball up during a game against the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Goran Dragic plays quickly and decides quickly. The Miami Heat are pleased about both. Dragic wasted little time in accepting a five-year deal that will ultimately be worth between $85-90 million to remain with the Heat, the sides coming to an agreement in principle only a few hours after the NBA's free agency shopping period opened Wednesday.


Clinton raises record $45 million since campaign launchReports: GM Jerry Dipoto quits after 3 1/2 years with Angels (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson party fundraising dinnerMore than 90 percent of the donations in Clinton's fundraising haul were for amounts of $100 or less, her campaign said.


Los Angeles Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto speaks to reporters during a news conference held before the team's exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, April 3, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels were surprised and disappointed by an arbitrator's decision not to discipline outfielder Josh Hamilton for his latest problems involving cocaine and alcohol. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto says he has resigned, but the team is refusing to confirm his departure. Dipoto told the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register on Wednesday that he has quit after 3 1/2 years with the Angels, but manager Mike Scioscia and Angels spokesman Tim Mead repeatedly declined to acknowledge any changes ahead of a team meeting before their game against the New York Yankees. Scioscia and Dipoto previously have clashed over philosophical differences during the GM's tenure, and the latest dispute reportedly concerned Dipoto's desire for the Angels to play with more attention to statistical analysis and scouting reports.


U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 yearsAP sources: Suns add Chandler, lock up Knight (Yahoo Sports)

Obama and Biden depart after announcing the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba in the Rose Garden at the White House in WashingtonBy Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years. Sealed by an exchange of letters between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, the deal fulfills a pledge the former Cold War enemies made six months ago.


DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks heads to the court before tip off against the Houston Rockets during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2015 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns have reached an agreement with forward Tyson Chandler on a three-year, $52 million contract and agreed with Brandon Knight on a five-year, $70 million extension, people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Chandler averaged 10.3 points and 11.5 rebounds while providing a defensive and locker room presence for the Dallas Mavericks last season. The 15-year veteran has averaged 8.8 points and 9.3 rebounds in a career that included stops in Chicago, New Orleans, New York and two one-year stints with the Mavericks.




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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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