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Ted Cruz’s Texas two-step: Hired gun for GoogleNCAA suspends coach Jim Boeheim for Syracuse violations (Yahoo Sports)

When Google hired Ted CruzFacing an investigation in 2010, the Web behemoth turned to an unlikely ally for help.


Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim calls to his players in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia in Syracuse, N.Y., Monday, March 2, 2015. Virginia won 59-47. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was suspended for nine games Friday, with the school punished for ignoring the ''most fundamental core values of the NCAA'' for academic, drug and other violations committed primarily by the men's basketball program. The school was put on probation for five years and the basketball team must vacate wins in which ineligible players participated, the governing body said. The punishment includes financial penalties and the reduction of three men's basketball scholarships a year for four years. In anticipation of the report, Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud had announced a postseason ban for this year for the basketball team.


Battling America’s other PTSD crisisColts parting ways with longtime standout WR Reggie Wayne (Yahoo Sports)

Keith DavisThe fight that started Keith Davis on a path to a new life began when he was buying marijuana. It was early afternoon on Aug. 8. As he tells it, he was in at his usual hangout in North Central Philadelphia, in front of an abandoned church at 18th and Ridge. He was taking too long mulling over his purchase, and another man got impatient and told him to go buy his stuff somewhere else.


FILE - This is a 2014, file photo showing Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team. The Colts have announced they will not re-sign veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne. In a statement issued Friday, March 6, 2015, general manager Ryan Grigson called Wayne the

The Colts announced Friday they will not re-sign veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne, one of the most revered players in franchise history. He was Indy's first-round draft pick in 2001 and has never played for another team. General manager Ryan Grigson called Wayne the ''catalyst'' to the Colts' turnaround. Team owner Jim Irsay tweeted that it was a ''sad day in Colts Nation,'' but said the decision was made in the ''best interests of the team.'' ''Reggie is one of the greatest men to ever wear the horseshoe, and we have been blessed to watch him play for the past 14 years,'' Irsay said in a statement.


Harrison Ford's love of flight marked by mishaps, serviceE'Twaun Moore lifts Bulls past Westbrook, Thunder (Yahoo Sports)

Officials stand near the scene of a small vintage airplane that crash-landed on the Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Harrison Ford crash-landed the airplane shortly after taking off from a nearby airport and reporting engine problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a man battles Darth Vader, Nazis and other evildoers for work, what does he do for fun? Harrison Ford finds his answer in a pilot's license and the freedom to take to the skies.


CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 05: Pau Gasol #16 and E'Twaun Moore #55 of the Chicago Bulls celebrate during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 5, 2015 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images)

E'Twaun Moore finished off Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Moore hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left and the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Thunder 108-105 on Thursday night, ending Westbrook's triple-double streak at four. After Moore's 3 put the Bulls up 107-105, Westbrook stepped out of bounds after taking the inbounds pass, not seeing that Serge Ibaka was open for a potential tying shot. I should have passed to Serge,'' Westbrook said.


Ferguson fires three, hopes for settlement with Justice DepartmentHunter Pence breaks arm in Giants' win over Cubs (Yahoo Sports)

St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office handout evidence photo from August 9 Ferguson Police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri shows officer Darren Wilson's police badgeFerguson, Missouri, has fired three city employees and is pursuing a range of other reforms in an effort to negotiate a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department after a federal investigation accused the city of illegal practices targeting African-Americans, the mayor said on Friday. Three employees working in the police department and municipal court system were terminated due to evidence of "egregious racial bias," documented in emails and detailed in the Justice Department report released on Wednesday, said Mayor James Knowles. The firings come as the St. Louis suburb of 21,000, which has a mostly black population but a mostly white police force and city leadership, reels from the charges leveled by the Justice Department. The investigation started after a white Ferguson police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9, triggering nationwide protests and illuminating long-held complaints in Ferguson and elsewhere about police treatment of minorities.


Waiting game for Hunter Pence (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the Giants' 8-6 victory over a Chicago Cubs split-squad Thursday. One of the clubhouse leaders for the World Series champions, the quirky Pence has played in 383 straight games - the longest active streak in the majors - since the Giants traded for him in July 2012. He was hit by a pitch from the Cubs' Corey Black and went to first base before being removed for a pinch runner. ''It didn't look good,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.


CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyber ops: agency chiefBlazers win fifth straight with 94-75 victory over Mavericks (Yahoo Sports)

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, VirginiaBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency is launching one of the biggest reorganizations in its history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyber operations and incorporating digital innovations into intelligence gathering, CIA director John Brennan said. In a presentation to reporters this week, Brennan said he also is creating new units within the CIA, called "mission centers," intended to concentrate the agency's focus on specific challenges or geographic areas, such as weapons proliferation or Africa. Historically, electronic eavesdroppers at the National Security Agency have been at the cutting edge of digital innovation within the U.S. government.


PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 5: Alonzo Gee #33 of the Portland Trail Blazers celebrates during a game against the Dallas Mavericks on March 5, 2015 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

The mood was somber in the Trail Blazers' locker room following their victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The win had come at a cost, with Wesley Matthews lost for the season because of a ruptured Achilles tendon. ''I make that same cut a hundreds of thousands of times in my life,'' Matthews said. I was praying someone was back there.'' LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds and the Blazers pulled away in the second half for a 94-75 victory for their fifth straight victory.




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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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