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2 NYPD officers fatally shot in ambushKentucky scores first 24 points, beats UCLA 83-42 (Yahoo Sports)

Two NYPD officers ambushed in BrooklynThe officers were shot inside their patrol car in a Brooklyn neighborhood.


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) -- Devin Booker had 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game's first 24 points in an 83-42 victory over UCLA on Saturday.


U.S. stands by assertion that North Korea behind Sony attackCincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm (Yahoo Sports)

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)The United States stands by its assertion that the North Korean government was behind the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council said on Saturday.


Cincinnati's coach Mick Cronin directs players against San Diego State in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Cincinnati Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin has an aneurysm and will be sidelined indefinitely while doctors decide how to treat it.


Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shiftNo. 7 Villanova rallies in 82-77 overtime win over Syracuse (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2011, file photo, Sen. Bill Nelson D-Fla., speaks with reporters at the Florida Democratic Party State Convention in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. President Barack Obama's surprise decision this week to restore diplomatic relations with the communist nation is the surest sign yet those politics are changing, with some even suggesting it’s a political gambit aimed at cracking the Cuban-American community’s longtime support for the GOP. Nelson said you can see “in the polls, and you can see that just by going to Miami and talking to folks,” how much things have changed. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)For decades, the politics of Cuba in Florida were simple: anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro was a sure way to lose a race for office.


Villanova head coach Jay Wright, center, celebrates with Josh Hart, left, and Ryan Arcidiacono after an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Philadelphia. Villanova won 82-77 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Josh Hart has a saying at every Villanova practice, the kind that keeps his unbeaten team focused on the big picture of a potential championship season.


CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYTNo. 24 North Carolina beats No. 12 Ohio St 82-74 (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. ...


North Carolina forward Brice Johnson (11) dunks as forward Kennedy Meeks (3) and Ohio State forward Sam Thompson (12), guard Shannon Scott (3) look on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in CBS Sports Classic on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) -- Playing in Michael Jordan's longtime home is a big deal for North Carolina, and the Tar Heels honored their most famous basketball alum with a winning performance.


Two New York police officers killed, gunman dead: NY TimesNo. 4 Louisville holds off Western Kentucky 76-67 (Yahoo Sports)
(Reuters) - A gunman killed two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car on Saturday and then turned his weapon on himself, the New York Times reported. The officers were patrolling in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. NYPD Deputy Chief Kim Royster said it appeared the shots struck them in the upper body, the newspaper said. The gunman opened fire on the officers from the patrol car's passenger side and fled into a nearby subway station. The man then died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Times quoted Royster as saying. ...

Louisville's Terry Rozier goes up for a layup during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Western Kentucky Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Montrezl Harrell's sudden meltdown appeared costly for fourth-ranked Louisville until Terry Rozier stepped up to provide composure for the Cardinals.




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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.

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.

In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

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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