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How cold-state pols prove their mettle in winter-wimpy WashingtonLynch at Media Day: 'I'm here so I don't get fined' (Yahoo Sports)

A light snow blankets the east front of the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonIn Washington, snow days are not for everyone — and they’re certainly not for people who work for cold-weather state politicians. Because if your boss is from the Northeast or the upper Plains or Alaska, you’re getting to work no matter what, even if it’s on sled or snowshoe.


Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch leaves at the beginning of media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Marshawn Lynch smiled politely, waved at the crowd and answered every question the same. ''I'm here so I don't get fined,'' the Seattle Seahawks' star running back constantly repeated for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day on Tuesday.


Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia coupleBrodeur to retire, join St. Louis Blues front office (Yahoo Sports)

Jason Hoffman, left, places flowers at a makeshift memorial with his daughters Jaycee, 9, center, and Nolene, 11, outside the home of 69-year-old Elrey "Bud" Runion and his 66-year-old wife, June, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Marietta, Ga. Authorities have positively identified two bodies as those of the Runions, who disappeared after driving three hours away to buy a classic auto, and the suspect already in custody has been charged with murder and armed robbery. (AP Photo/David Goldman)McRAE, Ga. (AP) — Elrey "Bud" Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago.


FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Blues goalie Martin Brodeur looks up at the scoreboard during a timeout in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Nashville, Tenn. Brodeur, one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, is retiring. He starred for years with New Jersey Devils and is now with St. Louis. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

Martin Brodeur is retiring to take a front office job with the St. Louis Blues. The New Jersey Devils have a spot waiting for one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history whenever he is ready to come back home. He is aware of that and has always been aware of that,'' Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday. ''He could have come back even now if he wanted to.'' The 10-time All-Star and four-time Vezina Trophy winner finished his career with St. Louis after a standout, two-decade run with New Jersey.


Yahoo rallies as plan to spin off remaining Alibaba stake revealedGolfer Allenby stands by story, says truth will come out (Yahoo Sports)

In this Nov. 5, 2014 photo, a person walks in front of a Yahoo sign at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Yahoo promised to find a way to reduce the taxes it owes when it sells shares of Alibaba and now it has a plan to do so.


Robert Allenby, of Australia, talks to the media at a practice round for the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

A defiant and at times angry Robert Allenby stood by his story Tuesday that he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu, basing the account on what he remembered and what he was told by a homeless woman who came to his aid. ''There has definitely been a lot of confusion,'' Allenby said.


NYC economy lost $200M from fizzled storm, transit shutdownIrving, James lead Cavs to 7th straight, 103-95 over Pistons (Yahoo Sports)

snowNEW YORK (AP) — New York City lost an estimated $200 million in economic activity in the fizzled snowstorm and decision to shut down the transit system — a loss that wasn't crippling overall but had the biggest impact on small businesses and hourly workers.


AUBURN HILLS, MI - JANUARY 27: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers takes a shot against the Detroit Pistons on January 27, 2015 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 38 points and LeBron James added 32 to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight victory Tuesday night, 103-95 over the Detroit Pistons. The Cavs avenged a 23-point home loss to Detroit late last month. His two-handed breakaway dunk early in the fourth put Cleveland up 80-68.


In battle against Islamic State, Iraqi tribal chiefs plead for more U.S. aidKeys beats Venus Williams in Australian Open quarterfinals (Yahoo Sports)

Sheikh Ahmed Abu RishaAt a meeting with Obama envoy, Sunni leaders a paint bleak picture.


Madison Keys of the U.S. celebrates after defeating her compatriot Venus Williams in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

American teenager Madison Keys overcame a left thigh injury to beat Venus Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at the Australian Open on Wednesday, ensuring there would be no Williams sisters semifinal. The 19-year-old Keys will play either Serena Williams or last year's finalist, Dominika Cibulkova, in Thursday's semifinal. The Williams sisters last met in a Grand Slam match at Wimbledon in 2009, when Serena won the final. The semifinalists from the other half of the women's draw have already been determined - No. 2 Maria Sharapova will play No. 10-seeded Ekaterina Makarova on Thursday.




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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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