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Obama to announce U.S., Cuba deal to reopen embassiesNike co-founder Knight will step down as chairman (Yahoo Sports)

The shift is part of the president’s drive to wipe away Cold War-era tensions with Havana.


Nike founder Phil Knight waits to be interviewed a news conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Phil Knight, a middle-distance runner who partnered with his track coach at Oregon to launch a footwear and apparel company that made the Nike swoosh one of the most recognizable logos in the world, has announced plans to step down as company chairman. Knight said he wants Nike President and CEO Mark Parker, who has held those positions since 2006, to succeed him. No specific date was set for Knight's departure, though he said he plans to stay involved in the business.


Chris Christie launches 2016 presidential bidBlackhawks trade Saad to Blue jackets (Yahoo Sports)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives to speak to supporters during an event announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Yahoo's Bianna Golodryga and guests look at the N.J. governor's chances in a crowded GOP field.


Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad holds up the Stanley Cup during a rally celebrating the NHL hockey club's Stanley Cup championship, Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Soldier Field in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Chicago Blackhawks said all along that Brandon Saad would be back next season. With contract talks at a stalemate on the eve of NHL free agency, the Stanley Cup champions parted with Saad in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 22-year-old Saad set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games this past season.


Obama's approval rating hits two-year highJosh Hamilton activated from DL by Rangers, Gallo to minors (Yahoo Sports)

In this June 26, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, June 29. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)According to a new CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday, 50 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling his presidency — up 5 points over the most recent survey and his highest approval rating since May 2013.


Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton catches a fly ball while working out before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Josh Hamilton is back on the Texas Rangers' 25-man roster, eager to jump-start a season that has been marred by injury. The 34-year-old slugger was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and put in the starting lineup against the Baltimore Orioles. Hamilton was sidelined since May 31 with a strained left hamstring.


Candidate Jeb Bush bares 33 years of tax returns in show of transparencyCavs give offers to Thompson, Dellavedova, Shumpert (Yahoo Sports)

Bush speaks at a town hall meeting in Henderson, NevadaBy Steve Holland and Linda Stern WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday showing that his net worth of between $19 million and $22 million has been amassed largely through investments and speaking fees that have been as high as $75,000 per engagement. In a show of transparency expected to pressure his rivals to bare their tax records, Bush revealed that since the end of his tenure as Florida governor in 2007, his annual income has risen sharply to nearly $7.4 million in 2013 from $260,580 in 2006. Talking to a handful of reporters in Washington about the 1,150 pages of returns made public, Bush, 62, said his hope was to "give people a sense of who I am." He said, "It's not a life that has been scripted to run for president.


OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 7: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers prepares to shoot a free throw against the Golden State Warriors during Game Two of the 2015 NBA Finals on June 7, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert all received qualifying offers from Cleveland on Tuesday, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offers those players get from other clubs this summer. The Cavs had indicated they want each to return next season. Thompson is of particular importance to the Cavaliers, who went to the NBA Finals this past season.


KKK plans South Carolina rally as Confederate flag debate continuesGray to miss start for A's vs. Rockies with illness (Yahoo Sports)

A Confederate flag is held up by a man at a rally outside the State House to get the Confederate flag removed from the grounds in ColumbiaThe Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at South Carolina's capitol, where a statue of a former state governor who championed white supremacy was vandalized on Tuesday amid scrutiny of symbols associated with slavery. The Civil War-era flag and related monuments have become flashpoints after nine black men and women were gunned down at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspected shooter, Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, had posed with a Confederate battle flag in photos posted on a website that displayed a racist manifesto attributed to him.


Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, June 25, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics scratched starter Sonny Gray because of an illness and brought up right-hander Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville to face Colorado.




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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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