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Wreckage may be first trace of missing Flight MH370Astros regain lead in AL-West with 6-3 win over Angels (Yahoo Sports)

French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La ReunionInvestigators are treating debris found on an Indian Ocean island as a "major lead."


Houston Astros' Carlos Correa (1) and Jake Marisnick, right, celebrate their 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The Houston Astros are back in first place in the American League West - the first time they have led their division this late in the season in 12 years. Rookie Lance McCullers pitched seven solid innings and Preston Tucker and Jon Singleton homered to help the Astros to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night that regained the division lead for them. Houston took the first two games of the series to move one game ahead of Angels, who came into town leading the division.


N.H. thumbs its nose at Fox NewsAP Sources: Phillies agree to trade Cole Hamels to Texas (Yahoo Sports)

The GOP primary forum next Monday will be more of a grilling than a debate.


Philadelphia Phillies' starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers during the sixth inning of baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

After years of trade speculation, Cole Hamels' time in Philadelphia is ending. Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade the ace left-hander to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause but does not have to approve a deal to the Rangers.


Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic stop shootingUpton, Solarte lead Padres over Mets (Yahoo Sports)

Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic-stop shootingA University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer."


New York Mets' Lucas Duda, right, runs on his second-inning home run off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross, left,in a baseball game in New York, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Sure, Justin Upton and Matt Kemp did their part - again. Padres manager Pat Murphy was excited to get contributions from the rest of the lineup, too. Upton homered and drove in three runs and Yonder Alonso also connected as San Diego beat the New York Mets 7-3 on Wednesday night despite three long balls from Lucas Duda.


Cincinnati police officer indicted in shooting death of black manKaka helps MLS All Stars to 2-1 win over Tottenham (Yahoo Sports)

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing's body camera shows his handgun drawn in CincinnatiA University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on Wednesday on murder charges in the fatal shooting last week of an unarmed black motorist who was stopped because of a missing front license plate. Ray Tensing, the 25-year-old white officer who shot Dubose in the head, "wasn't dealing with someone who was wanted for murder," Deters told a news conference. "He was dealing with someone who didn't have a front license plate.


MLS All-Star midfielder Kaka, right, works the ball past Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane during the first half of the MLS All-Star soccer game Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Kaka and David Villa, a pair of 33-year-old international icons in their first season in Major League Soccer, showed they still have some panache to their games. Kaka scored on a penalty kick and set up Villa's goal minutes later in the first half to help the best players in MLS beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on a blustery Wednesday night. The MLS improved to 9-3-1 against international competition in its All-Star Game.


Planned Parenthood reports second website hack in a weekHarper homers twice into upper deck, Nats beat Marlins 7-2 (Yahoo Sports)

The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in BostonWebsites operated by Planned Parenthood and its political branch, Planned Parenthood Action, were clogged by a wide-scale "distributed denial-of-service," or DDoS, attack, the organization said. Service was restored shortly after the attack, but the group opted to keep its websites offline for the remainder of the day "to ensure that we are fully protected," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. Visitors to Planned Parenthood sites, which serve some 200,000 people a day seeking information on reproductive health, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, parenting, abortion and other topics, were being redirected to its Facebook pages for the time being, Laguens said.


Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) follows through on a three-run home run against the Miami Marlins in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Miami. Yunel Escobar and Jayson Werth also scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Bryce Harper continued his torrid MVP-caliber season with his power on full display. ''I could remember when the kid came out a lot of people compared him to a young Mickey Mantle, that type of thunder,'' Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. ''He did a lot of damage today,'' Nationals manager Matt Williams said.




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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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