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Millions hunker down for Northeast blizzardPatriots owner makes strong defense of team (Yahoo Sports)

NYC 2015 BlizzardMuch of the region is shut down but the storm has so far fallen short of predictions.


New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft reads a statement during a news conference Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Chandler, Ariz. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game. ''I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots did nothing wrong in this process that was in violation of NFL rules,'' Kraft said at the team's first media availability in Arizona. ''If the (Ted) Wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure in the footballs, I would expect and hope the league would apologize to our entire team, and in particular to coach (Bill) Belichick and Tom Brady, for what they've had to endure this week,'' Kraft added, at times sounding angry. We expect hard facts rather than circumstantial leaked evidence to drive the conclusion of this investigation.'' The NFL has said evidence shows the Patriots used underinflated footballs during the first half of the AFC title game victory over Indianapolis.


Democrats, Republicans spar over Benghazi investigationNadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia (Yahoo Sports)

In this Sept. 17, 2014, file photo, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, the ranking member, confer as the panel holds its first public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Select Committee on Benghazi will meet again on Tuesday, Jan. 27. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, began last year with promises of bipartisanship and cooperation.


Ekaterina Makarova of Russia celebrates after defeating Simona Halep of Romania in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Two rounds after Roger Federer's unexpected exit from the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal has joined him on the sidelines. Nadal's lack of match fitness from nearly six months of injuries and illness finally caught up with the 14-time major champion in his quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych on Tuesday. The third-seeded Nadal said before the tournament that his inactivity over the last half of 2014 made him unlikely to win more than a few rounds. Coming into the Australian Open, Nadal had played only eight matches since last June because of a right wrist injury and appendix surgery in November.


Senate blocks swift passage of Keystone XL pipeline billKobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season (Yahoo Sports)

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne North DakotaDemocrats in the U.S. Senate blocked the Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward on Monday, but supporters of the project vowed to push ahead and eventually get a vote on the measure. The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate, voting 53 to 39 on the measure. The Keystone bill allows Congress to approve TransCanada Corp's project to link Canada's oil sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate as a result of November's elections, flexed their muscles to deliver a message to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he will have to deal with them even on bills that enjoy some bipartisan support.


NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on January 21, 2015 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The star guard and the Lakers decided Monday on surgery, which typically requires several months of rehabilitation. The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant's recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott anticipates losing the third-leading scorer in NBA history for the rest of the year. His famously resilient body has finally worn down from the accumulated grind of nearly two decades and several lengthy postseasons with the Lakers, including five NBA title runs.


'Life-threatening' blizzard shuts down much of NortheastBrowner tells Pats to hit Sherman, Thomas where it hurts (Yahoo Sports)

An New York Police Department officer takes photographs while keeping security during a snowstorm in Times Square, New YorkWith memories still fresh of Sandy, a superstorm that ravaged the East Coast in 2012, governors of at least eight East Coast states declared emergencies. The National Weather Service (NWS) on Tuesday lowered snowfall forecasts, but still said a "life-threatening blizzard" could dump as many as 24 inches (61 cm) of snow. Sustained winds in the area might hit 40 miles per hour (64 kph), NWS said, though gusts as high as 78 mph (126 kph) were recorded in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Preliminary results from the NWS in Massachusetts showed as many as 13 inches of snow had fallen by early Tuesday in parts of the state.


New England Patriots' Brandon Browner (39) takes to the field during NFL football practice, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more diamonds and another title, going face-to-face with receivers when the Patriots play his former team Sunday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Brandon Browner is telling his New England teammates not to hold back against Seattle's Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. In an interview with ESPN, Browner talked about the toughness both Sherman and Thomas showed in the NFC championship game playing with injuries. Sherman suffered a sprained elbow, while Thomas suffered a separated shoulder.


Two officers shot, suspect killed in Minnesota city hall shootingClippers ride Crawford's shooting to 102-98 win over Nuggets (Yahoo Sports)
A man shot two police officers shortly after a swearing in ceremony at a city hall in a Minneapolis suburb on Monday night and then was fatally shot by other officers in a rapid exchange of fire, authorities said. The two police officers were in good condition and were expected to survive after the shooting at the city hall in New Hope, Minnesota, Chief Deputy Mike Carlson of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office told a news conference. Two new officers were sworn in shortly after 7 p.m. near the start of a regular city council meeting and were fired at just after they left the council chambers by an adult male, Carlson said. Council member John Elder, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department, can be heard saying, "Get down, get down, everybody get down.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: DeAndre Jordan #6 and Jamal Crawford #11 of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrate during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 26, 2015 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jamal Crawford never stews over statistics. Crawford scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the struggling Denver Nuggets 102-98 Monday night for their fifth straight victory. ''I wanted to be aggressive and try to open up stuff,'' said Crawford, last season's Sixth Man of the Year. Crawford scored Los Angeles' final five points and had a key save that led to a basket in the closing seconds, when the Clippers completed their biggest comeback of the season after trailing by 16 earlier in the game.




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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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