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N. Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.Lillard scores 43 as Blazers beat Spurs in 3 OT (Yahoo Sports)

A logo is pictured outside Sony Pictures Studios in Culver CityA spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be "grave consequences" if the U.S. refused to cooperate.


SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 19: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers prepares to shoot against the San Antonio Spurs during the game on December 19, 2014 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers know firsthand how cold and methodical the veteran San Antonio Spurs can be when they have a team in trouble.


Human rights in spotlight after U.S.-Cuba dealPadres to acquire OF Justin Upton from rebuilding Braves (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2010 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro attends the opening ceremony of the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba. To many exiles and their allies, Castro is a dictator who locks up dissenters and snuffs out political discourse. Cuba’s supporters see the government as heroic, justified by the behavior of its giant enemy to the north and offset by the fact it provides health care and education that most developing countries could only dream of. As often is the case, the truth lies somewhere in between. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.


This is a 2014 file photo showing Justin Upton of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. A person with knowledge of the deal says the San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, because the teams had not announced the deal, said the Braves will receive a group of prospects. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

ATLANTA (AP) -- With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal.


Stephen Collins to '7th Heaven' Fans: 'I'm very sorry'Thunder hold off Kobe's Lakers 104-103 without KD (Yahoo Sports)
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, embattled actor Stephen Collins admits to sexual misconduct with underage girls and talks about his time starring on the hit show '7th Heaven.'

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives against the Los Angeles Lakers at STAPLES Center on December 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Although Russell Westbrook grew up watching Kobe Bryant sink innumerable enormous shots for the Lakers, the Los Angeles native didn't worry when No. 24 had the ball with the game on the line against his Oklahoma City Thunder.


Obama says U.S. blacks better off overall than when he began presidencyButler, Mirotic lead Bulls over Grizzlies 103-97 (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. President Barack Obama reponds to a question during his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that U.S. blacks are better off now than they were when he began his presidency in 2009, but that the gap between blacks and whites remains. "Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office," he told reporters in an end-of-year news conference. "The gap between income and wealth of white and black America persists, and we've got more work to do on that front. ...


MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 19: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls shoots against Jon Leuer #30 of the Memphis Grizzlies on December 19, 2014 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Chicago rookie Nikola Mirotic left the locker room before the media could hear about his perfect shooting night from outside the arc.


Friend of accused Boston bomber pleads guilty to gun, drug chargesAP sources: Peavy, Giants agree to 2-year deal (Yahoo Sports)

Hayden, defense attorney for Matanov who is accused of lying to federal investigators about his ties to accused Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, talks to reporters following Matanov's arraignment in federal courtBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A high school friend of the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty on Friday to charges including having possessed a gun that prosecutors contend the suspects used to shoot dead a university police officer as they tried to flee the city. Stephen Silva, 21, changed his plea from not guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston after reaching a deal with federal prosecutors that was filed under seal. ...


FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws during the second inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Jake Peavy has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract to stay with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, because the agreement had not yet been announced. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- When Jake Peavy joined the San Francisco Giants midseason, he brought an energy to the mound that added a new dimension to their rotation.




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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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