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No 'shock and awe' in Syria strikesR&A set to allow women members after 260 years

The US has so far launched dozens of air strikes to halt the Islamic State offensive in northern IraqTargets will be precise, on jihadist strongholds, logistics, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told lawmakers.


A St. Andrews souvenir golf ball is seen on a golf course in LondonBy Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - It is a simple yes or no vote but Thursday's ballot could end two-and-half centuries of division in Scotland. So, will women be allowed to become members of the Royal and Ancient golf club? True, it is probably not as pressing an issue as the future of the United Kingdom, also to be decided on Thursday via the referendum on Scottish independence, but in golfing and equality circles it marks something of a landmark. ...


For first time in 8 years, US poverty rate dropsReinstated NFL star Peterson says 'I'm not a child abuser'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pictured on the sidelines in St. Louis, Missouri on September 7, 2014Minneapolis (AFP) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, reinstated on Monday by the NFL team, declared he was not a child abuser despite charges of injuring his four-year-old son with blows from a switch.


Probably as close to Komodo dragon as you want to be in wildNFL's Vikings reinstate Peterson after child abuse charge

Probably as close to Komodo dragon as you want to be in wildThe Indonesian island of Komodo is home to a carnivorous giant lizard that dominates the local ecosystem, and a group of visitors were recently lucky enough to capture it on film. The Komodo dragon can grow up to 10 feet in length and although they have a poisonous bite with enough venom to kill a person within hours , attacks on humans are rare. In this video, English teacher Jonathan Hawkins marvels at the size of the animal, comparing it to a dinosaur. Credit: YouTube/Jonathan Hawkins


NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota VikingsBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Adrian Peterson, a marquee National Football League running back facing charges of child abuse for injuries he caused when disciplining his son, was reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. Peterson was held out of the Vikings' game on Sunday, a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots, following his indictment last week in Texas for negligent injury to his 4-year-old son, the latest domestic violence case to rock the NFL. ...


NASA may reveal 'space taxi' company pick for ISS missions todayFoles rallies Eagles to beat Colts in Indianapolis

NASA to Make Major Private Space Taxi Announcement Today: Watch LiveNASA will make a major announcement on the future of U.S. Space agency officials will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT), and could unveil the selection of one or more private space taxis by aerospace companies to move forward on the path toward providing astronaut transportation services to International Space Station for NASA.  You can watch NASA's commercial crew announcement live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. According to a NASA statement, today's announcement will discuss "the return of human spaceflight launches to the United States.


NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts(Reuters) - The Philadelphia Eagles rallied for a second successive week to record a 30-27 victory with a Cody Parkey field goal as time expired to beat the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. The Eagles trailed 20-6 in the third quarter and were down 27-20 late in the fourth before Parkey's 36-yard field goal as time expired. Philadelphia enjoyed a similar fightback last week when they overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to beat Jacksonville. ...


Excessive police force allegations in Mo. as teen seriously injuredPapelbon suspended for gesture, bumping umpire

In this Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, photo, Merrillville Patrolman Nickolaus Schultz's Police car sits in front of the Merrillville Municipal Complex with the front window blacked out to honor Officer Schultz's life in Merrillville, Ind. Schultz, a northwestern Indiana police officer, was fatally shot in the line of duty and died Sunday. (AP Photo/The Times, Jeff Dildine) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO LOCALS OUT; GARY OUTBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating allegations of excessive force by a Missouri police officer during a traffic stop that left a teenage motorist in critical condition, authorities said on Monday. The FBI said in a statement that it is investigating whether police officer Tim Runnels overstepped his authority and violated the civil rights of Bryce Masters when he pulled over the 17-year-old and used a stun gun on him on Sunday in Independence, Missouri, a Kansas City suburb. ...


MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies(Reuters) - Philadelphia Phillies' closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games and fined an undisclosed amount for making an obscene gesture and bumping an umpire, Major League Baseball said on Monday. The incidents occurred on Sunday as Papelbon allowed four runs in the ninth inning and was booed off the field. Papelbon came back on the field to argue and made contact with the umpire. The Phillies apologized for Papelbon's behavior, while the pitcher issued his own statement acknowledging his regrets but insisting his gesture was not meant in the way it was received.




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Why Midterm Elections Are Important

Primary elections are being held now in states across the country as members of political parties cast votes for the candidates they want to run in this November’s general election. Once the primaries are over, it will be time to focus on the general midterm election.

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.

The Nuclear Option

The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

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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