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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption chargesWoman recants allegation ex-Alabama player assaulted her (Yahoo Sports)

In this March 23, 2015 file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ speaks in Garwood, N.J. Menendez has been indicted on federal corruption charges.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.


In a March 27, 2015, photo Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor (53) works through drills during Alabama's spring NCAA football practice at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Taylor was removed from the Alabama team Monday, March 30, 2015, after a domestic violence arrest over the weekend. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)

The woman who said former Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor assaulted her has recanted the allegations and was arrested. The 24-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was charged with False Reporting to Law Enforcement, Tuscaloosa police said Wednesday in a release. She was released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail on bond. The charges will be reviewed by the court system, said Lt. Kip Hart, assistant commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide unit, which oversees domestic violence cases.


California unveils historic water restrictions over drought crisisCosart: 'I never have, never will bet on baseball' (Yahoo Sports)

Weeds grow in dry cracked earth that used to be the bottom of Lake McClure on March 24, 2015 in La Grange, CaliforniaCalifornia announced sweeping statewide water restrictions for the first time in history Wednesday in order to combat the region's devastating drought, the worst since records began. Governor Jerry Brown issued the declaration at a press conference in a parched, brown slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains that would normally be covered by deep snow. The executive order issued by Brown would aim to achieve a 25 percent reduction in water usage across cities and towns throughout California by a combination of measures. "As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible," Brown said.


Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jarred Cosart (23) works in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Speaking directly about the topic for the first time since gambling-related tweets appeared on his Twitter account last week, Miami pitcher Jarred Cosart denied ever betting on baseball. ''I never have, never will bet on baseball,'' Cosart said Wednesday. Tweets that appeared on Cosart's account discussed gambling advice received from a gambling expert. Cosart briefly addressed the situation last week, stating he was cooperating with Major League Baseball's investigation.


Getty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragediesUConn coach Geno Auriemma not a fan of men's game (Yahoo Sports)

A police officer creates a perimeter outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy.


Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma speaks during a news conference after his team's 91-70 win over Dayton in a regional final game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament on Monday, March 30, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Geno Auriemma thinks men's college basketball isn't very entertaining right now, though he admits the women's game isn't either. I don't understand its ins and outs.'' He said he was speaking more as a fan than a basketball coach. Women's basketball teams are averaging 69.5 points a game in the first four rounds while the men's teams are averaging just 67.8 points. Auriemma's Huskies lead the country in scoring at 89.7 points a game, but he said the women's game isn't much better than the men's, down three points a contest.


Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's requestCowboys bring back linebacker McClain on 1-year contract (Yahoo Sports)

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, lisens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.


Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain (55) is seen during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Dallas won 20-17 in overtime. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Rolando McClain revived his career with a solid season in Dallas. Now the linebacker will return for at least one more year with the Cowboys. McClain, a former top 10 pick who flamed out after just three seasons in Oakland, signed a one-year contract Wednesday, the team reported on its website. His presence played a significant role in the improvement of a defense that was among the worst in NFL history in 2013.


Iraq hails victory over Islamic State extremists in TikritRed Sox catcher Vazquez says he will have Tommy John surgery (Yahoo Sports)

In this image posted on the official Facebook account of Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi shows the premier carrying the national flag as he walks with Iraqi security forces in Tikrit, Iraq, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Iraqi security forces battled the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit on Wednesday before the defense minister declared a ‘magnificent victory’ over the Islamic State group in Tikrit. (AP Photo/Iraq Prime Minister's office)TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants holding other Iraqi provinces that they would be the next to fall.


Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) is shown against the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla. Boston won 3-0. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.




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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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