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Iraq declares victory over Islamic State group in TikritWoman recants allegation ex-Alabama player assaulted her (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) — Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.


Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor (53) works through drills during Alabama's fourth spring NCAA football practice, Friday, Mar. 27, 2015, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)

The woman who said former Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor assaulted her has recanted the allegations. The 24-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was arrested on a charge of False Reporting to Law Enforcement, Tuscaloosa police said Wednesday in a release. She was released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail on bond. Taylor was arrested on Saturday and coach Nick Saban dismissed the defensive lineman the following day.


Gay basketball player responds to Indiana's religious freedom lawMan who sued Aaron Hernandez testifies in his murder trial (Yahoo Sports)
Derrick Gordon shares his concerns with Yahoo's Bianna Golodryga.

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, left, listens as his attorney Charles Rankin questions a witness during his murder trial, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Aram Boghosian, Pool)

A man who sued Aaron Hernandez over being shot in the face in Florida has taken the stand in the former New England Patriots player's murder trial. Bradley said Wednesday, outside the presence of the jury, that Hernandez often said helicopters and police were following him, but the judge ruled that Bradley could not testify about that. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in Lloyd's killing. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.


A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resumeTiger Woods played practice round at Augusta (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, left, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, center, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, second right, and German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier wait for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program with other officials from France, China, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to reach consensus on the outline of an Iran nuclear deal just hours ahead of a self-imposed deadline to produce an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)Iran and six world powers are pressing ahead with efforts to hammer out a framework accord.


FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods, center, loads his car after withdrawing during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament in San Diego. Woods was fleeing from a golf tournament in mid-round, mumbling something about improper activation of his glutes. Two weeks before the Masters he's still missing in action, though his fans have plenty of ideas on how to get his mojo back. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Tiger Woods played a practice round Tuesday at Augusta National, a strong indication that the four-time champion could make his return at the Masters. Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports Management, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that Woods played 18 holes.


Getty oil heir found dead in Los Angeles homeTennessee hires former Texas coach Rick Barnes (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)The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, the family said in a statement. Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon, confirmed the 47-year-old's death and requested privacy for the family during "this extremely difficult time", adding that further details would be released as they became available. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said it was very early in the investigation and witnesses were being questioned, but no one was in custody. The death appeared to be either accidental or natural, Los Angeles County Coroner's Office spokesman Ed Winter told reporters in a news conference broadcast by TV station KTLA 5.


FILE - In this March 12, 2015, file photo, Texas coach Rick Barnes give his team a thumbs-up during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo. A person familiar with the situation says Tennessee has reached an agreement to hire former Texas coach Rick Barnes as its next men's basketball coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday, March 31, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn't been announced.(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

When he gave his farewell press conference after an unwanted exit from Texas, Rick Barnes predicted he'd be coaching again ''quicker than you probably think.'' It turns out Barnes already had a pretty good idea where he'd end up. Barnes had begun talking to Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart about the Volunteers' coaching vacancy Saturday, the day before his departure from Texas was announced. His move from one shade of orange to another became official Tuesday when Barnes was introduced as Tennessee's new men's basketball coach. Barnes succeeds Donnie Tyndall, who was fired Friday after going 16-16 in his lone season at Tennessee amid an NCAA investigation into his two-year tenure at Southern Mississippi.


Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalizedCurry and Thompson help Warriors beat Clippers 110-106 (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - Joni Mitchell arrives to the Hammer Museum's "Gala In The Garden" in this Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 file photo taken in Los Angeles. Mitchell was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, but details on her condition have not been released. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.


LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 31, 2015 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Stephen Curry snaked through the paint, came out near his bench, dribbled behind his back and faked Chris Paul to the floor on a jumper from the left corner, drawing oohs from the crowd. Curry finished with 27 points and Klay Thompson added 25. I didn't see the bench's reaction, but they said everybody was going crazy.'' David Lee added 17 points for the Warriors, who had lost four in a row at Staples Center, where the crowd created a playoff atmosphere. They booed to drown out the chants of ''MVP'' for Curry by the many Warriors fans.




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Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

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Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

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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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