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Is Moore, Okla., the ‘tornado alley of tornado alley’?Notre Dame races by Wichita State 81-70 for Elite Eight spot (Yahoo Sports)

This May 21, 2013 file photo shows an aerial view of Plaza Towers Elementary School which was damaged during a May 20, 2013 tornado, in Moore, Oklahoma. For the second time since a tornado ravaged Moore, killing 24 people including seven students at Plaza Towers Elementary School, organizers plan to circulate an initiative petition calling for a statewide vote to fund the construction of school storm shelters. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)Residents of an Oklahoma town are wondering why their community has been a frequent target of twisters.


Notre Dame players celebrate after an 81-70 win over Wichita State in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional semifinals, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Notre Dame's march through March is picking up speed. Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years. The Irish (32-5) shot 75 percent (18 of 24) in the second half, easily pulling away from the seventh-seeded Shockers (30-5) after Wichita State took its first and only lead on a layup by Darius Carter early in the second half. Pat Connaughton added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame and Jerian Grant had nine points and 11 assists as the Irish won their eighth straight.


Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask whyProspect Randy Gregory: I failed drug tests (Yahoo Sports)

In this undated photo provided by the French Interior Ministry, French emergency rescue services work at the site of the Germanwings jet that crashed on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. (AP Photo/French Interior Ministry, Francis Pellier)PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.


FILE - In a Sept. 6, 2014, file photo then-Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory wears street clothes before an NCAA college football game against McNeese State in Lincoln, Neb. Randy Gregory says he's tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last month and that he failed two drug tests at Nebraska last year. Gregory disclosed his marijuana use in an interview with NFL Media on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Gregory went into February's scouting combine projected to be among the top 10 picks (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Defensive end Randy Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last month and that he failed two drug tests at Nebraska last year. Gregory disclosed his marijuana use in an interview with NFL Media on Wednesday. Gregory went into February's scouting combine projected to be among the top 10 picks in the draft. He declared for the draft after his junior season at Nebraska, where he recorded 17 1/2 sacks in two seasons.


Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obama’s sanctionsFiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday (Yahoo Sports)

Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obamaâs sanctions, E.U. protestThe Icelandic Hvalur whaling company’s killing of endangered fin whales has been denounced by the United States and the European Union. Is it time for greater action?


Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, left, sits with his defense attorney Charles Rankin during his murder trial Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press. Shayanna Jenkins was granted immunity by the court in February, which means she can be compelled to testify or face time behind bars. There had been a question over whether prosecutors would call Jenkins, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez, 25, since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter. Prosecutors say she lied to a grand jury investigating the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating her younger sister, Shaneah.


Explosion rocks NYC neighborhoodMarlins' Cosart says MLB reviewing his Twitter account (Yahoo Sports)

Building collapse in New York City's East VillageThe blast causes a fire and partial collapse at an apartment building in Manhattan.


This is a 2015 photo of Jarred Cosart of the Miami Marlins baseball team. This image reflects the Marlins active roster as of Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart said Major League Baseball is reviewing his deleted Twitter account as part of an investigation into gambling-related tweets posted there and he is cooperating with the investigation. ''Obviously, I was caught off guard by the whole situation,'' Cosart said Thursday. ''All I'm really saying to everyone is I'm following the MLB protocol and just talking with MLB security, and they are taking care of the rest.'' The 24-year-old Cosart deleted his Twitter account Tuesday after screen shots of comments he purportedly made appeared on the website of Miami New Times.


Politicians are the only people who can't be addicted to their phonesDayton gives coach Archie Miller another contract extension (Yahoo Sports)

Life inside a presidential campaign bubble has long been maligned as a suffocating, alienating experience.


Dayton head coach Archie Miller directs his team against Oklahoma in the first half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 32 in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- - Coach Archie Miller got three more years added to his contract Thursday after leading Dayton to a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.




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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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