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5 things to watch in New Hampshire primaryKnicks fire coach Derek Fisher; Rambis gets interim job (Yahoo Sports)


FILE - FEBRUARY 8, 2016: It was reported that the New York Knicks have fired coach Derek Fisher after a five-game losing streak in his second season with the team February 8, 2016. ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 05: Derek Fisher of the New York Knicks looks on during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 5, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Derek Fisher had just finished a long playing career when Phil Jackson picked him to coach the New York Knicks. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis was promoted to interim head coach at least through the rest of the season. Rambis, like Fisher an ex-Laker player and a former assistant under Jackson, went 56-145 in two seasons as Minnesota's coach and part of a season leading the Lakers.


Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's deathLeSean McCoy investigated over fight with off-duty cops (Yahoo Sports)

Family Mourns Death of ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller, 1 Year LaterThe wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's ...


FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Orchard Park, N.Y. McCoy is under investigation over the alleged assault of two off-duty police officers at a Philadelphia nightclub. Police say a fight broke out early Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, over a bottle of champagne. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is under investigation over a Philadelphia nightclub brawl early Sunday that left two off-duty police officers injured, one with a broken nose and broken ribs and the other with a possible skull fracture. The incident occurred early Sunday morning after an argument broke out between McCoy's party and the officers over a bottle of champagne. One officer had a broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb and remained hospitalized, police said, while the second received stitches and had a possible skull fracture.


FBI agent says evidence manipulated in Baltimore 'Serial' hearingManziel's ex-girlfriend says she lost some hearing in attack (Yahoo Sports)

Convicted murderer Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, MarylandAdnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the 1999 strangulation of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed's lawyers are seeking a new trial based on new evidence amid questions about the fairness of the case that were raised by the podcast in late 2014. During the fourth day of a hearing in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Chad Fitzgerald said defense lawyers had shown him "manipulated evidence" of cell phone records when he was on the stand last week.


In this file photo made Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Johnny Manziel, left, sits with Colleen Crowley during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Dallas police announced Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, they were launching a criminal investigation into a domestic violence assault complaint filed against Manziel, who was involved in an altercation last weekend during which he allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, several times. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend said in an affidavit the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her so hard during a late-night confrontation she lost hearing in one ear. Colleen Crowley's affidavit, published online Monday, says Manziel dragged her into a car last month after she tried to get away from him. Crowley accused Manziel of striking her in her left ear.


State seeks delay in 3 Freddie Gray trials, pending appealsJames, Irving lead Cavaliers past Kings 120-100 (Yahoo Sports)

Baltimore Police Officer William Porter and his attorneys arrive at the courthouse for pretrial hearings in the case of Caeser Goodson in BaltimoreBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore prosecutors have asked a judge to delay the trials of three police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case until appellate courts decide if another officer awaiting retrial on related charges can be compelled to testify against them.


CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 8: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes to the basket against Marco Belinelli #3 of the Sacramento Kings on February 8, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James came close to his 40th career triple-double several times this season. James scored 21 points to go along with 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 120-100 win over the Sacramento Kings. Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points and tied his career high with 12 assists.


More than 30 injured in Connecticut casino bus crashHield's 3-pointer lifts No. 3 Oklahoma past No. 24 Texas (Yahoo Sports)

More than 30 injured in Connecticut casino bus crashA charter bus driving through a snowstorm to a casino flipped onto its side Monday, injuring more than 30 people and closing the northbound side of Interstate 95 in Connecticut. The bus, which was on its ...


Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler, left, and guard Buddy Hield (24) celebrate late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas in Norman, Okla., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Oklahoma won 63-60. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Buddy Hield had done just about everything this season. Hield's 3-pointer from the corner with 1.3 seconds remaining lifted No. 3 Oklahoma to a 63-60 victory over No. 24 Texas. Hield scored 12 of his 27 points in the final 3:11, including two 3-pointers.




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    Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

    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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