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Boehner defends his U.S. House leadership amid conservative unrestHarden's 33 points leads Rockets over Cavs 105-103 in OT (Yahoo Sports)

Boehner returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in WashingtonThe House speaker says disagreements with fellow Republicans were merely over strategy.


HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 1: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets high fives teammates after the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game on March 1, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

James Harden has been putting up MVP-caliber numbers all season for the Houston Rockets. Given the chance to go head to head with one of his biggest competitors for the award, Harden and the Rockets came out on top. Harden scored 33 points and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday. Harden has led the Rockets to five straight wins, a 41-18 record and the third seed in the Western Conference with fellow star Dwight Howard out with a knee problem.


Brrr! February brought record cold, snow to NortheastMajor league baseball's 1st black Latino star Minoso dies (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, ice forms along the shore of the Manhattan side of the East River in New York where temperatures in the city were in the single digits. For many cities in the Northeast, it was the coldest February on record, and some places recorded the most days of zero or below temperatures. The Manhattan Bridge is in the background. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston.


FILE - In a April 6, 2001 file photo, Chicago White Sox legend Orestes

CHICAGO (AP) -- When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the ''Cuban Comet'' was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox.


Australia says hunt for missing MH370 jet may be called off soonArizona sends Keith Yandle to Rangers for 2 players, picks (Yahoo Sports)

Relatives of some of the Chinese passengers who were on board MH370 outline their demands to the airline in Kuala LumpurBy Matt Siegel CANBERRA (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia's deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks. No trace has been found of the Boeing 777 aircraft, which disappeared a year ago this week carrying 239 passengers and crew, in what has become one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history. The search of a rugged 60,000 sq km (23,000 sq mile) patch of sea floor some 1,600 km (1,000 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth, which experts believe is the plane's most likely resting place, will likely be finished by May. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told Reuters that a decision would have to be taken well before then as to whether to continue into the vast 1.1 million sq km area around the primary search zone if nothing has been found.


Arizona Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle (3) controls the puck during an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The New York Rangers acquired a big piece in their push for another deep playoff run, picking up All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. The Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals last season didn't wait until Monday's trade deadline to make a big move for this year's run. The 28-year-old Yandle has been one of the NHL's best offensive-minded defensemen, a four-time All-Star who has led the Coyotes in scoring the past three seasons. He has 41 points in 63 games this season and has been the anchor of Arizona's power play unit.


'I am not afraid': Russians march in memory of murdered Putin criticJimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win (Yahoo Sports)

Co-chairmen of Solidarnost opposition movement Tsarkov attends a march to commemorate Kremlin critic Nemtsov in central MoscowBy Polina Devitt and Maxim Rodionov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow on Sunday, carrying banners declaring "I am not afraid" and chanting "Russia without Putin" in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. Families, the old and young walked slowly, with many holding portraits of the opposition politician and former deputy prime minister who was shot dead while walking home from a nearby restaurant on Friday night. His supporters have blamed the authorities. "If we can stop the campaign of hate that's being directed at the opposition, then we have a chance to change Russia.


Jimmie Johnson (48) drives through Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title. Quickly establishing he's one of the drivers to beat - boy, does that sound familiar - Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps remaining to win Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. By the end, the No. 48 Chevrolet left no doubt it was the fastest car on the track, cruising across the finish line a comfortable 1.803 seconds ahead of one of the race favorites, defending Cup champion Kevin Harvick. It was the 71st victory of his career, and his fourth at the 1.54-mile Atlanta track.


U.S. astronauts speed through spacewalkCurry scores 37, leads Warriors from 26 down to beat Celtics (Yahoo Sports)

US astronauts begin spacewalk at orbiting labTwo US astronauts on Sunday made speedy work of their third spacewalk to get the International Space Station ready for the arrival of more commercial spacecraft in the coming years. Tethered to the outside of the orbiting outpost, space station commander Barry Wilmore and flight engineer Terry Virts reported no problems with their spacesuits during the outing, but Virts discovered a small amount of water building up in his helmet after he re-entered the space station. A similar problem occurred after Wednesday's spacewalk, when about three inches of water collected in Virts' headpiece, but NASA said the problem did not put the astronauts in danger.


When you're sitting on the NBA's best record like the Golden State Warriors, you don't have to stress over every single game. Stephen Curry scored 37 points on Sunday night, and the Warriors erased a 26-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 106-101. Golden State won for the seventh time in nine tries to improve its league-best record to 46-11. I was happy that we showed good poise.'' Klay Thompson scored 20 for the Warriors, Harrison Barnes had 17 and Draymond Green scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.


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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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