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Obama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the makingKnicks say former player Anthony Mason has died (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this May 18, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. For six years, Obama and Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies. The coming weeks will put the relationship between their countries, which otherwise remain stalwart allies, to one of its toughest tests. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - 1994: Anthony Mason #14 of the New York Knicks poses for a photo during media day on October 1, 1994 in New York, New York. (Photo by NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images)

Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. The Knicks confirmed Mason's death, which was first reported Saturday by the New York Daily News. He fought like a warrior to the very end,'' the Mason family said in a statement provided by the Knicks. Mason won a Sixth Man Award with the Knicks and later made an All-Star team, but it was the toughness he provided alongside Charles Oakley while surrounding franchise center Patrick Ewing that made him beloved in New York.


Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunderWichita St beats Northern Iowa to win Missouri Valley title (Yahoo Sports)

In this Feb. 27, 2015, photo, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., voice their objections to the Republican majority during a delay in voting for a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats didn’t get all they wanted in Congress’ struggle over Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a broader political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. "It’s a staggering failure of leadership that will prolong this manufactured crisis of theirs and endanger the security of the American people," said Pelosi. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond.


FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2014, file photo, Wichita State forward Darius Carter, top, tries to steal the ball from Northern Iowa forward Seth Tuttle during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The No. 10 Panthers and No. 11 Shockers will play Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, for the regular-season championship.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Ron Baker scored 17 points to help No. 11 Wichita State beat No. 10 Northern Iowa 74-60 on Saturday and win the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship.


Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators sayStolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta (Yahoo Sports)

In this file photo taken on Thursday, May 30, 2013, Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and opposition leader, presents a report claiming widespread corruption during preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, at a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russian police say opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed in Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, officials said. Nemtsov was killed just a day before a protest planned against Putin's rule.


NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil uses a cell phone in the garage at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car was stolen early Friday, forcing him to withdraw from a race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (AP Photo/John Amis)

The No. 44 race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot. While the discovery didn't occur in nearly enough time for Team XTREME to compete in this weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, it was a huge boost for the small-budget operation in its bid to make the next event at Las Vegas. ''There was no damage whatsoever,'' team owner John Cohen told The Associated Press. A motorist spotted the No. 44 machine along a darkened road and quickly realized it must be the stolen race car.


Congress averts Homeland Security shutdownArkansas-Kentucky Preview (Yahoo Sports)

The US Senate approves funding for the Department of Homeland Security hours before a midnight deadline, but remaining congressional hurdles pushed the agency responsible for domestic security to the brink of shutdownFeuding lawmakers fund the agency only until March 6, forcing Congress to revisit the issue next week.


Arkansas's Bobby Portis (10) works the ball around Texas A&M's Kourtney Roberson in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fayetteville, Ark., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Saturday, however, is no usual game for surging Arkansas - and its star forward had much more than normal to say about the No. 18 Razorbacks' chances when they visit No. 1 Kentucky. Arkansas (23-5, 12-3 SEC) enters on a pair of winning streaks, seven straight this season and three in a row over the Wildcats (28-0, 15-0). Hopefully, Saturday, our team can change that.'' Kentucky was ranked in both meetings last season while Arkansas wasn't in the Top 25 in either.


Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speechWhite Sox ace Sale breaks bone in foot, out at least 3 weeks (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran _ a less provocative, closed-door session. Netanyahu turned them down, frustrating members of President Barack Obama's party caught between the White House and the Israeli leader. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran — a less provocative, closed-door session.


Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, center, speaks with other pitchers including David Robertson, right, during a spring training baseball workout Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale is out for at least three weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot in what the team described as an accident at home. Unloading the back of his truck, general manager Rick Hahn explained Saturday. Sale, though, told quite a different tale. ''So I hit him with a roundhouse, tied him up'' and put him by the curb, Sale told reporters.




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Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

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Living Wages Are A Global Problem

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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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