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Scotland's historic 'Yes' or 'No'10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

Decision whether to end 307-year-old union with UK expected to be close.


10ThingstoSeeSports - Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) can't make the catch as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler (28) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 31-24. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


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The South Carolina congressman's Facebook post about his broken engagement is bad news for his colleagues and the rest of us

File: In this Tuesday May, 20, 2014, file photo Oscar Pistorius outide the HIgh Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce her verdict in Pistorius' murder trail after scrutinizing evidence Thursday and Friday given by 37 witnesses in a court transcript running to thousands of pages in a drama that has played out over six months. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Australia detains 15, charges one in major anti-terrorism raidNFL's Cardinals bench Jonathan Dwyer after assault arrest

Australia detains 15, charges one in major anti-terrorism raidAustralian police detained 15 people and charged one on Thursday, September 18, in what they described as the biggest anti-terrorism operation in the country’s history. More than 800 officers, from the New South Wales and Australian Federal Police forces, took part in the operation in Sydney and Brisbane. According to a statement issued by the Australian Federal Police, “The operation follows the Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation of a group of people located in Sydney alleged to have the intent to carry out random attacks on individuals here in Australia. Police believe this group was actively preparing for the attacks however there is no information regarding a specific attack, including dates, time or location. The warrants were undertaken today to prevent the group’s planning activities at the earliest opportunity, and collect further evidence.” Credit: Courtesy of the Australian Federal Police


Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals takes the field before the pre-season NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Glendale, Arizona on August 24, 2014Los Angeles (AFP) - Another NFL team benched a player Wednesday over suspicion of domestic violence, deepening the woes of America's richest and most popular sports league.


Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 2,000 homesRoyal and Ancient golf club set for historic vote on women members

A firefighter watches the King Fire burn near Fresh PondBy Alex Dobuzinskis and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major wildfires raging across the drought-parched state, has scorched nearly 28,000 acres (11,331 hectares) of state land and the El Dorado National Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said. ...


French player Karine Icher makes her final approach to the 18th green during the Women's British Open Golf championships at St Andrews in Scotland, on August 7, 2007London (AFP) - The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has announced that prominent figures from women's golf will be allowed to join if it votes to accept female members Thursday.


Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors: Senate panelNFL in crisis over off-field player violence

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...


Ray Rice before the start of a game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas on August 16, 2014Los Angeles (AFP) - The NFL, which has built a multi-billion dollar empire out of its violent and quintessentially American game, is under attack as never before over its handling of off-field violence involving players.




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Why Midterm Elections Are Important

Primary elections are being held now in states across the country as members of political parties cast votes for the candidates they want to run in this November’s general election. Once the primaries are over, it will be time to focus on the general midterm election.

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.

The Nuclear Option

The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

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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