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Two Americans killed in Kabul suicide bombingReinstated NFL star Peterson says 'I'm not a child abuser'

A US soldier stands guard at the site of a suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on September 16, 2014Taliban suicide attack Tuesday targeted NATO convoy in Kabul near the US embassy: sources.


Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pictured on the sidelines in St. Louis, Missouri on September 7, 2014Minneapolis (AFP) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, reinstated on Monday by the NFL team, declared he was not a child abuser despite charges of injuring his four-year-old son with blows from a switch.


To avoid detection, gangs tone down colors, tattoosNFL's Vikings reinstate Peterson after child abuse charge

a reputed member of the Los Solidos street gangHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and '90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold.


NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota VikingsBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Adrian Peterson, a marquee National Football League running back facing charges of child abuse for injuries he caused when disciplining his son, was reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. Peterson was held out of the Vikings' game on Sunday, a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots, following his indictment last week in Texas for negligent injury to his 4-year-old son, the latest domestic violence case to rock the NFL. ...


Excessive police force allegations in Mo. as teen seriously injuredFoles rallies Eagles to beat Colts in Indianapolis

In this Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, photo, Merrillville Patrolman Nickolaus Schultz's Police car sits in front of the Merrillville Municipal Complex with the front window blacked out to honor Officer Schultz's life in Merrillville, Ind. Schultz, a northwestern Indiana police officer, was fatally shot in the line of duty and died Sunday. (AP Photo/The Times, Jeff Dildine) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO LOCALS OUT; GARY OUTBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating allegations of excessive force by a Missouri police officer during a traffic stop that left a teenage motorist in critical condition, authorities said on Monday. The FBI said in a statement that it is investigating whether police officer Tim Runnels overstepped his authority and violated the civil rights of Bryce Masters when he pulled over the 17-year-old and used a stun gun on him on Sunday in Independence, Missouri, a Kansas City suburb. ...


NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts(Reuters) - The Philadelphia Eagles rallied for a second successive week to record a 30-27 victory with a Cody Parkey field goal as time expired to beat the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. The Eagles trailed 20-6 in the third quarter and were down 27-20 late in the fourth before Parkey's 36-yard field goal as time expired. Philadelphia enjoyed a similar fightback last week when they overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to beat Jacksonville. ...


Release the kraken! Check out this defrosted giant squidPapelbon suspended for gesture, bumping umpire

colossal squidWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.


MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies(Reuters) - Philadelphia Phillies' closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games and fined an undisclosed amount for making an obscene gesture and bumping an umpire, Major League Baseball said on Monday. The incidents occurred on Sunday as Papelbon allowed four runs in the ninth inning and was booed off the field. Papelbon came back on the field to argue and made contact with the umpire. The Phillies apologized for Papelbon's behavior, while the pitcher issued his own statement acknowledging his regrets but insisting his gesture was not meant in the way it was received.


Ukraine ratifies landmark EU pact, offers rebels self-ruleEagles rally for win over Colts

Ukrainian servicemen sit atop of an armoured personnel carrier during a patrol in Donetsk region, on September 15, 2014Ukraine moves to turn the page on the bloodiest chapter of its post-Soviet history.


Cody Parkey of the Philadelphia Eagles kicks a game winning field goal against the Indianapolis Colts during their game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on September 15, 2014Indianapolis (AFP) - Cody Parkey drilled a 36-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Philadelphia Eagles to a 30-27 come-from-behind NFL victory over the Indianapolis Colts.




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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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