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Father tells jury about boy's death at Boston MarathonWilfork: Patriots aren't picking up my option (Yahoo Sports)

Father tells jury about boy's death at Boston MarathonWith Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seated at the defense table no more than 15 feet away Thursday, the father of an 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing described the moment when he looked down at his son's pale, torn body and realized he wouldn't make it.


New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday he will not be back with New England next season, ending an 11-year stay in which he won two Super Bowls and established himself as the cornerstone of the Patriots' defense. In a statement on Twitter, Wilfork said the team told him it would not be picking up his option for 2015, making him eligible for free agency. ... But regardless remember I will always remain a New Englander a Patriot forever.'' A 6-foot-2, 325-pound gap-stuffer who was drafted in the first round out of Miami in 2004, Wilfork helped the Patriots win the Super Bowl as a rookie and returned to the NFL title game twice more in losing efforts before helping the franchise win its fourth championship last month. The money saved will help the Patriots bring back cornerback Darrelle Revis.


Plane slides off runway at NYC airportHunter Pence breaks arm in Giants' 8-6 win over Cubs (Yahoo Sports)

Passengers walk from a Delta jet which skidded off the runway at Laguardia airport is attended by emergency personnel in New York CityA jet carrying 125 passengers crashed into a fence while landing in snowstorm.


San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence (8) grounds out to Chicago Cubs' Tommy La Stella during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants' 8-6 win over a Chicago Cubs split-squad on Thursday. One of the clubhouse leaders for the World Series champions, the quirky Pence has played in 383 straight games - the longest active streak in the majors - since the Giants traded for him in July 2012. He was hit by a pitch from the Cubs' Corey Black and went to first base before being removed from for a pinch runner. ''It didn't look good,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.


McConnell backs off clash with Democrats on IranProsecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) returns to his office after a vote on whether to overturn a presidential veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonRepublican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday decided not to press ahead with a fast-tracked vote on Iran legislation in the face of Democratic opposition


FILE - In this May 22, 2014, file photo, Kurt Busch, left, stands with Patricia Driscoll before qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Delaware prosecutors said, Thursday, March 5, 2015, that they will not file criminal charges against Busch following allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday. The decision by the state attorney general's office ends the criminal investigation of Busch, known in NASCAR circles as ''The Outlaw,'' over allegations by Patricia Driscoll, whom Busch's attorneys portrayed as a scorned woman who tried to destroy Busch's career after he ended their relationship. State prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges. ''After a thorough consideration of all of the available information about the case, it is determined that the admissible evidence and available witnesses would likely be insufficient to meet the burden of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Busch committed a crime during the September 26th incident,'' the attorney general's office said in a prepared statement.


Delta jet skids off runway during snowstorm at NY airportNFL: Greg Hardy is eligible to sign free agent contract (Yahoo Sports)

Plane slides off runway at LaGuardiaBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Delta Air Lines Inc jet landing during a snowstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday slid off the runway and struck a fence before coming to rest on a snow-covered embankment just feet from the frigid waters of Flushing Bay. None of the 127 passengers and five crew members were seriously injured as Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta skidded on the tarmac at about 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT). LaGuardia, the smallest of the New York area's three major airports, was immediately closed after the mishap. Hundreds of flights were canceled at LaGuardia, compounding weather-related travel disruptions in many parts of the country.


FILE- In this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, Carolina Panthers' defensive end Greg Hardy arrives at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on the first day of his domestic violence appeal trial in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Hardy is seeking immediate reinstatement from the NFL after a federal judge cleared way for Adrian Peterson's return to the league. Hardy's agent Drew Rosenhaus said Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015,

Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy will be allowed to sign a new contract even if he remains on the commissioner's exempt list. League spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday in an email to The Associated Press, ''There's nothing to prevent a player on the Exempt list without a contract from signing a new one.'' NFL free agency begins Tuesday. Hardy was scheduled to meet with NFL officials Wednesday in New York to discuss his domestic violence case, but no resolution has been announced. The NFL has said it is investigating Hardy's case.


BNSF oil train derails in rural Illinois; two cars aflameJones-Drew retires, Woodley released by Raiders (Yahoo Sports)
By Edward McAllister and Catherine Ngai NEW YORK (Reuters) - A BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] train loaded with crude oil derailed and caught fire on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, according to local officials and the company. The incident marks the latest in a series of derailments in North America and the third in three weeks involving trains hauling crude oil, which has put a heightened focus on rail safety. Dark smoke was seen for miles around the crash site, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency told local WREX.com that two of the cars were potentially on fire. Images posted online by Dubuque Scanner showed flames several hundred feet high, while aerial footage showed the wreck spread across two sets of track.

Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew (21) warms up before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Two of the Oakland Raiders' big free agent acquisitions from last season are no longer with the team. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement Thursday and defensive end LaMarr Woodley was released by the team. Jones-Drew and Woodley were two of the biggest symbols of that failed strategy. Jones-Drew was paid $2.5 million last season but only rushed for 96 yards on 43 carries in 12 games.




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Ukraine: Not What It Seems

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Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

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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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