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Congress averts Homeland Security shutdownKnicks say former player Anthony Mason has died (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.


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)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. He was 48.


Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speechBlazers come from behind for 115-112 win over Thunder (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.


PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 27: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers during the game on February 27, 2015 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

After the Portland Trail Blazers overcame Russell Westbrook's third straight triple-double, Damian Lillard sensed his team was recapturing its form of earlier this season. Oklahoma City can only hope it didn't lose Westbrook along with the game. Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 29 points and Portland rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-112 Friday night. Aldridge added 16 rebounds.


GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in chargeBulls expect Derrick Rose back this season from knee surgery (Yahoo Sports)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 10: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls stands on the court during a game against the Sacramento Kings on February 10, 2015 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Chicago Bulls can breathe a little easier. They expect Derrick Rose to return this season from his latest knee surgery. General manager Gar Forman said the star point guard will miss 4-6 weeks after the operation Friday to fix a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Forman described it as a quick outpatient procedure and said Rose was able to walk out of the hospital.


House passes one-week funding extension for Homeland SecurityStolen No. 44 race car found in suburban Atlanta (Yahoo Sports)

Boehner walks to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security late on Friday, in time to avert a partial shutdown for the agency at midnight. The two-thirds majority vote, which came with support from Democrats a few hours after the House failed to pass a three-week extension, buys time for Congress to sort out a longer-term funding solution for the domestic security agency. (Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Doina Chiacu)


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)

Police say they have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR's Team XTREME says the car was found early Saturday northwest of Atlanta in Gwinnett County. Morrow police Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby, leading the investigation in the Atlanta suburb, confirms to The Associated Press the car was recovered. The discovery comes too late to help the team, which was forced to withdraw from the weekend race at Atlanta.


U.S. appeals court says Boston bomber trial can stay in cityBrowns, quarterback Josh McCown agree to terms on contract (Yahoo Sports)

Courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev during the jury selection process in his trial at the federal courthouse in Boston(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled the trial for the accused Boston Marathon bomber can go ahead in the city, over attempts from his attorneys to change the venue on the basis an impartial jury could not be seated so close to the site of the 2013 attack. The split three-judge panel of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals backed District Judge George O'Toole, who has three times rejected pleas by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers to move the trial out of Boston, where the bombing killed three people and injured 264. "We are unable to conclude that it is clear and indisputable that the petitioner cannot receive a fair trial by an impartial jury in the Eastern Division of Massachusetts," the judges wrote in the 80-page opinion.


FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown throws during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Browns have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback McCown on a contract. McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay's starter last season, reached agreement with Cleveland on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The 35-year-old had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

The Browns have yet another new quarterback, and this one has a familiar last name. Josh McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay's starter last season, agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Cleveland on Friday. McCown's younger brother, Luke, played for the Browns in 2004 - one of 22 different starting quarterbacks the Browns have used since 1999. The 35-year-old McCown had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills, who like the Browns have QB issues.




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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.

    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.

    In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

    In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

    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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