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Wreckage may be first trace of missing Flight MH370AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth (Yahoo Sports)

French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La ReunionInvestigators are treating debris found on an Indian Ocean island as a "major lead."


This July 27, 2015 aerial photo shows the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An Associated Press analysis of water quality found dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues. The Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought be safe for rowers and canoers. Yet AP tests found its waters to be among the most polluted for Olympic sites. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues - results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites. Brazilian officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes and the medical director of the International Olympic Committee said all was on track for providing safe competing venues.


Donald Trump amuses us to deathAP Sources: Phillies agree to trade Cole Hamels to Texas (Yahoo Sports)

Trump’s juggernaut isn’t an actual campaign, with an agenda or a strategy. It’s great programming


Philadelphia Phillies' starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers during the sixth inning of baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

After years of trade speculation, Cole Hamels' time in Philadelphia is ending. Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade the ace left-hander to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause but does not have to approve a deal to the Rangers.


James Holmes's revealing courtroom behaviorAstros regain lead in AL-West with 6-3 win over Angels (Yahoo Sports)

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, James Holmes, background fifth from left in white shirt, stands along with others as the jury enters the courtroom, during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)As James Holmes watched his father being cross-examined on the witness stand Wednesday, the convicted Colorado theater shooter reverted to what has become his routine during many of the trial’s more contentious moments: he swiveled.


Houston Astros' Carlos Correa (1) and Jake Marisnick, right, celebrate their 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The Houston Astros are back in first place in the American League West - the first time they have led their division this late in the season in 12 years. Rookie Lance McCullers pitched seven solid innings and Preston Tucker and Jon Singleton homered to help the Astros to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night that regained the division lead for them. Houston took the first two games of the series to move one game ahead of Angels, who came into town leading the division.


Cincinnati police officer indicted in shooting death of black manKaka helps MLS All Stars to 2-1 win over Tottenham (Yahoo Sports)

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing's body camera shows his handgun drawn in CincinnatiA University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on Wednesday on murder charges in the fatal shooting last week of an unarmed black motorist who was stopped because of a missing front license plate. Ray Tensing, the 25-year-old white officer who shot Dubose in the head, "wasn't dealing with someone who was wanted for murder," Deters told a news conference. "He was dealing with someone who didn't have a front license plate.


MLS All-Star midfielder Kaka, right, works the ball past Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane during the first half of the MLS All-Star soccer game Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Kaka and David Villa, a pair of 33-year-old international icons in their first season in Major League Soccer, showed they still have some panache to their games. Kaka scored on a penalty kick and set up Villa's goal minutes later in the first half to help the best players in MLS beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on a blustery Wednesday night. The MLS improved to 9-3-1 against international competition in its All-Star Game.


Planned Parenthood reports second website hack in a weekHarper homers twice into upper deck, Nats beat Marlins 7-2 (Yahoo Sports)

The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in BostonWebsites operated by Planned Parenthood and its political branch, Planned Parenthood Action, were clogged by a wide-scale "distributed denial-of-service," or DDoS, attack, the organization said. Service was restored shortly after the attack, but the group opted to keep its websites offline for the remainder of the day "to ensure that we are fully protected," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. Visitors to Planned Parenthood sites, which serve some 200,000 people a day seeking information on reproductive health, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, parenting, abortion and other topics, were being redirected to its Facebook pages for the time being, Laguens said.


Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) follows through on a three-run home run against the Miami Marlins in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Miami. Yunel Escobar and Jayson Werth also scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Bryce Harper continued his torrid MVP-caliber season with his power on full display. ''I could remember when the kid came out a lot of people compared him to a young Mickey Mantle, that type of thunder,'' Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. ''He did a lot of damage today,'' Nationals manager Matt Williams said.




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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.

Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.

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.

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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