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Amanda Knox murder conviction overturnedCubs flex power muscles in win over White Sox (Yahoo Sports)

Italy's top court clears Amanda Knox (L) and Raffaele Sollecito (R) of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, bringing a sensational end to an eight-year legal dramaItaly's highest court rules in favor of the American and her ex-boyfriend.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan each hit two-run homers, Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo also connected and the Chicago Cubs beat the rival White Sox 6-3 Friday.
Prosecutors: Evidence Germanwings co-pilot hid illnessNotre Dame eyes history, shot at upsetting No. 1 Kentucky (Yahoo Sports)

Investigators carry boxes from the apartment of Germanwings airliner jet co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, in Duesseldorf, Germany, Thursday March 26, 2015. On Thursday, French prosecutors said Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, "intentionally" crashed the jet into the side of a mountain Tuesday in the French Alps. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Police have searched the homes of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in two cities.

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein smiles during the team's news conference at the NCAA men's basketball tournament Midwest Regional, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Cleveland. The 7-foot Kentucky center was supposed to be in the NBA a year ago if not two years ago. Yet he's still around for the unbeaten Wildcats, who play Notre Dame Saturday night with a trip to the Final four on the line. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Beware, Kentucky. Notre Dame's got next. The Fighting Irish, with a long history of slaying basketball behemoths, stand in Kentucky's path to the Final Four and perhaps the first undefeated season in the college game since Bobby Knight's Indiana squad ran the table 39 years ago. On Saturday night, Notre Dame gets another chance at bringing down this team of teams, one some feel is invincible - you know, like the 1974 UCLA Bruins, who had their 88-game winning streak stopped by ND.

Greeks gone wild: Can schools solve the fraternity problem?Gift returns: Sterling wife wants house, $1 million (Yahoo Sports)

Students and others demonstrate on the Penn State campus in support of women police say were depicted on Kappa Delta Rho fraternity's private Facebook pages, Friday, March 20, 2015, in State College, Pa. Police are investigating allegations Kappa Delta Rho fraternity members used two secret Facebook pages to post photos of nude females, some of whom appeared to be sleeping or passed out, as well as posts relating to hazing or drug deals. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)After at least seven fraternities have been suspended for offensive, dangerous and in some cases potentially criminal behavior this month, some schools are asking what they can do to get a handle on Greek life.

A lawyer for the wife of ex-Clipper's owner Donald Sterling says his former mistress should surrender a house and more than $1 million in money he lavished on her. Attorney Pierce O'Donnell said Friday in closing arguments in Los Angeles Superior Court that gifts given to V. Stiviano belonged to Shelly Sterling as community property from her lengthy marriage. O'Donnell says Sterling deserves about $2.8 million based Stiviano's admissions about gifts from Donald Sterling. Stiviano's lawyer, Mac Nehoray, says there was no direct link between Donald Sterling's bank accounts and Stiviano.
Harry Reid retiring: Democrats who could replace himCoyotes-Penguins Preview (Yahoo Sports)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are squandering a chance to improve their playoff positioning, bogged down by a sputtering offense. Evgeni Malkin's potential return could help them turn things around. Malkin hopes to be back on the ice Saturday when Pittsburgh hosts the lowly Arizona Coyotes. The Penguins (40-23-11) are 1-5-1 in their last seven games and were overrun in a 5-2 loss at Carolina on Thursday.
Astronauts blast off for 1-year trip to space stationPower returns after long layoff eager to repeat 2014 success (Yahoo Sports)

Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-16M that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is installed at the launch pad in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Friday, March 27, 2015. The new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Saturday, March 28.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko blasted off early Saturday on a mission to spend an entire year away from the Earth.

Will Power, of Australia, drives his car into turn 10 during practice for the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Friday, March 27, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Power had the fastest time during the session. The race takes place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Will Power shook off a six-month layoff by pacing the opening practice of the IndyCar season. Power's title run began on this 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit with a win in last year's opener. It was the first of three wins for the Australian, who finally broke through with his first series championship after losing three consecutive titles from 2010 through 2012. It's the same old story - nothing has changed for me, and I feel like I am even more motivated to go out this year and accomplish even more.'' He's had plenty of time to think about this season: IndyCar has not raced since the Aug. 30 finale, making this offseason one of the longest in series history.

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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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