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Calif. oil spill: Plains All American Pipeline's history of safety violationsCavs' Irving misses shootaround, questionable for Game 2 (Yahoo Sports)

State of Emergency and the Race Against Time to Clean Up Oil Spill in Santa Barbara, CaliforniaCritical eyes have uncovered that Plains All American Pipeline, which operates the pipeline that ruptured in Santa Barbara earlier this week, has a history of safety violations.


ATLANTA, GA - MAY 20: Tristan Thompson #13 and Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react in the first half against the Atlanta Hawks during Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) -- Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving skipped the morning shootaround Friday before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final to get further evaluation on his ailing left knee.


Suspect arrested in D.C. quadruple murderMontreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam (Yahoo Sports)

This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint. The police issued a news release late Wednesday, May 20, 2015, saying they are looking for Wint in connection with last Thursday's quadruple homicide of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)Daron Dylon Wint is accused in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper.


Defensive End Michael Sam, from Missouri, runs through a drill during the NFL Super Regional Combine football workout, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league. General manager Jim Popp called Sam's sexuality a nonissue. ''Michael Sam is a very good football player, and that's the reason we signed him,'' Popp said.


IS suicide bomber in deadly strike on Saudi Shiite mosqueLawyer: Ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez, now in prison, low on cash (Yahoo Sports)

A Saudi man reacts following a blast inside a mosque, in the mainly Shiite Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400km east of Riyadh, on May 22, 2015An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing and wounding several people in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions. The bomber struck during the main weekly prayers in Eastern Province, where assailants linked to the Sunni extremist IS killed seven members of the minority Shiite community in November. The interior ministry said a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the mosque in Kudeih, in the Shiite-majority city of Qatif, the official SPA news agency reported.


Sporting a new neck tattoo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez sits at the defense table during his arraignment on a charge of trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting the man in the face at Suffolk Superior Court Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

An attorney for Aaron Hernandez says the former New England Patriots player is running out of money because he's had to pay so many lawyers. Attorney John Fitzpatrick made the comments Thursday during a hearing in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Hernandez was convicted last month of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.


Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriageDjokovic looms in Nadal's toughest-ever draw at French Open (Yahoo Sports)

Members of the public arrive to vote at a polling station in Drumcondra, north Dublin, on May 22, 2015Dublin (AFP) - Ireland took to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation.


Defending champion Spain's Rafael Nadal sticks his longue out during a training session for the French Tennis Open at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, May 22, 2015 in Paris. The French Open starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris. There were ''oohs'' and ''aahs'' in the auditorium as defending women's champion Maria Sharapova plucked out Nadal's name to set up another potential blockbuster encounter with top-ranked Novak Djokovic.


Quadruple-murder suspect faces arraignment in Washington, D.CHawks Coach: Carroll's status vs. Cavs a game-time decision (Yahoo Sports)

Murder suspect Wint is pictured in police booking photographBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man accused of killing a Washington businessman, his wife, son and housekeeper faced arraignment on Friday after authorities tracked him down overnight in the U.S. capital. The suspect, Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, faces a charge of first-degree murder while armed at his arraignment some time after 1 p.m. EDT in District of Columbia Superior Court. Members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force had tracked Wint to a Howard Johnson hotel in College Park, Maryland, just outside Washington, late on Thursday, only to see him leave as they arrived.


ATLANTA, GA - MAY 20: DeMarre Carroll #5 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after injuring his left leg in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll took part in shootaround Friday morning but is still questionable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Carroll's status would be a game-time decision. The practice was closed to the media, but Carroll's knee was heavily wrapped and he walked with a slight limp on his way back to the locker room.




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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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