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Ted Cruz’s Texas two-step: Hired gun for GoogleE'Twaun Moore lifts Bulls past Westbrook, Thunder (Yahoo Sports)

When Google hired Ted CruzFacing an investigation in 2010, the Web behemoth turned to an unlikely ally for help.


CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 05: Pau Gasol #16 and E'Twaun Moore #55 of the Chicago Bulls celebrate during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 5, 2015 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images)

E'Twaun Moore finished off Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Moore hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left and the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Thunder 108-105 on Thursday night, ending Westbrook's triple-double streak at four. After Moore's 3 put the Bulls up 107-105, Westbrook stepped out of bounds after taking the inbounds pass, not seeing that Serge Ibaka was open for a potential tying shot. I should have passed to Serge,'' Westbrook said.


Battling America’s other PTSD crisisHunter Pence breaks arm in Giants' win over Cubs (Yahoo Sports)

Keith DavisThe fight that started Keith Davis on a path to a new life began when he was buying marijuana. It was early afternoon on Aug. 8. As he tells it, he was in at his usual hangout in North Central Philadelphia, in front of an abandoned church at 18th and Ridge. He was taking too long mulling over his purchase, and another man got impatient and told him to go buy his stuff somewhere else.


Waiting game for Hunter Pence (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

San Francisco outfielder 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 Giants' 8-6 victory over a Chicago Cubs split-squad 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 for a pinch runner. ''It didn't look good,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.


Harrison Ford survives crash-landing on golf courseBlazers win fifth straight with 94-75 victory over Mavericks (Yahoo Sports)

Officials stand near the scene of a small vintage airplane that crash-landed on the Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Harrison Ford crash-landed the airplane shortly after taking off from a nearby airport and reporting engine problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a man battles Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers for work, what does he do for fun? Harrison Ford's answer is found in a pilot's license and the freedom to take to the skies at will.


PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 5: Alonzo Gee #33 of the Portland Trail Blazers celebrates during a game against the Dallas Mavericks on March 5, 2015 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

The mood was somber in the Trail Blazers' locker room following their victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The win had come at a cost, with Wesley Matthews lost for the season because of a ruptured Achilles tendon. ''I make that same cut a hundreds of thousands of times in my life,'' Matthews said. I was praying someone was back there.'' LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds and the Blazers pulled away in the second half for a 94-75 victory for their fifth straight victory.


With a nod and a wink, Republicans build 2016 campaign machinesNo. 6 Wisconsin wins Big 10 title by beating Minnesota 76-63 (Yahoo Sports)

Governor Walker speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action ConferenceBy Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Asked last week about his agenda if elected, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker began: "Should I choose to be a candidate..."     Then he added with a grin: "My lawyers love it when I say that."     Like the other would-be Republican candidates who took the stage over three days in Washington at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Wisconsin governor studiously avoided mentioning any plans for the 2016 presidential election.     The pantomime is crucial – it allows candidates to work closely with their funding organizations to rake in big money donations without breaking campaign finance laws. Once they launch their campaign or even say they are “testing the waters", they face far tighter restrictions on their fundraising.


Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky hugs guard Josh Gasser (21) after Wisconsin defeated Minnesota 76-63 in an NCAA college basketball game in Minneapolis, Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Wisconsin wasn't about to let up after clinching at least a tie for the Big Ten title last weekend. The Badgers had plenty of red-clad support with them on the road for inspiration. Frank Kaminsky had 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting plus seven assists, Sam Dekker added 20 points and No. 6 Wisconsin became regular season conference champions with a 76-63 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night. To win it in a rivalry game on Minnesota's court with so many of our own fans here is something pretty special,'' Kaminsky said.


Winter storm moves away, eastern U.S. to remain coldJones-Drew retires, Woodley released by Raiders (Yahoo Sports)

A worker clears snow on the Brooklyn bridge in New YorkA winter storm that dropped roughly two feet of snow (61 cm) on parts of the eastern United States is expected to move out to sea on Friday but the cold will remain. The National Weather Service warned of flooding and told commuters from the lower Mississippi valley to the mid-Atlantic to be wary of dangerous road conditions created by the snow, ice and slush. "Arctic air settling in behind the boundary will make for a chilly end to the work week," the National Weather Service said. In Kentucky, where cities were buried under as many as 23 inches (58 cm) of snow, Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency on Thursday as traffic halted on interstate highways and motorists were left stranded.


an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 12, 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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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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