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Live: Day 1 of the Boston Marathon bombing trialA-Rod singles in first at-bat following drug suspension (Yahoo Sports)

In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Two highly anticipated criminal trials are underway almost simultaneously in Massachusetts: the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)Follow Yahoo News' live coverage from inside the courtroom.


New York Yankees' designated hitter Alex Rodriguez high fives a teammate before a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Alex Rodriguez lined a single into short left field Wednesday in his return to the New York Yankees after a 17-month absence. Greeted by a 10-second mix of boos and cheers as he stepped into the batter's box for his first game following a one-year drug suspension, Rodriguez was wearing the Yankees' white uniform with pinstripes for the team's spring training home opener rather than the usual dark blue jersey used in exhibition games. He swung past a pair of 91 mph pitches from Philadelphia's Kevin Slowey and then singled on an 89 mph offering that was over the plate. When Rodriguez came up again in the third, he grounded a 96 mph fastball from reliever Paul Clemens to shortstop for an inning-ending forceout.


US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police forceReport: Mets' Murphy says he disagrees with gay 'lifestyle' (Yahoo Sports)

In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. The full report, to be publicly released on March 4, says the investigation found Ferguson officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department won't prosecute a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report released Wednesday faulted the city and its law enforcement for racial bias and unconstitutional practices.


FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, New York Mets' Daniel Murphy pauses while working out in a batting cage during a spring training baseball practice in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Murphy says he disagrees with the

Mets infielder Daniel Murphy says he disagrees with the ''lifestyle'' of people who are gay. The Mets hosted Billy Bean, a former major leaguer who came out after retiring and is MLB's first ambassador for inclusion, to talk at spring training. Murphy spoke to NJ Advance Media afterward.


Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidiesVikings agree to trade Cassel to Bills for draft pick (Yahoo Sports)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court was sharply divided Wednesday in the latest challenge to President Barack Obama's health overhaul, this time over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

The Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills have agreed on a trade that will send quarterback Matt Cassel to the Bills next week and fetch the Vikings extra draft picks. Both teams announced the deal on Wednesday, which will send two undisclosed draft choices to the Vikings and one undisclosed draft pick with Cassel to the Bills, six days before NFL transactions can begin with the start of the new league year. The trade also wouldn't have been initiated had the Vikings not been confident in Teddy Bridgewater, the first-round draft pick who took over as the starter in the third game of last season after Cassel broke his left foot. Cassel spent two years with the Vikings, taking over in 2013 after Christian Ponder struggled to keep the job.


McDonald's dropping human antibiotics from chickenAP sources: Eagles deal running back McCoy for Bills' Alonso (Yahoo Sports)

An order of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets is displayed for a photo in Olmsted Falls, Ohio Wednesday, March 4, 2015. McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics commonly used in humans, and milk from cows that are not treated with an artificial growth hormone.


FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. A person familiar with the deal says the Eagles have agreed to trade star running back McCoy for Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso. The person spoke under condition of anonymity Tuesday night, March 3, 2015, because the teams had not announced the deal. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

LeSean McCoy will lead Rex Ryan's ''ground and pound'' running attack for the Buffalo Bills next season. Two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade McCoy, their star running back, to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy had an inconsistent season last year after leading the NFL with 1,607 yards rushing in 2013. Buffalo's 2010 first-round draft pick told the NFL Network the Bills informed him of the trade, and told him ''they were going in that direction, pretty much giving me a 'Thank you for your service.''' ''Nothing has changed,'' Spiller said about his offseason approach.


U.S. Supreme Court divided over Obamacare challengeAP source: Vikings to meet with Adrian Peterson on Wednesday (Yahoo Sports)

Supreme Court weighs new conservative attack on ObamacareThe U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it heard a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law targeting tax subsidies intended to help people afford insurance, with Justice Anthony Kennedy appearing to be the possible swing vote in a decision. Kennedy, a conservative on the nine-member court who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration. Chief Justice John Roberts, who supplied the key vote in a 5-4 ruling in 2012 upholding the law in the previous challenge, said little during the argument to signal how he might vote. If the court rules against the Obama administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would lose the tax subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people buy private health insurance, according to the consulting firm Avalere Health.


FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson celebrates after rushing for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. A federal judge has cleared the way for Peterson to be reinstated. U.S. District Judge David Doty issued his order Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, less than three weeks after hearing oral arguments.(AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)

Adrian Peterson is about to feel what it's like to be recruited again. Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman plan to travel to Peterson's home near Houston on Wednesday to meet with their disgruntled star running back, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Peterson's wife, Ashley, will also be part of the meeting in which Zimmer and Spielman will try to convince the 2012 league MVP that he should remain with the Vikings after missing almost all of last season while addressing child abuse charges in Texas. It will be the first time Peterson will meet face to face with Vikings officials since September, and time is of the essence.




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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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