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Report: Secret Service needs more, better-trained agentsRivera: Newton 'probably' will start vs. Browns (Yahoo Sports)

Secret Service report: White House needs a taller fence and more, better-trained agentsAfter a prostitution scandal and consternation over how a fence-jumper at the White House got deep into the presidential mansion before he was stopped, the Secret Service needs to make sweeping changes like building a taller fence, hiring many more agents, and stepping up their training, an independent commission says.


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, prepares to throw a pass as quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, left, looks on during an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers' Cam Newton will ''probably'' start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring any physical setbacks this week, Carolina coach Ron Rivera said after the quarterback practiced on Thursday.


How much will cyberattack cost Sony?Bears bench QB Jay Cutler for Clausen (Yahoo Sports)

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)It may be the most damaging hack ever inflicted on an American business.


Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears benched Jay Cutler on Thursday, deciding to start Jimmy Clausen against the Detroit Lions this weekend instead of their franchise quarterback who signed a massive, seven-year deal at the end of last season.


Accused Boston marathon bomber makes first appearance since 2013Andre Johnson expects to return Sunday for Texans (Yahoo Sports)

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013The scene that unfolded in a federal courtroom in Boston on Thursday was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s first public appearance in 17 months. The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, said just five words in the final hearing before his trial begins in January on charges that he, along with his older brother, set off two deadly bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013.


Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) stretches during warmups before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston receiver Andre Johnson expects to play on Sunday against the Ravens after missing last week's game because of a concussion.


Accused Boston bomber says satisfied with defense lawyersPenguins star Crosby nearing return from mumps (Yahoo Sports)

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing suspect, in his first court appearance in more than a year, told a judge on Thursday that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was dressed in a dark sweater and wore his hair shaggy for his appearance at U.S. ...


FILE - This is an April 3, 2014, file photo showing Pittsburgh Penguins' Beau Bennett (19) and Sidney Crosby (87) after a goal by Bennett against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Penguins are worried forward Beau Bennett has mumps. General manager Jim Rutherford said Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, that Bennett has symptoms and the team is awaiting test results before making a diagnosis. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is out for Monday night's game against Tampa Bay after being diagnosed over the weekend. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skated with his teammates on Thursday morning and could return to the lineup on Thursday night against Colorado.


U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 yearsSeattle Seahawks sign Wright to 4-year extension (Yahoo Sports)

Alan Gross takes a selfie with his wife, Judy Gross, onboard a government plane headed back to the U.S. in this White House handout photoBy Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...


San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) tries to avoid a tackle by Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright, left, in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks signed linebacker K.J. Wright to a four-year contract extension on Thursday, keeping one of their key defensive players from reaching free agency.




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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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