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Ukraine to ratify EU pact, offer rebels self-rulePhillies' Papelbon suspended seven games for lewd gesture

Ukrainian servicemen sit atop of an armoured personnel carrier during a patrol in Donetsk region, on September 15, 2014Ukraine moves to turn the page on the bloodiest chapter of its post-Soviet history.


Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Joe West after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 14, 2014New York (AFP) - Philadelphia Phillies closing pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for "inappropriate behavior" in Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins.


Officials: First U.S. strike in expanded Iraq fightReinstated Peterson says 'I'm not a child abuser'

Rafale fighter jets fly on a reconnaissance mission over Iraq after taking off from the Al-Dhafra base in the United Arab Emirates, on September 15, 2014Warplanes target the Islamic State group near Baghdad.


Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the sideline on September 7, 2014 in St. Louis, MissouriMinneapolis (AFP) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, reinstated on Monday by the NFL team, declared he was not a child abuser despite charges of injuring his four-year-old son with blows from a switch.


Northern California wildfire burns 100 homesNFL's Vikings reinstate Peterson after child abuse charge

In this Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 photo provided by YosemiteLandscapes.com, large plumes of smoke from a wildfire rise over Bass Lake, Calif. Crews attempted to get better access to two raging wildfires in California Monday that have forced hundreds to evacuate their homes. (AP Photo/YosemiteLandscapes.com, Darvin Atkeson)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire near the Oregon border has damaged or destroyed 100 homes and forced at least 1,500 people to flee.


NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota VikingsAdrian Peterson, a marquee National Football League running back facing charges of child abuse for injuries he caused when disciplining his son, was reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. Peterson was held out of the Vikings' game on Sunday, a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots, following his indictment last week in Texas for negligent injury to his 4-year-old son, the latest domestic violence case to rock the NFL. "Based on the extensive information we have right now, and what we know about Adrian not only as a person but what he has also done for this community, we believe he deserves to play while the legal process plays out," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told a news conference.


Crews battle 11 major California wildfires amid drought, heat waveWashington Redskins' Griffin suffers dislocated ankle

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in the Klamath National ForestBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battled nearly a dozen major wildfires across California on Monday that have forced hundreds of people to flee, destroyed dozens of homes and structures and charred thousands of acres of forest land left bone dry by the state's record drought.The most destructive of the 11 blazes, the Courtney Fire, quickly blackened 320 acres east of Yosemite after it erupted on Sunday, burning several homes to the ground, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. ...


Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins is carted off the field after being injured during their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on September 14, 2014Ashburn (United States) (AFP) - The Washington Redskins placed Robert Griffin on the injured list after the star quarterback suffered a dislocated ankle over the weekend, coach Jay Gruden said on Monday.


California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud convictionBears' Tillman to miss rest of season
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. Wright, who was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, was the first of three California Senate Democrats to face criminal proceedings this year. This effectively cost the party a cherished two-thirds majority in the California Senate. ...

Charles Tillman of the Chicago Bears tackles Allen Hurns of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter of a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 14, 2014 in Chicago, IllinoisChicago (AFP) - Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is out for the remainder of the National Football League season after rupturing his right triceps.




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Why Midterm Elections Are Important

Primary elections are being held now in states across the country as members of political parties cast votes for the candidates they want to run in this November’s general election. Once the primaries are over, it will be time to focus on the general midterm election.

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.

The Nuclear Option

The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

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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