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John Boehner stuck in limbo as speaker after Kevin McCarthy withdraws bidChirinos 2-run homer leads Rangers over Blue Jays 5-3 (Yahoo Sports)

Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor, back left, rounds the bases on a solo home run off Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher David Price, foreground, during the top of the seventh inning of baseball Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

TORONTO (AP) -- Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer against David Price, Rougned Odor had a solo shot and the Texas Rangers beat the Blue Jays 5-3 Thursday in an AL Division Series opener as postseason baseball returned to Toronto for the first time in 22 years.

Hero in French train attack reportedly stabbedDonaldson leaves playoff game after taking knee to head (Yahoo Sports)
CBS News is reporting that Spencer Stone, the U.S. airman who helped foil a terror attack on a French train this summer, was stabbed Wednesday night.

Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson (20) breaks up a double play under Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series baseball action in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson left Thursday's AL Division Series opener against Texas after he was kneed in the head while breaking up a double play. Ezequiel Carrera pinch hit for Donaldson with two outs and a runner at third base in the fifth, grounding out to end the inning. In the fourth, Donaldson slid into the left knee of second baseman Rougned Odor and stayed down briefly before walking off the field.

Feds offer little guidance to Islamic State recruits too young to prosecuteBlatter suspended as FIFA president; Platini also banned (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014 file photo FIFA president Sepp Blatter, right, and UEFA president Michel Platini talk before the semi final soccer match between Real Madrid and Cruz Azul at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco. On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 file photo FIFA provisionally banned President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini for 90 days. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)

Sepp Blatter is out of a job at FIFA. Michel Platini might never even get there. Two of the most powerful men in soccer were handed 90-day suspensions by the FIFA ethics committee on Thursday, essentially ending Blatter's 17-year reign as president and likely stunting Platini's chances of replacing him.

Republicans in chaos as favorite quits House leadership raceMessi to stand trial in Spain on 3 counts of tax fraud (Yahoo Sports)

McCarthy explains his decision to pull out of a Republican caucus secret ballot vote to determine the nominee to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in Washington faced a sudden leadership vacuum on Thursday when the front-runner to take control of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, dropped out of the race in a surprise that raised concerns about the party's ability to govern effectively. Representative McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, had been expected to win Thursday's contest for the nomination to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner despite opposition from more conservative lawmakers who have called for a confrontational approach toward Democratic President Barack Obama's agenda. Instead, lacking the mandate he thought he needed to be an effective speaker, McCarthy stunned his colleagues by bowing out.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and FC Barcelona, at the Balaídos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)

Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty. A Spanish judge on Thursday rejected a request to clear the Barcelona player of wrongdoing and decided to charge him and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, with tax fraud. Prosecutors had said Messi - a four-time world player of the year - was not fully aware of his father's unlawful activities and should not have been charged, but the state attorney's office contended that the Argentina forward knew enough to also be named in the case.

France train attack hero Stone stabbed in CaliforniaDolphins replace defensive coordinator Coyle with Anarumo (Yahoo Sports)

US Secretary of State Carter presents Airman Stone during medal ceremony for disarming gunman on French train at Pentagon in WashingtonBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force airman Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who thwarted an August train attack in France, was stabbed several times during a fight outside a Sacramento bar early on Thursday and was hospitalized in serious condition, police said. The fight was not related to Stone's role in taking down the gunman on a train headed to Paris and there was no connection to terrorism, Sacramento Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard told a news conference. Stone's assailant, who has not been caught, is not believed to have known Stone's identity, Bernard said.

Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle watches the players during NFL football practice Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Kevin Coyle's replacement as the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator wasn't ready to explain Thursday how he's going fix what's wrong. ''I found out about an hour ago that I got this job,'' Lou Anarumo said. The moves came after the Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin on Monday and promoted tight ends coach Campbell.

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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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