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Alabama Supreme Court halts gay-marriage licensesAP sources: Eagles deal running back McCoy for Bills' Alonso (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Same-sex Marriages in AlabamaThe court is orders the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.


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.


Netanyahu speech exposes bitter divisionsDenver Nuggets fire coach Brian Shaw with team in slide (Yahoo Sports)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Tthe optics of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday were just as important as the speech itself.


FILE - MARCH 3, 2015: It has been reported that Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw has been fired after less than two seasons March 3, 2015. DENVER, CO - JANUARY 20: Head coach Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets looks on as he leads his team against the San Antonio Spurs at Pepsi Center on January 20, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Spurs defeated the Nuggets 109-99. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Last week, Denver Nuggets players broke huddle with a chant of ''1-2-3 ... Six weeks,'' interpreted by some as a countdown to the end of a season gone sour. Brian Shaw didn't even make it that far. The first-time head coach was fired after 1 1/2 seasons on Tuesday, with the team at 20-39 and on a six-game losing streak. Assistant coach Melvin Hunt will be the interim coach.


72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crashThunder's Durant still out; Westbrook could return Wednesday (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this July 6, 2013, aerial file photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. South Korean officials said Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, they will ban Asiana Airlines from flying to San Francisco for 45 days as punishment for a deadly crash in July last year. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.


LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: Injured player Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on from the bench during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Thunder won 108-101. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant will be out at least another week for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Russell Westbrook could return Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Thunder coach Scott Brooks made the announcements Tuesday at practice. Westbrook, the All-Star MVP, was hurt in the final seconds of the Thunder's 115-112 loss Friday night in Portland when the knee of teammate Andre Roberson hit Westbrook's face. Westbrook had surgery on Saturday.


Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson police practicesJameis Winston has predraft meeting with Buccaneers (Yahoo Sports)

A female protester raises her hands while blocking police cars in FergusonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the Ferguson, Missouri, police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, a law enforcement official familiar with the department's findings said on Tuesday. The investigation into the police department began in August after the shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson sparked national protests. Analysis of more than 35,000 pages of police records found racist comments from officers as well as statistics that showed African-Americans make up 93 percent of arrests while accounting for only 67 percent of the population in Ferguson, the official said.


FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2015 file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston looks to throw during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal against Oregon in Pasadena, Calif. Jameis Winston met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, hoping to make a good impression on the team considering taking the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback with the first pick in the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Jameis Winston met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hoping to make a good impression on the team considering taking the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback with the first pick in the NFL draft. The Bucs confirmed the former Florida State star was in town Tuesday to sit down with club officials who will be involved in deciding whether to draft Winston. Another quarterback option being considered by the Bucs is Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman winner from Oregon.


Alabama high court orders halt to same-sex marriage licensesJames scores 27 on milestone night, Cavs cruise past Celtics (Yahoo Sports)
(Reuters) - The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges in the state on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in a ruling in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. The 7-1 ruling comes about three weeks after U.S. District Judge Callie Granade overturned the socially conservative state's ban on gay marriage in a decision that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to put on hold. "As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," Tuesday's state supreme court ruling said.

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 3: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a shot against the Boston Celtics on March 3, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA's career list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a 110-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. James, who has 24,508 career points, moved past Ray Allen with a layup in the third quarter. Kyrie Irving scored 18 points in his return after missing two games with a shoulder injury, and Kevin Love - who played despite missing the morning shoot-around due to illness - added 12 points. The Cavaliers, coming off their first back-to-back defeats since early last month, went ahead midway through the first quarter and rolled to their 19th victory in the last 23 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.

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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