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Boston hit by possible tornadoItaly's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

Tornado and flying debrisEmergency crews clean up after violent storm that overturned cars, downed power lines, flooded roads.


2014 Tour de France cycling race winner Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium in Paris, France, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Left is Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS (AP) — Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.


Israel denies striking Gaza hospital, parkKorean Air chief in line to lead Pyeongchang Games

Palestinians pray in the courtyard of a U.N. school in Gaza City, Monday, July 28, 2014. The school, one of dozens of emergency shelters for those who have fled the fighting. It's the morning of Eid al-Fitr, the three-day holiday that caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. In normal times, the men would have worshipped at their neighborhood mosques. However, 20 mosques have been hit by Israeli warplanes so far, according to Palestinian officials. Israel says Hamas stores weapons and rockets in houses of worship. The men prefer to perform Eid prayers in the relative safety of the school. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military has denied its forces were responsible for an attack on a hospital and a nearby park in the Gaza Strip. It says rockets misfired by Palestinian militants were to blame.


FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2010 file photo, Cho Yang-ho, the head of South Korea's bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, speaks at the 39th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees in Belgrade, Serbia. South Korean media is reporting that Cho, who led PyeongChang’s successful bid to host the Winter Olympics, is set to become chief organizer of the 2018 Games. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean businessman who led Pyeongchang's successful bid for the Winter Olympics is set to return as head of the organizing committee for the 2018 Games.


24/7 Sarah Palin! Only $9.95 a monthSailors to navigate dirty water in 1st Rio test

Sarah Palin, then a Sportsman Channel hostNEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.


Austria's 49er class Nikolaus Resch, right, and Nico Delle Karth, train on the waters of Guanabaray bay between Niteroi and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 27, 2014. International sailors are gathering for the first test event of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, concerned about water pollution in Guanabara Bay that some have likened to a sewer. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sailors, coaches and the mayor of Rio de Janeiro acknowledge the problem: Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing at the 2016 Olympics, is badly polluted. Some liken it to a sewer.


New telescope to seek pollution as sign of extraterrestrial lifeTax fraud case against Lionel Messi goes ahead

Alien Smog: How Pollution Could Help Locate E.T.In the search for life beyond Earth, astronomers should look for signs of pollution in the atmospheres of alien planets outside the Earth's solar system, a new study says. The next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, which is set to launch in 2018, could hunt for worlds harboring alien life by sniffing their atmospheres for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), greenhouse gases that destroy ozone in the Earth's atmosphere. Of course, to very advanced civilizations, Earth's own greenhouse gases might signal a primitive world, the scientists said. "We consider industrial pollution as a sign of intelligent life, but perhaps civilizations more advanced than us, with their own SETI programs, will consider pollution as a sign of unintelligent life since it's not smart to contaminate your own air," study leader Henry Lin, a student at Harvard University, said in a statement.


FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi, left, arrives at a court to answer questions in a tax fraud case in Gava, near Barcelona, Spain. A Spanish judge on Monday July 28, 2014 has rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed. A court statement says there is "sufficient evidence" to believe the Argentina player "could have known and consented" to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income made from Messi's image rights. Messi's father, Jorge Horacio Messi, is under investigation for an alleged euro4 million ($5.3 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.


10 people, including children, said killed in strike on Gaza parkCommonwealth Games lifter faces sex assault charge

Palestinian May Amin, 2, rides a swing while celebrating on the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. The Amin family, originally from the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City, moved in with relatives in another part of town because of heavy Israeli strikes in their area. As Muslims began celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Monday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, there was mostly fear and mourning instead of holiday cheer in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian official says 10 people, including children, killed in strike on park in Gaza.


In this image taken Sunday July 27, 2014 Papua New Guinea's Toua Udia competes in the Clean and Jerk of the men's 77kg Weightlifting at the Clyde Auditorium during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland. Toua Udia a weightlifter from Papua New Guinea competed at the Commonwealth Games despite being prosecuted over an alleged sexual assault while in Glasgow. Glasgow Sheriff Court says Toua Udia pleaded not guilty and faces trial on Friday Aug. 1, 2014. Police Scotland said Udia was arrested over the alleged assault after receiving a report of an incident last Monday at a supermarket close to the athletes’ village. (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUTGLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — A weightlifter from Papua New Guinea who competed at the Commonwealth Games faces trial over an alleged sexual assault at a Glasgow supermarket.




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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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