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|Hillary Clinton agrees to testify on Benghazi||Lynch's next scripted answer: 'You know why I'm here' (Yahoo Sports)|
The former secretary of state will appear before a House select committee.
Marshawn Lynch found a new way to say nothing. A day after giving the same one-sentence response at Super Bowl Media Day, the Seattle Seahawks' running back had another scripted answer to any questions. The only time Lynch had a different answer was when he was asked what music he'll listen to pregame before facing the New England Patriots on Sunday at the Super Bowl. Some of the questions Lynch refused to answer Wednesday included: - ''Why do you have to be a jerk to all of us?'' - ''Do you have a message for your fans?'' - ''Can you talk about your charity foundation?'' - ''Isn't this whole act a selfish move?'' In November, the NFL fined Lynch $50,000 for violations of the league's media policy in addition to collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season.
|Russia says Kiev's actions will escalate Ukraine fighting||Brady fighting cold, not worried about health for Super Bowl (Yahoo Sports)|
By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday military action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an "inevitable further escalation of the conflict" with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking. Russia has stepped up criticism of Kiev since violence has intensified in the conflict, where a ceasefire collapsed after rebels drove Ukrainian government forces out of Donetsk airport. The separatists say they want to drive back government forces and their artillery out of range of the cities they hold and improve their grip on strongholds. "The latest military actions provoked by Kiev will lead to the inevitable further escalation of the conflict (and) undermine efforts taken by the international community to end the bloodshed," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Tom Brady is dealing with a cold four days before the Super Bowl but says he'll be OK. He says he's been fighting a cold but ''I'll be good.'' Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman laughed when told the news and said, ''his arm doesn't have a cold.'' Brady sounded healthier on Tuesday when he was one of the most popular interview subjects during Super Bowl Media Day. The defending champion Seahawks meet the three-time champion Patriots on Sunday in Glendale.
|Arkansas panel rejects removing Lee from King holiday||Hornets: Kemba Walker to miss 6 weeks after knee surgery (Yahoo Sports)|
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bid to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day was rejected by lawmakers Wednesday after opponents said the move would belittle Southern heritage.
The Charlotte Hornets expect point guard Kemba Walker will miss a minimum of six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Walker had surgery on Wednesday in New York, the team said. If Walker returns in six weeks, he'd be back on the court March 11. The Hornets have the eighth-best record in the Eastern Conference entering Wednesday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs.
|Jordan offers swap to Islamic State group to save pilot||Serena Williams advances, Venus out of Australian Open (Yahoo Sports)|
Jordan says it is ready to trade an Iraqi woman militant for a pilot held by IS extremists.
Venus Williams lost her quarterfinal match against Madison Keys on Wednesday at the Australian Open. Serena Williams, the other sister in a family that has won a combined 25 Grand Slam singles titles, will attempt to right the wrong in the semifinals on Thursday. In men's play, top-seeded Novak Djokovic didn't face a break point against hard-serving Milos Raonic in beating the Canadian 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 in exactly two hours to advance to his 25th Grand Slam semifinal. He broke Raonic early in each of the second and third sets and will play defending champion Stan Wawrinka, who earlier beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (6).
|Dozen killed in suicide attack against Mali rebels||Tony Stewart acquires national sprint car series tour (Yahoo Sports)|
An attack overnight in northern Mali by a pro-government armed group including suicide bombers killed a dozen people, security sources said Wednesday. "GATIA fighters, accompanied by suicide bombers, attacked a rebel Tuareg and anti-government Arab position in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday near the town of Tabankort. A security source in MINUSMA -- the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali -- confirmed the deaths, adding that two fighters blew themselves up while a third was killed before he was able to detonate his explosives. GATIA is the commonly-used name for the pro-government Imghad and Allies Tuareg Self-Defence Group.
Tony Stewart won't be back in a sprint car, by his own estimation, for ''a very, very long time.'' But the three-time NASCAR champion can't bear to be away from the grass-roots level of racing, and he has added another piece to his growing portfolio by acquiring the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series - one of the oldest, traveling sprint car organizations in the country. ''My passion for sprint car racing is well known, and the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series has been a pillar of the sport for a long time,'' Stewart said Wednesday. Stewart also owns Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, and fields two World of Outlaws cars out of Tony Stewart Racing.
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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.