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'Not comfortable' with Secret Service chief in jobRoyals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller (Yahoo Sports)

Secret Service Director Julia PiersonSenior Democratic lawmaker wants Julia Pierson to leave after series of presidential security breaches.


Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer celebrates after scoring on a single by Christian Colon during the 12th inning of the AL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, looked to the sky and let it soak in.


700-year-old tomb may decide Turkey's role in IS fightMcIlroy wins PGA Tour player of the year (Yahoo Sports)

Tomb of Suleyman ShahBy Dasha Afanasieva and Selin Bucak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn under a Turkish flag on the banks of the Euphrates. ...


Europe's Rory McIlroy applauds on the 17th green after Graeme McDowell wins the singles match against Jordan Spieth of the US on the final day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- One incredible month of golf was enough for Rory McIlroy to be voted PGA Tour player of the year.


Rhode Island child dies of infection related to Enterovirus D68Charging documents show Phelps DUI tied to alcohol (Yahoo Sports)

First enterovirus case confirmed in LA County in Long BeachBOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island child has died of a bacterial infection associated with Enterovirus D68, state public health officials said on Wednesday. The child, who was not identified, died as a result of a staphylococcus aureus sepsis associated with the respiratory virus, which the Rhode Island Department of Health in a statement called a "very rare combination that can cause very severe illness in children and adults." Officials noted that very few people who contract the Enterovirus D68 will develop symptoms beyond a runny nose and low fever. ...


FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2014, file photo, Michael Phelps looks on after finishing seventh in the men's 100 meter freestyle final at the U.S. National Championships swimming competition in Irvine, Calif. Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland. Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Michael Phelps can't seem to break a disturbing pattern.


U.S. health experts in Dallas review potential Ebola exposureRaiders make Tony Sparano interim coach (Yahoo Sports)

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health experts in Dallas were taking stock Wednesday of how many people may have been exposed to Ebola, just a day after the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in the United States, the nation's top public health official said. The review comes even as health officials in Texas said healthcare workers tested negative for the virus and there were no other suspected cases in the state. ...


Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, left, and interim coach Tony Sparano answer questions from reporters during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Alameda, Calif. The Raiders named Sparano as interim coach a day after the firing of coach Dennis Allen. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn't even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen.


Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot deadColts give Mathis 1-year contract extension (Yahoo Sports)

A police vehicle and residents are seen at the crime scene where mayor of Bell Gardens, California Daniel Crespo was shot, at a condo in Bell Gardens, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The mayor of a small Los Angeles suburb was shot dead by his wife on Tuesday but the woman was released without charge after being detained, the county sheriff's department said. The shooting at Bell Gardens stemmed from an afternoon quarrel between the mayor, Daniel Crespo, 45, and his wife, Levette, 43, that escalated when their 19-year-old son, Daniel Jr., intervened, sheriff's spokeswoman Crystal Hernandez said. ...


FILE - This is a July 3, 2014, file photo showing Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team. Indianapolis is keeping Mathis around through 2016. The team announced Tuesday it had given Mathis a one-year contract extension. (AP Photo/File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- - Indianapolis is keeping Robert Mathis around through 2016.




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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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