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Wing part arrives in France for probe into MH370 linkWWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61 (Yahoo Sports)

Police escort an airport vehicle at Saint-Marie airport on La Reunion on July 31, 2015 transporting what is believed to be debris from a Boeing 777 plane that washed up on the Indian Ocean islandA piece of Boeing 777 wreckage that washed up on an Indian Ocean island arrived for analysis in France early Saturday, after Malaysian authorities said the part almost certainly came from missing flight MH370. Paris' Orly airport website confirmed the Air France flight transporting the piece of wreckage landed at 6:17 am (0417 GMT) from the French island of La Reunion.


Legendary wrestler

''Rowdy'' Roddy Piper, the kilt wearing trash-talker who headlined the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, died Friday. Piper's death also comes days after Hulk Hogan, his biggest rival for decades, was fired by the WWE. Hogan had used racial slurs in a conversation captured on a sex tape.


Sailing body to test for viruses in Rio Olympic venueMets get Cespedes at trade deadline (Yahoo Sports)

A doll's head floats in the polluted waters of a canal at the Mare slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 31, 2015. In Rio, much of the waste runs through open-air ditches to fetid streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites and blight the city's picture postcard beaches. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent testing for viruses in Rio's Olympic waters after an Associated Press investigation showed a serious health risk to athletes competing in venues rife with raw sewage.


How will Cespedes's bat play in New York? (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

The Mets finally landed the bat they were looking for in Yoenis Cespedes just ahead of Friday's trade deadline, and Cole Hamels confirmed he blocked a trade to Houston before Philadelphia dealt its ace to Texas. Sixteen trades were made Friday ahead of the annual deadline for deals without waivers, but San Diego was among the buyers, not the sellers, to the surprise of some. Hamels was the only top starting pitcher dealt following earlier trades that sent Scott Kazmir to Houston, Johnny Cueto to Kansas City and David Price to Toronto.


Killing of Cecil pressures United States to protect African lionSailing body to test for viruses in Rio Olympic venue (Yahoo Sports)

A lion is seen early morning at Nairobi's National ParkThe killing of Cecil the lion by a U.S. hunter in Zimbabwe has turned up the pressure on Washington to extend legal protection to the African lion by declaring it an endangered species, but some hunting advocates said that would lead to more regulations that could ultimately harm the big cats. The United States has the world's most powerful animal protection law, the Endangered Species Act, which has been extended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to many non-U.S. species including the African elephant and cheetah. Adding the African lion to the U.S. list would not prohibit trophy hunting but it would require a permit from the service to import lions or their body parts to the United States.


A triathlete swims in the waters off Copacabana beach during training, despite published warnings that water in the area was

The governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent testing for viruses in Rio's Olympic waters after an Associated Press investigation showed a serious health risk to athletes competing in venues rife with raw sewage. ''We're going to find someone who can do the testing for us that can safely cover what we need to know from a virus perspective as well as the bacteria perspective,'' Peter Sowrey, chief executive of the International Sailing Federation, said. The sailing venue in Rio's Guanabara Bay is badly polluted, as is a separate venue for rowing and canoeing - the Rodrigo de Freitas lake - in central Rio.


Bobbi Kristina Brown funeral expected to draw large crowdsFrom Russia with love: Ruffini proposes marriage after win (Yahoo Sports)

Brown daughter of the late singer Houston poses at premiere of Sparkle in HollywoodBy Rich McKay ALPHARETTA, Ga., (Reuters) - Scores of onlookers are expected to gather on Saturday near a Georgia church for the funeral of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston. Brown's funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, a northern suburb of Atlanta of about 60,000 residents, is private and will be closed to the public but that is not expected to deter media and members of the public who have been mourning her death. Brown, 22, died on Sunday at an area hospice, six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in a still unexplained incident at her Roswell, Georgia, home.


Athletes compete in the men's 25km open water event at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Simone Ruffini's victory in swimming's version of the marathon at the world championships Saturday involved a parade of emotions. Despite throwing up twice during the opening lap on the Kazanka river, the Italian stood atop the podium under a light drizzle after the nearly five-hour 25-kilometer race and held up a marriage proposal for girlfriend and teammate Aurora Ponsele. ''It was tough but it went well in the end,'' Ruffini said after completing 10 laps back-and-forth across the river in 4 hours, 53 minutes, 10.7 seconds.


Rapper Snoop Dogg stopped in Italy airport with $422,000 in cashUSOC: 3 cities being contacted to replace Boston in 2024 bid (Yahoo Sports)

Rapper Snoop Dogg performs in Uppsala, SwedenItalian police stopped California rapper Snoop Dogg on Friday as he prepared to board a private plane bound for Britain with $422,000 in cash in his Louis Vuitton luggage, said an Italian lawyer representing the entertainer. In the European Union, the maximum amount of undeclared cash one can take on board a plane is 10,000 euros ($10,986.00). Snoop Dogg, who has been touring Europe after releasing the album "Bush" earlier this year, will have to pay a fine, said Andrea Parisi, his lawyer.


FILE - In this July 28, 1984, file photo, the Olympic flame is flanked by a scoreboard signifying the formal opening of the XXIII Olympiad after it was lit by Rafer Johnson during the opening ceremonies in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Embarrassing as it was, the U.S. Olympic Committee won't necessarily be remembered for its ungainly dumping of Boston as a bid city for the 2024 Olympics. The USOC has seven weeks to get another city on board _ and it could be Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

U.S. Olympic leaders have started contacting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington about the possibility of bidding for the 2024 Games and believe the demise of Boston's candidacy will be ''ancient history'' by the time the host city is selected in 2017. In an interview Saturday with The Associated Press, U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst said a decision will be made by the end of August on which of three cities should replace Boston as the American contender in a race that already features four European cities. ''We've got to reconnect with the three cities that were part of the group of finalists,'' Probst said on the sidelines of the IOC general assembly in Kuala Lumpur.




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Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

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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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