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No foreign troops, says Iraqi prime ministerYour Top Plays for Today

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi listens to a question during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Iraq’s new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country’s fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)Plus, fight against Islamic State needs to include Syria, says Haider al-Abadi.


File: In this Tuesday May, 20, 2014, file photo Oscar Pistorius outide the HIgh Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce her verdict in Pistorius' murder trail after scrutinizing evidence Thursday and Friday given by 37 witnesses in a court transcript running to thousands of pages in a drama that has played out over six months. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Woman's execution for child's starving death appealed to Supreme CourtAmerican football back in London with extra game

This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Lisa Ann Coleman. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Coleman is set for execution for the 9-year-old Davontae Williams' starvation death 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago.


By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - The NFL roadshow rolls into London again next week for the first of three games designed to build its international fan base and lay the foundations for a team in the British capital. The Oakland Raiders face the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 28 and the home of English soccer will stage a further two NFL clashes over the autumn. The NFL has been playing regular season games in London since 2007 but the interest among European fans means that another fixture has been added this year. "We're playing at Wembley with an 84,000 capacity. ...
Toxic algae tide off Florida kills wildlife, threatens economyNFL star Peterson suspended over child abuse charge

A major red tide bloom extends more than 100 miles along Florida's Gulf coastline, and reaches more than 30 miles off shore in this NASA true-colour imageCLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.


Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has denied the whipping he administered to his son with a tree branch was child abuse. He said in a statement he was subject to similar disciplinary measures as a childWashington (AFP) - The Minnesota Vikings reversed course Wednesday and suspended their star running back Adrian Peterson amid an outcry over charges he abused his son by beating him severely.


Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern CaliforniaVikings change mind, suspend Adrian Peterson

Firefighters battling the King Fire watch as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh PondBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000. ...


Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson runs with ball against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, TexasSep 17 (Reuters) - The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the NFL exempt list, suspending him from all team activities until his child-abuse case is resolved, the franchise said on Wednesday. The Vikings, who initially reactivated Peterson for week three of the NFL, had a change of heart after reconsidering their position in the domestic violence scandal. "After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian," Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in a team news release. ...


Detroit's bankruptcy trial put on pause againRice appeals against indefinite NFL suspension for knocking out wife

The word 'Bankruptcy' is seen painted on the side of a vacant building by street artists as a statement on the financial affairs of the city on Grand River Avenue in DetroitWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Wednesday ordered a week-long break in Detroit's bankruptcy trial, giving the last major objector to the city's restructuring plan time to rework its case. The hearing will be adjourned from Friday and reconvene Monday, Sept. 29. It also was put on hiatus last week for three days while the city put the finishing touches on a settlement with another hold out creditor Syncora Guarantee Inc. Syncora formally withdrew its objections to the plan in light of the settlement on Tuesday, leaving Financial Guaranty Insurance Co, which has $1. ...


File of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice celebrating his touchdown against the Washington Redskins their NFL football game in Landover MarylandBy Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ray Rice appealed against his indefinite suspension by the National Football League on Tuesday for a one-punch knockout of his wife as the former Baltimore Ravens running back tries to resuscitate his once-flourishing career. Meanwhile, the NFL continues to grapple with domestic violence issues as some of its top players, including Adrian Peterson, are under scrutiny both by the league and the public. ...




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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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