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|Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted on federal charges||Kang, Marte, Polanco homer in Pirates' 11-5 win vs Padres (Yahoo Sports)|
Hastert, 73, is accused of illegally transferring funds to avoid detection by the IRS.
An early home run barrage carried A.J. Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates to their seventh straight win, 11-5 against the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. Jung Ho Kang hit a three-run homer and Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco also went deep off Ian Kennedy in support of Burnett (5-1), who won his fifth straight start. Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Francisco Cervelli each had three of the Pirates' 15 hits.
|Bill Clinton as first gent? He'd break new ground — and maybe a little White House china||Kluber strikes out 13 in Indians' 5-3 win over Mariners (Yahoo Sports)|
The election of a woman president would mean that for the first time, the first lady would be … a man.
Even a couple of home runs couldn't derail the roll Cleveland's Corey Kluber is on, getting closer to the form that earned him the AL Cy Young award a season ago. Kluber struck out 13 in seven innings to win his third straight decision, Jason Kipnis continued his hot May with two hits and two RBIs, and the Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Thursday night. Kluber improved to 3-0 with 50 strikeouts and two walks in his last four starts as Cleveland won for the eighth time in 10 games, inching closer to .500 after struggling the first six weeks of the season.
|Blatter expected to win re-election despite soccer corruption scandal||Broncos left tackle Clady tears ACL, likely out for season (Yahoo Sports)|
By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport's governing body. Addressing FIFA delegates at the body's annual Congress in Switzerland, where members will later vote to decide the organization's presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified. Blatter also sought to distance himself from the scandal, the biggest crisis FIFA has faced in its 111-year history.
The Denver Broncos are searching for someone to watch Peyton Manning's back after left tackle Ryan Clady tore his left ACL and will likely be out for the season. The requirements are simple: Don't let anyone hit the five-time NFL MVP - something Clady was deftly able to do. Clady hurt his knee during a voluntary practice Wednesday, an injury that no one thought was really all that serious.
|Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods, severe weather kills 17||Red Sox lefty Rodriguez wins MLB debut, 5-1 at Texas (Yahoo Sports)|
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 17 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch stretching from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas.
Eduardo Rodriguez went to bed and dreamed about his major league debut after the Boston Red Sox arrived in Texas. Rodriguez threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings to become the youngest Red Sox starter to win in his major league debut on the road since 1967, and Boston beat the Rangers 5-1 to spoil Josh Hamilton's first home game back in Texas on Thursday night.
|U.S. swimming pools ban long breath-holding after deaths||Thompson's father says son 'on track' to return for finals (Yahoo Sports)|
|By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy SEAL hopeful and his friend, an off-duty lifeguard, were barreling through underwater drills in a pool just 3.5 feet (1 meter) deep. This summer, nearly four years after those deaths in a Staten Island pool raised alarms about a little known hazard called shallow-water blackout or hypoxic blackout, New York City is putting up warning signs at all public pools prohibiting prolonged breath holding. It is part of a movement to raise awareness of the peril that has killed accomplished swimmers and to stop it by banning lengthy breath holding in the nation's estimated 300,000 public pools.|
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is feeling better and on track to return for the NBA Finals next week after taking a knee to his head from Trevor Ariza that caused ''concussion-like symptoms.'' That's according to Thompson's father, former NBA player Mychal Thompson. Mychal Thompson said his son vomited a couple of times and he had to drive him home after the Warriors eliminated the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night. Asked to describe the difference in his son's status a day later, Mychal Thompson said ''Antarctica to the jungles of Brazil.'' He said his son should be cleared to play at some point before Game 1 against Cleveland next Thursday night.
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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.