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IS purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swapIrving scores 55 as Cavs win 8th in a row minus LeBron (Yahoo Sports)

This still image taken from a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, purports to show a still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Both are being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group. The still image was overdubbed with audio which condemns Jordan for not releasing Sajida al-Rishawi, saying that unless she is freed within 24 hours both will be killed. The Arabic subtitle reads "I only have 24 hours left to live." The Associated Press could not independently verify the video. (AP Photo)A voice claiming to be a Japanese hostage relays the group's latest threat.


CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 28: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 28, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving put on a spectacular show and LeBron James watched it from a front-row seat. Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record as James sat out with an injury to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight win, 99-94 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. With James sidelined because of a sprained right wrist, Irving delivered a dazzling, tour-de-force performance. One day before the NBA names its All-Star reserves, Irving put an exclamation point on his resume.


Co-pilot at controls when AirAsia plane crashed: investigatorMillsap leads Hawks to 17th straight win, 113-102 over Nets (Yahoo Sports)

Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 is lifted into a ship at sea south of Borneo island, January 10, 2015The co-pilot of an AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea last month was at the controls when it went down, killing all 162 people on board, investigators said on Thursday. The announcement came as fishermen found two more bodies from the crash in waters off Sulawesi island in central Indonesia, around 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from where the plane crashed, a search and rescue official said. AirAsia Flight QZ8501 went down in stormy weather on December 28 during what was supposed to be a short trip from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. Indonesian investigators have been analysing data from the plane's black boxes -- the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder -- and this week submitted a preliminary report to the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization.


ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 28: Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks puts up a shot against the Brooklyn Nets on January 28, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Paul Millsap played like one of the league's best players. Millsap had 28 points and 15 rebounds, five other Atlanta players scored in double figures, and the Hawks stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games in a row with a 113-102 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. ''Paul was aggressive,'' said teammate Al Horford, who also had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. ''When he plays like that, we're tough to beat.'' Atlanta (38-8) has won 31 of 33 and leads the Eastern Conference by a commanding seven games.


Unlikely bedfellows unite on criminal justice reformLynch's next scripted answer: 'You know why I'm here' (Yahoo Sports)

Koch and FrankenFrom the Koch brothers to Al Franken, momentum builds to reduce prison population.


Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch sets his timer for five minutes at a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Phoenix. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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.


Flooding leaves mess in oceanfront Massachusetts after stormKobe Bryant has surgery, expected to be out for 9 months (Yahoo Sports)

A man emerges from the snow beyond a pine twisted from heavy winds near Nantasket Beach in Hull, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Massachusetts was pounded by snow and lashed by strong winds early Tuesday as bands of heavy snow left some towns including Sandwich on Cape Cod and Oxford in central Massachusetts reporting more than 18 inches of snow. (AP Photo/The Quincy Patriot Ledger, Gary Higgins) BOSTON HERALD OUT; BOSTON GLOBE OUT; QUINCY OUT (REV-SHARE)By Scott Malone MARSHFIELD, Mass. (Reuters) - Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England. Notably absent was much of the 2 feet (30 cm) of snow that blanketed much of the Boston area, since for much of the storm, Ocean Street was under water because of flooding from a breached sea wall. "This area sees flooding regularly, but we haven't seen damage like this since the blizzard of '78," town planner Greg Guimond said as he surveyed the wreckage. Schools remained closed in Boston and most of its suburbs for a second straight day but life was otherwise returning to normal with the city's transit system and airport resuming service and a travel ban lifted.


NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 21: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on January 21, 2015 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant is officially done for the season after having surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff Wednesday. The Los Angeles Lakers also made it official that their superstar doesn't believe his career is finished. If Bryant meets that timetable, he could return to basketball shortly before the start of the 2015-16 season - and the Lakers expect to see him in purple and gold again. Neal ElAttrache and Steve Lombardo performed the two-hour surgery at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.


Police find human remains in suitcase on San Francisco sidewalkBrady full practice participant despite cold, ankle problem (Yahoo Sports)
San Francisco police on Wednesday discovered human body parts stuffed inside a suitcase that had been ditched on the sidewalk of a downtown street, officials said. Police closed off blocks around the package around 4:15 p.m. and found more remains after searching the area, police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said in a statement.

New England Patriots players, including wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19), center Bryan Stork (66), quarterback Tom Brady (12), guard Cameron Fleming (71), and practice squad offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann (68), warm up during practice Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. The team is practicing at the Arizona Cardinals' facility. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tom Brady participated fully in the New England Patriots first Super Bowl practice of the week after coming down with a cold.




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Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.

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.

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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