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From Okla. City to 9/11: 20 years on, rescue workers who responded to both share a bondCurry scores 34, Warriors beat Pelicans 106-99 in Game 1 (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this May 5, 1995 file photo, a large group of search and rescue crew attends a memorial service in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people _ including 19 children _ injured hundreds more and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to structures and vehicles in the downtown area. (AP Photo/Bill Waugh, Flle)It was just after 9 a.m. on April 19, 1995, when the bomb went off outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. It was one of those events that seem to make the world stop turning. At the time, it was the worst terror attack on U.S. soil. Lt. (now Capt.) Stephen Spall of the New York City Fire Department was driving home from his shift when he heard the news on the radio. He immediately called in to see if he needed to go back to work. The next day, he was on a plane to Oklahoma.


Stephen Curry carried the Golden State Warriors to a huge lead, waving his arms and flexing his muscles with one acrobatic shot after another. Every time the New Orleans Pelicans pulled closer, Curry came back even better. Curry scored 34 points with an MVP-worthy performance, and the Warriors went up big before holding off the Pelicans 106-99 in their playoff opener Saturday. They smothered Anthony Davis and the Pelicans early on with the league's best defense, thrilling a gold shirt-wearing sellout crowd of 19,596 that rocked and roared most of the afternoon.
California prepares for historic mandatory cutbacks on waterBryant gets 1st hit, reaches 5 times as Cubs beat Padres 7-6 (Yahoo Sports)

A sprinkler waters grass in Los AngelesCalifornia water officials drafted a slate of mandatory conservation regulations Saturday, part of a first-ever attempt at mandatory rationing for the state, which is facing its fourth consecutive year of drought.


On his second day with the Cubs, Kris Bryant played like the top prospect Chicago was expecting. Bryant got a standing ovation for his first major league hit and reached base five times Saturday in a 7-6, 11-inning win over the San Diego Padres. A day after Bryant went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his big league debut, he was 2 for 3 with a pair of singles and three walks. He was that today,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
Paul, Graham clash on foreign-policy on U.S. campaign trailPierce leads Wizards past Raptors in OT in Game 1 (Yahoo Sports)

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Paul speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in NashuaBy Andy Sullivan NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham took their debate over America's role in the world from the U.S. Senate floor to the campaign trail on Saturday in an early sign that foreign policy is likely to be a flash point in the 2016 election. At a gathering of 18 potential and actual White House contenders, Paul accused fellow Republicans of being too willing to commit U.S. troops to foreign conflicts without a clear idea of how to get them out. There's a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now, maybe more." That drew a rebuke from Graham, a South Carolina senator and Air Force reservist who frequently criticizes Democratic President Barack Obama for not being aggressive enough with adversaries like Iran and the Islamic State.


TORONTO,ON - APRIL 18: Paul Pierce #34 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket past Amir Johnson #15 of the Toronto Raptors during game one of their NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 18, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)

Paul Pierce beat the Raptors with a veteran mix of brains and baskets. Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat Toronto 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. ''It takes the pressure off us and puts it on them now,'' Pierce said of winning on the road to start the series. Pierce hit a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to begin the extra session, further tormenting a Raptors team he eliminated with Brooklyn in last year's playoffs, then derided this week by saying, ''I don't feel they have the 'It' that makes you worried,'' in an interview with ESPN.


Officers kill knife-wielding man near St. Louis, police sayBlues whip Wild 4-1, even series at game apiece (Yahoo Sports)

Officers shoot and kill man with knife in St. Louis suburb, police sayA 23-year-old man who barricaded himself in his mother's house in a St. Louis suburb and spoke of a "black revolution" was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife, authorities said on Saturday.


There was no containing Vladimir Tarasenko this time around. Held to an assist without a shot in a deflating Game 1 loss, Tarasenko responded with his first career playoff hat trick, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Saturday to even their first-round series at a game apiece. ''We needed more of that and we got it.'' Patrik Berglund stole the puck from Jordan Schroeder at center ice and beat Devan Dubnyk for a two-goal cushion with 1:58 to go, sending the Central Division champions to Minnesota with the momentum for Game 3 on Monday night. ''We'll find a way to get better.'' The Wild trimmed St. Louis' lead to 2-1 when Marco Scandella scored on a slap shot that broke his stick and snuck past Jake Allen at 1:46 of the third.
2 Cuban dissidents up for election in unprecedented voteInjury keeps Weber from traveling to Chicago with Predators (Yahoo Sports)

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, Cuban dissident Hildebrando Chaviano works at his laptop inside his home in Havana, Cuba. Chaviano, a government lawyer turned independent journalist, is one of at least two Cuban dissidents who made it past a first round of voting to become candidates in Sunday's local elections. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)At least two dissidents made it past a first round of voting and are standing as candidates in municipal elections that will be watched on and off the island Sunday as an unprecedented test of Cuba's single-party system.


Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber leaves the ice after being injured during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks Friday, April 17, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Weber did not return to the game. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Nashville finished off a 6-2 victory Friday night, tying the series at 1-1. Game 3 is Sunday in Chicago, and a team spokesman said Saturday an update on Weber's status will be made Wednesday, the day after Game 4 in Chicago. Chicago's Brandon Saad checked Weber into the boards in the left corner of the Nashville zone At 9:17 of the second. We were able to find success doing that.'' Either Anton Volchenkov or Victor Bartley will step into the lineup for Weber.




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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.

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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