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Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion-killerBack to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years (Yahoo Sports)

Protesters rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, MinnesotaZimbabwe is calling for a U.S. dentist to be extradited for killing a beloved lion.


In this photo taken Sunday, May 31, 2015, Chinese security personnel rest near the Olympic rings near the Bird's Nest National Stadium in Beijing. Beijing has marketed its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics as the reliable choice, despite concerns about a lack of natural snow, notoriously bad air pollution and warnings about the government's treatment of political dissidents and minority groups. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Now, Beijing will be the first do it - and in the span of just 14 years. The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakh rival Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote marred by technical problems, taking the games back to the city that hosted the summer version in 2008. Beijing was seen by the International Olympic Committee as a secure, reliable choice that also offered vast commercial opportunities in a new winter sports market of more than 300 million people in northern China.


Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 yearsDodgers bolster pitching in huge deal with Braves, Marlins (Yahoo Sports)

China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong, second left, is greeted by Wang Anshun, left, Beijing mayor and president of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid, as other members of the delegation from Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics candidate city react after Beijing was elected to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games at IOC meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, Pool)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years.


FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Mat Latos throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The first-place Los Angeles Dodgers have bolstered their pitching staff, acquiring from the Marlins and Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from the Atlanta Braves in a 13-player deal Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

The first-place Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their pitching staff on the eve of the trade deadline, completing a 13-player deal with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins that sent two starters and two relievers to the NL West leaders on Thursday. Clinging to a half-game lead over San Francisco, the Dodgers acquired right-hander Mat Latos from the Marlins and left-hander Alex Wood from the Braves, two pitchers who can move right into the rotation behind aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Also, Los Angeles obtained relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from Atlanta, adding needed depth to the bullpen.


MH370 clues mount as wreckage identified as Boeing 777Giants get RH Mike Leake from Reds for another playoff run (Yahoo Sports)

Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found on the Saint-Andre region of the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015Saint-André (France) (AFP) - Malaysian authorities confirmed Friday that plane wreckage washed up on an Indian Ocean island was from a Boeing 777, meaning the part is almost certainly from missing flight MH370. The debris, part of a plane wing, could provide the first tangible clue towards unlocking the mystery surrounding the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March last year with 239 people on board. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean," Malaysia's deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake watches from the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

After whiffing on Cole Hamels, the San Francisco Giants got starter Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of prospects on Thursday night. The 27-year-old Leake has allowed only two earned runs in his last four starts, all victories. Overall, Leake is 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 21 starts this season.


How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can't resistCastro's 9th-inning homer gives Astros 3-0 win over Angels (Yahoo Sports)

A U.S. soldier attends a change of command ceremony at Oqab baseBy Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has become a favorite Washington way to sidestep the impact of fiscal constraints on military spending. The Overseas Contingency Operations account, or OCO, has been tapped to fund tens of billions of dollars in programs with questionable links, or none, to wars, according to current and former U.S. officials, analysts and budget documents.


Houston Astros rip the jersey off Jason Castro, center, after he hit a walkoff three-run home run to defeat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 in the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Few expected the Houston Astros to be contenders entering this season. Jason Castro hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Astros a 3-0 victory and a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. It was 0-0 to start the bottom of the ninth inning.


Suspect in Charleston church massacre to be arraigned on hate chargesGomez traded to Astros after Mets deal falls through (Yahoo Sports)

Dylann Storm Roof appears by closed-circuit television at his bond hearing in CharlestonRelatives of nine African-Americans killed at a historic South Carolina church may get a second opportunity to address the white man accused in the murders on Friday when he is arraigned on federal hate crime charges, sources close to the case said. At an earlier court appearance, family members riveted the country by expressing heartfelt forgiveness to Dylann Storm Roof, the suspect in last month's massacre at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, saying their Christian faith compelled them to rise above their grief. Friday's arraignment comes a week after a federal grand jury in South Carolina returned a 33-count indictment accusing Roof of hate crimes and firearms charges, adding to the raft of state murder and attempted murder counts he already faces.


Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez (27) throws his helmet after an officials' review called him out stealing second during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Monday, July 27, 2015, in San Francisco. The Giants won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Astros have added another bat to their lineup as they make a push for the postseason, acquiring two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers. Houston also received right-hander Mike Fiers in the deal and sent four prospects to the Brewers: left-hander Josh Hader, right-hander Adrian Houser and outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana. ''This was a move with an eye toward this year, next year and the year after that, more so than five or seven years from now,'' Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said.




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Ukraine: Not What It Seems

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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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