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Hong Kong protests show signs of escalationBumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance (Yahoo Sports)

Protesters stand in front of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong building, as they block a street outside the offices of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in Hong KongPolice seen unloading tear gas and rubber bullets; authorities warn to disperse immediately.


San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner celebrates after pitching the Giants to an 8-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild-card playoff baseball game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing.


U.S. citizen joins Syria Kurds in fight against Islamic StateCowboys' Spillman investigated in sex assault case (Yahoo Sports)

Jordan MatsonBy Tom Perry and Fiona Ortiz BEIRUT/CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen has joined Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State militants in northern Syria, a spokesman for the main Kurdish armed group in the country said on Thursday. The Kurdish official said that Jordan Matson had joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), who are mainly battling advances by Islamic State close to Syria's borders with Turkey and Iraq. "Yes it is true," YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said in an online message. "He is fighting in the Jazaa area. ...


FILE - This June 4, 2013, file photo shows then-San Francisco 49ers safety C.J. Spillman at an NFL football training camp in Santa Clara, Calif. Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month. Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Wednesday night, Oct. 1, 2014, that the alleged assault took place early Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. The Cowboys signed the 28-year-old Spillman on Sept. 1, two days after the sixth-year player was among the final cuts by San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month.


The nine lives of Boko Haram 'leader' Abubakar ShekauPolice: Phelps' eyes, speech affected at DUI stop (Yahoo Sports)

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is seen in a video obtained by AFP on October 2, 2014Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is an elusive figure whose whereabouts are unknown, but he makes himself heard each time the military proclaims him dead.


FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Michael Phelps pauses before a training session at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center in Baltimore. The winningest athlete in Olympic history is facing DUI charges for the second time after being arrested early Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in his hometown of Baltimore, where police said he was clocked going nearly 40 mph over the speed limit and was unable to perform a series of field sobriety tests. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation, according to charging documents released Wednesday.


How Kentucky's struggling miners view most expensive Senate raceRavens' Smith: Panthers stabbed me in the back (Yahoo Sports)

Clay County Kentucky coal cultureOnce the linchpin of Kentucky's economy, the coal industry has deteriorated beyond recognition. While the miners of Clay County feel the pinch, the 2014 Senate race over Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's seat has emerged as a $100 million contest, the most expensive Senate race in American history.


Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) heads toward the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Baltimore, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Steve Smith took some parting shots at the Carolina Panthers, three days after the outspoken wide received led the Baltimore Ravens to a 38-10 win over his former team.


Dozens feared exposed to Dallas Ebola patientWacha in bullpen to start NL Division Series (Yahoo Sports)

A health worker puts on protective gear in Liberia, where Ebola has spread across the entire countryHealth officials: Lapse in diagnosis, quarantine should be a lesson in what not to do in future.


St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Wacha throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen for the start of the NL Division Series.




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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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