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Storm blankets Midwest, creeps toward NortheastSeahawks 1 win away from 1st Super Bowl repeat in 10 years (Yahoo Sports)

Lisa Snow shovels the sidewalk outside of her north side home in Chicago Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.A heavy snowfall left Chicago covered for the first large storm of the year on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Nancy Stone) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT; DAILY HERALD OUT; NORTHWEST HERALD OUT; JOLIET HERALD OUT; THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT; NEW YORK TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; DAILY CHRONICLE OUTA slow-moving winter storm blanketed a large swath of the Plains and Midwest in snow Sunday, forcing the cancellation of more than 1,000 Chicago flights, making roads treacherous and forcing some to rethink plans to attend Super Bowl parties.


The Lombardi Trophy sits behind two helmets before a joint coaches news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

A year ago, Pete Carroll stood at a podium in a New York City hotel, less than 12 hours after his Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Fast forward to Sunday, when Carroll's Seahawks will face Bill Belichick's New England Patriots in the Super Bowl with a chance to do something that, for many reasons, was thought to be too tall a task in today's NFL: win a second consecutive championship. Winning twice doesn't happen (anymore),'' said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, whose team went back-to-back 10 years ago, making for the longest drought without a repeat champion in the nearly half-century of Super Bowls.


Huckabee compares being gay to drinking, swearingDjokovic wins 5th Australian Open title, denies Murray a 1st (Yahoo Sports)

Huckabee compares being gay to drinking, swearingThe former Arkansas governor says there's no chance he'll ever accept same-sex marriage, whether he runs for president or not.


Novak Djokovic of Serbia lifts the trophy after defeating Andy Murray of Britain in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and extended Andy Murray's misery at Melbourne Park by beating the Scotsman 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 in the final Sunday. Murray has now been a losing finalist four times here, losing twice previously to Djokovic in 2011 and 2013 and to Roger Federer in 2010. Djokovic is a perfect 5-for-5 in Australian Open finals and has eight Grand Slam titles. Roy Emerson, the only other man with five or more Australian titles, was in the crowd and Djokovic acknowledged the presence of the six-time champion.


Obama ties foreign profits tax to public worksNew York Giants matriarch Ann Mara dies at 85 (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 16, 2012 file photo, newly constructed roadways are being built in Fairfax County, Va. President Barack Obama’s budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said. Obama will unveil a $4 trillion budget on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The $4 trillion budget that President Barack Obama sends Congress on Monday proposes higher taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations, and an ambitious $478 billion public works program for highway, bridge and transit upgrades.


FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2008, file photo, Ann Mara, the widow of former New York Giants' owner Wellington Mara, is interviewed after getting off a team bus at Giants Stadium Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Mara, the matriarch of the NFL's New York Giants for the past 60 years, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. She was 85. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)

Ann Mara, the matriarch of the NFL's New York Giants for the past 60 years, has died. Giants co-owner John Mara announced his mother's death on Super Bowl Sunday. Ann Mara slipped in front of her home in Rye, New York, during an ice storm two weeks ago and was hospitalized with a head injury the following day. While there were initial hopes for recovery, John Mara said, complications developed and she died early Sunday surrounded by her family.


Major snowstorm churns through Midwest toward New EnglandMcIlroy wins Dubai Desert Classic (Yahoo Sports)

A worker pushes a snow plough to clear a path during blizzard conditions in ChicagoBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - A major winter storm swept into the northern Plains on Sunday, threatening to bury Chicago under more than a foot of snow before tracking toward New England, a region still reeling from a powerful blizzard that struck only days earlier. The fresh snowfall and strong winds could complicate the plans of millions of Americans in the Midwest planning to travel to Super Bowl parties on Sunday. In Chicago's two major airports, about 1,400 flights were scratched. “We are right now ramping up into blizzard conditions,” said David Beachler, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Chicago.


Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the trophy after he wins the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

An unrelenting Rory McIlroy secured his second Dubai Desert Classic title in six years with a 2-under 70 in the final round to win by three shots on Sunday. The Northern Irishman's 22-under 266 total matched the lowest in the history of the tournament, set by Stephen Gallacher in 2013 and Thomas Bjorn in 2001. The top-ranked McIlroy, whose win here in 2009 was his first as a professional, made just three birdies Sunday but kept mistakes off his card. It wasn't the best round that I've played this year but I got the job done and that's the most important thing.'' Sweden's Alexander Noren, making a comeback from a wrist injury which restricted him to playing just two events in 2014, had eight birdies in his round of 65 to take second place at 19-under 269.


Workers strike for new pact at nine U.S. oil, chemical plantsFlorida State rallies to beat No. 23 Miami 55-54 (Yahoo Sports)

Workers from the USW union walk a picket line outside the Shell Oil Deer Park Refinery in Deer Park, TexasBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Union workers took to picket lines on Sunday after strikes were called at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants. The discord comes as plunging crude prices force oil companies to slash spending. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the lead industry negotiator, halted talks after the union rejected a fifth proposal from the company.


Florida State center Boris Bajanovsky draws a foul as he shoots over Miami forward Joe Thomas in an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 55-54. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Montay Brandon scored 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting, and Florida State rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit to beat No. 23 Miami 55-54 on Sunday.




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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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