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Thousands evacuated after Tennessee train fireAltuve helps Astros sweep Royals with 6-5 win (Yahoo Sports)

A train carrying toxic chemicals derails and catches fire in eastern Tennessee.


Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) slides past the tag from Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez to score from third base on a Chris Carter fielder's choice in the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The Houston Astros statement sweep of the Kansas City Royals came at a cost, as center fielder George Springer could be heading to the disabled list with an injured right wrist. Jose Altuve had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning to help the Astros complete the three-game sweep with a 6-5 win on Wednesday night. Springer, who is hitting .264 with 13 homers and 29 RBIs, was plunked on a 95 mph fastball thrown by Edinson Volquez in the fifth inning.


Christie can’t win New Jersey. Does that matter?Warriors, Draymond Green agree to 5-year, $85M deal (Yahoo Sports)

Here’s the good news for Christie, if you want to be glass-half-full about it: At least he’s not running for reelection as governor.


CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors speaks to the media after they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

No need to seek out an offer sheet in restricted free agency. Draymond Green is coming back to the Golden State Warriors on his own terms. Green announced on Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted website Wednesday night he has agreed to a five-year deal with the Warriors.


New warden, security measures after New York prison escapeGM Jerry Dipoto resigns after 3 1/2 years with Angels (Yahoo Sports)

This June 6, 2015 photo provided by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office shows Cuomo, second from left, walking with Steven Racette, left, superintendent of Clinton Correctional Facility, in Dannemora, N.Y. Racette and his deputy in charge of security are among 12 more staff who have been put on administrative leave during the investigation into David Sweat and Richard Matt's escape from the maxiumum-security facility, officials said Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Darren McGee/Officer of the New York Governor via AP)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month.


FILE - In this April 3, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto speaks to reporters during a news conference in Anaheim, Calif. Dipoto resigned Wednesday, July 1, 2015, abruptly ending his 3 1/2-year tenure with the club amid apparent tensions with manager Mike Scioscia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

For 3 1/2 years, general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia managed to survive disputes and reconciliations in their arranged marriage with the Los Angeles Angels. When that relationship abruptly ended Wednesday, Scioscia and the Angels insisted the longest-tenured manager in baseball wasn't to blame. Dipoto resigned, walking out on the Angels a month before the trade deadline.


Baltimore to put cameras in police vans, review riot gearOwn goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup semi (Yahoo Sports)

Police are seen as demonstrators gather near Camden Yards to protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in BaltimoreCameras that can record will be installed in Baltimore police vans like the one in which Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday. "We're working through a process that will place cameras with recording capabilities in the backs of all our police vans, to ensure that we have a more complete record of what occurs there," Rawlings-Blake told reporters. The van in which Gray was transported had a non-recording camera that the driver could use to monitor the passengers, but it was not working at the time.


England's Josanne Potter, left, consoles Laura Bassett (6) after the team's 2-1 loss to Japan during a semifinal in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Japan won 2-1. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing. Japanese players gathered at the other end of the field in celebration - and relief - in realizing how close they came to squandering a chance to defend their Women's World Cup title. After Japan was outplayed for much of the second half, a turn of Bassett's foot followed by a fortunate bounce off the crossbar led to an own goal in the final minute of stoppage time that allowed Japan pull out a 2-1 victory in the semifinal Wednesday.


Police respond to reported active shooter at Navy Yard: Washington PostPenguins acquire Phil Kessel from Maple Leafs in major trade (Yahoo Sports)
U.S. Park Police are responding to reports of an active shooter at Navy Yard in Washington, the Washington Post said on Thursday. Reuters could not immediately verify the report, which comes amid heightened security concerns ahead of the U.S. Independence Day holiday weekend. Representatives for the Park Police could not be immediately reached.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel skates during second period NHL hockey action against the Detroit Red Wings in Toronto. The Maple Leafs sent 27-year-old Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in a blockbuster deal that gives the Penguins a needed boost in its top six and gives the Maple Leafs some flexibility as they begin to retool under new coach Mike Babcock. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Phil Kessel spent six years in Toronto trying to lift the Maple Leafs out of the churn of mediocrity. All the goals - 181 of them while wearing a leaf on the front of his sweater - failed to turn Toronto into a contender or quiet the critics who wondered whether the talented forward cared enough or worked hard enough to justify his status as one of the elite players in the NHL. ''He was always the guy, he was a guy that was blamed when things weren't going well, and he doesn't have to be the guy here,'' Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford said.




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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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