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U.S. Secret Service director resignsVolquez looks to continue revival against Giants (Yahoo Sports)

Secret Service Director Julia PiersonThe recent break-in at the White House created insurmountable heat for Julia Pierson.


Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez throws long toss in the outfield during a team workout in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Volquez gets the start against the San Francisco Giants in Wednesday's National League baseball wild card game in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.


The reporter behind Secret Service chief's ousterMcIlroy wins PGA Tour player of the year (Yahoo Sports)

Carol LeonnigBehind the shocking revelations of incompetence and unprofessionalism that rocked the Secret Service this week is a longtime reporter who's been diligently uncovering the agency's secrets for years.


Europe's Rory McIlroy applauds on the 17th green after Graeme McDowell wins the singles match against Jordan Spieth of the US on the final day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- One incredible month of golf was enough for Rory McIlroy to be voted PGA Tour player of the year.


Not guilty plea for man in White House incidentPolice: Phelps' eyes, speech affected at DUI stop (Yahoo Sports)

This courtroom artist rendering shows U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson, left, presiding during Omar J. Gonzalez's , center, case in court in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Gonzalez, accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife. (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife.


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.


Texas Ebola patient had contact with kidsWacha in bullpen to start NL Division Series (Yahoo Sports)

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014Texas Gov. Rick Perry says school-aged children are being monitored for symptoms.


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.


Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheadingRavens' Smith: Panthers stabbed me in the back (Yahoo Sports)

In this Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 photo provided by the Cleveland County, Okla., Sheriff's Department, Alton Nolen is pictured in a booking photo. Nolen has been charged with murder in the first degree in the death of Colleen Hufford, in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/Cleveland County Sheriff's Department)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor said Wednesday he will seek the execution of a man accused of beheading a co-worker in a fit of rage after being suspended from his job at a food processing plant.


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.




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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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