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Raging Northern California wildfires prompt evacuationsSeahawks finalize contract extension with LB Bobby Wagner (Yahoo Sports)

Firefighters spray a hose at a fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Fire officials called for thousands of evacuations as numerous homes remained threatened.


Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner catches a ball in drills during an NFL football training camp on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Right on the heels of signing quarterback Russell Wilson to a contract extension, the Seattle Seahawks have locked up All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. The Seahawks and Wagner finalized a four-year contract extension on Saturday night, making sure Seattle keeps Wagner beyond the 2015 season when his rookie contract was set to expire. NFL.com reported the deal is worth $43 million, which would make Wagner the highest-paid middle linebacker in football.


Farmer visited by Obama is now the face of California’s droughtGiants win 9-7 in 11 innings to spoil Texas debut for Hamels (Yahoo Sports)

Little has changed in the 17 months since the president toured Joe Del Bosque's parched fields.


Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels, right, walks to the mound after giving up a home run to San Francisco Giants Buster Posey, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. The Giants won 9-7 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Cole Hamels understood not getting to finish the eighth inning of his debut with the Texas Rangers. Hamels, who threw a no-hitter in his final start for Philadelphia, walked off the mound with a three-run lead over the San Francisco Giants after giving up a two-run double on his 97th pitch Saturday night. Three batters later, the score was tied, and the Rangers went on to lose 9-7 in 11 innings.


Manhunt continues for suspect in officer's fatal shootingWHO and sailing body seek virus tests in Rio Olympic venues (Yahoo Sports)

This undated photo released by the Memphis Police Department shows Tremaine Wilbourn. According to authorities, Wilbourn is a suspect in the fatal shooting of Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton during a traffic stop, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis Police Department via AP)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A manhunt was underway Monday for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer during a drug deal.


A triathlete swims in the waters off Copacabana beach during training, despite published warnings that water in the area was

The World Health Organization has asked the IOC to analyze virus levels in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, and the governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests. The moves come after an Associated Press investigation showed a serious health risk to Olympic athletes in venues around Rio rife with sewage. In a statement to the AP, the World Health Organization said it suggested the International Olympic Committee start monitoring for viruses at the Rio venues.


Trump says won't be 'throwing punches' in U.S. Republican debateDuda helps make Cespedes a winner in Mets debut (Yahoo Sports)

RICOH Women's British Open 2015Donald Trump, the man to beat in this week's first televised Republican presidential debate, said on Sunday he does not plan to attack his rivals and downplayed expectations for his performance, saying "I'm not a debater." The combative real estate mogul will take center stage at Thursday's debate among the 10 top-polling candidates as he leads the 17 candidates vying to represent their party in the November 2016 election. Trump has raised eyebrows and ire with attacks on his fellow candidates, accusing former Texas Governor Rick Perry of wearing glasses to look smarter and belittling the war hero status of U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, the party's 2008 presidential candidate and a prisoner during the Vietnam War. On Sunday, Trump said he was not planning to go on the offensive.


New York Mets' Lucas Duda is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting his second home run of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in the seventh inning at Citi Field on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

When the Washington Nationals took the bat out of Yoenis Cespedes' hands in the eighth inning, Lucas Duda let the rest of the National League know how tough it's going to be now to get through the middle of the new Mets' lineup. Duda hit a tiebreaking double after Cespedes was walked intentionally, leading New York to a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over the Nationals on Saturday night in front of the second largest crowd ever for a Mets game at Citi Field. ''That's exactly what we're hoping to do, put some guys in the middle of that lineup, where you have bats throughout that can produce some runs,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said.


Northern California wildfire doubles in size, displaces thousandsReds beat Cole for 3rd time this season, top Pirates 4-3 (Yahoo Sports)

Firefighters watch the Rocky Fire advance in Lake County, CaliforniaBy Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A wildfire raging through the foothills and canyons of northern California's coastal mountains more than doubled in size as it roared into its fifth day on Sunday, leaving two dozen homes in charred ruins and displacing thousands of residents. The blaze, which has scorched about 54,000 acres (21,853 hectares) east of Lower Lake, a town about 110 miles (180 km) north of San Francisco, was the fiercest of 20 large fires being battled by 9,000 firefighters across the state, officials said. "This is a very fast-moving wildfire," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, or Cal Fire.


Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole stands in the infield as Cincinnati Reds' Marlon Byrd, right, runs home off a double hit by Eugenio Suarez, left, in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Eugenio Suarez became the latest Reds hitter to frustrate Gerrit Cole. The shortstop had a sacrifice fly and an RBI double off Pittsburgh's 14-game winner, and Cincinnati extended its home-field success over the Pirates with a 4-3 victory on Saturday night. Cole (14-5) leads the majors in wins, but three of his five losses have come against the Reds, a team he has never beaten.




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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.

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.

In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

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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