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Amanda Knox murder conviction overturnedFreshman-led Duke in another regional final, beat Utah 63-57 (Yahoo Sports)

Raffaele Sollecito leaves Italy's highest court building in Rome, Italy, 27 March 2015. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend expect to learn their fate Friday when Italy's highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher. (AP Photo/Massimo Percossi, ANSA) ITALY OUTItaly's highest court rules in favor of the American and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.


Duke's Justise Winslow reacts to play against Utah during the second half of a college basketball regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament Friday, March 27, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Justise Winslow says coach Mike Krzyzewski never treated him and the other Duke freshmen like, well, freshmen. These young Blue Devils certainly aren't playing like it either - and have Coach K one win away from another NCAA Final Four. ''When you have that, you play like yourself.'' Winslow, playing home in Houston the day after his 19th birthday, had 21 points and 10 rebounds for South Regional top seed Duke in a 63-57 Sweet 16 victory over revived Utah on Friday night. Freshman guard Tyus Jones had 15 points while standout big man Jahlil Okafor had six points and eight rebounds.


Ferguson grand jury wanted to make public statement, documents revealSpartans knock off Sooners 62-58 in East semifinal (Yahoo Sports)

Attorney Daryl Parks, center, talks to reporters as Lesley McSpadden, left, and Michael Brown Sr., right, parents of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr., listen during a news conference, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Dellwood, Mo. Neither McSpadden nor Brown spoke or took questions. The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared former Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown Jr., but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)A week before the Ferguson grand jury chose not to charge police Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, it was denied a request to make a public statement about the controversial case, court documents filed Friday reveal.


Michigan State's Denzel Valentine (45) celebrates with Travis Trice (20) after a regional semifinal against Oklahoma in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament , early Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. Michigan State won 62-58. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

All but counted out a little over a month ago, coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans are still playing. Denzel Valentine scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Travis Trice scored six of his 21 points in the final two minutes of a 62-58 win over the Oklahoma Sooners in an NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinal on Friday night. ''I'm just tickled to death to still be playing.'' The Spartans (26-11) have won 11 of 14 and are headed to their second consecutive regional final and fourth since 2009. The Spartans are the lowest-seeded team still in the tournament, and advance to face fourth-seeded Louisville on Sunday.


Student group that revealed racist SAE video causes change at OklahomaGonzaga headed to Elite Eight for 1st time since 1999 (Yahoo Sports)

The national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is shown in this photograph taken March 27, 2015. The SAE national headquarters is in Evanston, Illinois. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)At a press conference announcing the findings of an investigation into a racist chant that prompted the shuttering of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Oklahoma University chapter and the expulsion of two fraternity members, OU President David Boren saluted the student activists of Unheard, who first brought the now widely viewed SAE video to light.


Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski reacts during the second half of a college basketball regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament against UCLA, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Growing up in Poland, Przemek Karnowski had to stay up until 2 or 3 a.m. to watch the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga's big man got to star in the show in prime time on Friday night, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds to lead the second-seeded Bulldogs to a 74-62 win over No. 11 seed UCLA in the Houston Regional semifinals. The victory puts Gonzaga (35-2) in the Elite Eight for the second time, its first regional final since 1999. The Bulldogs will play top-seeded Duke on Sunday.


Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliationLouisville beats NC State 75-65; on to Elite 8 (Yahoo Sports)

Ellen Pao leaves court as her sexual bias trial against fomer employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byerr continues in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also rejected a claim that Kleiner, the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, had retaliated against its former partner, Ellen Pao, by firing her after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.


Louisville's Terry Rozier (0) hugs coach Rick Pitino during the second half of a regional semifinal against North Carolina State in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Friday, March 27, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. Louisville won 75-65. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Montrezl Harrell is not ready for the end of his college career at Louisville just yet. Anton Gill helped make sure it continues at least one more game. Harrell scored 24 points, Gill keyed a late-game surge with seven points off the bench, and Louisville beat North Carolina State 75-65 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. Everything just gelled at the right time.'' Louisville (27-8), the fourth seed in the East and seeking to make its third Final Four in four years, will play seventh-seeded Michigan State in the East final on Sunday.


Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gaysDurant to have another surgery, miss rest of season (Yahoo Sports)
The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. "We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," a Walmart spokesman said in a statement.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- March 22: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots around during a game against the Miami Heat on March 22, 2015 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA MVP Kevin Durant will miss the rest of the season and have bone graft surgery next week to treat a fractured bone in his right foot. The Oklahoma City Thunder had said last week he likely would be shut down for the season. General manager Sam Presti said Friday the team expects Durant to return to basketball activities within the four to six months.




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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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