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UPDATE 1-U.S. air strikes kill a dozen Afghans, battle intensifies in Taliban strongholds Agent: Gronk retired, but people change minds

UPDATE 1-U.S. air strikes kill a dozen Afghans, battle intensifies in Taliban strongholdsKUNDUZ/LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, March 24 (Reuters) - U.S. air strikes in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed about a dozen civilians on Saturday, local officials said, as battle intensified there and in southern Helmand province. The air strikes killed 13 civilians, said Safiullah Amiri, a member of Kunduz provincial council. The bodies were brought into Kunduz city in the back of a truck as part of protests by dozens of civilians against the deaths.


Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Rob Gronkowski, said the Patriots tight end has retired, but it's always possible he could change his mind.
'Hope that man never sleeps': Mom of black teen Antwon Rose slams white police officer's acquittal in son's killing Betting favorites made history in round of 32

'Hope that man never sleeps': Mom of black teen Antwon Rose slams white police officer's acquittal in son's killingThe mother of an unarmed black teen who was fatally shot by a white police officer vowed to keep fighting for justice after the officer's acquittal.


For the first time since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, all 16 betting favorites won in the round of 32, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Experts warn Midwest flood risk may persist for months UCF upset bid thwarted by Duke's Zion, Barrett

Experts warn Midwest flood risk may persist for monthsST. LOUIS (AP) — Even as floodwaters receded in hard-hit places in in the Midwest, experts warned Saturday that with plenty of snow still left to melt in northern states, the relief may only be temporary.


Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett saved top-ranked Duke from a second-round upset at the hands of UCF on Sunday, with coach Mike Krzyzewski praising the freshman tandem for "willing us to win."
Trump facing investigations 'more threatening than Mueller probe' Celtics projecting confidence as losses pile up

Trump facing investigations 'more threatening than Mueller probe'Donald Trump may be revelling in what he claims to be “complete and total exoneration” from Robert Mueller‘s investigation, but his legal jeopardy is far from over. Ongoing federal and state probes in New York could pose “an even greater threat than the Russia probe”, experts said, after the special counsel cleared the president’s campaign team of colluding with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 election. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are pursuing at least two known criminal inquiries, one focused on possible corruption in Mr Trump’s inaugural committee and the other on the hush-money scandal that has left his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, facing prison for campaign finance violations.


Despite dropping their fourth game in a row and falling to two games behind the Pacers for home-court advantage in the first round, the Celtics are convinced that when the playoffs begin, they'll be just fine.
The Ford Bronco Will Have a Removable Roof and Doors and Will Go on Sale in Late 2020 LeBron on triple-double: I won't 'cheat the game'

The Ford Bronco Will Have a Removable Roof and Doors and Will Go on Sale in Late 2020Ford gave new details about the retro SUV to dealers at a recent event.


"If I'm on the floor, I've got to try to play as hard as I can or do something to affect the game and not cheat the game," LeBron James said after notching a triple-double against the Kings on Sunday.


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The Importance of Free Press in a Democracy

Before we can understand the importance of a free press in a democracy, we need to grasp what it means to have a free press. The Cambridge Dictionary tells us that a free press allows all media outlets to express whatever opinions they desire. That means, it says, that they are enabled to “criticize the government and other organizations.” So why would that be relevant in a democracy?

Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

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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