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Irish voters back gay marriage in 'social revolution'James leads Cavs to 94-82 win over Hawks, 2-0 series lead (Yahoo Sports)

Men walk past a Yes vote campaign graffiti in central Dublin as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriageA referendum marking a dramatic social shift is approved by a landslide, supporters and opponents say


ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts as he leaves the game late in their 94 to 82 win over the Atlanta Hawks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

One is enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as long as it's the King. LeBron James scored 30 points and the Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, beating the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead with the series heading to Ohio. Cleveland pulled away with a dominating third quarter.


Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extensionMorales homers twice, drives in 5 runs in Royals' victory (Yahoo Sports)

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)The Senate struggles unsuccessfully early Saturday to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs.


Kansas City Royals' designated hitter Kendrys Morales celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, May 22, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kendrys Morales is leading the American League with 37 RBIs. Morales hit two home runs and had five RBIs, Chris Young gave up six hits in six innings and the Kansas City Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 Friday night. Morales hit a three-run homer with two out in the first.


Shi'ite militias deploy to take on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq's RamadiMarlins lose to Orioles 8-5; Alvarez and Latos go on DL (Yahoo Sports)

Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled from Islamic State (IS) militants, wait to cross a bridge into Baghdad, on May 20, 2015A convoy of Shi'ite Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday to advance on areas held by Islamic State, a Shi'ite spokesman said, launching a counter-offensive to reverse stunning gains by the jihadi insurgents.


Miami Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki dodges a ball while batting during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Miami, Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Even after Friday's game, the losses kept coming for the Miami Marlins. First the Marlins stumbled to another defeat, leaving them 0-8 on their homestand and still winless after five games under new manager Dan Jennings. Then two-fifths of their rotation went on the disabled list - right-handers Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos.


Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museumLundqvist stands tall, Rangers beat Lightning 5-1 in Game 4 (Yahoo Sports)

This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Members of the Islamic State group have captured the ancient town raising fears that the extremists will destroy its archaeological sites that have stood for two millennia. Palmyra, home to one of the Middle East's most famous UNESCO world heritage sites, was under full control of militants on Thursday after troops withdrew to nearby bases. (SANA via AP, File)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra, though its artifacts have been removed and are safe, a Syrian official said Saturday.


New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, and defenseman Dan Boyle (22) congratulate each other after the Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Henrik Lundqvist and a couple of other old standbys picked a nice time to reassert themselves for the New York Rangers. New York's star goalie reverted to his reliable ways after two subpar performances, and Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis emerged from playoff scoring droughts Friday night to help the Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Nash had two goals and an assist, and St. Louis - the former Tampa Bay captain - contributed a third-period goal as New York evened the best-of-7 series 2-2 heading back home for Game 5 on Sunday night.


Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in CaliforniaHarper, Scherzer carry Nationals to 2-1 win over Phillies (Yahoo Sports)

Crew members inspect the oil spill damage at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart the line, U.S. safety officials said on Friday. The corrective action order issued on Thursday by the U.S. Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, or PHMSA, is not regarded as a disciplinary enforcement sanction against the company, Plains All American Pipeline LP , officials said.


Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Scoring two runs with Max Scherzer on the mound is all the offense the Washington Nationals need for wins these days. Bryce Harper hit another home run and Scherzer had another dominant outing to help the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Friday night for their sixth straight win. Ian Desmond's RBI double drove in Scherzer from first base with the go-ahead run in the sixth.




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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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