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Obama announces nuclear 'breakthrough' on landmark India tripBelichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right' (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. President Barack Obama, left and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for the media after their talks, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Seizing on their personal bond, Obama and Modi said Sunday they had made progress on nuclear cooperation and climate change, with Obama declaring a "breakthrough understanding" in efforts to free U.S. investment in nuclear energy development in India. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)An agreement on nuclear trade is aimed at establishing a lasting strategic partnership.


New England Patriots football head coach Bill Belichick speaks during an NFL football news conference at Gillette Stadium, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass., where he defended the way his team preps its game balls. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Saying his team ''followed every rule to the letter,'' New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating. ''At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game or to gain an advantage,'' Belichick said in an unscheduled availability on Saturday afternoon, eight days before the Patriots will play the Seattle Seahawks for the NFL championship. Anything that's close, we stay as far away from the line as we can.'' Speaking once again with authority on a topic he previously professed ignorance of, Belichick said the team conducted an internal study on the process of getting game balls ready. I'm not an expert in football measurements,'' Belichick said.


Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 IS hostagesAldridge returns and Blazers beat Wizards 103-96 (Yahoo Sports)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media after he signed a book of condolence for the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Abe said earlier in the day he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other. The Associated Press has not verified the contents of the video, which varied greatly from previous videos released by the Islamic State group. It holds a third of both Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.


PORTLAND, OR - JANUARY 24: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers goes up for a shot against the Washington Wizards on January 24, 2015 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Each time that LaMarcus Aldridge went to the free-throw line late in the game against the Washington Wizards, the Trail Blazers' forward was showered with a chant of ''MVP, MVP,'' from the hometown fans. Just two days before, Aldridge had announced he was going to have surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb and would miss the next six to eight weeks.


Analysis: GOP calls for bipartisanship, says Obama defiantBooker leads No. 1 Kentucky to 58-43 win (Yahoo Sports)

In this photo taken Jan. 21, 2015, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Winners by far in last fall’s elections, Republicans now demand bipartisanship from President Barack Obama as their due and the voters’ desire. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Winners by far in last fall's elections, Republicans now demand bipartisanship from President Barack Obama as their due and the voters' desire.


Kentucky guard Devin Booker (1) shoots a jump shot over South Carolina's Mindaugas Kacinas (25) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Willis Glassgow)

Devin Booker found a way to make an impact for No. 1 Kentucky. He did it again Saturday, leading the Wildcats (19-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) with 18 points in a 58-43 victory at South Carolina. The win matched the team's best start under coach John Calipari and kept the Wildcats from another ''House of Horrors'' moment at the Colonial Life Arena where they'd lost three of their previous five games. Booker scored seven points in Kentucky''s 14-0 run that spanned both halves, closing the surge with a 3-pointer that put the Wildcats ahead 37-24 with 18:28 remaining.


Winter storm spreads snow, traffic woes in U.S. NortheastKyrgios to meet Murray in in Australian Open quarterfinals (Yahoo Sports)

A snow shoveler crosses a street during a winter snowstorm in CambridgeA winter storm spread freezing rain and snow and snarled traffic from the Middle Atlantic states into New England on Saturday, and forecasters said they expected a second system to lash the region early next week. Winter storm warnings remained in place for parts of New England, with up to 8 inches (20 cm) of snow expected in the area overnight as the storm system headed east, said National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Brian Hurley in College Park, Maryland.


Rafael Nadal of Spain yells as he plays against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

He upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, and followed up Sunday by beating the guy who ousted Roger Federer at the Australian Open. Next up for Nick Kyrgios is a quarterfinal against Andy Murray at Melbourne Park. The 19-year-old Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6, becoming the first Australian man to reach the last eight in the national championship since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005, and the first male teenager since Federer in 2001 to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals. Feels so good.'' Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open finalist, overcame racket-smashing Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 to secure a quarterfinals spot at his 16th consecutive major.


U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threatsO.J. Mayo scores 20, hot-shooting Bucks beat Pistons 101-86 (Yahoo Sports)
Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said. The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard either and the Atlanta airport has returned to normal operations, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. Threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, had been deemed credible, McCranie said. Several media outlets reported that a Twitter user going by the name Zortic wrote of planting bombs on the two planes, stating in a message to a Delta Twitter account, "I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport.

MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 24: Brandon Jennings #7 of the Detroit Pistons handles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 24, 2015 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin . (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Bucks made their coach proud with the way they moved the ball against the Detroit Pistons. With a season-high 33 assists on 41 baskets, former All-Star point guard Jason Kidd loved the way that Milwaukee got open looks in a 101-86 victory on Saturday night. ''Make or miss that's what good teams do.'' O.J. Mayo scored 20 points and Khris Middleton had 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a rare easy victory. The Bucks went 11 for 17 from 3-point range, including a 4-for-5 performance from Mayo.




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Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

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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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