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The Latest: US blames Iran for tanker bombings, Iraq attack Who wins Bucks-Raptors? Our experts answer the big questions

The Latest: US blames Iran for tanker bombings, Iraq attackWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Iran tensions (all times local):

We dive into the big Toronto-Milwaukee questions, including postseason MVPs and predictions for this series.
Life in prison for 'evil' loner who kidnapped US teen, killed parents KD disputes idea Warriors are better without him

Life in prison for 'evil' loner who kidnapped US teen, killed parentsCalling him the "embodiment of evil," a US judge on Friday sentenced a 21-year-old man to life in prison for murdering a couple in their home in order to kidnap their 13-year-old daughter. Jake Patterson pleaded guilty in March to first degree murder and kidnapping for shooting dead James and Denise Closs in their rural Wisconsin home last October. In handing down the maximum sentence of life without parole, Judge James Babler rejected defense attorneys' pleas for the possibility of parole in several decades' time.

Kevin Durant addressed the idea that he is not seen as part of the Warriors' collective, saying he knows what he brings and that's what matters.
Trump Devotes Press Conference to Instructing Aides to Explain That He’s Definitely Not Mad DT McCoy targeting contender: 'I want to win'

Trump Devotes Press Conference to Instructing Aides to Explain That He’s Definitely Not MadCarlos Barria/ReutersAccused of having a temper tantrum at the White House the day before, President Donald Trump did what anyone trying to prove their serenity would do: He put together a press conference during which he asked five aides to attest to his calmness. On Thursday afternoon, Trump hosted a group of American farmers at the White House to tout his administration’s $16 billion aid plan for farmers afflicted by his ongoing trade war. But after singing their praises and promising relief to come, he quickly turned to the matter most clearly on his mind—reports that he’d lost his cool at a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the day before.“Because I know they will always say that [I was angry]... I was so calm... I walked into the Cabinet Room, you had the group, Cryin' Chuck, Crazy Nancy... She’s lost it,” the president insisted on Thursday. For good measure, he later reiterated that he was an “extremely stable genius.”Over the course of several minutes, the president asked White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, top economic adviser Larry Kudlow, and two top communications hands—Mercedes Schlapp and Hogan Gidley—to relay to the gathered press that he was the picture of tranquility when he met Democratic congressional leaders day before. “Very calm—I’ve seen both and this was definitely not angry or ranting [during Wednesday’s meeting],” Sanders said, right after Trump summoned her before the cameras. “Very calm, and straightforward, and clear that we have to actually get to work and do good things for the American people.”Trump’s ‘Cover-Up’ Tantrum Means Democrats Can Go in for the KillThe showcase was vintage Trump: the policy push of the day overwhelmed by internal insecurities and grievances with press coverage bursting into public view. And it underscored the degree to which his warfare with Nancy Pelosi has gone from political to psychological.One day earlier, the speaker had accused the president of engaging in a “cover up” for refusing to comply with any congressional subpoenas and for instructing his top aides to not testify before relevant committees. When she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) went to the White House later in the morning to discuss infrastructure reform, Trump admonished her and explained that he would not work with Democratic lawmakers on legislation until they dropped their investigations into Trump and his inner circle.Trump left after roughly three minutes and without waiting for anyone else to speak, decamping to the Rose Garden to give a press conference where he admonished Pelosi some more. Democratic leadership couldn’t have been more pleased with the events. One top House aide told The Daily Beast that Trump had handed the Speaker a gift. At a time when she is facing pressure within her base to pursue oversight of the administration more aggressively—including by giving impeachment a more honest consideration—Trump’s reaction could be held up as proof that her more meticulous approach was working. “There are a lot more Democrats than is being written about in the press that are ready to go on impeachment,” said the aide. “And there are a lot of people who don’t want to get in front of Nancy. Trump has only helped her here.” Trump to Congress: Stop Probing Me or I’m Done Talking With DemocratsOn Thursday morning, Pelosi convened a meeting of top House lawmakers to go over legislative priorities, during which she addressed the president’s response to her the day before. “They have a bag of tricks. First was, bang on the table and walk out the door.  The second was, call in the press and insult in the front of the press. And that didn’t work, neither of them worked for him,” she said, according to notes taken by an aide. “The third one was yesterday, and he’s blaming me for saying because I said cover-up – I’ve been saying cover-up for a long time…. What is driving him crazy is that I went out there and said – and they saw the tenor of this Caucus was not rapidly for impeachment.  He wants to see impeach so he can be exonerated by the Senate so he doesn’t have to go to court later.”An aide said that she did not see Trump’s Thursday press conference.Few recurring characterizations bother President Trump more than the (largely accurate) narrative that he has a hair-trigger temper behind the scenes, and that he can easily and frequently be sent into vulgar, sometimes volcanic hissy fits when he doesn’t get his way.In the middle of last year, Trump once sat in the White House and angrily listed various words in headlines and cable-news chyrons he’d seen recently that described his mood—“fuming,” “raged,” “furious,” and so forth—decrying them as inaccurate reporting, according to a source who was present for this. The president sounded increasingly irate as he rattled off headline after headline, the source said, noting the irony.Asked on Thursday if he did, in fact, want to be impeached—as Pelosi alleged—Trump said no. Sort of.“I don’t think anybody wants to be impeached,” he said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Gerald McCoy says he's not thinking about where he'll be living when it comes to his next team; the free-agent defensive tackle simply wants to join a team that is competing for a championship.
Violence and disruption against abortion clinics at highest rates since 1999 Ginn among NFLers to race in 40 Yards of Gold

Violence and disruption against abortion clinics at highest rates since 1999Violence and disruption against abortion clinics in the US increased to its highest levels since the 1990s last year, a report by the National Abortion Federation has found.The increase in violence was attributed, at least in part, to president Donald Trump and his administration’s rhetoric.The report noted a significant increase in obstruction, vandalism, and trespassing, with 1,135 incidents of trespassing recorded in 2018 - the most since the NAF began tracking the crime in 1999.There were also 3,038 instances of obstruction, a 78 per cent increase compared to the previous year, and nearly 100,000 instances of picketing.“Anti-choice individuals and groups have been emboldened by the rhetoric of president Trump, vice president Pence, and other elected officials and we are seeing this play out in more instances of activities meant to intimidate abortion providers and disrupt patient services,” said Dr Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, who serves as interim president and CEO of NAF.She added: “Demonising health care providers and women who rely on them for abortion care has become one of the go-to tactics for anti-choice politicians. Those lies have consequences and it is not the anti-choice politicians who are facing those consequences; it is those who are denied abortion care and the providers targeted by threats, harassment, and violence who are. It is time for the demonizing of abortion providers and their patients to end.“Given the political climate and the increase in hate incidents throughout the country, it is more important than ever that law enforcement and prosecutors appropriately respond to anti-abortion criminal activity.”The study did note a decrease in stalking, burglary, assault, and battery against abortion providers.It comes during a fresh wave of anti-abortion legislation such as the Alabama abortion ban, which is currently being contested in a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, and “heartbeat bills” which ban elective abortion after a foetal heartbeat is detectable.As a foetal heartbeat is first detectable at six weeks - a point where many pregnant people may not even know they are pregnant - these initiatives are seen as a back-door abortion ban and are also being contested in court. Politicians in support of banning abortion hope these cases will rise to the Supreme Court of the United States and lead to an overturning of Roe V Wade, which set the precedent for elective abortion until the end of the second trimester in the US.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara and receiver Ted Ginn Jr. are among a host of NFL players slated to compete next month in the inaugural 40 Yards of Gold, a tournament-style speed contest.
Man lights cigarette on Spirit Airlines flight in startling viral footage Yaz's grandson makes MLB debut with Giants

Man lights cigarette on Spirit Airlines flight in startling viral footageWild footage from a Spirit Airlines flight to Minneapolis, Minnesota, shows apassenger who began smoking mid-flight, breaking one of the cardinal rules ofair travel

Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski who was drafted in 2013, started in left field and is batting seventh for the Giants in his major league debut.

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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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