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Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth paradesLaMarcus Aldridge chooses the San Antonio Spurs (Yahoo Sports)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton flexes her muscles with Miss Teen New Hampshire Allie Knault, center, and Miss New Hampshire Holly Blanchard, during a Fourth of July parade, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Gorham, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016," a tractor draped in a Rick Perry banner and dutiful volunteers holding signs and chanting for their chosen candidates.


FILE - JULY 4: Free-agent LaMarcus Aldridge has agreed to sign a four-year, $80 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs, July 4, 2015. PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 27: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers dunks the ball in the second half of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Houston Rockets during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center on April 27, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won the game 123-120. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

LaMarcus Aldridge got the answers he needed from the San Antonio Spurs. Ending a frantic few days of courtship - and perhaps cementing the Spurs as the preseason favorites to win yet another NBA title - Aldridge announced Saturday that he will sign with San Antonio and align with Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard to form what would figure to be among the league's most-formidable frontcourts. ''I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!!'' Aldridge, a Dallas native, posted to his verified Twitter account.


Greeks mull consequences of crucial bailout referendumCardinals edge Padres 2-1 to stop 4-game slide (Yahoo Sports)

Tourists look at a map as they stand at Syntagma square in front of the parliament in central Athens, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Whether Greeks decide in Sunday's referendum to accept their lenders' bailout deal or reject it, the government's hold on power may be shakier than its brash prime minister has calculated, analysts say. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)With the crucial austerity referendum a day away, Greeks contemplated Saturday how their vote will shape their future and the impact a "yes" or "no" will have on the country's youth.


St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Pham, left, scores past San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 4, 2015, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jhonny Peralta broke an eighth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Saturday to stop their longest losing streak of the season at four games.


IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's PalmyraGB Packers tight end Quarless charged with firing a gun (Yahoo Sports)

An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Homs on May 28, 2015 allegedly shows a flag of the Islamic State group fluttering atop the circular wall bounding the orchestra at the Roman theatre of the ancient Syrian city of PalmyraThe Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra. It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous version of the group's black and white flag. IS reportedly carried out more than 200 executions, including of civilians, in and around Palmyra in the period when it captured the city.


Green Bay Packers' Andrew Quarless catches a pass during an NFL football mini camp Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested Saturday after police said he allegedly fired two shots into the air during an argument outside a Miami Beach parking garage, authorities said. Miami Beach Police say a witness reported that Quarless was riding in a black Porsche with three other people around 5 a.m. Saturday when they pulled up to a car full of women. It said the conversation eventually escalated and the witness told authorities he heard the women yelling for Quarless and his friend to leave them alone.


Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contestHarper uses patriotic themed bat, homers to help Nats win (Yahoo Sports)

Miki Sudo, second from right, holds her trophy and smiles after winning the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest women's competition Saturday, July 4, 2015, at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sudo ate 38 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)Matt Stonie upset Joey "Jaws" Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory.


Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) walks with pitching coach Steve McCatty, right, to the clubhouse after he was relieved during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Seems like every bat Bryce Harper uses this season provides fireworks for the Washington Nationals. The patriotic version he used on July 4 against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants was no exception. Harper homered, Tyler Moore drove in four runs and the Washington Nationals defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-3 on Saturday despite Stephen Strasburg exiting in the fourth inning with tightness in his left side.


Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions reliefTwins' Santana reinstated from suspension, will start Sunday (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, centre, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria, Friday July 3, 2015. Iran has committed to implementing the IAEA's "additional protocol" for inspections and monitoring as part of an accord, but the rules don't guarantee international monitors can enter any facility including sensitive military sites, so making it difficult to investigate allegations of secret work on nuclear weapons. (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.


Minnesota Twins' Ervin Santana works against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Sunday, March 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has been reinstated following an 80-game drug suspension and is scheduled to start Sunday against the Kansas City Royals.




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Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

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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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