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Escort who claimed Trump secrets 'committed no crimes': lawyer Sources: Pacers fear Oladipo lost for season

Escort who claimed Trump secrets 'committed no crimes': lawyerThe lawyer of a Belarussian escort who claimed she had proof of Russian collusion with Donald Trump's election campaign on Wednesday insisted on her innocence after she was released from custody for allegedly coercing women into prostitution. Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka, had been expected to speak to the media in Moscow but did not turn up. Vashukevich was arrested at a Moscow airport last week after being deported from Thailand as part of a group convicted of participating in a "sex training course".


A preliminary exam has left the Pacers fearful that Victor Oladipo suffered a season-ending right knee injury during Wednesday night's game, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Oladipo will undergo an MRI on Thursday.
Next U.S.-North Korea summit must give concrete results: Seoul Harden's 21st straight 30-point game good for 4th

Next U.S.-North Korea summit must give concrete results: SeoulForeign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the World Economic Forum in Davos that the two leaders should make "really great big strides" on the road to denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, in line with international demands. Trump and Kim met in Singapore last June for an unprecedented summit, producing a promise to work toward "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula, but the two sides have since struggled to agree how to implement the pledge. Critics of U.S. efforts say that summit only boosted Kim's international stature while doing little to curb Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal that now threatens the United States.


James Harden has reached 30 points for the 21st consecutive game, passing Wilt Chamberlain for the fourth-longest streak in NBA history. Chamberlain still has all three streaks that were longer.
North Dakota couple killed by fallen tree in San Diego A-Rod: Bonds, Clemens in Hall would help me

North Dakota couple killed by fallen tree in San DiegoGRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota couple died while vacationing in San Diego when a 75-foot-tall pine tree crashed onto their rental house as they slept, relatives and police said.


Alex Rodriguez, who will be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame in 2022, wants Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, whose cases are tainted by alleged PED use, to make it in to help his own candidacy.
Analysis: Breaking down the full video with Covington Catholic students LeBron still not ready to return, out vs. Wolves

Analysis: Breaking down the full video with Covington Catholic studentsThe Enquirer has reviewed video, shot from different angles, and paired it with interviews to help bring clarity to what transpired.


LeBron James, who has participated in drills with the Lakers, will not play Thursday against Minnesota. Rajon Rondo, meanwhile, will be a game-time decision.
Ex-U.S. marine jailed in Russia for spying was misled: lawyer Beasley: Cowboys' brass 'pushes' who gets ball

Ex-U.S. marine jailed in Russia for spying was misled: lawyerRussia's Federal Security Service detained Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28. Whelan appeared in a Moscow court on Tuesday, where a judge rejected releasing him on bail. Whelan, who denies the charges, was detained after receiving a thumb drive containing a list of all the employees of a secret Russian state agency, the Russian online news portal Rosbalt.ru reported this month.


WR Cole Beasley, responding to comments on Twitter about changes to the Cowboys' offense, said he'd want a larger role but "the front office pushes who they want to get the ball to."


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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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