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CDC monitoring tech for possible Ebola exposureAP source: Josh Smith to join Houston Rockets (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, a healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in Freetown, Sierra Leone. In a letter published online Wednesday, Dec. 24. 2014, by the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors report that the Ebola death rate seems to have fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)The technician has been working in a secure laboratory, the CDC says.

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 19: Josh Smith #6 of the Detroit Pistons drives to the basket against the Toronto Raptors during the game on December 19, 2014 at Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Josh Smith will join the Houston Rockets following his release by the Detroit Pistons, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday.

A glance at key police shootings in St. Louis areaAP Source: Pitt to name Narduzzi as head coach (Yahoo Sports)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin marks the third fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in the St. Louis area since Michael Brown was killed in August.

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi talks to the media during the team's NCAA college football media day in East Lansing, Mich. A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, that Narduzzi has reached an agreement with the Panthers to replace Paul Chryst. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had not yet made an announcement. A press conference is scheduled for Friday. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pat Narduzzi spent eight years transforming Michigan State's defense into one of the most intimidating in the country.

Chinese university bans Christmas, calls it 'kitsch'Cavaliers' Varejao out for season with torn tendon (Yahoo Sports)

It’s beginning to look a lot like ChristmasBEIJING (Reuters) - A university in northwestern China has banned Christmas, calling it a "kitsch" foreign celebration unbefitting of the country's own traditions and making its students watch propaganda films instead, media said on Thursday. The state-run Beijing News said that the Modern College of Northwest University, located in Xian, had strung up banners around the campus reading "Strive to be outstanding sons and daughters of China, oppose kitsch Western holidays" and "Resist the expansion of Western culture". ...

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Anderson Varejao #17 of the Cleveland Cavaliers lies on the court receiving treatment after an injury in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Quicken Loans Arena on December 23, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Anderson Varejao's season has ended, dealing a major blow to the Cavaliers' NBA title hopes.

Police officer kills armed black man near Ferguson, MissouriPeyton Manning intends to return for 18th season in 2015 (Yahoo Sports)
By Ian Simpson and Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - A white policeman shot dead a black man brandishing a gun at a suburban St. Louis gasoline station overnight, police said on Wednesday, igniting violence reminiscent of riots over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in nearby Ferguson. Black officials in Missouri were at pains to distinguish the death of a suspect they said had a gun from cases where unarmed black men were killed by police officers, incidents that led to protests across the United States and bitter debate about how American police forces treat non-white citizens. ...

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) walks off the field following an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 37-28. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- NFL fans and fantasy football owners debating Peyton Manning's prowess and problems can continue that discussion well into the new year.

CDC worker monitored for possible Ebola exposure in lab errorTCU's Gary Patterson wins AP coach of the year (Yahoo Sports)
By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - A laboratory technician for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been placed under observation for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus due to an apparent mix-up in lab specimens, the Atlanta-based agency said on Wednesday. The technician, who was working on Monday with Ebola specimens that were supposed to have been inactivated but which may instead have contained live virus, will be monitored for signs of infection for 21 days, the disease's incubation period, CDC officials said. ...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2014, file photo, TCU head coach Gary Patterson watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Samford in Fort Worth, Texas. Patterson was selected as The Associated Press college football coach of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. It was the second time he won the award. He also won in 2009. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert, File)

TCU coach Gary Patterson embraced changed and joined an exclusive club.

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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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