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|The Menendez indictment: 'Girlfriend 2,' the doctor and the senator||AP source: Texas to meet with VCU's Smart to present offer (Yahoo Sports)|
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez was indicted Wednesday on federal corruption charges.
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson is scheduled to travel Thursday to meet with Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart to make an offer to coach the Longhorns, a person with knowledge of the trip told The Associated Press. Texas hopes to introduce Smart as its new coach as early as Friday, according to the person who requested anonymity because the talks with Smart are considered private. Patterson has zeroed in on Smart since firing Rick Barnes last weekend after 17 seasons. Smart, 37, has been among the hot candidates for several high-profile jobs since leading VCU to the 2011 Final Four.
|California unveils historic water restrictions over drought crisis||Harden's career-high 51 lead Rockets over Kings 115-111 (Yahoo Sports)|
California announced sweeping statewide water restrictions for the first time in history Wednesday in order to combat the region's devastating drought, the worst since records began. Governor Jerry Brown issued the declaration at a press conference in a parched, brown slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains that would normally be covered by deep snow. The executive order issued by Brown would aim to achieve a 25 percent reduction in water usage across cities and towns throughout California by a combination of measures. "As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible," Brown said.
James Harden continues to strengthen his case for the MVP award, and is forging a place as one of the best players in Houston Rockets history in the process. He had a career-high 51 points, and the Rockets squandered a huge early lead but held on for a 115-111 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. ''He finds a way to wow our team every time he goes out there,'' Houston's Trevor Ariza said. It's definitely fun to watch.'' Houston was up by nine with about eight minutes left when Sacramento used a 9-2 spurt to get within 104-102 with 5 1/2 remaining.
|Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request||UConn coach Geno Auriemma not a fan of men's game (Yahoo Sports)|
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.
Geno Auriemma thinks men's college basketball isn't very entertaining right now, though he admits the women's game isn't either. I don't understand its ins and outs.'' He said he was speaking more as a fan than a basketball coach. Women's basketball teams are averaging 69.5 points a game in the first four rounds while the men's teams are averaging just 67.8 points. Auriemma's Huskies lead the country in scoring at 89.7 points a game, but he said the women's game isn't much better than the men's, down three points a contest.
|Arkansas governor seeks fix of religion bill seen as targeting gays||Woman recants allegation ex-Alabama player assaulted her (Yahoo Sports)|
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told lawmakers on Wednesday to revise a bill that rights activists and U.S. businesses said allowed discrimination against gays, and home-state corporate giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc praised his action. The state's Senate took up the challenge late on Wednesday, sending to the House of Representatives legislation that would bring the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into line with federal statutes. Indiana's governor a day earlier said lawmakers should fix a similar RFRA. In a news conference at the Capitol in Little Rock, Hutchinson, who previously said he would sign the bill, said he was sending the act back to the Republican-controlled legislature to be rewritten so it can better balance tolerance for diversity and protections of religious freedom.
The woman who said former Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor assaulted her has recanted the allegations and was arrested. The 24-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was charged with False Reporting to Law Enforcement, Tuscaloosa police said Wednesday in a release. She was released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail on bond. The charges will be reviewed by the court system, said Lt. Kip Hart, assistant commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide unit, which oversees domestic violence cases.
|California governor orders statewide water cutbacks to combat drought||Paul scores 41, Clippers rally to beat Blazers 126-122 (Yahoo Sports)|
By Sharon Bernstein PHILLIPS, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown, in his most sweeping action to combat a devastating multi-year drought, ordered residents and businesses on Wednesday to cut water use by 25 percent in the first mandatory statewide reduction in California history. The move comes as California's snowpack, which generally provides about a third of the state's water, is at its lowest level on record in a sign the state's drought, now entering its fourth year, is far from over. We're just doing it through the different water districts." Brown said the state would develop rebate plans to help families and businesses remove a planned 50 million square feet (4.6 million square meters) of lawns, and replace old appliances with newer, more water-efficient models. Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the state Water Resources Control Board, said regulators would not hesitate to issue fines of up to $10,000 a day to water districts that do not succeed in implementing the cutbacks.
A third-quarter shove by Portland's Chris Kaman spurred an intense rally, and the Clippers defeated the Trail Blazers 126-122 on Wednesday night. Portland's four-game winning streak was snapped and denied the Trail Blazers a chance to clinch their first Northwest Division title since the 2008-09 season, when they shared it with Denver. It was late in the third quarter when Kaman pushed Paul after a scramble under the net.
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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.