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Afghan parliament approves US, NATO agreementsNFL suspends Peterson for at least rest of season (Yahoo Sports)

A member of the Afghan National Army stands guard as new members attend their graduation ceremony at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Afghanistan's parliament approved agreements Sunday with the U.S. and NATO allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of this year amid a renewed offensive by Taliban militants. The international combat mission in Afghanistan, begun after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban, was to conclude at the end of this year. The new agreements ratified by parliament allow the U.S. and NATO to keep a total of 12,000 troops in Afghanistan next year to support local forces. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's parliament approved agreements Sunday with the U.S. and NATO allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of this year amid a renewed offensive by Taliban militants.


FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson speaks to the media after pleading no contest to an assault charge in Conroe, Texas. The NFL suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for at least the remainder of the season. The league said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, it informed the Minnesota Vikings running back he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings dimmed further Tuesday, with the NFL suspending the star running back without pay for at least the rest of the season.


Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78Steelers release running back LeGarrette Blount (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this July 6, 2009 file photo, former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry attends a news conference in Washington. Barry, who staged comeback after a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, died early Sunday morning Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council.


FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount (27) warms up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have released running back LeGarrette Blount. The move comes less than 24 hours after Blount left the field early in a victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- LeGarrette Blount's early exit Monday night cost the volatile running back his job.


Reports: Ferguson grand jury still undecided, reconvening MondayBrowns waive disgruntled running back Ben Tate (Yahoo Sports)

Woman stops to visit the memorial set up where Michael Brown was shot and killed in FergusonThe 12-member panel is still reviewing the shooting death of Michael Brown.


Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate jogs off the field after a 23-7 loss to the Houston Texans in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ben Tate doesn't have to worry about losing carries with the Browns any longer.


Missouri town on edge awaiting grand jury decision on police shootingStanton agrees to record deal with Marlins (Yahoo Sports)

Woman stops to visit the memorial set up where Michael Brown was shot and killed in FergusonBy Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - An uneasy quiet settled over Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday evening after another day without a decision from a grand jury on whether to bring charges against a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teen. With the St. Louis suburb and the rest of the country waiting for an announcement, activists and police have been taking steps to avert more street violence. The Aug. 9 shooting triggered months of protests and a national debate over police violence. ...


FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2014, file photo, Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton celebrates his home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. A person familiar with the negotiations says Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has agreed to terms with the team on a $325 million, 13-year contract. It's the most lucrative deal for an American athlete. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins hadn't confirmed the agreement Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

MIAMI (AP) -- The Marlins persuaded Giancarlo Stanton to say yes. He couldn't afford to say no.


Volunteer snow shovelers hit Buffalo streets as flooding fears riseMets move in fences at Citi Field for 2nd time (Yahoo Sports)

Volunteers, led by the Old First Ward Community Association, gather for a shovel brigade coordinated by the City in BuffaloBy Aaron Ingrao BUFFALO (Reuters) - As temperatures near Buffalo, New York, rose above freezing on Saturday, volunteers fanned out to help their neighbors clear the walls of snow that have paralyzed parts of the region this week, but the warming trend also raised the threat of flooding. More than 200 volunteers, called the Shovel Brigade Mob, armed themselves with shovels and headed into neighborhoods south of downtown Buffalo. The group said some residents were still stuck in their homes, days after a lake-effect system clobbered the region with up to seven feet of snow. ...


A white chalk line marks the location of the prior season's outfield wall at Citi Field in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The Mets are moving their fences in at Citi Field for the second time. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets are moving their fences in at Citi Field for the second time.




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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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