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Obama says 'it's about the families' after Oregon meetingDeGrom outduels Kershaw with 13 Ks; Mets beat Dodgers 3-1 (Yahoo Sports)

President Barack Obama, center, with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, right, and Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich, left, pauses as he makes a statement to members of the media following their meeting with families of the victims of the Oct. 1, shooting at Umpqua Community College, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 in Roseburg, Ore. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Barack Obama, faced with protests over his meeting Friday with victims of an Oregon shooting, held to his view that something must be done about deadly gun crimes. But given the freshness of the week-old tragedy, he said, "Today, it's about the families."

New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia, left, and starting pitcher Jacob deGrom celebrate their 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

DeGrom struck out 13 over seven scoreless innings and Daniel Murphy homered off a star-crossed Clayton Kershaw to help the New York Mets defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Friday night for a 1-0 lead in their NL Division Series. ''Before the game I was pretty nervous,'' said deGrom, who at 27 is in just his second major league season. DeGrom (1-0) limited the Dodgers to five hits and walked one.

30 killed, 126 injured in Ankara bomb attacksAlberto, Rangers beat Blue Jays in 14th, lead ALDS 2-0 (Yahoo Sports)

People help an injured woman after an explosion during a peace march in AnkaraANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two bomb explosions targeting a peace rally in Turkey's capital Ankara on Saturday killed at least 30 people and injured 126 others, Turkey's Interior Ministry said.

Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor, front, slides safely past the tag of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin to score on a sacrifice fly during the fourteenth inning of Game 2 in baseball's American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Toronto. Texas won 6-4. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Fed up with his own bat, Hanser Alberto grabbed one belonging to teammate Delino DeShields. Alberto, the seldom-used backup infielder, lined a tiebreaking single to center in the 14th inning, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series. ''I didn't even ask him for it,'' Alberto said, smiling at DeShields sitting beside him on the postgame interview podium.

Why urbanization is globally on the riseLackey dominates, Cardinals beat Cubs 4-0 in NLDS opener (Yahoo Sports)

Now I Get It: UrbanizationUrbanization — the expansion of cities — is on the rise. People across the globe are heading into urban areas looking for work, education and health care. Others arrive, fleeing wars and natural disasters. Without the proper planning, the rapid increase in urban areas, especially in developing countries where most growth is happening, can lead to some big problems.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey (41) acknowledges the crowd after being taken out during the eighth inning of Game 1 in baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

John Lackey lived up to his reputation as a pitcher who craves the ball in October, helping the St. Louis Cardinals cool off the upstart Chicago Cubs. Lackey outpitched old teammate Jon Lester, allowing two hits into the eighth inning, and rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered late for the Cardinals in a 4-0 victory Friday night in the opener of their NL Division Series. ''Tonight was special, for sure,'' Lackey said.

Leading Republican Ryan reconsiders House speaker run: lawmakersRoyals rally, beat Astros 5-4 to even ALDS at 1 game each (Yahoo Sports)
WASHINGTON/JANESVILLE, Wis. (Reuters) - A leading Republican congressman with allies on the right wing of the party, Paul Ryan, is weighing a bid to replace retiring U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, fellow lawmakers said on Friday as they sought to defuse a leadership battle. Numerous House Republicans and even 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney have asked Ryan to run for speaker after the front-runner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, abruptly dropped out on Thursday.

Kansas City Royals players celebrate after their 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Kansas City Royals whipped out the same formula that carried them to last year's World Series to turn back the Houston Astros and tie their AL Division Series at a game apiece. ''Just battling,'' first baseman Eric Hosmer said. The Royals rallied from a three-run deficit Friday, getting a go-ahead single from Ben Zobrist in the seventh inning, and then watched Wade Davis and the bullpen make it stand in a 5-4 victory that brought back memories of their nip-and-tuck postseason of a year ago.

In familiar ritual, Obama consoles families from Oregon mass shootingMarshawn Lynch to miss second straight game (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks immediately after meeting with families of victims of the shooting rampage in RoseburgPresident Barack Obama, in a ritual that has become both familiar and frustrating to him, traveled to Oregon on Friday to console families of the victims of a community college shooting that once again sparked a push for U.S. gun reform. The president, a Democrat who tried but failed to tighten firearms laws after previous mass shootings, arrived in a community where support for gun rights remains strong despite the deaths of 10 people, including the gunman, in the deadliest massacre on U.S. soil in two years. Obama met privately for about an hour with the families at a local high school.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Seattle. Lynch did not play in the game due to an injury. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Marshawn Lynch will miss a second straight week for the Seattle Seahawks due to a hamstring strain. The team on Friday officially ruled Lynch out for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Lynch injured his hamstring in the second quarter of the team's 26-0 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 3.

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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.

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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