The Putin Test for Obama in Ukraine  

WSJ By : Staff Reporting

A sovereign nation in the heart of Europe is under attack from without as well as within.

The toughened economic sanctions the United States and the European Union have announced will sting Russia's Vladimir Putin and his cronies but will not stop them.

Veteran observers in Moscow believe that Mr. Putin is willing to escalate the assault on Ukraine to avoid capitulating. Faced with these grave risks, how will we respond? - Full Article


Obama joins EU in announcing expanded economic sanctions against Russia  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

President Obama on Tuesday announced expanded U.S. sanctions on Russia, joining the European Union in a coordinated effort to use Russia's economy as leverage to compel Moscow to stop fueling the deadly conflict in Ukraine.

"Russia is once again isolating itself from the international community," Obama said, claiming that the U.S. sanctions will have an "even bigger bite" thanks to action by the Europeans. - Full Article


1 in 3 U.S. adults have debt in collections  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

That's a key finding from a new Urban Institute study. It examined non-mortgage debt, including credit card bills, car loans, medical bills, child support payments and even parking tickets.

The debt in collections ranged from as little as $25 to a whopping $125,000. But the average amount owed was $5,200. - Full Article


Ending Cease-Fire, Israel Resumes Gaza Offensive  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

Soon after barrages of rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Sunday morning, the Israeli military announced that a humanitarian lull in its Gaza offensive, which was meant to last through midnight, was over.

The military said in a statement shortly after 10 a.m. that it was resuming its aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip “following Hamas’s incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window.” - Full Article


Is the Curtain Falling on Tablets?  

WSJ By : DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI and SHIRA OVIDE

When the late Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad in 2010, he acknowledged that many people already had a smartphone and a laptop computer.

"Is there room for a third category of device in the middle?" asked the then Apple Inc. chief executive.

His company initially answered that question with an emphatic yes, spurring the creation of one of the fastest-growing product categories in the history of high tech. But that old question suddenly has become timely again. Full Article


Inside the Furious, Close-Range Gun Battle at Pennsylvania Hospital  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

A doctor with a semi-automatic gun and a caseworker who was "nothing short of heroic" were able to wound and then subdue an armed psychiatric patient after he had killed another caseworker and appeared intent of reloading and shooting more people in a Pennsylvania hospital, police said today.

The patient, Richard Plotts, 49, suddenly pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot his caseworker, Theresa Hunt, in the head at point blank range while inside psychiatrist Lee Silverman's office for a scheduled appointment on Thursday.

Hunt was killed instantly, authorities said. - Full Article


Israel rejects cease-fire proposal, though talks continue  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

Hopes for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, where fighting between Palestinian militants and Israeli troops has left more than 840 Palestinians dead, faltered late Friday when Israel’s security cabinet unanimously rejected a U.S.-backed accord, Israeli media reports said.

But negotiations were continuing. Earlier, Israeli forces again pounded targets in the Gaza Strip, and scattered clashes between Israeli security forces and protesters across the West Bank left at least five Palestinians dead, pointing to an ominous widening of the 18-day-old conflict. - Full Article


Editorial: Tony Dungy and his uncivil comments regarding Michael Sam  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

People used the same argument against Jackie Robinson to prevent him from coming into Major League Baseball.

I would argue that Jackie Robinson was even more of a media circus.

Given Dungy's own experiences in the league; not being drafted as quarterback, the position he played in college and the scrutiny he received as a Steeler because of race, you would've thought his comments would've been more supportive.

I have to say Dungy's comments don't hold muster. One would argue the player in question's stock dropped because of his sexual orientation and Dungy's comments didn't do enough to advance civil rights they only added to the distraction that Dungy claims he wants to avoid.


Diane Feinstein: Putin should man up on plane disaster  

CNN By : Shannon Travis

Russian President Vladimir Putin should "man up" and offer clear explanations amid important questions about the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday.

"I think the nexus between Russia and the separatists have been established very clearly.

So the issue is, where is Putin?" Feinstein said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." - Full Article


Israel Claims Destruction of 2 More Gaza Tunnels  

New York Times By : Staff Reporting

The Israeli military said it thwarted two more infiltrations into its territory via tunnels from the Gaza Strip on Monday morning and killed 10 militants, as the bloody conflict entered its 14th day amid mounting diplomatic pressure for a cease-fire.

An initial statement from the Israel Defense Forces gave few details about the incidents outside Gaza’s northeast corner, saying only that “two terror squads were detected.” - Full Article


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