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I've been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her. She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.

Baseball-Size Hail Hits Nebraska as Tornado Threat Looms

Baseball-size hail came down in Nebraska Tuesday as a dense pattern of severe weather moved across several states in the Plains and Midwest.<p>Emergency sirens went off mid-afternoon in Omaha, Nebraska, after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the eastern and central …

US army 'could still pursue desertion charges against Bowe Bergdahl'

Any misconduct by released Taliban detainee Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will not be ignored, says Barack Obama's chief military adviser<p>The <b>US</b> Army is preparing to launch an investigation into the disappearance and capture of Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan as the country’s top military officer indicated …

Obama condemns Russian 'dark tactics' in Ukraine

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1081000/1081836_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529821103_c165f951f99ab8721d280781f9e631e9<p><b>US President Barack Obama has condemned Russian "aggression" in Ukraine.</b><p>Speaking in Warsaw to mark 25 years since the fall of communism in Poland, he …

Russia

Hey LeBron, I Double Dare You To Shoot

Last year’s NBA Finals saw one of the great strategic gambits in basketball history almost pay off. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wanted to …

Tim Duncan, LeBron James hungry for new title as NBA Finals arrive

There was only the slightest hint of musculature in LeBron James' arms when Tim Duncan carried the San Antonio Spurs to their first NBA title.<p>The moment was so long ago that Duncan used a hand-held camcorder to document the celebration. James, watching on television, was a few months from beginning …

Basketball

Chicago Blames Big Pharma for Epidemic Addictions to Painkillers

After a year of drug document subpoenas, interviews, and fact finding, the City of Chicago filed a lawsuit Monday against five pharmaceutical …

'People were going to die': submarine crew trapped in searing heat after catastrophic systems failure

Dozens of crew members were trapped on a Royal Navy nuclear submarine in 60C heat after the air conditioning system failed, forcing HMS Turbulent to dive to 200m to cool down<p>Dozens of sailors were overcome by heat exhaustion when temperatures soared on board a British nuclear submarine after a …

New York City Police Arrest Suspect In Deadly Stabbing Attacks

UPDATED: New York City police arrested 27-year-old Daniel St. Hubert for the stabbing death of both 6-year-old boy and injuring of a 7-year-old girl.

Obama and Merkel warn of tougher sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Western leaders gathering in Brussels have sought to build on a successful Ukrainian presidential election to push for a settlement between Moscow and Kiev.<p>At a two-day Brussels summit of the group of seven, which opened on Wednesday, Obama and European leaders warned the Kremlin of tougher …