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Israeli fire kills Palestinian at Gaza border, with more protests ahead

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli fire killed a Palestinian at the Gaza border on Thursday and another died of wounds suffered several days ago, health officials said, bringing to 19 the number of Palestinian dead from a week of frontier protests.<p>The Israeli military said one of its aircraft targeted an …

Israel

Bibles pulled from online stores as China increases control of religion

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Bible appears to have been removed from online marketplaces in China, as Beijing clamps down on how its citizens practice religion.<p>China has always controlled sales of the Bible, only allowing it to be distributed and printed by state-sanctioned churches, but in recent years it had been …

China

Indonesian hard-line Islamic group calls for jihad and protests against ex-president's daughter

One of Indonesia's most respected Islamic clerics has issued a call for calm as religious conservatives attack the daughter of the nation's first …

Protest

Protests erupt in Poland over plan to tighten abortion law

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of people protested in Warsaw and other cities across Poland on Friday against the conservative government's latest attempt to restrict abortion.<p>Many also voiced broad anger at the ruling Law and Justice party, which has been accused by domestic critics and …

Europe

Supreme Court rejects appeal to release anti-abortion activists' videos

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by anti-abortion activists to win the release of videos they surreptitiously recorded at meetings of abortion providers.<p>The justices declined to take up appeals by the abortion opponents and left in place a lower court's ruling blocking …

Planned Parenthood

Why you should never underestimate a bunch of well-organized teenage protesters

<i>Maria J. Stephan directs the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace and is co-author of</i> “<i>Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.” Tabatha P. Thompson is a program specialist with the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace.</i><p>For …

Activism

Many Protests, Few Arrests in Sacramento Following Police Shooting of Stephon Clark

A short while later, some of the protesters broke off from the main group and marched into clogged traffic. But organizers called them back. No …

Justice

Students hold Second Amendment rally to counter walkout pushing for stricter gun laws

Students in Colorado who support the Second Amendment staged their own walkout Wednesday, in an effort to counter the pro-gun control rallies taking place across the nation following the deadly shooting at a Florida high school in February.<p>Students at Woodland Park High School, an hour north of …

Guns

The teacher boycotts are a reminder of what Americans often get wrong about ‘class’

The teacher boycotts making national headlines highlight the problem with the way many define class in the United States — especially “working class.”<p>The walkout in Oklahoma is part of a wave of educator revolts in states where tax cuts have drained state funding for schools, The Washington Post's …

Education

Chicago suburb bans assault weapons in response to Parkland shooting

With the future of federal gun control legislation uncertain, an affluent Chicago suburb this week took the aggressive step of banning assault weapons within its borders, in what local officials said was a direct response to the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school earlier this …

Guns

Sean Payton unleashes “choke” sign at Falcons

Getty Images<p>New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton put his right hand around his neck and appeared to yell “choke” in the direction of Atlanta …

NFL

Kawhi Leonard Is Pushing His Spurs Season Debut Back A Few More Days

The San Antonio Spurs will have to wait at least a few more days for Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs superstar was hopeful about making his season debut this weekend, but a report on Friday indicated his first start will not be for at least a few more days.<p>Leonard has been trying to recover from an injury …

Basketball

Warner Bros. Becomes First Major Studio To Cross $2 Billion This Year At Domestic B.O. Propelled By ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘It’

During a sleepy December weekend for the industry at the box office, Warner Bros. became the first major studio to cross $2 billion this year. It …

Baseball: Ohtani introduced by Angels amid high expectations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shohei Ohtani said he had felt "something click" with the Los Angeles Angels as his reason for joining the team when being introduced at Anaheim Stadium on Saturday.<p>The Angels won a heated race to sign the coveted 23-year-old Japanese, both a starting pitcher and an …

Baseball

Kobe Bryant Isn’t Happy With How ESPN Used His Quote About Lonzo Ball Needing To ‘Get Better’

Kobe Bryant is one of the most beloved Los Angeles Lakers of all-time, while rookie Lonzo Ball is only a couple of months into his NBA career, and he’s already one of the most polarizing.<p>Like it or not, the Big Ball Brand story, from LaVar to Lonzo to LaMelo to LiAngelo, is one of the biggest …

Basketball

Derrick Rose Insists His $80 Million Adidas Deal Wasn’t A Deciding Factor In Continuing His Career

Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 13-game win streak on Friday night, but what made Cleveland’s run so impressive was how successful they were with so many top rotation players out of the lineup.<p>Iman Shumpert is out after having surgery on his left knee. Tristan …

NBA

Don't Look Now, But 'Call of Duty: WWII' Is Shaping Up To Be An Absolute Sales Monster

While it may not exactly be breaking news to say that <i>Call of Duty</i>, the best-selling game of the year, every year, is selling well, I do think there’s something to keep an eye out for regarding this year’s installment. It’s not just that <i>Call of Duty: WWII</i> is selling well, it’s that it’s selling</i> …

Gaming Industry

Report: LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball looking into professional options overseas

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are looking into playing professional basketball overseas following LiAngelo’s sudden departure from UCLA, according to a …

Basketball

Steelers LB Shazier remains in hospital with back injury

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will remain in a Cincinnati hospital until at least Wednesday to undergo further testing on a spinal injury suffered in the first quarter of Monday night's win over the Bengals.<p>Shazier left Paul Brown Stadium on a stretcher less than …

George Iloka

Ben Roethlisberger says football is violent and ‘I hope my son plays golf’

The serious injuries to Ryan Shazier and Vontaze Burfict are a reminder of how dangerous this game can be.<p>Games between the Steelers and Bengals are always physical. Monday night’s matchup between the AFC North rivals was vicious and left some players with serious injuries.<p>That’s one reason Ben …

George Iloka