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Wild's Cooke apologizes for kneeing Avs' Barrie

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke apologized Thursday for the knee-to-knee hit on Tyson Barrie that sidelined the Colorado Avalanche defenseman for at least a month, saying he did not intend to injure him.

Cooke drew a seven-game suspension Wednesday from the NHL, removing him from the remainder of this first-round series and more. Cooke addressed reporters after taking part in the Wild’s pre-game skate prior to Game 4, reiterating his past insistence that he is not a reckless player.

He did not take questions, which team spokesman Aaron Sickman said was “out of respect for the process.” Cooke didn’t answer when asked as he stepped off the podium whether he would appeal the punishment.

Starting somberly straight ahead and speaking deliberately for about 90 seconds, Cooke again referenced his recent drop in penalty minutes as evidence he’s committed to playing a clean game.

“First and foremost, I want to say that I’m disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can’t play for the Colorado Avalanche tonight. I wish that he could,” Cooke said. “Unfortunately, it was not my intent to collide with him knee on knee. I think it was my intent to finish my check. Playoffs are a hard, physical time, and it’s my job to be physical. I led my team in hits all three games, and it’s an intense time. I’ve led my team this year in hits and in this series.”

This is Cooke’s sixth career suspension for various safety violations, bringing his total of games banned to 34, including playoffs. He has also been fined four times. This was his first suspension in more than three years, since an elbow to the head in 2011 at New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh got him banned for the final 10 regular-season games and the first round of the playoffs that year.

Cooke referenced the date of that incident and said he’s “a changed player” since then.

“I think differently about the game. The stats that I’ve collected over those three seasons prove that I’m a changed player, and the plays that I make and the plays that I don’t make prove that point as well,” Cooke said. “At the end of the day, this situation was not my intent.”

Avalanche coach Patrick Roy wasn’t exactly heartened by the news of the suspension.

“We were very confident the league would make the right decision in that case,” Roy said. “No matter how many games, that does not replace the player. Tyson is very valuable to us, very important to us, and it doesn’t matter if it’s five games, 15 games, 20 games: We won’t play with Tyson.”

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NYPD Hashtag Sparks Backlash Against Police Across U.S.

Occupy Wall Street protestor Chris Philips screamed as he was arrested near Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, 2012, in New York City.

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Detroit News, Detroit Free Press to occupy six floors at Dan Gilbert-owned building downtown

DETROIT, MI The Detroit Free Press, The News and the Detroit Media Partnership will occupy six floors of the eight-story, former Federal Reserve Bank building at 160 W. Fort St.

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Neutral Finland debates NATO membership option

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said that his country, which is not a member of any military pact, should consider NATO membership along with Sweden, when the time is right. He added that there was no acute security risk for Finland due to the Ukraine crisis.

“My personal opinion is that Finland should belong to NATO. It would strengthen Finlands position. But Im in the minority,” he said on Saturday (12 April), in an interview to the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle.

Katainen said that there is no acute security risk facing Finland because of the situation in Ukraine. But he also pointed out that Russia has said that its ready to defend its citizens outside of its own borders.

“This is a serious issue that should be discussed openly,” said Katainen, who especially thanked Yle for its Russian-language news service, Novosti, which allows Russian-speakers in Finland to follow the news in their own mother-tongue.

Katainen also said that the Finnish state was doing fine, rejecting accusations that he was leaving a sinking ship. On 5 April, Katainen said he was stepping down from his job of Prime Minister this summer, and that he was available for a EU top job [read more].

In light of Ukraine developments, Katainen is not the only one in his country to call for NATO membership. Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari (1994-2000), who won the Nobel peace prize in 2008 over his role in the Kosovo process negotiations, strongly advocated that his country should join NATO.

Id hope that at some point wed be able to make that kind of decision and I hope that it would happen jointly with Sweden. I dont see any reason why the Swedes wouldnt also make a decision to join, Ahtisaari said in a recent interview.

But Finnish foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja responded by saying Finland does not require NATO membership because it is already a member of the European Union and a NATO partner. Opposition Centre Party Chair Juha Sipil says now is not the appropriate time to be considering the NATO question.

NATO would bring no added benefit to Finnish security. It is not a solution, it would simply bring more problems of its own, Tuomioja added.

Tuomioja estimates that Katainen is now speaking more freely as his term as Prime Minister draws to an end, more boldly representing his centre-right National Coalition Party views. The NCP party line has traditionally supported NATO membership, while Tuomiojas Social Democratic Party has opposed it.

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ProCon.org – Gay Marriage

Should Gay Marriage Be Legal? As of Jan. 6, 2014, gay marriagehas been legalized in17 US states (CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, RI, VT, andWA) and the District of Columbia.33 stateshave gay marriage bansthrough either laws or constitutional amendments or both.

Proponents argue that same-sex couples should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples and that prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination.

Opponents argue that altering the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman will further weaken a threatened institution and that legalizing gay marriage is a slippery slope that may lead to polygamous and interspecies marriages. Read more…

Proponents argue that same-sex couples should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples and that prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination.

Opponents argue that altering the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman will further weaken a threatened institution and that legalizing gay marriage is a slippery slope that may lead to polygamous and interspecies marriages.

The gay rights movement in the US can be traced back to the Stonewall Riots that occurred following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City at 3 a.m. on June 28, 1969. Police raids on gay bars were commonplace, but on this occasion the gay and lesbian patrons fought back and sparked days of protests. The Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of a political movement for gay rights during a time when it was illegal to have homosexual sex in all states except for Illinois. [21] Between 1969 and 1974, the number of gay organizations in the country swelled from fewer than 50 to nearly a thousand. [22]

Gay-rights activism in the 1970s focused more on personal liberation and visibility than on gaining access to institutions such as marriage. While some gay activists sought the right to marry in the early 1970s, others rejected marriage as “heterosexist and saw it as an outdated institution. [23] The gay liberation movement achieved a victory in Dec. 1973 when the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder and the American Psychological Association did the same in 1975. [24]

The increased visibility of the gay community prompted a well publicized backlash by opponents of gay-rights. One high-profile opponent of gay rights was singer and former Miss Oklahoma Anita Bryant who founded the group Save Our Children and campaigned to repeal local ordinances that prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation. During the 1980s, news of the AIDS epidemic increased homophobia and discrimination but also encouraged the gay community to further organize. Following the news that actor Rock Hudson was dying of AIDS, attitudes towards both AIDS and the gay community started to shift. In 1983, Congressman Gerry Studds (D-MA) became the first openly gay Congressman, followed by Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) in 1987. [23]

The current national debate on gay marriage was sparked by the Supreme Court of Hawaiis 3-1 ruling on May 5, 1993 that the state could not ban same-sex marriages without “a compelling reason to do so. [55] The case was sent back to a lower court but voters approved a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage before the courts settled the issue. Although a gay marriage was never performed in Hawaii, the issue gained national attention and prompted over 40 states over the next decade to pass Defense of Marriage Acts (DOMAs) that defined marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. [59] On Sep. 21, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the federal Defense of Marriage Act into law which defined marriage at the federal level as between a man and a woman. The federal DOMA statute ensured that no state would be forced to recognize gay marriages performed in other states and prevented same-sex couples from receiving federal protections and benefits given to married heterosexual couples.

On June 26, 2003, the US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Lawrence v. Texas that sodomy laws were unconstitutional. In overruling the courts June 30, 1986 decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, the court established a right to sexual privacy and Justice Antonin Scalia predicted in his dissent that the majority decision “leaves on pretty shaky grounds state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples.

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NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis – Video



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NATO has suspended all military and non-military cooperation with Russia over the presence of Moscow's military in Ukraine. April 01, 2014 BBC News DONATE NOW TO KEEP MOX NEWS GOING STRONG!…

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Israel launches fresh air raids on Gaza Strip – Video



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[News Today]Palestinian U N moves designed to avoid U S retaliation – Video



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[News Today]RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – When Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed onto 15 international conventions on Tuesday, he shocked the U.S….

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Max Keiser talks Bitcoin, MaxCoin and fugue-like states of rage

Did you say Jamie Dimon!?

In person, Max Keiser is everything you want him to be: sharp, articulate, and narcissistic. He slips into hysteria like other people slip into a bathrobe. Just mention JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, and hes gone.

Fuck you, Jamie! Fuck you! he screamed to an empty studio audience on set at Keiser Report, at the mere utterance of his name.

According to its website, BitPay will join CoinBase as a payment processor with zero fees. Currently, Coinbase is using the model towards a merchants first one million sales, after which merchants will pay 1% fees. BitPays new model, however, asks for $30 per month per merchant, with zero additional fees. This is unprecedented in payment processing space, and will certainly send shockwaves through various payment processing spaces.

Both BitPay and Coinbase represent the worlds first zero-fee payment processors, driving home how revolutionary modern payment methods are.

To be certain, the news is bullish for the Bitcoin price, and will likely not make the impact it should via mainstream financial channels.

Visionaries who invested in BitPay include Trace Mayer, Peter Thiel and Max Keiser.

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Global Mass October 15th 2011 Occupy Europe United By Protest Causes Unit youtube original – Video


Global Mass October 15th 2011 Occupy Europe United By Protest Causes Unit youtube original usa news : tv provides news, commentary, help how-to, reviews, and perspective on the latest trends in digital tech. Join Leo Laporte, Mike Elgan, Sarah La…

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