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Report: Raiders Will Cut LB Woodley

Al Bello/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- The Oakland Raiders made a gamble last year that LaMarr Woodley would bring a strong veteran presence to the middle of their defense.

It went bust. The Raiders are expected to cut Woodley this week, according to CSN Bay Area.

Woodley, 30, signed a two-year $12 million dollar contract with the Raiders after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, Woodley missed 10 games last season due to a biceps injury. Even when he did play, he failed to make an impact as he recorded five tackles for the 3-13 Raiders.

Oakland will likely have the second most cap space heading into free agency with over $60 million available. In addition, to comply with the CBA rules for minimum cash spending, the Raiders must spend at least $20 million dollars this season towards their salary cap.

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Thousands March in Moscow Sunday in Honor of Slain Putin Rival

Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Thousands of mourners marched in Moscow on Sunday to honor Boris Nemtsov, a political opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was fatally shot outside the Kremlin Friday.

The march was scheduled prior to Nemtsov's death, but it was originally intended to be a march for peace, against the war in Ukraine. Nemtsov was to lead the march. In light of his death, others went on with plans to march, with one extra cause in mind.

The BBC's Olga Ivshina said on Sunday that those who marched "hope that this would change things, that this would trigger mass protest movement or this would trigger some changes within Russia."

ABC's Foreign Desk correspondent and former Moscow correspondent Kirit Radia said Sunday that the Russian government's investigation is unlikely to be impartial. The Russian system, he notes, is one "where very few things happen by accident."

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February Set Cold, Snow Records Around Northeast, More Winter Weather On the Way

ron hilton/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- February was one of the coldest, snowiest months in recent memory for many cities around the east coast.

According to the National Weather Service's station in Boston, records for snowfall were set in Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; Hartford, Connecticut and Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester and Hartford also saw records set for coldest monthly average temperature.

 

Please RT! Well, S New England, we made it through one of the worst DJFs in some time, and Feb was one of the worst: pic.twitter.com/98Ebe6tB7K

— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 1, 2015



The Mount Holly, Pennsylvania office of the NWS said that this winter is projected to be one of the top six coldest.

 

 

Feb 2015 is shaping up to be in the top 6 coldest! Here are some *preliminary* numbers based on the latest forecast. pic.twitter.com/kzqHuDqu3E

— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) February 27, 2015



In Maine, the NWS says that last month was the coldest February of all-time and ranks behind only January 1971 for coldest month in history.

 

 

Feb 2015 is coldest Feb of all-time @portlandjetport and ranks #2 only behind Jan 1971 (12.2) for coldest month ever! pic.twitter.com/8gNXvvx4od

— NWS Gray (@NWSGray) March 1, 2015

 

Meanwhile, more snow and cold are making their way towards the northeast, with flakes falling from New York to Washington, D.C. early Sunday afternoon.

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"Focus" Finds Way to Top of Box Office

Frank Masi/Warner Bros. Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Will Smith and Margot Robbie stole the title of box office winner this weekend, as their new movie Focus claimed the top spot.

Focus grabbed nearly $20 million, while the other major film that opened this weekend, The Lazarus Effect, came in fifth. Fifty Shades of Grey fell all the way to fourth place.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. Focus: $19.1 million
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service: $11.75 million
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water: $11.2 million
4. Fifty Shades of Grey: $10.927 million
5. The Lazarus Effect: $10.6 million
6. McFarland, USA: $7.797 million
7. American Sniper: $7.7 million
8. The DUFF: $7.15 million
9. Still Alice: $2.695 million
10. Hot Tub Time Machine 2: $2.4 million

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Samsung Unveils Two New Galaxy Smartphones at Mobile World Congress

Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Samsung is making a play for the market share Apple gobbled up with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The South Korean electronics company Sunday unveiled the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

"These products are the result of a simple philosophy," Samsung CEO J.K. Shin said. "It comes to two words: Relentless innovation."

Samsung boasted that it would have the "fastest, brightest camera on the market" and showed how it was able to illuminate a night scene.

Following the success of Apple Pay, Samsung also said its new devices would be equipped with Samsung Pay, a contact-less payment system.

While Apple's mobile payments solution requires participating merchants to have Near Field Communication readers, Samsung said its payment solution can be used anywhere credit cards are accepted.

Samsung has been working with Visa and MasterCard on the payments system and expects to release it to customers in the United States and South Korea this summer.

Both phones are outfitted with wireless charging, making power cords obsolete. In ten minutes, Samsung says the devices can get enough charge for four hours of everyday use.

Appealing to enterprise users, Samsung said the security of the phones is top of the line, making them ideal for business and government use.

As for the revamped design, the plastic backing of previous Galaxy phones has been replaced with durable Gorilla Glass, a welcomed design improvement for many Galaxy users.

"The new Samsung Galaxy S6 phones are a big improvement in design," Patrick Moorhead, analyst at Moor Insights & Strategies, told ABC News. "[But] Apple's consistency versus Samsung's inconsistency will win most consumers over."

The biggest difference between the two phones is the curved edge in the aptly named Galaxy S6 Edge.

The curved screen is designed with the purpose of helping users stay in touch with the people closest to them.

The edge will light up with that person's corresponding color, meaning the user won't even have to lift their phone to find out who they got a message from.

Both devices will be available on April 10 in 20 countries.

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John Kerry Stands by Claim Americans Face 'Less' Daily Threat

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he stands by his statement that Americans are facing fewer daily threats, even though he's received heavy criticism for his remarks.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Martha Raddatz on This Week, Kerry explained the rationale behind his claims to Congress earlier this week, which came at the same time Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said this has been the most lethal year for global terrorism.

"Well, I understand," he said. "Of course I understand it, Martha, because people are thinking about the day-to-day vision of what is happening on the ground in Syria, in Libya, where 21 Coptic Christians had their heads cut off, where a soldier is burned and a pilot in a cage, where American journalists have been beheaded publicly. We understand that."

"But I still stand by what I said, which is in long terms, compared to the last century, there are, in fact, fewer people dying of the means -- that you look at, by state war, violence, health, etc.," Kerry said.

"But that's not what's important," he continued. "What's important right now is what James Clapper said. There is an uptick in the level of terrorism and specific incidents of people being killed. And that threat is very, very real. Nobody is trying to minimize it."

Kerry told the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that "despite ISIL, despite the visible killings that you see and how horrific they are, we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally -- less deaths, less violent deaths."

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Florida Boy Who Survived Double Lung Transplant Fulfills Firefighting Dream

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(ORLANDO) -- A 6-year-old boy has achieved his dream job: being a firefighter.

Cameron Witsman, who was born with a lung defect, became an honorary firefighter on Friday in Eustis, Florida, a town about one hour northwest of Orlando.

Cysts grew in Cameron's lungs before he was born, his mother Caroline Witsman said. The disease is called congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation, Witsman told ABC affiliate WFTV, and when Cameron was four months old, he underwent a double lung transplant.

"If he would not have had the transplant he would not be alive today," Witsman said. "There were quite a few instances where we didn't know, but thank goodness he pulled though all of those."

Cameron, who has already survived so much, recognizes the importance of serving others; he said what he likes about firefighters is "helping people."

So Cameron's new employer, the Eustis Fire Department, put him to the test.

"His dream has always been to be a firefighter," said Chief Rex Winn of the Eustis Fire Department. "And we tried to make that dream come true."

The 6-year-old was given his own uniform and went to work, shooting down cones with a fire hose and even dragging dummies down the street, all with a huge grin across his face.

"Pretend fires, he runs all these pretend calls at home, so to get this opportunity for him has just been such a blessing, and I'm so thankful," his mother said.

"It's just so amazing to see that kind of fire in a young man," Winn added. "That young man's excitement and a dream that we can make happen for him. That's the good part of our job."

"Cameron wakes up with energy and he never wants to go to sleep at night," his mother said. "He's full of energy, vibrant smart, kindhearted, loves helping people."

While Cameron's energy is up, he still has a suppressed immune system, according to WFTV, requiring him to be home-schooled and take several medications a day.

"There was a few times where I was called... 'Cameron's doing really bad, I don't think he's going to make it, you need to get here now,'" Witsman said. "I can't even put into words how amazing it is that we're here today and we're doing well."

And the celebrations didn't stop at the fire house. Cameron was the guest of honor at a local parade today, during which he rode on a firetruck and handed out candy.

"It's such a heartwarming feeling. So awesome that they've taken this opportunity to really make his day and make his years," Witsman said.

And how did Cameron feel about the new job? "I'm proud to be a firefighter," the 6-year-old said.


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