- GOP hopes taking shutdown off the table with budget deal will pay dividends
- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
- Bubonic plague kills 20 in Madagascar
- G-20 diplomats fell for hacker attack promising nude photos of former French first lady Carla Bruni
- Minnesota guardsman charged with stealing private soldier data for fake IDs
- Florida appeals court rules universities can’t regulate guns
- Vladimir Putin defends Russian conservative values
2009 NFL mock draft
Last year the Patriots drafted inside linebacker Jerod Mayo, and he started right away. Laurinaitis may be a slight reach, but he can team with Mayo for years.
24. Atlanta: Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia
The Falcons parted ways with Keith Brooking and need immediate help on the weak side. Sintim played in a 3-4 defense but should be able to make the transition.
25. Miami: Alex Mack, C, California
The Dolphins added center Jake Grove in free agency, but Mack can play right guard while preparing to be the center of the future.
26. Baltimore: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
Unless the Ravens trade this pick in a package for Anquan Boldin, taking Heyward-Bey is a no-brainer. He’s the fastest player in the draft.
27. Indianapolis: Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State
One of the late risers of the draft, the Colts hit with Ohio State’s Anthony Gonzalez two years ago. Taking Robiskie would allow Gonzalez to stay in the slot.
28. Buffalo: William Beatty, OL, Connecticut
The Bills acquired this pick in the Jason Peters deal with Philadelphia, and they need a new left tackle. Beatty is equally efficient as a run and pass blocker.
29. N.Y. Giants: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
The Giants are trying to acquire Braylon Edwards from Cleveland, but the fallback to add size at receiver is Nicks, who averaged 18 yards a catch last year.
30. Tennessee: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
Despite durability and character issues, Harvin’s production - 16.1 yards a catch last year - is too good for the passing-starved Titans to pass up.
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- House pushes through two-year Ryan-Murray budget deal
- Comma on!: Twitter erupts over Obama-Castro 'marriage'
- Biden guarantees victory on immigration reform
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- CARSON: Why did the founders give us the Second Amendment?
- VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino's big-money foreigners
- All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget pact
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