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Missy Franklin to swim freestyle, test sore back

Missy Franklin of the U.S. trains before competition begins at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Franklin had back spasms during practice Tuesday and will be re-evaluated before the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle on Thursday. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Multiple Olympic and world champion Missy Franklin will swim in the 200-meter freestyle to test her sore back in the first event at the Pan Pacific championships.


Calgon Take Me Away: Sad Leopard Print Bath Has Been Having Bad Day Since the 80s

Calgon Take Me Away: Sad Leopard Print Bath Has Been Having Bad Day Since the 80s From the street, all is well with the placid white late-late Victorian duplex on Arguello Boulevard in the Inner Richmond. Inside, however, the bathroom appears to be in the throes of a midlife crisis. And judging from the wear...


Brazil Socialists name presidential candidate after Campos death

Brazil's Socialist party names popular environmentalist Marina Silva their presidential candidate, replacing her late running mate Eduardo Campos after his death in a plane crash last week Brazil's Socialist party named popular environmentalist Marina Silva as presidential candidate Wednesday, replacing her late running mate Eduardo Campos after his plane crash death last week. Campos's death has radically shaken the electoral landscape ahead of the October vote, possibly setting up his former vice presidential candidate Silva to unseat incumbent Dilma Rousseff in a runoff, according to the latest poll. PSB president Roberto Amaral said party leaders had chosen Silva unanimously to replace her late running mate at the top of the ticket.


U.S. military tried, but failed to rescue journalist Foley, other hostages

U.S. journalist James Foley arrives, after being released by the Libyan government, at Rixos hotel in Tripoli The unsuccessful rescue operation "involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL," the Pentagon said in a statement, using a different name for the militant group. "Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location." President Barack Obama authorized the mission "earlier this summer," Lisa Monaco, Obama's top counter terrorism aide, said in a separate statement. Foley, 40, was executed by an Islamic State militant in a video that surfaced on the Internet on Tuesday.


Giants win protest, rain-shortened game to resume

The grounds crew works on the field after a heavy rain soaked Wrigley Field during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes) CHICAGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have won their protest filed with Major League Baseball, and will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won.


New to Market: 1910 Train & Williams Craftsman in HLP Asking $1.2 Million

New to Market: 1910 Train & Williams Craftsman in HLP Asking $1.2 Million There seems to be quite a bumper crop of pedigreed Craftsmen hitting the market of late. Joining the fun this week is a rather lovely bungalow designed in 1910 by the firm...


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JPMorgan, BofA to raise junior banker pay by 20 percent: sources

Goldman Sachs sign is seen above floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in the Manhattan borough of New York By David Henry and Peter Rudegeair NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co and Bank of America Corp are planning to hike salaries of junior employees by at least 20 percent, people familiar with the proceedings said. JPMorgan executives are determined to pay competitively with other banks and are looking at salary increases of at least 20 percent for some junior employees, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Junior bankers at Bank of America Corp will also receive a raise of at least 20 percent, according to a person familiar with the matter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc is also planning to raise pay for junior bankers by 20 percent next year, the New York Post reported on Wednesday.


ABC Developing 'Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth' as TV Sitcom

ABC Developing 'Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth' as TV Sitcom Astronaut Chris Hadfield's down-to-Earth advice is now the basis for a television sitcom. ABC on Tuesday (Aug. 19) committed to the production of a pilot episode for a family comedy inspired by Hadfield's best-selling book, "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" (Little, Brown and Co., 2013), Deadline Hollywood reports. Hadfield returned to Earth in May 2013 after a five-month stay on board the International Space Station. His cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" was watched more than 20 million times on YouTube.


Photographer sues Bieber over Hawaii altercation

FILE - This May 11, 2014 file photo shows singer Justin Bieber, second from right, watching the Los Angeles Clippers play the Oklahoma City Thunder with his mother Pattie Mallette, second from left, in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles. Photographer Aja Oxman sued Bieber and his bodyguard Dwayne Patterson for assault and intentional infliction of emotion distress in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 20, over an altercation last year on Hawaii's Shipwreck Beach. The lawsuit states Patterson injured Oxman while trying to forcibly retrieve a camera memory card after Bieber spotted the photographer snapping photographs of him leaping off a cliff into the ocean. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — A photographer sued Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards Wednesday for assault and infliction of emotional distress over an altercation on Hawaiian beach late last year.


U.S. rescue mission for Foley, others failed

James Foley's parents recall son's 'big heart' Troops tried to find James Foley, other U.S. hostages in Syria this summer, but to no avail.


Chicago hostage standoff ends, 4 freed

Chicago hostage standoff Two suspects captured ending deadlock that lasted more than 20 hours.


Ferguson protests smaller, more subdued

A man is arrested as police try to disperse a crowd in Ferguson, Mo. early Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Despite some clashes, the overall scene was more restrained than the past five nights.


Officer who pointed gun, cursed at protesters suspended

A protester (L) speaks with a police officer during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri on August 19, 2014 Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them.


St. Louis police release video, audio of deadly police shooting

Police Chief Sam Dotson pledged transparency in police shootings with the creation of a new unit tasked with investigating such cases.

What happens when an old, dead oil well gets 're-fracked'?

Drilling wells are pictured in Los Angeles Hydraulic fracturing, which has upended global energy markets by lifting U.S. Canada's Encana Corp invested $2 million to refrack two wells in Louisiana's Haynesville shale formation earlier this year, after seeing its production in the area dip 27 percent from 2012 levels.     "There were a significant number of wells that we considered understimulated," said David Martinez, Encana's senior manager for Haynesville development.     Using minuscule plastic balls, known as diverting agents, pumped at high speeds with water into the old wells, most of which are three to five years old, Encana blocked some the older fractures, or cracks.     "The thought is that the diverting agent will go to the cracks with the least amount of pressure," bypassing cracks with higher pressure and boosting the pressure of the entire well so output climbs, Martinez said.     He said the process can't be as precisely controlled as an initial round of hydraulic fracturing, in which water, chemicals and sand into are blasted into rock to unlock oil and gas.


Audio: Stocks end mostly higher following Fed minutes

The minutes showed lots of talk, but no action on higher interest rates at the Fed's July 29-30 meeting. Chief economist Diane Swonk at Mesirow Financial says the Fed is determined not to have an itchy trigger-finger, and raise rates too soon.

Ukrainian fighter plane shot down as clashes kill dozens

Another Ukrainian Fighter Jet Shot Down Near Russian Border A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory Wednesday as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead. Fighting intensified as Kiev appeared to ramp up a deadly offensive to crush the ailing rebellion in the east ahead of a fresh round of diplomacy that will see the presidents of Russia and Ukraine meet next week for the first time in months. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a Su-25 jet was shot close to the second-largest insurgent bastion of Lugansk, where government forces claim to have battled back control over several districts in the past few days. Clashes in and around the other major rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed 43 civilians in the past 24 hours, local authorities said.


Afghanistan gives NYT journalist 24 hours to leave country

New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg speaks during an interview in Kabul Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form an interim government and "seize power" if a deadlock over the presidential election failed to break soon. "Due to the lack of proper accountability and non-cooperation, the Attorney General's office has decided that Matthew Rosenberg should leave Afghanistan within 24 hours," the office said in a statement. "We were also never informed of a formal investigation and we do not understand how insisting on the right to a lawyer is not cooperating.” Afghanistan is in the midst of a ballot that has dragged on for months, with both candidates claiming victory after the June 14 run-off and allegations of mass fraud threatening to derail the process.


Airstrike kills wife, child of Hamas commander

Palestinians grieve over the death of their relative Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, who was killed along with her 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. She was the wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) JERUSALEM (AP) — Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent assassination attempt that killed his wife and 2-year-old son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israeli premier: 'We will not stop' Gaza operation


Remembering James Foley, killed by ISIS

In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley responds to questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) Journalist "gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people," says mother.


Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Music City Tippler Hires Strategic Hospitality to Consult on Business Operations

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Music City Tippler Hires Strategic Hospitality to Consult on Business Operations As rumored last month, changes are indeed taking place at Music City Tippler, as Strategic Hospitality has been hired to consult on the day-to-day operations of the seemingly troubled restaurant and bar. The restaurant group, which owns and operates...


Convicted killer Jodi Arias wins delay in penalty phase retrial

Jodi Arias looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Willmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix Convicted killer Jodi Arias, who could face the death penalty for the murder of her ex-boyfriend at his Phoenix area home more than six years ago, won a three-week delay on Wednesday in the retrial of the penalty phase of the case. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens granted a request by Arias, who is acting as her own attorney in the penalty phase retrial, to push back jury selection until Sept. 29, according to a court spokeswoman.    Arias, 34, asked for the delay from Sept. 8 because of problems meeting with a potential witness, the spokeswoman said. The judge’s decision came after a closed-door hearing on Wednesday morning and was announced later by the court.     A state jury convicted Arias in May 2013 of killing Travis Alexander in a headline-grabbing case that was broadcast live on the Internet and attracted thousands of avid trial watchers nationwide.


Laura Osnes Will Offer Master Classes and Mini-Concerts in September

Two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes, most recently on Broadway in the Main Stem debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, will teach master classes in Texas in September.

Video: Cop in Ferguson shooting was lauded for previous struggle

Protester Hana Kato, of Tacoma, Wash., holds a sign that reads "Arrest Darren Wilson" as she attends an evening rally Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Tacoma, Wash. Wilson has been identified as the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, an event that has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) New video turned over by the city of Ferguson shows Police Officer Darren Wilson receiving an award for "outstanding police work" during a struggle with a previous suspect.


Cambridge Audio launches Go, Bluetone 100 Bluetooth streamers

Audio purveyor Cambridge Audio has revealed its new Bluetooth speaker line. Replacing the original Minx Go Bluetooth streamer, launched today are the Go and the Go Radio with similar stylings to the predecessor. Also released is the 100-watt Bluetone 100 streaming device....

Obama ‘heartbroken’ by Foley beheading

FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/GlobalPost, File) But the president vowed to press on with U.S. operations to eliminate ISIL's “cancer."


Calif. patient tested for possible Ebola exposure

An MSF medical worker wears protective clothing at an Ebola treatment facility in Kailahun, on August 15, 2014, Sierra Leone Blood samples from a patient at a Northern California hospital, who is suspected of having been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, will be tested by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said. There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, though two American relief workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were flown back to America for treatment earlier this month. In the latest case, a patient admitted to South Sacramento Medical Center in California's state capital may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, Kaiser Permanente, the company that operates the hospital, said in a statement Tuesday.


Marine killed in crash on surprise visit to little brother

Marine Funeral FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Marine killed in a crash in Utah last week was on his way home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school.


Were you 'Seen' at Concerts in the Park?

Our cameras were at Rogers Park on Saturday for Neighbors and Concerts in the Park. Did we see you there?

Global Home Audio Equipment Industry

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Audio: Stocks pause after two days of gains

Portfolio manager Lamar Villere of the Villere Equity Fund says there's some concern that markets "got a little too excited earlier in the week." He expects the market to head higher once investors return to work after Labor Day.

China, Russia, Egypt scold US on aftermath in Ferguson

A RELATIVELY CALM NIGHT IN FERGUSON By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Governments scolded by the United States over their human rights records have seized on racial unrest and a police crackdown in the Missouri town of Ferguson to wag their fingers back in disapproval. Adversaries and uneasy allies from Russia and Iran to China and Egypt have accused the United States of hypocrisy as images of police brandishing lethal weapons and tear-gassing protesters have been shown around the world. Many of the countries draw criticism of their own democratic credentials from independent rights group as well as the U.S. Nonetheless, activists say the events in Ferguson, where the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman has provoked 11 nights of protests, undermine the United States' credibility in criticizing others.


Israel steps up air strikes as Gaza buries dead

Undated file picture shows Mohammed Deif, military leader of the radical Palestinian movement Hamas, at an unknown location Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza Wednesday as furious mourners buried the wife and child of Hamas's top military commander, baying for revenge as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed. Mohammed Deif, who has topped Israel's most wanted list for more than a decade, escaped the strike with Hamas saying he was still alive and calling the shots in the ongoing confrontation. So far, 20 Gazans have been killed since Palestinian militants launched a barrage of rockets on southern Israel on Tuesday and F16 fighter jets carried out retaliatory air strikes, Palestinian medics say. The bloodshed pushed to 2,038 the number of Gazans killed in six weeks of the most violent confrontation between Israel and Hamas militants since the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising (2000-2005).


Highest US authorities: ISIS video authentic

Journalist James Foley reportedly executed Analysis of video showing journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff indicates it's for real.


The other U.S. reporter ISIL is holding

James Foley Backlash: US Continues to Bombard Isis Despite Threat to Kill Second Journalist Steven Sotloff Steven Sotloff's family is asking the White House to do everything it can to free him.


Macy's settles racial profiling suit to tune of six-figure sum

Macy's To Pay $650,000 In Shopper-Profiling Probe The retailer will also adopt new policies on police access to its security camera monitors.


Zombie fungus has horrific way of spreading

Zombie Fungus Makes 'Sniper's Alley' Around Ant Colonies A fungus that turns worker ants into zombie henchmen has a surprisingly clever strategy to recruit new hosts. The parasitic fungus in question, Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis, is named for the species of carpenter ant that it inhabits, Camponotus rufipes.


MTV Video Music Awards to open with a 'Bang'

This combo made from file photos shows, from left, Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj. The trio will kick off Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards with their new song “Bang Bang." (Photos by Omar Vega/Evan Agostini/John Shearer/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards will open with a "Bang."


Ashamed Jackie Chan apologizes for son's drug bust

Jackie Chan's son arrested in major drug sweep in China BEIJING (AP) — Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he's ashamed and saddened.


Massive humanitarian airlift to N. Iraq starts

C-130 Hercules cargo plane marks 60th anniversary A humanitarian airlift to northern Iraq began on Wednesday, kicking off a 10-day operation to provide tents and other aid to half a million displaced people who are struggling for survival, the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR said. "This is a massive logistics operation ... to help the hundreds of thousands of desperate people who have fled suddenly with nothing but their lives and are now struggling to survive in harsh conditions," said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.  Hundreds of thousands have fled their homes since the militant Islamic State group swept through much of the north and west of Iraq in June, threatening to break up the country. Iraq's escalating crisis means that the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq is now hosting more than 600,000 internally displaced civilians, including more than 200,000 people who fled the Sinjar area since early August, the UNHCR said. In all, an estimated 1.2 million people have been uprooted in Iraq so far this year, including half a million in the western Anbar region, it said.


Canyon News - Concerts On Canon Returns

BEVERLY HILLS —The popular Beverly Hills outdoor series, Concerts on Canon is returning to the Beverly Canon Gardens with two encore performances. On August 21, live music from the Beverly Hills Blues Band will be on hand for attendees.

Big mistake leads wanted man right into cops' hands

Ferguson memorial Michael Brown SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a wanted man has been arrested after he rear-ended a Spokane, Washington, detective's car.


Fears Ebola has spread to another African country

Angolans living in the Democratic Republic of Congo wait with bags at the train station in Kinshasa on August 19, 2014 as ten of thousands prepare to return home Democratic Republic of Congo has sent its health minister and a team of experts to the remote northern Equateur province after several people died there from a disease with Ebola-like symptoms, a local official and a professor said on Wednesday. "An illness is spreading in Boende but we don't know the origin," said Michel Wangi, a spokesman for the governor's office. "The government has sent a team of experts from the INRB(National Institute of Biomedical Research) this morning led by the health minister (Felix) Kabange Numbi and acting governor Sebastian Impeto." A professor accompanying the delegation in the presidential plane confirmed that they were en route this morning to find out "the exact nature of the illness that caused the Boende deaths". An Equateur resident who asked not to be named said that around ten people had died, including four health care workers, after suffering from fever, diarrhoea and bleeding from the ears and nostrils - all symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.


More weapons heading for Iraq's kurds, from unlikely source

A boy looks into a Leopard tank barrel during an army picnic following a military parade marking Polish Armed Forces Day, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Aug.15, 2014. Poland is holding its biggest military parade in years with tanks and soldiers moving through central Warsaw and military aircraft flying overhead. The parade comes on the August 15 holiday that honors a stunning Polish victory against Russian Bolsheviks in 1920. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is prepared to send arms to Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq fighting Islamic State militants, Germany's foreign and defence ministers said on Wednesday. Military equipment such as helmets and security vests would be sent immediately, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, adding that Berlin had agreed also to send weapons. "We can imagine providing further equipment, including weapons. Great Britain, Italy and France have decided to send such goods and we are prepared to do so too," he told reporters. ...


UK searches for info on Foley's killer

James Foley British government "urgently investigating" identity of hooded, apparently British executioner.


Stunning sight above Moscow angers Kremlin

A worker repaints a star yellow at the top of a Stalin-era skyscraper in Moscow blue, on August 20, 2014. The star was painted in yellow and blue, the Ukrainian national colors, by unknown people A Ukrainian flag was unfurled on the top of a Moscow skyscraper within sight of the Kremlin on Wednesday, officials said, as fighting in eastern Ukraine has frayed bilateral ties. The Soviet star crowning the Stalin-era skyscraper, located just a kilometre (half a mile) from the Kremlin, was also painted in the yellow and blue colours of the national flag. "The flag was attached by unidentified criminals to the top of the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment skyscraper," a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry, Roman Kilkeyev, told AFP. Tensions between Moscow and Kiev have soared since Viktor Yanukovich was chased from power in Ukraine and replaced with a pro-Western government in February.


Disaster hits Hiroshima, 36 dead

JSDF soldiers and police officers carry the body of a victim in a plastic bag at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima By Toru Hanai HIROSHIMA (Reuters) - At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said.


iTunes Festival adds Lenny Kravitz, Clean Bandit and others

Lenny Kravitz will perform at the iTunes Festival in London this September. The lineup is nearly complete for the next iTunes Festival, which is set to take place in London throughout the month of September. Lenny Kravitz, Clean Bandit, Ryan Adams and David Gray have just been added to the program, joining previously announced acts including Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5, Beck, Blondie, Jungle and David Guetta.


North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

In this Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry points a finger as he arrives in Sydney. In its latest personal attack on a prominent official, North Korea has called Kerry a wild dog with a "hideous lantern jaw." (AP Photo/Peter Parks, Pool) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."


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