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Fergie on her unusual NBA All-Star Game national anthem: I 'tried my best'
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:50:00 +0100
Fergie is apologizing after trying something different with the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game. “I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem, and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she said in...
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Stocks are mostly lower as markets reopen after holiday weekend
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:30:00 +0100
U.S. stocks were mostly lower in the early going Tuesday as trading reopened after a long holiday weekend. Disappointing earnings from Walmart weighed on the market, which was coming off a six-day winning streak. Losses in consumer-focused stocks and...
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Qualcomm raises its bid for NXP to $43 billion as it tries to fend off Broadcom
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:20:00 +0100
Qualcomm Inc. has raised its offer to acquire Dutch automotive chip-maker NXP Semiconductors to $43 billion, which may help the San Diego company’s case for remaining independent ahead of its hostile-takeover showdown with rival Broadcom. Qualcomm announced...
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The biggest rivalry in women's hockey is set for another chapter
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:15:00 +0100
This is why they put their lives on hold, why members of the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team left their loved ones behind and gathered to train in Florida in mid-September, hoping to find even the smallest mental or physical advantage that might help...
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Trump administration takes new steps to loosen health insurance rules
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:05:00 +0100
The Trump administration took new steps Tuesday to loosen health insurance rules, moving to allow the sale of more short-term health plans that do not need to offer consumers a full range of health protections. The proposed regulations – which represent...
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Grocery retailer Albertsons to buy drugstore chain Rite Aid
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:55:00 +0100
The privately held owner of Safeway, Vons and other grocery brands is plunging deeper into the pharmacy business with a deal to buy Rite Aid, the nation's third-largest drugstore chain. Albertsons Companies is offering either a share of its stock and...
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Under Trump, consumer agency promises to do the bare minimum, and nothing more
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100
Let’s say there was a federal agency charged solely with protecting consumers from financial abuse. And let’s say that agency was so good at its job, it succeeded in returning $12 billion to consumers who had been ripped off by greedy banks and lenders....
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More companies invest in training to prevent sexual harassment — but it might not be doing much good
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100
The recent high-profile reports of sexual harassment in the workplace have prompted a surge in training courses, which experts are updating to reflect the latest examples making front-page news. Inquiries about sexual harassment training provided by TrainUp...
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Migrant advocates say U.S. is separating parents from children to discourage illegal immigration and asylum requests
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100
Thousands of parents who crossed illegally into the U.S. in recent years have been held with their children at immigration detention centers. But the case of a Brazilian woman and her son illustrates what migrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration...
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U.S. is separating immigrant parents and children to discourage others, activists say
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100
Thousands of parents who crossed illegally into the U.S. in recent years have been held with their children at immigration detention centers. But the case of a Brazilian woman and her son illustrates what migrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration...
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It's a record setting night as Canadians capture ice dancing gold
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:20:00 +0100
Scott Moir said his and partner Tessa Virtue’s free dance performance on Tuesday was personal, for each other, the best way they knew to honor the ice dance collaboration they’ve enjoyed for the better part of two decades. By the time the Canadian...
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Virtue and Moir set record and Shibutani siblings win bronze in ice dance
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:20:00 +0100
Scott Moir said his and partner Tessa Virtue’s free dance performance on Tuesday was personal, for each other, the best way they knew to honor the ice dance collaboration they’ve enjoyed for the better part of two decades. By the time the Canadian...
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Ducks shut out division-leading Golden Knights
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:40:00 +0100
Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf scored to lead the Anaheim Ducks over the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0 in their Pacific Division showdown Monday night. Anaheim regained sole possession of third place in the division, two points ahead of Los Angeles and...
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Ionescu pushes Oregon women to overtime win in top 10 battle against UCLA
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:20:00 +0100
(AP) — Sabrina Ionescu scored seven of her 23 points in overtime and No. 8 Oregon outlasted No. 10 UCLA 101-94 on Monday night. Ionescu added 12 assists for the Ducks (25-4, 14-2 Pac-12). Oregon's 14th conference win matched its best from 1999-2000...
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Kings strike early, hold off Blackhawks 3-1
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:45:00 +0100
Just about every time the Kings play the Chicago Blackhawks, the talk beforehand turns to the thrilling playoff series the teams played during their dynasty years. This visit followed suit, even though the participants have fallen off since they combined...
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College basketball: Oklahoma has lost 9 of 11 after thrashing by Kansas
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:35:00 +0100
Devonte Graham had 23 points and seven assists, Malik Newman added 20 and No. 8 Kansas beat Oklahoma 104-74 on Monday night. The Jayhawks (22-6, 11-4 Big 12) controlled things early, jumping out to a 10-0 lead less than four minutes into the game and...
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Lindsey Vonn has her best chance at Olympic gold in Wednesday's downhill
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:45:00 +0100
Lindsey Vonn has enjoyed an eventful first week and half at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The most successful U.S. Alpine skier in history watched her King Charles Spaniel, Lucy, steal the attention — and attract a swarm of photographers — during their...
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Mirai Nagasu and her teammates hope to break U.S. women's Olympic medal drought
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:25:00 +0100
Figure skater Mirai Nagasu proudly credits her parents for teaching her the value of hard work. They spent long hours keeping their customers well-fed and happy at the sushi restaurant they own in Arcadia, and they paid her in quarters to wash dishes...
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Disney World unions file complaint to get $1,000 bonus promised after corporate tax cut
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:05:00 +0100
A coalition of unions at Walt Disney World Resorts filed a federal complaint alleging unfair labor practices Monday, accusing the company of holding employees’ $1,000 bonuses hostage during contract negotiations. Last month, Walt Disney Co. announced...
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Young basketball players from around the world enjoyed the experience of a lifetime at their own all-star weekend in El Segundo
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:55:00 +0100
Kobe spent the weekend working out at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. But don’t start pulling Bryant’s retired jersey down from the Staples Center rafters just yet. Kobe King-Hawea is a sharp-shooting 18-year-old guard from Victoria,...
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Winter of Mike Trout includes wedding, Super Bowl victory for his favorite team
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:30:00 +0100
He recently married his longtime sweetheart and watched his favorite team win the Super Bowl. Then he arrived Monday for the Angels’ first full-squad workout poised to become baseball’s highest-paid player on a club vastly more interesting from a...
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Rams' Watkins a franchise-tag candidate
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:20:00 +0100
Bouncing from team to team and quarterback to quarterback does not appeal to Sammy Watkins. The Rams receiver said so near the end of last season, which for Watkins included a training camp trade from the Buffalo Bills and the first playoff appearance...
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Dodgers welcome back Chase Utley with two-year, $2-million contract
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:55:00 +0100
Chase Utley contacted Dodgers strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel a week after the World Series ended. Utley was technically a free agent, but he sought a place to train, and he did not want to hide his intentions for the 2018 season. He...
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The stars did not align for L.A. this All-Star game
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:05:00 +0100
The NBA will hold its season’s biggest party Sunday at Staples Center, the 67th All-Star game, and the building will be filled with the cacophony of glamour. There will be bursting fireworks. There will be thumping music. There will be deep-throated...
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Red Sox reach agreement with J.D. Martinez, per source
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:15:00 +0100
J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have, at long last, come to an agreement. The slow dance between the free agent slugger and the power-deficient team wrapped up Monday when they settled on a $110 million, five-year contract. A person familiar with...
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For Compton native DeMar DeRozan, All-Star game in L.A. was 'dream come true'
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:35:00 +0100
DeMar DeRozan eased his way into the interview room Sunday night wearing a black baseball cap backwards, his black backpack slung over his shoulder and his feelings still raw from losing. He had found some joy in playing in the All-Star game in his backyard...
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New U.S. Soccer president starts job with a long to-do list
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:15:00 +0100
So now that Carlos Cordeiro has been elected president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, what’s next? In the short term, probably not much. Cordeiro, a former Goldman Sachs executive, has promised to run the sport much like a CEO runs a major corporation....
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Team LeBron defeats Team Stephen as defense makes rare appearance in NBA All-Star game
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:35:00 +0100
LeBron James and Kevin Durant trapped Stephen Curry, then Curry got the ball to DeMar DeRozan, who found himself stuck behind a defensive effort not expected in the All-Star game. Then, after the final buzzer, there was joy and pain, as if this was a...
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An inexpensive lawyer in the suburbs is fine for smaller estates
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100
Dear Liz: My wife and I have updated our will and trust every 10 years. So far we've been sorely disappointed. The local bar association recommended some attorneys, but they were relatively young, inexperienced, unable to answer a lot of our most basic...
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Austin Dillon clears the wreckage to win the Daytona 500
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:50:00 +0100
Austin Dillon led one lap on Sunday, but it was the lap that counted most. He emerged from a wreck-filled race to win the Daytona 500. The carnage set up a two-lap overtime dash. Aric Almirola took the lead but Dillon emerged from a pack that included...
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Post-Olympic letdown nearly drove Nick Goepper to take his own life. After a silver at Pyeongchang, he knows what's next
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:50:00 +0100
Concerns raised about the Olympics often center on the places that stage the Games, specifically what will happen to these debt-ridden municipalities when the festival leaves town. Less talked about is what happens to the athletes when they leave the...
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College basketball: No. 19 Wichita State upends No. 5 Cincinnati
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:35:00 +0100
Landry Shamut scored 19 points, and No. 19 Wichita State ended the nation's longest home-court winning streak, beating No. 5 Cincinnati 76-72 on Sunday to leave the American Athletic Conference race wide-open. The Shockers (21-5, 11-3) beat a Top 5 team...
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Employers who don't offer paid sick leave are making flu season worse, hurting their bottom line
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100
This winter's flu season is a nasty one, with flu-related hospitalization rates outpacing anything seen in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year’s vaccine is less effective against the strain of virus making...
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Passenger plane crashes in the mountains of southern Iran, killing all 66 aboard
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:35:00 +0100
An Iranian passenger plane crashed in the mountains of southern Iran on Sunday, killing all 66 people on board, officials said. Aseman Airlines Flight 3704 was flying from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport to the southern city of Yasuj and crashed in the vicinity...
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Airline industry protests Trump budget proposal to hike passenger fees nearly $3 billion per year
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:00:00 +0100
A little over a year into the Trump administration, it might be fair to say that the U.S. airline industry has mixed feelings about the businessman-turned-president. Three of the country’s biggest airlines — United, Delta and American — and their...
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Here's what we want to see most in the all-new NBA All-Star game
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0100
The first miss of the 2018 All-Star game happened long before any of the players took the court for 48 minutes of long-range shooting, high-flying dunks and mimed “defense.” Sunday at Staples Center, the NBA will unveil a change of format to the game,...
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Ducks shut out division-leading Golden Knights
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:40:00 +0100
Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf scored to lead the Anaheim Ducks over the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0 in their Pacific Division showdown Monday night. Anaheim regained sole possession of third place in the division, two points ahead of Los Angeles and...
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Pac-12 basketball: Stanford holds off late surge to beat California
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:45:00 +0100
Daejon Davis scored 22 points before fouling out, Dorian Pickens made two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining and Stanford overcame an erratic second half to beat California 77-73 on Sunday. The Cardinal (14-13, 8-6 Pac-12) led by eight late in the...
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Chris Chelios is still contributing to U.S. men's hockey
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:15:00 +0100
Chris Chelios was on the U.S. bench Saturday in the Olympic hockey game against Russia. He was stuffed into a dark blue suit, with a pressed shirt and tie. He looked uncomfortable and out of place. In the suit, not the Olympics. No American has been part...
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Anze Kopitar's level of play for the Kings has been Olympic-worthy
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:35:00 +0100
In most other Olympic years in recent history, Anze Kopitar would be the face of the Slovenian hockey team. Instead, he has kept up with his countrymen from afar, especially when they upset the U.S. and won again Saturday against Slovakia in the PyeongChang...
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Toyota Prius software fix may reduce fuel efficiency, experts say
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0100
When Robert Enger took his Toyota Prius into a dealership for a safety recall, he didn’t expect that his fuel economy would drop. Just six months after buying the new 2013 Prius, Enger learned that the company was recalling it to fix the car’s hybrid...
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Elijah Stewart unstoppable in USC victory over Oregon State
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:15:00 +0100
Elijah Stewart couldn’t miss. The senior guard knocked down five consecutive three-pointers and threw in a couple alley-oops Saturday as USC cruised to a 72-59 victory over Oregon State at the Galen Center. “You just hit this kind of mood,” Stewart...
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Anze Kopitar, Michael Amadio score two each in Kings' 4-2 win over Sabres
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:50:00 +0100
Anze Kopitar and rookie Michael Amadio scored two goals each, and the Los Angeles Kings snapped a three-game skid with a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. Jonathan Quick stopped 33 shots and Dustin Brown had two assists in a game...
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Long Beach civic center is getting a $900-million makeover that's a model for other cities
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100
Long Beach City Hall is not long for this world. The concrete-winged tower looks stout enough, but it’s not someplace you’d choose to be in an earthquake. Dedicated in the bicentennial year of 1976, the high-rise is the centerpiece of an obsolete...
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Golden roar: Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu displays mastery in defense of his Olympic title
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:05:00 +0100
Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu rose to the occasion to defend his Olympic figure skating title and American champion Nathan Chen nearly rose from the depths of 17th place to grab a medal, propelled to fifth place by a powerful performance that featured an Olympic-record...
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An angry Nathan Chen makes history with five clean quads, but comes just short of an Olympic medal
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:55:00 +0100
Don’t be deceived by the warm smile and understated sense of humor. There’s a fighter inside of Nathan Chen. That part of Chen emerged in furious and spectacular fashion in the free skate segment of the men’s figure skating competition Saturday,...
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Lindsey Vonn's long road back to the Olympics ends with one bad turn
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:50:00 +0100
The final stage of Lindsey Vonn’s journey back to the Olympics wound past lonely farmhouses and ice-choked rivers along the narrow road up to the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. The most successful women’s skier in World Cup history waited almost eight years...
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