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Daily Archive : Sunday September 29, 2013

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    Alejandro Sanchez

    Patient testifies she was molested by physician’s assistant in Palatine

    A 41-year-old woman testified Monday that Alejandro Sanchez, a medical professional who treated her at a Palatine clinic, betrayed and sexually molested her. The trial of Sanchez, 51, began Monday. The Berwyn man faces aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges after authorities say he molested the patient and attempted to use a cellphone to photograph her during a gynecological exam three years...

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    Sprinklers water the lawn outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, late Saturday. Lawmakers from both parties urged one another in a rare weekend session to give ground in their fight over preventing a federal shutdown, with the midnight Monday deadline fast approaching.

    Who'll blink? Democrats, GOP in shutdown staredown

    With the government teetering on the brink of partial shutdown, congressional Republicans vowed Sunday to keep using an otherwise routine federal funding bill to try to attack the president's health care law.

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    Nigeria: Militants kill students in college attack

    Suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms in an ongoing Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria, the school's provost said.

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    This framegrabbed image provided by NASA-TV shows the Cygnus spacecraft as it approaches the International Space Station Sunday.

    New commercial supply ship reaches space station

    NASA's newest delivery service pulled up at the International Space Station on Sunday after a week's delay, bringing more than a half-ton of meals and special treats to the astronauts who assisted in the high-flying feat. With the smooth linkup, Orbital Sciences Corp. became only the second company to accomplish such a far-flung shipment.

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    Home Depot sends part-timers to health care exchanges

    Home Depot Inc., the world's largest home improvement retailer, plans to end medical coverage for about 20,000 part-time employees and direct them to government-sponsored exchanges scheduled to open next month as companies revamp benefits to fit the Affordable Care Act.

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    Amid escalating threats from North Korea, U.S. and South Korean defense officials will meet over the next few days and discuss whether to extend America's wartime control over the South's armed forces, 60 years after a truce ended the Korean War.

    Hagel in South Korea for security talks

    Amid escalating threats from North Korea, U.S. and South Korean defense officials will meet over the next few days and discuss whether to extend America's wartime control over the South's armed forces, 60 years after a truce ended the Korean War. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel flew to Seoul on Sunday, and said there will be conversations about the possible extension of the 2015 deadline, but...

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    From left, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton attend a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters last week.

    Foreign minister: Iran open to negotiations

    Iran would open its nuclear facilities to international inspectors as part of broad negotiations with the United States that could eventually restore diplomatic relations between the adversaries and those talks have the backing of the nation's supreme leader, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Sunday.

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    President Barack Obama is the insurance industry's most powerful pitchman these days as he drums up interest in the health insurance markets opening for business Tuesday. Whatever the merits of his product, there are reasons for the buyer to beware of his rhetoric.

    Fact check: Slippery claims on health law, budget

    President Barack Obama is the insurance industry's most powerful pitchman these days as he drums up interest in the health insurance markets opening for business Tuesday. Whatever the merits of his product, there are reasons for the buyer to beware of his rhetoric.

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    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a address and discussion last week in New York. Always the subject of intense scrutiny, Iran will now be under the microscope as Washington looks for signals that its new president is both serious and sufficiently powerful to pursue detente with Washington and craft an exit from painful sanctions over its nuclear program.

    Analysis: Skepticism amid hope for Iran solution

    Always scrutinized, Iran now will be under even greater watch as the U.S. looks for signals the Islamic Republic's new president is serious and powerful enough to pursue detente with Washington and an end to the painful economic penalties imposed over its nuclear program.

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    Activists: Syria airstrike hits school, killing 12 Activists: Syria airstrike hits school, killing 12

    A Syrian government air raid struck a high school in a rebel-held city in the country’s north on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, most of them students, activists said. The airstrike took place in the city of Raqqa, which is located on the Euphrates River and is the only provincial capital under rebel control in Syria’s civil war, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human...

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    U of I's rail research center gets $1.4M grant

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded $1.4 million in federal funding to support its rail transportation and engineering research center. The money will help fund research on vehicle engineering, risk mitigation and systems integration. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and other U.S. lawmakers from Illinois announced the award in a statement released in Washington.

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    Margie Tarpey, Enroll DuPage program coordinator, left, listens to Jane Macdonald, director of client engagement, as she speaks with a handful of volunteers in training. The meeting at Loaves & Fishes in Naperville occurred to help implement the Affordable Care Act in DuPage County.

    Affordable Care Act debut in suburbs gets mixed reaction

    As some suburban consumers try to figure out the complex Affordable Care Act — or vent anger about its possible implications — others are relieved to finally have an affordable health insurance option. But while some might be ready to sign up when health insurance exchanges debut Tuesday, many suburban organizations aren't ready for them. A week away from the launch, McHenry County...

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    This film image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows characters, from left, Earl, voiced by Terry Crews, Flint, voiced by Bill Hader, and Sam, voiced by Anna Faris in a scene from “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” The animated sequel brought in $35 million in its first weekend of release.

    ‘Cloudy’ sequel tops weekend box office

    The animated Sony sequel “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris opened in first place and earned $35 million in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last week’s top film, “Prisoners,” slid to second place. The Warner Bros. kidnapping thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal nabbed $11.3 million in its second weekend.

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    Friends, family hold massive search for missing Lake Villa man

    More than 100 volunteers searched a more than 200 square mile area looking for missing Lake Villa man Nicholas Steward on Sunday afternoon, according to ABC 7.

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    Police find Wheaton woman’s body buried in Glen Ellyn park

    Glen Ellyn Police found the body of a 33-year-old woman who had been reported at missing from Wheaton during the search of a park on Saturday. Police said her body had suffered “obvious signs of trauma,” but that there is no reason to believe there is any threat to the public.

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    Runners approach a parked Boeing 777 on their route during Sunday’s “Run on the Runway” 5K and 10K runs at O’Hare International Airport. The races took place on new runway 10C-28C before it opens to air traffic Oct. 17. Proceeds from the event benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

    Runners get first chance to try out new O’Hare runway

    O’Hare International Airport’s new runway proved true to its name Sunday morning as more than 3,000 runners took to the pavement for the “Run on the Runway” 5K and 10K runs to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The new runway will open for air traffic Oct. 17, but on Sunday it was clear for foot traffic.

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    James “Deacon” White’s plaque in the National Baseball Hall of Fame

    Aurora honors life, character of local baseball legend

    A little more than two months ago, former Aurora resident and 19th-century baseball legend James “Deacon” White was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. On Sunday, Aurora University and the city of Aurora added to that honor by giving the 200 block of south Calumet Avenue the honorary designation of “James ‘Deacon’ White Way.”

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    Tools and parts made by a 3-D printer are displayed at Made in Space on Sept. 16 in Mountain View, Calif.

    NASA preparing to launch 3-D printer into space

    NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need.

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    The original Batavia city hall and firehouse, now an office building, was the seventh stop Sunday during the Batavia Main Street House Walk. Tours were conducted through several historical homes and buildings to benefit the Batavia MainStreet program.

    Batavia House Walk offers mix of styles, structures

    Homes that were built at the dawn of the 20th century and from after the start of the 21st were featured in Sunday's annual House Walk event in Batavia. Organizers said it looked to be the most successful House Walk yet.

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    Vandals targeting vehicles in Des Plaines; damage estimates in the thousands

    Des Plaines police have received more than a dozen reports of vandalism to autos in the last two weeks, with damage totals estimated in the thousands of dollars.

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    Governor recognizes Schaumburg recycling event

    Schaumburg’s recycling event held in the spring of 2012 has received a Governor’s Hometown Award under the category of Beautification & Sustainability. The event was conducted cooperatively by the village, Schaumburg Environmental Committee, Schaumburg Township District Library and Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54.

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    Fall bulb planting

    Volunteers are sought to help with a fall bulb planting, sponsored by the Hawthorn Woods Environmental Committee, on Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 11 a.m. at Heritage Oaks Park.

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    Wood chips available

    The village of Lindenhurst is offering free wood chips to residents. Interested residents can collect an unlimited amount of wood chips from the Wesley J. Welsh public works center, 2060 Grass Lake Road.

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    Mount Prospect pharmacy hosts weekly health screening clinic

    A community health screening clinic will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning at Keefer’s Pharmacy, 5 West Prospect Ave., in downtown Mount Prospect. The clinic will include screening tests such as blood pressure, pulse, fasting blood sugar and non-fasting total cholesterol. Village Nurse Jill Heinking will also be on hand to provide advice on managing chronic conditions, diet...

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    Lake Zurich fire open house

    The Lake Zurich Fire Department hosts its annual open house on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station One, 321 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich.

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    Carol Stream collecting photos for history book

    Carol Stream residents who want to share their photos for possible inclusion in a book chronicling the village’s history are invited to an event from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at village hall, 500 N. Gary Ave.

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    MHS to host Orchesis show

    The Mundelein High School Orchesis dancers will hold a recital at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the school auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St.

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    Dr. Michael Terry tends to the Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa as he is taken off the ice on a stretcher during Game 3 of a playoff series against Phoenix in 2012. Hossa suffered a concussion after a hit by Raffi Torres. Terry also operated on Hossa’s shoulder in 2010 and Hossa says it feels even better than before.

    Local doctor keeps Blackhawks healthy on the ice

    Michael Terry’s name appears in two places on Lord Stanley’s Cup — once for each of the Chicago Blackhawks’ recent championships. But Terry has never scored a goal in the NHL. He’s never even laced up his skates for one play in a professional hockey game. As the Blackhawks’ head doctor, Terry may not be on the ice himself, but his role in keeping the players...

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    Area groups to spread word about Affordable Care Act

    The rollout of the Affordable Care Act is here, and a massive push is under way to ensure everyone knows it. While the state is taking the lead with mass media advertising, 44 community organizations throughout Illinois have been tasked with doing local outreach education to tens of thousands of uninsured residents. The groups then will provide enrollment assistance to those who sign up for...

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    Fresh from the printer, this greeting card sporting a feel-good puppy now needs to be cut and folded, says Michelle Layfield, president of The Card Project at the Kenneth Young Center in Elk Grove Village. Layfield credits the card project for her recovery from mental illness.

    Relief from mental illnesses is in the cards

    People dealing with mental illnesses find that creating a greeting card business helps the makers and the recipients. The Card Project at the Kenneth Young Center has produced more than 500 cards featuring the work of 32 artists. “People have said to me, 'I really like this' or 'That's so cute,' and I think, 'Wow. I am worth something,'” says artist Ginger Brooks, a 58-year-old...

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    Jora Usher, 6, of Rolling Meadows looks at one of the bridge designs at the fifth-annual Family Science Expo at the Des Plaines Public Library Saturday.

    Des Plaines event aims to get kids hooked on science

    Five-year-old Sarah Chitavi of Des Plaines can easily rattle off what she learned Saturday during the Family Science Expo, held at the Des Plaines Public Library.

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    Teresa Tobin of Mount Prospect, front, and the rest of her zombie friends invaded Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect on Saturday for the annual Save the Brains Zombie Crawl to fight ALS. “ I think it's awesome — a great cause, and a great time,” Tobin said.

    Zombies creep through Randhurst Village to fight ALS

    The walking dead descended upon Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect Saturday night, but it was for a good cause. The undead were taking part in the second annual “Save the Brains Zombie Crawl,” an event hosted by the Mount Prospect Jaycees to raise money for the fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Sports

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    With the NHL's realignment shifting the Detroit Red Wings to the Eastern Conference, Pavel Datsyuk won't have to battle Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith as often.

    Some favorable views on NHL’s realignment

    Hockey fans in Detroit and Columbus have grown accustomed to the inconvenience. When the Red Wings and Blue Jackets are on the road, they’ve usually had to stay up well past most bedtimes to watch, or wait until morning to find out how their teams did way out West. With the NHL’s first significant realignment in 15 years, everybody can sleep a bit easier this fall.

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    While Cubs fans love Wrigley Field and its iconic scoreboard, they're also passionate about the product on the field, and getting frustrated with the slow rebuilding process.

    Why Cubs fans are so passionate about their team

    Why are Cubs fan so passionate about their team, and why do they care so much? Len Kasper examines the emotions and issues tied to the franchise that hasn't played in a World Series since 1945.

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    Chris Rongey: Manto firing unfair but expected

    Though Chris Rongey is not convinced the White Sox’ poor hitting this year is on fired coach Jeff Manto, knowing how baseball is he's not surprised it happened. Yet, in reality, Manto — or any hitting coach — isn’t responsible for an aging Paul Konerko’s poor performance, by Konerko standards. Nor is he responsible for a perennial home run-hitting team not hitting home runs. And he’s certainly not responsible for the awful defense.

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    Bears running back Matt Forte is stopped by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the third quarter Sunday.

    Bears’ Long tackles one big assignment

    Bears rookie right guard Kyle Long had his hands full with Lions Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh during Detroit's 40-32 victory Sunday.

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    Thibodeau taking team approach with Bulls’ coaches
    Coach Tom Thibodeau is working with a smaller staff this year after management chose not to retain Ron Adams, one of Thibodeau's best friends in the profession. As practice gets going, Thibodeau has no compaints about his assistants.

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    Paul Konerko waves to the fans Sunday after being taken out of the game in the second inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox’ Konerko talks about his uncertain future

    Paul Konerko seems to be leaning toward playing one more season, but he might have played his last game with the White Sox Sunday. Fittingly, the Sox lost to the Royals and finished the season with a 63-99 record.

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    White Sox’ Keppinger makes no excuses for his hitting

    Infielder Jeff Keppinger said he should be fully recovered from shoulder surgery in mid-November, and he's looking forward to playing much better for the White Sox in 2014 than he did this season.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler fumbles after behing hit by the Lions’ Ndamukong Suh in the third quarter Sunday. The Lions’ Nick Fairley recovered the ball and returned it 4 yards for a touchdown.

    Cutler shoulders blame for picks

    Bears Coach Marc Trestman didn’t blame quarterback Jay Cutler’s decision-making for his 3 interceptions — and neither did Cutler.I t was more a lack of execution for the Bears quarterback after three straight passer ratings of over 90.0 to start the season.

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    Cubs manager Dale Sveum looks out from the dugout before Sunday’s game against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

    Cubs’ Sveum could find out his fate Monday

    The Cubs lost their season finale, 4-0 at St. Louis to finish the season with a record of 66-96. That's 5 games better than a year ago, but it may not be enough to save the job of manager Dale Sveum, who may find out his fate Monday.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler walks back to the bench during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Lions at Detroit.

    Lions bring out worst in Bears, Cutler

    The Bears and Jay Cutler tasted adversity Sunday for the first time this year and Cutler spit it up, revealing Bad Jay in a big way, so if Marc Trestman was looking for a coaching opportunity and the chance to get Cutler’s attention, he’s got plenty of video evidence to work with this week.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) fumbles the ball after a hit from Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during the third quarter of an NFL football game against Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit. The fumble was recovered by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley for a 4-yard touchdown.

    Did Bears have to expose so many flaws in one game?

    The Bears’ work in progress devolved into a work in regress Sunday afternoon at Detroit. That was going to happen sometime, but did the Bears have to expose so many flaws in one game?

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    Grading the Bears: Week 4
    Grading the Bears: Week 4

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    Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley runs into the end zone after recovering a fumble by Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the third quarter Sunday at Detroit.

    Four minutes of bad too much for Bears to overcome

    A horrendous stretch of less than four minutes in the second quarter Sunday at Ford Field was too much for the Bears to overcome in a 40-32 loss to the Lions that left both teams tied for first place in the NFC North at 3-1.

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    Nick Leddy celebrates with his Blackhawks teammates after scoring his second goal during the second period Saturday night against the Capitals at the United Center.

    Morin, Pirri sent out; Hawks’ roster at 24

    The Blackhawks reduced their roster to 24 late Saturday by sending Jeremy Morin and center Brandon Pirri to Rockford. Also returned to the American Hockey League team was rookie goalie Antti Raanta, who had been recalled to fill in on an emergency basis for Corey Crawford.

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    Manning leads Broncos’ 52-20 rout of Eagles

    DENVER — The Denver Broncos scored more points than they ever had in their 54-year history Sunday, blowing out the Philadelphia Eagles 52-20 behind Peyton Manning’s four touchdown throws.With two TD passes each to Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, Manning completed all but a half-dozen of his 34 throws for 327 yards. He didn’t even step on the field in the fourth quarter. Manning’s 16 TD passes are the most in the first month of a season, besting the previous mark of 14 set by Don Meredith in 1966 and tied by Kurt Warner in 1999. Manning also joined Milt Plum in 1960 as the only quarterbacks to throw that many touchdown passes without an interception.Manning got off to a rather slow start but drove the Broncos (4-0) on a trio of long touchdown drives in the third quarter to make this one another laugher against the Eagles (1-3).

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    Redskins beat Raiders 24-14

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Robert Griffin III threw a go-ahead touchdown pass late in the third quarter to help the Washington Redskins overcome an early 14-point deficit to beat the Oakland Raiders 24-14 Sunday for their first win of the season.David Amerson returned an interception for another score for the Redskins (1-3).Washington looked ready to extend the worst start for the franchise since 2001 when they fell behind 14-0 after the first quarter thanks to a blocked punt touchdown and a scoring pass from Matt Flynn.But the much-maligned Washington defense allowed the Raiders (1-3) no more points, taking advantage of an offense that was without starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor the entire game and starting running backs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece for most of it.

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    Rivers leads Chargers over Cowboys

    SAN DIEGO — Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns, including a 56-yarder to Antonio Gates, and the San Diego Chargers rallied to beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-21 Sunday.The Chargers (2-2) had blown late leads in their two losses this season. On Sunday, they scored the final 20 points to beat Dallas (2-2).Rivers short-armed a pass over the middle to Gates, who slid behind linebacker Sean Lee to haul it in and score with 6:54 to go.Lee had intercepted Rivers on a deflected pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown and a 21-10 lead late in the second quarter. Dallas didn’t score again.Tony Romo moved the Cowboys to the San Diego 7 and hit Terrance Williams, who fumbled at the 1. San Diego’s Richard Marshall recovered in the end zone with 2:42 left.

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    Titans lose Locker to injury, beat Jets

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans beat up Geno Smith. The New York Jets knocked Jake Locker out of the game with a hip injured seriously enough to send Tennessee’s quarterback to the hospital.Locker threw a career-high three touchdowns before being carted off the field, and the Titans routed the Jets 38-13 for their second straight victory. Locker was hurt with 11:14 left in the third quarter when hit first by Muhammad Wilkerson after throwing an incomplete pass, then popped by Quinton Coples. He grabbed at his hip as he went to the ground and was taken from the field before being loaded into an ambulance. The Titans had no immediate word on the severity of his injury. Alterraun Verner intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble, Karl Klug sacked Smith and stripped him of the ball for a TD as the Titans turned Smith’s four turnovers into 28 points. Ropati Pitoitua had two of Tennessee’s five sacks as the Titans (3-1) continued their surprising start.The Jets (2-2) couldn’t overcome Smith’s rookie mistakes, especially not after receiver Stephen Hill was knocked out of the game with a head injury on the second offensive play. Smith had one fewer turnover than Mark Sanchez did last December when the Jets lost to the Titans 14-10 in an ugly game between two teams headed to 6-10 finishes. The Jets cut their penalties in half from a week ago when they had 20, but it wasn’t enough with all the turnovers. Now the Titans already have half as many wins through the first month as they managed all of 2012, and they joined the 1995 St. Louis Rams as the only teams in the Super Bowl era without a turnover through the first four games. But the victory was overshadowed by Locker’s injury. He missed five games last year with a dislocated shoulder, an injury that affected him throughout the season. Fully healthy, Locker was starting to play like the franchise quarterback the Titans wanted when they drafted him No. 8 overall in 2011 out of Washington. Against the Jets, Locker completed passes to seven different receivers with TD passes to Delanie Walker, Nate Washington and rookie Justin Hunter for a 24-6 halftime lead.Ryan Fitzpatrick, signed in March to back up Locker, started slowly coming off the bench. But he connected with Washington on a 77-yard TD during which the receiver went up for the ball away from Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, knocked down back judge Billy Smith as he landed and then ran to the end zone for a 38-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter.The Jets managed one TD drive in the fourth quarter as Smith threw a 34-yard pass to Jeff Cumberland. Nick Folk kicked a pair of field goals. It just wasn’t enough with the Titans blitzing Smith and hitting him repeatedly. Verner stepped in front of Hill and intercepted Smith’s first pass at midfield and ran it back 34 yards with safety Michael Griffin leveling Hill after the catch. Verner also recovered a fumble after Titans linebacker Zach Brown chopped the ball away from Smith, setting up Locker’s second TD pass. Verner got his second interception late in the first half to set up Locker’s third TD pass to Hunter.

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    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) closes in for the fumble recovery after Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte (47) knocks the ball away from running back Reggie Bush (21) during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.

    Images: Bears vs. Lions
    The 3-0 Chicago Bears took their perfect record on the road to Detroit to face the 2-1 Lions on Sunday. The Bears suffered their first loss of the season to the Lions, 40-32.

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    St. Louis Cardinals’ Joe Kelly, right, is congratulated by teammate Carlos Beltran after scoring as Chicago Cubs catcher J.C. Boscan, center, looks on during the third inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in St. Louis.

    Cubs drop last game of season to Cards

    ST. LOUIS — Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs when they beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Sunday for their sixth straight win.With the top seed, the NL Central champions will host the wild-card winner in Game 1 of an NL division series on Thursday.Joe Kelly (10-5) pitched 5 1-3 innings of three-hit ball in relief of Jake Westbrook as the Cardinals matched a season high winning streak to finish 97-65, their most since reaching 100 in 2005. St. Louis also won six straight from April 30-May 5.Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, Shane Robinson and Tony Cruz drove in runs for St. Louis.The Cubs finish last in the Central at 66-96.St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook pitched one inning before Kelly came on in relief. Westbrook is not likely to be on the postseason roster and the Cardinals are not expected to pick up his option for next season.Kelly struck out five in his first relief appearance since joining the starting rotation on July 6.Randy Choate, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist contributed to the five-man shutout.Second baseman Matt Carpenter went 0 for 4 and finished with a league-leading in 199 hits.The Cardinals scored twice in the fourth off Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija (8-13) to take a 3-0 lead. Matt Adams and Descalso hit back-to-back doubles to push the advantage to 2-0. Robinson followed with a run-scoring single.Samardzija gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings.Jay, who drove in a run with a single in the third, extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with a single in the first.St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina took the field to start the game, but was removed before the first pitch. Molina received a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout. Right fielder Carlos Beltran was taken out at the start of the fifth inning and also left to a loud applause.

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    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko waves to fans after Conor Gillaspie replaced him during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.

    Royals beat Sox, crowd salutes Konerko

    Bruce Chen pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Kansas City beat the White Sox 4-1 on Sunday in the finale of the Royals’ best season in 24 years.Kansas City won three of four in Chicago and went 17-10 in September for its most successful month of the season. The Royals’ 86-76 record was their best mark since they went 92-70 in 1989.Chen’s sharp outing put a damper on what might have been the last major league game for White Sox captain Paul Konerko, who is eligible for free agency and isn’t sure if he will play again next year. The veteran first baseman is second in franchise history with 427 homers and 1,361 RBIs, and third with 2,249 hits.Konerko was greeted with loud cheers when he was introduced with the starting lineup, and the crowd of 22,633 saluted the slugger with a standing ovation when he came to the plate in the first. He was replaced by Conor Gillaspie with one out in the top of the second, and he stopped to shake pitcher Jose Quintana’s hand as he left the field to more cheers.Konerko waved his hat to the crowd as he made his way to the dugout. With the Royals also standing and clapping on the other side, the six-time All-Star acknowledged the long ovation with a brief curtain call.Chen (9-4) allowed one run, struck out four and walked three in 6 2-3 innings. The crafty left-hander improved to 6-4 since he joined the rotation in July.Chen was replaced by Kelvin Herrera after he issued consecutive walks in the seventh. Marcus Semien then bounced into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.The White Sox also put their first two batters on in the first, but Konerko fouled out in his only plate appearance and Avisail Garcia lined into a double play.Greg Holland worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth while recording his 47th save in 50 chances. The right-hander converted his last nine opportunities of the year.It was a fitting end for Chicago (63-99), which had one of the majors’ worst offenses this year. Hitting coach Jeff Manto was let go on Saturday, and the White Sox finished with their most losses since they had a franchise-record 106 in 1970.Quintana (9-7) pitched seven innings to reach 200 for the season. He was charged with four runs and six hits.Quintana issued two walks, and each of them was costly. Johnny Giavotella got one before Salvador Perez hit his 13th homer in

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    Bills hang on for 23-20 win over Ravens

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso’s second interception of the game with 57 seconds remaining sealed a 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.Converted safety Aaron Williams also intercepted Joe Flacco twice, while Fred Jackson had 87 yards rushing and a touchdown for Buffalo (2-2). Robert Woods scored on a 42-yard touchdown reception. Buffalo totaled 213 yards rushing against a stout Ravens defense that had allowed just 224 in its first three games.Joe Flacco threw a career-worst five interceptions, and finished 25 of 50 for 347 yards passing, and two touchdowns. Torrey Smith had five catches for 155 yards and a 26-yard touchdown for the Ravens (2-2).The Ravens’ last chance to tie the game ended when Flacco forced a pass over the middle intended for Dallas Clark. Safety Da’Norris Searcy got a piece of the ball, which bounced into the air and was intercepted by Alonso.

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    Seattle 4-0 after 23-20 OT win over Texans

    HOUSTON — Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday and the first 4-0 start in franchise history.Houston (2-2) failed to score on two possessions in overtime. The Seahawks got the win on their second drive in overtime after rallying from a 20-3 deficit. A key play on the winning drive came when Doug Baldwin caught a 7-yard pass and Kareem Jackson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for dumping him into the ground. That got Seattle in field goal range and Hauschka’s kick came four plays later.The Seahawks rallied to tie it at 20-20 on an interception return for a touchdown by Richard Sherman in the fourth quarter.The NFL’s best defense held Houston scoreless after halftime.

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    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) and teammate running back Joique Bell (35) celebrate Johnson’s touchdown as Chicago Bears strong safety Major Wright (21) look on during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.

    Bears suffer first loss of the season

    DETROIT — Reggie Bush’s return more than made up for the loss of Nate Burleson.Bush’s 37-yard touchdown run helped Detroit score 27 points in the second quarter and he accounted for 173 yards of offense to help the Lions beat the Chicago Bears 40-32 on Sunday.Detroit (3-1) moved into a first-place tie with Chicago (3-1) in the NFC North. The Lions scored 24 straight points, including three TDs in a span of 3 minutes, 26 seconds, after Matt Forte’s 53-yard TD run gave the Bears 10-6 lead early in the second quarter.Jay Cutler, who had four turnovers, threw a pair of touchdown passes and 2-point conversions in the final 4 minutes to pull Chicago within eight points to make the score look respectable.Lions receiver Kris Durham recovered the onside kick to seal the win.Detroit had a huge cushion to work with thanks to positive plays it got from each facet of the game.Micheal Spurlock’s 57-yard punt return set up Matthew Stafford’s go-ahead TD with 6:09 left in the first half, when he recovered his own fumble on a 1-yard sneak. Stafford threw a 2-yard TD to Calvin Johnson on the Lions’ next possession, one play after safety Glover Quin returned Jay Cutler’s second interception for 42 yards.Bush burst through a huge hole and hurdled safety Major Wright to give the Lions a 30-10 lead, their highest scoring first half in franchise history against Chicago, showing they didn’t miss Burleson very much. Burleson, the team’s No. 2 receiver, broke his left arm in a one-car accident last Tuesday.After missing a game with a banged-up left knee, the speedy running back looked very healthy. Bush had a season-high 139 yards rushing and a score on 18 carries, taking advantage of running lanes against a line without defensive tackle Henry Melton. He also had four receptions for 34 yards.Stafford completed 23 of 35 passes for 242 yards with a TD, an interception and a lost fumble.His fumble put Chicago in a position to kick a field goal to make it 30-13 at halftime. The Bears kicked another field goal midway through the third quarter to pull within two TDs.Cutler hurt the Bears opportunity to come back when his up-for-grabs pass was picked off by safety Louis Delmas, who had two interceptions for the first time in his five-year career.Stafford, though, turned the ball over again to give Chicago a chance briefly. His low pass intended for Johnson inside the Bears 10 was kicked up in the air and intercepted by Wright.Three snaps later, Ndamukong Suh sacked Cutler for a second time and forced a fumble that fellow defensive tackle Nick Fairley recovered and returned 4 yards for a score that put Detroit up 37-16 late in the third.Cutler entered the game with a 7-1 record with the Bears against the Lions in large part because he had thrown only one interception.He tripled that total in one afternoon, fumbled for a fourth turnover and was sacked three times after being sacked that many times combined in three games this season.Cutler was 27 of 47 for 317 yards with a 14-yard TD pass to Alshon Jeffery with 4 minutes left and a 2-yard conversion pass to the same receiver that pulled Chicago within 16 points. He threw a 10-yard TD pass to Earl Bennett with 43 seconds left and connected with Brandon Marshall for a 2-point conversion that made it 40-32, making a game that was lopsided for much of the game appear to be close.

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    Cards beat Bucs 13-10

    TAMPA, Fla. — Carson Palmer threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald, then Jay Feely kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining as the Arizona Cardinals rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10 on Sunday.Patrick Peterson had two interceptions, one setting up Arizona’s first TD in six quarters, the other to ruin any chance of rookie Mike Glennon pulling off a comeback in his first NFL start for the winless Bucs (0-4).Feely also kicked a 42-yard field goal for the Cardinals (2-2), who trailed 10-0 at halftime.Starting in place of the benched Josh Freeman, Glennon was steady — if not spectacular — for most of the game. But it all unraveled after Peterson stepped in front of a pass for Vincent Jackson. Fitzgerald beat cornerback Darrelle Revis on the next play for his 80th career TD reception.

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    Chiefs remain unbeaten, drop Giants to 0-4

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith threw three touchdown passes, Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for another score and the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs plunged the New York Giants to 0-4 with a 24-7 victory on Sunday.Smith hit touchdown passes of 4, 2 and 35 yards for the Chiefs (4-0), who under Andy Reid have already doubled their victory total of 2012. They are the second team to go from a two-win season to 4-0 the next year. The Giants, who trailed only 17-7 after three quarters, are 0-4 for the first time since 1987.Eli Manning connected with Victor Cruz on a 69-yard scoring play for New York’s only score. The Kansas City defense sacked Manning three times. Smith was intercepted twice, the first giveaways by the Chiefs, who also lost a fumble.

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    Vikings beat Steelers in London

    LONDON — Greg Jennings made two touchdown catches, Adrian Peterson ran for two scores and the Vikings’ defense made a big stop with time running out to preserve a 34-27 win over the Steelers on Sunday for their first win of the season. Playing at Wembley Stadium, Everson Griffen stripped Ben Roethlisberger on the 6-yard line with 19 seconds left. Kevin Williams recovered to seal the victory. Jennings made a 70-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown and Peterson had a 60-yard score to help offset two scores by Pittsburgh rookie running back Le’Veon Bell and give Minnesota (1-3) some hope of turning its season around.The Steelers fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1968.Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, starting in place of injured Christian Ponder, finished 16 of 25 for 248 yards and two touchdowns.Roethlisberger was 36 for 51 for 383 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

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    Hoyer guides Browns past Bengals 17-6

    CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer, the local kid who always dreamed of being Cleveland’s quarterback, threw two touchdown passes in his first start at home to lead the Browns to a 17-6 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.Hoyer’s 1-yard TD pass to Chris Ogbonnaya with 4:54 left gave the Browns (2-2) an 11-point lead and Cleveland turned it over to its vastly improved defense.In his second start in place of injured Brandon Weeden, Hoyer finished 25 of 38 for 269 yards. He threw a 2-yard TD pass in the first half to Jordan Cameron, who had 10 catches for 91 yards.The Bengals (2-2) couldn’t get anything going on offense and Andy Dalton was intercepted by Buster Skrine with 3:43 left, ending any chance of a comeback.Cleveland limited the Bengals to 63 rushing yards and cornerback Joe Haden contained wide receiver A.J. Green.

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    Colts hand Jaguars another lopsided loss

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes, Trent Richardson ran for a score and the Indianapolis Colts became the latest to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars by double digits with a 37-3 win Sunday.The Colts (3-1) weren’t all that good, especially early in the first half, but they were plenty good against one of the worst teams in the league.Indianapolis led 20-3 at halftime — Jacksonville (0-4) has been outscored 75-8 in the first half this season — and made it a laugher with consecutive touchdown drives in the third quarter. Luck found Coby Fleener for a 31-yard score, a play in which even Fleener was surprised that he was so wide open, and then connected with Reggie Wayne in the back of the end zone from 5 yards. That made it 34-3 and sent many of the Jaguars faithful heading to the exits.The Colts had outgained the Jaguars 363-70 at that point.

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    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh rushes the line during a game against the New York Jets at Ford Field.

    Suh a nice guy? Bears’ Bennett says yes

    Bears tight end Martellus Bennett says Lions tackle Ndamukong Suh is a nice guy, although he's been frequently fined for dirty play. Quarterback Jay Cutler says he doen't talk to the Lions' bad boy, except to exchange expletives. But everyone agrees that Suh is a dominant, difference-making player.

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    Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee celebrates his goal during the second half of an MLS soccer game against the Montreal Impact Saturday in Bridgeview. The Fire and Impact tied 2-2.

    Fire snatches tie from the jaws of victory

    If the Fire had its way, MLS games would end after 85 minutes. For the third time in September, a late goal allowed cost the Fire desperately needed standings points. This time it was Maxim Tissot’s 87th minute goal following a deflected Fire clearance that forced the Fire to settle for a 2-2 draw against Montreal at Toyota Park.

Business

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    Browsing the meat section at the supermarket, labels abound for organic meat, kosher meat and meat raised without antibiotics or hormones. Terms such as “antibiotic-free,” “kosher,” “natural” and “organic” blur together in many shoppers' minds, even though they mean very different things.

    Smart Spending: Navigating supermarket meat labels

    Browsing the meat section at the supermarket, labels abound for organic meat, kosher meat and meat raised without antibiotics or hormones. They're almost guaranteed to carry a higher price tag, but it's not always obvious what the labels even mean. It may be that you wouldn't pay extra if you knew what the terms signified. Here's a look at what some common meat labels mean.

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    Global sales of male toiletries other than razors, blades and shaving cream will rise 5 percent to $17.5 billion this year, surpassing the shaving segment for the first time. Shown, an ad for a men's moisturizer at a subway station in Shanghai in 2010.

    Manufacturers pushing men to buy cosmetics

    Manufacturers have found clever ways to convince guys to worry about their looks, explaining that their skin is different — thicker, tougher, more oily — and requires specialized products. As a L'Oreal ad once warned: “You think you're aging well? She thinks you're letting yourself go.” Half of American men now use skincare products as part of their daily routine, Mintel has found. “Six years ago, I had one shampoo, a body wash and a toothbrush and that was it,” said Adam Causgrove, 29, a grant administrator in Pittsburgh, Penn. “As I've gotten older and more self-aware, I cannot begrudge anyone for wanting to put their best face forward.”

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    Credit reporting agency TransUnion said it examined late-payment rates between 2009 and 2012 on mortgages, credit cards and auto loans among consumers with the three types of financial obligations and found the late-payment rate on mortgages nearly closed the gap with credit cards.

    Consumers making mortgage payments priority again

    The steady rise in U.S. home values is increasingly motivating homeowners to make paying their mortgage on time a priority, according to a new study. Credit reporting agency TransUnion said it examined late-payment rates between 2009 and 2012 on mortgages, credit cards and auto loans among consumers with the three types of financial obligations.

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    Sandi Webster, owner of Consultants 2 Go, is getting help from her broker to understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect her company.

    3 things small businesses must do for health care

    All companies have obligations under the Affordable Care Act, no matter how many workers they have or whether they plan to provide insurance. They must provide information about insurance to employees. They need to think about what kind of insurance to provide, and whether to get it through a broker or to use the state or federal exchanges known as SHOP, or the Small Business Health Insurance Options Program.

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    Dreamliner Lands in Iceland on Identification System Issue

    A LOT Polish Airlines SA Dreamliner flying to Warsaw from Toronto made an unscheduled landing in Iceland due to a problem with the aircraft's onboard identification system. The Boeing Co. 787 aircraft landed at the Keflavik airport after Norway denied permission to fly over its airspace because of the faulty system, LOT spokeswoman Barbara Pijanowska-Kuras said by phone today.

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    Medical assistant Angelica Colmenero takes the blood pressure of Jose Martinez at the 4th Street Clinic Wednesday in Salt Lake City. In Utah and across the country, new online insurance marketplaces are scheduled to open for business Tuesday as part of the new federal health overhaul.

    States resist, build nascent insurance markets

    With new online health insurance exchanges set to launch Tuesday, consumers in many Southern and Plains states will have to look harder for information on how the marketplaces work than their counterparts elsewhere.

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    House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., right, joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., speaks to reporters about President Obama’s debt reduction plan and other issues last week. Just as the U.S. economy is struggling to expand at a healthy pace, a pair of political standoffs threatens to slow growth and spook investors.

    How budget showdowns could squeeze the U.S. economy

    Just as the U.S. economy is struggling to expand at a healthy pace, a pair of political standoffs threatens to slow growth and spook investors. Unless Congress acts before Tuesday to fund federal spending, some of the government would shut down.

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    Gains in home and stock values are contributing to increases in household wealth that are helping bolster consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy, which is fueling home sales.

    Home prices in U.S. increase the most in 7 years

    Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose in the 12 months through July by the most in more than seven years, helping boost owner equity. Gains in home and stock values are contributing to increases in household wealth that are helping bolster consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy.

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    Work advice: A big screaming deal

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

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    Obamacare incentives slow hospitals’ revolving door

    Esther Redd, like more than 600 other Mount Sinai patients over the past three years, was singled out as a high-risk patient and assigned to one of 27 social workers focused on keeping patients out of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. The hospital created the program after the Affordable Care Act set up an incentive system to provide hospitals extra money for keeping people healthy, and penalize them for having too many patients readmitted too soon.

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    NYC site offers one-stop booking for hotels

    New York City’s marketing and tourism organization is partnering with the travel website Booking.com to power the city’s official tourism website.

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    No escape from jail or fines in global market-abuse curbs

    Crooked bankers and insider traders would have no safe havens under planned global guidelines for market-abuse penalties, amid concerns some countries don’t have strict enough rules. Culprits should face prison or tough fines regardless of where they are based, said David Wright, secretary general of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, a group of global regulators working on principles for how to deter investment banks, other financial firms and staff from abusing markets. “We have simply had far too many examples over the last 10 years of totally unacceptable behavior in financial markets,” Wright said.

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    Career Coach Q&A: How to deal with lazy co-workers

    Career Coach Joyce E.A. Russell answered questions from readers during an online chat last week. Here are excerpts, edited for grammar and clarity.

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    Advertising executive Marcelo Serpa drives his Volkswagen van, or Kombi, emblazoned with a “rolling mural,” that he painted, through the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Serpa’s 2007 VW van version is meant to have a 1960s American hippie feel. He painted it in bright green, yellow, blue and red colors with cartoonlike drawings of his wife, daughters, and himself, surfboard in hand. Serpa said the bus evokes “a spirit of playfulness and happiness,” causing people to pause and smile when he drives it down Sao Paulo’s chaotic streets.

    VW’s hippie van ends its long, strange trip

    It carried hippies through the 1960s, hauled surfers in search of killer waves during endless summers and serves as a workhorse across the developing world, but the long, strange trip of the Volkswagen van is ending. Brazil is the last place in the world still producing the iconic vehicle, or “bus” as it’s known by aficionados, but VW says production will end Dec. 31. Safety regulations mandate that every vehicle in Brazil must have air bags and anti-lock braking systems starting in 2014, and the company says it cannot change production to meet the law.

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    Only some mutual fund managers invest in their own

    Would you eat at a restaurant where the chefs didn’t eat their own cooking? Would you have joined the Hair Club if the president weren’t also a client? Then why would you invest in a mutual fund where the managers don’t put their own money alongside yours?

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    There can be compelling financial incentives to go without an agent. The for-sale-by-owner approach can save sellers big money on agent sales commissions, which typically run 6 percent of the sale price. On a home that sells for $300,000, that’s $18,000 that would typically be split between a seller’s agent and the agent representing the buyer. Both are typically paid by the seller.

    5 tips on selling a home on your own

    Should you try to sell your home on your own? There can be compelling financial incentives to go without an agent. The for-sale-by-owner approach can save sellers big money on agent sales commissions, which typically run 6 percent of the sale price. Here are some tips if you decide to try to save on the commission.

Life & Entertainment

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    This image released by AMC shows Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, left, and Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, cooking meth in a home being fumigated in the fifth season of “Breaking Bad.” The series finale of the popular drama series aired on Sunday.

    A fitting, final ‘Breaking Bad’ session

    Any “Breaking Bad “ fan could be forgiven for concluding that Sunday’s finale held no major surprises. That’s because this AMC drama series has delivered surprises, shock and OMG moments dependably since its premiere five seasons ago.

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    Blueberries, yogurt and salmon are all key to having healthy skin.

    Nutrition the key to healthy skin

    We’ve heard of problem skin being treated with everything from salicylic acid to antibiotics. But yogurt and blueberries, flaxseed and salmon? “It’s really true that you are what you eat," said Meagen McCusker, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

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    Listen to that inner voice; it was right the first time

    Q. I’ve been divorced one year after a four-year marriage. We shouldn’t have gotten married, I knew that at the time, and I accept that I made a huge mistake when I full well knew better. I’m intent on NOT repeating that mistake.

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    Musician and composer Kurt Bestor joins the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Voices in Harmony for “A Night at the Movies on Broadway” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

    Sunday picks: Music of Hollywood, Broadway fills Raue Center

    Composer and musician Kurt Bestor teams up the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Voices in Harmony to perform “A Night at the Movies on Broadway” at Raue Center in Crystal Lake. Bring your well-behaved pooch to the 20th Annual Barkapalooza Dog Walkathon in Lisle Sunday. Today's the last day for the Long Grove Apple Fest. Plus, Lionel Richie croons his way into the United Center tonight.

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    Lizzy Caplan, left, plays Virginia Johnson, Michael Sheen is Dr. William Masters and Caitlin Fitzgerald plays Libby Masters in Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”

    ‘Masters of Sex’ serves beguiling side of feminism

    Dr. William Masters was not a feminist. But his groundbreaking research with Virginia Johnson made him something of a hero for women: A scientific advocate of female sexuality who proved that women were dynamic sexual creatures. “Masters of Sex,” which premieres Sunday on Showtime, explores the relationship between Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) and highlights their pioneering work.

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    A surfer rides the machine-made wave at Wavehouse San Diego. Surf parks — massive pools with repeating, artificial waves — are the latest buzzword in the surf community. Momentum around surf parks has been growing since the 1960s, but fewer than a dozen serious parks currently exist in locations from Florida to Malaysia.

    Surf industry hopes surf parks will expand sport

    Some of surfing’s biggest names aren’t just catching waves. They’re also talking about making them. Surf parks — massive pools with repeating, artificial waves — are the latest buzzword in the surf community, as everyone from top athletes to retailers look for ways to expand the sport, boost sales and create a standardized way to train that could help surfing earn an Olympic pedigree.

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    Author Stephen King’s latest book, “Doctor Sleep,” was released on Tuesday.

    ’Doctor Sleep’ was a challenge for Stephen King

    Pop culture consumes authors, musicians and actors and quickly moves on. Only a few have staying power, and Stephen King is one of those rare figures. With the release this week of “Doctor Sleep,” his much anticipated sequel to “The Shining,” the 66-year-old King continues to release and inspire new projects more than four decades after he first started to scare the bejeezus out of everybody.

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    “While you can never be 1,000 percent authentic, it was important that we get it right,” Ron Howard said of directing “Rush.”

    Howard makes a believable racing film with ‘Rush’

    Ron Howard admits he was no racing aficionado when he set out to make the Formula One thriller “Rush,” chronicling the tense 1976 world championship battle between playboy James Hunt and calculating Niki Lauda. Racing movies don’t have the best track record, after all. The driving has usually been unrealistic and too many directors cheated on details that insiders found offensive. “While you can never be 1,000 percent authentic, it was important that we get it right,” he said.

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    Cinematographer Michael Slovis, left, gives Bryan Cranston a little direction on the set of “Breaking Bad.” The series finale will air on Sunday, Sept. 29.

    ‘Breaking Bad’ is ending run still looking good

    For five seasons of wickedness, "Breaking Bad" has set viewers face-to-face with the repellant but irresistible Walter White and the dark world he embraced as he spiraled into evil. With the end imminent (Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT), who can say what fate awaits this teacher-turned-drug-lord for the havoc he has wreaked on everyone around him.

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    Afternoon clouds lazing above Sheep Rock, a bluff overlooking the North Platte River and Bird Cloud Ranch, home of “Brokeback Mountain” author Annie Proulx in southeastern Wyoming.

    5 free things to do in southeast Wyoming

    Wyoming is famous for Yellowstone and Grand Teton. But a wide valley of fragrant, gnarled sagebrush around the upper waters of the North Platte River offers another way to experience the state. Bordered by the Sierra Madre and Medicine Bow mountains just north of the Colorado line in southeast Wyoming, the North Platte River Valley used to be the exclusive domain of cattle ranchers descended from homesteaders. These days, the area is home to some very wealthy people.

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    Book notes: Brandon Mull reads from ‘Spirit Animals’ at Anderson’s
    Meet best-selling author Brandon Mull, as he reads from and signs copies of the first title in his new "Spirit Animals" series, "Spirit Animals: Wild Born," beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Anderson's Bookshop at 5112 Main St., Downers Grove.

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    Cyclists take a break during a bike and brew tour in Vermont.

    Tours across the country combine biking with breweries

    Beer-lovers are finding a new way to explore the burgeoning craft-brewing world: on bicycles. From Oregon to New Mexico to Vermont, beer aficionados can now hop on a bike and be led from one brewery to another. After sampling the latest microbrew, they can then pedal away all those extra calories. The tours — which range from a few hours to several days — offer a chance to learn about the local culture and sample great beer.

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    Residential recirculating systems can get hot water quickly to your shower.

    The quest for getting hot water to the shower faster

    Q. Recently, you mentioned “hot-water recirculating” systems for home use, when people have to wait a long time for their shower water to get hot. I have used this type of hot-water system with success in the shower, but now have trouble getting our normal cold water from the kitchen-sink.

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    Pour new concrete instead of pouring money into patio fixes

    Q. I enjoy your column every Sunday. My patio is the problem. The previous owner put latex paint on it for a quick sale. Over the winter, the paint started to lift and by spring, it was a real mess. I cried for days.

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    Michael Shumaker and Amanda Zagone recently purchased a new townhouse in Winfield together while planning their wedding this upcoming June.

    Young couples more frequently buy homes before planning a wedding

    After Amanda Zagone of Glen Ellyn accepted a marriage proposal from her high school sweetheart Michael Shumaker, her first thought was not to start looking for a wedding gown. Instead, she and her fiancé began shopping for a home.

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    Improve your fuel economy in minutes

    Some of the simplest maintenance items can save you the most amount of gas. For example, underinflated or bald tires can cause you to use a lot more fuel than you would with good, properly inflated tires.

Discuss

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    Editorial: A tragic reminder to use your seat belt

    A Daily Herald editorial says last week's deadly crash in Addison should remind everyone how important it is to buckle up.

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    Don Orseno, interim executive director for Metra

    Metra improvements not without challenges

    Guest Columnist Don Orseno, Metra interim CEO: It is important for riders to know that those dedicated professionals have kept their focus on providing or supporting the best possible commuter rail service. That might not make for juicy headlines, but it is good news for anyone who rides Metra or cares about public transportation

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    Nothing racist about requiring voter I.D.
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: It would be stupid to not be able to use burglar alarms to prevent crimes and apprehend criminals, as it is stupid to not protect the integrity of voting by not ensuring, through a photo I.D., that the voter is who he claims to be.

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    SNAP program needs a diet
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: The time has come to rein in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program commonly known as food stamps. We are in the fifth year of a tepid economic recovery yet participants in the food stamp program continue to grow. Taxpayers are now picking up the grocery tab for 47.7 million recipients or one in seven Americans. That tab has ballooned to $83 billion.

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    Inanimate objects can't break the law
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Investigators looking into how a car that was driving drunk hit another car that was not drinking. No people seemed to be involved. Another report claiming two guns shooting at each other. Again no people involved. Do you really believe it's not people that cause these?

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    One World Festival was big success
    A letter to the editor: Kudos to the Village of Mundelein for a totally entertaining, informative, and gastronomically successful One World Festival.

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    Law denies religious freedom
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Regarding a letter Sept. 24 in support of gay marriage: As law for civil union stands now any pastor, priest, rabbi or other cleric would be required to violate their church laws and their beliefs.

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    Beware costly scam to copy deeds
    A Lake County letter to the editor: The Lake County Recorder’s Office has been flooded with phone calls asking about a letter regarding the deed to the caller’s home. It looks very official but the true purpose is to get people to spend their hard-earned money, and it’s a scam.

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    Roosevelt Road war demands definition
    A Winfield letter to the editor: In 2012, a string of residential properties on Beecher Avenue in Winfield were forcibly rezoned “town center” which opened the door for commercial enterprises, town houses, and condominiums. I watched as homeowners wept at village hall meetings, pleading with the trustees to leave their properties alone. This included an 85-year-old woman whose home was well kept — both inside and outside.

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    Soapboxing on radical-turned-speaker Bill Ayers

    Another take or two or more on the decision by Elgin Community College decision to invite former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers as a guest speaker. Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Falley news director weighs in, Soapbox style.

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