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  • Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists Aug 21, 2014 8:19 AM
    While gay couples still can’t get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they — and their money — are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer. The city’s tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a heavy dose of innuendo.

     
  • Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting Aug 21, 2014 10:55 AM
    A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.

     
  • Slain journalist spent time with Indiana troops Aug 21, 2014 9:06 AM
    The American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State extremist group had gone to Iraq with Indiana National Guard soldiers during a 2008 deployment.

     
  • Mike North video: Betting on Little League games Aug 21, 2014 8:59 AM
    Even though Mike North does professional handicapping, he doesn’t think a betting line for Little League games is a good idea.

     
  • Sales of previously owned U.S. homes climb to 10-month high Aug 21, 2014 10:11 AM
    Purchases of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in July to a 10-month high as low borrowing costs and an increase in inventory drew buyers. Existing home sales climbed 2.4 percent to a 5.15 million annual pace, the most since September, from a revised 5.03 million pace in June, the National Association of Realtors reported today in Washington.

     
  • Berkshire defies short seller by adding to Chicago bridge stake Aug 21, 2014 7:49 AM
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is betting the best response to a short seller is to go long. As Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. plunged 22 percent in the second quarter, Berkshire snapped up additional shares of the engineering-and-construction firm. The purchase came days after a short seller drove down the stock price by saying that CB&I had artificially inflated earnings.

     
  • Eurozone recovery grinds to halt amid Ukraine fear Aug 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    The shaky economic recovery in the 18-country eurozone ground to a halt in the second quarter, as the continent’s central pillars — Germany and France — were held back by weaker investment by business and by fears over the crisis in Ukraine. The German economy, the biggest among the countries that use the euro, shrank by a quarterly rate of 0.2 percent while no. 2 France showed zero growth for the second straight quarter.

     
  • Leading economic indicators in U.S. Increased 0.9% In July Aug 21, 2014 10:11 AM
    The Conference Board’s index of U.S. leading indicators, a gauge of the outlook for the next three to six months, increased 0.9 percent in July, the New York-based group said today. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an advance of 0.6 percent. Estimates from 49 economists ranged from gains of 0.3 percent to 1.1 percent.

     
  • Foley’s death isn’t changing views in Congress Aug 21, 2014 2:18 PM
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers’ minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It’s equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach.

     
  • 2 American Ebola patients released from hospital Aug 21, 2014 2:12 PM
    Two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, where the scene Thursday was festive and celebratory — a stark contrast to the sterile, rushed atmosphere that marked their arrival nearly three weeks ago.

     
  • Family Dollar spurns Dollar General bid on antitrust concern Aug 21, 2014 10:11 AM
    Family Dollar Stores Inc. spurned a $9 billion offer from Dollar General Corp. in favor of a lower bid from Dollar Tree Inc., saying it was concerned the Dollar General deal wouldn’t be able to pass antitrust hurdles.

     
  • No brie for Moscow as cheeses stack up in France after ban Aug 21, 2014 8:30 AM
    At Alexander Krupetskov’s one-window cheese store in central Moscow, sales of products from France have tripled in the past two weeks. Shoppers are stocking up on foods set to become scarce after Russia banned a range of products from the European Union and the U.S. in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine.

     
  • Reporter’s death galvanizes anger, little action Aug 21, 2014 2:16 PM
    The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and even Washington appear uncertain about how to stop them.

     
  • Applications for U.S. unemployment aid fall to 298,000 Aug 21, 2014 10:11 AM
    Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless aid fell 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000. The prior week’s figures were revised up slightly to 311,000.

     
  • Sears 2Q loss widens on sluggish sales Aug 21, 2014 4:58 PM
    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Inc. recorded a hefty second-quarter loss Thursday on another sales slump, raising more concerns about the future of a company that once was a staple of American shopping. The company, which operates Sears and Kmart, said it plans to do more cost-cutting to right the ship. That includes closing more stores beyond the 130 that it had announced earlier this year.

     
  • Twitter caught in censorship dilemma over graphic images on site Aug 21, 2014 7:54 AM
    Twitter Inc. decided last year to make images more prominent on its site. Now, the social network is finding itself caught between being an open forum and patrolling for inappropriate content.The pattern goes like this: a major public death spreads graphic images across Twitter. Users express outrage, forcing the company to decide what to remove.

     
  • Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes Aug 21, 2014 10:55 AM
    There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles. Then Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. And waves of rioting have convulsed the St. Louis suburb for more than 10 days. Why Ferguson?

     
  • As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin Aug 21, 2014 10:08 AM
    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin. Some questions and answers about the mission, which began Aug. 8:

     
  • U.S. special ops tried but failed to find hostages Aug 21, 2014 8:57 AM
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say. The rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held, administration officials said Wednesday.

     
  • Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley’s killer Aug 21, 2014 2:58 PM
    The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. But police and intelligence services in Britain and the United States have a plethora of clues as they scramble to identify him.

     
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