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  • Sales of US new homes fall in July Aug 25, 2014 12:21 PM
    Fewer Americans bought new homes in July, evidence that the housing sector is struggling to gain traction more than five years into the economic recovery. The Commerce Department said Monday that new-home sales fell 2.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 412,000. The report also revised up the June sales rate to 422,000 from 406,000.

     
  • Republicans redefine obstruction on nominees Aug 25, 2014 12:30 PM
    A catch to the terrific Twitter-based compiler of all things related to judicial nominations, Mansfield2016, who has a new chart showing that even after the “nuclear option” reform in the Senate last fall, President Barack Obama’s federal court nominees still wait longer for confirmation than their predecessors under previous presidents.

     
  • Guilty plea in California meat recall case Aug 25, 2014 12:31 PM
    A co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 77-year-old Robert Singleton,

     
  • Chicago team defies the odds with run in LLWS Aug 25, 2014 2:11 PM
    Despite the loss, the story of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team — an all-black, inner-city team named after the selfless pioneer who broke the color barrier in the big leagues — might just resonate beyond their noisy trip through the tournament.

     
  • Blade from power saw impales Houston worker Aug 25, 2014 12:44 PM
    A Houston construction worker has been hospitalized after he was impaled in the chest by a circular blade that became detached from a power saw. Houston fire spokesman Kenyatta Parker says the man was still conscious Monday morning when he was transported to a hospital with at least part of the blade still embedded in his body.

     
  • Sony network hit by attack, exec’s flight diverted Aug 25, 2014 8:12 AM
    Sony’s PlayStation Network service for video games was unusable from Sunday until Monday afternoon after being flooded by an online attack. Separately, an American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley was diverted to Phoenix while the online attack was happening.

     
  • Congo says Ebola virus kills 13 in separate African outbreak Aug 25, 2014 8:57 AM
    The Democratic Republic of Congo said as many as 13 people have died of Ebola in a separate outbreak from the one raging in three West African nations. It is the sixth reported outbreak in that country since 1976. Laboratory tests in two cases were positive for Ebola in a remote village in the northwestern corner of the country, and 11 other deaths are suspected of being from the virus, said Lambert Mende, the country's information minister, in a telephone interview yesterday.

     
  • Boeing wins $8.8 billion aviation order on Asian demand Aug 25, 2014 8:16 AM
    Boeing Co. won an order for 82 jets from BOC Aviation Pte valued at $8.8 billion in list prices as Asian aircraft leasing companies boost their fleet amid a surge in travel demand across the continent. BOC Aviation ordered 50 737 Max 8 and 30 Next Generation 737-800 aircraft from Boeing, the lessor, a unit of Bank of China Ltd.

     
  • Keurig soars after deal to bring Kraft coffees to machines Aug 25, 2014 8:14 AM
    Keurig Green Mountain Inc. surged to a record high after announcing a deal to bring Kraft Foods Group Inc. coffee brands such as Maxwell House to its home brewing system. distribution pact.

     
  • Funds: Ann Taylor chain owner should consider sale Aug 25, 2014 8:09 AM
    Ann Inc., the owner of the Ann Taylor fashion brand, should consider alternative strategies including a sale to gain more money for shareholders, two investment funds said.

     
  • Michael Brown's family says he was a 'gentle soul' Aug 25, 2014 7:13 PM
    The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — recalling him as a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college. But the funeral that unfolded Monday was about much more than the black 18-year-old who lay in the closed casket after being shot to death by a white police officer. The emotional service sought to consecrate Brown's death as another in the long history of the civil rights movement and implored black Americans to change their protest chants into legislation and law.

     
  • Islamic State militants seizes air base in Syria, group says Aug 26, 2014 8:34 AM
    Islamic State militants seized a Syrian air base, dislodging forces loyal to President Bashar al- Assad from the their last stronghold in the northeastern Raqqa province. The al-Qaeda breakaway group, which is also fighting government forces in Iraq, stormed the Tabaqa air base after battles that began last week, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the daily developments of the civil war. The government moved its aircraft to other bases, it said.

     
  • Post-quake gas leak inspections to last days Aug 26, 2014 8:30 AM
    NAPA, Calif. — The utility serving areas damaged by Sunday's earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area says it expects to continue searching for possible gas leaks over the coming days. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it has received several hundred calls from people reporting the smell of gas since the earthquake struck early Sunday morning near the city of Napa in California's wine country. The utility said 20 customers remained without gas on Monday morning. The magnitude 6.0-quake also cut power and ruptured water mains. Dozens of homes and buildings in the region were deemed unsafe to occupy, including a historic Napa County courthouse, where a 10-foot wide hole opened a view of the offices inside. PG&E says it has restored power to all but 150 of the 70,000 customers who lost it.

     
  • Napa quake seen costing up to $4 billion as wineries shuttered Aug 26, 2014 8:33 AM
    The earthquake that struck northern California yesterday will lead to economic losses of as much as $4 billion, fueled by damaged wineries and shuttered businesses that rely on tourists.

     
  • Soldier dies after shooting herself in Virginia Aug 26, 2014 8:34 AM
    An enraged soldier barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia Army base, threw objects around the office and then fatally shot herself in the head Monday as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, authorities said. The soldier, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead after being taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, according to a news release issued by Fort Lee, where the Monday morning shooting took place. No other injuries were reported.

     
  • Burger King buying Tim Hortons for about $11B Aug 26, 2014 10:59 AM
    Burger King confirmed Tuesday that it struck a deal to buy Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, a move that could help give the fast-food company a stronger foothold in the coffee and breakfast market. The corporate headquarters of the new company will be in Canada, which may also help Burger King lower its taxes. Burger King and Tim Hortons said the chains will continue to be run independently and that Burger King will still operate out of Miami.

     
  • 'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' the big Emmy winners Aug 26, 2014 8:45 AM
    “Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable series retain the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series like “Orange Is the New Black.” The ceremony's emotional high point came with Billy Crystal's restrained and graceful remembrance of Robin Williams. “He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him,” Crystal said.

     
  • Bourbon production reaches high point since ’70s Aug 24, 2014 7:42 AM
    Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation. To put it in bartenders’ lingo: Distillers are putting up the tab for millions of rounds of bourbon years before they are even ordered.

     
  • Drama reigns at VMAs before awards show even airs Aug 24, 2014 9:56 AM
    Snakes and stage slips: There’s drama and the MTV Video Music Awards haven’t even begun yet. But that's helping the popular awards show, airing Sunday night, trend on social media even before an award is handed out, though trophies often take a back seat at the VMAs, which are all about the moments. And the show will likely provide even more memorable moments, much like last year’s show, which we will call the Video Miley Awards.

     
  • Rap mogul Suge Knight hurt in nightclub shooting Aug 24, 2014 1:03 PM
    Death Row Records founder and rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was one of three injured in an early morning shooting Sunday in a packed nightclub on West Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant said.

     
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