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Royals' Yost implores fans to show up to games

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy, second from left, gets a pat on the chest from manager Ned Yost (3) as he in the taken out of a game against the Minnesota Twins in the seventh inning during a baseball Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals manager Ned Yost pleaded with fans on Wednesday to show up for their remaining home games, one night after Alex Gordon's walk-off homer gave Kansas City a dramatic win over Minnesota that was seen by just 13,847 at Kauffman Stadium.


Surfers, spectators crowd Southern California beaches for giant waves

A swimmer catches a wave at "The Wedge" wave break in Newport Beach By Alex Dobuzinskis and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Waves up to about 20 feet (6 meters) high crashed along the Southern California coast on Wednesday, as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to Los Angeles-area beaches, officials said. Large swells generated by Hurricane Marie began hitting the Southern California shore on Tuesday, causing coastal flooding in the Orange County town of Seal Beach after dark that inundated garages of 30 coastal homes. Marie was downgraded on Wednesday to a tropical storm as it moved north some 900 miles off Mexico's Baja Peninsula, veering away from the West Coast but still causing extreme surf, National Weather Service weather specialist Stuart Ceto said. Waves from the storm were the largest seen in Southern California since a pair of hurricanes swept through the Pacific within weeks of each other in 1997, he said.


Neuroscientists say it's possible to overwrite bad memories

A view of an interactive display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, November 16, 2010 Emotions connected to memories can be rewritten, making bad events in the past seem better and good things appear worse, scientists from Japan and the United States have found. The discovery of the mechanism behind the process helps to explain the power of current psychotherapeutic treatments for mental illnesses such as depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they said, and could offer new avenues for psychiatric help. "These findings validate the success of current psychotherapy, by revealing its underlying mechanism," research leader Susumu Tonegawa told AFP in Tokyo. The team, formed from a collaboration between Japan's RIKEN institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, used optogenetics -- a new brain-control technology which utilises light -- to better understand what happens when we reminisce.


That's Rather Lovely: 1890's Cottage Was Designed Around Oddball Treasures

That's Rather Lovely: 1890's Cottage Was Designed Around Oddball Treasures Photo via Apartment Therapy Home to professional antique collector Marnie Hawson, this 1890's weatherboard cottage in the petite Australian town of Riddells Creek is a shrine to slightly offbeat but "perfectly curated industrial and vintage gems," around which the rest...


Lawsuits: Soju Makers in Korea Sued for Encouraging Alcoholism

Lawsuits: Soju Makers in Korea Sued for Encouraging Alcoholism A group of self-described "soju addicts" have filed suit against two of Korea's largest producers of the distilled beverage, arguing that "we have become alcoholics because they failed to warn the dangers of alcohol." According to the Korea Observer,...


Dogs get blues when youngsters go back to school

This Aug. 19, 2014 photo provided by Jill Williams shows kindergartner Harry Williams, 7, with his dogs Flora and Gandalf on his way to the bus stop on first day of school in Kanab, Utah. For millions of dogs across the country, summer is gone and so are their best buddies. Most dogs object for a while but eventually adjust to the new hours. But millions of others will feel abandoned, panicky, sad and unable to cope as they look for ways to lash out. (AP Photo/Jill Williams) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer.


Mom pleads for U.S. journalist's release

Shirley Sotloff pleads with Islamic State leader to release son Mother of Steven Sotloff, held hostage by ISIL, made plea in video aimed at his captors.


Nine-year-old girl with Uzi accidentally kills gun instructor

9-year-old accidentally kills instructor at gun range PHOENIX (AP) — The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.


Utah approves winery in town with polygamous sect

FILE - In this April 20, 2006, file photo, Hildale, Utah, sits at the base of Red Rock Cliff mountains with its sister city, Colorado City, Ariz., in the foreground. Utah's liquor commission has approved a winemaking license for a new winery in the town of Hildale, home to a polygamous sect. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A town on the Utah-Arizona border largely controlled by Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect could soon have its first commercial winery, a new venture and yet another lifestyle choice that separates the sect from mainstream Mormon teachings.


Philadelphia honors Little League team with parade

Taney Dragons' Mo'ne Davis gestures to fans during a parade in Philadelphia, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014, to celebrate the team's accomplishments during the Little League World Series. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The youth baseball team whose star 13-year-old female pitcher and performance in the Little League World Series drew a wide following received a champion's treatment in a parade Wednesday in downtown Philadelphia.


South Korea's Kia to invest $1 billion in Mexico

KIA Vice Chairman and CEO Hyoung-Keun Lee, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto talk before an announcement regarding a new KIA Auto assembly plant to be set up in Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. KIA announced the construction of a new auto making plant in the northern state of Nuevo Leon which is slated to start operating in 2016. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) MEXICO CITY (AP) — South Korea's Kia Motors Corp. said Wednesday it will invest more than $1 billion to build a car factory in northern Mexico that is expected to begin production in 2016.


Pop-Ups: Central Perk Will Become a Real Coffee Shop in NYC

Pop-Ups: Central Perk Will Become a Real Coffee Shop in NYC Central Perk, the fictional coffee shop from NBC's iconic sitcom Friends, will soon become reality: Entertainment Weekly reports Warner Bros. Entertainment and Eight O'Clock Coffee will mark the show's 20th anniversary by opening a NYC pop-up replica of the...


Romney for US president in 2016? Iowa poll puts him on top

Former US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013 Americans may not be through with Mitt Romney after all. The two-time Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly stressed over the past year that he is not interested in a third shot at the White House. The survey of Iowa Republican voters conducted by Suffolk University and USA Today showed that if Romney was added to the pool of potential 2016 Republican contenders, 35 percent of respondents would place him first in the Iowa caucuses, the political contest that kicks off the primary calendar. Arkansas ex-governor Mike Huckabee came in a distant second, at just nine percent, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie trailing at 6.5 percent and former senator Rick Santorum at six percent.


U.S. court clears FedEx Ground drivers to pursue wage, benefit claims

Federal Express truck makes its way down a freeway in San Diego, California Groups of mostly former FedEx drivers in California and Oregon can move forward with lawsuits alleging they are owed unpaid wages and benefits under state and federal labor laws after a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in Portland, Oregon, reversed a lower court's ruling, noting that FedEx drivers wear company uniforms, drive company-approved vehicles and are told where and when to deliver packages. The appeals court noted that the claims brought by the California and Oregon drivers are among similar cases filed against FedEx in approximately 40 states. Other courts have sided with FedEx, finding that drivers are independent contractors.


Benatia completes move to Bayern Munich

Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia completes his medical and signs a five year deal with Bayern Munich to seal his move from Serie A side Roma Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia completed his medical on Wednesday and signed a five year deal with Bayern Munich to seal his move from Serie A side Roma. "I had some great times at Roma but I've been waiting impatiently for this new chapter in my life," added Benatia. Bayern said that the two clubs have agreed not to disclose the fee for the French-born centre-back, although Italian media reports estimated that Roma will receive around 30 million euros (£23.9m, $39.6m). "He has the necessary qualities to play for Bayern," added Bayern's sporting director Matthias Sammer.


DOH Chronicles: Trouble is brewing at Anula's Cafe,...

DOH Chronicles: Good news for fans of downtown... Trouble is brewing at Anula's Cafe, the tiny and popular Caribbean-Indian deli in downtown Oakland. Last week, a health inspector ruled the restaurant could only serve vegetarian dishes, the reasoning for which is unclear. Owner Anula Edirisinche says her space...


Indie Boutiques For Days: Vintage Charm is Coming to Bucktown

Indie Boutiques For Days: Vintage Charm is Coming to Bucktown Photo by Vintage Charm Facebook Damen Avenue's cute-dress-and-vintage-purse game is already strong, but the street's only getting better with the upcoming addition of Vintage Charm, scheduled to open at 1735 N. Damen Ave. on September 2. The boutique is...


DOH Chronicles: Good news for fans of downtown...

DOH Chronicles: Good news for fans of downtown... Good news for fans of downtown Oakland restaurant Anula's Cafe: they're back in the meat business. After a health inspector ruled Anula's couldn't serve meat because their kitchen was too small, owner Anula Edirisinche said she might have to close...


Blackwater defense: Iraqi police removed evidence

FILE - This Sept. 25, 2007 file photo shows an Iraqi traffic policeman inspecting a car destroyed by a Blackwater security detail in al-Nisoor Square in Baghdad, Iraq. A prosecutor told a federal jury on Wednesday that four Blackwater guards unleashed a hail of gunfire on more than 30 innocent Iraqi civilians seven years ago, leaving “bloody, bullet-riddled corpses” at Nisoor Square in downtown Baghdad. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — A defense attorney told a federal jury on Wednesday that Iraqi national police removed evidence that would prove Blackwater security guards were being fired on by insurgents, prompting the guards to return fire in shootings that killed or wounded over 30 Iraqi civilians.


Missouri governor names new public safety director

Former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom, left, speaks after he is named the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety during a news conference with Gov. Jay Nixon, left, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in St. Louis. Nixon appointed Isom nearly three weeks after the police shooting of Michael Brown led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb. Nixon did not directly say whether the leadership change was related to the events in Ferguson. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.


McDonnell daughter: Mom had 'mild obsession' with exec

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, left, and her daughter Cailin Young The eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose gifts to the family are at the heart of the McDonnells' corruption trial.


In democracy and disaster, emerging world embraces 'open data'

IT consultant Ainun speaks about his work on the Indonesian elections in Singapore By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - 'Open data' - the trove of data-sets made publicly available by governments, organizations and businesses - isn't normally linked to high-wire politics, but just may have saved last month's Indonesian presidential elections from chaos. The embrace of open data has had few tangible benefits, but created a buzz and fostered a culture that prodded Indonesia's election commission to tweak the way it handles vote results.


US F-15 fighter crashes in Va.

Photos of the day - July 15, 2014 Officials say jet, based in Mass., went down near Deerfield. Va.; pilot's fate not known.


How 'political correctness' protected UK pedophiles

People walk in the town centre, in Rotherham, England, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of "collective failures" by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period. (AP Photo/Sylvia Hui) 1,400 children feared abused in N. England while authorities' fear of appearing racist stopped action.


Israeli PM Netanyahu declares victory in Gaza war

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on August 24, 2014 at the Defense Ministry in the costal city of Tel Aviv JERUSALEM (AP) — Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.


Ex-GOP official admits he was paid to support candidate

In this Dec. 28, 2011, file photo, Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson speaks at a rally for Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, at the Iowa State Fair Grounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Sorenson resigned from office Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2013, after investigator Mark Weinhardt’s report concluded Sorenson likely broke ethics rules in receiving $7,500 in monthly income from Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s, R-Minn., political action committee and presidential campaign in exchange for working as Bachmann’s state chair in 2011. The state senator received a $25,000 check from a high-ranking official in Ron Paul’s presidential campaign days before ditching Michele Bachmann to support Paul, and eventually received $73,000 in payments that may be linked to Paul’s campaign, the independent investigator has found. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file) Former Iowa official deserted 2012 presidential candidate Bachmann to endorse rival Paul.


Russia directs new offensive in Ukraine: U.S.

Ukrainian soldiers park their hardware on roadside as they are waiting for the start of the march into the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Heavy shelling hit a town of Novoazovsk in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, the third day of an assault that has forced government troops to spread their ranks thinner along the Russian border. Ukraine claimed the shelling was coming both from pro-Russian separatists and from Russia itself. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere.


Suspect wounded in NYC shootout with US marshals

Queens gunman wounded, in custody after shootout with US Marshals, NYPD NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say a fugitive wanted for nearly two decades on drug charges was wounded during a shootout with U.S. marshals who tracked him down in Queens, New York.


Third top doctor in Sierra Leone succumbs to Ebola

During a training session participants listen as they stand over a mannequin FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.


US considers another relief operation in N. Iraq

FILE- This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that “determined, collective action” is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah unequivocally denied funding the extremist group. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center- File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.


Afghans face Taliban test in 2015, U.S. military leader says

Outgoing commander of ISAF, U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, first left, and incoming U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell, first right, salute during a change of command ceremony at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan that was established by the United Nations Security Council in 2001. It will end its mission at the end of 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.


Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in U.S.

A screen grab from an Al-Jazeera video shows Peter Theo Curtis, a 45-year-old a freelance journalist, during his detention by Al-Qaeda militants in Syria American journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.


U.S. Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf

United States Coast Guard personnel are seen on their boat as they arrive back in Miami Beach on October 17, 2012 A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program.


Grand Theft Auto maker says Lindsay Lohan sued to get attention

File photo of Actress Lindsay Lohan departing from court after a plea deal at the Airport Branch of the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse in Los Angeles By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The maker of the popular Grand Theft Auto video games said Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit accusing it of basing a character on her without permission is frivolous and an effort by the actress to attract attention. In papers made public on Tuesday in a New York state court in Manhattan, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc called Lohan's claim "so legally meritless that it lacks any good-faith basis and can only have been filed for publicity purposes." Take-Two wants to dismiss the July 1 lawsuit and have Lohan pay its legal fees. A lawyer for Lohan did not immediately respond on Wednesday to requests for comment. The 28-year-old "Mean Girls" star accused Take-Two and its Rockstar Games unit of basing the Lacey Jonas character in "Grand Theft Auto V" on her.


Humor us: Fallon to lead Kennedy Center honors for Leno

FILE - This Jan. 13, 2013 file photo shows Jay Leno, left, and Jimmy Fallon backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his “Tonight Show” predecessor Jay Leno with the nation’s top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Leno will receive the prize during a performance by his fellow comedians Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS stations. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file) WASHINGTON (AP) — Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his "Tonight Show" predecessor Jay Leno with the nation's top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington.


On Ukraine's 'other side' to the west, fears of familiar crisis brew

People wave European Union and Moldavian national flags Another crisis on Ukraine’s borders may be brewing — this time on the west, in tiny Moldova.


Police chief vows to stay in wake of enormous child sex abuse scandal in UK

Authorities were blamed for failing to act after it emerged that 1,400 minors were sexually abused South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) rejected calls for his resignation Wednesday following a shocking report into the abuse of hundreds of young people in Rotherham. The report, commissioned by Rotherham Council and published Tuesday, revealed that some 1,400 minors were sexually abused in the Yorkshire town over a 16-year period. It detailed "utterly appalling" incidents of gang rape, kidnapping and trafficking of girls as young as 11, and blamed local authorities for a "blatant" failure to act over child exploitation, the full scale of which is still not known. Rotherham Borough Council leader Roger Stone resigned immediately after the report's publication and PCC Shaun Wright, who was head of children's services at the council from 2005 to 2010, faced mounting calls Wednesday to follow his lead.


2 rescued as disabled boat neared Niagara Falls' edge

This May 15, 2014, photo shows a Hornblower Niagara Cruises Catamaran, foreground, and a Maid of the Mist boat, background, in the Niagara Gorge below Niagara Falls. The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. continues to launch from the American shore but lost its Canadian contract to rival Hornblower Niagara Cruises.(AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson) NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say two boaters were about two miles from the brink of Niagara Falls when they were rescued from their disabled vessel by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.


Muslim extremism's appeal in UK

Robb Leech and Richard Dart British filmmaker chronicles stepbrother Richard Darl's turn to jihadism in 2009.


Kleiner to invest in messaging startup Snapchat at near-$10 billion valuation: report

A portrait of the Snapchat logo in Ventura Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer has agreed to invest in fast-growing messaging startup Snapchat at a valuation close to $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. At least one other strategic investor has committed to joining the latest round of funding, the Journal cited two of the people as saying. If the deal goes through, Snapchat would join a select club of tech startups with valuations of $10 billion or more, including car-ride service Uber and rooms-to-let startup AirBnB. Snapchat is similar to a new crop of popular mobile messaging apps that compete with established Internet services such as Twitter Inc's and Facebook.


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