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Afghan officers detained at Canadian border now in US immigration custody

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by  Associated Press US takes custody of Afghan Army officers Associated Press - 23 September 2014 13:36-04:00

BOSTON (AP) — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who vanished during training in Massachusetts are now in custody of U.S. immigration officials after being detained on the Canadian border.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Tuesday that the officers face removal proceedings after being charged with administrative immigration violations.

Military officials said the three had been participating in a training exercise at a military base on Cape Cod. They were reported missing Saturday after leaving the base to visit a shopping mall.

On Monday, the soldiers were detained by the Canadian Border Security Agency while crossing Rainbow Bridge, which connects New York and Ontario at Niagara Falls.

U.S. officials have said they did not believe the men posed any danger.

News Topics: General news, Immigration, Social issues, Social affairs, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Afghanistan, United States, Central Asia, Asia, North America

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Bob Dylan named 2015 MusiCares person of the year; to be honored by Young, Mellencamp, Raitt

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by  Associated Press Bob Dylan named 2015 MusiCares person of the year Associated Press - 23 September 2014 13:32-04:00

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Dylan will be honored as the 2015 MusiCares person of the year.

A Tuesday news release says the 10-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter will be honored at the foundation's 25th anniversary tribute Feb. 6 in Los Angeles, two days before the Grammys.

Norah Jones; Neil Young; Willie Nelson; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Bonnie Raitt; Eddie Vedder; John Mellencamp; Los Lobos; and Jack White are among the musicians signed up to salute Dylan with versions of his songs at the annual event to benefit The Recording Academy's charitable foundation.

The 73-year-old Dylan helped rewrite rock 'n' roll's DNA with songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'."

Recent honorees have included Young, Carol King, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney.

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News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Music, Entertainment, Rock music, Celebrity, Music awards

People, Places and Companies: Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, John Mellencamp, Jack White, Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney

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BC-SOC--German Summaries

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by  Associated Press BC-SOC--German Summaries Associated Press - 23 September 2014 13:30-04:00 BC-SOC--German Summaries

Summaries Tuesday from German football (home teams listed first):

Germany Bundesliga 2

Ingolstadt 1, Erzgebirge Aue 1

Ingolstadt: Lukas Hinterseer (22).

Erzgebirge Aue: Frank Loning (20).

Halftime: 1-1.

St. Pauli 1, Eintracht Braunschweig 0

St. Pauli: Lasse Sobiech (15).

Halftime: 1-0.

Sandhausen 1, 1860 Munich 0

Sandhausen: Andrew Wooten (90).

Halftime: 0-0.

SpVgg Greuther Furth 1, Aalen 1

SpVgg Greuther Furth: Tom Weilandt (69).

Aalen: Andreas Ludwig (38).

Halftime: 0-1.

News Topics: Men's soccer, Professional soccer, Soccer, Sports, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Germany, Western Europe, Europe

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BC-SOC--German Standings

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by  Associated Press BC-SOC--German Standings Associated Press - 23 September 2014 13:30-04:00 BC-SOC--German Standings German Football Standings

Germany Bundesliga

GP W D L GF GA Pts SC Paderborn 4 2 2 0 7 2 8 Mainz 4 2 2 0 7 3 8 Hoffenheim 4 2 2 0 6 2 8 Bayern Munich 4 2 2 0 5 2 8 Bayer Leverkusen 4 2 1 1 10 9 7 Hannover 4 2 1 1 4 3 7 Borussia Moenchengladbach 4 1 3 0 5 2 6 FC Koln 4 1 3 0 2 0 6 Augsburg 4 2 0 2 7 7 6 Borussia Dortmund 4 2 0 2 6 7 6 Wolfsburg 4 1 2 1 8 6 5 Eintracht Frankfurt 4 1 2 1 5 5 5 Werder Bremen 4 0 3 1 8 10 3 Freiburg 4 0 2 2 3 6 2 Hertha BSC Berlin 4 0 2 2 7 11 2 Schalke 4 0 2 2 5 9 2 Hamburger SV 4 0 2 2 0 5 2 Stuttgart 4 0 1 3 1 7 1 Friday, Sept. 19

Freiburg 2, Hertha BSC Berlin 2

Saturday, Sept. 20

Augsburg 4, Werder Bremen 2

Schalke 2, Eintracht Frankfurt 2

Hamburger SV 0, Bayern Munich 0

SC Paderborn 2, Hannover 0

Stuttgart 0, Hoffenheim 2

Mainz 2, Borussia Dortmund 0

Sunday, Sept. 21

Wolfsburg 4, Bayer Leverkusen 1

FC Koln 0, Borussia Moenchengladbach 0

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Hoffenheim vs. Freiburg, 1800 GMT

Bayern Munich vs. SC Paderborn, 1800 GMT

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Mainz, 1800 GMT

Werder Bremen vs. Schalke, 1800 GMT

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Augsburg, 1800 GMT

Borussia Dortmund vs. Stuttgart, 1800 GMT

Hannover vs. FC Koln, 1800 GMT

Hertha BSC Berlin vs. Wolfsburg, 1800 GMT

Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Hamburger SV, 1800 GMT

Germany Bundesliga 1 Playoffs

FINAL Second Leg Sunday, May 18

SpVgg Greuther Furth 1, Hamburger SV 1; 1-1 aggregate; Hamburger SV advanced on 1-0 away goals

Germany Bundesliga 2

GP W D L GF GA Pts Ingolstadt 7 3 4 0 14 6 13 Bochum 6 3 3 0 15 6 12 Karlsruher SC 6 3 3 0 10 4 12 SpVgg Greuther Furth 7 3 2 2 12 7 11 RB Leipzig 6 3 2 1 8 3 11 Fortuna Duesseldorf 6 3 2 1 11 7 11 Darmstadt 6 3 2 1 8 5 11 Kaiserslautern 6 3 2 1 10 8 11 Sandhausen 7 3 1 3 5 7 10 Heidenheim 6 2 2 2 10 11 8 Eintracht Braunschweig 7 2 1 4 10 10 7 St. Pauli 7 2 1 4 5 12 7 1860 Munich 7 1 3 3 8 12 6 Aalen 7 1 3 3 6 10 6 1. FC Nurnberg 6 2 0 4 6 11 6 Union Berlin 6 1 3 2 5 10 6 FSV Frankfurt 6 1 1 4 5 11 4 Erzgebirge Aue 7 1 1 5 5 13 4 Tuesday, Sept. 23

Ingolstadt 1, Erzgebirge Aue 1

St. Pauli 1, Eintracht Braunschweig 0

Sandhausen 1, 1860 Munich 0

SpVgg Greuther Furth 1, Aalen 1

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Kaiserslautern vs. Union Berlin, 1530 GMT

Darmstadt vs. FSV Frankfurt, 1530 GMT

Heidenheim vs. 1. FC Nurnberg, 1530 GMT

RB Leipzig vs. Karlsruher SC, 1530 GMT

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bochum vs. Fortuna Duesseldorf, 1815 GMT

Friday, Sept. 26

Eintracht Braunschweig vs. Sandhausen, 1630 GMT

Erzgebirge Aue vs. Aalen, 1630 GMT

1860 Munich vs. SpVgg Greuther Furth, 1630 GMT

Saturday, Sept. 27

Union Berlin vs. Darmstadt, 1100 GMT

Karlsruher SC vs. Ingolstadt, 1100 GMT

Sunday, Sept. 28

FSV Frankfurt vs. St. Pauli, 1130 GMT

Fortuna Duesseldorf vs. RB Leipzig, 1130 GMT

Heidenheim vs. Bochum, 1130 GMT

Monday, Sept. 29

1. FC Nurnberg vs. Kaiserslautern, 1815 GMT

Germany Bundesliga 2 Playoffs

FINAL Second Leg Monday, May 19

Arminia Bielefeld 2, Darmstadt 4; 5-5 aggregate; Darmstadt advanced on 4-3 away goals

Germany Bundesliga 3

GP W D L GF GA Pts Chemnitzer 10 6 3 1 14 4 21 Dynamo Dresden 10 6 2 2 19 12 20 Preussen Muenster 10 5 3 2 18 13 18 MSV Duisburg 10 4 5 1 15 10 17 Stuttgarter Kickers 10 5 2 3 16 12 17 Arminia Bielefeld 10 5 2 3 19 16 17 Wehen Wiesbaden 10 5 2 3 16 13 17 FC Energie Cottbus 10 4 4 2 11 7 16 Rot-Weiss Erfurt 10 4 3 3 16 14 15 Hallescher FC 10 4 2 4 14 12 14 Osnabrueck 10 4 2 4 12 15 14 Unterhaching 10 3 3 4 15 17 12 Hansa Rostock 10 3 2 5 16 19 11 Stuttgart II 10 3 2 5 11 17 11 Holstein Kiel 10 2 4 4 10 11 10 SC Fortuna Koln 10 3 1 6 10 12 10 SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach 10 2 4 4 13 18 10 Borussia Dortmund II 10 2 3 5 11 16 9 Jahn Regensburg 10 2 2 6 13 22 8 FSV Mainz 05 II 10 1 3 6 11 20 6 Tuesday, Sept. 16

Stuttgart II 1, FSV Mainz 05 II 0

FC Energie Cottbus 2, SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach 0

Unterhaching 1, Arminia Bielefeld 3

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Borussia Dortmund II 1, Chemnitzer 3

Friday, Sept. 19

Dynamo Dresden 1, FSV Mainz 05 II 1

Unterhaching 1, MSV Duisburg 1

Stuttgarter Kickers 1, Osnabrueck 1

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borussia Dortmund II 0, SC Fortuna Koln 2

FC Energie Cottbus 1, Hallescher FC 2

Hansa Rostock 4, Arminia Bielefeld 2

Holstein Kiel 0, Wehen Wiesbaden 0

Preussen Muenster 3, SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach 1

Rot-Weiss Erfurt 2, Jahn Regensburg 0

Stuttgart II 0, Chemnitzer 0

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Chemnitzer vs. FC Energie Cottbus, 1700 GMT

FSV Mainz 05 II vs. Preussen Muenster, 1700 GMT

Stuttgarter Kickers vs. Unterhaching, 1700 GMT

Osnabrueck vs. Wehen Wiesbaden, 1700 GMT

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Arminia Bielefeld vs. Stuttgart II, 1700 GMT

Hallescher FC vs. Dynamo Dresden, 1700 GMT

Jahn Regensburg vs. Holstein Kiel, 1700 GMT

MSV Duisburg vs. Borussia Dortmund II, 1700 GMT

SC Fortuna Koln vs. Hansa Rostock, 1700 GMT

SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach vs. Rot-Weiss Erfurt, 1700 GMT

News Topics: Men's soccer, Professional soccer, College sports, Soccer, Sports, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Germany, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Dresden, Bochum, Bremen, Hannover, Leipzig, Western Europe, Europe

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BC-SOC--German Results

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by  Associated Press BC-SOC--German Results Associated Press - 23 September 2014 13:30-04:00 BC-SOC--German Results German Football Results

BERLIN (AP) — Results from German football:

Germany Bundesliga

Tuesday's Matches

Hoffenheim vs. Freiburg

Bayern Munich vs. SC Paderborn

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Mainz

Werder Bremen vs. Schalke

Wednesday's Matches

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Augsburg

Borussia Dortmund vs. Stuttgart

Hannover vs. FC Koln

Hertha BSC Berlin vs. Wolfsburg

Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Hamburger SV

Germany Bundesliga 2

Tuesday's Matches

Ingolstadt 1, Erzgebirge Aue 1

St. Pauli 1, Eintracht Braunschweig 0

Sandhausen 1, 1860 Munich 0

SpVgg Greuther Furth 1, Aalen 1

Wednesday's Matches

Kaiserslautern vs. Union Berlin

Darmstadt vs. FSV Frankfurt

Heidenheim vs. 1. FC Nurnberg

RB Leipzig vs. Karlsruher SC

Thursday's Match

Bochum vs. Fortuna Duesseldorf

Germany Bundesliga 3

Tuesday's Matches

Chemnitzer vs. FC Energie Cottbus

FSV Mainz 05 II vs. Preussen Muenster

Stuttgarter Kickers vs. Unterhaching

Osnabrueck vs. Wehen Wiesbaden

Wednesday's Matches

Arminia Bielefeld vs. Stuttgart II

Hallescher FC vs. Dynamo Dresden

Jahn Regensburg vs. Holstein Kiel

MSV Duisburg vs. Borussia Dortmund II

SC Fortuna Koln vs. Hansa Rostock

SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach vs. Rot-Weiss Erfurt

News Topics: Men's soccer, Professional soccer, Soccer, Sports, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Germany, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Western Europe, Europe

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Heel injury rules PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of Wednesday's match at Caen

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by  Associated Press Heel injury rules Ibrahimovic out of Caen match Associated Press - 23 September 2014 13:23-04:00

PARIS (AP) — Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss French champion Paris Saint-Germain's match at Caen on Wednesday because of a left heel injury.

Tests on Tuesday revealed that Ibrahimovic, the club's leading scorer with five league goals, needs at least two days of rest.

PSG has a busy schedule and will need him to be fit for the match at Toulouse on Saturday and at home to Lionel Messi's Barcelona in the Champions League three days later.

PSG has drawn its last three matches 1-1 and Ibrahimovic has not scored in those games. Altogether, PSG has drawn five of seven matches this season — including a lackluster 1-1 draw at Ajax last week — and sits in fifth place in the French league.

PSG is also without midfielder Marco Verratti, who is suspended.

News Topics: Sports, Athlete injuries, Men's soccer, Men's sports, Professional soccer, Soccer, Athlete health

People, Places and Companies: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti, France, Western Europe, Europe

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Diplomats owe New York City over $16 million in unpaid parking tickets

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by  Associated Press Diplomats owe NYC $16M in unpaid parking tickets The Wall Street Journal - 23 September 2014 13:14-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is owed over $16 million in unpaid parking tickets issued to foreign diplomatic vehicles.

The city's Department of Finance says Egypt tops the list of more than 180 countries with nearly $2 million in outstanding debt as of this summer.

The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/1rkS7nr ) says five countries owe more than $500,000: Nigeria, Indonesia, Brazil, Morocco and Pakistan.

Most of the debt is from tickets issued before 2002. Since then, the amount has been drastically reduced due to a city crackdown of unpaid parking tickets.

Egypt's U.N. mission spokesman says he didn't have details about the issue.

Officials for Indonesia, Morocco and Pakistan declined to comment. A spokesman for Brazil says it asked for more information. A message left at Nigeria's U.N. mission wasn't returned.

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News Topics: General news, Diplomacy, International relations, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: New York City, New York, United States, North America

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EU health ministers: Ebola threat to Europe is 'low' but more readiness, coordination needed

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by  Associated Press Ebola threat to EU is 'low' but readiness needed Associated Press - 23 September 2014 13:14-04:00

MILAN (AP) — EU health ministers say the chance that the deadly Ebola virus might spread to Europe is "low" but that they must improve coordination and prevention measures just in case.

The ministers ended a two-day meeting in Milan on Tuesday amid concerns in Italy that the virus might spread here thanks to the thousands of Africans who arrive via smugglers' boats every day.

In a statement, Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said the ministers concluded that the threat was "low" but that "regardless, we must raise our level of preparation to improve our abilities in the fields of identification, transportation, diagnosis and cure of patients or suspected patients."

Ministers called for improved public information campaigns and EU-wide coordination, including for possible evacuations of EU citizens from Africa.

News Topics: General news, Health, Ebola virus, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Milan, Italy, Western Europe, Europe

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Ex-Food Network star launching online network, telling her side of her downfall

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by  Associated Press Paula Deen documentary tells her side of downfall by J.M. HIRSCH, Associated Press - 23 September 2014 12:49-04:00

Former Food Network star Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you'll need to pay to hear it.

Deen has been working on a documentary about herself and her downfall — triggered in 2013 by her acknowledgment that she'd used a racial slur in the past — but it will only be available to subscribers of her new website, the Paula Deen Network. Recipe content on the site will be free, but viewers will need to pay $9.99 a month to view videos.

"We hope to have it out the first of the year and tell everybody the true story of what really happened," Deen said of the documentary during a recent telephone interview. "It was a painful year for me. It was a hurtful year when I found myself being labeled for something I was not."

The website, which launches Wednesday, will feature an ambitious array of original video content, including traditional cooking shows as well as lifestyle and game show segments, all starring Deen and her sons. The site, which will include no outside advertising or sponsors, also includes thousands of Deen's recipes, as well as menu planning tools.

The site and documentary are part of a larger effort by the star and her backers to resuscitate her career after a one-two punch of public relations disasters cost her nearly all her book, TV and endorsement deals.

In 2012, she was criticized for announcing she had both diabetes and a lucrative endorsement deal for a drug to treat the condition she'd until then hidden. A year later, during a legal dispute with a former employee who accused her of racial discrimination and sexual harassment, she acknowledged having used racial slurs in the past.

The experience was painful, but valuable, Deen told the AP. "I learned the power of words, how they have the ability to hurt and once you say certain words you can't un-ring it, not even 30 years later."

Deen — whose comeback effort began earlier this year, when private investment firm Najafi Companies put up $75 million to $100 million to rebuild her — said she had opportunities to return to traditional television, but both she and her fans preferred the flexibility and social elements of the digital world.

The new site, which is being overseen by longtime Deen producer Gordon Elliot, also will feature all of the content Deen produced during her more than 10 years at the Food Network. The network parted ways with her following the revelations about her comments. Deen wouldn't say how much it cost to acquire the videos, only that it was "very valuable to us." That content will be slowly rolled out for subscribers.

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AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch can be reached at jhirsch@ap.org and tweets at http://twitter.com/JM_Hirsch

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Television programs, Entertainment, Cooking shows, Celebrity chefs, Racial and ethnic discrimination, Documentaries, Chefs, Food and drink, Lifestyle, Discrimination, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs, Race and ethnicity

People, Places and Companies: Paula Deen

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Britain's PM Cameron: Queen 'purred down the line' when he rang her on Scottish vote result

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by  Associated Press Cameron: Queen seemed relieved after Scottish vote Associated Press - 23 September 2014 12:40-04:00

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has been overheard describing his nervousness about the Scotland referendum and how Queen Elizabeth II appeared relieved when he called to tell her the result.

The leader was chatting with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York when microphones picked up what they said. The video showing the conversation was broadcast Tuesday on Sky News.

Cameron was heard describing how he called the queen to say "It's all right, it's OK" after Thursday's referendum, in which Scots rejected independence and chose to stay with the United Kingdom.

"That was something," Cameron said, adding that the monarch then "purred down the line."

Cameron then told Bloomberg that "it should never have been that close" and "it was very nervous moments."

News Topics: General news, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: David Cameron, Queen Elizabeth II, Michael Bloomberg, United Kingdom, Scotland, New York City, Western Europe, Europe, New York, United States, North America

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UN chief welcomes airstrikes targeting Islamic State group in in Syria

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by  Associated Press UN chief welcomes airstrikes in Syria Associated Press - 23 September 2014 12:39-04:00

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general has welcomed airstrikes against militants in Syria which he says pose "an immediate threat to international peace and security."

In opening remarks at a climate summit press conference Tuesday, Ban urged world leaders gathered in New York "to come together decisively" in support of efforts to confront extremist groups.

The U.S. and five Arab nations carried out airstrikes against targets of the Islamic State group in Syria on Monday and early Tuesday for the first time, using land- and sea-based U.S. aircraft as well as Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from two Navy ships in the region.

Ban cautioned, however, that parties involved in the airstrikes must abide by international humanitarian law and take all precautions to avoid and minimize civilian casualties.

News Topics: General news, Religion and politics, Religious issues, Religion, Social affairs, Social issues

People, Places and Companies: Syria, Middle East

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Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

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by  Associated Press Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 23 September 2014 12:38-04:00

The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 15 to Sunday Sept. 21 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

UNITED STATES

1. Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (Epic Records)

2. Iggy Azalea, "Black Widow" (Virgin EMI Records)

3. Jessie J, "Bang Bang" (Republic Records)

4. Ariana Grande, "Break Free" (Republic Records)

5. Sia, "Chandelier" (RCA Records)

6. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" (Capitol Records Ltd.)

7. Calvin Harris, "Blame" (Columbia Records)

8. Echosmith, "Cool Kids" (Warner Bros. Records)

9. Maroon 5, "Animals" (Interscope Records)

10. MAGIC!, "Rude" (RCA Records)

UNITED KINGDOM

1. Calvin Harris, "Blame" (Columbia Records)

2. Lilly Wood and The Prick, "Prayer in C - Robin Schulz Radio Edit" (Warner Music Germany)

3. MAGIC!, "Rude" (Sony Music Entertainment International Limited)

4. Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (Epic Records)

5. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" (Capitol Records Ltd.)

6. Iggy Azalea, "Black Widow" (Virgin EMI Records)

7. Nico & Vinz, "Am I Wrong" (Parlophone Norway)

8. Maroon 5, "Maps" (Interscope Records)

9. Ed Sheeran, "Don't" (Atlantic Records UK)

10. Sam Smith, "I'm Not The Only One" (Capitol Records Ltd.)

GLOBAL

1. Calvin Harris, "Blame" (Columbia Records)

2. Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (Epic Records)

3. MAGIC!, "Rude" (Sony Music Entertainment International Limited)

4. Ariana Grande, "Break Free" (Republic Records)

5. Sia, "Chandelier" (RCA Records)

6. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" (Capitol Records Ltd.)

7. Maroon 5, "Maps" (Interscope Records)

8. Iggy Azalea, "Black Widow" (Virgin EMI Records)

9. Jessie J, "Bang Bang" (Republic Records)

10. Lilly Wood and The Prick, "Prayer in C - Robin Schulz Radio Edit" (Warner Music Germany)

News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Music, Entertainment, Music industry, Pop music, Rock music, Music radio, Online media, Entertainment industry, Media and entertainment industry, Industries, Radio programs, Media

People, Places and Companies: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sia Furler, Ed Sheeran, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe

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The band Tennis' game is a classic, breezy pop sound

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by  Associated Press The band Tennis bats about a classic pop sound by DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press - 23 September 2014 12:35-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Besides terminal unhipness, the band Tennis has a practical reason to regret taking its name from an inside joke between founding couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley.

"It's hard to have a name that no one can Google," said Riley, who has his own search engine problems sharing a name with a multi-ringed pro basketball coach.

Here's what a search might turn up: Colorado-based indie rock band generating buzz for an airy, organic sound centered on Moore's voice and Riley's guitar. New disc with three producers who carry serious cred — the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Jim Eno (who worked with Spoon) and Richard Swift (worked with The Shins). Toured with the band Haim and shares their classic melodic sense. Hooks that won't quit on songs like "Origins," ''Mean Streets" and the new "I'm Callin'."

The couple, who met at the University of Colorado, began a musical career after essentially giving up on one.

Riley, 28, had played in local bands and tried but failed to get work at record companies before taking a job at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. Moore, 29, had studied music but was exploring law school. They were married in 2009.

The couple bought a sailboat and meandered along the East Coast for months, writing songs for fun along the way. They shared the music with friends, and one posted the song "Baltimore" on a music blog. Word spread online, and they were offered a recording contract. The songs they wrote while sailing made up their first album.

Tennis' sound is often described as retro. They prefer "timeless."

"Our guiding principle is to make choices that don't specifically tie us to any particular moment or trend in time," Moore said. "That means we draw from the past because it has already proven its value. We have great respect for artists who take bigger risks and actually pioneer styles and innovate genres. I'm jealous of people who do that, but I know myself and I know my gift."

Riley and Moore have an easy rapport, and he gently picks out stray strands that go awry from his wife's mop of curls as she talks.

"When we were married we made no formal vows," she said. "Instead, we promised to never be a hindrance to each other's goals, and to always help each other become our best selves even if it means growing apart. Leading a life of discovery and fulfillment is all we've ever wanted for each other, so when we stumbled upon the chance to make music together, it felt like a natural extension of that promise."

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David Bauder can be reached at dbauder@ap.org or on Twitter@dbauder. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/david-bauder .

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Music, Entertainment

People, Places and Companies: Patrick Carney, Colorado, United States, North America

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Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

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by  Associated Press Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 23 September 2014 12:33-04:00

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 21 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

UNITED STATES

1. WALK THE MOON, "Shut Up And Dance" (RCA Records)

2. Tove Lo, "Moments" (Island Records)

3. Ben Howard, "End Of The Affair" (Island Records)

4. Alesso, "Heroes (we could be)" (Def Jam Recordings)

5. MisterWives, "Riptide" (Photo Finish/Republic Records)

6. Ne-Yo, "She Knows" (Motown Records)

7. Melanie Martinez, "Carousel" (Atlantic Records)

8. You+Me, "You and Me" (RCA Records)

9. Meghan Trainor, "Dear Future Husband" (Epic Records)

10. Betty Who, "All of You" (RCA Records)

UNITED KINGDOM

1. Imagine Dragons, "Warriors" (Universal Music Ltd.)

2. alt-J, "Lovely Day (Bonus Track)" (Infectious)

3. Slash, "Sweet Child O' MIne - feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators; Live at Spotify, London" (Roadrunner Records)

4. James Bay, "Let It Go" (Republic Records)

5. Aphex Twin, "minipops 67(120.2)(source field mix)" (Warp Records)

6. SBTRKT, "Voices In My Head" (Young Turks Recordings Ltd)

7. Flying Lotus, "Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)" (Warp Records)

8. Slipknot, "The Devil In I" (Roadrunner Records)

9. Waze & Odyssey, "Bump & Grind 2014 (Waze & Odyssey vs. R. Kelly) - Radio Edit" (RCA Records)

10. Baz Luhrmann, "Everybody's Free (To Wear Suncreen)" (Capitol Records)

GLOBAL

1. Imagine Dragons, "Warriors" (Universal Music Ltd.)

2. Pablo Alborán, "Por fin" (Parlophone Spain)

3. Melendi, "Tocado y hundido" (Warner Music Spain)

4. Tove Lo, "Moments" (Island Records)

5. Alesso, "Heroes (we could be)" (Def Jam Recordings)

6. WALK THE MOON, "Shut Up And Dance" (RCA Records)

7. Ne-Yo, "She Knows" (Motown Records)

8. Meghan Trainor, "Dear Future Husband" (Epic Records)

9. Slipknot, "The Devil In I" (Roadrunner Records)

10. Ben Howard, "End Of The Affair" (Island Records)

News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Music, Entertainment, Rhythm and blues, Online media, Pop music, Media

People, Places and Companies: Ne-Yo, Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Baz Luhrmann, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe

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Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry celebrates 40 years with photo show in NYC

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by  Associated Press NYC photo show looks back at Debbie Harry's career by SHELLEY ACOCA, Associated Press - 23 September 2014 12:26-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Forty-one years after Blondie hit the music scene, frontwoman Debbie Harry is looking back — but not through her music.

Instead, band co-founder Chris Stein is offering an insider's view with a show of photographs that he began shooting before Blondie was formed.

At a private opening Monday, the 69-year-old Harry, her lips painted into a perfect red bow of a mouth, blond hair and downtown-cool black clothes, posed for cameras with Stein, then reflected on a life spent in music.

"I don't know if I really thought about it too much in terms of a long future," she said of the early days. "I think it was sort of a day-to-day kind of momentum, just to sort of keep going. I don't think either of us had a long plan ... I think it was really just if we can get through next week, we'll be doing all right."

Stein, 64, said he began the decades-long series of photos in 1973 when he and Harry formed The Stilettos. The exhibit coincides with the release of Stein's photo book, "Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk" (Rizzoli).

He hopes younger people will take away "a little sense of history" from the exhibit at New York's iconic Chelsea Hotel, which over the years has been a temporary home to music legends from Madonna to Sid Vicious. The exhibit runs through Sept. 29.

"They (need to) appreciate all the obstacles and hard work that we've done," he said.

Jeffrey Deitch, who curated the exhibit, says its roots took hold about seven years ago.

"Debbie said, 'I've always wanted to show my collection of rock and roll T-shirts' ... and then the 40th anniversary of the band (came) and Chris had his photography book," Deitch said.

The T-shirts didn't get their own show, but they are an element of the exhibit, which also features photos by rock photographer Bob Gruen, Annie Leibovitz and Robert Mapplethorpe.

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Music, Entertainment, Rock music, Art photography, Visual arts

People, Places and Companies: Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, New York City, New York, United States, North America

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22-year-old man arrested in Guam pedestrian fatal from last summer

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by  Associated Press Man arrested in Guam pedestrian fatal Associated Press - 23 September 2014 12:22-04:00

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Police in Guam have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of vehicular homicide in the death of a pedestrian last summer.

The Pacific Daily News reports (http://is.gd/T3z7Px) Brandon James Flaherty also faces vehicular homicide while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and speeding charges in the July 9 death of Turley Thomas.

The 28-year-old Thomas was struck while crossing Marine Corps Drive near a flea market on July 9. Authorities said she died from internal injuries.

Police have said the driver of the car, who was not named in reports, left the scene but was brought back. A field sobriety test at the time showed no evidence of alcohol use, but police say the driver admitted to using marijuana.

It wasn't immediately clear if Flaherty had a lawyer.

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Information from: Pacific Daily News: http://www.guampdn.com

News Topics: General news, Homicide, Arrests, Violent crime, Crime, Law and order

People, Places and Companies: Guam, Hagatna, Oceania

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Portugal's terraced vineyards: Monuments to human ingenuity, and then there's the wine

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by  Associated Press Port wine in Portugal and Douro River vineyards by GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO, Associated Press - 23 September 2014 12:21-04:00

PINHAO, Portugal (AP) — Ribbons of bright green grape leaves alternated with golden stone walls as far as I could see along the steep banks of Portugal's Douro River.

Cantilevered steps led up hand-stacked dry stone walls to narrow ledges, where the schist rock had been crumbled, also by hand, to make the soil. The terraces, planted with rows of vines, basked in the early summer sunshine.

Tony Smith was showing me around his Quinta da Boa Vista estate outside the winemaking town of Pinhao, with 26 miles (42 kilometers) of walls, some 9 meters (30 feet) tall, supporting vines at least 80 years old.

"Vines thrive when they suffer a bit," he said.

No kidding. These mountain-hugging terraced vineyards produce one of the most recognizable wines in the world and the most visible export of this economically struggling country: Port, or vinho do Porto in Portuguese, from its namesake harbor city at the Douro's estuary, 80 miles (130 kilometers)downriver from Pinhao.

In June, on my fourth trip to the region, I explored the port cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia (often simply called Gaia), the city on the opposite riverbank from Porto, and then drove up the Douro to visit three vineyards near the towns of Baiao and Pinhao.

Holding a glass of 20-year tawny port at the Ramos Pinto lodge in Gaia, the house head winemaker and general manager Joao Nicolau de Almeida smiled at the dark amber swirls.

"The most humanized wine," he called it, because, from stone-breaking to the constantly changing blends over years, it's "people's work, not just nature's."

Tawny was De Almeida's first wine - at age 6 at his parents' dinner table - and first school break job, when his father sent him to work in the family warehouses as punishment for bad grades. Over the last 30 years, De Almeida has been a leader in studying and modernizing Douro winemaking.

The story of port, just like the resilient Douro grapes of which it's a blend, continues to be one of human creativity.

"Port-tonic?" a waiter offered as I sailed the Douro between the monument-crammed historic center of Porto and the wine cellars directly across the river in Gaia during the St. John's Day regatta of rabelos, the traditional boats that were used to transport wine barrels.

The trendy cocktail, made with white port, seeks to attract younger drinkers, said Rui Cunha, a Porto-based winemaker and great-grandson of Adriano Ramos Pinto, the house founder.

Already in the late 19th century, he commissioned risque Art Nouveau advertisements of port as "a temptation," including a glass-holding snake slithering up Eve as Adam watches. The ads are on view at the company's museum.

But for all its indulgent luxury reputation, port's origins are backbreakingly earthy, stemming from rocky, steep terroir that couldn't be more different from the gently rolling hills of Bourgogne, Chianti and Napa.

Because vines need little water and can grow where little else will, Romans and then 12th-century Cistercian monks cultivated them along the upper Douro, which flows to the Atlantic from northern Spain (where, called Duero, it also waters celebrated vineyards).

In the 1600s, English traders deprived of French wines turned to Portuguese producers, and, one story goes, added brandy to the full-bodied reds to preserve them on their sea voyage - making port.

By the mid-1700s, parts of the Douro valley - beginning near the town of Peso da Regua, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) upstream from Porto - became a demarcated region, its vines and wines highly regulated to protect indigenous grapes like the prized touriga nacional.

The landscape was unchanged until the 1980s, when port shipping companies started buying land upstream and innovators like De Almeida introduced vertical planting and larger terraces alongside the traditional ledges to mechanize some of the work.

The latest trend has been bringing Douro winemaking closer to its country roots. The same Douro grapes blended for port are now being used for quality-certified table wines with a more universal, and inexpensive, appeal.

As you travel upriver from Porto, just before the Douro region you cross the southernmost corner of another Portuguese demarcated wine zone, the generally cooler and wetter vinho verde one. In the granite hillsides around Baiao and Regua, it produces mostly a dry, mineral white.

"Vinho verde is a growing segment," being less alcoholic and a better fit with light foods, said Smith, whose other quinta, Covela, makes two kinds.

During a Saturday lunch at Bom Retiro, Ramos Pinto's quinta near Pinhao, friends and I used bacalhau, roast beef, Serra da Estrela cheese and custard as excuses to try five bottles - white port, white and red wine, and vintage and 20-year tawny port.

The latter's flavor lingered in my mouth like an exquisitely buzzy blend of caramel and dried nuts. All around me were the grapes that went into my glass, hand-picked from plants growing on those hot hand-carved stone terraces - monuments to a grueling feat of human ingenuity well worth toasting, even if you only drink water.

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If You Go...

SAMPLING PORT IN PORTUGAL: The harbor city of Porto, Portugal — http://www.visitporto.travel — has an international airport. River boats and trains from Porto to the winemaking region around Pinhao, about three hours away by rail, provide vistas of the Douro's vineyards, but a car is essential to tour the dozens of quintas; http://www.ivdp.pt and http://www.covela.pt . For port lodges in the city of Gaia see http://www.cavesvinhodoporto.com . You can fit a Douro quinta visit on a day trip from Porto; a fascinating midway stop is the Foundation Eca de Queiroz, the house-museum of one of Portugal's celebrated novelists that now also has a restaurant featuring dishes from de Queiroz's times, http://www.feq.pt .

News Topics: Travel, Lifestyle, Marine transportation industry, Viticulture and viniculture, Wine, Port operation, Wineries, Gardening, Winery operation, Container gardening, Travel destinations, Transportation and shipping, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business, Fruit farming, Crop farming, Agriculture, Alcoholic beverages, Beverages, Food and drink, Transportation infrastructure, Recreation and leisure, Home and garden, Hobbies, Alcoholic beverage manufacturing, Beverage manufacturing, Food, beverage and tobacco products manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Leisure travel

People, Places and Companies: Portugal, Porto, Western Europe, Europe

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Unfit Afridi gets a cut in salary, Misbah gets 10 per cent raise after fitness tests

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by  Associated Press Afridi gets a pay cut, Misbah gets a raise by RIZWAN ALI, Associated Press - 23 September 2014 12:19-04:00

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi will be docked 25 per cent of his salary for four months for failing to reach a minimum level of fitness, while 40-year-old test and ODI skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will get a 10 per cent pay rise for having improved his personal fitness.

The Pakistan Cricket Board made the announcement on Tuesday after conducting extensive physiological tests on 28 players earlier this year.

Umar Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Sarfraz Ahmed and Sohaib Maqsood are among 11 other players whose monthly salaries will be cut by 25 per cent between now and the year end after they fell below the minimum fitness level.

By contrast, batsmen Shan Masood and Umar Amin were rewarded with pay rises of 17.5 per cent after becoming fitter.

News Topics: Sports, Athlete compensation, Cricket, Sports business

People, Places and Companies: Pakistan, South Asia, Asia

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UK Labour leader Ed Miliband lays out his vision for prime minister post at party conference

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by  Associated Press UK Labour leader lays out vision for the future Associated Press - 23 September 2014 12:06-04:00

LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition leader Ed Miliband has laid out his vision for the country's top job ahead of national elections in 2015, offering a 10-year-blueprint for the future.

The Labour Party leader promised thousands more nurses Tuesday as part of a 2.5 billion pound ($4 billion) investment in the National Health Service and to slash the number of people in low pay.

In the last Labour Party Conference before the May election, he warned that trust with voters would need to be restored.

He charged that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has been caught out — failing to honor promises on the NHS and the environment.

He said voters face a choice between "leadership that stands up for the privileged few or leadership that fights for you and your family."

News Topics: General news, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Ed Miliband, David Cameron, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe

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World Trade Organization cuts global trade growth forecasts for this year and next

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by  Associated Press World trade body cuts forecasts Associated Press - 23 September 2014 11:29-04:00

BERLIN (AP) — The World Trade Organization has sharply reduced its forecast for global trade growth this year, pointing to uneven economic growth in countries including China and the U.S.

The WTO said Tuesday that its economists are now predicting 3.1 percent growth in world trade this year, down from the 4.6 percent forecast in April. They also cut their outlook for 2015 to 4 percent from the previous 5.3 percent.

The Geneva-based body said global trade stagnated in the first six months of this year as a gradual recovery in demand for imports in developed countries was offset by declines in developing countries.

Its director-general, Roberto Azevedo, said that "uneven growth and continuing geopolitical tensions will remain a risk for both trade and output in the second half of the year."

News Topics: Business, General news, Global trade, International trade, Economy

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