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NATIONAL
October 9, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Not long after the flag-draped coffins of four Americans killed in combat arrived Wednesday at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base, the Pentagon announced that a private charity would restore death benefits for the families of military members who died while on active duty. But that quick action did little to calm the families' ire and stop the finger-pointing between the Obama administration and Republicans about a government failure whose effect was deeply symbolic and immediately felt by bereft parents, grieving spouses and children left without mothers and fathers.
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SPORTS
September 30, 2013 | Staff reports
Former U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy and 2012 British Open winner Ernie Els are among the 18 golfers scheduled to play with Tiger Woods in Woods' charity tournament in Thousand Oaks in December. The Tiger Woods Foundation on Monday announced the field for the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, a four-round event at Sherwood Country Club scheduled for Dec. 5-8 and paying $1 million to the winner. Woods, who last week was selected PGA Tour player of the year, is a five-time winner of the World Challenge, whose proceeds benefit Woods' charitable foundation.
SPORTS
September 27, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Chivas USA, the New Zealand national team and a pair of clubs from Mexico's first division are expected to compete in a planned soccer tournament, the Los Angeles Cup, next month, as part of an effort to raise funds for hurricane victims in Mexico. The tournament will kick off with an Oct. 9 doubleheader at Citrus College. New Zealand meeting Mexico's Queretaro in the first match at 7 p.m. followed by Chivas against Veracruz. On Oct. 12 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Chivas will play New Zealand, which is preparing for a two-leg playoff in November for a final spot in the 2014 World Cup. A portion of the tournament's ticket proceeds will go to victims of hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2013 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: What are your thoughts on charitable giving? I hear about tithing (giving 10% of income) but would have real problems trying to maintain that commitment. That said, I'd like to become a regular donor to a reputable charity. Answer: Most U.S. households give to charity, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, but the average contribution rate for those who give is closer to 3% than 10%. If you want to step up your charitable giving, take the time to plan and prioritize as you would any other part of your financial life.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Candance Cameron Bure has once again reunited with her "Full House" father and uncle! The former child star attended an event Wednesday for the 30th anniversary of the Starlight Foundation with Bob Saget and John Stamos, who, respectively, played single dad Danny Tanner and Elvis-obsessed uncle Jesse Katsopolos on the show. Bure, 37, who played spunky eldest sister DJ Tanner on the 1990s sitcom, wore a red strapless Adrianna Papell dress that she accessorized with a silver clutch from Tess handbags.
NATIONAL
September 20, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
When Glen James found himself in front of a room full of reporters earlier this week, he used his time in the spotlight to thank others. He thanked the people who look after him at a homeless shelter. He thanked “every pedestrian stranger” who has given him spare change when he has panhandled on Boston sidewalks. He even thanked one of the city's mayoral candidates who dropped $7 into his cup. “It's just nice to have some money in one's pockets so that as a homeless man I don't feel absolutely broke all the time,” he said in a written statement.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Job satisfaction is at a 20-year low in the U.S., and we're spending more and more time at work. Some researchers say there's a cheap and effective way to boost happiness and productivity. Rather than award employees bonuses, either as individuals or in teams, employers who give money to their workers to spend on charities or on their colleagues get better results, the researchers reported this week in the journal PLOS One . The researchers looked at three experiments. In one, workers at an Australian bank were given $25 or $50 to donate to the charity of their choice.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Prince William is bidding adieu to the Royal Air Force and active military duty. The Duke of Cambridge, 31, second in line to the British throne and father of Prince George, will conclude active duty to focus on his royal responsibilities instead. What royal responsibilities, you say? Mostly those that involve public service, giving speeches, promoting worthy causes, being a national icon, preparing to be king and all things aristocratic that don't always make as much sense to residents of a country with a history of anti-royalist dissent, according to World Now. PHOTOS: Kate Middleton through the years The announcement comes after 7½ years of military service, which included his post as a search-and-rescue pilot.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
And here we thought we had some hard-core Kristen Stewart fans following us on  Twitter - turns out one Middle Eastern prince was willing to donate a half-million bucks to charity for a 15-minute chat with the "On the Road" actress. The story comes from mega-producer Harvey Weinstein, who helped organize 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief and was at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday to screen the documentary "12-12-12. " The concert reportedly helped raise at least $50 million in storm relief money for those affected on the East Coast, administered by the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
SPORTS
September 9, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  This never would have happened to any of the guys in 'N Sync. A charity soccer match was held in Glasgow, Scotland, over the weekend for recently retired Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, who has leukemia. Over 60,000 people were in attendance to watch some of Europe's biggest stars compete, with one side featuring celebrities and assorted soccer players coached by Petrov, the other side being Celtic FC. Early in the second half, Petrov's Gabriel Agbonlahor knocked Louis Tomlinson, one-fifth of the boy band One Direction, to the ground while attempting to take the ball from him. Despite the fact that it wasn't much of a hit, Tomlinson went down like a wounded duck and rolled around on the ground for a while before getting up and limping off the field to a smattering of applause.
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