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August 14, 2013 |
BAKERSFIELD - More than a thousand immigration activists marched on Bakersfield on Wednesday in one of a series of protests around the nation this summer in favor of an immigration overhaul. The march, which triggered a counter-protest by groups that oppose more lenient immigration laws, targeted U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield). Organizers are seeking to persuade McCarthy, the third-most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, to support legislation that would allow the 11 million immigrants here illegally to apply for citizenship.
August 12, 2013 |
Japan's economic growth slowed in the second quarter, spurring debate over whether the country should raise its sales tax in order to more quickly pay down its public debt. The country's gross domestic product grew at an annualized 2.6%, coming in at a lower rate than many analysts' expectation of 3.8%. The previous quarter's GDP growth rate was also revised downward from 4.1% to 3.8%, the Japanese government said Monday. Top celebrity overseas commercials Japan's economy, which has had record deflation for much of the past two decades, has seen aggressive actions by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to turn around the world's third-largest economy.
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August 8, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - This is, after all, the City of St. Francis. So when a shrine named in his honor announced plans to build a repository for pet ashes in a catacomb-like hollow under the stairs of its 19th-century church, many animal lovers were elated. Little did they know the plan would stir old-fashioned church politics and deep theological questions. (Is the stair nook a sacred space? Does placement of cinerary urns equate to pet burial? Did St. Francis only care about living creatures?
August 5, 2013 |
An employee deprived of a $4,000 investment - that's what started the chain of events that led to Major League Baseball's suspensions of 13 players, including three-time most valuable player Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez, whose career accomplishments would otherwise make him a lock for the Hall of Fame, was suspended Monday for the remainder of this season and all of 2014. That suspension is set to take effect Thursday. Rodriguez has said he will appeal, and he would be allowed to play during that process.
July 29, 2013 |
The planned merger of Omnicom Group Inc. in New York and Publicis Groupe in Paris into the world's biggest advertising firm gives the combined company lots of clout. The deal was designed to give the new company more leverage when negotiating advertising rates and placements with television networks and with Internet Goliaths such as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. The merger could also help smaller advertising rivals who might scoop up clients. ...
July 23, 2013 |
The boy born to Prince William and his wife, the former Catherine Middleton, drew throngs of people to Buckingham Palace in London after the announcement was made Monday. But what about celebrations on this side of the pond? Pacifica Hotel Co. launched an It's a Boy sale on rooms at 15 California hotels, taking 20% off the price -- but only for reservations made in the next 48 hours. The deal: The It's a Boy sale promises the "royal treatment" for guests who want to save on stays at a number of coastal venues.
July 22, 2013 |
Picture this: The royal nappy. The on-its-way Royal Baby has spurred a bounty of picture books, perfect for the little Royal Baby itself and other, non-royal babies of its generation. In the Guardian, writer Imogen Russell Williams dives into the royal baby picture book boom . There's "The Royal Nappy," a goofy history of poop and the royal family (Nicholas Allen's picture books appear to all be about bums, pants and knickers); "The Royal Baby," a speculative look at what the baby may be like, that concludes that all babies are unique and we'll just have to wait (a way to get around the fact that the future monarch is not quite born yet)
July 3, 2013 |
Meet the new San Antonio Spurs -- same as the old San Antonio Spurs now that the team has come to terms with veteran guard Manu Ginobili and somewhat-improving center Tiago Splitter. The Argentine stars have reportedly agreed to two- and four-year contracts, respectively, leaving the Spurs with basically the same nucleus that was good enough to win the Western Conference but not quite up to the task of dethroning LeBron James and the Miami Heat as NBA champions. Despite an aging roster, the Spurs appear content to bring back the shooting guard who turns 36 this month to again play alongside power forward Tim Duncan (37)
July 2, 2013 |
The Russian Proton-M rocket that blew up seconds after blastoff Tuesday destroyed three satellites worth $200 million, spurred authorities to indefinitely delay two other launches this month and damaged the image of Russia's lucrative commercial space industry. The rocket, which appeared to stall and roll about 10 seconds after it was launched, also spewed 600 tons of toxic fuel across the launch pad and surrounding steppe of the Baikonur facility in Kazakhstan, raising fears of contamination and further strain in Moscow's relationship with its former Soviet sister republic.
July 1, 2013 |
New car dealers and their employees had a banner year last year, an industry trade group said. Jobs at new-car dealerships rose 3.2% in 2012 to 963,400 employees, according to the National Automobile Dealers Assn. That brought the average number of employees per dealership to 55 from 53. The average weekly earnings of employees at U.S. new-car dealerships last year was $1,030, up 9.1% from the previous year. All told, new-car dealerships had an annual average payroll of $2.9 million in 2012, up 12% from the previous year.