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American performers get standing ovation in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Hundreds of Iranian art lovers gave a troupe of Chicago-based puppeteers flowers and a lengthy standing ovation at the Tehran City Theater at the end of their historic performance this week during a rare visit by American performers to the Islamic...
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‘The Voice’ returns Monday with Pharrell, Stefani

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Gwen Stefani is surrounded by men. She has three sons with husband Gavin Rossdale and is the only female in her rock band No Doubt. But the 44-year-old singer and fashion designer said joining the all-male coaching team on NBC’s reality...
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Bennett, Gaga: Kids should know more about jazz

NEW YORK (AP) — Kids, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have homework for you: Listen to their new jazz album. The Grammy winners say they hope “Cheek to Cheek,” an album featuring selections from the Great American Songbook, will turn younger people on to jazz music....

Iranian youth behind ‘Happy’ video sentenced

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and the homemade video’s director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, their lawyer said Friday. The Iranians’ case...
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Alibaba symbol of China’s new tech giants

BEIJING (AP) —  Alibaba Group’s U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China’s state-dominated economy. Until now, Chinese companies that made a splash in global stock markets were state-owned banks and oil companies....
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New central bank stimulus launched for eurozone

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has launched a new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more — but low demand for its super-cheap money shows the difficulty it faces in trying to revive a stalling economy. The central bank for the...
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U.S. home construction drops 14.4 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the pace of building apartments. The Commerce Department says construction fell 14.4 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 956,000 homes. This reverses the sharp gains in...
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Angels beat Mariners 5-0, win AL West title

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson throws to the plate...
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Doctor: Ford to undergo 40 days of chemotherapy

Dr. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai hospital, gives an update on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s condition during a news conference at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Wednesday, Sept.17, 2014. Ford has a malignant sarcoma tumor which he described as “very...
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Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

Drag queens from left, Lil Ms. Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina take turns speaking about their battle with Facebook during a news conference at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy...