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wrong national anthem played for gold medallists


russian gold medal winners at the biathlon world championship in austria had to sing the correct version of their national anthem.aleksei volkov, maksim tsvetkov, anton babikov, and anton shipulin were handed the microphone when organisers played an old version of the anthem.






us tennis apologizes for nazi-era anthem at fed cup match


the united states tennis association has apologized after an outdated version of the german national anthem that later became associated with the nazi regime was performed before a fed cup match in hawaii.the anthem was sung saturday before a fed cup quarterfinal between the united states and germany. it contained a verse that translates to "germany, germany, above all, above all in the world," which became identified with adolf hitler's third reich.andrea petkovic, who was born in bosnia, said after her match that she considered walking off the court as the anthem was sung.she said: "i thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and i've never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in fed cup, and i've played fed cup for 13 years now and it is the worst thing that has ever happen






us tennis apologizes for nazi-era anthem at fed cup match


kaanapali, hawaii — the united states tennis association has apologized after an outdated version of the german national anthem that later became associated with the nazi regime was performed before a fed cup match in hawaii.the anthem was sung saturday before a fed cup quarterfinal between the united states and germany. it contained a verse that translates to "germany, germany, above all, above all in the world," which became identified with adolf hitler's third reich.andrea petkovic, who was born in bosnia, said after her match that she considered walking off the court as the anthem was sung.she said: "i thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and i've never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in fed cup, and i've played fed cup for 13 years now and it is the worst thing






us tennis apologizes for nazi-era anthem at fed cup match


kaanapali, hawaii — the united states tennis association has apologized after an outdated version of the german national anthem that later became associated with the nazi regime was performed before a fed cup match in hawaii.the anthem was sung saturday before a fed cup quarterfinal between american alison riske and germany’s andrea petkovic. it contained a verse that translates to “germany, germany, above all, above all in the world,” which became identified with adolf hitler’s third reich.the usta issued a statement apologizing, saying: “in no way did we mean any disrespect. this mistake will not occur again, and the correct anthem will be performed for the remainder of this first-round tie.”petkovic, who was born in bosnia, told reporters after her match that she considered walking off






us tennis apologizes for nazi-era anthem at fed cup match


kaanapali, hawaii — the united states tennis association has apologized after an outdated version of the german national anthem that later became associated with the nazi regime was performed before a fed cup match in hawaii.the anthem was sung saturday before a fed cup quarterfinal between american alison riske and germany's andrea petkovic. it contained a verse that translates to "germany, germany, above all, above all in the world," which became identified with adolf hitler's third reich.the usta issued a statement apologizing, saying: "in no way did we mean any disrespect. this mistake will not occur again, and the correct anthem will be performed for the remainder of this first-round tie."petkovic, who was born in bosnia, told reporters after her match that she considered walking off






cigna rejects anthem's $48 billion takeover bid; sues for $1.85 billion terminat


cigna says it is rejecting anthem's proposed $48 billion acquisition bid and suing the blue cross-blue shield insurer.the announcement comes hours after another major insurer, aetna, said it was abandoning its planned $34 billion purchase of medicare advantage provider humana.the department of justice sued last summer to stop the deals due to concerns about how they would affect prices and consumer choices. federal judges rejected both deals in separate rulings earlier this year.anthem inc. had filed paperwork monday to appeal its case.cigna corp. says it is seeking a $1.85 billion termination fee from anthem and more than $13 billion in damages caused by what it says were anthem's breaches of the merger agreement.an anthem spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.






o no, canada: singer flubs anthem at tors game in nyc


new york — o no, canada.a broadway performer botched the canadian national anthem before the toronto tors' game in brooklyn on sunday, singing lyrics that aren't in "o canada."amber iman, who has been cast in the national tour of "hamilton" that will soon open, sang, "o canada, we sing our hearts for thee." the line that ends the song is "o canada, we stand on guard for thee." tors players and coaches looked around in confusion as they stood in line."i'm going to leave that alone. but yeah, that anthem was a lot different than i've heard over the last five years. a lot different," tors all-star kyle lowry said. "her voice was beautiful, but the anthem, the song, the words ... have her come to toronto, we'll come and get somebody to give her some lessons."the tors responded by poking fun at






after anthem mistake, us leads germany in fed cup


kaanapali, hawaii — after an outdated stanza of the german national anthem was sung during the opening ceremonies, the united states took a 1-0 lead and was ahead in the other opening match in its best-of-5 fed cup quarterfinal saturday.alison riske beat andrea petkovic 7-6 (10), 6-2, and coco vandeweghe led julia goerges 6-3, 3-1 when rain halted play.the stanza of the anthem that was sung dates to world war ii-era germany and brought a stern response from petkovic, and an official statement of apology from the united states tennis association.petkovic, who was born in bosnia, said in the german-speaking portion of her press conference that she considered walking off the court as the anthem went on."i thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and i've never felt more disrespected in my who






us judge blocks anthem-cigna health insurance merger


sacramento, calif. — a federal judge is rejecting anthem inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer cigna corp., saying the merger would likely lead to higher costs, less competition and diminished innovation.u.s. district judge amy berman jackson issued the ruling on wednesday.jackson says the merger would significantly reduce competition in the already concentrated insurance market, particularly for large employers. just four insurers sell to companies with at least 5,000 employees spread across multiple states, and the judge says cigna and anthem aggressively compete for their business.anthem spokeswoman jill becher says company officials are reviewing the decision.the u.s. department of justice sued last summer to block the anthem-cigna deal and another major acquisition, aetna's plan to b






o no, canada: singer flubs anthem at tors game in nyc


new york (ap) — o no, canada.a broadway performer botched the canadian national anthem before the toronto tors’ game in brooklyn on sunday, singing lyrics that aren’t in “o canada.”amber iman, who has been cast in the national tour of “hamilton” that will soon open, sang, “o canada, we sing our hearts for thee.” the line that ends the song is “o canada, we stand on guard for thee.” tors players and coaches looked around in confusion as they stood in line.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“i’m going to leave that alone. but yeah, that anthem was a lot different than i’ve heard over the last five years. a lot different,” tors all-star kyle lowry said. “her voice was beautiful, but the anthem, the song, the words … have her come to toronto, we’ll come and get somebody






us tennis apologizes for nazi-era anthem at fed cup match


kaanapali, hawaii (ap) — the united states tennis association has apologized after an outdated version of the german national anthem that later became associated with the nazi regime was performed before a fed cup match in hawaii.the anthem was sung saturday before a fed cup quarterfinal between american alison riske and germany’s andrea petkovic. it contained a verse that translates to “germany, germany, above all, above all in the world,” which became identified with adolf hitler’s third reich.the usta issued a statement apologizing, saying: “in no way did we mean any disrespect. this mistake will not occur again, and the correct anthem will be performed for the remainder of this first-round tie.”petkovic, who was born in bosnia, told reporters after her match that she considered walking






o no, canada: singer flubs anthem at tors game in nyc


new york (ap) — o no, canada.a broadway performer botched the canadian national anthem before the toronto tors’ game in brooklyn on sunday, singing lyrics that aren’t in “o canada.”amber iman, who has been cast in the national tour of “hamilton” that will soon open, sang, “o canada, we sing our hearts for thee.” the line that ends the song is “o canada, we stand on guard for thee.” tors players and coaches looked around in confusion as they stood in line.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“i’m going to leave that alone. but yeah, that anthem was a lot different than i’ve heard over the last five years. a lot different,” tors all-star kyle lowry said. “her voice was beautiful, but the anthem, the song, the words … have her come to toronto, we’ll come and get somebody






nazi version of anthem played at tennis tournament, sparking outrage


kaanapali, hawaii -- after an outdated stanza of the german national anthem that later became associated with the nazi regime was sung during the opening ceremonies, the united states took a 1-0 lead and was ahead in the other opening match in its best-of-5 fed cup quarterfinal saturday.alison riske beat andrea petkovic 7-6 (10), 6-2, and coco vandeweghe led julia goerges 6-3, 3-1 when rain halted play.the stanza of the anthem that was sung translates to “germany, germany, above all, above all in the world,” which became identified with adolf hitler’s third reich. the singing of the verse brought a stern response from petkovic and an official statement of apology from the united states tennis association.petkovic, who was born in bosnia, said in the german-speaking portion of her news conf






before the super bowl, luke bryan delivers steady national anthem


before sunday night's super bowl kickoff, luke bryan took the baton from this year's halftime performer lady gaga, who sang last year’s pre-super bowl national anthem. bryan epitomizes “bro country,” the kind of artist who soundtracks spring-break blow-outs for a living. in other words, he was the perfect choice for singing the anthem before america’s biggest nationally televised frat party.whereas gaga went over the top with a 2-minute, 23-second performance, bryan – dressed down for the occasion in jeans and v-neck shirt -- kept his version steady and stately. there were no ululations or bouts of over-singing, other than a long held “braaaaaave” at the finish, which tipped his anthem past the two minute mark, at 2:04. check out the latest movie reviews from michael phillips and the chica






colin kaepernick will now stand for national anthem


var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]);colin kaepernick has made his point by kneeling during the national anthem, and now the 49ers quarterback will stand during the anthem beginning next season, espn reported thursday.the report says kaepernick feels his protest has delivered his desired results — the message that social inequality still exists in this country — and that some positive changes have come from it, despite the backlash he’s felt. however, espn reported kapernick no longer wants his method of protest to take away from that message.kaepernick, who is expected to opt out of his 49ers contract this week and become a free agent, began his protest at the start of last preseason. he took a knee during san francisco’s last preseason game and its subsequent 16 regular season






insurer anthem fires back at cigna


indianapolis (ap) — health insurers anthem and cigna are now trading lawsuits instead of working together to salvage their shaky $48-billion buyout agreement.the blue cross-blue shield carrier anthem said wednesday that it is seeking a restraining order to block its smaller rival from terminating their deal, which has already been blocked by a federal judge.cigna announced tuesday that it was suing anthem and seeking more than $13 billion in damages for what it says were anthem’s breaches of the merger agreement. anthem had filed documents seeking an expedited appeal to the judge’s ruling a day before cigna’s complaint landed in federal court.the two companies announced anthem’s plan to buy cigna in 2015 a few weeks after two other insurers, aetna inc. and humana inc., announced a similar






jim harbaugh on getting “endurance medal” for lasting 4 years with 49ers


on 'the tk show', harbaugh talked about his evolving reaction to colin kaepernick's national-anthem protest, the birth of his new son and more.






colin kaepernick opts from sitting during the national anthem


colin kaepernick will now stand during the national anthem this upcoming nfl season, espn reports. the san francisco 49ers quarterback made it a pivotal point last year to sit, and later kneel during the anthem portion of each game in an effort to get his point across and promote social change. sources told the news site that he doesn’t want the actual act of boycotting the song to distract the masses from the conversation his movement has since sparked.read: colin kaepernick vows to donate $1 million to charities aimed at societal changekaepernick will terminate his contract with the 49ers this week, to become a free agent espn adds. yet it’s worth noting that in addition to the protest, which caused several nfl players to follow suit, the colin kaepernick foundation vowed to donate $1 mi






insurer anthem fires back at cigna


indianapolis — health insurers anthem and cigna are now trading lawsuits instead of working together to salvage a shaky $48-billion buyout agreement.the blue cross-blue shield carrier anthem said wednesday that it is seeking a restraining order to block its smaller rival from terminating their deal, which has already been blocked by a federal judge.cigna announced tuesday that it was suing anthem and seeking more than $13 billion in damages for what it says were anthem's breaches of the merger agreement.the two companies announced anthem's plan to buy cigna in 2015 a few weeks after two other insurers, aetna inc. and humana inc., announced a separate deal.anthem and aetna had touted their huge acquisition bids as a way to grow enrollment, cut costs and reap savings that they would then pas






p os: super bowl 2017 halftime show


luke bryantom pennington / getty imagescountry singer and songwriter luke bryan performs the national anthem prior to super bowl 51 between the new england patriots and the atlanta falcons at nrg stadium on february 5, 2017 in houston, texas.country singer and songwriter luke bryan performs the national anthem prior to super bowl 51 between the new england patriots and the atlanta falcons at nrg stadium on february 5, 2017 in houston, texas. (tom pennington / getty images)see more galleries






cigna-anthem deal ends in a lawsuit


cigna (ci) says it’s rejecting anthem’s (antm) proposed $48 billion acquisition bid and suing the blue cross-blue shield insurer.the announcement comes hours after another major insurer, aetna (aet), said it was abandoning its planned $34 billion purchase of medicare advantage provider humana (hum).the department of justice sued last summer to stop both deals due to concerns about how they would affect prices and consumer choices. federal judges rejected them in separate rulings earlier this year.anthem had filed paperwork monday to appeal its case.cigna says it’s seeking a $1.85 billion termination fee from anthem and more than $13 billion in damages caused by what it says were anthem’s breaches of the merger agreement. “in light of the court’s ruling, cigna believes that the transaction






high school junior sings one of the most amazing national anthem renditions ever


it’s hard to believe that this girl is just a junior in high school. based on the power of her voice, her restraint, and her range, you’d think she was a much more experienced singer.full story at youtube.more great music. posted by josh urich






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aetna, humana call off $34 billion deal


aetna and humana are calling off a $34 billion deal to combine the two major health insurers after a federal judge, citing antitrust concerns, shot down the deal.humana is entitled to a $1 billion breakup fee after the mutual decision to call off the tie-up, first announced in the summer of 2015.it was the second major deal shot down in federal courts in as many months.another federal judge rejected blue cross-blue shield carrier anthem's bid to buy cigna. anthem is appealing that decision.






federal judge derails m ive anthem-cigna healthcare merger


anthem’s $48 billion deal to buy cigna was blocked by a federal judge, putting an end to the second of two m ive mergers that would have reshaped the u.s. health-care landscape. anthem’s $48 billion deal to buy cigna was blocked by a federal judge, putting an end to the second of two m ive mergers that would have reshaped the u.s. health-care landscape.the transaction violates antitrust laws by reducing competition among insurers, u.s. district judge amy berman jackson in washington, d.c., ruled wednesday. with the deal defeated, anthem owes cigna a $1.85 billion breakup fee under the terms of the agreement they reached in july 2015.the deal, along with aetna’s proposed tie-up with humana, which was blocked last month, would have reduced the ranks of big u.s. health insurers to three from






anthem judge blocks cigna from scuttling $48 billion deal – the denver post


by jef feeley and david mclaughlin, bloomberg newsanthem won a court ruling temporarily blocking cigna from scuttling a $48 billion merger between the health insurers.delaware chancery court judge travis laster concluded wednesday cigna executives couldn’t summarily pull out of the combination after a federal judge last week blocked the merger of the insurers as anti-competitive. he found a temporary ban would protect the “legal status quo” of the deal until he could weigh arguments over the faltering merger at an april 10 hearing.the ruling is the latest twist in what promises to be a fierce legal battle over the deal’s failure. cigna on tuesday told anthem it was terminating the merger agreement and filed a lawsuit in delaware seeking a $1.85 billion break-up fee and $13 billion in damag






pomp and circumstances: super bowl sunday is banner day for national anthem


the american flag symbolizes unity and common cause. that, too, is what football is supposed to be all about, isn't it? a brood of men gathered from all corners of the country — from inner cities and farmlands, ivy leagues and out-of-their-leagues, all shades and shapes of man — bound by the pursuit and pain of victory.sunday evening, under the stars and stripes and the retractable roof of houston's nrg stadium, country singer luke bryan will spend about 2½ minutes stitching the national anthem and football together, thereby contributing to the end of a season that was, at least in patriotic terms, unlike any before it.sing the song and play the game — this weaving of national pride into sports culture is a practice we've long been used to. the beginning of this nfl season, however, change






luke bryan delivers mediocre national anthem


february 04, 2017, 3:24 am “people really respond to us in the videos. we’re all pretty fun people. and we project personality, when we get in front of the era. sometimes, walking down the street, even in eastern europe, people will recognize us. it’s a testament to the power of youtube,” says adam kubota of postmodern jukebox






the latest: hall of famer tomlinson won't fumble green flag


daytona beach, fla. — the latest on the daytona 500 (all times local):___11:20 a.m.nfl hall of famer ladainian tomlinson seems like the perfect person to wave the green flag to start the daytona 500."jimmie johnson told me, 'just don't drop it,'" tomlinson said. "i wasn't a guy that fumbled a lot, so i'm not worried about dropping it today."the flag should be in sure hands: tomlinson fumbled just 30 times in nearly 4,000 touches over his 11-year nfl career.tomlinson is the honorary starter, and former "american idol" contestant jordin sparks will sing the national anthem.sparks and tomlinson, who star in the film "god bless the broken road," both called attending the race a bucket list item.sparks says she plans to shave almost 20 seconds of her anthem performance in the 2008 super bowl. s






anthem-cigna health insurance merger rejected by judge


predicting diminished competition and likely higher costs, a federal judge rejected health insurer anthem's bid to buy rival cigna.u.s. district judge amy berman jackson on wednesday said the merger would significantly reduce competition in the already concentrated insurance market, particularly for large national employers. cigna and the blue cross-blue shield carrier anthem are two of just four insurers selling coverage to big companies with employees spread across multiple states, and they compete aggressively for business, the judge wrote.anthem said it was "significantly disappointed" by the decision and plans to appeal.berman jackson was unconvinced by anthem's argument that the $48-billion deal could save money for customers by combining the two insurers' different approaches to cos






anthem fires back at cigna


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cigna rejects $48 billion anthem takeover, sues for damages


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us judge blocks anthem-cigna health insurance merger


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luke bryan delivers mediocre national anthem


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us judge blocks anthem-cigna health insurance merger


sacramento — a federal judge on wednesday rejected anthem inc.’s bid to buy rival health insurer cigna corp., saying the merger would likely lead to higher costs, less competition and diminished innovation.u.s. district judge amy berman jackson said the merger would significantly reduce competition in the already concentrated insurance market, particularly for large national employers. cigna and anthem are two of just four insurers selling to companies with 5,000 employees spread across multiple states, and they compete aggressively for business, the judge wrote.berman jackson was unconvinced by anthem’s argument that the merged company could save money for customers by combining the two insurers’ different approaches to cost saving. anthem has negotiated lower payments to doctors and hosp






anthem-cigna health insurance merger rejected by judge


sacramento, calif. — predicting diminished competition and likely higher costs, a federal judge rejected anthem inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer cigna corp.u.s. district judge amy berman jackson on wednesday said the merger would significantly reduce competition in the already concentrated insurance market, particularly for large national employers. cigna and anthem are two of just four insurers selling to companies with 5,000 employees spread across multiple states, and they compete aggressively for business, the judge wrote.berman jackson was unconvinced by anthem's argument that the merged company could save money for customers by combining the two insurers' different approaches to cost saving. anthem has negotiated lower payments to doctors and hospitals, while cigna has higher u






judge blocks anthem's $48 billion bid to buy cigna


anthem's $48 billion deal to buy cigna was blocked by a federal judge, putting an end to the second of two m ive mergers that would have reshaped the u.s. health-care landscape.the transaction violates antitrust laws by reducing competition among insurers, u.s. district judge amy berman jackson in washington, d.c., ruled wednesday. with the deal defeated, anthem owes cigna a $1.85 billion breakup fee under the terms of the agreement they reached in july 2015.the deal, along with aetna's proposed tie-up with humana, which was blocked last month, would have reduced the ranks of big u.s. health insurers to three from five and made anthem the largest by membership.while the aetna-humana case primarily focused on the market for private health insurance plans for the elderly, known as medicare a






lady gaga says super bowl halftime show is 'for everyone'


houston — lady gaga said she hopes her super bowl halftime show will celebrate "inclusion" and the "spirit of equality" during a time of national division."this performance is for everyone. i want to, more than anything, create a moment that everyone that's watching will never forget," she said in a press conference thursday in houston.gaga wouldn't reveal what songs she would sing, how many costumes she'll wear or any staging details, but promised a "tremendously athletic" show and no reappearance of her infamous meat dress.she also said there wouldn't be any wardrobe malfunctions — like janet jackson's infamous moment at the last super bowl held in houston in 2014."everything is going to be nice and tight," gaga said. "i wouldn't worry about that."when gaga debuted in 2008, her sound was






the best a/v receivers you can buy


you would think that buying an a/v receiver would be easy: find one that has the channels you need and the features you want — hopefully at a price you’re comfortable with — and call it a day. unfortunately, that usually isn’t the case. from intentionally misleading specs to the explosion in available features, it’s harder than ever to pick a top receiver out of the seemingly ever-expanding lineup.for one thing, you want to make sure you pick a receiver that is the most compatible with products you already own. do you want support for google home? what about wireless multiroom? do the speakers you already own support dts play-fi, or was that fireconnect? then, of course, there’s the actual audio quality, which can’t be gauged from a list of specs.fortunately, we have had the chance to expe






colin kaepernick 'legend' for anthem protest


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anthem-cigna health insurance merger rejected by judge


sacramento, calif. (ap) — predicting diminished competition and likely higher costs, a federal judge rejected anthem inc.’s bid to buy rival health insurer cigna corp.u.s. district judge amy berman jackson on wednesday said the merger would significantly reduce competition in the already concentrated insurance market, particularly for large national employers. cigna and anthem are two of just four insurers selling to companies with 5,000 employees spread across multiple states, and they compete aggressively for business, the judge wrote.berman jackson was unconvinced by anthem’s argument that the merged company could save money for customers by combining the two insurers’ different approaches to cost saving. anthem has negotiated lower payments to doctors and hospitals, while cigna has hig






us judge blocks anthem-cigna health insurance merger


sacramento, calif. (ap) — a federal judge on wednesday rejected anthem inc.’s bid to buy rival health insurer cigna corp., saying the merger would likely lead to higher costs, less competition and diminished innovation.u.s. district judge amy berman jackson said the merger would significantly reduce competition in the already concentrated insurance market, particularly for large national employers. cigna and anthem are two of just four insurers selling to companies with 5,000 employees spread across multiple states, and they compete aggressively for business, the judge wrote.berman jackson was unconvinced by anthem’s argument that the merged company could save money for customers by combining the two insurers’ different approaches to cost saving. anthem has negotiated lower payments to doc