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After 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty’s success

In this June 30, 2012 file photo, people ride on a sightseeing bus painted with a Hello Kitty character in Tokyo. When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

TOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of “cute-cool.” That is, Hello Kitty.

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Brazilian club Corinthians building own cemetery

This undated photo released by the Corinthians soccer team shows an empty casket draped with the team's flag in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Corinthians says it’s building its own cemetery, complete with a mock football field and VIP tribunes where some of the team’s greatest players will be offered burial spaces. The “Corinthians Forever” cemetery is expected to open late in 2015, but fans can already start booking one of the 70,000 burial places available. (AP Photo/Ivo Duran, Corinthians)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Fans of one of Brazil’s most popular soccer clubs will have a chance to spend eternity near some of their greatest idols.

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Crowds, cuteness overwhelm first Hello Kitty Con

Hello Kitty fans pose for photos in a giant tea cup at the Hello Kitty Con, the first-ever Hello Kitty fan convention, held at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. The convention was held to honor the character's 40th birthday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention.

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Owners have grand plans for new MLS club in LA

Major League Soccer announces the details of the league's plan to launch a second team in the Los Angeles area after shutting down Chivas USA, at a news conference in Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Flanking MLS commissioner Don Garber, second from right, are members of the ownership group Tom Penn, Peter Guber and Henry Nguyen, right. The new team, the Los Angeles Football Club, will begin play in 2017 with strong owners and plans for a soccer-specific stadium. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Henry Nguyen and Peter Guber envision their new Major League Soccer team taking the field somewhere in the Los Angeles area in early 2017 in a sparkling new stadium filled with roaring fans.

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Salt Lake City optimistic about future Olympic bid

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, left, and State of Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox turn on the "Lighting Ceremony" celebrating the solar array project of panels built on top of the parking cover outside of the Utah Olympic Oval with creates enough power to take over 500 homes off the power grid Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Kearns.  (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Tom Smart, Deseret News)

KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Salt Lake City officials don’t know exactly when they will get to bid for another Winter Olympics, but the host city of the 2002 games wants the world to know it is ready and willing whenever given a chance.

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