• IRS warns of telephone scams

    WASHINGTON — As the 2014 filing season nears an end, the Internal Revenue Service has issued another strong warning for consumers to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, as reported incidents of this crime continue to rise nationwide. The …

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  • NORAD to track Santa’s journey

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The North American Aerospace Defense Command is ready to track Santa’s yuletide journey. The NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, features a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities. Official NORAD Tracks Santa applications are also available …

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  • Tips help parents shop safely

    Washington, DC — Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report or at ToySafetyTips.org. The survey of hazardous toys found that, despite recent progress, consumers must still be …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Impress Your Guests with Great Breakfast Recipes My house seems to be the place to be this holiday season! I have people staying with me each weekend through the New Year. I’m sure your home feels like Grand Central Terminal too. When I have overnight …

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  • Christmas Recipes

    Perfect Prime Rib 1 prime rib roast (size doesn’t matter) 1/2 cup kosher salt 1/4 cup rosemary 1/4 cup horseradish powder 1/4 cup garlic powder 1/8 cup cracked black pepper Combine seasonings, and rub into roast. Let sit while oven preheats to 375. Place roast …

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  • Rolling Stones’ sax player dies

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Saxophonist Bobby Keys, a lifelong rock ‘n’ roller who toured with Buddy Holly, played on recordings by John Lennon and laid down one of the all-time blowout solos on the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” has died. He was 70. Michael Webb, …

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  • How to choose a new cellphone

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there’s likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. So why wait? Here are some things …

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  • Second act of Black Friday in full swing

    NEW YORK — Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season. The big question: How much the Thanksgiving shopping will hurt Black Friday, which is relinquishing its status as the frenzied start of …

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  • Queen of crime writing P.D. James dies at 94

    LONDON (AP) — P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature. James, who has died aged 94, is best known as the creator of sensitive …

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  • Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year. …

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  • Thanksgiving recipes

    William Tell’s Never-Miss Apple Cake 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 2 cups sugar, divided 4 eggs 1 cup canola oil 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups chopped peeled …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Thanksgiving 2.0, Reinventing Leftovers The table has been set, friends and family have gathered and the Thanksgiving meal has been enjoyed. Now comes one of my favorite things – leftovers! Subconsciously, I wonder if I make so much food just so I have extras. Leftovers …

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