• Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 370 stores

    MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also lower prices on about 1,000 basic items. Family Dollar did not provide details …

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  • A blank look, followed by bloodshed at high school

    MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — It was just before the start of class and the hallways were packed with students at their lockers or chatting with friends. Nate Moore was walking to homeroom, book in hand, when a classmate he knew to be quiet and unassuming …

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  • At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows

    NEW YORK — More women are staying at home full-time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. Factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in greater …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Ham-tastic Redo Recipes You would think after making Easter dinner for many years I would know what size ham to buy. I think “I’m not going to have enough” and go for a slightly larger size. Well … it never fails. Every year, I’m always …

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  • Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

    LOS ANGELES — Mickey Rooney’s approach to life was simple: “Let’s put on a show!” He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life. A superstar in his youth, Rooney was Hollywood’s top box-office …

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  • Study: Married folks have fewer heart problems

    Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood …

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  • US autism estimate rises to 1 in 68

    NEW YORK (AP) — The government’s estimate of autism has moved up again to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent increase in two years. But health officials say the new number may not mean autism is more common. Much of the increase is …

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  • Hasbro picks 5 ‘house rules’ for Monopoly

    NEW YORK (AP) — No rent collection while in jail, double the dough for landing on Go and clean out Free Parking if your luck takes you there are among five made-up Monopoly rules Facebook fans voted in for future editions of the board game. …

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  • Acclaimed photographer Anja Niedringhaus dies

    Anja Niedringhaus faced down some of the world’s greatest dangers and had one of the world’s loudest laughs. She photographed dying and death, and embraced humanity and life. She gave herself to the subjects of her lens, and gave her talents to the world, with …

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  • Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment

    FORT HOOD, Texas — An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Cobbler Me Crazy, An Easy Dessert Idea When I’m making desserts for a family party or holiday, I usually whip up a cobbler. Maybe it’s the Southern girl in me, but I love cobbler. There are many variations … blueberry, apple, peach, cherry, even chocolate. …

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  • Deep water search for jet could turn on robot subs

    Two miles down or more and darker than night, the ocean becomes a particularly challenging place for human searchers. If the wreckage of a missing Malaysian airliner rests somewhere in the Indian Ocean’s depths, then investigators will likely need to entrust the hunt at least …

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