• ‘Homeland’ actor James Rebhorn dies

    NEW YORK — James Rebhorn, the prolific character actor whose credits included “Homeland,” “Scent of a Woman” and “My Cousin Vinny,” has died. He was 65. Rebhorn’s agent, Dianne Busch, said Sunday that the actor died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., after …

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  • Founder of Westboro Baptist Church dies

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fred Phelps did not care what you thought of his Westboro Baptist Church, nor did he care if you heard its message that society’s tolerance for gay people is the root of all earthly evil. By the time you saw one …

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  • Promising start-up firm has local connection

    CHICAGO — In spring 2013, four young entrepreneurs created Algemy Inc., a company that uses algorithms — computer programs — to make investment decisions. Algemy recently partnered with a hedge fund that will provide enough money to test its investment programs. One of the founders …

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  • Late winter storm wallops Midwest, Northeast areas

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A storm that swept through the Midwest and the Northeast just a week before the start of spring dumped more than 2 feet of snow on parts of northern New England and caused pileups on the Ohio Turnpike involving at least …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Raise Your Glass to St. Patrick’s Day Recipes St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! One year, I was in New York City for “the shamrock holiday” and was able to watch the parade walk up 5th Avenue. What a great experience that was …

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  • California pushes to finish driverless car rules

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is trying to do something unusual in this age of rapidly evolving technology: get ahead of a big new development before it goes public. By the end of the year, the Department of Motor Vehicles must write rules to regulate …

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  • 1 charged in death of good Samaritan

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri woman has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of a man who pulled over to help after seeing her car crash on a northern Arkansas interstate. David P. Moessner, 51, of Wildwood in eastern Missouri, was struck …

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  • Man denies bitcoin

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto said Thursday that he is not the creator of bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world’s most popular digital currency came to be. The denial came after Newsweek published a 4,500-word cover story …

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  • Colorado flatter than a pancake; Kansas not as flat as some think

    Which U.S. state is flattest? In a recent nationwide poll, 33 percent of respondents said Kansas and 23 percent said Florida. Florida is correct by any measure. Its highest point is only 345 feet above sea level, so no local view can have much relief. …

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  • Cold, rain doesn’t halt Mardi Gras revelers

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A cold, gray day greeted revelers — but didn’t deter them — along parade routes Tuesday as the Carnival season in New Orleans headed to a crest with the unabashed celebration of Mardi Gras. The first street marching groups, including clarinetist …

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  • Merchants in Ark., Okla. deal with another storm

    TULSA, Okla. — Frustrated merchants in Oklahoma and Arkansas again struggled Monday to make the best of a cold situation in the aftermath of another winter storm that blew through the Ozarks during the weekend. Many schools, diners and businesses in the region were closed …

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  • Gospel concert to be held in memory of pastor

    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Calvin LeGrand with Heartland Singers and Touched by the Master will be in concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Community Church, located at 213 W. Victor St. in Poplar Bluff, Mo. The service will be in memory of Charles Kelly, …

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